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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.
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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



Superstition single cover


Papa Was A Rollin' Stone single cover


Smoke on the Water single cover


Heart Of Gold single cover


Walk on the Wild Side single cover


You're So Vain single cover


Take It Easy single cover


Rocket Man single cover


Back Stabbers - O'Jays single cover


I Can See Clearly Now single cover


Burning Love - Elvis Presley single cover
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:
*
Southbound Train
Crosby & Nash
Bruce's Choice:
*
Eddie's Love
Eddie Kendricks
Adam's Choice:
*
I Don't Know
Bill Withers
Brett's Choice:
*
Watch The Sunrise
Big Star

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