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.
19701,757282,187
19711,804371,313
19721,851292,034
19731,780300,494
19741,652148,594
Red (163rd)by King Crimson
19751,828255,357
19761,770157,891
19771,808283,370
19781,817153,138
19791,802240,368
Total17,8692,484,747

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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1971
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7,721
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1972
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7,651
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1970
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7,615
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1977
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7,487
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1976
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7,430
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1971
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7,373
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1973
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7,303
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1974
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7,174
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1972
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6,920
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1970
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6,863
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 7 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 101 10%
1972 100 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 93 9%
1975 96 10%
1976 91 9%
1977 92 9%
1978 111 11%
1979 98 10%
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 392 39%
United States 373 37%
Germany 41 4%
Canada 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 38 4%
Brazil 22 2%
Jamaica 21 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 976 98%
Yes 24 2%
Live? Albums %
No 944 94%
Yes 56 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
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