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.
19701,509280,594
19711,535370,180
19721,584291,545
19731,542307,882
19741,436144,769
Red (172nd)by King Crimson
19751,574261,797
19761,494149,129
19771,541282,986
19781,559152,233
19791,543245,376
Total15,3172,486,490

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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1972
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13,659
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1976
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13,520
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1976
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13,182
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1973
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13,099
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1970
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12,698
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1970
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12,468
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1971
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12,364
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1971
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12,239
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1973
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11,860
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1970
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10,916
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 4 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 100 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 97 10%
1976 89 9%
1977 94 9%
1978 108 11%
1979 95 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 400 40%
United States 364 36%
Canada 39 4%
Germany 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Brazil 25 3%
Jamaica 22 2%
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7. Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins
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10. Automatic For The People by R.E.M.
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17. Spiderland by Slint
18. Pinkerton by Weezer
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20. Achtung Baby by U2
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