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.
19702,037258,880
19712,133328,739
19722,173259,186
19732,059266,383
19741,949139,176
Red (144th)by King Crimson
19752,102226,087
19762,092150,305
19772,107256,046
19782,148145,069
19792,077212,636
Total20,8772,242,506

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:
1972
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3,760
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Year of Release:
1976
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3,692
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Year of Release:
1973
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3,674
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Year of Release:
1977
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3,660
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1973
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3,660
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1972
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3,582
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1977
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3,572
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Year of Release:
1973
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3,568
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1977
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3,495
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 101 10%
1972 100 10%
1973 108 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 99 10%
1976 93 9%
1977 91 9%
1978 105 11%
1979 99 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Genesis 10 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
Wishbone Ash 8 1%
Pink Floyd 8 1%
Yes 8 1%
Elton John 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 387 39%
United States 372 37%
Canada 42 4%
Germany 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 36 4%
Brazil 25 3%
Jamaica 21 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 973 97%
Yes 27 3%
Live? Albums %
No 941 94%
Yes 59 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
Best Albums of the 1980s
1. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
2. Doolittle by Pixies
3. Remain In Light by Talking Heads
4. Disintegration by The Cure
5. The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses
6. The Joshua Tree by U2
7. Hounds Of Love by Kate Bush
8. Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth
9. Thriller by Michael Jackson
10. Closer by Joy Division
11. Purple Rain by Prince And The Revolution
12. Surfer Rosa by Pixies
13. Master Of Puppets by Metallica
14. Rain Dogs by Tom Waits
15. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses
16. Graceland by Paul Simon
17. Spirit Of Eden by Talk Talk
18. Back In Black by AC/DC
19. Murmur by R.E.M.
20. Moving Pictures by Rush
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