US Top 40 Singles Week Ending 2nd December, 1972

These are all the US Top 40 singles for the week ending December 2nd, 1972. Check out the top 100 artists of 1970s here. You can also view the entire 1972 chart here. the-temptations-papa-was-a-rolling-stone-gordy 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