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.
19701,806279,651
19711,870366,443
19721,907288,457
19731,840296,404
19741,703147,798
Red (160th)by King Crimson
19751,868251,416
19761,836160,076
19771,859279,238
19781,874152,957
19791,861235,010
Total18,4242,457,450

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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1977
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6,802
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1976
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6,761
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1978
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6,651
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1973
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6,624
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1972
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6,557
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1978
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6,499
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1978
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6,420
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1977
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6,407
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1971
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6,262
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1972
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6,214
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 8 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 104 10%
1971 101 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 98 10%
1976 93 9%
1977 92 9%
1978 108 11%
1979 95 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Jethro Tull 10 1%
Genesis 9 1%
AC/DC 8 1%
Pink Floyd 8 1%
Yes 8 1%
Elton John 8 1%
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Country Albums %


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