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The 100 Greatest Songs of 1972. #1. All The Young Dudes (1 Viewer)

timschochet

Footballguy
Continuing my exploration of 1970s music. 
 

100. “I Am Woman” Helen Reddy 

99. “Sitting In My Hotel” The Kinks 

98. “Your Mama Don’t Dance” Loggins and Messina 

97. “Black and White” Three Dog Night 

96. “Ain’t Wastin Time No More” The Allman Brothers Band 

95. “Garden Party” Rick Nelson 

94. “Everything I Own” Bread 

93. “Will It Go Round In Circles” Billy Preston 

92. “Looking Into You” Jackson Browne

91. “Frankenstein” The Edgar Winter Group 

90. “School’s Out” Alice Cooper 

89. “Johnny’s Garden” Manassas

88. “Someday Never Comes” Creedence Clearwater Revival 

87. “From the Beginning” Emerson, Lake & Palmer 

86. “Rocks Off” The Rolling Stones 

85. “Early Morning Riser” Pure Prairie League 

84. “A Better Place to Be” Harry Chapin 

83. “Ventura Highway” America 

82. “Five Years” David Bowie 

81. “I Saw The Light” Todd Rundgren 

80. “Rock Me On The Water” Jackson Browne 

79. “30 Days In The Hole” Humble Pie 

78. “Blue River” Eric Andersen 

77. “Top Of The World” The Carpenters 

76. “You Wear It Well” Rod Stewart 

75. “Sweet Black Angel” The Rolling Stones 

74. “Duncan” Paul Simon 

73. “From the Morning” Nick Drake 

72. “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes 

71. “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” Jim Croce 

70. “Rock and Roll (Pt. 1 & Pt. 2)” Gary Glitter

69. “Jesus Is Just Alright” The Doobie Brothers

68. “Harvest” Neil Young  

67. “City of New Orleans” Arlo Guthrie 

66. “Lady Stardust” David Bowie 

65. “Doctor My Eyes” Jackson Browne

64. “Dancing In the Moonlight” King Harvest 

63. “Mother and Child Reunion” Paul Simon 

62. “Hello It’s Me” Todd Rundgren 

61. “God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind)” Randy Newman 

60. “Rocky Mountain High” John Denver 

59. “The Jean Genie” David Bowie 

58. “Do It Again” Steely Dan 

57. “Brown Eyed Woman” The Grateful Dead

56. “Song for Adam” Jackson Browne

55. “Witchy Woman” Eagles  

54. “Highway Star” Deep Purple

53. “I Can See Clearly Now” Johnny Nash

52. “Amie” Pure Prairie League  

51. “Honky Cat” Elton John

50. “Blue Sky” The Allman Brothers Band  

49. “The Needle And the Damage Done” Neil Young 

48. “Taxi” Harry Chapin 

47. “Hot ‘N’ Nasty” Humble Pie 

46. “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” Paul Simon 

45. “Loving Cup” The Rolling Stones

44. “Summer Breeze” Seals & Croft 

43. “Jack Straw” The Grateful Dead 

42. “Pink Moon” Nick Drake 

41. “Saturday In the Park” Chicago 

40. “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” Looking Glass

39. “Melissa” The Allman Brothers Band  

38. “Happy” The Rolling Stones 

37. “Thick As A Brick” Jethro Tull 

36. “Whiskey In the Jar” Thin Lizzy 

35. “The Ballad of El Goodo” Big Star 

34. “Suffragette City” David Bowie 

33. “Willin’” Little Feat 

32. “Lean On Me” Bill Withers 

31. “Free Ride” The Edgar Winter Group 

30. “Satellite of Love” Lou Reed 

29. “Superfly” Curtis Mayfield 

28. “Burning Love” Elvis Presley 

27. “Time In a Bottle” Jim Croce 

26. “Peaceful Easy Feeling” Eagles 

25. “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” The Temptations 

24. “Celluloid Heroes” The Kinks 

23. “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” Elton John 

22. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” Stevie Wonder 

21. “Sail Away” Randy Newman 

20. “Take It Easy” Eagles

19. “Heart of Gold” Neil Young 

18. “Oh Girl” The Chi-Lites 

17. “You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio” Joni Mitchell

16. “Starman” David Bowie  

15. “You’re So Vain” Carly Simon

14. “Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels)” Jim Croce 

13. “Walk On the Wild Side” Lou Reed 

12. “Love Train” The O’Jays

11. “Tumbling Dice” The Rolling Stones 

10. “Ziggy Stardust” David Bowie 

9. “Listen to the Music” The Doobie Brothers 

8. “Rocket Man” Elton John 

7. “Old Man” Neil Young 

6. “Love and Happiness” Al Green 

5. “Reelin’ In The Years” Steely Dan

4. “I’ll Take You There” The Staples Singers 

3. “Smoke On the Water” Deep Purple 

2. “Superstition” Stevie Wonder 

1. “All The Young Dudes” Mott The Hoople 

 
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otb_lifer

Footballguy
chock full of contenders for #1, but only ONE deserves it. 

i'll take action via PM that it doesn't snatch the top spot. 

:popcorn:

 

timschochet

Footballguy
100. Helen Reddy “I Am Woman” (from I Am Woman

https://youtu.be/Gg18PVQ0HUg

An earlier version of the song appeared on Reddy’s 1971 album I Don’t Know How to Love Him, but it was this second version, released as a single in May 1972, that became the huge and legendary hit, an anthem for feminism. But it would not have been a hit, despite the subject matter, if the melody wasn’t catchy with a great pop hook. Thanks to Australian songwriter Ray Burton, it was. 

The lyrics were cheesy even for 1972 and they’ve aged even worse. But the tune makes the song and places it firmly on this list, albeit in last place. 

 

wikkidpissah

Footballguy
100. Helen Reddy “I Am Woman” (from I Am Woman

https://youtu.be/Gg18PVQ0HUg

An earlier version of the song appeared on Reddy’s 1971 album I Don’t Know How to Love Him, but it was this second version, released as a single in May 1972, that became the huge and legendary hit, an anthem for feminism. But it would not have been a hit, despite the subject matter, if the melody wasn’t catchy with a great pop hook. Thanks to Australian songwriter Ray Burton, it was. 

The lyrics were cheesy even for 1972 and they’ve aged even worse. But the tune makes the song and places it firmly on this list, albeit in last place. 
that was going to be my comedy guess @ otb's #1

 

Zegras11

Footballguy
OK I gotta figure out how to do that and then I will. 
I learned this on the Beatles thread.  After you submit a song, the next page will have a menu at the top right.   I think you have to be on a computer.  But it will have an easy to copy link to the post you just made.  And then the back button to page 1 and post the link.   Saved me a ton of time and I could do it right away.  Also changed thread title at same time. 

Thanks for doing these.  1972 was my first year getting into music when I was 12

 
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Mr. Mojo

Footballguy
100. Helen Reddy “I Am Woman” (from I Am Woman

https://youtu.be/Gg18PVQ0HUg

An earlier version of the song appeared on Reddy’s 1971 album I Don’t Know How to Love Him, but it was this second version, released as a single in May 1972, that became the huge and legendary hit, an anthem for feminism. But it would not have been a hit, despite the subject matter, if the melody wasn’t catchy with a great pop hook. Thanks to Australian songwriter Ray Burton, it was. 

The lyrics were cheesy even for 1972 and they’ve aged even worse. But the tune makes the song and places it firmly on this list, albeit in last place. 
Somehow, last place still feels overrated.

 

timschochet

Footballguy
99. The Kinks “Sitting in My Hotel” (from Everybody’s In Show-Biz

https://youtu.be/joz7WkjhfMQ

Ray Davies has always cited this introspective piano piece as one his favorite compositions, and he had tried to always include it in various concerts, retrospective albums, even in the Kinks musical. 
The lyrics are a classic Ray Davies “look at me, I’m a rock star, but I’m sad and lonely”. Roger Waters is the only other guy who can sometimes pull this sort of thing off. 

 

timschochet

Footballguy
98. Loggins and Messina “Your Mama Don’t Dance” (from Loggins and Messina

https://youtu.be/VTu4yQH8KBs

This basic but ear friendly blues tune was the first smash hit of Kenny Loggins’ long and illustrious career. Jim Messina (who was also one of the cofounders of Poco) lasted another few albums before Kenny went his own way. 

In the late 1980s, following the huge success of “Every Rose Has a Thorn”, the band Poison released a pretty serviceable cover of “Your Mama Don’t Dance”, which reintroduced the song to the public. 

 

zamboni

Footballguy
98. Loggins and Messina “Your Mama Don’t Dance” (from Loggins and Messina

https://youtu.be/VTu4yQH8KBs

This basic but ear friendly blues tune was the first smash hit of Kenny Loggins’ long and illustrious career. Jim Messina (who was also one of the cofounders of Poco) lasted another few albums before Kenny went his own way. 

In the late 1980s, following the huge success of “Every Rose Has a Thorn”, the band Poison released a pretty serviceable cover of “Your Mama Don’t Dance”, which reintroduced the song to the public. 
Hope there's still another one to come from that album that's even better IMO.

 

BobbyLayne

Footballguy
Hope there's still another one to come from that album that's even better IMO.
The single version of your song is more upbeat and (IMO) a much better cut.

Probably gonna end up on Bracie’s next 100 though as Mama charted higher.

 

zamboni

Footballguy
The single version of your song is more upbeat and (IMO) a much better cut.

Probably gonna end up on Bracie’s next 100 though as Mama charted higher.
Didn't know there was a single version of it - big fan of the long LP cut regardless.

 

wikkidpissah

Footballguy
98. Loggins and Messina “Your Mama Don’t Dance” (from Loggins and Messina

https://youtu.be/VTu4yQH8KBs

This basic but ear friendly blues tune was the first smash hit of Kenny Loggins’ long and illustrious career. Jim Messina (who was also one of the cofounders of Poco) lasted another few albums before Kenny went his own way. 

In the late 1980s, following the huge success of “Every Rose Has a Thorn”, the band Poison released a pretty serviceable cover of “Your Mama Don’t Dance”, which reintroduced the song to the public. 
it's no Vahevala - hi, Pip! - but whatevs

 

timschochet

Footballguy
97. Three Dog Night “Black and White” (from Seven Separate Fools)

https://youtu.be/4f65mO146Zo

This was originally a children’s song written in 1955 to celebrate the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. It was recorded over the years by several children’s artists, including Pete Seeger. Then Three Dog Night scored a huge pop hit with it. 
This song is one of the very few Three Dog Night tunes in which Danny Hutton was allowed lead vocals. Normally he was the third guy. 
 

 

BobbyLayne

Footballguy
97. Three Dog Night “Black and White” (from Seven Separate Fools)

https://youtu.be/4f65mO146Zo

This was originally a children’s song written in 1955 to celebrate the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. It was recorded over the years by several children’s artists, including Pete Seeger. Then Three Dog Night scored a huge pop hit with it. 
This song is one of the very few Three Dog Night tunes in which Danny Hutton was allowed lead vocals. Normally he was the third guy. 
 
The original lyrics (not sung in the hit version), was penned by the father of actor Alan Arkin. It included the line “Their robes were black, their heads were white" which refers to the SC judges.

I remember this song being a #1 hit when I began junior high. My parents fancied themselves as liberal democrats, in a county which had last voted D in ‘64. That’s 1864, Lincoln v McClellan. That factoid is still true today lol.

[Ottawa County, west Michigan)

 

wikkidpissah

Footballguy
97. Three Dog Night “Black and White” (from Seven Separate Fools)

https://youtu.be/4f65mO146Zo

This was originally a children’s song written in 1955 to celebrate the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. It was recorded over the years by several children’s artists, including Pete Seeger. Then Three Dog Night scored a huge pop hit with it. 
This song is one of the very few Three Dog Night tunes in which Danny Hutton was allowed lead vocals. Normally he was the third guy. 
 
i hate it by daaaay and then by night

 

timschochet

Footballguy
96. The Allman Brothers Band “Ain’t Wastin Time No More” (from Eat A Peach)

https://youtu.be/h2Ro7LLEaQQ

This song, composed and sung by Gregg Allman, is famously about the death of his brother. Duane died in a motorcycle accident while the album Eat A Peach was not completed, so the band returned to the studio with new lyrics and recorded this tune only a few days after the funeral. It’s an ABB classic and it kicks off one of the best albums of 1972. 

 

BobbyLayne

Footballguy
96. The Allman Brothers Band “Ain’t Wastin Time No More” (from Eat A Peach)

https://youtu.be/h2Ro7LLEaQQ

This song, composed and sung by Gregg Allman, is famously about the death of his brother. Duane died in a motorcycle accident while the album Eat A Peach was not completed, so the band returned to the studio with new lyrics and recorded this tune only a few days after the funeral. It’s an ABB classic and it kicks off one of the best albums of 1972. 
Great album, we wore the grooves out

 

Pip's Invitation

Footballguy
98. Loggins and Messina “Your Mama Don’t Dance” (from Loggins and Messina

https://youtu.be/VTu4yQH8KBs

This basic but ear friendly blues tune was the first smash hit of Kenny Loggins’ long and illustrious career. Jim Messina (who was also one of the cofounders of Poco) lasted another few albums before Kenny went his own way. 

In the late 1980s, following the huge success of “Every Rose Has a Thorn”, the band Poison released a pretty serviceable cover of “Your Mama Don’t Dance”, which reintroduced the song to the public. 
This album contains their two best songs. This isn’t one of them. Hopefully one or both of those will show up later.

 

HellToupee

Footballguy
95. Rick Nelson “Garden Party” (from Garden Party

https://youtu.be/60XTeHM9iLQ

Ozzie and Harriet’s son Ricky was all grown up in 1972, and he reminisced with his old friends, scoring one last hit. Set to a pleasant country tune, “Garden Party” is a song of resistance to expectations. 
Really fun song , 1st song on the album is solid too

 Always struck by the contradictory lyrics "reminisce,share old memories and play our songs again" and  "if memories were all I sang, I'd rather drive a truck." 

 

timschochet

Footballguy
94. Bread “Everything I Own” (from Baby I’m-a Want You

https://youtu.be/AeadLurGR1U

David Gates’ homage to his late father was one of the finest soft rock songs of 1972, and quite possibly the best tunes that Bread ever released. Gorgeous melody and lyrics. 

 

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