220px-Spinners_cover#1 – The Spinners – “I’ll Be Around” – (1973)

What? The #1 song from 1972 is actually from 1973? Well sort of. The album came out in April 1973 but this single was released in August of ’72 and was a Billboard #1 hit in the fall of 1972. Anyway, this song is beautiful. It’s one of the smoothest soul songs you’ll ever hear and it has been sampled and covered many times. It’s damned near perfect.