100 Greatest Albums of 1973

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. Dark Side Of The Moon
Pink Floyd
2. Innervisions
Stevie Wonder
3. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Elton John
4. Quadrophenia
The Who
5. Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd
Lynyrd Skynyrd
6. Let's Get It On
Marvin Gaye
7. Call Me
Al Green
8. Catch A Fire
Bob Marley & The Wailers
9. Band On The Run
Paul McCartney & Wings
10. New York Dolls
The New York Dolls
11. Raw Power
Iggy And The Stooges
12. For Your Pleasure
Roxy Music
13. Houses Of The Holy
Led Zeppelin
14. There Goes Rhymin' Simon
Paul Simon
15. Aladdin Sane
David Bowie
16. Burnin'
Bob Marley and the Wailers
17. The Spinners
The Spinners
18. Fresh
Sly and the Family Stone
19. 3+3
The Isley Brothers
20. Tubular Bells
Mike Oldfield
21. The Payback
James Brown
22. The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle
Bruce Springsteen
23. Berlin
Lou Reed
24. Wild and Peaceful
Kool and The Gang
25. Imagination
Gladys Knight and The Pips
26. Here Come the Warm Jets
27. Countdown to Ecstasy
Steely Dan
28. Brothers And Sisters
The Allman Brothers Band
29. Funky Kingston
Toots and the Maytals
30. Selling England by the Pound
31. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Black Sabbath
32. Larks' Tongues in Aspic
King Crimson
33. Mott
Mott the Hoople
34. Paris 1919
John Cale
35. Dixie Chicken
Little Feat
36. Billion Dollar Babies
Alice Cooper
37. Closing Time
Tom Waits
38. Space Ritual
39. Over-Nite Sensation
The Mothers
40. Faust IV
41. Future Days
42. GP
Gram Parsons
43. A Wizard, a True Star
Todd Rundgren
44. Tres Hombres
ZZ Top
45. Stranded
Roxy Music
46. Blackboard Jungle Dub
The Upsetters
47. For Everyman
Jackson Browne
48. Marjory Razorblade
Kevin Coyne
49. Ship Ahoy
The O'Jays
50. Livin' for You
Al Green

51. Time Fades Away
Neil Young
52. Tyranny & Mutation
Blue Öyster Cult
53. Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.
Bruce Springsteen
54. Brain Salad Surgery
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
55. The Captain and Me
The Doobie Brothers
56. Cosmic Slop
57. The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Rick Wakeman
58. Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player
Elton John
59. Desperado
60. Extension of a Man
Donny Hathaway
61. Holland
The Beach Boys
62. Radio Gnome Invisible Part I: Flying Teapot
63. Yessongs
64. Tales from Topographic Oceans
65. Tower of Power
Tower of Power
66. Aerosmith
67. We're an American Band
Grand Funk Railroad
68. A Passion Play
Jethro Tull
69. The Mack
Willie Hutch
70. Queen
71. Bachman-Turner Overdrive II
Bachman-Turner Overdrive
72. Ringo
Ringo Starr
73. Living In The Material World
George Harrison
74. Masterpiece
The Temptations
75. Stone Gon' -  Barry White
76. Rockin' Roll Baby
The Stylistics
77. Goats Head Soup
The Rolling Stones
78. Killing Me Softly
Roberta Flack
79. Live at Carnegie Hall
Bill Withers
80. Betty Davis
Betty Davis
81. Montrose
82. Ashes Are Burning
83. Grand Hotel
Procol Harum
84. The Marshall Tucker Band
The Marshall Tucker Band
85. In the Right Place
Dr. John
86. Piano Man
Billy Joel
87. Hard Nose the Highway
Van Morrison
88. Angel's Egg
89. The Faust Tapes
90. Next
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
91. Nobody's Fool
Dan Penn
92. Moontan
Golden Earring
93. Bloodshot
The J. Geils Band
94. Doing It to Death
The J.B.'s
95. Reunion: Live at Madison Square Garden 1972
Dion & The Belmonts
96. Bongo Rock
The Incredible Bongo Band
97. Abandoned Luncheonette
Daryl Hall & John Oates
98. Mind Games
John Lennon
99. Red Rose Speedway
Paul McCartney & Wings
100. The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get
Joe Walsh
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1973
Bruce's choice - An unheralded great album from 1973
* We Still Ain't Got No Band
The Persuasions

Adam's choice:
* Nice Day For Something
Lee Michaels

Lew's choice:
* Crazy Eyes
1972   |   1974