Top Songs of 1972


Rank All Time Rank Artist Song
1
33
Stevie Wonder Superstition
2
51
Lou Reed Walk on the Wild Side
3
168
Roxy Music Virginia Plain
4
170
Deep Purple Smoke on the Water
5
194
David Bowie Ziggy Stardust
6
232
Mott the Hoople All the Young Dudes
7
234
The Temptations Papa Was a Rolling Stone
8
245
Alice Cooper School's Out
9
279
The Rolling Stones Tumbling Dice
10
307
Neil Young Heart of Gold
11
358
David Bowie Starman
12
372
Nick Drake Pink Moon
13
413
Lou Reed Perfect Day
14
464
Big Star Thirteen
15
658
Jimmy Cliff The Harder They Come
16
713
Carly Simon You're So Vain
17
728
Elton John Rocket Man
18
789
Neil Young The Needle and the Damage Done
19
897
Steely Dan Reeling in the Years
20
902
Lou Reed Satellite of Love
21
904
The O'Jays Back Stabbers
22
936
Randy Newman Sail Away
23
977
Manu Dibango Soul Makossa
24
1000
Al Green Love and Happiness
25
1016
America A Horse with No Name
26
1038
Curtis Mayfield Superfly
27
1062
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes If You Don't Know Me by Now
28
1127
David Bowie Suffragette City
29
1148
Little Feat Willin'
30
1194
Neu! Hallogallo
31
1195
Townes Van Zandt Pancho and Lefty
32
1201
The Rolling Stones Happy
33
1219
Bill Withers Lean on Me
34
1278
The Rolling Stones Rocks Off
35
1373
Steely Dan Do It Again
36
1422
The Staple Singers I'll Take You There
37
1429
David Bowie Moonage Daydream
38
1455
Deep Purple Highway Star
39
1474
Stevie Wonder You Are the Sunshine of My Life
40
1483
Todd Rundgren I Saw the Light
41
1501
Thin Lizzy Whiskey in the Jar
42
1516
T. Rex Telegram Sam
43
1551
T. Rex Children of the Revolution
44
1589
T. Rex Metal Guru
45
1613
The O'Jays Love Train
46
1626
David Bowie Five Years
47
1660
Curtis Mayfield Freddie's Dead
48
1688
Stealers Wheel Stuck in the Middle with You
49
1698
Elton John Crocodile Rock
50
1753
Billy Paul Me and Mrs. Jones
51
1766
Spinners I'll Be Around
52
1775
Bobby Womack Across 110th Street
53
1792
David Bowie Rock 'n' Roll Suicide
54
1793
Todd Rundgren Hello It's Me
55
1857
Gary Glitter Rock and Roll Part 2
56
1868
Raspberries Go All the Way
57
1894
Eagles Take It Easy
58
1914
Timmy Thomas Why Can't We Live Together
59
1935
David Bowie The Jean Genie
60
2019
Neil Young Old Man
61
2043
Slade Mama Weer All Crazee Now
62
2065
Hawkwind Silver Machine
63
2087
Johnny Nash I Can See Clearly Now
64
2102
Gilbert O'Sullivan Alone Again (Naturally)
65
2108
Curtis Mayfield Pusherman
66
2117
Nick Drake Things Behind the Sun
67
2224
Spinners Could It Be I'm Falling in Love
68
2248
The Chi-Lites Oh Girl
69
2250
Big Star The Ballad of El Goodo
70
2274
Alice Cooper Elected!
71
2393
Black Sabbath Supernaut
72
2407
Randy Newman God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)
73
2471
The Rolling Stones Shine a Light
74
2494
Elvis Presley Always on My Mind
75
2540
Elvis Presley Burning Love
76
2544
Rod Stewart You Wear It Well
77
2706
Can Vitamin C
78
2804
David Bowie John, I'm Only Dancing
79
2903
Helen Reddy I Am Woman
80
2918
Horace Andy Skylarking
81
2963
Randy Newman Political Science
82
3015
Edgar Winter Group Free Ride
83
3030
Lyn Collins Think (About It)
84
3101
Neil Young A Man Needs a Maid
85
3102
J.J. Cale Call Me the Breeze
86
3112
Edgar Winter Group Frankenstein
87
3207
Jim Croce Time in a Bottle
88
3291
Al Green How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
89
3292
Dennis Brown Money In My Pocket
90
3431
Al Green I'm Still in Love with You
91
3466
The Rolling Stones All Down the Line
92
3504
Bill Withers Use Me
93
3512
Genesis Supper's Ready
94
3523
Bread Everything I Own
95
3538
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band Big Eyed Beans from Venus
96
3560
Rick Nelson Garden Party
97
3593
Luther Ingram (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right
98
3800
Flamin' Groovies Slow Death
99
3908
Faust It's a Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl
100
3928
Yes Close to the Edge
101
3974
The Stylistics I'm Stone in Love with You
102
4035
Seals and Crofts Summer Breeze
103
4048
Chicago Saturday in the Park
104
4106
The Doobie Brothers Listen to the Music
105
4326
Paul Simon Mother and Child Reunion
106
4473
Jackson Browne Doctor My Eyes
107
4582
Paul Simon Me and Julio Down by the School Yard
108
4669
The Rolling Stones Sweet Virginia
109
4739
The Osmonds Crazy Horses
110
4771
Matching Mole O Caroline
111
4860
Michael Jackson Ben
112
4882
The Rolling Stones Loving Cup
113
5179
Lou Reed Vicious
114
5190
Arlo Guthrie The City of New Orleans
115
5410
Neil Diamond Song Sung Blue
116
5504
Free Wishing Well
117
5614
Michael Jackson I Wanna Be Where You Are
118
5660
Uriah Heep Easy Livin'
119
5779
Yves Simon Au pays des merveilles de Juliet
120
5809
Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick
121
5817
Sui Generis Canción para mi muerte
122
5853
Michel Fugain Une belle histoire
123
5935
Bonnie Raitt Love Has No Pride
124
5961
Al Green Look What You Done for Me
125
5990
The Rolling Stones Torn and Frayed
126
6018
Joe Tex I Gotcha
127
6026
Mel and Tim Starting All Over Again
128
6088
Charles Aznavour Comme ils disent
129
6101
Eddie Kendricks Girl You Need a Change of Mind
130
6186
John Denver Rocky Mountain High
131
6198
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons The Night
132
6280
Joni Mitchell You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio
133
6285
The Rolling Stones Let It Loose
134
6433
Paul McCartney and Wings Hi, Hi, Hi
135
6461
Roxy Music Re-make / Re-model
136
6475
Neu! Neuschnee
137
6496
Chick Corea Return to Forever
138
6501
Chuck Berry My Ding-a-Ling
139
6519
Slade Gudbuy T'Jane
140
6530
Elvis Presley An American Trilogy
141
6588
War The World Is a Ghetto
142
6621
Albert Hammond It Never Rains in Southern California
143
6680
Ohio Players Funky Worm
144
6873
Ringo Starr Back Off Boogaloo
145
6883
Randy Newman You Can Leave Your Hat On
146
6980
America Ventura Highway
147
7119
Johnny Nash Stir It Up
148
7203
Dr. Hook The Cover of "Rolling Stone"
149
7291
The Allman Brothers Band Ain't Wastin' Time No More
150
7355
The Kinks Celluloid Heroes
151
7524
Yes And You and I
152
7545
Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs Most People I Know (Think That I'm Crazy)
153
7647
Van Morrison Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)
154
7797
Steely Dan Dirty Work
155
7809
Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose Too Late to Turn Back Now
156
7905
The Who Join Together
157
7913
Jimmie Dale & The Flatlanders Dallas
158
7946
The Stylistics Break Up to Make Up
159
7967
Lou Reed Wild Child
160
8014
Looking Glass Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)
161
8041
Gladys Knight and The Pips Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)
162
8050
Big Star In the Street
163
8053
James Taylor Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
164
8226
Joni Mitchell For the Roses
165
8340
Neil Young Out on the Weekend
166
8348
The Rolling Stones Ventilator Blues
167
8355
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be Unbroken
168
8398
Terry Callier Dancing Girl
169
8543
Deep Purple Space Truckin'
170
8567
Bread The Guitar Man
171
8585
Joe Dassin Salut les amoureux
172
8587
Bobby Womack Harry Hippie
173
8610
Carpenters Goodbye to Love
174
8727
Raspberries I Wanna Be With You
175
8739
Lucio Battisti Il mio canto libero
176
8947
Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway Where Is the Love
177
8973
Marvin Gaye Trouble Man
178
9014
Edward Bear Last Song
179
9048
James Brown King Heroin
180
9059
Love Unlimited Orchestra Walkin' in the Rain With the One I Love
181
9119
Bobby Womack Woman's Gotta Have It
182
9235
Lucio Battisti I giardini di marzo
183
9277
Cymande Bra
184
9431
Hot Butter Popcorn
185
9502
Georges Brassens Mourir pour des idées
186
9511
Bee Gees Run to Me
187
9527
The Allman Brothers Band Melissa
188
9565
Paul Simon Peace Like a River
189
9573
B.J. Thomas Rock & Roll Lullaby
190
9589
War The Cisco Kid
191
9593
Eagles Witchy Woman
192
9630
Ray Charles America the Beautiful
193
9658
Neil Young Words (Between the Lines of Age)
194
9699
Jo Jo Gunne Run, Run, Run
195
9764
The Chakachas Jungle Fever
196
9802
The Rolling Stones Rip This Joint
197
9812
Fela Kuti Roforofo Fight
198
9858
Jim Croce Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)
199
9890
The Move Do Ya
200
9959
The Main Ingredient Everybody Plays the Fool
201
9960
Leon Russell Tight Rope

Songs "bubbling under" the all-time top 10,000:
Malo Suavecito
Otis Clay Trying to Live My Life Without You
Al Green You Oughta Be With Me
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
Nino Rota Love Theme from The Godfather
Tanya Tucker Delta Dawn
The Allman Brothers Band One Way Out
Los Jaivas Todos juntos
Blue Öyster Cult Cities On Flame with Rock and Roll
Elton John Honky Cat
Linda Jones Your Precious Love
Yes Siberian Khatru
Neil Young Harvest
The Band Don't Do It
David McNeil Hollywood
The Jackson 5 Lookin' Through the Windows
Genesis Watcher of the Skies
Miles Davis On the Corner
Jerry Garcia Sugaree
King Sunny Adé Sunny ti de
Pure Prairie League Amie
Georges Brassens Les passantes
Nick Drake From the Morning
Eagles Peaceful Easy Feeling
Liza Minnelli Cabaret
Fela Kuti Lady
Millie Jackson My Man, a Sweet Man
Véronique Sanson Amoureuse
Elvis Presley Until It's Time for You to Go
Loudon Wainwright III Dead Skunk
The Rolling Stones Soul Survivor
Emerson, Lake & Palmer From the Beginning
Véronique Sanson Bahia
The Rolling Stones Sweet Black Angel
The Rolling Stones I Just Want to See His Face
Little Feat Easy to Slip
Nick Drake Which Will
Gilberto Gil Expresso 2222
Tim Buckley Get on Top of Me Woman
Todd Rundgren Dust in the Wind
Michel Polnareff Holidays
David Bowie Hang on to Yourself
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
Blerta Dance All Around the World
James Brown Get on the Good Foot, Part I
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 Beach Boys Cuddle Up
The Dramatics In the Rain
John Lennon & Yoko Ono Woman Is the Nigger of the World
Walter Carlos Title Music from "A Clockwork Orange"
The Moody Blues I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)
Sweet Little Willy
Deep Purple When a Blind Man Cries
T. Rex Ballrooms of Mars
Big Youth Screaming target
Jackson Browne Song For Adam
Van Morrison Listen to the Lion
Mort Shuman Le Lac Majeur
Randy Newman Lonely at the Top
Caetano Veloso You Don't Know Me
Tim Buckley Sweet Surrender
Stevie Wonder I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)
Todd Rundgren Couldn't I Just Tell You
Harry Chapin Taxi
Michael Jackson Rockin' Robin
Genesis Can-Utility and the Coastliners
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
Ton Steine Scherben Wir müssen hier raus
Townes Van Zandt To Live Is to Fly
Véronique Sanson Besoin de personne
T. Rex Solid Gold Easy Action
Humble Pie 30 Days in the Hole
Humble Pie Hot 'n' Nasty
Billy Preston Will It Go Round In Circles
The Soft Machine Memories
Deep Purple Lazy
Roxy Music Sea Breezes