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.
19701,712284,323
19711,781375,689
19721,814293,787
19731,751304,417
19741,620148,203
Red (161st)by King Crimson
19751,792258,347
19761,723156,828
19771,755284,488
19781,776154,058
19791,753243,867
Total17,4772,504,008

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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1979
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796
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1973
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788
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1970
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787
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1974
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787
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1976
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786
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1975
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785
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1978
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784
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780
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1971
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777
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 42 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%
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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