Top Albums of 1972

RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumGenresBuy from
1 8 The Rolling Stones Exile on Main St. Blues Rock
2 16 David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars Glam Rock, Pop Rock
3 76 Lou Reed Transformer Glam Rock, Pop Rock
4 93 Neil Young Harvest Country Rock, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
5 141 Stevie Wonder Talking Book Soul
6 175 Curtis Mayfield Superfly Chicago Soul, Film Soundtrack, Funk
7 212 Roxy Music Roxy Music Art Rock, Glam Rock
8 263 Deep Purple Machine Head Hard Rock
9 289 Nick Drake Pink Moon Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
10 360 Todd Rundgren Something/Anything? Power Pop, Singer/Songwriter
11 436 Randy Newman Sail Away Singer/Songwriter
12 437 Big Star #1 Record Power Pop
13 484 Deep Purple Made in Japan Hard Rock
14 547 Steely Dan Can't Buy a Thrill Pop Rock
15 549 Yes Close to the Edge Symphonic Prog
16 554 Neu! Neu! Krautrock
17 628 Al Green Let's Stay Together Smooth Soul, Southern Soul
18 646 Can Ege Bamyasi Krautrock
19 653 Al Green I'm Still in Love with You Southern Soul
20 719 Little Feat Sailin' Shoes Boogie Rock, Southern Rock
21 724 Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band Clear Spot Art Rock, Blues Rock
22 740 T. Rex The Slider Glam Rock
23 791 The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be Unbroken Bluegrass
24 805 Paul Simon Paul Simon Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
25 833 Van Morrison Saint Dominic's Preview Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
26 931 Black Sabbath Vol. 4 Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
27 1059 Mott the Hoople All the Young Dudes Glam Rock
28 1072 Miles Davis On the Corner Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Funk
29 1087 The O'Jays Back Stabbers Philly Soul
30 1120 Aretha Franklin Amazing Grace Gospel, Southern Soul
31 1122 Genesis Foxtrot Progressive Rock
32 1203 Tim Buckley Greetings from L.A. Funk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
33 1211 Stevie Wonder Music of My Mind Funk, Soul
34 1288 The Allman Brothers Band Eat a Peach Blues Rock, Jam Band, Southern Rock
35 1307 Faust So Far Krautrock
36 1337 Alice Cooper School's Out Glam Rock, Hard Rock
37 1374 Jethro Tull Thick As a Brick Progressive Rock
38 1394 Elton John Honky Chateau Piano Rock
39 1396 Chick Corea Return to Forever Jazz Fusion
40 1424 Santana Caravanserai Jazz-Rock, Latin Rock
41 1460 Joni Mitchell For the Roses Folk Pop, Singer/Songwriter
42 1497 Milton Nascimento & Lô Borges Clube da esquina MPB
43 1581 Jackson Browne Jackson Browne (Saturate Before Using) Singer/Songwriter
44 1610 J.J. Cale Naturally Americana, Blues Rock, Country Rock
45 1686 Ton Steine Scherben Keine Macht für Niemand Deutschrock          
46 1723 The Temptations All Directions Psychedelic Soul
47 1724 Hawkwind Doremi Fasol Latido Space Rock
48 1759 Big Youth Screaming Target Deejay, Roots Reggae
49 1783 Dr. John Dr. John's Gumbo New Orleans R&B
50 1855 The Band Rock of Ages Folk Rock, Roots Rock
51 1886 War The World Is a Ghetto Funk, Soul
52 1984 Aretha Franklin Young, Gifted and Black Deep Soul, Smooth Soul
53 1994 Os Novos Baianos Acabou Chorare MPB, Samba     
54 2020 Charles Mingus Let My Children Hear Music Experimental Big Band, Third Stream
55 2021 Townes Van Zandt The Late Great Townes Van Zandt Country, Singer/Songwriter
56 2068 Rory Gallagher Live! In Europe Blues Rock
57 2116 Donny Hathaway Live Deep Soul
58 2135 Stephen Stills Manassas Country Rock, Folk Rock
59 2146 Terry Callier What Color Is Love Chicago Soul     
60 2195 Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band The Spotlight Kid Blues Rock, Experimental Rock
61 2200 Caetano Veloso Transa MPB, Singer/Songwriter     
62 2210 David Ackles American Gothic Americana, Singer/Songwriter
63 2267 Wishbone Ash Argus Hard Rock, Progressive Rock
64 2278 Ash Ra Tempel Schwingungen Krautrock, Psychedelic Rock
65 2279 Eagles Eagles Country Rock
66 2411 Rod Stewart Never a Dull Moment Pop Rock
67 2431 Bonnie Raitt Give It Up Blues Rock, Singer/Songwriter
68 2525 Matching Mole Matching Mole Canterbury Scene
69 2528 Gilberto Gil Expresso 2222 Tropicália
70 2589 Bill Withers Still Bill Soul
71 2644 Ornette Coleman Science Fiction Free Jazz
72 2710 Marvin Gaye Trouble Man Film Soundtrack, Soul
73 2746 PFM Storia di un Minuto Symphonic Prog     
74 2769 Klaus Schulze Irrlicht Progressive Electronic, Space Ambient
75 2790 Grateful Dead Europe '72 Jam Band, Psychedelic Rock
76 2899 Kevin Ayers Whatevershebringswesing Art Rock, Canterbury Scene
77 2922 Van Dyke Parks Discover America Art Pop, Calypso
78 2960 Aphrodite's Child 666 Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock     

Some albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
John Cale The Academy in Peril Experimental, Modern Classical
Sandy Denny Sandy British Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Slade Slayed? Glam Rock, Hard Rock
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Trilogy Symphonic Prog
Jimmi Dale & The Flatlanders All American Music/More a Legend Than a Band Country     
Bette Midler The Divine Miss M Pop
Fela Kuti Roforofo Fight Afrobeat
McCoy Tyner Sahara Post-Bop
Slade Slade Alive! Glam Rock, Hard Rock
Weather Report I Sing the Body Electric Jazz Fusion
Popol Vuh Hosianna Mantra Neoclassical New Age     
Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult Hard Rock
Francesco Guccini Radici Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter     
Tangerine Dream Zeit Progressive Electronic, Space Ambient     
Bobby Charles Bobby Charles Singer/Songwriter
Ornette Coleman Skies of America Avant-Garde Jazz, Modern Classical, Third Stream
Carly Simon No Secrets Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock
Bread Baby I'm-A Want You Soft Rock
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Blacknuss Soul Jazz
Julius Hemphill Dogon A.D. Free Jazz          
Pharoah Sanders Black Unity Free Jazz, Spiritual Jazz     
Ry Cooder Into the Purple Valley Americana, Country Rock, Folk Rock     
The Staple Singers Be Altitude: Respect Yourself Southern Soul
The Crusaders Crusaders 1 Jazz-Funk
Eric Andersen Blue River Contemporary Folk, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Cat Stevens Catch Bull at Four Folk Pop, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
The Mothers The Grand Wazoo Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Rock     
Manfred Mann's Earth Band Manfred Mann's Earth Band Progressive Rock
Carmen McRae The Great American Songbook Vocal Jazz
The Belmonts Cigars, Acappella, Candy Doo-Wop          
Michael Nesmith And the Hits Just Keep On Comin' Country, Singer/Songwriter     
Jorge Ben Ben MPB, Samba-Rock          
Paul Winter / Winter Consort Icarus Jazz Fusion
Mellow Candle Swaddling Songs Folk Rock, Progressive Folk
Larry Norman Only Visiting This Planet Christian Rock, Singer/Songwriter     
The Stylistics Round 2 Smooth Soul
McCoy Tyner Echoes of a Friend Avant-Garde Jazz
Elvis Presley He Touched Me Gospel, Pop
American Spring Spring/American Spring Baroque Pop, Sunshine Pop
Frank Zappa Waka/Jawaka Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Rock     
Leo Kottke Greenhouse American Primitivism