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Top-rated albums of 1972

Listed below are the top-rated albums of 1972 as rated by BestEverAlbums.com members!
(To qualify for this chart, an album must have had at least 10 member ratings.)

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1.

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From MarsUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1972Appears in:2,291 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:92,020
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,647 votes)
Comments: 231 comments
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2.

Pink MoonUnited Kingdom Nick Drake
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,155 charts
Rank in 1972:3Rank Score:33,766
Rank in 1970s17Overall Rank:62
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,363 votes)
Comments: 116 comments
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3.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,487 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:54,023
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,855 votes)
Comments: 160 comments
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4.

Close To The EdgeUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1972Appears in:793 charts
Rank in 1972:6Rank Score:21,262
Rank in 1970s30Overall Rank:116
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,025 votes)
Comments: 86 comments
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5.

HarvestCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1972Appears in:983 charts
Rank in 1972:4Rank Score:23,853
Rank in 1970s27Overall Rank:103
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,306 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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6.

Ege BamyasiGermany Can
Year of Release:1972Appears in:408 charts
Rank in 1972:10Rank Score:7,441
Rank in 1970s94Overall Rank:359
Average Rating:  84/100 (494 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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7.

TransformerUnited States Lou Reed
Year of Release:1972Appears in:931 charts
Rank in 1972:5Rank Score:21,496
Rank in 1970s28Overall Rank:113
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,163 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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8.

Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968
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Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1972Appears in:41 charts
Rank in 1972:68Rank Score:476
Rank in 1970s692Overall Rank:3,691
Average Rating:  83/100 (97 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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9.

Thick As A BrickUnited Kingdom Jethro Tull
Year of Release:1972Appears in:423 charts
Rank in 1972:8Rank Score:10,199
Rank in 1970s66Overall Rank:264
Average Rating:  83/100 (604 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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10.

Acabou ChorareBrazil Novos Baianos
Year of Release:1972Appears in:141 charts
Rank in 1972:21Rank Score:2,900
Rank in 1970s201Overall Rank:846
Average Rating:  83/100 (145 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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The average rating is a Bayesian average, calculated as follows:
Average Rating = (n ÷ (n + m)) × av + (m ÷ (n + m)) × AV

where:
av = mean average rating an album has currently received.
n = number of ratings an album has currently received.
m = minimum number of ratings required for an album to appear in the 'top-rated' chart (currently 10).
AV = the site mean average rating for an album (currently 73/100).

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