List of number-one R&B singles of 1972 (U.S.)

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These are the Billboard magazine R&B singles chart number one hits of 1972:

See also: 1972 in music, List of number-one R&B hits (United States)

Issue Date Song Artist
January 1 "Family Affair" Sly & the Family Stone
January 8 "Let's Stay Together" Al Green
January 15 "Let's Stay Together" Al Green
January 22 "Let's Stay Together" Al Green
January 29 "Let's Stay Together" Al Green
February 5 "Let's Stay Together" Al Green
February 12 "Let's Stay Together" Al Green
February 19 "Let's Stay Together" Al Green
February 26 "Let's Stay Together" Al Green
March 4 "Let's Stay Together" Al Green
March 11 "Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing (Pt. 1)" James Brown
March 18 "I Gotcha" Joe Tex
March 25 "In the Rain" The Dramatics
April 1 "In the Rain" The Dramatics
April 8 "In the Rain" The Dramatics
April 15 "In the Rain" The Dramatics
April 22 "Day Dreaming" Aretha Franklin
April 29 "Day Dreaming" Aretha Franklin
May 6 "I'll Take You There" The Staple Singers
May 13 "I'll Take You There" The Staple Singers
May 20 "I'll Take You There" The Staple Singers
May 27 "I'll Take You There" The Staple Singers
June 3 "Oh Girl" The Chi-Lites
June 10 "Oh Girl" The Chi-Lites
June 17 "Woman's Gotta Have It" Bobby Womack
June 24 "Lean On Me" Bill Withers
July 1 "Outa-Space" Billy Preston
July 8 "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" Luther Ingram
July 15 "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" Luther Ingram
July 22 "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" Luther Ingram
July 29 "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" Luther Ingram
August 5 "Where Is the Love" Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
August 12 "I'm Still in Love With You" Al Green
August 19 "I'm Still in Love With You" Al Green
August 26 "Power of Love" Joe Simon
September 2 "Power of Love" Joe Simon
September 9 "Back Stabbers" The O'Jays
September 16 "Get On the Good Foot" James Brown
September 23 "Get On the Good Foot" James Brown
September 30 "Get On the Good Foot" James Brown
October 7 "Get On the Good Foot" James Brown
October 14 "I'll Be Around" The Spinners
October 21 "I'll Be Around" The Spinners
October 28 "I'll Be Around" The Spinners
November 4 "I'll Be Around" The Spinners
November 11 "I'll Be Around" The Spinners
November 18 "If You Don't Know Me by Now" Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
November 25 "If You Don't Know Me by Now" Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
December 2 "You Ought to Be With Me" Al Green
December 9 "Me and Mrs. Jones" Billy Paul
December 16 "Me and Mrs. Jones" Billy Paul
December 23 "Me and Mrs. Jones" Billy Paul
December 30 "Me and Mrs. Jones" Billy Paul

Chart comparisons[edit]

  • Five songs went to number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: "Let's Stay Together", "Oh Girl", "I'll Take You There", "Lean on Me" and "Me and Mrs. Jones".