The Temptations
Papa Was a Rolling Stone





Release Year: 1972

Rankings:
All-Time
#241 / 1970s #59 / 1972 #7


Best of All-time Lists, Best of Decade Lists, etc.
1,001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die, and 10,001 You Must Download (2015 Update) 1-1001
Bruce Pollock (USA) - The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944-2000 (2005) No Order
Dave Marsh & Kevin Stein (USA) - The 40 Best of the Top 40 Singles by Year (1981) 3
Dave Marsh (USA) - The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made (1989) 299
Grammy Hall of Fame Albums and Songs (USA) No Order
Metro Times (USA) - The 100 Greatest Detroit Songs of All Time (and Runners-Up) (2007) 62
Pause & Play (USA) - Songs Inducted into a Time Capsule, One Track at Each Week No Order
Pitchfork (USA) - The 200 Best Songs of the 1970s (and Recommended Listening) (2016) 57
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (USA) - 500 Songs That Shaped Rock (1995) No Order
Rolling Stone (USA) - The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (2004) 168
Rolling Stone (USA) - The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (Updated 2010) 169
Steve Crawford (USA) - 1,000 Essential Songs from the 1970s (2015) 101
Steve Sullivan (USA) - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings Volumes 1-4 (2013, 2017) 201-300
TimeOut (USA) - 1000 Songs to Change Your Life (2008) No Order
VH1 (USA) - The 100 Greatest Songs of All Time (2000) 100
Elspeth Beidas (UK) - 10,000 Things You Need to Know: The Big Book of Lists [100 Songs] (2016) No Order
HarperCollins GEM (UK) - Single of the Year 1949-99 (1999) No Order
Mark Ellingham (USA) - The Rough Guide Book of Playlists: 5,000 Songs You Must Download (2007) No Order
Mojo (UK) - The 100 Greatest Singles of All Time (1997) 101
NME (UK) - The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (2014) 310
NME (UK) - The Top 100 Singles of All Time (1976) 78
NME (UK) - The Top 150 Singles of All Time (1987) 30
Q (UK) - The 1010 Songs You Must Own (2004) No Order
Q (UK) - The 50 Most Exciting Tunes Ever (2002) 21
Q (UK) - The Ultimate Music Collection (2005) No Order
Zig Zag (UK) - Gillett & Frith's Hot 100 Singles (1975) No Order
Musikexpress (Germany) - The 700 Best Songs of All Time (2014) 652
Rolling Stone (Germany) - The 500 Best Songs of All Time (2004) 246
Gilles Verlant and Thomas Caussé (France) - 3000 Rock Classics (2009, update 2013) No Order
Hervé Bourhis (France) - Le Petit Livre Rock: The Juke Box Singles 1950-2012 No Order
Volume (France) - 200 Records that Changed the World, 2008 (40 songs) No Order
Zicabloc (France) - Top 10 des Tubes Annees 70 [Top 10 Songs of the 1970s] (2013) 9
Peter Holmes, The Sun-Herald (Australia) - 100 Best Songs of All Time (2003) 17
Ezio Guaitamacchi (Italy) - Mille canzoni che ci hanno cambiato la vita [1,000 Songs That Changed Our Lives] (2009) No Order
Massimo Cotto (Italy) - We Will Rock You: 709 Canzoni [709 Songs] (2009) No Order
Giannis Petridis (Greece) - 2004 of the Best Songs of the Century (2003) No Order