Top Songs of 1972


Rank All Time Rank Artist Song
1
34
Stevie Wonder Superstition
2
52
Lou Reed Walk on the Wild Side
3
165
Roxy Music Virginia Plain
4
171
Deep Purple Smoke on the Water
5
193
David Bowie Ziggy Stardust
6
233
Mott the Hoople All the Young Dudes
7
241
The Temptations Papa Was a Rolling Stone
8
250
Alice Cooper School's Out
9
286
The Rolling Stones Tumbling Dice
10
316
Neil Young Heart of Gold
11
360
David Bowie Starman
12
388
Nick Drake Pink Moon
13
420
Lou Reed Perfect Day
14
471
Big Star Thirteen
15
668
Jimmy Cliff The Harder They Come
16
718
Carly Simon You're So Vain
17
738
Elton John Rocket Man
18
797
Neil Young The Needle and the Damage Done
19
903
Steely Dan Reeling in the Years
20
919
The O'Jays Back Stabbers
21
932
Lou Reed Satellite of Love
22
943
Randy Newman Sail Away
23
998
Manu Dibango Soul Makossa
24
1022
Al Green Love and Happiness
25
1041
America A Horse with No Name
26
1042
Curtis Mayfield Superfly
27
1069
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes If You Don't Know Me by Now
28
1164
Little Feat Willin'
29
1165
David Bowie Suffragette City
30
1216
Neu! Hallogallo
31
1227
The Rolling Stones Happy
32
1228
Townes Van Zandt Pancho and Lefty
33
1246
Bill Withers Lean on Me
34
1314
The Rolling Stones Rocks Off
35
1397
Steely Dan Do It Again
36
1440
The Staple Singers I'll Take You There
37
1453
David Bowie Moonage Daydream
38
1474
Deep Purple Highway Star
39
1490
Stevie Wonder You Are the Sunshine of My Life
40
1502
Todd Rundgren I Saw the Light
41
1533
Thin Lizzy Whiskey in the Jar
42
1547
T. Rex Telegram Sam
43
1575
T. Rex Children of the Revolution
44
1594
T. Rex Metal Guru
45
1621
Billy Paul Me and Mrs. Jones
46
1638
The O'Jays Love Train
47
1656
David Bowie Five Years
48
1679
Curtis Mayfield Freddie's Dead
49
1713
Stealers Wheel Stuck in the Middle with You
50
1725
Elton John Crocodile Rock
51
1782
Spinners I'll Be Around
52
1814
Bobby Womack Across 110th Street
53
1819
Todd Rundgren Hello It's Me
54
1841
David Bowie Rock 'n' Roll Suicide
55
1895
Raspberries Go All the Way
56
1898
Gary Glitter Rock and Roll Part 2
57
1913
Eagles Take It Easy
58
1945
Timmy Thomas Why Can't We Live Together
59
1954
David Bowie The Jean Genie
60
2060
Neil Young Old Man
61
2070
Slade Mama Weer All Crazee Now
62
2097
Hawkwind Silver Machine
63
2106
Johnny Nash I Can See Clearly Now
64
2134
Gilbert O'Sullivan Alone Again (Naturally)
65
2153
Curtis Mayfield Pusherman
66
2174
Nick Drake Things Behind the Sun
67
2265
Spinners Could It Be I'm Falling in Love
68
2279
The Chi-Lites Oh Girl
69
2302
Big Star The Ballad of El Goodo
70
2311
Alice Cooper Elected
71
2427
Black Sabbath Supernaut
72
2474
Randy Newman God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)
73
2498
The Rolling Stones Shine a Light
74
2536
Elvis Presley Always on My Mind
75
2570
Elvis Presley Burning Love
76
2585
Rod Stewart You Wear It Well
77
2797
Can Vitamin C
78
2883
David Bowie John, I'm Only Dancing
79
2916
Helen Reddy I Am Woman
80
2950
Horace Andy Skylarking
81
3042
Randy Newman Political Science
82
3079
Edgar Winter Group Free Ride
83
3092
Lyn Collins Think (About It)
84
3145
Neil Young A Man Needs a Maid
85
3165
Edgar Winter Group Frankenstein
86
3212
J.J. Cale Call Me the Breeze
87
3241
Jim Croce Time in a Bottle
88
3340
Al Green How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
89
3360
Dennis Brown Money In My Pocket
90
3488
Al Green I'm Still in Love with You
91
3518
The Rolling Stones All Down the Line
92
3548
Genesis Supper's Ready
93
3559
Bill Withers Use Me
94
3579
Bread Everything I Own
95
3596
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band Big Eyed Beans from Venus
96
3633
Rick Nelson Garden Party
97
3650
Luther Ingram (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right
98
3881
Flamin' Groovies Slow Death
99
3960
Faust It's a Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl
100
4012
Yes Close to the Edge
101
4026
The Stylistics I'm Stone in Love with You
102
4084
Seals and Crofts Summer Breeze
103
4109
Chicago Saturday in the Park
104
4154
The Doobie Brothers Listen to the Music
105
4397
Paul Simon Mother and Child Reunion
106
4539
Jackson Browne Doctor My Eyes
107
4648
Paul Simon Me and Julio Down by the School Yard
108
4759
The Rolling Stones Sweet Virginia
109
4820
The Osmonds Crazy Horses
110
4862
Matching Mole O Caroline
111
4912
Michael Jackson Ben
112
4948
The Rolling Stones Loving Cup
113
5269
Lou Reed Vicious
114
5299
Arlo Guthrie The City of New Orleans
115
5483
Neil Diamond Song Sung Blue
116
5604
Free Wishing Well
117
5693
Michael Jackson I Wanna Be Where You Are
118
5730
Uriah Heep Easy Livin'
119
5795
Yves Simon Au pays des merveilles de Juliet
120
5844
Sui Generis Canción para mi muerte
121
5888
Michel Fugain Une belle histoire
122
5978
Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick
123
6023
Bonnie Raitt Love Has No Pride
124
6058
Al Green Look What You Done for Me
125
6072
The Rolling Stones Torn and Frayed
126
6110
Joe Tex I Gotcha
127
6122
Charles Aznavour Comme ils disent
128
6125
Mel and Tim Starting All Over Again
129
6191
Eddie Kendricks Girl You Need a Change of Mind
130
6266
John Denver Rocky Mountain High
131
6283
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons The Night
132
6345
The Rolling Stones Let It Loose
133
6396
Joni Mitchell You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio
134
6527
Roxy Music Re-make / Re-model
135
6572
Paul McCartney and Wings Hi, Hi, Hi
136
6580
Chick Corea Return to Forever
137
6583
Neu! Neuschnee
138
6586
Chuck Berry My Ding-a-Ling
139
6625
Elvis Presley An American Trilogy
140
6636
Slade Gudbuy T'Jane
141
6697
War The World Is a Ghetto
142
6728
Albert Hammond It Never Rains in Southern California
143
6781
Ohio Players Funky Worm
144
6973
Randy Newman You Can Leave Your Hat On
145
6981
Ringo Starr Back Off Boogaloo
146
7100
America Ventura Highway
147
7234
Johnny Nash Stir It Up
148
7326
Dr. Hook The Cover of "Rolling Stone"
149
7407
The Allman Brothers Band Ain't Wastin' Time No More
150
7468
The Kinks Celluloid Heroes
151
7642
Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs Most People I Know (Think That I'm Crazy)
152
7719
Yes And You and I
153
7790
Van Morrison Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)
154
7916
Steely Dan Dirty Work
155
7923
Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose Too Late to Turn Back Now
156
8032
The Who Join Together
157
8063
Jimmie Dale & The Flatlanders Dallas
158
8079
The Stylistics Break Up to Make Up
159
8106
Lou Reed Wild Child
160
8159
Looking Glass Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)
161
8176
James Taylor Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
162
8177
Gladys Knight and The Pips Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)
163
8189
Big Star In the Street
164
8415
Joni Mitchell For the Roses
165
8431
The Rolling Stones Ventilator Blues
166
8442
Neil Young Out on the Weekend
167
8469
Terry Callier Dancing Girl
168
8485
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be Unbroken
169
8627
Deep Purple Space Truckin'
170
8628
Joe Dassin Salut les amoureux
171
8681
Bread The Guitar Man
172
8712
Bobby Womack Harry Hippie
173
8739
Carpenters Goodbye to Love
174
8826
Raspberries I Wanna Be With You
175
8850
Lucio Battisti Il mio canto libero
176
8942
Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel Dueling Banjos
177
9070
Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway Where Is the Love
178
9098
Marvin Gaye Trouble Man
179
9166
James Brown King Heroin
180
9177
Edward Bear Last Song
181
9178
Love Unlimited Orchestra Walkin' in the Rain With the One I Love
182
9272
Bobby Womack Woman's Gotta Have It
183
9409
Cymande Bra
184
9426
Lucio Battisti I giardini di marzo
185
9548
Hot Butter Popcorn
186
9550
Georges Brassens Mourir pour des idées
187
9613
Bee Gees Run to Me
188
9659
The Allman Brothers Band Melissa
189
9674
Paul Simon Peace Like a River
190
9728
Eagles Witchy Woman
191
9750
B.J. Thomas Rock & Roll Lullaby
192
9772
War The Cisco Kid
193
9782
Neil Young Words (Between the Lines of Age)
194
9841
Ray Charles America the Beautiful
195
9859
Jo Jo Gunne Run, Run, Run
196
9912
The Rolling Stones Rip This Joint
197
9925
Fela Kuti Roforofo Fight

Songs "bubbling under" the all-time top 10,000:
Jim Croce Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)
The Move Do Ya
The Main Ingredient Everybody Plays the Fool
Leon Russell Tight Rope
Malo Suavecito
Al Green You Oughta Be With Me
Otis Clay Trying to Live My Life Without You
The Jimmy Castor Bunch It's Just Begun
Lobo I'd Love You to Want Me
Three Dog Night Black and White
Donny Osmond Puppy Love
The Allman Brothers Band Blue Sky
Los Jaivas Todos juntos
Nino Rota Love Theme from The Godfather
The Allman Brothers Band One Way Out
Tanya Tucker Delta Dawn
Blue Öyster Cult Cities On Flame with Rock and Roll
Elton John Honky Cat
Linda Jones Your Precious Love
Neil Young Harvest
David McNeil Hollywood
The Band Don't Do It
Yes Siberian Khatru
The Jackson 5 Lookin' Through the Windows
Genesis Watcher of the Skies
Miles Davis On the Corner
King Sunny Adé Sunny ti de
Jerry Garcia Sugaree
Pure Prairie League Amie
Georges Brassens Les passantes
Nick Drake From the Morning
Eagles Peaceful Easy Feeling
Fela Kuti Lady
Liza Minnelli Cabaret
Millie Jackson My Man, a Sweet Man
Véronique Sanson Amoureuse
Elvis Presley Until It's Time for You to Go
The Rolling Stones Soul Survivor
Loudon Wainwright III Dead Skunk
Véronique Sanson Bahia
Emerson, Lake & Palmer From the Beginning
The Rolling Stones Sweet Black Angel
The Rolling Stones I Just Want to See His Face
Gilberto Gil Expresso 2222
Little Feat Easy to Slip
Nick Drake Which Will
Tim Buckley Get on Top of Me Woman
Todd Rundgren Dust in the Wind
Michel Polnareff Holidays
Keith Jarrett In Front
Donny Hathaway I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
Eddie Kendricks My People...Hold On
The Incredible String Band Dear Old Battlefield
David Bowie Hang on to Yourself
James Brown Get on the Good Foot, Part I
Blerta Dance All Around the World
Steve Goodman The Dutchman
A Foot in Coldwater (Make Me Do) Anything You Want
Aretha Franklin Day Dreaming
Lou Reed New York Telephone Conversation
Yes America
Paul McCartney and Wings C Moon
Miles Davis New York Girl
Joni Mitchell Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire
The Dramatics In the Rain
John Lennon & Yoko Ono Woman Is the Nigger of the World
The Moody Blues I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)
Sweet Little Willy
Walter Carlos Title Music from "A Clockwork Orange"
The Beach Boys Cuddle Up
Deep Purple When a Blind Man Cries
Big Youth Screaming target
T. Rex Ballrooms of Mars
Mort Shuman Le Lac Majeur
Jackson Browne Song For Adam
Van Morrison Listen to the Lion
Caetano Veloso You Don't Know Me
Randy Newman Lonely at the Top
Tim Buckley Sweet Surrender
Stevie Wonder I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)
Harry Chapin Taxi
Genesis Can-Utility and the Coastliners
Todd Rundgren Couldn't I Just Tell You
Michael Jackson Rockin' Robin
Focus Sylvia
Dr. John Junko Partner
Graham Nash & David Crosby Page 43
Big Youth Ace Ninety Skank / S90 Skank
Jackson Browne My Opening Farewell
Stealers Wheel Late Again
Townes Van Zandt To Live Is to Fly
Véronique Sanson Besoin de personne
Ton Steine Scherben Wir müssen hier raus
Humble Pie 30 Days in the Hole
T. Rex Solid Gold Easy Action
Humble Pie Hot 'n' Nasty
Billy Preston Will It Go Round In Circles
The Soft Machine Memories
Deep Purple Lazy
Roxy Music Sea Breezes