America (America album)

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Studio album by America
Released 29 December 1971
Recorded 1971 in Trident and Morgan Studios, London, UK
Genre Country rock, folk rock
Length 46:14
Label Warner Bros. 2576
Producer Ian Samwell, Jeff Dexter
America chronology
Singles from America
  1. "A Horse with No Name"/"Everyone I Meet is From California"
    Released: January 12, 1972
  2. "I Need You"/"Riverside"
    Released: April 26, 1972

America is the eponymous debut album by America, released in 1971. It was initially released without "A Horse with No Name", which had not yet been recorded. When "Horse" became a worldwide hit in early 1972, the album was re-released with that track.

The album went to #1 on the Billboard album chart in the US[1] and stayed there for five weeks. It produced two hit singles; "A Horse with No Name" spent three weeks at #1 on the Billboard singles chart in 1972 (it peaked at #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart), and "I Need You" hit #9 on the Billboard singles chart and #7 on the AC chart.[2] Several other songs received radio airplay on FM stations playing album tracks, including "Sandman" (long rumoured in the US Navy to be about the VQ-2 air squadron formerly based in Rota, Spain)[citation needed] and "Three Roses". The album was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales in excess of one million units in the US.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

In his Allmusic review music critic David Cleary called the band's debut album a "folk-pop classic" and concluded, "In spite of its flaws, this platter is very highly recommended."[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Riverside"   Dewey Bunnell Group 3:03
2. "Sandman"   Bunnell Bunnell 5:08
3. "Three Roses"   Bunnell Bunnell 3:54
4. "Children"   Bunnell Group 3:07
5. "A Horse with No Name" (Bonus track on 1972 reissue, also included on all subsequent reissues) Bunnell Bunnell 4:10
6. "Here"   Gerry Beckley Beckley 5:30
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "I Need You"   Beckley Beckley 3:05
2. "Rainy Day"   Dan Peek Peek 2:55
3. "Never Found the Time"   Peek Peek 3:50
4. "Clarice"   Beckley Beckley 4:01
5. "Donkey Jaw"   Peek Bunnell 5:17
6. "Pigeon Song"   Bunnell Bunnell 2:18

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1971 US 1[1]
NOR 22
UK 14


Year Single Chart Position
1972 "A Horse
with No Name
US[4] 1
NL[5] 12
UK 3
"I Need You" US 9
AUS 81


(Credits are per back cover of 1972 vinyl issue).


  1. ^ a b America – America > Charts & Awards > Billboard Album at AllMusic. Retrieved 3 April 2008.
  2. ^ America – America > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 31 May 2008.
  3. ^ a b Cleary, David. America > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  4. ^ "America : Allmusic : Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ " - Dutch charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
Preceded by
Harvest by Neil Young
Billboard 200 number-one album
25 March – 28 April 1972
Succeeded by
First Take by Roberta Flack