Top 100 Hits of 1972
Never got it.
Our first candidate for public disembowelment.
Can't believe chewing on this thing is still a cottage industry.
4. Without You, Nilsson
Great cover of a Pete Ham/Tom Evans song from an enormously talented guy who, when he climbed to the Toppermost of the Poppermost immediately released an album giving Warner Brothers the finger.
There is absolutely nothing I could say.
6. I Gotcha, Joe Tex
Transitional between his great 60s work and his bad case of the cutes in the 70s.
Bill was capable of some great work, but his most famous hit ain't it.
Commercial country has never recovered from Mac Davis.
As if Melanie wasn't bad enough, it's Melanie being sexually suggestive.
That's it. There is no God.
11. Let's Stay Together, Al Green
Because if there was a God, how could this possibly rank below Wayne Newton?
Ick. Doo-doo doo-doo/ doo-doo-doo doo-doo. No one but Tom Waits should ever sing about sailors.
13. Oh Girl, Chi-Lites
I'm leaving this in neutral. These guys were from Chicago, but the sound is pure Philly, and by the mid-70s the Philly sound was all cream and no Kahlua.
Tony Orlando wannabe.
Chuck, how could you?
16. If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want To Be Right, Luther Ingram
17. Heart Of Gold, Neil Young
18. Betcha By Golly, Wow, Stylistics
See #13, though this is closer to bold because the Stylistics were the best of the lot.
19. I'll Take You There, Staple Singers
To the bone.
Theme song from a rat-movie sequel.
Never got this either. I'm surprised to learn it wasn't higher ranked. Tinny Brit-soul vocal from a band that doesn't deserve to be remembered.
Hippie bubblegum. "Sounds like Mouth & MacNeal" was one of my favorite insults long after everyone had forgotten who they were.
"The heat was hot."
Most annoying instrumental ever. Period. My roommate in the dorm had the 45. He played it twice. They still haven't found his body.
29. Everybody Plays The Fool, Main Ingredient
More cream, but a good song.
Ersatz trippy proto-progs in everyone's 8-track collection.
34. Too Late To Turn Back Now, Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose
35. Back Stabbers, O'Jays
The Supremes of Philadelphia. These guys got the A material while others were more deserving. How is this all the way down here?
Paving the way for John Denver.
39. Day Atter Day, Badfinger
I didn't hate Dame Elton until later, but this sucks.
Again with the animals? Michael's gonna wind up in trouble some day, mark my words.
I like Cat, but this takes all his worst features and exaggerates them.
45. The City Of New Orleans, Arlo Guthrie
Barely passable version of a great Steve Goodman song.
And I like Rick, and I can appreciate the sentiment, but if there's anything worse than a story song, it's a whiny story song.
47. I Can See Clearly Now, Johnny Nash
48. Burning Love, Elvis Presley
The best late Elvis, I think, but please don't make me go over the catalogue to make sure.
49. Clean Up Woman, Betty Wright
Rod Argent (Zombies) could write a song, and he got away with an excursion into psychedelica, but nobody gets away with that Vanilla Fudge organ stuff.
53. In The Rain, Dramatics
54. Look What You Done For Me, Al Green
I'd just pass this by without comment, but it's notable for giving voice to the same late-Vietnam, head-in-the-sand fallback position that gave us Happy Talk News.
56. Bang A Gong (Get It On), T. Rex
Like Zeus' own thunderbolt.
58. Where Is The Love, Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
59. I'm Still In Love With You, Al Green
60. Layla, Derek and The Dominos
Meaning no disrespect to either, this is a Dionne Warwick song.
62. The Way Of Love, Cher
In a sure-to-be controversial move the judges are leaving this one in neutral, because kicking someone singing what should have been a Leslie Gore song as light opera, through her sinus cavities, seems superfluous.
66. Coconut, Nilsson
I know, I know. Neutral's too good for it, but Harry was a music hall guy at heart, and I don't think he imagined this would be a hit. Plus it's a three-minute song with one stupid punchline, yet I don't think anybody actually got it.
A cover, no less.
Flying a beat-up single engine plane was the best career move he ever made.
70. Hot Rod Lincoln, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
Better as a ketchup commercial.
76. School's Out, Alice Cooper
"We can't even think of a word that rhymes!" Plus this was before he became the Vincent Price of rock.
78. Drowning In The Sea Of Love, Joe Simon
Which makes the Simons 1-for-3.
80. Family Affair, Sly and The Family Stone
83. Freddie's Dead, Curtis Mayfield
85. Ain't Understanding Mellow, Jerry Butler and Brenda Lee Eager
Not my favorite, but The Iceman could do little wrong.
A story song. A fourteen-minute story song.
88. I Saw The Light, Todd Rundgren
I think he was being billed as "Runt" when this was released. It's actually a remake of the version he did with the The Nazz.
Jesus Christ, Superstar, meet Leo Sayer.
There was a chance to strangle them in the cradle, and we missed it.
92. Doctor My Eyes, Jackson Browne
I don't mean to be too harsh, because he was my wife's dream date, but it was all downhill from here for Jackson, the posterboy for sensitive, country-rock California singer-songwriters backed by slick studio musicians with no feel whatsoever.
I may make an exception to that "hunting down and killing" remark.
96. Speak To The Sky, Rick Springfield
I have no memory of this.
God, it's here twice?? Have to hire a hitman, then.
99. Good Foot, Pt. 1, James Brown
Why was everything "Pt. 1" with James? I had an ongoing feud with my music major neighbor, who thought James' output in the 70s beat his 60s stuff. This is no Cold Sweat, Pt. 1. But it's still James.
100. Pop That Thang, Isley Bros.
Nice to end on a high point.
Per Rox I have to pick a favorite? The Staples.