Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 44,000 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.
19701,716284,311
19711,780375,981
19721,816294,088
19731,753304,368
19741,620148,341
Red (160th)by King Crimson
19751,793258,628
19761,725157,129
19771,760284,534
19781,777154,076
19791,753243,915
Total17,4932,505,370

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 Genesis.
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1970
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6,296
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1977
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6,285
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1973
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6,155
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1970
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6,154
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1971
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6,008
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1979
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5,906
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1971
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5,824
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1971
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5,807
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1979
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5,577
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1976
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5,538
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 9 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 100 10%
1972 102 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 90 9%
1975 97 10%
1976 91 9%
1977 95 10%
1978 110 11%
1979 98 10%
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 389 39%
United States 375 38%
Germany 42 4%
Canada 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
Brazil 23 2%
Jamaica 22 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 976 98%
Yes 24 2%
Live? Albums %
No 947 95%
Yes 53 5%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
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