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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 37,000 greatest album charts.

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1972 year summaryThe best artists of 1972 were David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Nick Drake, Neil Young, Yes, Lou Reed, 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:2,375 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:95,517
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,730 votes)
Comments: 239 comments
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2.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,533 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:55,137
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,906 votes)
Comments: 162 comments
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3.

Pink MoonUnited Kingdom Nick Drake
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,186 charts
Rank in 1972:3Rank Score:34,834
Rank in 1970s17Overall Rank:63
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,418 votes)
Comments: 118 comments
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4.

HarvestCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,016 charts
Rank in 1972:4Rank Score:24,080
Rank in 1970s27Overall Rank:103
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,354 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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5.

Close To The EdgeUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1972Appears in:835 charts
Rank in 1972:5Rank Score:21,962
Rank in 1970s29Overall Rank:115
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,067 votes)
Comments: 91 comments
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6.

TransformerUnited States Lou Reed
Year of Release:1972Appears in:955 charts
Rank in 1972:6Rank Score:21,716
Rank in 1970s30Overall Rank:117
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,194 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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7.

Machine HeadUnited Kingdom Deep Purple
Year of Release:1972Appears in:566 charts
Rank in 1972:7Rank Score:11,996
Rank in 1970s60Overall Rank:236
Average Rating:  82/100 (766 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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8.

Thick As A BrickUnited Kingdom Jethro Tull
Year of Release:1972Appears in:440 charts
Rank in 1972:8Rank Score:10,386
Rank in 1970s66Overall Rank:267
Average Rating:  83/100 (628 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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9.

FoxtrotUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1972Appears in:424 charts
Rank in 1972:9Rank Score:9,260
Rank in 1970s82Overall Rank:310
Average Rating:  82/100 (589 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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10.

Ege BamyasiGermany Can
Year of Release:1972Appears in:423 charts
Rank in 1972:10Rank Score:7,789
Rank in 1970s94Overall Rank:356
Average Rating:  84/100 (521 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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Best Albums of 1972 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 9 1%
Deep Purple 6 1%
Johnny Cash 4 0%
Jimi Hendrix 4 0%
Elvis Presley 4 0%
Georges Brassens 3 0%
Ray Barretto 3 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 395 41%
United Kingdom 225 23%
Germany 68 7%
Italy 32 3%
Brazil 31 3%
France 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 22 2%
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