Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 47,000 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.
19701,819277,631
19711,889362,372
19721,923284,807
19731,855292,464
19741,721146,294
Red (157th)by King Crimson
19751,888247,273
19761,863159,432
19771,882276,323
19781,900153,040
19791,878232,955
Total18,6182,432,591

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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1970
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7,556
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1970
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7,433
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1977
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7,430
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1976
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7,151
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1971
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7,136
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1977
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7,130
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1974
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7,093
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1973
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6,999
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1972
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6,757
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1970
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6,750
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 7 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 105 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 99 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 94 9%
1975 98 10%
1976 93 9%
1977 92 9%
1978 109 11%
1979 97 10%
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 393 39%
United States 373 37%
Germany 40 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 1980s
1. The Smiths
2. Pixies
3. Prince
4. The Cure
5. Talking Heads
6. U2
7. Metallica
8. Kate Bush
9. The Stone Roses
10. R.E.M.
11. Sonic Youth
12. Michael Jackson
13. Bruce Springsteen
14. Tom Waits
15. Iron Maiden
16. Joy Division
17. Prince And The Revolution
18. New Order
19. Rush
20. Talk Talk
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