Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 45,000 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.
19701,759282,301
19711,819371,109
19721,864292,251
19731,792300,528
19741,668149,390
Red (160th)by King Crimson
19751,841254,111
19761,787159,495
19771,821283,039
19781,830153,659
19791,816239,301
Total17,9972,485,185

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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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 100 10%
1972 101 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 91 9%
1975 96 10%
1976 94 9%
1977 93 9%
1978 111 11%
1979 96 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Jethro Tull 10 1%
Genesis 9 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
Pink Floyd 8 1%
Electric Light Orchestra 8 1%
Yes 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 395 40%
United States 371 37%
Canada 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
Germany 39 4%
Jamaica 21 2%
Brazil 20 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 975 98%
Yes 25 3%
Live? Albums %
No 943 94%
Yes 57 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
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