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Ranking The Billboard #1 Hits- 1972. There were 21 #1 hits in 1972- here is my ranking in reverse order- worst to first! A lot of great #1’s in 1972.

  • 21. “My Ding-a-Ling”- Chuck Berry
  • 20. “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked On Me”- Mac Davis
  • 19-“Candy Man”- Sammy Davis Jr
  • 18- “I Am Woman”- Helen Reddy
  • 17-“Alone Again {Naturally}- Gilbert O’Sullivan
  • 16-“Song Sung Blue”- Neil Diamond
  • 15-“Ben”- Michael Jackson
  • 14- “Black and White”- Three Dog Night
  • 13-“Brandy [You’re A Fine Girl”}- Looking Glass
  • 12-“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”- Roberta Flack
  • 11-“A Horse With No Name”- America
  • 10-“Heart Of Gold”- Neil Young
  • 9- “Me and Mrs. Jones”- Billy Paul
  • 8- “Without You”- Nilsson
  • 7-” Oh Girl”- The Chi-Lites
  • 6- “I’ll Take You There”- The Staple Singers
  • 5-“Let’s Stay Together”- Al Green
  • 4-“I Can See Clearly Now”- Johnny Nash
  • 3-“Lean On Me”- Bill Withers
  • 2-“American Pie”- Don McLean
  • 1- “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone”- The Temptations

10 responses to “RANKING THE BILLBOARD #1 HITS 1972

  1. You didn’t ask, but my 10 favorite songs of 1972 are as follows (several did not reach #1)

    1. Stairway to Heaven (never even released as a single)
    2. Nights in White Satin
    3. Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone
    4. Alone Again (Naturally)
    5. A Horse With No Name
    6. Without You
    7. Let’s Stay Together
    8. Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)
    9. I’ll Be Around
    10. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

  2. Not a bad year. My no. 1 probably would have been “My Ding-a-Ling” – just kidding! 🙂

    I’m generally challenged when it comes to rankings. I would say your no. 1 “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” is a good contender. Other tunes from the list I like in particular are America/”A Horse With No Name”, Neil Young/”Heart of Gold” (I know, shocker!), Al Green/”Let’s Stay Together” and Bill Withers/”Lean On Me”.

  3. I feel lucky that it seemed like it was ’72 little kindergarten aged me was given his own transistor radio and began listening to it incessently. What a great year for music. I’d have a slightly different ranking than yours, but not terribly different… “I’ll take you there” would rank a lot lower on mine (not a bad song, but kinda forgettable to me), and “Ben” would be closer to the bottom while Gilbert O would be higher and Al Green might knock Don McLean out of the #2 slot, but still… what a great year!

  4. 1. Heart of Gold (A+)
    2. I’ll Take You There (A+)
    3. Let’s Stay Together (A+)
    4. Lean on Me (A+)
    5. Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone (A+)
    6. Without You (A)
    7. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (A-)
    8. Me and Mrs. Jones (A-)
    9. I Am Woman (B+) – not an amazing song but the chorus is really powerful and I think you underrate it by a lot
    10. Oh Girl (B+)
    11. A Horse With No Name (B)
    12. American Pie (B)
    13. Brandy You’re a Fine Girl (B)
    14. Ben (B-)
    15. I Can See Clearly Now (B-) – way too sappy for my taste
    16. Alone Again Naturally (B-)
    17. Song Sung Blue (C)
    18. Candy Man (C)
    19. Black and White (D) – this and the two above are basically children’s songs and so I can’t stand them
    20. Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me (F)
    21. My Ding-A-Ling (F)

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