Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 40,000 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.
19701,501280,631
19711,521371,801
19721,572292,452
19731,537309,327
19741,431144,369
Red (178th)by King Crimson
19751,564263,390
19761,488148,790
19771,536282,591
19781,552151,768
19791,533246,618
Total15,2352,491,737

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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1972
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30,240
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1975
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29,300
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1971
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27,227
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1977
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26,939
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1972
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24,882
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1977
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23,755
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1975
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23,449
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1971
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22,389
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1970
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21,514
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1971
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21,211
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 2 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 98 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 96 10%
1976 88 9%
1977 96 10%
1978 106 11%
1979 97 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
Electric Light Orchestra 8 1%
Neil Young 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 398 40%
United States 363 36%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Brazil 24 2%
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