100 Greatest Albums of 1962

Criteria: These albums were chosen for their initial and lasting popularity and their influence and impact on rock music in general. Also considered is critical acclaim. The list includes rock and roll and related genres that were influential on rock music.

Note: Yearly album lists go by earliest 'release date'. Not necessarily the year an album peaked in the U.S. charts.

1. Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music
Ray Charles
2. Green Onions
Booker T and the MG's
3. Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
4. Crying
Roy Orbison
5. Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music Vol. 2
Ray Charles
6. Here's The Man!!!
Bobby "Blue" Bland
7. Surfer's Choice
Dick Dale and the Del-Tones
8. Baby It's You
The Shirelles
9. Lovers Who Wander
10. Sherry & 11 Others
The Four Seasons
11. Bo Diddley
Bo Diddley
12. Mother-In-Law
Ernie K-Doe
13. The Ventures Play Telstar - The Lonely Bull
The Ventures
14. Twistin' the Night Away
Sam Cooke
15. Surfin' Safari
The Beach Boys
16. Coast Along With The Coasters
The Coasters
17. The Duke of Earl
Gene Chandler
18. Save The Last Dance For Me
The Drifters
19. Driving Wheel
Junior Parker
20. Shout and Shimmy
James Brown and His Famous Flames
21. Album Seven by Rick
Rick Nelson
22. Ya! Ya!
Lee Dorsey
23. The Many Sides of Gene Pitney
Gene Pitney
24. Burnin'
John Lee Hooker
25. Mojo Hand
Lightnin' Hopkins
26. Just Jimmy Reed
Jimmy Reed
27. 'Twas The Night Before Christmas
Huey "Piano" Smith & Clowns
28. Bo Diddley's a Twister
Bo Diddley
29. The Fabulous Wailers at the Castle
The Fabulous Wailers
30. James Brown and His Famous Flames Tour the USA
James Brown
31. R & B From the Marquee
Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated
32. Etta James
Etta James
33. The One Who Really Loves You
Mary Wells
34. Pot Luck
Elvis Presley
35. Telstar: The Sounds of The Tornadoes
The Tornadoes
36. Don't Play That Song
Ben E. King
37. The Young Ones
Cliff Richard & The Shadows
38. Letter Full of Tears
Gladys Knight And The Pips
39. I'll Try Something New
40. Playboy
The Marvelettes
41. Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance)
The Contours
42. I Don't Want to Cry!
Chuck Jackson
43. I Need Your Lovin'
Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford
44. Girls! Girls! Girls!
Elvis Presley
45. The Wah-Watusi
The Orlons
46. Bobby Vee Meets the Crickets
Bobby Vee & The Crickets
47. Soul Twist
King Curtis
48. Any Day Now - Chuck Jackson
49. Dance
Ike & Tina Turner's Kings of Rhythm
50. James Brown Presents His Band Featuring Night Train
James Brown

51. Twist & Shout
Isley Brothers
52. Twist Uptown
The Crystals
53. Twist Up Calypso
Gary U.S. Bonds
54. Blues For Me
B.B. King
55. Mean Ol' Frisco
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
56. Out of The Shadows
The Shadows
57. Bustin' Surfboards
The Tornadoes
58. For Teen Twisters Only
Chubby Checker
59. You Belong To Me
The Duprees
60. Meet The Supremes
The Supremes
61. Twist With the Ventures
The Ventures
62. Mashed Potatoes and Gravy (The Ventures Beach Party)
The Ventures
63. Going to the Ventures' Dance Party
The Ventures
64. Brenda, That's All
Brenda Lee
65. The Electrifying Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin
66. Let's Twist Again
Chubby Checker
67. What's a Matter Baby
Timi Yuro
68. The Tender, the Moving, the Swinging Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin
69. The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie
Little Stevie Wonder
70. You'll Lose a Good Thing
Barbara Lynn
71. Etta James Sings for Lovers
Etta James
72. Soul!!!
Timi Yuro
73. The Sound of the Flamingos
The Flamingos
74. Bobby Darin Sings Ray Charles
Bobby Darin
75. Just Domino
Fats Domino
76. Palisades Park
Freddy Cannon
77. All the Hits for Your Dancin' Party -Chubby Checker
78. I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)
Barbara George
79. You Better Move On
Arthur Alexander
80. Llllloco-Motion
Little Eva
81. The Ventures' Twist Party Vol. 2
The Ventures
82. Sheila
Tommy Roe
83. Give a Twist Party
The Shirelles & King Curtis
84. Twistin' 'n' Twangin'
Duane Eddy
85. It's Mashed Potato Time
Dee Dee Sharp
86. The 4 Season's Greetings
The Four Seasons
87. Lie to Me - Brook Benton Singing the Blues
Brook Benton
88. Bossa Nova and Blues
Freddy King
89. Lover Please!
Clyde McPhatter
80. Twistin' the Stomp
Fats Domino
91. Jimmy McCracklin Sings
Jimmy McCracklin
92. The Original Monster Mash
Bobby "Boris" Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers
93. Drums Are My Beat!
Sandy Nelson
94. Things & Other Things
Bobby Darin
95. Body And Soul
Jackie Wilson
96. For Sentimental Reasons
The Cleftones
97. The Lion Sleeps Tonight
The Tokens
98. Party Lights
Claudine Clark
99. The Marvelettes Sing (Smash Hits of 1962)
The Marvelettes
100. Moon River
Jerry Butler
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1962
Bruce's choice - An unheralded great album from 1962
* The Twisting Fools - Hank Ballard & The Midnighters

Adam's choice:
* Know What I Mean? - Cannonball Adderley & Bill Evans
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