Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Pazz & Jop 1971: Dean's List


  1. Joy of Cooking (Capitol) 24
  2. The Who: Who's Next (Decca) 13
  3. Rod Stewart: Every Picture Tells a Story (Mercury) 12
  4. Joni Mitchell: Blue (Reprise) 11
  5. John Lennon: Imagine (Apple) 10
  6. Sly and the Family Stone: There's a Riot Goin' On (Epic) 10
  7. Delaney & Bonnie: Motel Shot (Atco) 5
  8. Van Morrison: Tupelo Honey (Warner Bros.) 5
  9. Faces: A Nod Is as Good as a Wink . . . to a Blind Horse (Warner Bros.) 5
  10. Carole King: Tapestry (Ode) 5
  11. Nils Lofgren and Grin: 1 Plus 1 (Spindizzy)
  12. Janis Joplin: Pearl (Columbia)
  13. Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers (Alligator)
  14. Three Dog Night: Harmony (Dunhill)
  15. Detroit (Paramount)
  16. Al Green: Al Green Gets Next to You (Hi)
  17. The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones)
  18. Crazy Horse (Reprise)
  19. David Bowie: Hunky Dory (RCA Victor)
  20. Howlin' Wolf: The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions (Chess)
  21. The Move: Message From the Country (Capitol)
  22. Faces: Long Player (Warner Bros.)
  23. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles: One Dozen Roses (Tamla)
  24. Leonard Cohen: Songs of Love and Hate (Columbia)
  25. Boz Scaggs: Boz Scaggs and Band (Columbia)
  26. Grateful Dead (Warner Bros.)
  27. Harry Nilsson: Nilsson Schmilsson (RCA Victor)
  28. The Rascals: Search and Nearness (Atlantic)
  29. Helen Reddy (Capitol)
  30. Tom T. Hall: In Search of a Song (Mercury)

Village Voice, Feb. 10, 1972

Postscript Notes:

The list of 30 albums comes from the Jan. 20, 1972 Consumer Guide. The votes come from the Feb. 10, 1972 Poll article.

       Essay | Critics Poll 1974