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.

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.

  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. Love and Happiness - Al Green
35. Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
36. Superfly - Curtis Mayfield
37. Hello It's Me - Todd Rundgren
38. Time in a Bottle - Jim Croce
39. Could It Be I'm Falling in Love - Spinners
40. Starman - David Bowie
41. Use Me - Bill Withers
42. Summer Breeze - Seals and Crofts
43. Saturday in the Park - Chicago
44. Freddie's Dead - Curtis Mayfield
45. Old Man - Neil Young
46. Everything I Own - Bread
47. Ben - Michael Jackson
48. Frankenstein - Edgar Winter Group
49. Brandy - Looking Glass
50. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Wanna Be Right - Luther Ingram
51. Why Can't We Live Together - Timmy Thomas
52. Rocky Mountain High - John Denver
53. Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard - Paul Simon
54. Highway Star - Deep Purple
55. Across 110th Street - Bobby Womack
56. Virginia Plain - Roxy Music
57. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart - Al Green
58. It Never Rains in Southern California - Albert Hammond
59. Suffragette City - David Bowie
60. Doctor My Eyes - Jackson Browne
61. You Wear It Well - Rod Stewart
62. Ventura Highway - America
63. Pusherman - Curtis Mayfield
64. Dancing in the Moonlight - King Harvest
65. The Cisco Kid - War
66. Neither One of Us - Gladys Knight and the Pips
67. Whiskey in the Jar - Thin Lizzy
68. Ain't No Woman - Four Tops
69. The Guitar Man - Bread
70. Garden Party - Rick Nelson
71. Break Up to Make Up - Stylistics
72. Peaceful Easy Feeling - Eagles
73. Mother and Child Reunion - Paul Simon
74. The Jean Genie - David Bowie
75. Too Late to Turn Back Now - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
76. Suavecito - Malo
77. Free Ride - Edgar Winter Group
78. I Am Woman - Helen Reddy
79. Children of the Revolution - T. Rex
80. Amie - Pure Prairie League
81. Get on the Good Foot - James Brown
82. Easy Livin' - Uriah Heep
83. Look What You Done for Me - Al Green
84. Day Dreaming - Aretha Franklin
85. Everybody Plays the Fool - Main Ingredient
86. Always on My Mind - Elvis Presley
87. Happy - Rolling Stones
88. I'm Stone in Love With You - Stylistics
89. I'd Love You to Want Me - Lobo
90. Top of the World - Carpenters
91. The Needle and the Damage Done - Neil Young
92. Soul Makossa - Manu Dibango
93. Your Mama Don't Dance - Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina
94. Witchy Woman - Eagles
95. Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond
96. The Cover of Rolling Stone - Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show
97. Sail Away - Randy Newman
98. The World Is a Ghetto - War
99. Operator - Jim Croce
100. You Ought to Be With Me - Al Green
20 more worth mentioning.
101. City of New Orleans - Arlo Guthrie
102. Melissa - Allman Brothers Band
103. Metal Guru - T. Rex
104. Will It Go Round in Circles - Billy Preston
105. Rock and Roll Lullaby - B.J. Thomas
106. Conquistador (live) - Procol Harum
107. America the Beautiful - Ray Charles
108. Hi, Hi, Hi - Wings
109. Trouble Man - Marvin Gaye
110. Starting All Over Again - Mel and Tim
111. You Don't Mess Around With Jim - Jim Croce
112. Thick As a Brick - Jethro Tull
113. Honky Cat - Elton John
114. Taxi - Harry Chapin
115. Walking in the Rain With the One I Love - Love Unlimited
116. Little Willy - The Sweet
117. I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock & Roll Band) - Moody Blues
118. Wildflower - Skylark
119. Nice To Be With You - Gallery
120. Troglodyte - Jimmy Castor Bunch
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1972
An unheralded great record from 1972
Brian's choice -
* 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
Last Updated: 2020-04-14