Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 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.
19701,675286,170
19711,745379,192
19721,782296,771
19731,711307,651
19741,592147,813
Red (161st)by King Crimson
19751,760259,760
19761,680156,014
19771,727287,450
19781,729154,511
19791,730245,460
Total17,1312,520,792

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 Genesis.
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1973
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93,555
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1975
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63,635
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1972
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62,809
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1971
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57,866
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1979
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48,308
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1979
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39,076
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1977
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38,362
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1979
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32,806
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1977
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30,884
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1971
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30,735
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 100 10%
1972 101 10%
1973 112 11%
1974 94 9%
1975 96 10%
1976 89 9%
1977 94 9%
1978 108 11%
1979 99 10%
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 391 39%
United States 375 38%
Germany 41 4%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
Canada 38 4%
Brazil 24 2%
Jamaica 21 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 975 98%
Yes 25 3%
Live? Albums %
No 948 95%
Yes 52 5%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
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