I was an eighth-grader that year with a paper route. After a week of delivering the East Liverpool Evening Review to the news-hungry denizens of Chester, West Virginia, my best friend Chris and I split the proceeds – usually about ten bucks apiece..
I can tell you where nearly every cent of those ten dollars went, week in and week out, by consulting the “Best Selling Albums” charts from that magical year. Every trip to the record store resulted in my young mind being blown by another Earth-shattering recording that was destined for immortality.
The albums I bought with my paper route money that year changed me forever. I still look back on 1973 as the greatest year in the history of rock music.
Here is a list of some of the unbelievable discs, each of which was released in 1973. Keep in mind that there are dozens (if not hundreds) of others I could have mentioned. These are merely the ones that nearly everyone will recognize.
They all were new in 1973...