100 Greatest Songs From 1972

  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 Stardus - 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
Last Updated: 2009-03-19

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.