Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 53,000 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.
19702,040260,045
19712,139329,052
19722,179260,207
19732,065266,906
19741,954139,815
Red (142nd)by King Crimson
19752,106226,076
19762,101150,221
19772,112255,791
19782,161145,718
19792,089212,779
Total20,9462,246,608

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, The Who and Genesis.
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Year of Release:
1973
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70,716
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1975
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50,822
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1972
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49,951
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1971
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44,321
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1979
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36,010
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1977
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34,047
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1979
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30,110
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1977
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25,526
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1979
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24,928
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 100 10%
1972 102 10%
1973 108 11%
1974 99 10%
1975 99 10%
1976 88 9%
1977 90 9%
1978 108 11%
1979 99 10%
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 388 39%
United States 372 37%
Canada 42 4%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
Germany 37 4%
Brazil 23 2%
Jamaica 20 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 974 97%
Yes 26 3%
Live? Albums %
No 940 94%
Yes 60 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
Best Artists of 1968
1. The Beatles
2. Jimi Hendrix
3. The Jimi Hendrix Experience
4. Van Morrison
5. The Zombies
6. The Kinks
7. The Velvet Underground
8. The Rolling Stones
9. The Band
10. Simon & Garfunkel
11. Johnny Cash
12. The Byrds
13. Aretha Franklin
14. Frank Zappa
15. Pink Floyd
16. The Mothers Of Invention
17. The Doors
18. Big Brother And The Holding Company
19. Os Mutantes
20. Cream
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