Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 41,000 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.
19701,545284,665
19711,583373,949
19721,623293,236
19731,583309,128
19741,464145,221
Red (165th)by King Crimson
19751,613261,124
19761,536151,701
19771,582283,696
19781,596152,104
19791,575244,553
Total15,7002,499,376

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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1973
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98,114
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1975
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64,548
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1972
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63,191
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1971
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59,575
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1979
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49,144
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1979
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40,551
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1977
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37,304
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1979
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33,313
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1971
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31,515
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1977
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30,952
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 109 11%
1971 99 10%
1972 101 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 93 9%
1975 95 10%
1976 89 9%
1977 95 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 98 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
Elton John 8 1%
Frank Zappa 8 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 399 40%
United States 367 37%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 32 3%
Brazil 23 2%
Jamaica 21 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 977 98%
Yes 23 2%
Live? Albums %
No 960 96%
Yes 40 4%
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