Top Albums of 1972





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
9
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
84
Lou Reed Transformer Glam Rock, Pop Rock
4
97
Neil Young Harvest Country Rock, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
5
140
Stevie Wonder Talking Book Soul
6
184
Curtis Mayfield Superfly Chicago Soul, Film Soundtrack, Funk
7
240
Roxy Music Roxy Music Art Rock, Glam Rock
8
280
Nick Drake Pink Moon Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
9
281
Deep Purple Machine Head Hard Rock
10
360
Todd Rundgren Something/Anything? Power Pop, Singer/Songwriter
11
440
Randy Newman Sail Away Singer/Songwriter
12
457
Big Star #1 Record Power Pop
13
525
Deep Purple Made in Japan Hard Rock
14
549
Steely Dan Can't Buy a Thrill Pop Rock
15
557
Yes Close to the Edge Symphonic Prog
16
585
Neu! Neu! Krautrock
17
629
Can Ege Bamyasi Krautrock
18
635
Al Green Let's Stay Together Smooth Soul, Southern Soul
19
660
Al Green I'm Still in Love with You Southern Soul
20
668
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be Unbroken Bluegrass
21
751
T. Rex The Slider Glam Rock
22
777
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band Clear Spot Art Rock, Blues Rock
23
800
Paul Simon Paul Simon Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
24
811
Little Feat Sailin' Shoes Boogie Rock, Southern Rock
25
913
Van Morrison Saint Dominic's Preview Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
26
1118
Aretha Franklin Amazing Grace Gospel, Southern Soul
27
1128
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
28
1132
Genesis Foxtrot Progressive Rock
29
1144
The O'Jays Back Stabbers Philly Soul
30
1155
Mott the Hoople All the Young Dudes Glam Rock
31
1171
Miles Davis On the Corner Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Funk
32
1259
The Allman Brothers Band Eat a Peach Blues Rock, Jam Band, Southern Rock
33
1274
Stevie Wonder Music of My Mind Funk, Soul
34
1348
Chick Corea Return to Forever Jazz Fusion
35
1376
Tim Buckley Greetings from L.A. Funk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
36
1459
Joni Mitchell For the Roses Folk Pop, Singer/Songwriter
37
1470
Faust So Far Krautrock
38
1492
Jethro Tull Thick As a Brick Progressive Rock
39
1497
Jackson Browne Jackson Browne (Saturate Before Using) Singer/Songwriter
40
1562
Alice Cooper School's Out Glam Rock, Hard Rock
41
1589
Milton Nascimento & Lô Borges Clube da esquina MPB
42
1601
Santana Caravanserai Jazz-Rock, Latin Rock
43
1602
Elton John Honky Chateau Piano Rock
44
1683
Donny Hathaway Live Deep Soul
45
1748
Hawkwind Doremi Fasol Latido Space Rock
46
1779
The Temptations All Directions Psychedelic Soul
47
1808
J.J. Cale Naturally Americana, Blues Rock, Country Rock
48
1834
Big Youth Screaming Target Deejay, Roots Reggae
49
1847
Dr. John Dr. John's Gumbo New Orleans R&B
50
1902
The Band Rock of Ages Folk Rock, Roots Rock
51
1983
War The World Is a Ghetto Funk, Soul
52
2001
Wishbone Ash Argus Hard Rock, Progressive Rock
53
2027
Aretha Franklin Young, Gifted and Black Deep Soul, Smooth Soul
54
2048
Charles Mingus Let My Children Hear Music Experimental Big Band, Third Stream
55
2056
Rory Gallagher Live! In Europe Blues Rock
56
2175
Townes Van Zandt The Late Great Townes Van Zandt Country, Singer/Songwriter
57
2251
Ton Steine Scherben Keine Macht für Niemand Deutschrock
58
2260
David Ackles American Gothic Americana, Singer/Songwriter
59
2289
Stephen Stills Manassas Country Rock, Folk Rock
60
2296
Terry Callier What Color Is Love Chicago Soul
61
2300
Caetano Veloso Transa MPB, Singer/Songwriter
62
2325
Ornette Coleman Science Fiction Free Jazz
63
2488
Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid Blues Rock, Experimental Rock
64
2517
Os Novos Baianos Acabou Chorare MPB, Samba
65
2548
Rod Stewart Never a Dull Moment Pop Rock
66
2593
Ash Ra Tempel Schwingungen Krautrock, Psychedelic Rock
67
2594
Bonnie Raitt Give It Up Blues Rock, Singer/Songwriter
68
2605
Bill Withers Still Bill Soul
69
2687
Eagles Eagles Country Rock
70
2696
Gilberto Gil Expresso 2222 Tropicália
71
2768
PFM Storia di un Minuto Symphonic Prog
72
2781
Matching Mole Matching Mole Canterbury Scene
73
2841
Weather Report I Sing the Body Electric Jazz Fusion
74
2913
Marvin Gaye Trouble Man Film Soundtrack, Soul
75
2941
John Cale The Academy in Peril Experimental, Modern Classical

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Klaus Schulze Irrlicht Progressive Electronic, Space Ambient
Kevin Ayers Whatevershebringswesing Art Rock, Canterbury Scene
Bette Midler The Divine Miss M Pop
Van Dyke Parks Discover America Art Pop, Calypso
Grateful Dead Europe '72 Jam Band, Psychedelic Rock
Popol Vuh Hosianna Mantra Neoclassical New Age
Jimmie Dale & The Flatlanders All American Music/More a Legend Than a Band Country
Aphrodite's Child 666 Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock
McCoy Tyner Sahara Post-Bop
Sandy Denny Sandy British Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult Hard Rock
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Trilogy Symphonic Prog
Fela Kuti Roforofo Fight Afrobeat
Slade Slayed? Glam Rock, Hard Rock
Francesco Guccini Radici Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Bobby Charles Bobby Charles Singer/Songwriter
Slade Slade Alive! Glam Rock, Hard Rock
Julius Hemphill Dogon A.D. Free Jazz
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Blacknuss Soul Jazz
Ornette Coleman Skies of America Avant-Garde Jazz, Modern Classical, Third Stream
Carly Simon No Secrets Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock
Tangerine Dream Zeit Progressive Electronic, Space Ambient
Bread Baby I'm-A Want You Soft Rock
Pharoah Sanders Black Unity Free Jazz, Spiritual Jazz
Ry Cooder Into the Purple Valley Americana, Country Rock, Folk Rock
Eric Andersen Blue River Contemporary Folk, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Manfred Mann's Earth Band Manfred Mann's Earth Band Progressive Rock
The Staple Singers Be Altitude: Respect Yourself Southern Soul
Carmen McRae The Great American Songbook Vocal Jazz
The Crusaders Crusaders 1 Jazz-Funk
The Belmonts Cigars, Acappella, Candy Doo-Wop
Cat Stevens Catch Bull at Four Folk Pop, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Michael Nesmith And the Hits Just Keep On Comin' Country, Singer/Songwriter
The Mothers The Grand Wazoo Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Rock
American Spring Spring/American Spring Baroque Pop, Sunshine Pop
Larry Norman Only Visiting This Planet Christian Rock, Singer/Songwriter
McCoy Tyner Echoes of a Friend Avant-Garde Jazz
Paul Winter / Winter Consort Icarus Jazz Fusion
The Stylistics Round 2 Smooth Soul
Elvis Presley He Touched Me Gospel, Pop
Jorge Ben Ben MPB, Samba-Rock
Leo Kottke Greenhouse American Primitivism
Frank Zappa Waka/Jawaka Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Rock
Mellow Candle Swaddling Songs Folk Rock, Progressive Folk