The 70s were very important in the world of music, the transition between the rebellion that was in the lyrics of the 60s to the liberation and happiness of the 80s. And one of the best years of that era was 1972. We look back at the 5 Tracks That Made Rock n’ Roll In 1972:
5. Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone – The Temptations
In the early sixties, The Temptations regained new energy and in 1972 they recorded the album All Directions, which contains a number one selling song, Papa was a Rolling Stone. One of the most beautiful vocal interpretations of Eddie Kendricks.
4. Lean on Me – Bill Withers
A song inspired by friendship and close collaboration between co-workers. This song reached the top 1 in the USA charts on July 8, 1972, and stayed there for 3 weeks. Some versions of “Lean On Me” also achieved high positions on the music charts.
3. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
In1972, “Superstition,” the lead single from Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book album, became his second number-one single in the United States. Stevie Wonder’s masterpiece “Superstition” is the obvious proof of how a hit song can be produced using just a few well-ordered tracks.
2. Heart of Gold – Neil Young
In “Heart of Gold” he exposes the theme, in the song, part of his great album “Harvest” from 1972, he talks about virtue and that he wants to be a good person. You mean well, but you haven’t figured out how to act. His life has seen him go everywhere, thousands of directions in search of the achievement of his success, but he has not yet found the peace with himself that allows him to focus his life on others.
1. Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple
A fire in the Casino in Montreux, Switzerland, on December 4, 1971, was the seed of one of the most famous songs in rock history. Deep Purple was in the Swiss city about to start recording their album ‘Machine Head’ when a flare launched at a concert by Frank Zappa’s band set the building on fire. The British rock band observed everything from their hotel room and came up with the chorus: “Smoke on the water”, smoke over Lake Genève. The song was included in their Machine Head, the sixth studio album released in 1972.