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.
19701,501280,631
19711,521371,801
19721,572292,452
19731,537309,327
19741,431144,369
Red (178th)by King Crimson
19751,564263,390
19761,488148,790
19771,536282,591
19781,552151,768
19791,533246,618
Total15,2352,491,737

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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Total albums: 96. Page 2 of 10

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 106 11%
1979 97 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
Electric Light Orchestra 8 1%
Neil Young 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 398 40%
United States 363 36%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Brazil 24 2%
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Best Albums of 1970
1. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
2. After The Gold Rush by Neil Young
3. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
4. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon
5. All Things Must Pass by George Harrison
6. Bitches Brew by Miles Davis
7. Led Zeppelin III by Led Zeppelin
8. Moondance by Van Morrison
9. Fun House by The Stooges
10. Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek & The Dominos
11. Cosmo's Factory by Creedence Clearwater Revival
12. Let It Be by The Beatles
13. Loaded by The Velvet Underground
14. Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath
15. Déjà Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
16. American Beauty by Grateful Dead
17. Tea For The Tillerman by Cat Stevens
18. Deep Purple In Rock by Deep Purple
19. Atom Heart Mother by Pink Floyd
20. Abraxas by Santana
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