Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 49,000 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.
19701,869271,841
19711,926354,423
19721,967278,795
19731,883286,171
19741,758145,271
Red (154th)by King Crimson
19751,924242,786
19761,898158,270
19771,919272,763
19781,952150,660
19791,913227,819
Total19,0092,388,799

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.
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1973
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 104 10%
1971 104 10%
1972 98 10%
1973 112 11%
1974 94 9%
1975 100 10%
1976 90 9%
1977 92 9%
1978 109 11%
1979 97 10%
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 387 39%
United States 373 37%
Canada 41 4%
Germany 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 36 4%
Brazil 22 2%
Jamaica 21 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 976 98%
Yes 24 2%
Live? Albums %
No 945 95%
Yes 55 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
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