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.

Best albums by year or decade
Decade:
Year:
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.
19701,806279,554
19711,870366,235
19721,907288,383
19731,840296,323
19741,703147,836
Red (160th)by King Crimson
19751,868251,330
19761,836160,105
19771,859279,208
19781,874152,952
19791,861234,944
Total18,4242,456,870

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Black Sabbath and Genesis.
View chart at point in time
 Show this chart as it was on the following date
Share this chart
Share | |
Collector's summary (top 1,000)Log in or register to discover the great albums that are missing from your music collection!
Sort by
Year of Release:
1975
Appears in:
Rank Score:
223
Rank in 1975:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1970
Appears in:
Rank Score:
223
Rank in 1970:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1977
Appears in:
Rank Score:
222
Rank in 1977:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1972
Appears in:
Rank Score:
222
Rank in 1972:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1978
Appears in:
Rank Score:
222
Rank in 1978:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1974
Appears in:
Rank Score:
222
Rank in 1974:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1972
Appears in:
Rank Score:
222
Rank in 1972:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1975
Appears in:
Rank Score:
221
Rank in 1975:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1970
Appears in:
Rank Score:
221
Rank in 1970:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1972
Appears in:
Rank Score:
220
Rank in 1972:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 104 10%
1971 101 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 98 10%
1976 93 9%
1977 92 9%
1978 108 11%
1979 95 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Jethro Tull 10 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Elton John 8 1%
AC/DC 8 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
Pink Floyd 8 1%
Show all
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 393 39%
United States 373 37%
Germany 39 4%
Canada 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
Jamaica 22 2%
Brazil 21 2%
Show all
Compilation? Albums %
No 974 97%
Yes 26 3%
Live? Albums %
No 944 94%
Yes 56 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
Best Albums of 1985
1. Hounds Of Love by Kate Bush
2. Rain Dogs by Tom Waits
3. Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits
4. Meat Is Murder by The Smiths
5. Psychocandy by The Jesus And Mary Chain
6. Songs From The Big Chair by Tears For Fears
7. The Head On The Door by The Cure
8. Tim by The Replacements
9. Steve McQueen by Prefab Sprout
10. Misplaced Childhood by Marillion
11. Low-Life by New Order
12. Rum Sodomy & The Lash by The Pogues
13. This Nation's Saving Grace by The Fall
14. This Is The Sea by The Waterboys
15. New Day Rising by Hüsker Dü
16. Fables Of The Reconstruction by R.E.M.
17. Little Creatures by Talking Heads
18. Around The World In A Day by Prince And The Revolution
19. Love by The Cult
20. No Jacket Required by Phil Collins
Back to Top