America (America album)

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Studio album by America
Released December 29, 1971
Recorded 1971 in Trident and Morgan Studios, London, U.K.
Genre Country rock, folk rock
Length 46:14
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Ian Samwell, Jeff Dexter
America chronology
Singles from America
  1. "A Horse with No Name"
    Released: January 12, 1972
  2. "I Need You"
    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 was released as a single in late 1971. When "A Horse with No Name" became a worldwide hit in early 1972, the album was re-released with that track.

The album went to No. 1 on the Billboard album chart in the United States and stayed there for five weeks.[1] It produced two hit singles; "A Horse with No Name" spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart in 1972 (it peaked at No. 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart), and "I Need You" hit No. 9 on the Billboard singles chart and No. 7 on the AC chart.[2] Several other songs received radio airplay on FM stations playing album tracks, including "Sandman" (long-rumored to be about the United States Navy 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 U.S.


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 1
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 2
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 April 3, 2008.
  2. ^ America – America > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved May 31, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Cleary, David. America > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved August 15, 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