List of number-one albums from the 1970s (New Zealand)

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This is the Recorded Music NZ list of number-one albums in New Zealand during the 1970s decade. In May 1975 the Pop-O-Meter singles chart was replaced with the new Record Publications chart, a division of the New Zealand Phonographic Federation. As well as a new singles chart, a weekly album chart was compiled for the first time.[1] The new top 40 album chart was launched in May 1975 by the New Zealand Phonographic Federation, and eventually expanded to a top 50 in 1979. The chart was collated by returns sent in by a representative sample of New Zealand music retailers.[2] ABBA's 1975 compilation album The Best of ABBA charted at number one for a total of 15 weeks. Only two albums by New Zealand artists reached number one: folk-pop duo Bill and Boyd's self-titled album, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's album The World's Great Classics.

The following albums were all number one in New Zealand in the 1970s.

Number ones[edit]

Key
  *  – Number-one album of the year[nb 1]
  †  – Album of New Zealand origin[nb 2]
  ‡  – Number-one album of the year, of New Zealand origin
Bob Dylan had the first number one album of the new chart with Blood on the Tracks.
ABBA's album The Best of ABBA was number one for 15 weeks, the longest run of the 1970s.
The Grease soundtrack, featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, charted at No. 1 for 16 weeks in 1978.
The soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever, primarily written by The Bee Gees, charted at No, 1 for 15 weeks in 1978.
Supertramp's album Breakfast in America was No.1 for 10 weeks.
Artist Album Weeks at
number one
Reached number one
Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks 3 2 May 1975
Rick Wakeman The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table 3 23 May 1975
John Denver An Evening with John Denver 1 13 June 1975
Rick Wakeman The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table 1 20 June 1975
John Denver An Evening with John Denver 1 27 June 1975
Elton John Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy 5 4 July 1975
Wings Venus and Mars 1 8 August 1975
Roger Whittaker The Very Best of Roger Whittaker 8 15 August 1975
Helen Reddy Helen Reddy's Greatest Hits 3 10 October 1975
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here 3 31 October 1975
Helen Reddy Helen Reddy's Greatest Hits 3 21 November 1975
Freddy Fender Before the Next Teardrop Falls 2 12 December 1975
Summer break - no chart (1 week)
Artist Album Weeks at
number one
Reached number one
Summer break - no chart (4 weeks)
The Doobie Brothers Listen to the Music: The Best of the Doobie Brothers 3 30 January 1976
ABBA The Best of ABBA 1 20 February 1976
Neil Diamond Hot August Night 1 27 February 1976
Bill & Boyd Bill & Boyd 1 5 March 1976
Queen A Night at the Opera 3 12 March 1976
10cc How Dare You! 1 2 April 1976
Queen A Night at the Opera 2 9 April 1976
Easter holiday - no chart (1 week)
ABBA The Best of ABBA 15 30 April 1976
Neil Diamond Beautiful Noise 6 13 August 1976
Rod Stewart A Night on the Town 1 24 September 1976
ABBA The Best of ABBA 1 1 October 1976
Rod Stewart A Night on the Town 5 8 October 1976
ABBA The Best of ABBA 1 12 November 1976
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra The World's Great Classics 1 19 November 1976
ABBA Arrival 4 26 November 1976
Summer break - no chart (2 weeks)
Artist Album Weeks at
number one
Reached number one
Summer break - no chart (5 weeks)
ABBA Arrival 1 13 February 1977
Eagles Hotel California 2 20 February 1977
Rod Stewart A Night on the Town 3 6 March 1977
Pink Floyd Animals 3 27 March 1977
Easter holiday - no chart (1 week)
Eagles Hotel California 1 24 April 1977
Barbra Streisand / Kris Kristofferson A Star Is Born 1 1 May 1977
Neil Diamond Love at the Greek 1 8 May 1977
Various artists Masterpiece 2 15 May 1977
Various artists Disco Magic 1 29 May 1977
Barbra Streisand / Kris Kristofferson A Star Is Born 8 5 June 1977
Bee Gees Here at Last... Bee Gees... Live 5 31 July 1977
Fleetwood Mac Rumours 1 4 September 1977
Pussycat Souvenirs 2 11 September 1977
Elvis Presley Moody Blue 4 25 September 1977
Fleetwood Mac Rumours 4 23 October 1977
Rod Stewart Foot Loose & Fancy Free 2 20 November 1977
Fleetwood Mac Rumours 3 4 December 1977
Summer break - no chart (1 week)
Artist Album Weeks at
number one
Reached number one
Summer break - no chart (4 weeks)
Rod Stewart Foot Loose & Fancy Free 1 29 January 1978
Fleetwood Mac Rumours 1 5 February 1978
ABBA ABBA: The Album 5 12 February 1978
Neil Diamond I'm Glad You're Here with Me Tonight 19 March 1978
Soundtrack Saturday Night Fever 1 26 March 1978
Easter holiday - no chart (1 week)
Soundtrack Saturday Night Fever 13 9 April 1978
Kamahl Kamahl 1 9 July 1978
The Rolling Stones Some Girls 2 16 July 1978
Soundtrack FM 1 30 July 1978
Soundtrack Saturday Night Fever 1 6 August 1978
Soundtrack Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture 3 13 August 1978
Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell 1 3 September 1978
Soundtrack Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture 13 10 September 1978
David Bowie Stage 2 10 December 1978
Summer break - no chart (2 weeks)
Artist Album Weeks at
number one
Reached number one
Summer break - no chart (2 weeks)
Billy Joel 52nd Street 2 21 January 1979
Barbra Streisand Greatest Hits Vol. 2 4 4 February 1979
Rod Stewart Blondes Have More Fun 3 4 March 1979
Bee Gees Spirits Having Flown 4 25 March 1979
Easter holiday - no chart (1 week)
Various artists Don't Walk, Boogie 5 25 April 1979
Supertramp Breakfast in America 4 3 June 1979
Leo Sayer The Very Best of Leo Sayer 1 1 July 1979
Supertramp Breakfast in America 4 6 July 1979
Dire Straits Communiqué 2 5 August 1979
Supertramp Breakfast in America 1 19 August 1979
Art Garfunkel Fate for Breakfast 1 26 August 1979
Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door 2 2 September 1979
Supertramp Breakfast in America 1 16 September 1979
Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door 1 23 September 1979
Bob Dylan Slow Train Coming 2 30 September 1979
Various artists Don't Walk, Boogie On 4 14 October 1979
Rod Stewart Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 6 11 November 1979
Pink Floyd The Wall 1 23 December 1979
Summer break - no chart (1 week)
Artist Album Weeks at
number one
Reached number one

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Annual charts are sourced from the RMNZ website.
  2. ^ Whether or not a song is of New Zealand origin is determined by RMNZ
^‡ This album is of New Zealand origin

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dix, John (1988). Stranded in Paradise : New Zealand rock'n'roll, 1955-1988. Wellington, N.Z.: Paradise Publications. p. 342. ISBN 0473006383. 
  2. ^ Staff, Bryan. "ew Zealand charts - the genesis". Audioculture. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 

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