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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 14,000 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, Genesis, Jethro Tull 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:1,080 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:46,935
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: 88/100 (1,129 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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2.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:835 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:36,379
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: 86/100 (931 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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3.

Pink MoonUnited Kingdom Nick Drake
Year of Release:1972Appears in:545 charts
Rank in 1972:3Rank Score:18,017
Rank in 1970s20Overall Rank:73
Average Rating: 85/100 (583 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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4.

HarvestCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1972Appears in:486 charts
Rank in 1972:4Rank Score:14,140
Rank in 1970s26Overall Rank:98
Average Rating: 84/100 (627 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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5.

TransformerUnited States Lou Reed
Year of Release:1972Appears in:458 charts
Rank in 1972:5Rank Score:13,648
Rank in 1970s27Overall Rank:104
Average Rating: 83/100 (526 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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6.

Close To The EdgeUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1972Appears in:306 charts
Rank in 1972:6Rank Score:10,320
Rank in 1970s36Overall Rank:136
Average Rating: 84/100 (435 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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7.

Machine HeadUnited Kingdom Deep Purple
Year of Release:1972Appears in:241 charts
Rank in 1972:7Rank Score:6,473
Rank in 1970s59Overall Rank:230
Average Rating: 82/100 (358 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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8.

FoxtrotUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1972Appears in:147 charts
Rank in 1972:8Rank Score:4,834
Rank in 1970s82Overall Rank:302
Average Rating: 81/100 (225 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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9.

Thick As A BrickUnited Kingdom Jethro Tull
Year of Release:1972Appears in:172 charts
Rank in 1972:9Rank Score:4,407
Rank in 1970s92Overall Rank:326
Average Rating: 82/100 (239 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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10.

Ege BamyasiGermany Can
Year of Release:1972Appears in:161 charts
Rank in 1972:10Rank Score:3,634
Rank in 1970s105Overall Rank:392
Average Rating: 83/100 (181 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of 1972 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 5 1%
Jimi Hendrix 3 1%
Canned Heat 2 0%
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band 2 0%
Franco Battiato 2 0%
Matching Mole 2 0%
Michael Jackson 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 203 43%
United Kingdom 109 23%
Germany 45 10%
Italy 18 4%
Brazil 12 3%
Mixed Nationality 10 2%
Netherlands 10 2%
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