Exile On Main St. (studio album) by The Rolling Stones

Exile On Main St. by The Rolling Stones
Year: 1972
Overall rank: 43rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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86/100 (from 2,206 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1972 (2nd)
Award Top 20 albums of the 1970s (12th)
Award Top 50 albums of all time (43rd)

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Exile On Main St. is ranked as the best album by The Rolling Stones.

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-Exile On Main St.Sticky Fingers

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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 84 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
86/100 (from 2,206 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 85.5/100, a mean average of 84.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 85.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.1.

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From 04/27/2022 12:22
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Album of the year. 1972. Easily in the top 3 Stones LP's for me.
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From 04/19/2022 08:52
I can't really find why people think this is the best Stones album, some good songs on here, but songs like Sweet Virginia, Turd on the run, Sweet black angel just are not good. I Also think Let it Bleed and Sticky Fingers are better, due to the variation on these albums, not just 1 genre. Still good, but 3. best from Stones for me

Favs: Tumbling Dice, Rocks Off

Low Points: Sweet Virginia, Sweet black angel, Turd on the run
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85/100
From 03/11/2022 10:29
Absolutely classic stones album. Every track works together with the rest. They are all unique but all work together. And an interesting back story about the making of it. Love it.
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90/100
From 02/12/2022 17:40
Definitely best, most consistent Stones effort and only Sticky Fingers comes close. They do here what is hard to do, they maintain to entertain you through the over hour of listening with no bad tracks. There isn't one obvious highlight on here like Gimme Shelter (Let It Bleed) or Paint It Black (Aftermath) but all of the tracks make this album collectively great. Even as not the biggest Stones fan I have to admit this is very good album.
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From 01/12/2022 10:04
Oh yeah...
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From 11/02/2021 23:02
This is an album that it's harder to not enjoy than enjoy. Basically, it has something for everyone and makes you feel good.
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From 10/09/2021 20:22
Justifiably considered their masterpiece. Best tracks: "Rocks Off," "Tumbling Dice," "Happy," and "Shine a Light." I'm not a huge stones fan but I appreciate what they did between 68-72 and how influential that was on the course of rock afterwards. Exile was the culmination of that period and my favorite album to listen to from beginning to end.
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From 09/07/2021 14:32
OBRA MAESTRA. Disco de puro Rock & roll repleto de clásicos.
Si hay que definir el rock&roll hay que decir Exile on main Street. Es perfecto. Sus canciones más rápidas, más lentas, acústicas, experimentaciones con el country... Pero sobre todo, lo que tiene este disco es el sonido Stones. Marca de la casa. Único.

No hay ni una mala canción. Es pura delicia.
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From 06/18/2021 15:29
a couple of decent hits
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