100 Greatest Albums of 1972

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. Exile On Main Street
The Rolling Stones
2. The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
David Bowie
3. Talking Book
Stevie Wonder
4. Machine Head
Deep Purple
5. Harvest
Neil Young
6. Superfly
Curtis Mayfield
7. Something/Anything
Todd Rundgren
8. Eat A Peach
The Allman Brothers Band
9. I'm Still in Love With You
Al Green
10. Honky Chateau
Elton John
11. The World Is a Ghetto
12. Close To The Edge
13. Thick As A Brick
Jethro Tull
14. Can't Buy a Thrill
Steely Dan
15. Made in Japan
Deep Purple
16. The Harder They Come
Jimmy Cliff (And Others)
17. Paul Simon
Paul Simon
18. Transformer
Lou Reed
19. Back Stabbers
The O'Jays
20. Let's Stay Together
Al Green
21. #1 Record
Big Star
22. Sail Away
Randy Newman
23. Roxy Music
Roxy Music
24. Saint Dominic's Preview
Van Morrison
25. School's Out
Alice Cooper
26. Pink Moon
Nick Drake
27. Black Sabbath, Vol. 4
Black Sabbath
28. Live
Donny Hathaway
29. Music of My Mind
Stevie Wonder
30. Young, Gifted and Black
Aretha Franklin
31. Eagles
32. The Slider
T. Rex
33. Still Bill
Bill Withers
34. Be Altitude: Respect Yourself
The Staple Singers
35. Rock of Ages
The Band
36. Ege Bamyasi
37. Foxtrot
38. Seventh Sojourn
The Moody Blues
39. All Directions
The Temptations
40. Never a Dull Moment
Rod Stewart
41. Manassas
Stephen Stills & Manassas
42. Argus
Wishbone Ash
43. Slayed?
44. It's Just Begun
The Jimmy Castor Bunch
45. From a Whisper to a Scream
Esther Phillips
46. Understanding
Bobby Womack
47. Catch Bull at Four
Cat Stevens
48. They Only Come Out at Night
The Edgar Winter Group
49. For the Roses
Joni Mitchell
50. You Don't Mess Around With Jim
Jim Croce

51. Chicago V
52. A Lonely Man
The Chi-Lites
53. Caravanserai
54. Trilogy
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
55. Naturally
J.J. Cale
56. Europe '72
Grateful Dead
57. Jackson Browne (Saturate Before Using)
Jackson Browne
58. All the Young Dudes
Mott the Hoople
59. Neu!
60. Sailin' Shoes
Little Feat
61. Clear Spot
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
62. Blue Öyster Cult
Blue Öyster Cult
63. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
The Dramatics
64. Slade Alive!
65. Demons and Wizards
Uriah Heep
66. Brother, Brother, Brother
Isley Brothers
67. Octopus
Gentle Giant
68. Round 2: The Stylistics
The Stylistics
69. Dr. John's Gumbo
Dr. John
70. I Miss You/Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
71. Greetings from L.A.
Tim Buckley
72. What Color Is Love
Terry Callier
73. Doremi Fasol Latido
74. So Far
75. Trouble Man
Marvin Gaye
76. Baby I'm-A Want You
77. No Secrets
Carly Simon
78. Women's Love Rights
Laura Lee
79. 666
Aphrodite's Child
80. Cymande
81. Live In Concert With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Procol Harum
82. Wattstax: The Living Word
Various Artists
83. Get on the Good Foot
James Brown
84. Trapped by a Thing Called Love
Denise LaSalle
85. Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
86. Matching Mole
Matching Mole
87. Toulouse Street
The Doobie Brothers
88. Give It Up
Bonnie Raitt
89. Screaming Target
Big Youth
90. Captain Beyond
Captain Beyond
91. Fresh
The Raspberries
92. The London Chuck Berry Sessions
Chuck Berry
93. You Want It, You Got It
The Detroit Emeralds
94. There It Is
James Brown
95. Drowning in the Sea of Love
Joe Simon
96. Bobby Charles
Bobby Charles
97. Swaddling Songs
Mellow Candle
98. Cigars, Acappella, Candy
The Belmonts
99. People...Hold On
Eddie Kendricks
100. Taylor Made
Ted Taylor
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1972
Bruce's choice - An unheralded great album from 1972
* Keeper Of The Castle
The Four Tops

Adam's choice:
* More A Legend Than A Band

Lew's choice:
* Smokin'
Humble Pie
1971   |   1973