Bestsellers 1970-1999

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1970 bestselling novels

1970 #1 Love Story by Erich Segal
1970 #2 The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
1970 #3 Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway
1970 #4 The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
1970 #5 Great Lion of God by Caldwell
1970 #6 QB VII by Leon Uris
1970 #7 The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight by Jimmy Breslin
1970 #8 The Secret Woman by Victoria Holt
1970 #9 Travels with My Aunt by Graham Green
1970 #10 Rich Man, Poor Man by Irwin Shaw

1971 bestselling novels

1971 #1 Wheels by Arthur Hailey
1971 #2 The Exorcist by William P. Blatty
1971 #3 The Passions of the Mind by Irving Stone
1971 #4 The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth [also 1972 #4]
1971 #5 The Betsy by Harold Robbins
1971 #6 Message from Málaga by Helen MacInnes
1971 #7 The Winds of War by Herman Wouk
1971 #8 The Drifters by James A. Michener
1971 #9 The Other by Thomas Tryon
1971 #10 Rabbit Redux by John Updike

1972 bestselling novels

1972 #1 Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
1972 #2 August, 1914 by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
1972 #3 The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth [also 1973 #2]
1972 #4 The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth [also 1971 #4]
1972 #5 The Word  by Irving Wallace
1972 #6 The Winds of War by Herman Wouk [also 1971 #7]
1972 #7 Captains and the Kings by Taylor Caldwell
1972 #8 Two from Galilee by Marjorie Holmes
1972 #9 My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
1972 #10 Semi-Tough by Dan Jenkins

1973 bestselling novels

1973 #1 Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach [also 1972 #1]
1973 #2 Once Is Not Enough by Jacqueline Susann
1973 #3 Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
1973 #4 The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth [also 1972 #3]
1973 #5 Burr
by Gore Vidal
1973 #6 The Hollow Hills
by Mary Stewart 
1973 #7
Evening in Byzantium by Irwin Shaw
1973 #8 The Matlock Paper
by Robert Ludlum 
1973 #9 The Billion Dollar Sure Thing
by Paul E. Erdman
1973 #10 The Honorary Consul
by Graham Greene

1974 bestselling novels

1974 #1 Centennial by James A. Michener
1974 #2 Watership Down by Richard Adams
1974 #3 Jaws by Peter Benchley
1974 #4 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre
1974 #5 Something Happened by Joseph Heller
1974 #6 The Dogs of War by Frederick Forsyth
1974 #7 The Pirate by Harold J.Robbins
1974 #8 I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven
1974 #9 The Seven-Per-Cent Solution by John J. Watson
1974 #10 The Fan Club by Irving Wallace

1975 bestselling novels

1975 #1 Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow
1975 #2 The Moneychangers by Arthur Hailey
1975 #3 Curtain by Agatha Christie
1975 #4 Looking for Mister Goodbar by Judith Rossner
1975 #5 The Choirboys by Joseph Wambaugh
1975 #6 The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins
1975 #7 The Greek Treasure: A Biographical Novel of Henry and Sophia Schliemann by Irving Stone
1975 #8 The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton
1975 #9 Shogun by James Clavell
1975 #10 Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow

1976 bestselling novels

1976 #1 Trinity by Leon Uris
1976 #2 Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie
1976 #3 Dolores by Jacqueline Susann
1976 #4 Storm Warning by Jack Higgins
1976 #5 The Deep by Peter Benchley
1976 #6 1876 by Gore Vidal
1976 #7 Slapstick: or, Lonesome No More! by Kurt Vonnegut
1976 #8 The Lonely Lady by Harold Robbins
1976 #9 Touch Not the Cat by Mary Stewart
1976 #10 A Stranger in the Mirror by Sidney Sheldon

1977 bestselling novels

1977 #1 The Silmarillion by J.R. R. Tolkien; Christopher Tolkien
1977 #2 The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
1977 #3 Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach [Also 1978 #7]
1977 #4 The Honourable Schoolboy by John Le Carré
1977 #5 Oliver’s Story by Erich Segal
1977 #6 Dreams Die First by Harold Robbins
1977 #7 Beggarman, Thief  by Irwin Shaw
1977 #8 How To Save Your Own Life by Erica Jong
1977 #9 Delta of Venus: Erotica by Anais Nin
1977 #10 Daniel Martin by John Fowles

1978 bestselling novels

1978 #1 Chesapeake by James A. Michener
1978 #2 War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk
1978 #3 Fools Die by Mario Puzo
1978 #4 Bloodlines by Sidney Sheldon
1978 #5 Scruples by Judith Krantz
1978 #6 Evergreen by Belva Plain
1978 #7 Illusionsby Richard Bach [Also 1977 #6]
1978 #8 The Holcroft Covenant by Robert Ludlum
1978 #9 Second Generation by Howard Fast
1978 #10 Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett

1979 bestselling novels

1979 #1 The Matarese Circle by Robert Ludlum
1979 #2 Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
1979 #3 Overload by Arthur Hailey
1979 #4 Memories of Another Day by Harold Robbins
1979 #5 Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut
1979 #6 The Dead Zone by Stephen King
1979 #7 The Last Enchantment by Mary Stewart
1979 #8 The Establishment by Howard Fast
1979 #9 The Third World War: August 1985 by Gen. Sir John Hackett, et al.
1979 #10 Smiley’s People by John Le Carre

1980 bestselling novels

1980 #1 The Covenant by James A. Michener
1980 #2 The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
1980 #3 Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon
1980 #4 Princess Daisy by Judith Krantz
1980 #5 Firestarter by Stephen King
1980 #6 The Key to Rebecca Ken Follett
1980 #7 Random Winds by Belva Plain
1980 #8 The Devil’s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth
1980 #9 The Fifth Horseman by Larry Collins and Dominique LaPierre
1980 #10 The Spike by Arnaud de Borchgrave and Robert Moss

1981 bestselling novels

1981 #1 Noble House by James Clavell
1981 #2 The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving
1981 #3 Cujo by Stephen King
1981 #4 An Indecent Obsession by Colleen McCullough
1981 #5 Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
1981 #6 Masquerade by Kit Williams
1981 #7 Goodbye, Janette by Harold Robbins
1981 #8 The Third Deadly Sin by Lawrence Sanders
1981 #9 The Glitter Dome by Joseph Wambaugh
1981 #10 No Time for Tears by Cynthia Freeman

1982 bestselling novels

1982 #1 E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial Storybook by William Kotzwinkle
1982 #2 Space by James A. Michener
1982 #3 The Parsifal Mosaic by Robert Ludlum
1982 #4 Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon
1982 #5 Mistral’s Daughter by Judith Krantz
1982 #6 The Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel
1982 #7 Different Seasons by Stephen King
1982 #8 North and South by John Jakes
1982 #9 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke
1982 #10 The Man from St. Petersburg by Ken Follett

1983 bestselling novels

1983 #1 Return of the Jedi Storybook by Joan D. Vinge, adapt.
1983 #2 Poland by James A. Michener
1983 #3 Pet Sematary by Stephen King
1983 #4 The Little Drummer Girl by John Le Carre
1983 #5 Christine by Stephen King
1983 #6 Changes by Danielle Steel
1983 #7 The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
1983 #8 White Gold Wielder: Book Three of The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson
1983 #9 Hollywood Wives by Jackie Collins
1983 #10 The Lonesome Gods The Lonesome Gods by Louis L’Amour

1984 bestselling novels

1984 #1 The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
1984 #2 The Aquitaine Progression by Robert Ludlum
1984 #3 The Sicilian by Mario Puzo
1984 #4 Love and War by John Jakes
1984 #5 The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss
1984 #6 “. . . And Ladies of the Club” by Helen Hooven Santmyer
1984 #7 The Fourth Protocol by Frederick Forsyth
1984 #8 Full Circle by Danielle Steel
1984 #9 The Life and Hard Times of Heidi Abromowitz by Joan Rivers
1984 #10 Lincoln: A Novel by Gore Vidal

1985 bestselling novels

1985 #1 The Mammoth Hunters by Jean M. Auel
1985 #2 Texas by James A. Michener
1985 #3 Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor
1985 #4 If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon
1985 #5 Skeleton Crew by Stephen King
1985 #6 Secrets by Danielle Steel
1985 #7 Contact by  Carl Sagan
1985 #8 Lucky by Jackie Collins
1985 #9 Family Album by Danielle Steel
1985 #10 Jubal Sackett by Louis L’Amour

1986 bestselling novels

1986 #1 It by Stephen King
1986 #2 Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy
1986 #3 Whirlwind by James Clavell
1986 #4 The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum
1986 #5 Hollywood Husbands by Jackie Collins
1986 #6 Wanderlust by Danielle Steel
1986 #7 I’ll Take Manhattan by Judith Krantz
1986 #8 Last of the Breed by  Louis L’Amour
1986 #9 The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
1986 #10 A Perfect Spy by John Le Carre

1987 bestselling novels

1987 #1 The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
1987 #2 Patriot Games by Tom Clancy
1987 #3 Kaleidoscope by Danielle Steel
1987 #4 Misery by Stephen King
1987 #5 Leaving Home by Garrison Keillor
1987 #6 Windmills of the Gods by Sidney Sheldon
1987 #7 Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
1987 #8 Fine Things by Danielle Steel
1987 #9 Heaven and Hell by John Jakes
1987 #10 The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

1988 bestselling novels

1988 #1 The Cardinal of the Kremlin by Tom Clancy
1988 #2 The Sands of Time by Sidney Sheldon
1988 #3 Zoya by Danielle Steel
1988 #4 The Icarus Agenda by Robert Ludlum
1988 #5 Alaska by James A. Michener
1988 #6 Till We Meet Again by Judith Krantz
1988 #7 The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
1988 #8 To Be the Best by Barbara Taylor Bradford
1988 #9 One: A Novel by Richard Bach
1988 #10 Mitla Pass by Leon Uris

1989 bestselling novels

1989 #1 Clear and Present Danger by Tom Clancy
1989 #2 The Dark Half by Stephen King
1989 #3 Daddy by Danielle Steel
1989 #4 Star by Danielle Steel
1989 #5 Caribbean by James A. Michener
1989 #6 The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
1989 #7 The Russia House by John Le Carre (2019-12-14)
1989 #8 The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (2019-12-17)
1989 #9 California Gold by John Jakes (2019-12-21)
1989 #10 While My Pretty One Sleeps by Mary Higgins Clark (2019-12-28)

1990 bestselling novels

1990 #1 The Plains of Passage by Jean M. Auel (2020-01-04)
1990 #2 Four Past Midnight by Stephen King (2020-01-07)
1990 #3 The Burden of Proof by Scott Turow (2020-01-11)
1990 #4 Memories of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon (2020-01-14)
1990 #5 Message from Nam by Danielle Steel (2020-01-18)
1990 #6 The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum (2020-01-21)
1990 #7 The Stand by Stephen King (2020-01-25)
1990 #8 Lady Boss by Jackie Collins (2020-01-28)
1990 #9 The Witching Hourby Anne Rice (2020-02-01)
1990 #10 September by Rosamunde Pilcher (2020-02-04)

1991 bestselling novels

1991 #1 Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind” by Alexandra Ripley (2020-02-08)
1991 #2 The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy (2020-02-11)
1991 #3 Needful Things by Stephen King (2020-02-15)
1991 #4 No Greater Love by Danielle Steel (2020-02-18)
1991 #5 Heartbeat by Danielle Steel (2020-02-22)
1991 #6 The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon (2020-02-25)
1991 #7 The Firm by John Grisham (2020-02-29)
1991 #8 Night Over Water by Ken Follett (2020-03-03)
1991 #9 Remember by Barbara Taylor Bradford (2020-03-07)
1991 #10 Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark (2020-03-10)

1992 bestselling novels

1992 #1 Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King (2020-03-14)
1992 #2 The Pelican Brief by John Grisham (2020-03-17)
1992 #3 Gerald’s Game by Stephen King (2020-03-21)
1992 #4 Mixed Blessings by Danielle Steel (2020-03-24)
1992 #5 Jewels by Danielle Steel (2020-03-28)
1992 #6 The Stars Shine Down by Sidney Sheldon (2020-03-31)
1992 #7 Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice (2020-04-04)
1992 #8 Mexico by James A. Michener (2020-04-07)
1992 #9 Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan (2020-04-11)
1992 #10 All Around the Town by Mary Higgins Clark (2020-04-14)

1993 bestselling novels

1993 #1 The Bridges of Madison County by James Robert Waller (2020-04-18) [also 1994 #9]
1993 #2 The Client by John Grisham (2020-04-21)
1993 #3 Slow Waltz at Cedar Bend by James Robert Waller (2020-04-25)
1993 #4 Without Remorse by Tom Clancy (2020-04-28)
1993 #5 Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King (2020-05-02)
1993 #6 Vanished by Danielle Steel (2020-05-05)
1993 #7 Lasher by Anne Rice (2020-05-09)
1993 #8 Pleading Guilty by Scott Turow (2020-05-12)
1993 #9 Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (2020-05-16)
1993 #10 The Scorpio Illusion by Robert Ludlum (2020-05-19)

1994 bestselling novels

1994 #1 The Chamber by John Grisham (2020-05-23)
1994 #2 Debt of Honor by Tom Clancy (2020-05-26)
1994 #3 The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield (2020-05-30) [also 1995 #6]
1994 #4 The Gift by Danielle Steel (2020-06-02)
1994 #5 Insomnia by Stephen King (2020-06-06)
1994 #6 Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner (2020-06-09) [also 1995 #9]
1994 #7 Wings by Danielle Steel (2020-06-13)
1994 #8 Accident by Danielle Steel (2020-06-16)
1994 #9 The Bridges of Madison County by James Robert Waller [also 1993 #1]
1994 #10 Disclosure by Michael Crichton (2020-06-23)

1995 bestselling novels

1995 #1 The Rainmaker by John Grisham (2020-06-27)
1995 #2 The Lost World by Michael Crichton (2020-06-30)
1995 #3 Five Days in Paris by Danielle Steel (2020-07-07)
1995 #4 The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans (2020-07-11)
1995 #5 Lightning by Danielle Steel (2020-07-14)
1995 #6 The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield  [also 1994 #3]
1995 #7 Rose Madder by Stephen King (2020-07-21)
1995 #8 Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark (2020-07-25)
1995 #9 Politically Correct Holiday Stories by James Finn Garner  [also 1994 #6]
1995 #10 The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans (2020-08-01)

1996 bestselling novels

1996 #1 The Runaway Jury by John Grisham (2020-08-04)
1996 #2 Executive Orders by Tom Clancy (2020-08-08)
1996 #3 Desperation by Stephen King (2020-08-11)
1996 #4 Airframe by Michael Crichton (2020-08-15)
1996 #5 The Regulators by Richard Bachman (2020-08-18)
1996 #6 Malice by Danielle Steel (2020-08-22)
1996 #7 Silent Honor by Danielle Steel (2020-08-25)
1996 #8 Primary Colors by Anonymous (2020-08-29)
1996 #9 Cause of Death by Patricia Cornwell (2020-09-01)
1996 #10 The Tenth Insight by James Redfield (2020-09-05)

1997 bestselling novels

1997 #1 (tie ) The Partner by John Grisham (2020-09-08)
1997 #1 (tie) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling (2020-09-12)
1997 #2 Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier (2020-09-15)
1997 #3 The Ghost by Danielle Steel (2020-09-19)
1997 #4 The Ranch by Danielle Steel (2020-09-22)
1997 #5 Special Delivery by Danielle Steel (2020-09-26)
1997 #6 Unnatural Exposure by Patricia Cornwell (2020-09-29)
1997 #7 The Best Laid Plans by Sidney Sheldon (2020-10-03)
1997 #8 Pretend You Don’t See Her by Mary Higgins Clark (2020-10-06)
1997 #9 Cat & Mouse by James Patterson (2020-10-10)
1997 #10 Hornet’s Nest by Patricia Cornwell (2020-10-13)

1998 bestselling novels

1998 #1 The Street Lawyer by John Grisham (2020-10-17)
1998 #2 Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy (2020-10-20)
1998 #3 Bag of Bones by Stephen King (2020-10-24)
1998 #4 A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe (2020-10-27)
1998 #5 Mirror Image by Danielle Steel (2020-10-31)
1998 #6 The Long Road Home by Danielle Steel (2020-11-03)
1998 #7 The Klone and I by Danielle Steel (2020-11-07)
1998 #8 Point of Origin by Patricia Cornwell (2020-11-10)
1998 #9 Paradise by Toni Morrison (2020-11-14)
1998 #10 All Through the Night by Mary Higgins Clark (2020-11-17)

1999 bestselling novels

1999 #1 The Testament by John Grisham (2020-11-21)
1999 #2 Hannibal by Thomas Harris (2020-11-24)
1999 #3 Assassins by Jerry B. Jenkins (2020-11-28)
1999 #4 Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks (2020-12-01)
1999 #5 Timeline by Michael Crichton (2020-12-05)
1999 #6 Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King (2020-12-08)
1999 #7 Apollyon by Jerry B. Jenkins (2020-12-12)
1999 #8 The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King (2020-12-15)
1999 #9 Irresistible Forces by Danielle Steel (2020-12-19)
1999 #10 Tara Road by Maeve Binchy (2020-12-22)