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1972 Historical Events

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37th President:
Richard Nixon

Served from January 20, 1969 to August 9, 1974 (6 years)
World Series Winner:
Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)

Defeated the Baltimore Orioles (AL) with a record of 4-3
Super Bowl VI Winner:
Dallas Cowboys

Defeated the Miami Dolphins with a score of 24-3
Time Magazine's
Person of the Year:
Henry Kissinger

From USA
U.S. airlines begin mandatory inspection of passenger airbags
(Feb. 5, 1972)


For 1972 movies, The Godfather came out on top. It grossed over $134,966,411 to make it the most popular movie of 1972. Among 1972 TV shows, All in the Family was the most popular for the year.


Top Movies from 1972

  • The Godfather
  • The Poseidon Adventure
  • What's Up, Doc?
  • Deliverance
  • Jeremiah Johnson
  • Cabaret
  • The Getaway
  • Lady Sings the Blues
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know...
  • Sounder

Top Songs from 1972

  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Roberta Flack
  • Alone Again (Naturally), Gilbert O'Sullivan
  • American Pie, Don McLean
  • Without You, Nilsson
  • Candy Man, Sammy Davis Jr.
  • I Gotcha, Joe Tex
  • Lean On Me, Bill Withers
  • Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me, Mac Davis

Billboard Top Songs from 1972

All of the 1972 hits below topped the 1972 Billboard Top 100 charts. Can you remember the lyrics of any of these 1972 top songs?

1.Roberta FlackThe First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
2.Gilbert O'SullivanAlone Again (Naturally)
3.Don McLeanAmerican Pie
4.NilssonWithout You
5.Sammy Davis Jr.Candy Man
6.Joe TexI Gotcha
7.Bill WithersLean On Me
8.Mac DavisBaby Don't Get Hooked On Me
9.MelanieBrand New Key
10.Wayne NewtonDaddy Dont You Walk So Fast
11.Al GreenLet's Stay Together
12.Looking GlassBrandy (You're A Fine Girl)
13.Chi-LitesOh Girl
14.GalleryNice To Be With You
15.Chuck BerryMy Ding-A-Ling
16.Luther IngramIf Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want To Be Right
17.Neil YoungHeart Of Gold
18.StylisticsBetcha By Golly, Wow
19.Staple SingersI'll Take You There
20.Michael JacksonBen
21.Robert JohnThe Lion Sleeps Tonight
22.Billy PrestonOuta-Space
23.WarSlippin' Into Darkness
24.HolliesLong Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)
25.Mouth and MacNealHow Do You Do
26.Neil DiamondSong Sung Blue
27.AmericaA Horse With No Name
28.Hot ButterPopcorn
29.Main IngredientEverybody Plays The Fool
30.ClimaxPrecious And Few
31.5th DimensionLast Night I Didn't Get To Sleep At All
32.Moody BluesNights In White Satin
33.RaspberriesGo All The Way
34.Cornelius Brothers and Sister RoseToo Late To Turn Back Now
35.O'JaysBack Stabbers
36.OsmondsDown By The Lazy River
37.Jonathan EdwardsSunshine
38.Mel and TimStarting All Over Again
39.BadfingerDay Atter Day
40.Elton JohnRocket Man
41.Michael JacksonRockin' Robin
42.Daniel BooneBeautiful Sunday
43.Dennis Coffey and The Detroit Guitar BandScorpio
44.Cat StevensMorning Has Broken
45.Arlo GuthrieThe City Of New Orleans
46.Rick NelsonGarden Party
47.Johnny NashI Can See Clearly Now
48.Elvis PresleyBurning Love
49.Betty WrightClean Up Woman
50.ArgentHold Your Head Up
51.ChakachasJungle Fever
52.BreadEverything I Own
53.DramaticsIn The Rain
54.Al GreenLook What You Done For Me
55.Donna FargoThe Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A.
56.T. RexBang A Gong (Get It On)
57.Paul SimonMother And Child Reunion
58.Roberta Flack and Donny HathawayWhere Is The Love
59.Al GreenI'm Still In Love With You
60.Derek and The DominosLayla
61.Aretha FranklinDay Dreaming
62.CherThe Way Of Love
63.Three Dog NightBlack And White
64.Dr. Hook and The Medicine ShowSylvia's Mother
65.CarpentersHurting Each Other
67.Donny OsmondPuppy Love
68.Jim CroceYou Don't Mess Around With Jim
69.Commander Cody and His Lost Planet AirmenHot Rod Lincoln
70.Sonny and CherA Cowboy's Work Is Never Done
71.Apollo 100Joy
72.Carly SimonAnticipation
73.Three Dog NightNever Been To Spain
74.Charlie PrideKiss An Angel Good Morning
75.Alice CooperSchool's Out
76.ChicagoSaturday In The Park
77.Joe SimonDrowning In The Sea Of Love
78.Bill WithersUse Me
79.Sly and The Family StoneFamily Affair
80.Jimmy Castor BunchTroglodyte
81.RedboneThe Witch Queen Of New Orleans
82.Curtis MayfieldFreddie's Dead
83.Joe SimonPower Of Love
84.Jerry Butler and Brenda Lee EagerAin't Understanding Mellow
85.Harry ChapinTaxi
86.Beverly BremersDon't Say You Don't Rememeer
87.Bobby VintonSealed With A Kiss
88.Todd RundgrenI Saw The Light
89.SailcatMotorcycle Mama
90.GodspellDay By Day
92.Jackson BrowneDoctor My Eyes
93.New SeekersI'd Like To Teach The World To Sing
94.Don McleanVincent / Castles In The Air
95.Detroit EmeraldsBaby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)
96.Rick SpringfieldSpeak To The Sky
97.Hillside SingersI'd Like To Teach The World To Sing
98.Love UnlimitedWalking In The Rain With The One I Love
99.James BrownGood Foot, Pt. 1
100.Isley Bros.Pop That Thang

Most Popular Names for People Who Graduated in 1972


  1. Mary
  2. Linda
  3. Deborah
  4. Patricia
  5. Susan


  1. Michael
  2. James
  3. Robert
  4. John
  5. David

Class of 1972 Yearbook

Class of 1972 Reunion

Your 60 year reunion is only 9 years away!

Class of 1972: If are part of the 1972 graduating class, we hope you enjoy thinking about the historical events, remembering the lyrics to the best songs, and thinking back to some of your best high school friends. Be sure to visit® to find old friends from the class of 1972 and reconnect with fellow class of '72 graduates. They have tools to help you plan a class of 1972 reunion, see yearbook photos from 1972, and use the graduates list to get in touch with old friends.

If you did not graduate in the class of 1972, try the Class of 1971 or the Class of 1973.