My Favorite Songs of 1972

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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:
Awesome
Great
Solid
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

Went with a live version of this one, to give a better feel for music in this year…

 

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

 

 

5 Truly Awesome Songs from 1972

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 – 1 Take It Easy Eagles
Awesome – 1 Witchy Woman Eagles
Awesome – 1 The Cover of the Rolling Stone Dr. Hook
Awesome – 4 Lean on Me Bill Withers
Awesome – 4 Rocket Man Elton John
Great -6 Heart of Gold Neil Young
Great -6 Old Man Neil Young
Great -6 Song Sung Blue Neil Diamond
Great -9 You Could Have Been a Lady April Wine
Great -9 A Horse with No Name America
Great -9 All the Young Dudes Mott the Hoople
Great -9 Hold Your Head Up Argent
Great -9 Join Together The Who
Great -9 Bad Side of the Moon April Wine
Great -9 Walk On The Wild Side Lou Reed
Solid -16 Whiskey In The Jar Thin Lizzy
Solid -16 Do It Again Steely Dan
Solid -16 Listen to the Music The Doobie Brothers
Solid -16 Rock and Roll Part 1 + 2 Gary Glitter
Solid -16 Changes David Bowie
Solid -16 Conquistador Procol Harum
Solid -16 Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) The Hollies
Solid -16 School’s Out Alice Cooper
Solid -16 (Make Me Do) Anything You Want A Foot in Coldwater
Not Bad -25 The Lion Sleeps Tonight Robert John
Not Bad -25 Crocodile Rock Elton John
Not Bad -25 Mama Weer All Crazee Now Slade
Not Bad -25 Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard Paul Simon
Not Bad -25 Saturday In the Park Chicago
Not Bad -25 Superstition Stevie Wonder
Not Bad -25 Let’s Stay Together Al Green
Not Bad -25 Someday Never Comes Creedence Clearwater Revival
Not Bad -25 Tumbling Dice The Rolling Stones
Not Bad -25 Bad, Bad Leroy Brown Jim Croce
Not Bad -25 I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash
Not Bad -25 Drop Your Guns April Wine
Not Bad -25 Running Back to Saskatoon The Guess Who
Not Bad -25 Guns, Guns, Guns The Guess Who
Not Bad -25 You’re So Vain Carly Simon
Not Bad -25 Your Mama Don’t Dance Loggins and Messina
Not Bad -25 Jesus Is Just Alright Doobie Brothers
Not Bad -25 Honky Cat Elton John

 

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