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Songs of the Year: 1972

Prog, glam, country rock, power pop, heavy metal, hard rock, folk; 1972 was a year of diverse styles and artists.

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The seventies are just getting more seventiesier! The year is 1972 and we’re picking our favorite songs of the year.

It’s a simple concept. We pick five of our favorite songs that made the Billboard Top 100 (established in 1958) during any time that year. We also select five “wildcards” that can be any songs released as a single or on an album or EP that year. Finally, we also pick our “worst” song of the year, just for fun.

We started in 1958 and we’re going until we run out of years.

It’s 1972 here in Listography land and glam and prog are starting to bust out, along with Elton John and a free-from-Motown Stevie Wonder. Music is becoming more diverse with new styles, bands and instruments coming into the purview. What will our intrepid panel pick? For once, this year could really come down to the wire with three excellent choices from well-known artists. Who will take home the prize?

Anyway, watch the video. Vote on our songs. Leave your lists in the comments! And check back every week for a NEW episode and don’t forget to subscribe to the channel and share this post or this video on all your favorite social networks because lord knows we’ve earned it.

Standings So Far

Led Zeppelin took its rightful place at the top of the charts with Joe’s pick of When the Levee Breaks, which narrowly beat out Joni Mitchell’s River. Jason’s Graham Nash song did not do well.

Jason: 7.5
Joe: 6
Kramzer: 3.5

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Which Was the Best Song of 1972?

  • All the Young Dudes - Mott the Hoople (45%, 76 Votes)
  • I Believe (When I Fall in Love it Will Be Forever) - Stevie Wonder (28%, 47 Votes)
  • Tupelo Honey - Van Morrison (27%, 46 Votes)

Total Voters: 169

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Dan O

My favorite songs of 1972:
Rank Title-Artist
1. LISTEN TO THE MUSIC – DOOBIE BROTHERS
2. LAYLA – DEREK & THE DOMINOS
3. LONG COOL WOMAN IN A BLACK DRESS – HOLLIES
4. STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN – LED ZEPPELIN
5. A HORSE WITH NO NAME – AMERICA
6. SUMMER BREEZE – SEALS & CROFTS
7. SATURDAY IN THE PARK – CHICAGO
8. JOIN TOGETHER – WHO
9. I’LL BE AROUND – SPINNERS
10. ROUNDABOUT – YES
11. ROCK AND ROLL – LED ZEPPELIN
12. HOLD YOUR HEAD UP – ARGENT
13. USE ME – BILL WITHERS
14. GUITAR MAN – BREAD
15. CONQUISTADOR – PROCOL HARUM
16. DAY AFTER DAY – BADFINGER
17. SCHOOL’S OUT – ALICE COOPER
18. ROCKET MAN – ELTON JOHN
19. I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW – JOHNNY NASH
20. TAKE IT EASY – EAGLES
21. NEVER BEEN TO SPAIN – THREE DOG NIGHT
22. PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE – TEMPTATIONS
23. BLACK DOG – LED ZEPPELIN
24. ROCK N’ ROLL (PART 2) – GARY GLITTER
25. BANG A GONG (GET IT ON) – T. REX
26. FEELING ALRIGHT – JOE COCKER
27. WITCHY WOMAN – EAGLES
28. BLACK & WHITE – THREE DOG NIGHT
29. LEAN ON ME – BILL WITHERS
30. THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE – ROBERTA FLACK
31. OH GIRL – CHI-LITES
32. JULIANA – FIVE MAN ELECTRICAL BAND
33. HEART OF GOLD – NEIL YOUNG
34. AND YOU AND I (PART 2) – YES
35. HEY BIG BROTHER – RARE EARTH
36. MISTY MOUNTAIN HOP – LED ZEPPELIN
37. STAY WITH ME – FACES
38. NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN – MOODY BLUES
39. TUMBLING DICE – ROLLING STONES
40. EVERYBODY PLAYS THE FOOL – MAIN INGREDIENT

Dan O

More of my favorite songs of 1972:
Rank-Title-Artist
41. SUPERWOMAN (WHERE WERE YOU WHEN I NEEDED YOU) – STEVIE WONDER
42. WITHOUT YOU – NILSSON
43. SUFFRAGETTE CITY – DAVID BOWIE
44. YOU WEAR IT WELL – ROD STEWART
45. GO ALL THE WAY – RASPBERRIES
46. WHERE IS THE LOVE – ROBERTA FLACK & DONNY HATHAWAY
47. THE WAY OF LOVE – CHER
48. I SAW THE LIGHT – TODD RUNDGREN
49. EVERYTHING I OWN – BREAD
50. ME AND MRS. JONES – BILLY PAUL
51. VENTURA HIGHWAY – AMERICA
52. LEVON – ELTON JOHN
53. I’D LOVE YOU TO WANT ME – LOBO
54. (LAST NIGHT) I DIDN’T GET TO SLEEP AT ALL – 5TH DIMENSION
55. ME AND JULIO DOWN BY THE SCHOOL YARD – PAUL SIMON
56. JOY – APOLLO 100
57. LET’S STAY TOGETHER – AL GREEN
58. BACK OFF BOOGALOO – RINGO STARR
59. AMERICAN PIE – DON MCLEAN
60. THUNDER AND LIGHTNING – CHI COLTRANE
61. BACK STABBERS – O’JAYS
62. DON’T SAY YOU DON’T REMEMBER – BEVERLY BREMERS
63. FROM THE BEGINNING – EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER
64. LONG DISTANCE RUNAROUND – YES
65. WHITE LIES – GRIN
66. DOCTOR MY EYES – JACKSON BROWNE
67. ROCK & ROLL SOUL – GRAND FUNK
68. JEAN GENIE – DAVID BOWIE
69. IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – ALBERT HAMMOND
70. BABY LET ME TAKE YOU (IN MY ARMS) – DETROIT EMERALDS
71. VAHEVALA – LOGGINS & MESSINA
72. YOU DON’T MESS AROUND WITH JIM – JIM CROCE
73. NICE TO BE WITH YOU – GALLERY
74. I NEED YOU – AMERICA
75. TINY DANCER – ELTON JOHN
76. FLOY JOY – SUPREMES
77. BURNING LOVE – ELVIS PRESLEY
78. FAMILY OF MAN – THREE DOG NIGHT
79. GLORY BOUND – GRASS ROOTS
80. CASTLES IN THE AIR – DON McLEAN
81. YOU COULD HAVE BEEN A LADY – APRIL WINE
82. HAPPY – ROLLING STONES
83. TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW – CORNELIUS BROTHERS & SISTER ROSE
84. CITY OF NEW ORLEANS – ARLO GUTHRIE
85. WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS – LED ZEPPELIN
86. LONG DARK ROAD – HOLLIES
87. NO ONE TO DEPEND ON – SANTANA
88. OPERATOR – JIM CROCE
89. I’LL TAKE YOU THERE – STAPLE SINGERS
90. PRECIOUS AND FEW – CLIMAX
91. THE RUNWAY – GRASS ROOTS
92. SWEET SEASONS – CAROLE KING
93. HONKY CAT – ELTON JOHN
94. BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY – DANIEL BOONE
95. SUNSHINE – JONATHAN EDWARDS
96. ONE MONKEY DON’T STOP NO SHOW – HONEY CONE
97. SUAVECITO – MALO
98. DIARY – BREAD
99. DO YOUR THING – ISAAC HAYES
100. BRANDY (YOU’RE A FINE GIRL) – LOOKING GLASS

Dan O

More of my favorite songs of 1972:
Rank-Title-Artist
101. ANTICIPATION – CARLY SIMON
102. DON’T EVER BE LONELY (A POOR LITTLE FOOL LIKE ME) – CORNELIUS BROTHERS & SISTER ROSE
103. GET ON THE GOOD FOOT – JAMES BROWN
104. IF I COULD SEE THE LIGHT – 8TH DAY
105. I’VE BEEN LONELY FOR SO LONG – FREDERICK KNIGHT
106. RUN TO ME – BEE GEES
107. MIDNIGHT RIDER – JOE COCKER
108. OUTA SPACE – BILLY PRESTON
109. LOUISIANA – MIKE KENNEDY
110. ASK ME WHAT YOU WANT – MILLIE JACKSON
111. DIALOGUE – CHICAGO
112. IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW – HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES
113. DOWN ON ME (live) – JANIS JOPLIN
114. POWER OF LOVE – JOE SIMON
115. IRON MAN – BLACK SABBATH
116. MOTHER & CHILD REUNION – PAUL SIMON
117. THE DAY I FOUND MYSELF – HONEY CONE
118. MORNING HAS BROKEN – CAT STEVENS
119. VINCENT – DON MCLEAN
120. YOU OUGHT TO BE WITH ME – AL GREEN
121. FREE FOUR – PINK FLOYD
122. GIVE IRELAND BACK TO THE IRISH – WINGS
123. JUMP INTO THE FIRE – NILLSON
124. SUNNY DAYS – LIGHTHOUSE
125. THEME FROM “THE MEN” – ISAAC HAYES
126. BABY BLUE – BADFINGER
127. CORNER OF THE SKY – JACKSON 5
128. SOMEDAY NEVER COMES – CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
129. BABY DON’T GET HOOKED ON ME – MAC DAVIS
130. SCORPIO – DENNIS COFFEY & THE DETROIT GUITAR BAND
131. MOTORCYCLE MAMA – SAILCAT
132. COTTON MOUTH – DOOBIE BROTHERS
133. POWDER BLUE MERCEDES QUEEN – RAIDERS
134. WE’VE GOT TO GET IT ON AGAIN – ADDRISI BROTHERS
135. KEEP PLAYIN’ THAT ROCK N’ ROLL – EDGAR WINTER’S WHITE TRASH
136. BETCHA BY GOLLY, WOW – STYLISTICS
137. LONESOME MARY – CHILLIWACK
138. MY WORLD – BEE GEES
139. ALONE AGAIN (NATURALLY) – GILBERT O’SULLIVAN
140. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL – DETROIT
141. POOL OF BAD LUCK – JOE SIMON
142. SOUR SUITE – GUESS WHO
143. I GOTCHA – JOE TEX
144. RUN RUN RUN – JO JO GUNNE
145. IN THE RAIN – DRAMATICS
146. CHEER – POTLIQUOR
147. TUPELO HONEY – VAN MORRISON
148. LOOKIN’ THROUGH THE WINDOWS – JACKSON 5
149. HOLD HER TIGHT – OSMONDS
150. HOW DO YOU DO? – MOUTH AND MACNEAL
151. COUNTRY WINE – RAIDERS
152. YOU WANT IT, YOU GOT IT – DETROIT EMERALDS
153. MR. PENGUIN PT. 1 – LUNAR FUNK
154. FIRE AND WATER – WILSON PICKETT
155. HEARTBROKEN BOPPER – GUESS WHO
156. DROWNING IN THE SEA OF LOVE – JOE SIMON
157. TAURUS – DENNIS COFFEY & THE DETROIT GUITAR BAND
158. BABY, WON’T YOU LET ME ROCK ‘N ROLL YOU – TEN YEARS AFTER
159. COCONUT – NILSSON
160. YOU ARE EVERYTHING – STYLISTICS
161. WHITE LIES, BLUE EYES – BULLET
162. HEART OF THE SUNRISE – YES
163. LOOKING FOR A LOVE – J. GEILS BAND
164. SONG SELLER – PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS
165. ROCKS OFF – ROLLING STONES
166. DO THE FUNKY PENGUIN – RUFUS THOMAS
167. RUNNIN’ AWAY – SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
168. I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE – MICHAEL JACKSON
169. DEVIL YOU – STAMPEDERS
170. FOOTSTOMPIN’ MUSIC – GRAND FUNK RAILROAD
171. HURTING EACH OTHER – CARPENTERS
172. I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING – NEW SEEKERS
173. POPCORN – HOT BUTTER
174. TAKE IT SLOW – LIGHTHOUSE
175. GARDEN PARTY – RICKY NELSON
176. I WROTE A SIMPLE SONG – BILLY PRESTON
177. MAKE ME THE WOMAN THAT YOU GO HOME TO – GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS
178. AFTER ALL THIS TIME – MERRY CLAYTON
179. SONG SUNG BLUE – NEIL DIAMOND
180. TOGETHER, LET’S FIND LOVE – 5TH DIMENSION
181. MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB – WINGS
182. THAT’S THE WAY I FEEL ABOUT ‘CHA – BOBBY WOMACK
183. TIGHTROPE RIDE – DOORS
184. I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING – HILLSIDE SINGERS
185. POP THAT THANG – ISLEY BROTHERS
186. GET UP AND GET DOWN – DRAMATICS
187. SHOW ME HOW – EMOTIONS
188. LOOK WHAT YOU DONE FOR ME – AL GREEN
189. FREDDY’S DEAD – CURTIS MAYFIELD
190. DAY AND NIGHT – WACKERS
191. PUT IT WHERE YOU WANT IT – CRUSADERS
192. SWEET SIXTEEN – B.B. KING
193. PRETTY AS YOU FEEL – JEFFERSON AIRPLANE
194. TRUCKIN’ – GRATEFUL DEAD
195. RIP OFF – LAURA LEE
196. EASY LIVIN’ – URIAH HEEP
197. TOO BEAUTIFUL TO LAST – ENGLEBERT HUMPERDINCK
198. LET IT RAIN – ERIC CLAPTON
199. PLAY ME – NEIL DIAMOND
200. A COWBOY’S WORK IS NEVER DONE – SONNY & CHER

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