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
86
Lou Reed Transformer Glam Rock, Pop Rock
4
95
Neil Young Harvest Country Rock, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
5
146
Stevie Wonder Talking Book Soul
6
185
Curtis Mayfield Superfly Chicago Soul, Film Soundtrack, Funk
7
250
Roxy Music Roxy Music Art Rock, Glam Rock
8
280
Nick Drake Pink Moon Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
9
284
Deep Purple Machine Head Hard Rock
10
359
Todd Rundgren Something/Anything? Power Pop, Singer/Songwriter
11
433
Randy Newman Sail Away Singer/Songwriter
12
459
Big Star #1 Record Power Pop
13
524
Deep Purple Made in Japan Hard Rock
14
553
Steely Dan Can't Buy a Thrill Pop Rock
15
556
Yes Close to the Edge Symphonic Prog
16
587
Neu! Neu! Krautrock
17
637
Can Ege Bamyasi Krautrock
18
640
Al Green Let's Stay Together Smooth Soul, Southern Soul
19
671
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be Unbroken Bluegrass
20
674
Al Green I'm Still in Love with You Southern Soul
21
765
T. Rex The Slider Glam Rock
22
783
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band Clear Spot Art Rock, Blues Rock
23
789
Paul Simon Paul Simon Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
24
798
Little Feat Sailin' Shoes Boogie Rock, Southern Rock
25
906
Van Morrison Saint Dominic's Preview Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
26
1121
Aretha Franklin Amazing Grace Gospel, Southern Soul
27
1129
Genesis Foxtrot Progressive Rock
28
1142
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
29
1155
The O'Jays Back Stabbers Philly Soul
30
1166
Mott the Hoople All the Young Dudes Glam Rock
31
1174
Miles Davis On the Corner Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Funk
32
1249
The Allman Brothers Band Eat a Peach Blues Rock, Jam Band, Southern Rock
33
1278
Stevie Wonder Music of My Mind Funk, Soul
34
1332
Chick Corea Return to Forever Jazz Fusion
35
1344
Tim Buckley Greetings from L.A. Funk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
36
1467
Joni Mitchell For the Roses Folk Pop, Singer/Songwriter
37
1477
Faust So Far Krautrock
38
1488
Jackson Browne Jackson Browne (Saturate Before Using) Singer/Songwriter
39
1503
Jethro Tull Thick As a Brick Progressive Rock
40
1533
Elton John Honky Chateau Piano Rock
41
1549
Alice Cooper School's Out Glam Rock, Hard Rock
42
1566
Milton Nascimento & Lô Borges Clube da esquina MPB
43
1588
Santana Caravanserai Jazz-Rock, Latin Rock
44
1665
Donny Hathaway Live Deep Soul
45
1721
Hawkwind Doremi Fasol Latido Space Rock
46
1784
The Temptations All Directions Psychedelic Soul
47
1805
J.J. Cale Naturally Americana, Blues Rock, Country Rock
48
1824
Big Youth Screaming Target Deejay, Roots Reggae
49
1856
Dr. John Dr. John's Gumbo New Orleans R&B
50
1888
The Band Rock of Ages Folk Rock, Roots Rock
51
1998
War The World Is a Ghetto Funk, Soul
52
2010
Wishbone Ash Argus Hard Rock, Progressive Rock
53
2034
Aretha Franklin Young, Gifted and Black Deep Soul, Smooth Soul
54
2049
Charles Mingus Let My Children Hear Music Experimental Big Band, Third Stream
55
2087
Rory Gallagher Live! In Europe Blues Rock
56
2181
Townes Van Zandt The Late Great Townes Van Zandt Country, Singer/Songwriter
57
2228
Ton Steine Scherben Keine Macht für Niemand Deutschrock
58
2279
David Ackles American Gothic Americana, Singer/Songwriter
59
2291
Terry Callier What Color Is Love Chicago Soul
60
2296
Stephen Stills Manassas Country Rock, Folk Rock
61
2299
Ornette Coleman Science Fiction Free Jazz
62
2318
Caetano Veloso Transa MPB, Singer/Songwriter
63
2493
Captain Beefheart The Spotlight Kid Blues Rock, Experimental Rock
64
2521
Os Novos Baianos Acabou Chorare MPB, Samba
65
2537
Rod Stewart Never a Dull Moment Pop Rock
66
2588
Ash Ra Tempel Schwingungen Krautrock, Psychedelic Rock
67
2612
Bill Withers Still Bill Soul
68
2615
Bonnie Raitt Give It Up Blues Rock, Singer/Songwriter
69
2638
Eagles Eagles Country Rock
70
2682
Gilberto Gil Expresso 2222 Tropicália
71
2742
PFM Storia di un Minuto Symphonic Prog
72
2779
Matching Mole Matching Mole Canterbury Scene
73
2817
Weather Report I Sing the Body Electric Jazz Fusion
74
2942
Marvin Gaye Trouble Man Film Soundtrack, Soul
75
2945
John Cale The Academy in Peril Experimental, Modern Classical

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Klaus Schulze Irrlicht Progressive Electronic, Space Ambient
Bette Midler The Divine Miss M Pop
Kevin Ayers Whatevershebringswesing Art Rock, Canterbury Scene
Van Dyke Parks Discover America Art Pop, Calypso
Jimmie Dale & The Flatlanders All American Music/More a Legend Than a Band Country
Grateful Dead Europe '72 Jam Band, Psychedelic Rock
Popol Vuh Hosianna Mantra Neoclassical New Age
Aphrodite's Child 666 Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Blue Öyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult Hard Rock
McCoy Tyner Sahara Post-Bop
Fela Kuti Roforofo Fight Afrobeat
Sandy Denny Sandy British Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Trilogy Symphonic Prog
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