Top 10 Best-Selling Albums of the ’70s

Not able to recall the ten best-selling albums of the '70s? The list may surprise some people, as it contains two releases by the great Pink Floyd and three by rock powerhouse Led Zeppelin, but by reading through this list of the ten best-selling albums of the '70s you will take a musical journey down memory lane.

  1. "The Wall," Pink Floyd. Released in 1979, the group's seventh studio album was actually a double-album. This rock opera is over 81 minutes long and included the singles "Another Brick in the Wall," "Comfortably Numb," and "Run Like Hell." It went platinum over 23 times in the United States, (translating into selling over 11.5 million records since it's a double album), making it the best-selling album of the '70s.

  2. "Led Zeppelin IV," Led Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin's fourth album, which did not have a formal title, came out in 1971, producing the singles "Rock and Roll" and "Black Dog." It sold 37 million copies and went platinum in the United States more than six times.

  3. "Rumours," Fleetwood Mac. This 1977 release by Fleetwood Mac also won a Grammy for Album of the Year. Including the singles "Go Your Own Way," "Don't Stop," "Dreams," and "You Make Lovin' Fun," it is the band's most successful album, selling 40 million copies worldwide and placing it third on the list of best-selling albums of the '70s.

  4. "Boston," Boston. The band's eponymous 1977 debut album was the second best-selling debut album of all time, going seventeen times platinum in the United States. It spawned the singles "More than a Feeling," "Foreplay/Long Time," and "Peace of Mind."

  5. "Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack." This 1977 movie soundtrack ushering in disco went fifteen times platinum in the United States, it won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Best Arrangement for Voices, and Producer of the Year, and ranks at number five in the ten best-selling albums of the '70s.

  6. "Hotel California," The Eagles. The band's fifth album released in 1976 has sold more than sixteen million copies in the United States alone. It won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Arrangement of Voices. This album with controversial themes of decadence and loss of innocence contained the hits "Hotel California," "New Kid in Town," "Life in the Fast Lane," and "Wasted Time."

  7. "Physical Graffiti," Led Zeppelin. The sixth Led Zeppelin album came out in 1975 and has since gone platinum sixteen times (translating into sales of over eight million in the United States, as it's a double album). Although it contained just one released single, "Trampled Under Foot," this album is one of the band's most critically acclaimed of all time and sold enough copies to be ranked at number seven in the best-selling albums of the '70s.

  8. "Dark Side of the Moon," Pink Floyd. Released in 1973, Pink Floyd's sixth studio album won a Grammy for Best Engineered Album. It has since sold over 45 million copies worldwide and went fifteen times platinum in the United States. This album included the hits "Money" and "Time/Us and Them."

  9. "Bat Out Of Hell," Meat Loaf. Meat Loaf's second album, released in 1977, has sold 40 million copies worldwide since its release, and went 22 times platinum in the United States. The rock musical featured the songs "Bat Out Of Hell" and "You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth."

  10. "Houses of the Holy," Led Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin's 1973 release, its fifth album, has sold over 11 million copies in the United States. Featuring the singles "Over the Hills and Far Away" and "D'yer Maker," the album received mixed reviews for being off-beat but became a commercial success, landing it at number ten in the best-selling albums of the '70s.


Champ, Hamish. "100 Best-Selling Albums of the 70s." 2004: Amber Books, London.

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