USA Best Selling Singles of 1973

USA Best Selling Singles of 1973
Authored By John Nicholson

I’m sure if you lived through 1973, you will still, even now, be sick of hearing Tony Orlando and Dawn’s record. It seemed to be around forever, so no surprise it tops this list with much better records languishing below. ‘My Love’ is one of those classic, very affecting McCartney love songs.  That an instrumental as wild as Frankenstein should be at #16 for the Edgar Winter Band is a win for the rock and roll community. In fact, ‘73 was a decent year for rock singles. 

Nice to see the Doobies in there with the classic Long Train Runnin’ and Steely Dan with their second and third singles too. Pink Floyd’ ‘Money’ would become a classic, still used on every documentary about finance, the Purps ‘Smoke On The Water’ would become a riff that it is impossible to now imagine it never existing, so timeless it has become.

With Focus ‘Hocus Pocus’ with its proto speed metal riffing and the Allman’s country rock classic ‘Rambin’ Man’ also on the list, it wasn’t a bad year for the hairier side of the musical firmament. 

1 "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" Tony Orlando and Dawn

2 "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" Jim Croce

3 "Killing Me Softly with His Song" Roberta Flack

4 "Let's Get It On" Marvin Gaye

5 "My Love" Paul McCartney & Wings

6 "Why Me" Kris Kristofferson

7 "Crocodile Rock" Elton John

8 "Will It Go Round in Circles" Billy Preston

9 "You're So Vain" Carly Simon

10 "Touch Me in the Morning" Diana Ross

11 "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" Vicki Lawrence

12 "Playground in My Mind" Clint Holmes

13 "Brother Louie" Stories

14 "Delta Dawn" Helen Reddy

15 "Me and Mrs. Jones" Billy Paul

16 "Frankenstein" The Edgar Winter Group

17 "Drift Away" Dobie Gray

18 "Little Willy" Sweet

19 "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" Stevie Wonder

20 "Half-Breed" Cher

21 "That Lady" The Isley Brothers

22 "Pillow Talk" Sylvia Robinson

23 "We're an American Band" Grand Funk Railroad

24 "Right Place Wrong Time" Dr. John

25 "Wildflower" Skylark

26 "Superstition" Stevie Wonder

27 "Loves Me Like a Rock" Paul Simon

28 "The Morning After" Maureen McGovern

29 "Rocky Mountain High" John Denver

30 "Stuck in the Middle with You" Stealers Wheel

31 "Shambala" Three Dog Night

32 "Love Train" The O'Jays

33 "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby" Barry White

34 "Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose" Tony Orlando and Dawn

35 "Keep on Truckin'" Eddie Kendricks

36 "Danny's Song" Anne Murray

37 "Dancing in the Moonlight" King Harvest

38 "Monster Mash" Bobby 'Boris' Pickett

39 "Natural High" Bloodstone

40 "Diamond Girl" Seals and Crofts

41 "Long Train Runnin'" The Doobie Brothers

42 "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" George Harrison

43 "If You Want Me to Stay" Sly & the Family Stone

44 "Daddy's Home" Jermaine Jackson

45 "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)" Gladys Knight & the Pips

46 "I'm Doin' Fine Now" New York City

47 "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" The Spinners

48 "Daniel" Elton John

49 "Midnight Train to Georgia" Gladys Knight & the Pips

50 "Smoke on the Water" Deep Purple

51 "The Cover of the Rolling Stone" Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

52 "Behind Closed Doors" Charlie Rich

53 "Your Mama Don't Dance" Loggins and Messina

54 "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" Chicago

55 "The Cisco Kid" War

56 "Live and Let Die" Paul McCartney & Wings

57 "Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?" Hurricane Smith

58 "I Believe in You (You Believe in Me)" Johnnie Taylor

59 "Sing" The Carpenters

60 "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)" The Four Tops

61 "Dueling Banjos" Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell

62 "Higher Ground" Stevie Wonder

63 "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" Al Green

64 "My Maria" B.W. Stevenson

65 "Superfly" Curtis Mayfield

66 "Last Song" Edward Bear

67 "Get Down" Gilbert O'Sullivan

68 "Reelin' in the Years" Steely Dan

69 "Hocus Pocus" Focus

70 "Yesterday Once More" The Carpenters

71 "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" Bette Midler

72 "Clair" Gilbert O'Sullivan

73 "Do It Again" Steely Dan

74 "Kodachrome" Paul Simon

75 "Why Can't We Live Together" Timmy Thomas

76 "Do You Wanna Dance?" Bette Midler

77 "So Very Hard to Go" Tower of Power

78 "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu" Johnny Rivers

79 "Ramblin' Man" The Allman Brothers Band

80 "Masterpiece" The Temptations

81 "Peaceful" Helen Reddy

82 "One of a Kind (Love Affair)" The Spinners

83 "Funny Face" Donna Fargo

84 "Funky Worm" Ohio Players

85 "Angie" The Rolling Stones

86 "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" Blue Ridge Rangers

87 "Don't Expect Me to Be Your Friend" Lobo

88 "Break Up to Make Up" The Stylistics

89 "Daisy a Day" Jud Strunk

90 "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)" Deodato

91 "Stir It Up" Johnny Nash

92 "Money" Pink Floyd

93 "Gypsy Man" War

94 "The World Is a Ghetto" War

95 "Yes We Can Can" The Pointer Sisters

96 "Free Ride" The Edgar Winter Group

97 "Space Oddity" David Bowie

98 "It Never Rains in Southern California" Albert Hammond

99 "The Twelfth of Never" Donny Osmond

100 "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" The Temptations

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