208. Bill Withers, 'Lean on Me'
Released: June '72, Sussex
19 weeks; No. 1
Growing up as one of six kids in the coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia, Withers learned a lot about helping family and neighbors when they needed you. After a dislocating move to L.A., the bonds he built with co-workers manufacturing airplane toilets reminded him of the tightknit community he'd left back home, providing the inspiration for the plain-spoken "Lean on Me," his biggest hit.
Appears on: Lean on Me (Sony)