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.
19701,511281,039
19711,536370,258
19721,587291,366
19731,545307,944
19741,439144,750
Red (174th)by King Crimson
19751,575261,763
19761,498149,086
19771,542283,120
19781,560152,270
19791,545245,324
Total15,3382,486,921

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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1978
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6,779
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1977
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6,741
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1979
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6,716
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1970
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6,679
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1978
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6,627
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1970
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6,626
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1972
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6,564
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1973
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6,547
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1978
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6,535
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6,490
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 8 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 99 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 97 10%
1976 89 9%
1977 94 9%
1978 108 11%
1979 96 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
Neil Young 8 1%
Frank Zappa 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 400 40%
United States 363 36%
Germany 39 4%
Canada 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Brazil 25 3%
Jamaica 22 2%
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Best Artists of the 2000s
1. Radiohead
2. Arcade Fire
3. The Strokes
4. Coldplay
5. Arctic Monkeys
6. Muse
7. Sufjan Stevens
8. Animal Collective
9. Wilco
10. The White Stripes
11. Kanye West
12. Interpol
13. Modest Mouse
14. Godspeed You! Black Emperor
15. Queens Of The Stone Age
16. LCD Soundsystem
17. The National
18. The Flaming Lips
19. Bon Iver
20. Gorillaz
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