Varied music genres on the Pop music charts this week in 1972

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Richland123, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Back in the 60s and 70s, the Pop music charts had many different music acts and styles.

    Check out how varied the music genres were on the US Pop music charts this week in 1972.

    Everything from Led Zeppelin, Yes, and Grand Funk Railroad to The Osmond Brothers, Bread, Cher, and Charley Pride.

    US Pop Singles Chart Week Ending 4th March, 1972

    1 1 WITHOUT YOU –•– Nilsson (RCA)-12 (3 weeks at #1)
    2 2 HURTING EACH OTHER –•– The Carpenters (A&M)-8
    3 3 PRECIOUS AND FEW –•– Climax (Carousel / Rocky Road)-10
    4 5 DOWN BY THE LAZY RIVER –•– The Osmonds (MGM)-7
    5 8 EVERYTHING I OWN –•– Bread (Elektra)-6
    6 7 THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT (Wimoweh) –•– Robert John (Atlantic)-10
    7 13 HEART OF GOLD –•– Neil Young (Reprise)-5
    8 4 LET’S STAY TOGETHER –•– Al Green (Hi)-14
    9 10 SWEET SEASONS –•– Carole King (Ode)-6
    10 14 BANG A GONG (Get It On) –•– T. Rex (Reprise)-10

    11 12 THE WAY OF LOVE –•– Cher (Kapp)-6
    12 9 AMERICAN PIE (Parts 1 and 2) –•– Don McLean (United Artists)-15
    13 6 JOY –•– Apollo 100 (Mega)-10
    14 27 MOTHER AND CHILD REUNION –•– Paul Simon (Columbia)-5
    15 15 DON’T SAY YOU DON’T REMEMBER –•– Beverly Bremers (Scepter)-12
    16 16 MY WORLD –•– The Bee Gees (Atco)-6
    17 18 FLOY JOY –•– The Supremes (Motown)-9
    18 11 NEVER BEEN TO SPAIN –•– Three Dog Night (Dunhill)-11
    19 22 JUNGLE FEVER –•– The Chakachas (Polydor)-8
    20 47 A HORSE WITH NO NAME –•– America (Warner Brothers)-3

    21 31 I GOTCHA / A MOTHER’S PRAYER –•– Joe Tex (Dial)-7
    22 23 I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) –•– Donnie Elbert (Avco)-6
    23 32 ROCK AND ROLL LULLABY –•– B.J. Thomas (Scepter)-4
    24 19 ANTICIPATION –•– Carly Simon (Elektra)-13
    25 25 AIN’T UNDERSTANDING MELLOW –•– Jerry Bulter and Brenda Lee Eager (Mercury)-13
    26 17 DAY AFTER DAY –•– Badfinger (Apple)-14
    27 35 RUNNIN’ AWAY –•– Sly and the Family Stone (Epic)-5
    28 21 BLACK DOG –•– Led Zeppelin (Atlantic)-11
    29 30 SOFTLY WHISPERING I LOVE YOU –•– The English Congregation (Atco)-7
    30 38 TALKING LOUD AND SAYING NOTHING (Part 1) –•– James Brown (Polydor)-4

    31 33 WE’VE GOT TO GET IT ON AGAIN –•– The Addrisi Brothers (Columbia)-7
    32 28 FIRE AND WATER –•– Wilson Pickett (Atlantic)-11
    33 34 RING THE LIVING BELL –•– Melanie (Neighborhood)-6
    34 20 STAY WITH ME –•– The Faces (Warner Brothers)-10
    35 29 FOOTSTOMPIN’ MUSIC –•– Grand Funk Railroad (Capitol)-9
    36 36 THE NICKEL SONG –•– Melanie (Buddah)-7
    37 39 YOU WANT IT, YOU GOT IT –•– The Detroit Emeralds (Westbound)-9
    38 60 PUPPY LOVE –•– Donny Osmond (MGM)-2
    39 48 ROUNDABOUT –•– Yes (Atlantic)-4
    40 64 IN THE RAIN –•– The Dramatics (Volt)-2


    49 40 KISS AN ANGEL GOOD MORNIN’ –•– Charley Pride (RCA)-16
    54 37 FEELIN’ ALRIGHT –•– Joe Cocker (A&M)-15


    41 45 NO ONE TO DEPEND ON –•– Santana (Columbia)-4
    42 49 CRAZY MAMA –•– J.J. Cale (Shelter)-6
    44 46 HANDBAGS AND GLADRAGS –•– Rod Stewart (Mercury)-4
    45 59 GLORY BOUND –•– The Grass Roots (Dunhill)-4
    46 52 COULD IT BE FOREVER –•– David Cassidy (Bell)-3
    47 50 LOVE ME, LOVE ME LOVE –•– Frank Mills (Sunflower)-6
    50 51 NOW RUN AND TELL THAT –•– Denise LaSalle (Westbound)-5


    62 — TAKE A LOOK AROUND –•– The Temptations (Gordy)-1
    68 — KING HEROIN –•– James Brown (Polydor)-1
    76 — SUAVECITO –•– Malo (Warner Brothers)-1
    77 — THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE –•– Roberta Flack (Atlantic)-1
    78 — SON OF MY FATHER –•– Giorgio (Dunhill)-1
    79 — HEARTBROKEN BOPPER –•– The Guess Who (RCA)-1
    84 — LOUISIANA –•– Mike Kennedy (ABC)-1
    85 — TINY DANCER –•– Elton John (Uni)-1
    90 — ROCK ME ON THE WATER –•– Linda Ronstadt (Capitol)-1
    91 — CHANTILLY LACE / THINK ABOUT IT DARLIN’ –•– Jerry Lee Lewis (Mercury)-1
    97 — SWEET SIXTEEN –•– B.B. King (ABC)-1
    99 — SINCE I FELL FOR YOU –•– Laura Lee (Hot Wax)-1
    100 — BRANDY –•– Scott English (Janus)-1 (This song became Mandy and covered by Barry Manilow)
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...and still, the nay-sayers (here) will always argue how things are the same today, blahblah...
    or they'll say something like-
    Who listens to Pop radio?

    Looking at the List...
    Some will be quick to point to the "bubblegum" stuff in the Top-5.
    Granted, many non-music buyers would purchase the 45rpm of a song if it hit their fancy.
    The Album Charts from this same time frame may weed out a few of these tunes.

    Could you see "Black Dog" &/or "Roundabout" being in the Top-40 today?
  3. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    Every Sunday on the 70s station on Sirius/XM radio they play Casey Kasem's American Top 40 from a week in the 1970s. When I started listening to it a few months ago, the first thing that caught my attention was how much more diverse music was in the 1960s and 70s.
  4. That's because popular music has become a homogenized product that never strays too far from the formula. Having things this way allows the bloated, gasping for life recording industry to survive in a world where they are completely irrelevant to art. The innovators are all out there, but they are underground and you have to seek them out.
  5. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    "...but they are underground & you have to seek them out".

    I hear/read that whenever someone brings up the ol' daze of Pop Radio.
    (Trust me, we all know about the underground)

    The point, at least in my mind-
    Back then you did not need to seek them out...they were on AM radio.
  6. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    Yeah but the only ones to blame for this are record companies. I never gave a **** about radio or charts. I don't see why people should feel they should matter.
  7. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Was a fine time back then! Loved the diversity!
  8. FilterFunk

    FilterFunk Everything is on the ONE! Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    This is exactly the point I've been making for years - and will continue to make, because it's true.

    You may not be able to prove whether or not music overall is better, worse, or just as good today as it was back in the day, but bands and artists the caliber of Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Chicago, Parliament-Funkadelic, the Eagles, etc. did not have to be "found."
  9. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    This is so true. Back in the day, we were exposed to many acts and songs on the radio (AM stations and the beginnings of FM radio stations that played music other than classical and jazz) as well as TV shows that were not afraid to have a variety of performers. Many of those acts then had hit songs that appeared on the Pop Charts. Even with all the sources today to listen to music, we have to "search for it" in places other than mainstream media.
  10. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Back then, there were a lot more inspired, and naturally talented musicians playing.

    The form was fresher. Part of the problem today is that no matter what you write, it will either be highly derivative, or it will be somewhat unlistenable, as you can only stray so far from what millions of artists have done on millions of records.

    People keep telling me I can hear fresh, great sounds if I go underground, but no one has given me an example that I've liked much.
  11. bass12

    bass12 And Grace, too Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    I think that, at that time, there was still faith within the industry that something "good" could become a hit because it was actually good. That mode of thinking seems to have changed over the past twenty years.
  12. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Imagine if all you had was AM radio...
    For me, mid-'60s - 1972, that's what my parents had in their cars. Oh, and I had a transistor AM radio for the house.
    Thankfully, my parents were pretty hip...they always played the big Top-40 station in-town (WGH AM); so all those tunes in Rich's list from a kid, that's what I heard.
    I keep beating the same drum over & over, too.
  13. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    I have probably been exposed to more interesting new music through TalkBass over the last few years than anywhere else since none of the radio stations in my area play it.
  14. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
  15. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I agree. Commercial radio leaves much to be desired although every now and then a good song will pop up. But I have faith that the tides will change in the future in that stations will be able to go back to programming their own play lists!

    Bands like Snarky Puppy and Dirty Loops give me hope. Progressive yes. Non commercial yes. But I don't give a rats arse!
  16. fisticuffs


    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    Varied? Looks like those charts are nothing but oldies!

    Different world today. The charts aren't representing the same thing. Radio is only one of many ways people enjoy music and it's probably the one that's dieing off the fastest.
  17. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    I have said a small prayer that was meant as a joke.
  18. The baby boomer demographic got catered to for 40 years, and you can probably hear those same songs on the same radio frequencies today. If you want to blame pop music for stagnating into a predictable few styles, just look at this thread - people lamenting that they wish there was diverse, fresh music being played on pop stations and a sentence later saying that they've hated the "underground" music people have suggested to them.

    Why would a radio station take a risk to play something outside of audience's comfort zone, when the demographic that listens to radio has made it clear they want the music that was new when they were 14-29?

    It is literally the easiest time in human existence to hear music. YouTube, Spotify, streaming radio from throughout the entire world.

    I hate this trend I see on Talkbass and other music sites, where people who have a lifetime love of music and have learned to play instruments miss out on things they would love because they've either gotten comfortable listening to stuff they already know, or are used to being catered to by marketers who were happy to through stuff at the wall and see what stuck. Don't let the fact that radio is now catering to seniors who want to hear oldies, 12-year-old girls, guys hanging drywall, secretaries and background music for waiting rooms deter you!
  19. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Which Post?

    Take what I was just hipped to-
    James Hart's vulfpeck link.

    Happening band...but, sorry (again), a band like that would not have been out-of-place in the OP's (cough-cough "Oldie") Charts from the early '70s.
    Today? vulfpeck is considered "underground".
    Remember: One of the most "underground" bands-EVER...The Doors...were played on AM Pop Radio in their heyday.
  20. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Here are some songs that received wide Top 40 radio airplay back in the 60s and 70s that would never see the light of day on today's Pop scene

    This song by Flash, "Small Beginnings" made it to #28 on the U.S. Pop Chart in 1972

    Cream had several songs on the Pop Charts including "Sunshine of Your Love" #5 in 1968, "White Room" #6 in 1968, and "Crossroads" #28 in 1969