AMERICAN TOP 40- THE 1970’S- WEEK OF OCTOBER 21, 1972

The Number Ones: Chuck Berry's “My Ding-A-Ling”

American Top 40- The 1970’s- Week of October 21, 1972. A great week- the worst song though was at #1- I love Chuck Berry’s music- and to think of all the great singles he had back in the day- and his only #1- this piece of crap.When a Donny Osmond hit isn’t the worst on the list….. Anyway- it is an excellent week- half the songs I grade in the A’s. It would be hard to choose my favorite from this list- toss a coin- either “Back Stabbers” or ‘The City Of New Orleans.’

1 7 MY DING-A-LING –•– Chuck Berry (Chess)-10 (1 week at #1) (1) F–
2 2 USE ME –•– Bill Withers (Sussex)-9 (2) A+
3 4 BURNING LOVE –•– Elvis Presley (RCA)-10 (3) A+
4 3 EVERYBODY PLAYS THE FOOL –•– The Main Ingredient (RCA)-15 (3)A+
5 8 NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN –•– The Moody Blues (Deram)-12 (5) A
6 1 BEN –•– Michael Jackson (Motown)-12 (1) B
7 6 BABY DON’T GET HOOKED ON ME –•– Mac Davis (Columbia)-17 (1)D
8 12 GARDEN PARTY –•– Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band (Decca)-13 (8)A+
9 10 POPCORN –•– Hot Butter (Musicor)-16 (9) B
10 5 GO ALL THE WAY –•– The Raspberries (Capitol)-17 (5)A+

11 15 TIGHT ROPE –•– Leon Russell (Shelter)-9 (11) A+
12 17 FREDDIE’S DEAD (Theme From “Superfly”) –•– Curtis Mayfield (Curtom)-10 (12)A+
13 13 YOU WEAR IT WELL –•– Rod Stewart (Mercury)-9 (13) A+A
14 18 GOOD TIME CHARLIE’S GOT THE BLUES –•– Danny O’Keefe (Signpost)-8 (14)A
15 16 WHY / LONELY BOY –•– Donny Osmond (MGM)-9 (15) F
16 14 SPEAK TO THE SKY –•– Rick Springfield (Capitol)-12 (14) B
17 22 LISTEN TO THE MUSIC –•– The Doobie Brothers (Warner Brothers)-8 (17)B
18 19 GET ON THE GOOD FOOT (Part 1) –•– James Brown (Polydor)-12 (18)B
19 20 THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS –•– Arlo Guthrie (Reprise)-13 (19)A+
20 26 I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW –•– Johnny Nash (Epic)-7 (20)A+

21 28 IF I COULD REACH YOU –•– The 5th Dimension (Bell)-7 (21) B
22 27 WITCHY WOMAN –•– Eagles (Asylum)-7 (22) C
23 25 STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN –•– Mel and Tim (Stax)-16 (23) B
24 24 DON’T EVER BE LONELY (A Poor Little Fool Like Me) –•– Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose (United Artists)-8 (24)B
25 29 THUNDER AND LIGHTNING –•– Chi Coltrane (Columbia)-8 (25) A
26 30 I BELIEVE IN MUSIC –•– Gallery (Sussex)-11 (26) B
27 36 I AM WOMAN –•– Helen Reddy (Capitol)-9 (27) C
28 32 I’LL BE AROUND / HOW COULD I LET YOU GET AWAY –•– The Spinners (Atlantic)-10 (28)A+
29 31 MIDNIGHT RIDER / WOMAN TO WOMAN –•– Joe Cocker and the Chris Stainton Band (A&M)-6 (29)A
30 35 I’D LOVE YOU TO WANT ME –•– Lobo (Big Tree)-5 (30) D

31 33 LOVING YOU JUST CROSSED MY MIND –•– Sam Neely (Capitol)-8 (31) C
32 39 SPACEMAN –•– Nilsson (RCA)-6 (32) A
33 21 BLACK & WHITE –•– Three Dog Night (Dunhill)-11 (1) B
34 50 SUMMER BREEZE –•– Seals and Crofts (Warner Brothers)-7 (34)A
35 9 BACK STABBERS –•– The O’Jays (Philadelphia International)-14 (3)A+
36 40 DON’T DO IT –•– The Band (Capitol)-6 (36) A
37 48 ELECTED –•– Alice Cooper (Warner Brothers)-3 (37) A+
38 38 ROCK ME BABY –•– David Cassidy (Bell)-7 (38) C
39 44 AMERICAN CITY SUITE (Sweet City Song / All Around the Town / A Friend Is Dying) –•– Cashman and West (Dunhill)-5 (39) B
40 41 FROM THE BEGINNING –•– Emerson, Lake and Palmer (Cotillion)-9 (40)C

18 responses to “AMERICAN TOP 40- THE 1970’S- WEEK OF OCTOBER 21, 1972

  1. Gawd. Nadine, Johnny B. Goode, Anthony Boy, You Never Can Tell, The Promised Land,’ all SECOND to this embarrassing throwaway? How that must have stuck in the throat of the first rock’n’roll poet?
    At least Little Rickie Nelson proved he was a talent, at number 8…

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