Baron Dave Romm (barondave) wrote,
Baron Dave Romm

Songs from High School Graduation #1: 1972

What the heck. I'll do it, mostly because I can legitimately cheat. What follows is The Greatest Hits of 1972 as compiled by Pop Culture Madness. I'm in the Class of 1973, but graduated a semester early (to take college classes and play Duplicate Bridge in my father's Bridge Club). While there are some good songs from '73, I like the '72 list better, so will use it for this particular Useless Exercise. I'll bold the songs I liked then and strikethrough those I didn't like. For the most part, my tastes haven't changed much. For that matter, I rarely listened to the radio and I came to know most of these songs well after their major airplay. Comments in [brackets]. I'm too lazy to alter the format everyone's using, but for the record: I dislike not being able to mark songs I simply don't remember -- which is most of them. Oh well. I'm sure I've heard all these songs, but if they don't play in my ear as I'm going through the list, they're SOL.

1. Rock and Roll part II - Gary Glitter [I don't remember this song at all]
2. American Pie - Don McLean [a great song to hear every year or so]
3. Lean On Me - Bill Withers [One of the songs that saves the 70s]
4. Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin
5. I'll Take You There - Staple Singers [don't remember this one either]
6. Precious and Few - Climax
7. Coconut - Nilsson [one of the great songs of all time]
8. Let's Stay Together - Al Green [Al Green songs all sound alike; good, but generically Al]
9. Schools Out - Alice Cooper [sure, what the heck]
10. Me and Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul [okay]
11. Layla - Derek and the Dominoes [one of the great songs of all time]
12. Goodbye To Love - Carpenters
13. Burning Love - Elvis Presley
14. The Candy Man - Sammy Davis, Jr. [I liked both movies, too]
15. Operator - Jim Croce
16. Horse With No Name - America
17. Nights In White Satin - Moody Blues
18. Anticipation - Carly Simon
19. Saturday In The Park - Chicago [hmm... mixed feelings about this one]
20. Get On The Good Foot - James Brown [don't remember this song at all]
21. Summer Breeze - Seals and Crofts
22. Rockin' Robin - Michael Jackson [I don't remember this version, but the original is good]
23. Listen To The Music - Doobie Brothers [okay]
24. Take It Easy - Eagles [don't really remember this one]
25. Brandy - Looking Glass
26. Diamonds Are Forever - Shirley Bassey
27. My Ding-A-Ling - Chuck Berry [I keep forgetting how long Chuck Berry's career was; it's too bad this was his only #1 hit (iirc)]
28. I'll Be Around - Spinners [don't remember this song]
29. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack [mixed feelings; it would be better in a shorter version. Apparently, Flack changed one word from the original that alters the meaning of a verse. Don't ask me to look up the Peggy Seeger liner notes...]
30. Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens [college roommate Frank Balazs introduced me to Cat Stevens]
31. Everybody Plays The Fool - The Main Ingredient [bouncy pop; what the heck]
32. Popcorn - Hot Butter [one of the great songs of all time, and one of the few songs I do as karaoke]
33. Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan [*sniff*]
34. Iron Man - Black Sabbath [sure, what the heck]
35. Jackie Wilson Said - Van Morrison [don't recall this one at all]
36. Tupelo Honey - Van Morrison [don't recall this one either]
37. If You Don't Know Me By Now - Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes [don't remember this one either]
38. You Wear It Well - Rod Stewart [why does anyone like Rod Stewart?]
39. I Am Woman - Helen Reddy [fun to laugh at]
40. I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash [one of the great songs of all time]
41. Papa Was A Rolling Stone - Temptations
42. Changes - David Bowie [don't remember this one]
43. From The Beginning - Emerson, Lake and Palmer
44. Immigration Man - Graham Nash & David Crosby [don't remember this one]
45. Tiny Dancer - Elton John
46. Melissa - Allman Brothers Band [don't remember this one]
47. Honky Cat - Elton John [mediocre but listenable to every now and again]
48. Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
49. Heart Of Gold - Neil Young [sure, why not]
50. Taxi - Harry Chapin [yeah yeah, tugs on the heart strings. Works for me]
51. Feeling Alright - Joe Cocker [don't remember this one]
52. Down On Me - Janis Joplin [don't remember this one]
53. You Don't Mess Around With Jim - Jim Croce
54. City Of New Orleans - Arlo Guthrie [one of the great songs of all time]
55. Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress) - Hollies
56. Roundabout - Yes [one of the best Yes songs, but I'm still not a big fan]
57. Bang A Gong (Get It On) - T. Rex
58. Hold Your Head Up - Argent
59. America - Yes
60. Starman - David Bowie
61. Black and White - Three Dog Night [one of the great songs of all time]
62. Rock Me On The Water - Jackson Browne [don't remember this one]
63. Looking For A Love - J. Geils Band [nor this one]
64. The Jean Genie - David Bowie [nor this]
65. It Never Rains In Southern California - Albert Hammond
66. Easy Livin - Uriah Heap
67. Rocket Man - Elton John
68. Handbags and Gladrags - Rod Stewart [fortunately, don't remember this one]
69. Little Bitty Pretty One - Jackson Five [don't remember this]
70. Hot 'N' Nasty - Humble Pie [don't remember this]
71. All The Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople [don't remember this]
72. I Saw The Light - Todd Rundgren [don't remember; geeze, I really didn't listen to much radio]
73. I Just Want To make Love To You - Foghat [don't remember]
74. Witchy Woman - Eagles
75. Freddie's Dead (Theme from Superfly) - Curtis Mayfield
76. Rock and Roll Stew - Traffic [don't remember this one]
77. Delta Dawn - Tanya Tucker [I don't recall ever hearing this version, but I like the Bette Midler and at least one other]
78. America - Simon and Garfunkle
79. I Don't Need No Doctor - New Riders Of The Purple Sage [don't recall this one]
80. Ben - Michael Jackson [yeah yeah, tugs at the heart strings...]

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