303. Neil Young, 'Heart of Gold'
Producers: Elliot Mazer, Young
Released: Feb '72, Reprise
14 weeks; No. 1
Before he started Harvest, in 1971, Young suffered a slipped disc and spent two years in and out of hospitals: "I couldn’t physically play an electric guitar," he told Rolling Stone. So he cut a collection of mellow tracks while he was in Nashville to appearon Johnny Cash’s variety show, with a crew of local session players. The yearning "Heart of Gold" is Young’s only Number One hit.
Appears on: Harvest (Warner Bros.)