Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 40,000 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.
19701,509280,600
19711,534370,109
19721,584291,452
19731,541307,843
19741,436144,735
Red (171st)by King Crimson
19751,574261,902
19761,494149,225
19771,541283,254
19781,559152,115
19791,543245,456
Total15,3152,486,691

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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1970
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19,203
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1971
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18,267
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1975
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17,525
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1973
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16,305
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1975
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15,953
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1972
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15,877
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1972
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15,585
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1977
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15,182
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1970
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14,268
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1972
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13,681
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 3 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 100 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 112 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 96 10%
1976 89 9%
1977 94 9%
1978 107 11%
1979 95 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Frank Zappa 8 1%
Elton John 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 398 40%
United States 364 36%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Brazil 25 3%
Jamaica 22 2%
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