Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 52,000 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.
19702,006260,554
19712,097333,089
19722,128261,600
19732,044269,595
19741,920140,122
Red (144th)by King Crimson
19752,085228,522
19762,077152,103
19772,084259,222
19782,117145,825
19792,048215,038
Total20,6062,265,670

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, The Who and Genesis.
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Year of Release:
1976
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6,275
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Year of Release:
1972
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6,207
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Year of Release:
1970
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6,165
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Year of Release:
1978
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Rank Score:
6,114
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Year of Release:
1973
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6,065
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Year of Release:
1973
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Rank Score:
5,943
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1977
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5,923
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Year of Release:
1972
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Rank Score:
5,900
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Year of Release:
1978
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5,862
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1971
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5,699
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 8 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 102 10%
1972 100 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 98 10%
1976 92 9%
1977 91 9%
1978 105 11%
1979 98 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Genesis 10 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
Yes 8 1%
AC/DC 8 1%
Elton John 8 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 384 38%
United States 375 38%
Canada 43 4%
Germany 37 4%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Brazil 25 3%
Jamaica 21 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 973 97%
Yes 27 3%
Live? Albums %
No 940 94%
Yes 60 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
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