Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 39,000 greatest album charts.

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1970s decade summary
YearAlbums The number of albums from each year featuring in the greatest album charts. Score Total rank score for each year (made up of the total rank score from all albums in that year) Top Ranked Album The top ranked album from each year and where it ranks in the overall chart.
19701,492429,251
19711,516590,768
19721,561446,507
19731,532495,561
19741,423205,098
19751,545420,843
19761,477224,445
19771,528430,198
19781,539221,146
19791,516398,850
Total15,1293,862,666

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac and Black Sabbath.
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1972
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22,988
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1971
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11,396
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1971
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6,085
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1974
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3,013
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1973
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2,634
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1977
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2,146
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1973
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738
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1978
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415
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321
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 107 11%
1972 101 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 98 10%
1976 83 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 110 11%
1979 92 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
Deep Purple 8 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 392 39%
United States 373 37%
Canada 41 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 34 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 18 2%
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Best Albums of the 1970s
1. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
2. Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin
3. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
4. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie
5. London Calling by The Clash
6. The Wall by Pink Floyd
7. Who's Next by The Who
8. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
9. Exile On Main St. by The Rolling Stones
10. Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division
11. Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan
12. Animals by Pink Floyd
13. Marquee Moon by Television
14. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
15. Hunky Dory by David Bowie
16. Pink Moon by Nick Drake
17. What's Going On by Marvin Gaye
18. Low by David Bowie
19. Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones
20. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
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