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.
19701,712284,315
19711,779375,836
19721,812293,890
19731,749304,525
19741,620148,237
Red (161st)by King Crimson
19751,791258,483
19761,723156,863
19771,754284,597
19781,771153,858
19791,753243,924
Total17,4642,504,527

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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1970
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14,163
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1976
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13,733
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1972
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13,566
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1973
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13,508
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1970
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13,181
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1970
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12,158
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1971
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12,082
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1971
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12,025
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1970
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11,593
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1974
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11,259
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 4 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 100 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 90 9%
1975 97 10%
1976 91 9%
1977 95 10%
1978 109 11%
1979 98 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Neil Young 8 1%
Pink Floyd 8 1%
Yes 8 1%
Electric Light Orchestra 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 388 39%
United States 376 38%
Germany 42 4%
Canada 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
Brazil 23 2%
Jamaica 22 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 976 98%
Yes 24 2%
Live? Albums %
No 947 95%
Yes 53 5%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
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