1972 was a terrible year to be a South American rugby player, but it was a pretty good year for music!
This is a continuation of my Music DNA project. In this series, I examine the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the year and identify those songs that have come to be a part of the fabric of my music tastes. Some of the songs have stood the test of time, but other songs are a great time capsule of those days. Throughout the series, I’ll be looking at years 1970-1989. Here’s 1972…
In historic terms, 1972 was not a great year for humanity. Here are some examples:
- The Watergate Break-Ins
- Tragedy at the Munich Olympics
- 16 people survive the Andes flight disaster after turning to cannibalism
- Bloody Sunday in Northern Ireland
Despite all that tragedy, it was a good year for the arts. The Godfather was playing in theaters (so was Diamonds are Forever, but that’s more for me than you), the Brady Bunch was strong on television and the soundtrack of my childhood was in full force. I’ve picked my favorite songs of the year and put them on the timeline below. Thumb through and see if you have any favorites!
One highlight from the year in music include our cover art star Mac Davis in a song that could only have made it in the early 70s. It’s country crossover. It’s chauvinistic. He’s so hairy! And he wears the absolute SHIT out of that Canadian tuxedo. Other personal picks would be Brand New Key by Melanie (that song is DIRTY, I think), Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl), Saturday in the Park, and the awesome Use Me by Bill Withers.
As always, these songs were selected from the Billboard Hot 100 for the year. Take a look at the full list and let me know what you think I was crazy to leave out! If you haven’t already, go back and take a look at 1970 and 1971.