Data collector – Biggest CSPC Albums of the 1970s

The Eagles

One week ago, Simon & Garfunkel‘s CSPC analysis has been published. Although they had a big impact on the music of the 60s, their peak was reached with Bridge Over Troubled Water, released in 1970, the most successful album up to that point. However, several albums did ever better later on in the decade. Among all mythical albums from the 70s, which ones rank the highest? You will find the answer in this new Data Collector list!

The albums ranked here have been released from January 1, 1970 to December 31, 1979. All figures are given in EAS (equivalent album sales).

Please keep in mind that some albums haven’t been studied so far, e.g. Meat Loaf‘s Bat Out Of Hell, Boston‘s eponymous album and Carole King‘s Tapestry. All figures reflect the value as collected at the time of the artist’s respective articles.

A lot of lists like this one are available in the Data Collector, so feel free to read them to gauge how your favorite artist charts on them.

ALBUMS RANKING – CSPC – 70s

1. 1976 – EaglesHotel California70,575,000
2. 1977 – Bee Gees & Various ArtistsSaturday Night Fever67,150,000
3. 1977 – Fleetwood MacRumours61,258,000
4. 1971 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV57,016,000
5. 1973 – Pink FloydThe Dark Side of the Moon55,796,000
6. 1978 – Various ArtistsGrease52,216,000
7. 1979 – Pink FloydThe Wall50,309,000
8. 1970 – Simon & GarfunkelBridge over Troubled Water45,148,000
9. 1975 – QueenA Night at the Opera35,718,000
10. 1976 – ABBAArrival35,098,000
11. 1970 – BeatlesLet It Be32,924,000
12. 1975 – Pink FloydWish You Were Here32,462,000
13. 1977 – Bob MarleyExodus31,498,000
14. 1973 – Elton JohnGoodbye Yellow Brick Road31,353,000
15. 1979 – Michael JacksonOff the Wall30,954,000
16. 1977 – QueenNews of the World28,746,000
17. 1972 – EaglesEagles26,209,000
18. 1975 – AerosmithToys In The Attic25,255,000
19. 1977 – Billy JoelThe Stranger25,111,000
20. 1978 – Bob MarleyKaya24,791,000
21. 1975 – ABBAABBA24,694,000
22. 1978 – Dire StraitsDire Straits23,152,000
23. 1975 – EaglesOne Of These Nights23,051,000
24. 1973 – Led ZeppelinHouses Of The Holy22,488,000
25. 1979 – AC/DCHighway to Hell22,008,000
26. 1971 – Rolling StonesSticky Fingers21,767,000
27. 1979 – ABBAVoulez-Vous20,659,000
28. 1970 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin III20,201,000
29. 1970 – Elton JohnElton John20,023,000
30. 1975 – Bruce SpringsteenBorn to Run19,903,000
31. 1978 – QueenJazz18,643,000
32. 1977 – ABBAThe Album18,426,000
33. 1973 – Billy JoelPiano Man18,359,000
34. 1978 – Rolling StonesSome Girls18,345,000
35. 1979 – Bee GeesSpirits Having Flown18,241,000
36. 1979 – EaglesThe Long Run17,715,000
37. 1975 – Led ZeppelinPhysical Graffiti17,625,000
38. 1975 – Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac17,241,000
39. 1973 – EaglesDesperado16,699,000
40. 1978 – Billy Joel52nd Street16,670,000
41. 1972 – Elton JohnHonky Château15,995,000
42. 1972 – David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars15,212,000
43. 1976 – Barbra StreisandA Star Is Born15,006,000
44. 1974 – Barbra StreisandThe Way We Were14,774,000
45. 1976 – QueenA Day at the Races14,400,000
46. 1974 – Bob MarleyNatty Dread13,639,000
47. 1976 – AC/DCHigh Voltage13,532,000
48. 1976 – AC/DCDirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap13,508,000
49. 1979 – Led ZeppelinIn Through The Out Door13,023,000
50. 1977 – Pink FloydAnimals13,000,000
51. 1974 – ABBAWaterloo12,878,000
52. 1973 – Rolling StonesGoats Head Soup12,130,000
53. 1973 – Elton JohnDon’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player11,944,000
54. 1977 – AC/DCLet There Be Rock11,736,000
55. 1973 – Bob MarleyBurnin’11,090,000
56. 1972 – Rolling StonesExile on Main St10,988,000
57. 1974 – Elton JohnCaribou10,627,000
58. 1971 – Pink FloydMeddle10,273,000
59. 1971 – David BowieHunky Dory10,262,000
60. 1976 – Bob DylanDesire10,185,000
61. 1979 – Fleetwood MacTusk9,687,000
62. 1975 – Elton JohnRock of the Westies9,674,000
63. 1975 – Bob DylanBlood on the Tracks8,921,000
64. 1970 – Jackson 5ABC8,854,000
65. 1974 – QueenSheer Heart Attack8,778,000
66. 1974 – EaglesOn The Border8,709,000
67. 1972 – Paul SimonPaul Simon8,623,000
68. 1975 – Elton JohnCaptain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy8,530,000
69. 1976 – Bee GeesChildren of the World8,518,000
70. 1976 – Led ZeppelinPresence8,386,000
71. 1978 – Bruce SpringsteenDarkness on the Edge of Town8,320,000
72. 1977 – David BowieHeroes8,109,000
73. 1973 – Bob MarleyCatch a Fire7,842,000
74. 1979 – Dire StraitsCommuniqué7,492,000
75. 1975 – Bee GeesMain Course6,917,000
76. 1972 – Michael JacksonGot to Be There6,861,000
77. 1978 – Barbra StreisandSongbird6,856,000
78. 1974 – David BowieDiamond Dogs6,847,000
79. 1973 – Bob DylanPat Garrett and Billy the Kid6,757,000
80. 1975 – Paul SimonStill Crazy After All These Years6,456,000
81. 1976 – Billy JoelTurnstiles6,413,000
82. 1973 – David BowieAladdin Sane6,372,000
83. 1976 – Elton JohnBlue Moves6,225,000
84. 1971 – Elton JohnMadman Across the Water6,224,000
85. 1976 – Bob MarleyRastaman Vibration6,022,000
86. 1978 – AC/DCPowerage5,973,000
87. 1970 – Pink FloydAtom Heart Mother5,922,000
88. 1975 – David BowieYoung Americans5,920,000
89. 1979 – Bob MarleySurvival5,718,000
90. 1979 – Barbra StreisandWet5,467,000
91. 1978 – The JacksonsDestiny5,208,000
92. 1970 – Jackson 5Third Album5,083,000
93. 1973 – Bruce SpringsteenGreetings from Asbury Park, N.J.5,064,000
94. 1972 – Michael JacksonBen5,034,000
95. 1976 – Rolling StonesBlack and Blue4,840,000
96. 1973 – Paul SimonThere Goes Rhymin’ Simon4,704,000
97. 1974 – Rolling StonesIt’s Only Rock ‘n Roll4,665,000
98. 1976 – David BowieStation to Station4,500,000
99. 1973 – Bruce SpringsteenThe Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle4,278,000
100. 1979 – Bob DylanSlow Train Coming4,171,000

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Jules Giddings

Elton John, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, The Eagles, Billy Joel, Abba, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan basically own it on this list. Interesting to see how the 70s was so dominated by a few artists. Mind you I suppose the 60s was even more so.

Trond Grønvold

Where is Supertramp – Breakfast in America?

And where is Supertramps other album from the 70’s?

Dan

It seems the “reply” option for specific message doesn’t work, it just makes a new one.

Dan

Hey Anthony! Very interesting article, thanks!

Dan

Just out of curiosity – how did Aerosmith – Toys In The Attic got on that list, if Aerosmith haven’t been studied yet?

Stephon Jackson

I’m shocked that “Off The Wall” wasn’t higher. Glad to see it’s still top 20 tho. You really need to do Elvis Presley’s popular data collector already…. He’s the last big fish left.

Nathan

I would love to see Aerosmith cspc

ILFMUSIC

So Barbra is the only female artist to have album inside the list (four times), I guess only Carole King’s blockbuster folk album will be added as one more diva album

MJD

Hi ILFMUSIC!

I think that Linda Ronstadt has a word to say about it too 🙂

isaiah

Just out of curiosity, around where would Donna Summer’s “Bad Girls” be placed on this list (theoretically of course).

MJD

Hi Isaiah!

As mentioned in this article, it may be close to 10m total units. Take it with a huge pinch of salt though since I haven’t got into all details about it so far! That puts it around #60 so far, but once added CSNY, CCR, Doors, etc, etc, I really doubt it would be Top 100 in the end!

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