Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 39,000 greatest album charts.

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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.
19701,473424,857
19711,489584,678
19721,540442,285
19731,515490,750
19741,399203,208
19751,529416,653
19761,461220,209
19771,504428,339
19781,517218,337
19791,498393,331
Total14,9253,822,648

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac and Black Sabbath.
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1974
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1,866
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1977
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1,863
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1970
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1,850
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1971
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1,841
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1976
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1,829
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1972
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1,829
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1976
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1,828
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1971
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1,826
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1974
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1,814
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1976
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1,811
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 29 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 106 11%
1972 101 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 93 9%
1975 99 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 109 11%
1979 93 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
Deep Purple 8 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 394 39%
United States 372 37%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 34 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 19 2%
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