Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 47,000 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.
19701,859274,035
19711,915356,632
19721,953280,925
19731,873288,022
19741,746144,962
Red (158th)by King Crimson
19751,913243,898
19761,888158,899
19771,905273,812
19781,938151,321
19791,900229,437
Total18,8902,401,943

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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1971
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2,245
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1972
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2,239
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1977
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2,221
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1974
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2,202
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1972
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2,192
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1979
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2,185
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1971
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2,182
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1972
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2,152
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2,146
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2,130
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 19 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 104 10%
1971 104 10%
1972 97 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 100 10%
1976 91 9%
1977 93 9%
1978 108 11%
1979 97 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Genesis 10 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
Joni Mitchell 8 1%
Electric Light Orchestra 8 1%
Pink Floyd 8 1%
Yes 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 389 39%
United States 376 38%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 36 4%
Brazil 22 2%
Jamaica 22 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 978 98%
Yes 22 2%
Live? Albums %
No 945 95%
Yes 55 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
Best Ever Albums
1. OK Computer by Radiohead
2. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
3. Abbey Road by The Beatles
4. Revolver by The Beatles
5. Kid A by Radiohead
6. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
7. In Rainbows by Radiohead
8. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
9. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie
10. The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground & Nico
11. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
12. Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV) by Led Zeppelin
13. The Beatles (The White Album) by The Beatles
14. Funeral by Arcade Fire
15. Nevermind by Nirvana (US)
16. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
17. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
18. London Calling by The Clash
19. Doolittle by Pixies
20. To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar
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