Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 52,000 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.
19702,006260,380
19712,099332,920
19722,128261,511
19732,044269,494
19741,921140,085
Red (143rd)by King Crimson
19752,085228,453
19762,078151,974
19772,087258,947
19782,117145,845
19792,054215,137
Total20,6192,264,745

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:
1973
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3,510
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Year of Release:
1972
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3,497
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Year of Release:
1970
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3,488
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Year of Release:
1978
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3,372
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Year of Release:
1978
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3,356
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1973
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3,270
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1975
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3,262
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Year of Release:
1971
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3,253
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1972
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3,215
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1977
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3,176
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 13 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 102 10%
1972 100 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 98 10%
1976 92 9%
1977 91 9%
1978 105 11%
1979 98 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Genesis 10 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
Elton John 8 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
Wishbone Ash 8 1%
Joni Mitchell 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 384 38%
United States 375 38%
Canada 43 4%
Germany 37 4%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Brazil 25 3%
Jamaica 21 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 973 97%
Yes 27 3%
Live? Albums %
No 940 94%
Yes 60 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. Back In Black by AC/DC
18. Spirit Of Eden by Talk Talk
19. Murmur by R.E.M.
20. Moving Pictures by Rush
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