AMERICAN TOP 40-THE 70’S- WEEK OF NOVEMBER 4, 1972

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American Top 40- The 70’s- Week of November 4, 1972- an exceptional week- of course you get a couple stinkers in Chuck Berry’s worst – and of course Donny Osmond but other than that- a great week of songs. I give over half the songs an A. Best song in this 40 difficult to select so many-but “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” stands out.

1 5 I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW –•– Johnny Nash (Epic)-9 (1 week at #1) (1) A+
2 3 NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN –•– The Moody Blues (Deram)-14 (2) A
3 1 MY DING-A-LING –•– Chuck Berry (Chess)-12 (1) F
4 6 FREDDIE’S DEAD (Theme From “Superfly”) –•– Curtis Mayfield (Curtom)-12 (4) A+
5 2 BURNING LOVE –•– Elvis Presley (RCA)-12 (2) A+
6 7 GARDEN PARTY –•– Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band (Decca)-15 (6) A+
7 14 I’LL BE AROUND / HOW COULD I LET YOU GET AWAY –•– The Spinners (Atlantic)-12 (7) A
8 15 I’D LOVE YOU TO WANT ME –•– Lobo (Big Tree)-7 (8) C
9 10 GOOD TIME CHARLIE’S GOT THE BLUES –•– Danny O’Keefe (Signpost)-10 (9) A
10 8 BEN –•– Michael Jackson (Motown)-14 (1) A-

11 12 LISTEN TO THE MUSIC –•– The Doobie Brothers (Warner Brothers)-10 (11) B
12 17 I AM WOMAN –•– Helen Reddy (Capitol)-11 (12) B-
13 4 USE ME –•– Bill Withers (Sussex)-11 (2) A+
14 19 IF I COULD REACH YOU –•– The 5th Dimension (Bell)-9 (14)B
15 16 WITCHY WOMAN –•– Eagles (Asylum)-9 (15) C
16 9 EVERYBODY PLAYS THE FOOL –•– The Main Ingredient (RCA)-17 (3) A
17 38 PAPA WAS A ROLLIN’ STONE –•– The Temptations (Gordy)-4 (17) A+
18 22 THUNDER AND LIGHTNING –•– Chi Coltrane (Columbia)-10 (18)A
19 20 STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN –•– Mel and Tim (Stax)-18 (19) A
20 11 TIGHT ROPE –•– Leon Russell (Shelter)-11 (11) A+

21 28 SUMMER BREEZE –•– Seals and Crofts (Warner Brothers)-9 (21) A
22 26 I BELIEVE IN MUSIC –•– Gallery (Sussex)-13 (22) B
23 18 THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS –•– Arlo Guthrie (Reprise)-15 (18) A+
24 25 SPACEMAN –•– Nilsson (RCA)-8 (24) A
25 13 WHY / LONELY BOY –•– Donny Osmond (MGM)-11 (13) F
26 57 CONVENTION ’72 –•– The Delegates (Mainstream)-3 (26) B
27 36 IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW –•– Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes (Philadelphia International)-6 (27) A+
28 32 ELECTED –•– Alice Cooper (Warner Brothers)-5 (28) A+
29 30 LOVING YOU JUST CROSSED MY MIND –•– Sam Neely (Capitol)-10 (29) C
30 34 AMERICAN CITY SUITE (Sweet City Song / All Around the Town / A Friend Is Dying) –•– Cashman and West (Dunhill)-7 (30) B

31 59 YOU OUGHT TO BE WITH ME –•– Al Green (Hi)-3 (31) A+
32 24 POPCORN –•– Hot Butter (Musicor)-18 (9) B
33 23 DON’T EVER BE LONELY (A Poor Little Fool Like Me) –•– Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose (United Artists)-10 (23) B
34 35 DON’T DO IT –•– The Band (Capitol)-8 (34) A+
35 46 OPERATOR (That’s Not the Way It Feels) –•– Jim Croce (ABC)-4 (35) B
36 44 ROCK ‘N ROLL SOUL –•– Grand Funk Railroad (Capitol)-7 (36) C
37 42 VENTURA HIGHWAY –•– America (Warner Brothers)-3 (37) B+
38 27 MIDNIGHT RIDER / WOMAN TO WOMAN –•– Joe Cocker and the Chris Stainton Band (A&M)-8 (27) B
39 50 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA –•– Albert Hammond (Mums)-3 (39) A-
40 41 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES –•– Mott the Hoople (Columbia)-7 (40) A+

2 responses to “AMERICAN TOP 40-THE 70’S- WEEK OF NOVEMBER 4, 1972

  1. Great top 40…some I’ve never heard of like American Suite…I’m surprised a 10-minute song charted…it happened but not that often.
    I even like some of the B’s and C’s… This looks more like a compilation album than a top 40 which is saying a lot.

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