Top Ten Tunes- 1972

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 1972.

For previous top ten tunes, please click on the year: 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018


Survivors of the 1972 Andes plane crash.

In 1972, British troops open fire on unarmed demonstrators in Derry, Northern Ireland killing 14– the event is remembered as “Bloody Sunday”, protestors burn down the British Embassy in Dublin, an IRA bomb kills 6 people in Aldershot barracks, Edward, Duke of Windsor dies at 77– 35 years after he abdicated from the throne, a British plane crashes near Staines killing all 118 people on board, the first gay pride march takes place in London, a series of IRA explosions in Belfast leave 9 dead, in County Londonderry 9 are killed by IRA car bombs, the Olympics takes place in Munich, West Germany- where 11 Israel athletes are murdered in a terrorist attack, the first episode of Emmerdale Farm is broadcast, the Watergate Scandal starts when wiretapping laws are broken and 5 White House officials are arrested for burglarising the Democratics’ offices, President Nixon is re-elected as president of the United States, 16 people survive a plane crash in the Andes after practising cannibalism and the films The Godfather, Deliverance, Cabaret, The Poseidon Adventure and Super Fly are released.


Outstanding week this week. Some of my all time favourite songs are on this week’s list. Here they are, in no particular order. Spotify playlist at the end.

1. Rockin’ Robbin by Michael Jackson

Undated handout photo of Michael Jackson from his days as part of The Jackson 5

2. Superstition by Stevie Wonder


3. Papa Was a Rolling Stone by the Temptations (there are some marvellous dance moves and outfits in this video)

4. Day Dreaming by Aretha Franklin


5. The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack


6. You’re So Vain by Carly Simon


7. Starman by David Bowie

8. Tiny Dancer by Elton John


9. Handbags and the Gladrags by Rod Stewart


10. Les Fleur by Minnie Riperton


Stevie and The Temptations are close runners up, but it’s Minnie Riperton that’s my favourite this week. One of my all time favourite songs.

See you next week for 1973!


  1. rachaelstray · January 4

    Oh my gosh how do you even choose this week?! I think I will go for Handbags and the glad rags Rod Stewart as it was one of my late aunty’s favourite songs and it was played at her funeral and although it makes me still a bit emotionally wobbly to hear it, it now makes me smile rather than cry when I hear it.

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    • thebeasley · January 4

      Oh love. I’m very glad it now makes you smile more than cry. It’s such a lovely tune. What a nice way to say goodbye to your aunt listening to that.

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  2. After The Party · January 4

    I just have one question- did the plane crash survivors practice cannibalism before or after the plane crash? LOL! I don’t think I know the song Fleur, but I LOVE Tiny Dancer. 🙂 Love your lists. And I don’t think I know that Aretha song either. I thought I knew all her songs!

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    • thebeasley · January 4

      Haha. Let’s hope they didn’t practice it before! Tiny Dancer is a fantastic song. Give Lee Fleur a listen. It’s a very special track. Cheers!

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  3. willowdot21 · January 4

    What an awfully bloody year, not much to be proud of. Though I do love Emmerdale!
    Best songs, Handbags and the Gladrags, Bowie and Starman, and best of all Carly Simon your so vain. 💙💙

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  4. April Munday · January 4

    I was doing a paper round in 1972, so I knew about most of the big stories of the year, even if I didn’t understand all of them.

    My favourite of this week’s songs is The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.

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  5. angelanoelauthor · January 4

    Too right! Can’t not love this week—but Tiny Dancer is probably my pick.

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  6. shelleywilson72 · January 5

    Wow! This was the year I was born. I had no idea all that happened in the same year! Great post and fab music x

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  14. mydangblog · January 20

    I’m a Bowie girl, so you know which one is MY favourite!

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    • thebeasley · January 21

      Starman by any chance? I couldn’t decide between that one and Changes to add to the playlist. Which would you have chosen?

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      • mydangblog · January 21

        THAT is a hard choice–both are so good!

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      • thebeasley · January 21

        I changed my mind so many times and just went with the one I slightly enjoyed more that day!

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