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Best Albums of 1972

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Listed below are the greatest albums of 1972 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 16,000 greatest album charts.

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1972 year summaryThe best artists of 1972 were David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Nick Drake, Neil Young, Lou Reed, Yes, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Genesis and Can.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From MarsUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,192 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:51,484
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: 88/100 (1,256 votes)
Comments: 122 comments
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2.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:905 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:38,596
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: 86/100 (1,028 votes)
Comments: 96 comments
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3.

Pink MoonUnited Kingdom Nick Drake
Year of Release:1972Appears in:634 charts
Rank in 1972:3Rank Score:19,962
Rank in 1970s20Overall Rank:72
Average Rating: 86/100 (670 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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4.

HarvestCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1972Appears in:544 charts
Rank in 1972:4Rank Score:15,456
Rank in 1970s26Overall Rank:97
Average Rating: 84/100 (704 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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5.

TransformerUnited States Lou Reed
Year of Release:1972Appears in:516 charts
Rank in 1972:5Rank Score:15,083
Rank in 1970s27Overall Rank:102
Average Rating: 82/100 (591 votes)
Comments: 46 comments
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6.

Close To The EdgeUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1972Appears in:352 charts
Rank in 1972:6Rank Score:11,520
Rank in 1970s34Overall Rank:133
Average Rating: 84/100 (485 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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7.

Machine HeadUnited Kingdom Deep Purple
Year of Release:1972Appears in:277 charts
Rank in 1972:7Rank Score:7,001
Rank in 1970s61Overall Rank:237
Average Rating: 81/100 (388 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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8.

FoxtrotUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1972Appears in:172 charts
Rank in 1972:8Rank Score:5,168
Rank in 1970s83Overall Rank:307
Average Rating: 80/100 (259 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Thick As A BrickUnited Kingdom Jethro Tull
Year of Release:1972Appears in:191 charts
Rank in 1972:9Rank Score:4,893
Rank in 1970s89Overall Rank:322
Average Rating: 82/100 (264 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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10.

Ege BamyasiGermany Can
Year of Release:1972Appears in:182 charts
Rank in 1972:10Rank Score:4,023
Rank in 1970s105Overall Rank:392
Average Rating: 83/100 (205 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of 1972 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 5 1%
Jimi Hendrix 3 1%
Georges Brassens 2 0%
Cornelis Vreeswijk 2 0%
Slade 2 0%
Frank Zappa 2 0%
The Beach Boys 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 220 43%
United Kingdom 115 23%
Germany 44 9%
Brazil 20 4%
Italy 18 4%
Mixed Nationality 11 2%
Canada 10 2%
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