27 Best Songs From 1972

“Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me” by Mac Davis

Song Year: 1972

“Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me” is another classic country song about a man afraid to commit too fast. He and his lady friend have something special, but he doesn’t want to spoil it by adding labels or falling in love.

Mac Davis was nominated for a Grammy Award for this song.

“The City of New Orleans” by Arlo Guthrie

Song Year: 1972

Arlo Guthrie excelled at bringing folksy rock back to the forefront of the music scene, and one of his most famous tunes was “The City of New Orleans.”

In this folk ballad, Guthrie sings about the wonders of traveling America. It’s not until the song's end that you realize he’s singing about a train.

“Lean on Me” by Bill Withers

Song Year: 1972

“Lean on Me” is a classic that almost everyone knows, even if they don’t know who sang it or when it was released. It became almost instantly popular, and for a good reason.

It tells the simple yet relatable story of how important it is to have people in your life that you can count on no matter what, people who will hold you up when you need a helping hand.

“Rockin’ Robin” by Michael Jackson

Song Year: 1972

The original version of “Rockin’ Robin” was recorded about 20 years before Michael Jackson made the song his own in 1972.

Although his rendition is not the first, it is one of the more special editions of this upbeat R&B song. You won’t be able to keep to feet from tapping along to this bopping tune.

“Tumbling Dice” by The Rolling Stones

Song Year: 1972

The Rolling Stones are a quintessential element in any discussion about rock, especially in the 1970s.

“Tumbling Dice” is a classic example of why The Rolling Stones became household names for rock fans everywhere.

“Stuck in the Middle with You” by Stealers Wheel

“Stuck in the Middle with You” by Stealers Wheel

Song Year: 1972

“Stuck in the Middle with You” is a groovy song that mingles sounds from pop, rock, and folk genres simultaneously.

It’s been covered many times, maintaining its relevance in music through decades of change.

“One Last Time” by Glen Campbell

Song Year: 1972

Glen Campbell was one of the more popular voices in country and folk music for a time. He wrote and recorded some of the most recognizable songs of the 1970s.

“One Last Time” is a heartfelt tune about a man who wants one final tender moment with his lover before saying goodbye for good. 

“American Pie” by Don McLean

Song Year: 1972

“American Pie” is truly a classic. You’ve probably heard it on more than one occasion at a karaoke bar or in a movie.

Even though no one knows what the song means, people tend to agree that it has something to do with music history and that it’s epic.

“Mother and Child Reunion” by Paul Simon

Song Year: 1972

Paul Simon gained fame as part of a duo with Art Garfunkel. He also had a very successful solo career, bringing with him incredible musicianship and stunning songwriting abilities.

A sadness rings loud and clear in “Mother and Child Reunion,” making it a heartfelt tribute and a touching story.

“Layla” by Derek and the Dominos

Song Year: 1972

“Layla” is a Grammy Award-winning song written by Eric Clapton and performed by his famous band, Derek and the Dominos.

Although it was initially released in 1970, the song didn’t find chart success until its re-release in 1972. Since then, it has become one of the most known rock songs in the history of rock songs.

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