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Hits of 1972

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This month's year suggestion was 1972, so here are my top ten favourite tracks of the year...

Rocket Man - Elton John

This #2 hit is one of my all time favourite Elton John tracks.

Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard - Paul Simon

Paul Simon and Julio getting into trouble, down by the schoolyard. Then crooning about it on Sesame Street. That was 1972 for you.

Wig-Wam Bam - The Sweet

Gotta love The Sweet. :D

You're So Vain - Carly Simons

You probably think this song is about you! This was a number one across the English speaking world. Except the UK where it peaked at #3. Yet more proof that we have no taste, I guess.

Popcorn - Hot Butter

Does it get any better than early electro-pop on a Moog? No. No, it does not. Hot Butter peaked at #5 in the UK but the song hit the top spot in multiple territories, including Australia, France, and Germany.

Rockin' Robin - Michael Jackson

Originally a hit for Bobby Day in 1958, the Michael Jackson cover matched the original's chart position on the US billboard charts (#2) and reached #3 in the UK in 1972.

Children of the Revolution - T. Rex

Forever tied with I Love To Boogie as my favourite T. Rex track.

Lean on Me - Bill Withers

Horse With No Name - America

As the American folk band's name suggests, thinking up original monikers wasn't their strong point - in 1972 they peaked at #3 on the UK charts with this song about a horse with no name at all... According to Wikipedia the song was banned by a number of US radio stations because 'horse' was common slang for heroin.

Son of My Father - Chicory Tip

Originally a German hit in 1971, an English cover shortly followed - when the first failed to chart in the UK, Chicory Tip released their own and scored a #1.

What was your favourite hit of 1972? Let me know in the comments. :)

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