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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.
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
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
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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