Best Albums of 1972

Listed below are the best albums of 1972 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 41,000 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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1972
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63,181
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1972
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30,121
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1972
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25,050
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1972
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16,002
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1972
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15,867
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1972
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13,640
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1972
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7,666
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1972
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7,360
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1972
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6,456
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1972
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6,314
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of 1972 composition

Country Albums %


United States 416 42%
United Kingdom 221 22%
Germany 71 7%
Brazil 35 3%
Italy 31 3%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
France 24 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 952 95%
Yes 50 5%
Live? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 15 1%
Recognised  Decade Charts (2010s)
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5. The Needle Drop's Top Albums Of The 2010s by The Needle Drop (2019)
6. Tiny Mix Tapes 2010s: Favorite 100 Music Releases of the Decade by Tiny Mix Tapes (2019)
7. The A.V. Club's 50 best albums of the 2010s by The A.V. Club (2019)
8. Top 50 Albums of the 2010s by The Wild Honey Pie (2019)
9. NME's Greatest Albums of The Decade: The 2010s by New Music Express (2019)
10. Gorilla vs. Bear’s Albums of the Decade | 2010-2019 by Gorilla vs. Bear (2019)
11. The 50 best albums of the decade – 2010 to 2019 by Independent (2019)
12. The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010s by Stereogum (2019)
13. Top 100 Albums of the 2010s by Consequence of Sound (2019)
14. The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s by Paste (2019)
15. StuBru albums of 2010s by StuBru (2017)
16. The 200 Best Albums of the 2010s by Pitchfork (2019)
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