US Top 40 Singles Week Ending 2nd December, 1972

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TW LW TITLE Artist (Label)-Weeks on Chart

1 5 PAPA WAS A ROLLIN’ STONE –•– The Temptations (Gordy)-8 (1 week at #1)
2 4 I AM WOMAN –•– Helen Reddy (Capitol)-15
3 1 I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW –•– Johnny Nash (Epic)-13
4 2 I’D LOVE YOU TO WANT ME –•– Lobo (Big Tree)-11
5 7 IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW –•– Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes (Phila. Intl.)-10
6 6 SUMMER BREEZE –•– Seals and Crofts (Warner Brothers)-13
7 8 YOU OUGHT TO BE WITH ME –•– Al Green (Hi)-7
8 14 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA –•– Albert Hammond (Mums)-7
9 3 I’LL BE AROUND / HOW COULD I LET YOU GET AWAY –•– The Spinners (Atlantic)-16
10 13 VENTURA HIGHWAY –•– America (Warner Brothers)-7

11 15 I’M STONE IN LOVE WITH YOU –•– The Stylistics (Avco)-8
12 17 CLAIR –•– Gilbert O’Sullivan (MAM)-6
13 23 ME AND MRS. JONES –•– Billy Paul (Philadelphia International)-5
14 10 IF I COULD REACH YOU –•– The 5th Dimension (Bell)-13
15 19 CRAZY HORSES –•– The Osmonds (MGM / Kolob)-7
16 18 SOMETHING’S WRONG WITH ME –•– Austin Roberts (Chelsea)-8
17 9 NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN –•– The Moody Blues (Deram)-18
18 20 OPERATOR (That’s Not the Way It Feels) –•– Jim Croce (ABC)-8
19 26 ROCKIN’ PNEUMONIA – BOOGIE WOOGIE FLU –•– Johnny Rivers (United Artists)-9
20 21 FUNNY FACE –•– Donna Fargo (Dot)-10

21 11 CONVENTION ’72 –•– The Delegates (Mainstream)-7
22 27 CORNER OF THE SKY –•– Jackson 5 (Motown)-6
23 12 FREDDIE’S DEAD (Theme From “Superfly”) –•– Curtis Mayfield (Curtom)-16
24 30 SWEET SURRENDER –•– Bread (Elektra)-4
25 16 WITCHY WOMAN –•– The Eagles (Asylum)-13
26 28 DIALOGUE (Parts 1 and 2) –•– Chicago (Columbia)-6
27 34 WALK ON WATER –•– Neil Diamond (Uni)-4
28 24 GARDEN PARTY –•– Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band (Decca)-19
29 29 ROCK ‘N ROLL SOUL –•– Grand Funk Railroad (Capitol)-11
30 36 LIVING IN THE PAST –•– Jethro Tull (Chrysalis)-5

31 40 SUPERFLY –•– Curtis Mayfield (Curtom)-3
32 41 KEEPER OF THE CASTLE –•– The Four Tops (Dunhill)-4
33 45 LONG DARK ROAD –•– The Hollies (Epic)-5
34 55 YOUR MAMA DON’T DANCE –•– Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina (Columbia)-4
35 51 SITTING –•– Cat Stevens (A&M)-3
36 38 SUNNY DAYS –•– Lighthouse (Evolution)-9
37 54 ALIVE –•– The Bee Gees (Atco)-3
38 47 I DIDN’T KNOW I LOVED YOU (‘Till I Saw You Rock and Roll) –•– Gary Glitter (Bell)-5
39 43 THEME FROM “THE MEN” –•– Isaac Hayes (Enterprise)-7
40 39 AMERICAN CITY SUITE (Sweet City Song / All Around the Town / A Friend Is Dying) –•– Cashman and West (Dunhill)-11

OFF THE CHARTS
POWER PLAYS

41 52 WHAT AM I CRYING FOR –•– Dennis Yost and the Classics IV (MGM South)-7
42 46 LIES –•– J.J. Cale (Shelter)-5
43 71 SUPERSTITION –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-3
44 44 SO LONG DIXIE –•– Blood, Sweat and Tears (Columbia)-10
45 77 I WANNA BE WITH YOU –•– The Raspberries (Capitol)-2
46 50 BABY SITTER –•– Betty Wright (Alston)-8
47 66 PIECES OF APRIL –•– Three Dog Night (Dunhill)-3
48 49 LET IT RAIN –•– Eric Clapton (Polydor)-11
49 68 I GOT A BAG OF MY OWN –•– James Brown (Polydor)-3
50 88 BEEN TO CANAAN –•– Carole King (Ode)-2

DEBUTS THIS WEEK

60 — DON’T LET ME BE LONELY TONIGHT –•– James Taylor (Warner Brothers)-1
71 — SEPERATE WAYS / ALWAYS ON MY MIND –•– Elvis Presley (RCA)-1
74 — OH, BABE, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY –•– Hurricane Smith (Capitol)-1
76 — WE NEED ORDER –•– The Chi-Lites (Brunswick)-1
78 — JAMBALAYA (On the Bayou) –•– The Blue Ridge Rangers (Fantasy)-1
84 — I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER (In Time Of Storm) –•– Luther Ingram (KoKo)-1
90 — REELIN’ & ROCKIN’ –•– Chuck Berry (Chess)-1
92 — ONE WAY OUT –•– The Allman Brothers Band (Capricorn)-1
93 — I RECEIVED A LETTER –•– Delbert & Glen (Clean)-1
94 — ME AND MY BABY GOT A GOOD THING GOING –•– Lyn Collins (People)-1
95 — WOMAN TO WOMAN / MIDNIGHT RIDER –•– Joe Cocker and the Chris Stainton Band (A&M)-9
99 — YOU’RE SO VAIN –•– Carly Simon (Elektra)-1
100 — THE COVER OF “ROLLING STONE” –•– Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show (Columbia)-1

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