Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 45,000 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.
19701,641287,290
19711,704379,816
19721,750296,941
19731,692308,323
19741,568146,676
Red (161st)by King Crimson
19751,726261,991
19761,649155,395
19771,703289,324
19781,705154,224
19791,702245,100
Total16,8402,525,081

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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1971
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1974
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215
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 96 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 93 9%
1975 100 10%
1976 88 9%
1977 96 10%
1978 109 11%
1979 96 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Elton John 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
Pink Floyd 8 1%
Yes 8 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 390 39%
United States 370 37%
Germany 41 4%
Canada 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 38 4%
Brazil 25 3%
Jamaica 22 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 975 98%
Yes 25 3%
Live? Albums %
No 949 95%
Yes 51 5%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
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