Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 43,000 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.
19701,581286,250
19711,630378,056
19721,675296,401
19731,621308,948
19741,505146,655
Red (166th)by King Crimson
19751,662261,846
19761,579154,301
19771,641288,083
19781,636154,509
19791,632245,311
Total16,1622,520,360

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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1971
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1979
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213
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213
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212
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 104 10%
1971 101 10%
1972 101 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 94 9%
1975 97 10%
1976 89 9%
1977 95 10%
1978 110 11%
1979 98 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Yes 9 1%
Elton John 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
Pink Floyd 8 1%
AC/DC 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 396 40%
United States 372 37%
Germany 40 4%
Canada 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 32 3%
Brazil 23 2%
Jamaica 22 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 977 98%
Yes 23 2%
Live? Albums %
No 953 95%
Yes 47 5%
Best Ever Artists
1. The Beatles
2. Radiohead
3. Pink Floyd
4. David Bowie
5. Bob Dylan
6. Led Zeppelin
7. Arcade Fire
8. The Rolling Stones
9. The Velvet Underground
10. Nirvana
11. The Smiths
12. Kendrick Lamar
13. Neil Young
14. The Beach Boys
15. Pixies
16. Miles Davis
17. Kanye West
18. Bruce Springsteen
19. R.E.M.
20. The Who
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