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.
19701,502280,716
19711,523371,606
19721,573292,212
19731,536309,292
19741,432144,006
Red (178th)by King Crimson
19751,565263,402
19761,488148,661
19771,536282,571
19781,552151,887
19791,534246,494
Total15,2412,490,846

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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7,380
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7,316
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7,144
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7,096
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 7 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 98 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 96 10%
1976 88 9%
1977 96 10%
1978 107 11%
1979 96 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
Electric Light Orchestra 8 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 399 40%
United States 363 36%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Brazil 24 2%
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Best Albums of 1969
1. Abbey Road by The Beatles
2. In The Court Of The Crimson King by King Crimson
3. Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin
4. Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin
5. Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones
6. The Velvet Underground by The Velvet Underground
7. Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake
8. Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
9. Tommy by The Who
10. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere by Neil Young With Crazy Horse
11. Hot Rats by Frank Zappa
12. In A Silent Way by Miles Davis
13. The Band by The Band
14. Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) by The Kinks
15. Crosby, Stills & Nash by Crosby, Stills & Nash
16. The Stooges by The Stooges
17. Green River by Creedence Clearwater Revival
18. Stand! by Sly & The Family Stone
19. Willy And The Poor Boys by Creedence Clearwater Revival
20. Dusty In Memphis by Dusty Springfield
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