Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 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.
19701,810278,513
19711,878364,373
19721,911286,145
19731,841294,216
19741,712147,053
Red (160th)by King Crimson
19751,875249,764
19761,849159,830
19771,864277,440
19781,885153,093
19791,866233,997
Total18,4912,444,423

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Black Sabbath and Genesis.
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1973
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84,558
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1975
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58,894
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1972
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57,889
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1971
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52,675
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1979
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43,918
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1977
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36,748
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1979
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34,964
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1979
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29,613
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1977
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29,334
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1971
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28,110
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 104 10%
1971 102 10%
1972 100 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 93 9%
1975 98 10%
1976 94 9%
1977 92 9%
1978 110 11%
1979 96 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Jethro Tull 10 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Elton John 8 1%
AC/DC 8 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
Yes 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 393 39%
United States 373 37%
Germany 40 4%
Canada 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
Jamaica 22 2%
Brazil 20 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 974 97%
Yes 26 3%
Live? Albums %
No 943 94%
Yes 57 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
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