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.
19701,501280,632
19711,521371,655
19721,572292,421
19731,537309,182
19741,431144,051
Red (178th)by King Crimson
19751,564263,240
19761,488148,747
19771,536282,529
19781,552151,845
19791,534246,505
Total15,2362,490,807

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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1977
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6,261
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1972
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6,178
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1971
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6,121
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1976
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6,098
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1971
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6,098
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1979
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5,902
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1971
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5,842
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1971
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5,625
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1976
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5,510
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1979
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5,423
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 9 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


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


United Kingdom 399 40%
United States 363 36%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Brazil 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. The Velvet Underground
10. Nirvana
11. The Smiths
12. Kendrick Lamar
13. Pixies
14. The Beach Boys
15. Neil Young
16. Miles Davis
17. Kanye West
18. Bruce Springsteen
19. The Who
20. U2
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