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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z OtherTop 1000

Top Songs of 1972

1971 <-1972-> 1973


  

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Alone Again (Naturally)
1.
03/1972
363

✫1
US
✫1
AC




3
UK
[MAM 3619]
written by Gilbert O'Sullivan (as Raymond O'Sullivan)
My Ding-a-Ling
2.
08/1972
339

✫1
US




42
R&B
✫1
UK
[recorded live in manchester, england]
[novelty]
[Chess 2131]
written by Chuck Berry
You're So Vain
3.
12/1972
338

✫1
US
✫1
AC




3
UK
[Elektra 45824]
written by Carly Simon
4.
03/1972
330

✫1
US
✫1
AC


4
R&B
14
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1973]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1973]
[Atlantic 2864]
written by Ewan MacColl
I Can See Clearly Now
5.
06/1972
326

✫1
US
✫1
AC


38
R&B
5
UK
[Epic 10902]
written by Johnny Nash
Clair
6.
10/1972
319

2
US
✫1
AC




✫1
UK
[MAM 3626]
written by Gilbert O'Sullivan
Crocodile Rock
7.
11/1972
303

✫1
US
11
AC




5
UK
[MCA 40000]
written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin
8.
11/1972
293

✫1
US
10
AC


✫1
R&B
12
UK
[P.i. 3521]
written by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff & Cary Gilbert
Lean on Me
9.
04/1972
287

✫1
US
4
AC


✫1
R&B
18
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #205]
[Sussex 235]
written by Bill Withers
Ben
10.
08/1972

Ben by Michael Jackson

from Ben   Ben
285

✫1
US
3
AC


5
R&B
7
UK
[Motown 1207]
written by Don Black & Walter Scharf
Puppy Love
11.
02/1972
279

3
US






✫1
UK
[MGM 14367]
written by Paul Anka
Rockin' Robin
12.
03/1972
276

2
US




2
R&B
3
UK
[Motown 1197]
written by Jimmie Thomas
13.
07/1972
270

✫1
US
✫1
AC
26
country


29
UK
[Columbia 45618]
written by Mac Davis
14.
11/1972
267

✫1
US
38
AC


✫1
R&B
11
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #74]
[Tamla 54226]
written by Stevie Wonder
15.
04/1972
262

✫1
US
34
AC


✫1
R&B
14
UK
[Brunswick 55471]
written by Barbara Acklin & Eugene Record
16.
02/1972
257

✫1
US
8
AC




10
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #297]
backing vocals by Linda Ronstadt & James Taylor
[Reprise 1065]
written by Neil Young
I'd Love You to Want Me
17.
09/1972
251

2
US
✫1
AC




5
UK
[Big Tree 147]
written by Lobo
Song Sung Blue
18.
05/1972
249

✫1
US
✫1
AC




14
UK
[Uni 55326]
written by Neil Diamond
The Candy Man
19.
03/1972
246

✫1
US
✫1
AC






I'll Take You There
20.
04/1972
245

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
30
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #276]
[Stax 0125]
written by Al Bell (as Alvertis Isbell)
Papa Was a Rollin' Stone
21.
10/1972
245

✫1
US




5
R&B
14
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #168]
[Gordy 7121]
written by Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong
Little Willy
22.
06/1972
241

3
US






4
UK
[Bell 45251]
written by Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman
23.
04/1972
241

3
US
2
AC




4
UK
[Capitol 3383]
written by Hurricane Smith
I Am Woman
24.
09/1972
240

✫1
US
2
AC






[R]
[Capitol 3350]
written by Ray Burton & Helen Reddy
School's Out
25.
06/1972
236

7
US






✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #319]
[Warner 7596]
written by Alice Cooper, Michael Bruce, Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway & Neal Smith
Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)
26.
06/1972
232

✫1
US
7
AC




51
UK
[Epic 10874]
written by Elliot Lurie
Nights in White Satin
27.
08/1972
230

2
US
37
AC




9
UK
[R]
[Deram 85023]
written by Justin Hayward
Burning Love
28.
08/1972
227

2
US






7
UK
[RCA 74-0769]
written by Dennis Linde
29.
04/1972
222

5
US






2
UK
as Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show
[Columbia 45562]
written by Shel Silverstein
Betcha by Golly Wow
30.
02/1972
222

3
US
7
AC


2
R&B
13
UK
featuring Russell Thompkins, Jr.
[Avco 4591]
written by Thom Bell & Linda Creed
31.
04/1972
220

6
US
39
AC




2
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #242]
[Uni 55328]
written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin
32.
09/1972
219

3
US




✫1
R&B
9
UK
written by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff
33.
12/1972
218

4
US
14
AC


✫1
R&B
11
UK
34.
01/1972
218

2
US




✫1
R&B


[Dial 1010]
written by Joe Tex
Mother and Child Reunion
35.
02/1972
217

4
US
4
AC




5
UK
[Columbia 45547]
written by Paul Simon
36.
04/1972
214

11
US
9
AC




✫1
UK
as Pipes & Drums & Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
[instrumental]
[RCA Victor 0709]
written by traditional
Vincent
37.
03/1972
212

12
US
2
AC




✫1
UK
[tribute to Vincent Van Gogh]
Castles in the Air charted as B side in US charts from 22 april 1972
[United Artists 50887]
written by Don McLean
38.
11/1972
208

3
US




✫1
R&B
12
UK
[Glades 1703]
written by Timmy Thomas
39.
04/1972
208

2
US
23
AC


✫1
R&B
44
UK
[instrumental]
[A&M 1320]
written by Billy Preston & Joe Greene
40.
08/1972
204

✫1
US
✫1
AC






[Dunhill/ABC 4317]
written by David Arkin & Earl Robinson
Rock and Roll (Part 2)
41.
06/1972
203

7
US






2
UK
[Bell 45237]
written by Gary Glitter & Mike Leander
Too Late to Turn Back Now
42.
05/1972
200

2
US
6
AC


5
R&B


[United Artists 50910]
written by Eddie Cornelius
I'll Be Around
43.
197

3
US
31
AC


✫1
R&B


B side to How Could I Let You Get Away
written by Thom Bell & Phil Hurtt
44.
06/1972
195

5
US
✫1
AC


✫1
R&B
29
UK
[Atlantic 2879]
written by Ralph MacDonald & William Salter
Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress
45.
06/1972
194

2
US






32
UK
[Epic 10871]
written by Allan Clarke, Roger Cook & Roger Greenaway
Hold Your Head Up
46.
03/1972
192

5
US






5
UK
[Epic 10852]
written by Rod Argent & Chris White
Morning Has Broken
47.
01/1972
189

6
US
✫1
AC




9
UK
[A&M 1335]
written by traditional, Eleanor Farjeon & Rick Wakeman
48.
10/1972
188

3
US
28
AC


✫1
R&B
51
UK
[Hi 2227]
written by Al Green, Al Jackson Jr. & Willie Mitchell
Popcorn
49.
07/1972
188

9
US
4
AC




5
UK
[instrumental]
[Musicor 1458]
written by Gershon Kingsley
I'm Still in Love with You
50.
07/1972
187

3
US
33
AC


✫1
R&B
35
UK
[Hi 2216]
written by Al Green, Al Jackson Jr. & Willie Mitchell
51.
08/1972
186

2
US
14
AC


2
R&B


[Sussex 241]
written by Bill Withers
Hurting Each Other
52.
01/1972
186

2
US
✫1
AC






[A&M 1322]
written by Gary Geld & Peter Udell
Back Off Boogaloo
53.
04/1972
185

9
US






2
UK
produced by George Harrison
[Apple 1849]
written by Ringo Starr (as Richard Starkey)
54.
06/1972
184

3
US




✫1
R&B


[KoKo 2111]
written by Homer Banks, Carl Hampton & Raymond Jackson
55.
07/1972
181

3
US
25
AC


2
R&B
52
UK
[RCA Victor 0731]
written by J.R. Bailey, Rudy Clark & Ken Williams
You Wear It Well
56.
08/1972
180

13
US






✫1
UK
[Mercury 73330]
written by Rod Stewart & Martin Quittenton
57.
07/1972
177

3
US




✫1
R&B


[Philadelphia International 3517]
written by Leon Huff, Gene McFadden & John Whitehead
How Can I Be Sure
58.
05/1972
177

25
US
3
AC




✫1
UK
[Bell 45220]
written by Felix Cavaliere & Eddie Brigati
Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast
59.
04/1972
174

4
US
3
AC
55
country




[Chelsea 78-0100]
written by Peter Callander & Geoff Stephens
60.
12/1972
174

3
US
✫1
AC






written by Larry Evoy
61.
01/1972
173

3
US
6
AC






Tumbling Dice
62.
04/1972
170

7
US






5
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #424]
[Rolling Stones 19103]
written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
63.
09/1972
170

5
US
5
AC
✫1
country




[Dot 17429]
written by Donna Fargo
64.
01/1972
169

3
US
6
AC






[Rocky Road 30055]
written by Walter Nims
Look What You Done for Me
65.
04/1972
169

4
US




2
R&B
44
UK
[Hi 2211]
written by Al Green, Al Jackson Jr. & Willie Mitchell
Goodbye to Love
66.
07/1972
169

7
US
2
AC




9
UK
[A&M 1367]
written by Richard Carpenter & John Bettis
Long-Haired Lover from Liverpool
67.
04/1972
164

38
US






✫1
UK
[MGM 14376 A]
written by Christopher Kingsley
68.
01/1972
164

5
US
3
AC




32
UK
[Elektra 45765]
written by David Gates
It Never Rains in Southern California
69.
10/1972
163

5
US
2
AC




51
UK
[Mums 6011]
written by Albert Hammond & Mike Hazlewood
Crazy Horses
70.
10/1972
161

14
US






2
UK
[MGM 14450]
written by Alan Osmond, Merrill Osmond & Wayne Osmond
71.
02/1972
160

4
US
5
AC






written by Jim Gold
72.
03/1972
159

5
US
11
AC


✫1
R&B


[Atlantic 2866]
written by Aretha Franklin
73.
08/1972
156

13
US
19
AC




3
UK
charted as Why / Lonely Boy in US Hot 100 from 16 Sept 1972
[MGM 14424]
written by Bob Marcucci (as Robert Marcucci) & Peter De Angelis
Freddie's Dead (Theme from Superfly)
74.
08/1972
156

4
US




2
R&B


[Curtom 1975]
written by Curtis Mayfield
75.
07/1972
155

6
US
✫1
AC
44
country


41
UK
as Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band
[Decca 32980]
written by Ricky Nelson (as Rick Nelson)
Down by the Lazy River
76.
01/1972
155

4
US






40
UK
[MGM 14324]
written by Alan Osmond, Merrill Osmond & Wayne Osmond
77.
11/1972
152

4
US
19
AC






[Columbia 45719]
written by Kenny Loggins & Jim Messina
78.
10/1972
151

10
US
27
AC


4
R&B
9
UK
[Avco 4603]
written by Thom Bell, Linda Creed & Anthony Bell
79.
02/1972
148

5
US




✫1
R&B


written by Tony Hester
Hi Hi Hi / C Moon
80.
12/1972
147

10
US






5
UK
as Wings
double A-side with "C Moon" in the UK
written by Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney
Saturday in the Park
81.
08/1972
147

3
US
8
AC






[Columbia 45657]
written by Robert Lamm
82.
11/1972
145

9
US
3
AC






[RCA 74-0829]
written by John Denver & Mike Taylor
Mama Weer All Crazee Now
83.
09/1972
141

76
US






✫1
UK
written by Noddy Holder & Jim Lea
84.
06/1972
137

13
US
23
AC




5
UK
[MGM 14407]
written by Sidney Lippman & Sylvia Dee
85.
01/1972

Joy by Apollo 100

from Joy   
135

6
US
2
AC






adaptation of Bach's jesu, joy of man's desiring [intrumental]
[Mega 0050]
written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Do It Again
86.
11/1972
135

6
US
34
AC




39
UK
[ABC 22448]
written by Donald Fagen & Walter Becker
87.
10/1972
135

6
US








Son of My Father
88.
01/1972
133

91
US






✫1
UK
89.
07/1972
133

5
US








[Capitol 3348]
written by Eric Carmen
Telegram Sam
90.
01/1972
133

67
US






✫1
UK
[Reprise 1078]
written by Marc Bolan
91.
09/1972
133









✫1
UK
Metal Guru
92.
05/1972
133









✫1
UK
[Reprise 1095]
written by Marc Bolan
Summer Breeze
93.
09/1972
132

6
US
4
AC






[Warner 7606]
written by Jim Seals & Dash Crofts
Troglodyte (Cave Man)
94.
05/1972
131

6
US




4
R&B


as The Jimmy Castor Bunch
[novelty]
[RCA 1029]
written by Harry Jensen, Gerald Thomas, Douglas Gibson, Robert Manigault, Jimmy Castor & Lenny Fridie (as Langdon Fridie Jr.)
Superfly
95.
11/1972
130

8
US




5
R&B
52
UK
[Curtom 1978]
written by Curtis Mayfield
96.
02/1972
129

37
US
13
AC




2
UK
charted as Could It Be Forever / Cherish in UK charts
[Bell 45187]
written by Wes Farrell & Danny Janssen
Floy Joy
97.
01/1972
128

16
US
33
AC


5
R&B
9
UK
[Motown 1195]
written by Smokey Robinson
98.
01/1972
128

8
US




11
R&B
29
UK
[instrumental]
[Polydor 15030]
written by Bill Ador
99.
04/1972
128

8
US
2
AC


28
R&B


[Bell 45195]
written by Tony Macaulay
The Guitar Man
100.
07/1972
126

11
US
✫1
AC




16
UK
[Elektra 45803]
written by David Gates

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