My Favorite Songs of 1972


Not the greatest year for music in my taste, 1972 still had some pretty sweet tunes from the Eagles. It was also the year that one of the more underrated songs (in my books) in all of history came out.

Unlike most rankings, I won’t be simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because I know better than anybody that on some days, some songs kick more ass than other songs. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow, if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment. So I’ll group them:
Not Bad
…with inter-group splitting.

First, the videos of the best from that year…

10 Great Songs from 1972

Walk On The Wild Side – Lou Reed

You Could Have Been a Lady – April Wine

A Horse with No Name – America

All the Young Dudes – Mott the Hoople

Hold Your Head Up – Argent

Join Together – The Who

Bad Side of the Moon – April Wine

Heart of Gold – Neil Young

Old Man – Neil Young

Song Sung Blue – Neil Diamond

6 Truly Awesome Songs from 1972

Changes – Black Sabbath

Lean on Me – Bill Withers

Rocket Man – Elton John

I love this video and I think all musicians from 60s and 70s should do this if they don’t have videos made (and most of them don’t). Re-imagine your song and have an artist create a cartoon. Better than just throwing up a picture of your album on the official video (ahem Neil Young, Bill Withers, etc. above… Eagles below…).

Take It Easy – Eagles

Witchy Woman – Eagles

The Eagles are pretty tight with their songs. Or at least, whoever has the rights to this song. Best I could dig up that wouldn’t get taken down at some point was this live version.

The Cover of the Rolling Stone – Dr. Hook

One of the most underrated songs in history. Very fun, very catchy and very singable song. I’ve never heard it on the radio.

I created a Youtube playlist of the best from ’72 here.

Here is the complete list of my favorites from 1972:

Awesome – 1Take It EasyEagles
Awesome – 1Witchy WomanEagles
Awesome – 1The Cover of the Rolling StoneDr. Hook
Awesome – 4Lean on MeBill Withers
Awesome – 4Rocket ManElton John
Awesome – 4ChangesBlack Sabbath
Great -6Heart of GoldNeil Young
Great -6Old ManNeil Young
Great -6Song Sung BlueNeil Diamond
Great -9You Could Have Been a LadyApril Wine
Great -9A Horse with No NameAmerica
Great -9All the Young DudesMott the Hoople
Great -9Hold Your Head UpArgent
Great -9Join TogetherThe Who
Great -9Bad Side of the MoonApril Wine
Great -9Walk On The Wild SideLou Reed
Solid -16Whiskey In The JarThin Lizzy
Solid -16Do It AgainSteely Dan
Solid -16Listen to the MusicThe Doobie Brothers
Solid -16Rock and Roll Part 1 + 2Gary Glitter
Solid -16ChangesDavid Bowie
Solid -16ConquistadorProcol Harum
Solid -16Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)The Hollies
Solid -16School’s OutAlice Cooper
Solid -16(Make Me Do) Anything You WantA Foot in Coldwater
Not Bad -25The Lion Sleeps TonightRobert John
Not Bad -25Crocodile RockElton John
Not Bad -25Mama Weer All Crazee NowSlade
Not Bad -25Me and Julio Down by the SchoolyardPaul Simon
Not Bad -25Saturday In the ParkChicago
Not Bad -25SuperstitionStevie Wonder
Not Bad -25Let’s Stay TogetherAl Green
Not Bad -25Someday Never ComesCreedence Clearwater Revival
Not Bad -25Tumbling DiceThe Rolling Stones
Not Bad -25Bad, Bad Leroy BrownJim Croce
Not Bad -25I Can See Clearly NowJohnny Nash
Not Bad -25Drop Your GunsApril Wine
Not Bad -25Running Back to SaskatoonThe Guess Who
Not Bad -25Guns, Guns, GunsThe Guess Who
Not Bad -25You’re So VainCarly Simon
Not Bad -25Your Mama Don’t DanceLoggins and Messina
Not Bad -25Jesus Is Just AlrightDoobie Brothers
Not Bad -25Honky CatElton John

1970  1971  1972  1973  1974  1975  1976  1977  1978  1979

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