Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 44,000 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.
19701,714284,182
19711,780376,015
19721,816294,058
19731,752304,445
19741,620148,336
Red (161st)by King Crimson
19751,793258,630
19761,723157,143
19771,756284,454
19781,777154,046
19791,753243,957
Total17,4842,505,266

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

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 100 10%
1972 102 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 90 9%
1975 97 10%
1976 91 9%
1977 95 10%
1978 110 11%
1979 98 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 389 39%
United States 375 38%
Germany 42 4%
Canada 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
Brazil 23 2%
Jamaica 22 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 976 98%
Yes 24 2%
Live? Albums %
No 947 95%
Yes 53 5%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
Best Albums of the 1980s
1. Doolittle by Pixies
2. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
3. Remain In Light by Talking Heads
4. The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses
5. Disintegration by The Cure
6. The Joshua Tree by U2
7. Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth
8. Closer by Joy Division
9. Hounds Of Love by Kate Bush
10. Thriller by Michael Jackson
11. Purple Rain by Prince And The Revolution
12. Surfer Rosa by Pixies
13. Rain Dogs by Tom Waits
14. Master Of Puppets by Metallica
15. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses
16. Graceland by Paul Simon
17. Back In Black by AC/DC
18. Murmur by R.E.M.
19. Spirit Of Eden by Talk Talk
20. Moving Pictures by Rush
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