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Top R&B Songs of 1972

1971 <-1972-> 1973


  

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My Ding-a-Ling
1.
08/1972
339

✫1
US


42
R&B
✫1
UK
[recorded live in manchester, england]
[novelty]
[Chess 2131]
written by Chuck Berry
2.
03/1972
330

✫1
US
✫1
AC
4
R&B
14
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1973]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1973]
[Atlantic 2864]
written by Ewan MacColl
I Can See Clearly Now
3.
06/1972
326

✫1
US
✫1
AC
38
R&B
5
UK
[Epic 10902]
written by Johnny Nash
4.
11/1972
293

✫1
US
10
AC
✫1
R&B
12
UK
[P.i. 3521]
written by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff & Cary Gilbert
Lean on Me
5.
04/1972
287

✫1
US
4
AC
✫1
R&B
18
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #205]
[Sussex 235]
written by Bill Withers
Ben
6.
08/1972

Ben by Michael Jackson

from Ben   Ben
285

✫1
US
3
AC
5
R&B
7
UK
[Motown 1207]
written by Don Black & Walter Scharf
Rockin' Robin
7.
03/1972
276

2
US


2
R&B
3
UK
[Motown 1197]
written by Jimmie Thomas
8.
11/1972
267

✫1
US
38
AC
✫1
R&B
11
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #74]
[Tamla 54226]
written by Stevie Wonder
9.
04/1972
262

✫1
US
34
AC
✫1
R&B
14
UK
[Brunswick 55471]
written by Barbara Acklin & Eugene Record
I'll Take You There
10.
04/1972
245

✫1
US


✫1
R&B
30
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #276]
[Stax 0125]
written by Al Bell (as Alvertis Isbell)
Papa Was a Rollin' Stone
11.
10/1972
245

✫1
US


5
R&B
14
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #168]
[Gordy 7121]
written by Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong
Betcha by Golly Wow
12.
02/1972
222

3
US
7
AC
2
R&B
13
UK
featuring Russell Thompkins, Jr.
[Avco 4591]
written by Thom Bell & Linda Creed
13.
09/1972
219

3
US


✫1
R&B
9
UK
written by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff
14.
12/1972
218

4
US
14
AC
✫1
R&B
11
UK
15.
01/1972
218

2
US


✫1
R&B


[Dial 1010]
written by Joe Tex
16.
11/1972
208

3
US


✫1
R&B
12
UK
[Glades 1703]
written by Timmy Thomas
17.
04/1972
208

2
US
23
AC
✫1
R&B
44
UK
[instrumental]
[A&M 1320]
written by Billy Preston & Joe Greene
Too Late to Turn Back Now
18.
05/1972
200

2
US
6
AC
5
R&B


[United Artists 50910]
written by Eddie Cornelius
I'll Be Around
19.
197

3
US
31
AC
✫1
R&B


B side to How Could I Let You Get Away
written by Thom Bell & Phil Hurtt
20.
06/1972
195

5
US
✫1
AC
✫1
R&B
29
UK
[Atlantic 2879]
written by Ralph MacDonald & William Salter
21.
10/1972
188

3
US
28
AC
✫1
R&B
51
UK
[Hi 2227]
written by Al Green, Al Jackson Jr. & Willie Mitchell
I'm Still in Love with You
22.
07/1972
187

3
US
33
AC
✫1
R&B
35
UK
[Hi 2216]
written by Al Green, Al Jackson Jr. & Willie Mitchell
23.
08/1972
186

2
US
14
AC
2
R&B


[Sussex 241]
written by Bill Withers
24.
06/1972
184

3
US


✫1
R&B


[KoKo 2111]
written by Homer Banks, Carl Hampton & Raymond Jackson
25.
07/1972
181

3
US
25
AC
2
R&B
52
UK
[RCA Victor 0731]
written by J.R. Bailey, Rudy Clark & Ken Williams
26.
07/1972
177

3
US


✫1
R&B


[Philadelphia International 3517]
written by Leon Huff, Gene McFadden & John Whitehead
Look What You Done for Me
27.
04/1972
169

4
US


2
R&B
44
UK
[Hi 2211]
written by Al Green, Al Jackson Jr. & Willie Mitchell
28.
03/1972
159

5
US
11
AC
✫1
R&B


[Atlantic 2866]
written by Aretha Franklin
Freddie's Dead (Theme from Superfly)
29.
08/1972
156

4
US


2
R&B


[Curtom 1975]
written by Curtis Mayfield
30.
10/1972
151

10
US
27
AC
4
R&B
9
UK
[Avco 4603]
written by Thom Bell, Linda Creed & Anthony Bell
31.
02/1972
148

5
US


✫1
R&B


written by Tony Hester
Troglodyte (Cave Man)
32.
05/1972
131

6
US


4
R&B


as The Jimmy Castor Bunch
[novelty]
[RCA 1029]
written by Harry Jensen, Gerald Thomas, Douglas Gibson, Robert Manigault, Jimmy Castor & Lenny Fridie (as Langdon Fridie Jr.)
Superfly
33.
11/1972
130

8
US


5
R&B
52
UK
[Curtom 1978]
written by Curtis Mayfield
Floy Joy
34.
01/1972
128

16
US
33
AC
5
R&B
9
UK
[Motown 1195]
written by Smokey Robinson
35.
01/1972
128

8
US


11
R&B
29
UK
[instrumental]
[Polydor 15030]
written by Bill Ador
36.
04/1972
128

8
US
2
AC
28
R&B


[Bell 45195]
written by Tony Macaulay
37.
07/1972
123

16
US


5
R&B
9
UK
[Motown 1205]
written by Clifton Davis
38.
11/1972
123

7
US


3
R&B


[United Artists 50975]
written by Papa Dee Allen (as Sylvester Allen), Harold Brown, B.B. Dickerson (as Morris Dickerson), Lonnie Jordan (as Leroy Jordan), Charles Miller, Lee Oskar (as Lee Oskar Levitin) & Howard Scott
39.
11/1972
121

10
US


7
R&B
18
UK
40.
12/1972
119

7
US


4
R&B


[Tamla 54228]
written by Marvin Gaye
41.
12/1972
116

9
US


3
R&B


[Motown 1216]
written by James Sheppard & William H. Miller
42.
04/1972
115

14
US


6
R&B
14
UK
featuring Barry White
[Uni 55319]
written by Barry White
43.
07/1972
98

11
US


✫1
R&B


[Spring 128]
written by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff & Joe Simon
44.
11/1972
97

84
US


42
R&B
3
UK
[Avco 4602]
written by Sandy Linzer
I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
45.
01/1972
97

22
US


14
R&B
11
UK
46.
02/1972
89

23
US
26
AC
15
R&B
17
UK
[Epic 10829]
written by Sly Stone (as Sylvester Stewart)
47.
03/1972
88

33
US
25
AC
13
R&B
11
UK
[Soul 35094]
written by Kris Kristofferson
48.
01/1972
85

36
US


5
R&B
12
UK
[Westbound 192]
written by Abrim Tilmon
49.
11/1972
84

110
US


22
R&B
4
UK
[Westbound 209]
written by Abrim Tilmon
50.
04/1972
83

27
US


8
R&B
22
UK
[Stax 0117]
written by Posie Knight & Jerry Weaver
Get on the Good Foot (Part 1)
51.
08/1972
81

18
US


✫1
R&B


[Polydor 14139]
written by James Brown, Fred Wesley & Joe Mims
I Wanna Be Where You Are
52.
05/1972
81

16
US


2
R&B


[Motown 1202]
written by Leon Ware & Arthur Ross (as Arthur "T-Boy" Ross)
Automatically Sunshine
53.
05/1972
81

37
US
17
AC
21
R&B
10
UK
[Motown 1200]
written by Smokey Robinson
54.
01/1972
79

16
US


12
R&B


[United Artists 50867]
written by Papa Dee Allen, Harold Brown, B.B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar & Howard Scott (as Howard E. Scott)
55.
07/1972
79

19
US


4
R&B


[Stax 0127]
written by Prince Phillip Mitchell (as Phillip Mitchell)
56.
03/1972
78

30
US


10
R&B
13
UK
[Gordy 7115]
written by Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong
57.
10/1972
78

16
US


3
R&B


[20th Century 2002]
written by Ralph Eskridge, Randolph Murph & Clarence Johnson
58.
04/1972
75

13
US


8
R&B


[Motown 1199]
written by Bobby Day
59.
10/1972
67

18
US


9
R&B


[Motown 1214]
written by Stephen Schwartz
60.
07/1972
66

24
US


3
R&B


[T-Neck 935]
written by Herman Kelly, Clyde Otis, Kelly Isley (as O'Kelly Isley), Ronald Isley & Rudolph Isley
61.
05/1972
65

24
US


4
R&B


[Westbound 203]
written by Abrim Tilmon
62.
02/1972
65

18
US


11
R&B


as Dennis Coffey & the Detroit Guitar Band
[instrumental]
[Sussex 233]
written by Dennis Coffey
63.
04/1972
63

46
US


10
R&B
16
UK
[instrumental]
[Soul 35095]
written by Johnny Bristol & Marilyn McLeod
64.
06/1972
60

25
US
25
AC
6
R&B


[Avco 4595]
written by Linda Creed & Thom Bell
65.
03/1972
59

27
US


4
R&B


[Spring 123]
written by Millie Jackson & Billy Nichols
66.
02/1972
58

27
US


✫1
R&B


[Polydor 14109]
written by James Brown & Bobby Byrd
67.
02/1972
56

23
US


8
R&B


[Hot Wax 7113]
written by Ronald Dunbar (as Ron Dunbar), Brian Holland (as part of Edith Wayne), Lamont Dozier (as part of Edith Wayne), Eddie Holland Jr. (as part of Edith Wayne) & General Johnson
68.
09/1972
55

23
US
27
AC
28
R&B


[United Artists 50954]
written by Eddie Cornelius
69.
02/1972
52

30
US


3
R&B


[Enterprise 9042]
written by Isaac Hayes
70.
06/1972
51

26
US


7
R&B


charted as All the King's Horses / April Fools in US R&B charts
[Atlantic 2883]
written by Aretha Franklin
71.
12/1972
47

31
US


8
R&B


with Peace
[United Artists 50946]
written by Jim Ford
72.
09/1972
45

57
US


9
R&B
29
UK
[Invictus 9125]
written by Brian Holland & Lamont Dozier
73.
07/1972
42

29
US


24
R&B


[Warner 7612]
written by Stephen Kupka (as Stephen "Doc" Kupka), Emilio Castillo, Williams & Gordon
74.
01/1972
41

37
US
8
AC
22
R&B


[live]
[Bell 45170]
written by James W. Alexander & Willie Hutchinson
Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)
75.
05/1972
41

33
US


13
R&B


[Tamla 54216]
written by Stevie Wonder
76.
05/1972
38

60
US


✫1
R&B


[United Artists 50902]
written by Darryl Carter, Bobby Womack & Linda Womack
77.
10/1972
37

38
US
12
AC
19
R&B


[instrumental]
[Enterprise 9058]
written by Isaac Hayes
78.
08/1972
37

38
US


6
R&B


[Stax 0137]
written by Gary W. Friedman (as Gary William Friedman) & Herb Shapiro
79.
02/1972
36

46
US


3
R&B


[Westbound 201]
written by Denise LaSalle
80.
09/1972
35

53
US


3
R&B


[Chimneyville 443]
written by King Floyd
81.
12/1972
35

37
US
10
AC
43
R&B


[United Artists 50996]
written by Eddie Cornelius & Carter Cornelius
82.
03/1972
34

40
US


6
R&B


[spoken]
[Polydor 14116]
written by James Brown, Charles Bobbit, Dave Matthews & Manny Rosen
83.
12/1972
34

40
US


9
R&B


[KoKo 2113]
written by Homer Banks, Carl Hampton & Raymond Jackson
84.
03/1972
34

44
US


5
R&B


[Stax 0119]
written by John Colbert & Norman West
85.
11/1972
34

44
US


3
R&B


[Polydor 14153]
written by James Brown
86.
05/1972
33

43
US


4
R&B


[Polydor 14125]
written by James Brown
87.
06/1972
32

68
US


3
R&B


[Hot Wax 7204]
written by William Weatherspoon & Angelo Bond
88.
10/1972
32

46
US


6
R&B


[Alston 4614]
written by Betty Wright, Clarence Reid & Willie Clarke
89.
08/1972
32

42
US


7
R&B


[Spring 127]
written by Raeford Gerald
90.
09/1972
31

46
US


23
R&B
51
UK
[Motown 1201]
written by Wade Brown Jr. (as Wade Brown), David Jones Jr. & Johnny Bristol
91.
10/1972
31

55
US


4
R&B


[Westbound 206]
written by Denise LaSalle
92.
06/1972
29

44
US


7
R&B


[instrumental]
[Polydor 14129]
written by Bill Doggett, Henry Glover, Billy Butler, Shep Shepherd & Clifford Scott
93.
04/1972
29

54
US


6
R&B


[T-Neck 934]
written by Ronald Isley, Kelly Isley (as O'Kelly Isley Jr.) & Rudolph Isley
94.
03/1972
29

61
US


5
R&B


[Dakar 4501]
written by Richard Parker & Willie Henderson
95.
06/1972
28

46
US


9
R&B


as Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
[Tamla 54220]
written by Wade Brown Jr. (as Wade Brown), David Jones Jr. & Johnny Bristol
96.
07/1972
28

47
US


8
R&B


[Brunswick 55478]
written by Carl Davis & Eugene Record
97.
11/1972
28

52
US


6
R&B


[Mercury 73335]
written by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff
98.
06/1972
27

48
US


12
R&B


[Fame 91000]
written by Mac Davis
99.
07/1972
27

58
US


7
R&B


written by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff
100.
05/1972
27

41
US


12
R&B


[Dial 1012]
written by Joe Tex

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