|13 January 1972 -- Top 10 Songs of the Week -- Chart 1154|
|1||American Pie||Don McLean|
|2||Day After Day||Badfinger|
|4||10538 Overture||Electric Light Orchestra|
|5||Morning Has Broken||Cat Stevens|
|6||Happy Xmas (War Is Over)||John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band With The Harlem Community Choir|
|7||20th Century Man||The Kinks|
|10||Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes||Kevin Ayers|
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