|In 1972, Don Mclean’s “American Pie” became a #1 hit, offering a nostalgic tribute to the early days of rock and roll and the loss of innocence that followed. The song’s poetic lyrics and catchy melody captured the imagination of audiences, and it continues to be a celebrated masterpiece of the era.|
The Number One Hits Of 1972
|Dec 25, 1971 – Jan 14, 1972
Brand New Key
Melanie Safka is an American singer-songwriter known for her folk and pop songs.
|Jan 15, 1972 – Feb 11, 1972
The song’s chorus, “Bye, bye Miss American Pie, drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry,” has become particularly iconic and is recognized by people worldwide. “American Pie” is seen as a lament for the loss of innocence and idealism of the 1960s and has been interpreted as a commentary on the tragic deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper in a plane crash in 1959 (often referred to as “The Day the Music Died”).
|Feb 12, 1972 – Feb 18, 1972
Let’s Stay Together
Reverend Al Green is an American soul singer, songwriter, and record producer, known for his smooth vocal style.
|Feb 19, 1972 – Mar 17, 1972
Harry Nilsson was an American singer-songwriter known for his versatile voice and range. The song is a cover of Badfinger’s original.
|Mar 18, 1972 – Mar 24, 1972
Heart of Gold
Canadian singer-songwriter and musician known for his folk-rock and country-rock sound.
|Mar 25, 1972 – Apr 14, 1972
A Horse with No Name
English-American rock band known for their close vocal harmonies and acoustic-driven sound.
|Apr 15, 1972 – May 26, 1972
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
American singer, known for her soulful voice and romantic ballads. British folk musician Ewan MacColl wrote the song.
|May 27, 1972 – Jun 2, 1972
American R&B/soul vocal quartet from Chicago, known for their smooth harmonies and romantic ballads.
|Jun 3, 1972 – Jun 9, 1972
The Staple Singers
I’ll Take You There
American gospel, soul, and R&B singing group known for their social and political change message.
|Jun 10, 1972 – Jun 30, 1972
Sammy Davis Jr.
American entertainer known for his singing, dancing, and acting skills. The song was written for the film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.”
|Jul 1, 1972 – Jul 7, 1972
Song Sung Blue
American singer-songwriter is known for his pop and soft rock hits.
|Jul 8, 1972 – Jul 28, 1972
Lean On Me
American singer-songwriter is known for his soulful voice and introspective lyrics.
|Jul 29, 1972 – Aug 25, 1972
Alone Again (Naturally)
Irish singer-songwriter is known for his ballads and piano-driven sound.
|Aug 26, 1972 – Sep 15, 1972
Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)
American pop rock band known for their catchy melodies and storytelling lyrics.
|Sep 16, 1972 – Sep 22, 1972
Three Dog Night
Black and White
American rock band known for their powerful vocal harmonies and covers of other artists’ songs.
|Sep 23, 1972 – Oct 13, 1972
Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me
American country singer, songwriter, and actor known for his storytelling style and smooth vocals.
|Oct 14, 1972 – Oct 20, 1972
American singer, songwriter, and dancer, often referred to as the “King of Pop.” The song is the title track of a 1972 horror film about a rat.
|Oct 21, 1972 – Nov 3, 1972
American guitarist, singer, and songwriter, often called the “Father of Rock and Roll.” The song is a novelty tune based on a 1952 song by Dave Bartholomew.
|Nov 4, 1972 – Dec 1, 1972
I Can See Clearly Now
American reggae and pop music singer-songwriter is known for his bright and optimistic songs.
|Dec 2, 1972 – Dec 8, 1972
Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone
American vocal group known for their versatile vocal styles and harmonies, as well as their choreographed stage performances.
|Dec 9, 1972 – Dec 15, 1972
I Am Woman
Australian-American singer, actress, and activist known for her powerful anthems and pop hits. The song became an unofficial anthem for the women’s liberation movement.
|Dec 16, 1972 – Jan 5, 1973
Me and Mrs. Jones
American soul singer is known for his smooth vocals and storytelling style. The song is about an extramarital affair.
The Biggest Pop Artists of 1972 include:
(HPS music data is compiled from charts, including Billboard’s Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance, and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)