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.
19701,502280,684
19711,521371,654
19721,572292,418
19731,536309,159
19741,431144,083
Red (178th)by King Crimson
19751,564263,337
19761,488148,705
19771,536282,588
19781,552152,000
19791,534246,533
Total15,2362,491,161

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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13,727
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1976
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13,565
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1973
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13,171
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1976
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13,033
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1970
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12,753
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1971
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12,534
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1970
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12,472
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1971
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12,167
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1973
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12,021
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1970
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10,961
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 4 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 98 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 96 10%
1976 88 9%
1977 96 10%
1978 107 11%
1979 96 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 399 40%
United States 363 36%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Brazil 24 2%
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Best Ever Artists
1. The Beatles
2. Radiohead
3. Pink Floyd
4. David Bowie
5. Led Zeppelin
6. Bob Dylan
7. Arcade Fire
8. The Rolling Stones
9. The Velvet Underground
10. Nirvana
11. The Smiths
12. Kendrick Lamar
13. Pixies
14. The Beach Boys
15. Neil Young
16. Miles Davis
17. Bruce Springsteen
18. Kanye West
19. The Who
20. U2
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