50 Albums Turning 50 in 2022

Few years can rival 1972 for the sheer scope of transcendent rock albums.

These releases began careers, ended others, helped bands attain new heights, represented the ultimate materials earlier than a lineup change and even launched some acts into the stratosphere of superstardom.

The Rolling Stones have been on the peak of their recreation, having fun with a four-album stretch among the many biggest rock historical past. David Bowie discovered new methods to stretch the boundaries of artwork by creating a personality not of this world. Paul Simon, Peter Frampton and Pete Townshend launched debut solo efforts, stepping away – both completely or briefly – from their respective bands.

Lineup adjustments marked releases by Yes, the Doobie Brothers, REO Speedwagon, Fleetwood Mac and the Beach Boys. Meanwhile, the Eagles, Steely Dan, Roxy Music and Styx unveiled debut albums, setting into movement their respective careers.

Politics framed John Lennon’s work, whereas tragedy sadly hung over the Allman Brothers Band. Captain Beefheart received barely industrial, whereas Harry Nilsson veered additional into weirdness.

The listing of achievements retains on going: Elton John started a powerful stretch of No. 1 albums, ZZ Top began discovering their sound, Alice Cooper launched one in all his most celebrated hits, Lou Reed remodeled and Black Sabbath took creative management (whereas shedding management of themselves).

We’ve assembled 50 of the largest releases from this landmark 12 months in music and introduced them in chronological order beneath. Whether they have been chart-topping success tales or just stepping stones to one thing even better, every album performed an essential position for the artist who created it.

50 Albums Turning 50 in 2022

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