Ranking Records: The 10 Best Records of 1972

Well, when I started to look at my favorite records for 1972, I had no idea just how many records I loved from that year. In the end, I whittled my list down to 20, so please bear with me through this extended look at this amazing year in music.

As always, please tell me what you liked from this year.



  1. hanspostcard · · Reply

    great list- there are some I am unfamiliar with and will have to check out! Love those lists!

  2. Your list for 1972 looks great! The late ’60s and early ’70s were an incredible period in music. Unfortunately, we won’t see music like this again.

    Following are my picks for 1972 in alphabetical order. Lots of overlap with your picks. Ranking them would take me all night, which wouldn’t go over well with my wife! 🙂

    • The Allman Brothers Band – Eat a Peach
    • David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
    • Blue Öyster Cult – Blue Öyster Cult
    • Humble Pie – Smokin’
    • Jackson Browne – Jackson Browne
    • Jim Croce – Don’t Mess Around with Jim
    • Deep Purple – Machine Head
    • The Doobie Brothers – Toulouse Street
    • Eagles – Eagles
    • Elton John – Honky Château
    • Little Feat – Sailin’ Shoes
    • Curtis Mayfield – Superfly
    • The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street
    • Paul Simon – Paul Simon
    • Steely Dan – Can’t Buy a Thrill
    • T. Rex – The Slider
    • The Temptations – All Directions
    • Stevie Wonder – Talking Book
    • Yes – Close to the Edge
    • Neil Young – Harvest

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