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.
19701,509280,324
19711,534369,922
19721,584291,191
19731,541307,418
19741,436144,324
Red (175th)by King Crimson
19751,573261,711
19761,494148,573
19771,541282,999
19781,559152,026
19791,542245,382
Total15,3132,483,870

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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1974
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327
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326
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326
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1972
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324
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324
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323
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 74 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 99 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 112 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 96 10%
1976 88 9%
1977 95 10%
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%
Joni Mitchell 8 1%
Frank Zappa 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 399 40%
United States 363 36%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Brazil 25 3%
Jamaica 22 2%
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Best Artists of 1989
1. Pixies
2. The Stone Roses
3. The Cure
4. Beastie Boys
5. Galaxie 500
6. Nirvana
7. Nine Inch Nails
8. De La Soul
9. Tom Petty
10. Lou Reed
11. New Order
12. Madonna
13. Faith No More
14. Kate Bush
15. Aerosmith
16. The Blue Nile
17. Fugazi
18. Julee Cruise
19. Janet Jackson
20. Peter Gabriel
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