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MEL'S TOP 100 HITS OF 1972
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Don McLean's eloquent tribute to rock n roll's fallen heroes, "American Pie" topped many charts in 1972. It turned out to be my favorite song of the year topping the chart at #1. McLean would follow-up that song with his hit "Vincent" before fading into relative obscurity.

Elton John was an up and coming artist in the early 70s. By 1972 he was definitely on an upward climb in the charts. He scored some big hits with "Rocket Man," "Tiny Dancer" and "Honkey Cat" this year. Those singles came from the highly successful albums, Madman Across the Water and Honkey Chateau. John's album tracks also became album-rock FM radio standards. These included "Hercules," "Levon," and "Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters."

Speaking of album rock standards... Led Zeppelin probably produced the all-time album rock classic in late 1971. Their "Stairway to Heaven," which was never released as a single, thus never charting (not even here) proved to be the perennial album rock favorite since its release. This hauntingly beautiful rock ballad stands out as one of my all time favorites, even though it is not listed in my top 100.

Like the previous years, several single tracks became big hits in Hawaii without making it on the mainland or elsewhere. These included the following: "Summer Sun" by the Jamestown Massacre, "Ebony Eyes" by The Stylistics, "Stella's Candy Store" by The Sweet Marie, "Pipeline Sequence" by Honk, "Soley Soley" by Middle of the Road, "We're On Our Way" by Chris Hodge, and "We're Free" by Beverly Bremers. These are all worthy records to give a second listen to if you can find them.


Rating TitleArtist
1. American Pie Don McLean
2. Black and White Three Dog Night
3. Mother And Child Reunion Paul Simon
4. Horse With No Name America
5. I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash
6. Heart of Gold Neil Young
7. Without You Nilsson
8. Day After Day Badfinger
9. Nights in White Satin Moody Blues
10. Take It Easy Eagles
11. I'm Stone In Love With You Stylistics
12. Suavecito Malo
13. Rocket Man Elton John
14. Go All The Way Raspberries
15. Saturday In the Park Chicago
16. Summer Sun Jamestown Massacre
17. Have You Seen Her Chillites
18. Betcha By Golly Wow / Ebony Eyes Stylistics
19. Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress The Hollies
20. Witchy Woman Eagles
21. Bang A Gong (Get It On) T.Rex
22. Morning Has Broken Cat Stevens
23. Family of Man Three Dog Night
24. Listen to the Music Doobie Brothers
25. Brandy Looking Glass
26. Sylvia's Mother Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
27. Summer Breeze Seals & Croft
28. Too Late To Turn Back Now Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
29. Summer Breeze Seals & Croft
30. Alone Again (Naturally) Gilbert O'Sullivan
31. The Guitar Man Bread
32. Oh Girl Chillites
33. Beautiful Sunday Daniel Boone
34. Everybody Plays the Fool Main Ingredient
35. Ben Michael Jackson
36. Backstabbers O'Jays
37. Never Been To Spain Three Dog Night
38. Layla Derek & the Dominoes
39. Stella's Candy Store Sweet Marie
40. Pipeline Sequence Honk
41. Sweet Surrender Bread
42. Beautiful Morning East
43. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face Roberta Flack
44. Nice To Be With You Gallery
45. Hurting Each Other Carpenters
46. Ventura Highway America
47. Sunshine Jonathan Edwards
48. You're Still A Young Man Tower of Power
49. Roundabout Yes
50. Baby Blue Badfinger
51. One Tin Soldier Coven
52. Sweet Seasons Carole King
53. You Don't Mess Around With Jim Jim Croce
54. Taxi Harry Chapin
55. Rock n Roll Part 2 Gary Glitter
56. School's Out Alice Cooper
57. Back Off Boogaloo Ringo Starr
58. I'll Take You There Staple Singers
59. You Are Everything Stylistics
60. I Believe In Music Gallery
61. Don't Say You Don't Remember Beverly Bremers
62. Song Sung Blue Neil Diamond
63. I'd Love You To Want Me Lobo
64. I Need You America
65. Soley Soley Middle of the Road
66. Looking Through My Window Jackson Five
67. Life And Breath Climax
68. We Got To Get It On Again Addrassi Brothers
69. Respect Yourself Staple Singers
70. You Wear It Well Rod Stewart
71. I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing New Seekers
72. Where Is The Love? Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
73. Honkey Cat Elton John
74. We're On Our Way Chris Hodge
75. People Make The World Go 'Round Stylistics
76. Me & Julio Down By the Schoolyard Paul Simon
77. Footstompin' Music Grand Funk Railroad
78. Vincent Don McLean
79. Hallelujah Sweathog
80. Burning Love / It's A Matter of Time Elvis Presley
81. Down By The Lazy River Osmonds
82. Coconut Nilsson
83. Tumbling Dice Rolling Stones
84. White Lies Blue Eyes Bullet
85. Operator (Isn't That The Way I Feel?) Jim Croce
86. Duncan Paul Simon
87. Witchqueen of New Orleans Redbone
88. Rockin' Robin Michael Jackson
89. I've Been Lonely For So Long Frederick Knight
90. One Monkey (Don't Stop No Show) Honeycone
91. Candy Man Sammy Davis Jr.
92. We're Free Beverly Bremers
93. Brand New Key Melanie
94. How Do You Do? Mouth & McNeal
95. Slippin' Into Darkness War
96. Diary Bread
97. Wonder Girl Sparks
98. The Runway Grass Roots
99. Clair Gilbert O'Sullivan
100. My Ding A Ling / Johnny B. Goode (live) Chuck Berry


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