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.
19701,503280,759
19711,523371,449
19721,574292,479
19731,537309,347
19741,434144,262
Red (176th)by King Crimson
19751,566263,331
19761,490148,770
19771,536283,201
19781,553152,279
19791,535246,167
Total15,2512,492,044

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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308
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307
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306
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305
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 77 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 98 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 97 10%
1976 88 9%
1977 96 10%
1978 106 11%
1979 97 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 398 40%
United States 363 36%
Canada 39 4%
Germany 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Brazil 25 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
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Best Ever Artists
1. The Beatles
2. Radiohead
3. Pink Floyd
4. David Bowie
5. Led Zeppelin
6. Bob Dylan
7. Arcade Fire
8. The Rolling Stones
9. Nirvana
10. The Velvet Underground
11. The Smiths
12. Kendrick Lamar
13. Pixies
14. Neil Young
15. The Beach Boys
16. Miles Davis
17. Kanye West
18. Bruce Springsteen
19. The Who
20. U2
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