AMERICAN TOP 40 REPLAY- THE WEEK OF MAY 19, 1973

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The American Top 40 replay this week on the 70’s on 7 was from the week of May 19, 1973.

1 2 YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-10 (1 week at #1) (1) A
2 1 TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE –•– Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando (Bell)-14 (1) B-
3 3 LITTLE WILLY –•– The Sweet (Bell)-18 (3) B
4 7 FRANKENSTEIN –•– The Edgar Winter Group (Epic)-11 (4) B
5 9 DANIEL –•– Elton John (MCA)-7 (5) A-
6 13 MY LOVE –•– Paul McCartney and Wings (Apple)-6 (6) D
7 5 DRIFT AWAY –•– Dobie Gray (Decca)-13 (5) A+
8 6 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU –•– Stealers Wheel (A&M)-12 (6) A+
9 14 PILLOW TALK –•– Sylvia (Vibration)-9 (9) B-
10 12 WILDFLOWER –•– Skylark (Capitol)-14 (10) C

11 11 REELING IN THE YEARS –•– Steely Dan (ABC)-11 (11) A+
12 8 THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT IN GEORGIA –•– Vicki Lawrence (Bell)-15 (1) B-
13 17 HOCUS POCUS –•– Focus (Sire)-12 (13) B-
14 15 DAISY A DAY –•– Jud Strunk (MGM)-14 (14) F
15 4 THE CISCO KID –•– War (United Artists)-12 (2) A
16 19 FUNKY WORM –•– The Ohio Players (Westbound)-13 (16) D
17 18 OUT OF THE QUESTION –•– Gilbert O’Sullivan (MAM)-12 (17) B
18 21 THE RIGHT THING TO DO –•– Carly Simon (Elektra)-8 (18)B
19 22 THINKING OF YOU –•– Loggins and Messina (Columbia)-8 (19) B-
20 24 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY –•– Barry White (20th Century)-6 (20) B-

21 10 THE TWELFTH OF NEVER –•– Donny Osmond (MGM)-12 (8) F
22 27 PLAYGROUND IN MY MIND –•– Clint Holmes (Epic)-9 (22) F
23 26 STEAMROLLER BLUES / FOOL –•– Elvis Presley (RCA)-6 (23) C
24 16 SING –•– The Carpenters (A&M)-13 (3) B
25 34 RIGHT PLACE WRONG TIME –•– Dr. John (Atco)-6 (25) A+
26 30 LEAVING ME –•– The Independents (Wand)-7 (26) B
27 28 I’M DOIN’ FINE NOW –•– New York City (Chelsea)-12 (27) A
28 29 IT SURE TOOK A LONG, LONG TIME –•– Lobo (Big Tree)-7 (28) D
29 39 NO MORE MR. NICE GUY –•– Alice Cooper (Warner Brothers)-6 (29) A+
30 41 WILL IT GO ROUND IN CIRCLES –•– Billy Preston (A&M)-8 (30)  A

31 32 ARMED AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS –•– First Choice (Philly Groove)-11 (31) B-
32 20 WALK ON THE WILD SIDE –•– Lou Reed (RCA)-14 (16) A+
33 35 SUPER FLY MEETS SHAFT –•– John and Ernest (Rainy Wednesday)-6 (33) B
34 37 TEDDY BEAR SONG –•– Barbara Fairchild (Columbia)-13 (34) D
35 50 ONE OF A KIND (Love Affair) –•– The Spinners (Atlantic)-4 (35) A
36 36 I CAN UNDERSTAND IT –•– The New Birth (RCA)-9 (36) B
37 46 AND I LOVE YOU SO –•– Perry Como (RCA)-6 (37) B+
38 42 HEARTS OF STONE –•– The Blue Ridge Rangers (Fantasy)-8 (38) A-
39 40 LET’S PRETEND –•– The Raspberries (Capitol)-9 (39) A-
40 25 MASTERPIECE –•– The Temptations (Gordy)-13 (7) A-

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16 responses to “AMERICAN TOP 40 REPLAY- THE WEEK OF MAY 19, 1973

  1. Most weeks when you do this chart I will go down them and pick some out that I don’t recognize and listen to them on youtube. 9 times out of 10 they come right back to me. Only the novelty type songs are usually the ones I’ve never heard or don’t remember. The music had staying power.

    • Yes same here- when I am listing to the countdown I will look at the chart as they go– and sometimes I see a title and think- “I don’t remember this” but when it’s played- I remember- for the most part.

    • This is a “get off my yard” kind of statement but I think we witnessed the best pop period 1950s-1990s…I missed a bit being born in 67 but I don’t see music being as important to people again… and meaning so much.

    • I think today for the most part- music and the artists who are making it seem pretty disposable to the listeners.

    • There is no explaining taste- they sure had a lot of hits before their fans got tired of them. It seems like every week in the early 70’s have an Osmond or Tony Orlando and Dawn song..

    • I fell upon a documentary on John Denver yesterday evening and watched it for a while and they were explaining his appeal in the early 70’s- as a reaction of the American people -they were fatigued by Vietnam, Watergate the 1960’s and wanted something mellow– maybe that was Tony/ Dawn’s appeal- they offended no one other than true music lovers- and both Denver and Tony/Dawn’s popularity on the charts ended around the same period of time.

    • That was her only hit- and looking into it- it was written by her husband at the time – for a very brief time- Bobby Russell- singer- songwriter.

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