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.
19701,716283,943
19711,780375,316
19721,816293,343
19731,753303,588
19741,621148,085
Red (160th)by King Crimson
19751,793258,070
19761,725156,999
19771,772284,100
19781,777153,933
19791,753243,389
Total17,5062,500,767

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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1975
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28,400
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1972
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28,364
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1971
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26,613
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1977
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26,196
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1972
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24,036
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1977
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23,227
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1971
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22,125
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1970
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22,019
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1975
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21,709
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1971
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21,695
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 2 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 94 9%
1978 110 11%
1979 99 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
Yes 8 1%
AC/DC 8 1%
Elton John 8 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 390 39%
United States 375 38%
Germany 42 4%
Canada 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 36 4%
Brazil 23 2%
Jamaica 22 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 975 98%
Yes 25 3%
Live? Albums %
No 947 95%
Yes 53 5%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
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