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.
19701,511280,786
19711,535370,085
19721,587291,325
19731,544307,829
19741,437144,665
Red (172nd)by King Crimson
19751,575261,642
19761,496149,022
19771,541282,889
19781,559152,107
19791,545245,180
Total15,3302,485,531

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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207
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 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%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
Neil Young 8 1%
Frank Zappa 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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Best Artists of 1982
1. Michael Jackson
2. Iron Maiden
3. Bruce Springsteen
4. Kate Bush
5. The Cure
6. Roxy Music
7. Prince
8. Duran Duran
9. Donald Fagen
10. Dire Straits
11. Elvis Costello
12. Elvis Costello & The Attractions
13. Simple Minds
14. The Clash
15. Peter Gabriel
16. XTC
17. Bad Brains
18. ABC
19. The Fall
20. Laurie Anderson
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