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.
19701,805279,956
19711,864366,905
19721,904288,966
19731,838296,959
19741,701148,171
Red (159th)by King Crimson
19751,865252,033
19761,830160,427
19771,857279,479
19781,870153,210
19791,860235,527
Total18,3942,461,634

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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1973
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85,622
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1975
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59,784
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1972
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58,805
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1971
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53,591
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1979
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44,455
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1977
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37,181
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1979
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35,476
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1979
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29,934
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1977
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29,603
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1971
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28,419
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 101 10%
1972 101 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 98 10%
1976 93 9%
1977 93 9%
1978 108 11%
1979 95 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 394 39%
United States 372 37%
Germany 39 4%
Canada 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
Jamaica 22 2%
Brazil 21 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 974 97%
Yes 26 3%
Live? Albums %
No 944 94%
Yes 56 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
Best Artists of the 2000s
1. Radiohead
2. Arcade Fire
3. The Strokes
4. Coldplay
5. Arctic Monkeys
6. Sufjan Stevens
7. Muse
8. Animal Collective
9. Wilco
10. Kanye West
11. The White Stripes
12. Phil Elverum
13. Interpol
14. Modest Mouse
15. Godspeed You! Black Emperor
16. Queens Of The Stone Age
17. LCD Soundsystem
18. Madvillain
19. The National
20. The Flaming Lips
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