Sorry, Millennials, only Boomers can remember who sang the number 1 songs of summer 1972

It was the summer of “Lean On Me,” “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl),” “Song Sung Blue” and “I’ll Take You There.” Can you name all these Seventies artists?


It’s hard to believe the summer of 1972 was 50 years ago. The Godfather had just hit theaters that March and a young filmmaker named Martin Scorsese teamed with producer Roger Corman to make the Depression-era crime drama Boxcar Bertha. It was the summer that ushered in the premieres of The Waltons and M*A*S*H that September – two shows that reflected the current moment by looking into the past. 

But the music from that time is arguably the most memorable part.  It’s difficult to find tunes easier to listen to than the hits released that summer. There were timeless classics like “Lean On Me” and “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and forgotten gems like “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me.”  

There were 10 songs that topped the Billboard Hot 100 between May and September, 1972. Can you match the correct artist to each number one song?

  1. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  2. Oh Girl
  3. I’ll Take You There
  4. The Candy Man
  5. Song Sung Blue
  6. Lean On Me
  7. Alone Again (Naturally)
  8. Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)
  9. Black & White
  10. Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me

Sorry, Millennials, only Boomers can remember who sang the number 1 songs of summer 1972

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Shelbybud 23 months ago
Graduated from high school in 72. Best summer!
STTOS 24 months ago
You got 9 out of 10 - Whether you knew them all or missed a few, one thing is for sure - it's time to put a record on! Or at least make that Summer '72 playlist. Should have been 10/10 but I had a premature clicking on #3. How embarrassing.
Davvee 24 months ago
I blew two. 10/12. Should have got them all. Good music back then that brings back great memories.
MaximumBlue9 24 months ago
Not a boomer and still got 9 of 10 correct. Love theses songs.
Supercat58 24 months ago
Got all, but #9 was a pure guess
LisaS 24 months ago
Oh Yes! I'm a boomer born in 1959. So I was 13 in 1972. I got them all correct! Some of those songs I still have as 45s.
Oldie79 24 months ago
9 out of 10 and not a baby boomer...from the silent generation(LOL)
jpdirisio13 24 months ago
10/10 .......took about 10 seconds.
JHP 24 months ago
Ed Sullivan's rock and roll classics are on sunday nights (dick clark is smiling and so am I)
Mark091 24 months ago
Did the song American Pie come
out in 1971 or 1972?
Michael Mark091 24 months ago
Late 1971, so it got plenty of airplay in 72.
JimTrue 24 months ago
10/10….:.I’m a pretty big deal on these quizzi….
oldmoe51 24 months ago
8/10 pretty good for this quiz
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