Monday, December 31, 1979

Top Songs from 1970-1979

First posted 3/4/2011; last updated 3/23/2020.

Top 100 Songs of the Decade:

1970-1979

These are the top 100 songs from the 1970s according to Dave’s Music Database. Rankings are figured by combining sales figures, chart data, radio airplay, video airplay, streaming figures, awards, and appearances on best-of lists.

1. Bohemian Rhapsody…Queen (1975)
2. Imagine…John Lennon (1971)
3. Bridge Over Troubled Water…Simon & Garfunkel (1970)
4. Hotel California…Eagles (1976)
5. Stayin’ Alive…Bee Gees (1977)
6. Stairway to Heaven…Led Zeppelin (1971)
7. American Pie…Don McLean (1971)
8. Let It Be…The Beatles (1970)
9. Layla…Derek & the Dominos (1970)
10. Dancing Queen…Abba (1976)

11. I Will Survive…Gloria Gaynor (1978)
12. Superstition…Stevie Wonder (1972)
13. Born to Run…Bruce Springsteen (1975)
14. What’s Going On…Marvin Gaye (1971)
15. Another Brick in the Wall Part II…Pink Floyd (1979)
16. Maggie May…Rod Stewart (1971)
17. Your Song…Elton John (1970)
18. My Sweet Lord…George Harrison (1970)
19. Le Freak…Chic (1978)
20. You Light Up My Life…Debby Boone (1977)

21. Let’s Stay Together…Al Green (1971)
22. Heart of Glass…Blondie (1979)
23. Killing Me Softly with His Song…Roberta Flack (1973)
24. The Way We Were…Barbra Streisand (1973)
25. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face…Roberta Flack (1972)
26. Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree…Tony Orlando & Dawn (1973)
27. Night Fever…Bee Gees (1978)
28. How Deep Is Your Love…Bee Gees (1977)
29. Y.M.C.A….Village People (1978)
30. London Calling…The Clash (1979)

31. You’re the One That I Want…Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta (1978)
32. Sweet Home Alabama…Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)
33. No Woman, No Cry…Bob Marley & the Wailers (1975)
34. My Sharona…The Knack (1979)
35. Without You…Harry Nilsson (1971)
36. Let’s Get It On…Marvin Gaye (1973)
37. Anarchy in the U.K….Sex Pistols (1976)
38. Joy to the World…Three Dog Night (1971)
39. Free Bird…Lynyrd Skynrd (1973)
40. Heroes…David Bowie (1977)

41. Seasons in the Sun…Terry Jacks (1974)
42. Sultans of Swing…Dire Straits (1979)
43. You’re So Vain…Carly Simon (1972)
44. Fire and Rain…James Taylor (1970)
45. Play That Funky Music…Wild Cherry (1976)
46. I’ll Be There…The Jackson 5 (1970)
47. Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)…Rod Stewart (1976)
48. Three Times a Lady…Commodores (1978)
49. Brown Sugar…The Rolling Stones (1971)
50. Theme from Shaft…Isaac Hayes (1971)

51. Go Your Own Way…Fleetwood Mac (1977)
52. Won’t Get Fooled Again…The Who (1971)
53. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough…Michael Jackson (1979)
54. Walk on the Wild Side…Lou Reed (1972)
55. Love Will Keep Us Together…Captain & Tennille (1975)
56. It’s Too Late…Carole King (1971)
57. Paranoid…Black Sabbath (1970)
58. Alone Again (Naturally)…Gilbert O’Sullivan (1972)
59. God Save the Queen…Sex Pistols (1977)
60. Just the Way You Are…Billy Joel (1977)

61. They Long to Be Close to You…Carpenters (1970)
62. Rapper’s Delight…The Sugarhill Gang (1979)
63. We Are Family…Sister Sledge (1979)
64. You Are the Sunshine of My Life…Stevie Wonder (1973)
65. Dreams…Fleetwood Mac (1977)
66. Piano Man…Billy Joel (1974)
67. In the Summertime…Mungo Jerry (1970)
68. Baker Street…Gerry Rafferty (1978)
69. Good Times…Chic (1979)
70. Shadow Dancing…Andy Gibb (1978)

71. I Honestly Love You…Olivia Newton-John (1974)
72. Angie…The Rolling Stones (1973)
73. Crazy Little Thing Called Love…Queen (1979)
74. Comfortably Numb…Pink Floyd (1979)
75. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart…Elton John & Kiki Dee (1976)
76. Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?...Rod Stewart (1978)
77. Old Time Rock and Roll…Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (1978)
78. Lola…The Kinks (1970)
79. Midnight Train to Georgia…Gladys Knight & the Pips (1973)
80. We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions…Queen (1977)

81. Dream On…Aerosmith (1973)
82. Smoke on the Water…Deep Purple (1973)
83. More Than a Feeling…Boston (1976)
84. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road…Elton John (1973)
85. Bennie and the Jets…Elton John (1974)
86. Crocodile Rock…Elton John (1972)
87. Changes…David Bowie (1971)
88. All Right Now…Free (1970)
89. Just My Imagination Running Away with Me…The Temptations (1971)
90. Hot Stuff…Donna Summer (1979)

91. Kung Fu Fighting…Carl Douglas (1974)
92. The Hustle…Van McCoy (1975)
93. I’m Not in Love…10cc (1975)
94. Best of My Love…The Emotions (1977)
95. Rhinestone Cowboy…Glen Campbell (1975)
96. Brass in Pocket (I’m Special)…Pretenders (1979)
97. Heart of Gold…Neil Young (1972)
98. ABC…The Jackson 5 (1970)
99. If You Leave Me Now…Chicago (1976)
100. You’ve Got a Friend…James Taylor (1971)

3 comments:

  1. Thank you for the article ... I hope it will be useful for everyone. You can download most of the songs on Music mp3 ringtone for free and easily

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  2. you obviously have something against Led Zeppelin. They should be all over this list.

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    1. Actually, Led Zeppelin is one of my personal favorite bands. This list, however, is not based on my personal favorites but how songs rank in the overall database. The database factors in sales figures, chart peaks, radio airplay, awards, and appearances on best-of lists.

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