Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 42,000 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.
19701,559287,356
19711,598377,017
19721,641296,406
19731,591311,323
19741,477146,725
Red (163rd)by King Crimson
19751,628263,410
19761,547153,781
19771,592286,556
19781,603153,452
19791,587245,935
Total15,8232,521,960

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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1979
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1,809
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1976
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1,091
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393.
1967-1970
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1973
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832
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1976
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723
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1971
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694
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1976
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521
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1978
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491
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572.
1962-1966
Compilation
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1973
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473
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1976
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443
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1972
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438
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Total albums: 22. Page 1 of 3

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 101 10%
1972 101 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 93 9%
1975 95 10%
1976 88 9%
1977 95 10%
1978 113 11%
1979 98 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Jethro Tull 10 1%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Neil Young 8 1%
Frank Zappa 8 1%
Pink Floyd 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 399 40%
United States 368 37%
Germany 40 4%
Canada 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Brazil 23 2%
Jamaica 21 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 978 98%
Yes 22 2%
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