Top Songs of 1972

By | Jan 21, 2008

With the end of one year and the coming of the next, it’s not unusual to have list showing the Best Of. That’s what today’s information will be. Thirty-Five years ago places were publishing the top songs of 1972. An to start this list is the number 6 most popular song as determined by Billboard. Joe Tex had a big hit with his self penned song I Gotcha.

Coming in at number 5 was Sammy Davis Jr.’s biggest selling record reaching number 1 on June 10, 1972 . The Candy Man was written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley for the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Davis’ version was not in the film, the song was sung Aubrey Woods.

Harry Nilsson was a song writer but his biggest hit was the 1972 fourth most popular song Without You. The song originally appeared on the Badfinger album No Dice and was written by band members Peter Ham and Tom Evans. It was number one for four weeks beginning on February 13

Don McLean sang about ‘the day the music died’ in number 3 American Pie. The song was recorded in 1971 and followed Melanie’s Brand New Key, which ended 1971 and began 1972 at number 1, on January 15, 1972.

The number 2 song Alone Again (Naturally) by Gilbert O’ Sullivan spent a total of six weeks at number 1. It held the number one spot for five weeks before being pushed back to number 2 by Looking Glass’ Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl).

And the Number 1 song of 1972 was Roberta Flack’s The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. The song was written in 1957 by Ewan MacColl and appeared in the Clint Eastwood directed film Play Misty for Me.


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