US Top 40 Singles Week Ending 23rd December, 1972

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TW LW TITLE Artist (Label)-Weeks on Chart

1 1 ME AND MRS. JONES –•– Billy Paul (Philadelphia International)-8 (2 weeks at #1)
2 2 I AM WOMAN –•– Helen Reddy (Capitol)-18
3 4 YOU OUGHT TO BE WITH ME –•– Al Green (Hi)-10
4 7 CLAIR –•– Gilbert O’Sullivan (MAM)-9
5 5 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA –•– Albert Hammond (Mums)-10
6 3 IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW –•– Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes (Phila. Intl.)-13
7 12 FUNNY FACE –•– Donna Fargo (Dot)-13
8 6 PAPA WAS A ROLLIN’ STONE –•– The Temptations (Gordy)-11
9 37 YOU’RE SO VAIN –•– Carly Simon (Elektra)-4
10 11 ROCKIN’ PNEUMONIA – BOOGIE WOOGIE FLU –•– Johnny Rivers (United Artists)-12

11 9 I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW –•– Johnny Nash (Epic)-16
12 15 SUPERFLY –•– Curtis Mayfield (Curtom)-6
13 13 SOMETHING’S WRONG WITH ME –•– Austin Roberts (Chelsea)-11
14 24 YOUR MAMA DON’T DANCE –•– Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina (Columbia)-7
15 17 KEEPER OF THE CASTLE –•– The Four Tops (Dunhill)-7
16 16 SWEET SURRENDER –•– Bread (Elektra)-7
17 20 LIVING IN THE PAST –•– Jethro Tull (Chrysalis)-8
18 18 CORNER OF THE SKY –•– Jackson 5 (Motown)-9
19 21 WALK ON WATER –•– Neil Diamond (Uni)-7
20 8 VENTURA HIGHWAY –•– America (Warner Brothers)-10

21 23 SITTING –•– Cat Stevens (A&M)-6
22 27 SUPERSTITION –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-6
23 14 CRAZY HORSES –•– The Osmonds (MGM / Kolob)-10
24 19 SUMMER BREEZE –•– Seals and Crofts (Warner Brothers)-16
25 28 PIECES OF APRIL –•– Three Dog Night (Dunhill)-6
26 10 I’M STONE IN LOVE WITH YOU –•– The Stylistics (Avco)-11
27 38 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY TONIGHT –•– James Taylor (Warner Brothers)-4
28 26 LONG DARK ROAD –•– The Hollies (Epic)-8
29 31 BEEN TO CANAAN –•– Carole King (Ode)-5
30 46 CROCODILE ROCK –•– Elton John (MCA)-3

31 32 I WANNA BE WITH YOU –•– The Raspberries (Capitol)-5
32 45 WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER –•– Timmy Thomas (Glades)-5
33 25 DIALOGUE (Parts 1 and 2) –•– Chicago (Columbia)-9
34 22 OPERATOR (That’s Not the Way It Feels) –•– Jim Croce (ABC)-11
35 49 SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES –•– Blue Haze (A&M)-7
36 34 ALIVE –•– The Bee Gees (Atco)-6
37 48 OH, BABE, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY –•– Hurricane Smith (Capitol)-4
38 36 SUNNY DAYS –•– Lighthouse (Evolution)-12
39 47 SEPERATE WAYS / ALWAYS ON MY MIND –•– Elvis Presley (RCA)-4
40 39 WHAT AM I CRYING FOR –•– Dennis Yost and the Classics IV (MGM South)-10

OFF THE CHARTS

43 40 ANGEL –•– Rod Stewart (Mercury)-6
48 35 I DIDN’T KNOW I LOVED YOU (‘Till I Saw You Rock and Roll) –•– Gary Glitter (Bell)-8
54 30 I’LL BE AROUND / HOW COULD I LET YOU GET AWAY –•– The Spinners (Atlantic)-19
64 29 I’D LOVE YOU TO WANT ME –•– Lobo (Big Tree)-14

POWER PLAYS

41 62 THE WORLD IS A GHETTO –•– War (United Artists)-6
42 100 HI, HI, HI –•– Wings (Apple)-2
44 64 DO IT AGAIN –•– Steely Dan (ABC)-6
45 51 YOU TURN ME ON, I’M A RADIO –•– Joni Mitchell (Asylum)-7
46 53 ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH –•– John Denver (RCA)-5
47 54 DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT –•– King Harvest (Perception)-9
49 50 NO –•– Bulldog (Decca)-11
50 81 TROUBLE MAN –•– Marvin Gaye (Tamla)-2

DEBUTS THIS WEEK

74 — I’M NEVER GONNA BE ALONE ANYMORE –•– Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose (United Artists)-1
75 — DREIDEL –•– Don McLean (United Artists)-1
76 — REMEMBER (Christmas) –•– Nilsson (RCA)-1
78 — DAYTIME NIGHT-TIME –•– Keith Hampshire (A&M)-1
79 — YOU’VE GOT TO TAKE IT (If You Want It) –•– The Main Ingredient (RCA)-1
80 — ANTHEM –•– Wayne Newton (Chelsea)-1
81 — DO YOU WANT TO DANCE –•– Bette Midler (Atlantic)-1
88 — OH NO, NOT MY BABY –•– Merry Clayton (Ode)-1
97 — BOOGIE WOOGIE MAN –•– Paul Davis (Bang)-1
98 — WHAT MY BABY NEEDS NOW IS A LITTLE MORE LOVIN’ –•– James Brown-Lyn Collins (Polydor)-1
100 — THE RED BACK SPIDER –•– Brownsville Station (Big Tree)-1

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