Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 40,000 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.
19701,503280,723
19711,523371,243
19721,573292,190
19731,537309,089
19741,432144,104
Red (178th)by King Crimson
19751,565263,289
19761,488148,668
19771,536282,764
19781,553152,124
19791,535246,408
Total15,2452,490,603

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath and Bruce Springsteen.
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1974
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1,821
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1979
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788
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1979
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647
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1972
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412
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1976
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380
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1975
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262
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1979
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230
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227
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 98 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 96 10%
1976 88 9%
1977 96 10%
1978 107 11%
1979 96 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 399 40%
United States 363 36%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Brazil 24 2%
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Best Ever Albums
1. OK Computer by Radiohead
2. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
3. Abbey Road by The Beatles
4. Revolver by The Beatles
5. Kid A by Radiohead
6. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
7. In Rainbows by Radiohead
8. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
9. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie
10. Funeral by Arcade Fire
11. The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground & Nico
12. Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV) by Led Zeppelin
13. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
14. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
15. Nevermind by Nirvana
16. The Beatles (The White Album) by The Beatles
17. Doolittle by Pixies
18. London Calling by The Clash
19. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
20. The Bends by Radiohead
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