Billboard: Top Soft Rock Hits 1972 is the most enjoyable entry into the series to date, featuring not only lite hits from Bread, Nilsson, Danny O'Keefe, Three Dog Night and Michael Jackson (whose "Ben" still qualifies as one of the strangest singles ever recorded), but a wide selection of hits by singer-songwriters like Carly Simon, Neil Diamond, Cat Stevens and Arlo Guthrie, which gives the album more weight and listenability than its predecessors. Still, it would have been nice if Rhino expanded their Billboard discs to twice the size. The disc may cost more that way, but the result wouldn't leave you unsatisfied at the end, which is exactly what these ten-song collections do.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine