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.
19701,501280,711
19711,521371,923
19721,572292,397
19731,536309,327
19741,431144,308
Red (178th)by King Crimson
19751,564263,444
19761,488148,863
19771,536282,490
19781,552151,788
19791,533246,677
Total15,2342,491,927

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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207
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 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 106 11%
1979 97 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
AC/DC 8 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 398 40%
United States 363 36%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Brazil 24 2%
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Best Albums of 1980
1. Remain In Light by Talking Heads
2. Closer by Joy Division
3. Back In Black by AC/DC
4. Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables by Dead Kennedys
5. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) by David Bowie
6. The River by Bruce Springsteen
7. Peter Gabriel III by Peter Gabriel
8. Seventeen Seconds by The Cure
9. Making Movies by Dire Straits
10. Permanent Waves by Rush
11. Crazy Rhythms by The Feelies
12. Pretenders by Pretenders
13. Sandinista! by The Clash
14. Boy by U2
15. Heaven And Hell by Black Sabbath
16. Get Happy!! by Elvis Costello & The Attractions
17. Ace Of Spades by Motörhead
18. Iron Maiden by Iron Maiden
19. Sound Affects by The Jam
20. Gaucho by Steely Dan
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