Best Albums of 1972

Listed below are the best albums of 1972 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 45,000 greatest album charts.

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1972 year summaryThe best artists of 1972 were David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Nick Drake, Yes, Neil Young, Lou Reed, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Can and Genesis.
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1972
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60,477
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1972
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28,194
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23,802
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1972
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16,267
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1972
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15,490
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1972
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13,586
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1972
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7,636
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6,933
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1972
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6,507
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6,317
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of 1972 composition

Country Albums %


United States 418 42%
United Kingdom 210 21%
Germany 71 7%
Brazil 39 4%
Italy 30 3%
Mixed Nationality 29 3%
France 23 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 954 95%
Yes 53 5%
Live? Albums %
No 974 97%
Yes 33 3%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 997 99%
Yes 10 1%
Best Ever Albums
1. OK Computer by Radiohead
2. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
3. Abbey Road by The Beatles
4. Revolver by The Beatles
5. Kid A by Radiohead
6. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
7. In Rainbows by Radiohead
8. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
9. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie
10. The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground & Nico
11. Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV) by Led Zeppelin
12. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
13. Funeral by Arcade Fire
14. The Beatles (The White Album) by The Beatles
15. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
16. Nevermind by Nirvana
17. Doolittle by Pixies
18. London Calling by The Clash
19. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
20. The Bends by Radiohead
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