21 April 1972


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 4 Beautiful Sunday  – Daniel Boone
2 1 7 Son of My Father  – Chicory Tip
3 2 7 Mother and Child Reunion  – Paul Simon
4 6 6 Sacramento  – Middle of the Road
5 3 7 Without You  – Nilsson
6 8 7 How Do You Do  – Rising Sons
7 5 10 Softly Whispering I Love You  – Congregation
8 7 8 Mother of Mine  – Neil Reid
9 11 4 Rock And Roll Lullaby  – Waterloo
10 9 11 Mother  – John Lennon
11 16 4 Heart of Gold  – Neil Young
12 10 14 Mother  – Barbra Streisand
13 13 6 I Will Return  – Michael Holm
14 12 6 Poppa Joe  – Sweet
15 15 4 A Horse with No Name  – America
16 17 16 I Will Return  – Springwater
17 14 12 Brand New Key  – Melanie
18 18 2 Day After Day  – Badfinger
19 20 2 Hurting Each Other  – Carpenters
20 19 9 I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)  – New Seekers

Chicory Tip’s ‘Son Of My Father’ lasted just 1 week at the top of the charts as it was ousted from the number 1 position this week by Daniel Boone’s ‘Beautiful Sunday’ which moved up from 4 to 1 and was the 28th song so far to move up 3 or more places to take pole position. ‘Son Of My Father’ dropped to 2. Just over 60% of the time so far that a song had dropped from the top spot it had landed at number 2.

Neil Young’s ‘Heart Of Gold’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 5 from 16 to 11. This was the 9th time a Canadian act had taken the award with 4 of the previous 8 being when Lucille Starr managed it and 2 were with R Dean Taylor. Andy Kim and Gordon Lightfoot were the other 2 for those who really want to know. There were no other star raters this week.

Melanie’s ‘Brand New Key’ was the biggest faller for the second week running and it only took a 3 place fall for it to take the award.

Springwater’s ‘I Will Return’ enjoyed its 16th week on the chart and was the oldest in the top 20 for the 4th week running. It was the 5th instrumental song so far to be the oldest in the charts and the 4 weeks it had been the oldest was the second longest an instrumental had managed this with 2 songs having manged 8 weeks and they were ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ by Roger Williams and ‘Time Is Tight’ by Booker T & The MG’s.

For the 4th time since the charts started we had no movement on or off the top 20. One of the previous occasions was when the charts were ‘frozen’ over what was the Easter weekend that particular year.

The New Seekers reached the 30 weeks in the chart mark while The Sweet moved on to 40. They were the 61st and 42nd act respectively to reach those particular milestones.

Barbra Streisand and John Lennon’s respective versions of ‘Mother’ had now clocked up a total of 25 weeks between them and this placed them 8th on the list of weeks by songs charting in more than 1 version. Springwater and Michael Holm’s version of ‘I Will Return’ moved on to 22 weeks between the 2 versions and moved into 12th place on that list, sharing the spot with ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ which Herman’s Hermits and The New Vaudeville Band had charted with.

This week John Lennon equalled George Harrison for weeks in the chart by an ex-Beatle as his total ticked over to 23 to match that of his fellow bandmate.

The average number of weeks the top 20 songs had been with us moved back up over the 7 mark for the first time in 7 week. It now sat at 7.3.

This week our chart featured 5 songs that were also on the Norwegian top 10, 4 on the Belgium top 20, 3 on the Dutch and US top 20s and 2 on the Swiss top 10 and UK top 20, so we most closely resembled the Norwegians this week.

This week also featured half of the Neil’s that would ever make our charts with Neil Young and Neil Reid featuring in the top 20. Only Neil Diamond and Neil Herbert (who was still to feature) were missing in order to complete a full house of Neil’s.

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