Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 47,000 greatest album charts.

Best albums by year or decade
Decade:
Year:
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.
19701,835277,841
19711,903362,027
19721,941284,169
19731,868292,432
19741,732146,482
Red (155th)by King Crimson
19751,904247,117
19761,880159,997
19771,896276,662
19781,922152,720
19791,891231,884
Total18,7722,431,332

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Black Sabbath and Genesis.
View chart at point in time
 Show this chart as it was on the following date
Share this chart
Share | |
Collector's summary (top 1,000)Log in or register to discover the great albums that are missing from your music collection!
Sort by
Year of Release:
1973
Appears in:
Rank Score:
82,965
Rank in 1973:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1975
Appears in:
Rank Score:
57,640
Rank in 1975:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1972
Appears in:
Rank Score:
57,024
Rank in 1972:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1971
Appears in:
Rank Score:
51,624
Rank in 1971:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1979
Appears in:
Rank Score:
43,088
Rank in 1979:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1977
Appears in:
Rank Score:
36,615
Rank in 1977:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1979
Appears in:
Rank Score:
34,656
Rank in 1979:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1977
Appears in:
Rank Score:
29,096
Rank in 1977:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1979
Appears in:
Rank Score:
28,818
Rank in 1979:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1971
Appears in:
Rank Score:
27,805
Rank in 1971:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 103 10%
1971 104 10%
1972 97 10%
1973 112 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 98 10%
1976 92 9%
1977 93 9%
1978 108 11%
1979 97 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Genesis 10 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
AC/DC 8 1%
Yes 8 1%
Pink Floyd 8 1%
Show all
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 392 39%
United States 374 37%
Germany 40 4%
Canada 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 36 4%
Jamaica 22 2%
Brazil 21 2%
Show all
Compilation? Albums %
No 978 98%
Yes 22 2%
Live? Albums %
No 944 94%
Yes 56 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
Best Ever Artists
1. The Beatles
2. Radiohead
3. Pink Floyd
4. David Bowie
5. Bob Dylan
6. Led Zeppelin
7. The Rolling Stones
8. Arcade Fire
9. The Velvet Underground
10. Nirvana (US)
11. Kendrick Lamar
12. The Smiths
13. Neil Young
14. Miles Davis
15. Kanye West
16. The Beach Boys
17. Pixies
18. Jimi Hendrix
19. Bruce Springsteen
20. R.E.M.
Back to Top