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100 Greatest Songs From 1972

Criteria: - Songs listed are from Rock 'n' Roll and related sub-genres. Rankings are based on initial and lasting popularity and on acclaim received from critics and musicians.
Edited By: Brian
1972
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Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release).
Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.

No. Song Artist
Greatest Songs '70s
Greatest Artists '70s
Greatest Albums '70s


Superstition



Papa Was a Rollin' Stone



Smoke on the Water



Heart of Gold



Walk on the Wild Side



You're So Vain



Take It Easy



Rocket Man



Back Stabbers - O'Jays



I Can See Clearly Now



Burning Love - Elvis Presley
1 Superstition Stevie Wonder
2 Papa Was a Rollin' Stone Temptations
3 Smoke on the Water Deep Purple
4 Lean on Me Bill Withers
5 Heart of Gold Neil Young
6 Walk on the Wild Side Lou Reed
7 You Are the Sunshine of My Life Stevie Wonder
8 If You Don't Know Me by Now Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
9 I'll Take You There Staple Singers
10 Tumbling Dice Rolling Stones
11 Love Train O'Jays
12 You're So Vain Carly Simon
13 Oh Girl Chi-Lites
14 Take It Easy Eagles
15 I'll Be Around Spinners
16 Reeling in the Years Steely Dan
17 Rocket Man Elton John
18 School's Out Alice Cooper
19 All the Young Dudes Mott the Hoople
20 The Harder They Come Jimmy Cliff
21 Back Stabbers O'Jays
22 I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash
23 Burning Love Elvis Presley
24 I'm Still in Love With You Al Green
25 Listen to the Music Doobie Brothers
26 Alone Again (Naturally) Gilbert O'Sullivan
27 Crocodile Rock Elton John
28 Stuck in the Middle With You Stealers Wheel
29 I Saw the Light Todd Rundgren
30 Rock and Roll, Part 2 Gary Glitter
31 Me and Mrs. Jones Billy Paul
32 Go All the Way Raspberries
33 Do It Again Steely Dan
34 Could It Be I'm Falling in Love Spinners
35 Garden Party Rick Nelson
36 Freddie's Dead Curtis Mayfield
37 You Wear It Well Rod Stewart
38 Ziggy Stardust David Bowie
39 Saturday in the Park Chicago
40 Superfly Curtis Mayfield
41 Brandy Looking Glass
42 Time in a Bottle Jim Croce
43 Starman David Bowie
44 Suavecito Malo
45 Doctor My Eyes Jackson Browne
46 Love and Happiness Al Green
47 Summer Breeze Seals and Crofts
48 The Cisco Kid War
49 I'm Stone in Love With You Stylistics
50 I Am Woman Helen Reddy
51 Suffragette City David Bowie
52 Virginia Plain Roxy Music
53 Everybody Plays the Fool Main Ingredient
54 Frankenstein Edgar Winter Group
55 Neither One of Us Gladys Knight and the Pips
56 Hello It's Me Todd Rundgren
57 Look What You Done for Me Al Green
58 Why Can't We Live Together Timmy Thomas
59 Sail Away Randy Newman
60 Ain't No Woman Four Tops
61 Too Late to Turn Back Now Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
62 Break Up to Make Up Stylistics
63 Your Mama Don't Dance Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina
64 Free Ride Edgar Winter Group
65 Day Dreaming Aretha Franklin
66 The Jean Genie David Bowie
67 Get on the Good Foot James Brown
68 Dancing in the Moonlight King Harvest
69 The Guitar Man Bread
70 Peaceful Easy Feeling Eagles
71 You Don't Mess Around With Jim Jim Croce
72 Easy Livin' Uriah Heep
73 You're Still a Young Man Tower of Power
74 Mother and Child Reunion Paul Simon
75 Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu Johnny Rivers
76 In the Rain Dramatics
77 Ventura Highway America
78 Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard Paul Simon
79 Witchy Woman Eagles
80 (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Wanna Be Right Luther Ingram
81 I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock & Roll Band) Moody Blues
82 Everything I Own Bread
83 Honky Cat Elton John
84 Top of the World Carpenters
85 I'd Love You to Want Me Lobo
86 You Ought to Be With Me Al Green
87 Amie Pure Prairie League
88 Taxi Harry Chapin
89 Rocky Mountain High John Denver
90 Telegram Sam T. Rex
91 Happy Rolling Stones
92 Operator Jim Croce
93 Hold Your Head Up Argent
94 Black and White Three Dog Night
95 Walking in the Rain With the One I Love Love Unlimited
96 Soul Makossa Manu Dibango
97 Use Me Bill Withers
98 Conquistador (live) Procol Harum
99 The World Is a Ghetto War
100 Rock and Roll Lullaby B.J. Thomas
20 more worth mentioning.
101 Starting All Over Again Mel and Tim
102 Last Song Edward Bear
103 Talking Loud and Saying Nothing James Brown
104 One Way Out Allman Brothers
105 It Never Rains in Southern California Albert Hammond
106 Will It Go Round in Circles Billy Preston
107 Little Willy The Sweet
108 Hi, Hi, Hi Wings
109 Nice To Be With You Gallery
110 Jesus Is Just Alright Doobie Brothers
111 Troglodyte Jimmy Castor Bunch
112 Old Man Neil Young
113 Ben Michael Jackson
114 America the Beautiful Ray Charles
115 Song Sung Blue Neil Diamond
116 Children Of the Revolution T. Rex
117 Wildflower Skylark
118 Whiskey In the Jar Thin Lizzy
119 Thick As a Brick Jethro Tull
120 Dixie Chicken Little Feat
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1972
Brian's choice - An unheralded great record from 1972
* Gypsy Van Morrison
Lew's choice - An unheralded great record from 1972
* Southbound Train Crosby & Nash
Bruce's choice - An unheralded great record from 1972
* Eddie's Love Eddie Kendricks
Adam's choice - An unheralded great record from 1972
* I Don't Know Bill Withers
Brett's choice - An unheralded great record from 1972
* Watch The Sunrise Big Star




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