Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 41,000 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.
19701,544284,648
19711,583373,674
19721,623293,904
19731,583308,862
19741,464145,196
Red (165th)by King Crimson
19751,613261,073
19761,536151,673
19771,582283,572
19781,596152,111
19791,574244,456
Total15,6982,499,168

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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1973
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98,185
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1975
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64,628
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1972
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63,209
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1971
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59,509
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1979
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49,173
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1979
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40,561
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1977
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37,255
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1979
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33,378
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1971
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31,526
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1977
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31,024
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 109 11%
1971 98 10%
1972 102 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 93 9%
1975 95 10%
1976 89 9%
1977 95 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 98 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%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 400 40%
United States 367 37%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 32 3%
Brazil 23 2%
Jamaica 21 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 977 98%
Yes 23 2%
Live? Albums %
No 963 96%
Yes 37 4%
Best Ever Artists
1. The Beatles
2. Radiohead
3. Pink Floyd
4. David Bowie
5. Bob Dylan
6. Led Zeppelin
7. Arcade Fire
8. The Rolling Stones
9. The Velvet Underground
10. Nirvana
11. The Smiths
12. Kendrick Lamar
13. Neil Young
14. Pixies
15. The Beach Boys
16. Miles Davis
17. Kanye West
18. Bruce Springsteen
19. The Who
20. R.E.M.
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