Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 45,000 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.
19701,635286,755
19711,699378,239
19721,740296,535
19731,683307,634
19741,559146,051
Red (163rd)by King Crimson
19751,713260,924
19761,641154,315
19771,693289,384
19781,693153,538
19791,693244,045
Total16,7492,517,421

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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211
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211
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 97 10%
1972 101 10%
1973 112 11%
1974 93 9%
1975 98 10%
1976 89 9%
1977 97 10%
1978 108 11%
1979 98 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
Elton John 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
AC/DC 8 1%
Neil Young 8 1%
Pink Floyd 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 391 39%
United States 371 37%
Germany 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
Canada 39 4%
Brazil 23 2%
Jamaica 22 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 975 98%
Yes 25 3%
Live? Albums %
No 949 95%
Yes 51 5%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
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11. NME's Greatest Albums of The Decade: The 2010s by New Music Express (2019)
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