Saturday, October 21, 2017

Top Songs from 1970-1979

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 3/4/11, updated 10/21/2017.

These are the top 100 songs from 1970-1979 according to Dave’s Music Database. When a title was recognized as the Song of the Year, it is noted with a code following the song. A key to the codes is at the bottom of the page.

1. Imagine…John Lennon (1971) AG, DM, Q, RS
2. Bohemian Rhapsody…Queen (1975) CB, DM, Q
3. Bridge Over Troubled Water…Simon & Garfunkel (1970) BB, DM, G-R, G-S, MJ, SS, JW
4. Hotel California…Eagles (1977) AG, DM, G-R, VF RS, SS
5. Stairway to Heaven…Led Zeppelin (1971)
6. Let It Be…The Beatles (1970) AG, VF
7. American Pie…Don McLean (1971) AG, VF
8. Layla…Derek & the Dominos (1971)
9. What’s Going On…Marvin Gaye (1971) MJ, NME, SS
10. Stayin’ Alive…Bee Gees (1977) AG, DM, VF, RS

11. Dancing Queen…Abba (1976) AG, VF, PC
12. Born to Run…Bruce Springsteen (1975) RS, SS
13. Superstition…Stevie Wonder (1972) DM, MJ, NME, Q, RS
14. I Will Survive…Gloria Gaynor (1978) AG, DM
15. Another Brick in the Wall Part II…Pink Floyd (1979) DM, VF
16. Maggie May…Rod Stewart (1971)
17. Your Song…Elton John (1970) RS
18. Let’s Stay Together…Al Green (1971)
19. Killing Me Softly with His Song…Roberta Flack (1973) G-R, G-S, JW
20. My Sweet Lord…George Harrison (1970) VF

21. London Calling…The Clash (1979)
22. No Woman, No Cry…Bob Marley & the Wailers (1975) DM, NME, SS
23. Heart of Glass…Blondie (1979) VF
24. Won’t Get Fooled Again…The Who (1971)
25. The Way We Were…Barbra Streisand (1973) BB, DM, G-S, SS, JW
26. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face…Roberta Flack (1972) BB, G-R, G-S, JW
27. Le Freak…Chic (1978) CB
28. Sultans of Swing…Dire Straits (1979) SS
29. Anarchy in the U.K….Sex Pistols (1976) MJ, NME, Q, RS
30. You Light Up My Life…Debby Boone (1977) CB, G-S, JW

31. Heroes…David Bowie (1977) Q
32. Free Bird…Lynyrd Skynrd (1974)
33. My Sharona…The Knack (1979) BB, CB, JW
34. God Save the Queen…Sex Pistols (1977) MJ NME
35. Fire and Rain…James Taylor (1970)
36. Walk on the Wild Side…Lou Reed (1972) NME, RS
37. Rapper’s Delight…The Sugarhill Gang (1979)
38. Night Fever…Bee Gees (1978) JW
39. Go Your Own Way…Fleetwood Mac (1977)
40. Y.M.C.A….Village People (1978) PC

41. Comfortably Numb…Pink Floyd (1979)
42. Without You…Harry Nilsson (1971)
43. Good Times…Chic (1979) NME
44. How Deep Is Your Love…Bee Gees (1977)
45. Brown Sugar…The Rolling Stones (1971)
46. All Right Now…Free (1970)
47. Let’s Get It On…Marvin Gaye (1973) PC
48. Lola…The Kinks (1970) NME
49. Just the Way You Are…Billy Joel (1977) G-R, G-S
50. Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree…Tony Orlando & Dawn (1973) BB, CB

51. More Than a Feeling…Boston (1976)
52. Sweet Home Alabama…Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974) PC
53. Paranoid…Black Sabbath (1970) Q
54. I’m Not in Love…10cc (1975)
55. You’re the One That I Want…Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta (1978)
56. Brass in Pocket (I’m Special)…Pretenders (1979)
57. Kashmir…Led Zeppelin (1974)
58. You Are the Sunshine of My Life…Stevie Wonder (1973)
59. You’re So Vain…Carly Simon (1972) AG
60. Midnight Train to Georgia…Gladys Knight & the Pips (1973)

61. Dreams…Fleetwood Mac (1977)
62. Smoke on the Water…Deep Purple (1973)
63. Joy to the World…Three Dog Night (1971) BB, CB, JW
64. Theme from Shaft…Isaac Hayes (1971)
65. It’s Too Late…Carole King (1971) G-R
66. Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone…The Temptations (1972)
67. Dream On…Aerosmith (1973)
68. Baker Street…Gerry Rafferty (1978)
69. Just My Imagination Running Away with Me…The Temptations (1971)
70. Baba O’Riley…The Who (1971)

71. Play That Funky Music…Wild Cherry (1976) PC
72. Three Times a Lady…Commodores (1978)
73. Piano Man…Billy Joel (1974)
74. I’ll Be There…The Jackson 5 (1970) CB, PC
75. Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)…Rod Stewart (1976) BB, JW
76. Angie…The Rolling Stones (1973) VF
77. Alone Again (Naturally)…Gilbert O’Sullivan (1972) CB
78. Love Will Keep Us Together…Captain & Tennille (1975) BB, G-R, JW
79. Rock Your Baby…George McCrae (1974) NME
80. Thunder Road…Bruce Springsteen (1975)

81. The Tears of a Clown…The Miracles (1970)
82. I Feel Love…Donna Summer (1977)
83. Wish You Were Here…Pink Floyd (1975)
84. Bang a Gong (Get It On)…T-Rex (1971)
85. I Honestly Love You…Olivia Newton-John (1974) CB, G-R
86. They Long to Be Close to You…Carpenters (1970)
87. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road…Elton John (1973)
88. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough…Michael Jackson (1979)
89. The Rose…Bette Midler (1979)
90. Seasons in the Sun…Terry Jacks (1974)

91. We Will Rock You…Queen (1977)
92. Bennie and the Jets…Elton John (1974)
93. We’ve Only Just Begun…Carpenters (1970)
94. We Are the Champions…Queen (1977)
95. Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?...Rod Stewart (1978)
96. Don’t Fear the Reaper…Blue Oyster Cult (1976)
97. Me and Bobby McGee…Janis Joplin (1971)
98. Hot Stuff…Donna Summer (1979)
99. You’ve Got a Friend…James Taylor (1971) G-S, PC
100. Heart of Gold…Neil Young (1972)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • America the Beautiful…Ray Charles (1972) SS
  • Autobahn…Kraftwerk (1975) MJ, Q
  • California Uber Alles (1979) MJ
  • Evergreen (Love Theme from ‘A Star Is Born’)…Barbra Streisand (1976) G-S
  • Gangsters…The Specials (1979) Q
  • Get Down Tonight…KC & the Sunshine Band (1975) PC
  • I Can Help…Billy Swan (1975) VF
  • I Hate the Rich…The Dils (1978) MJ
  • I Write the Songs…Barry Manilow (1975) G-S
  • The Joker…Steve Miller Band (1973) AG
  • Kung Fu Fighting…Carl Douglas (1974) VF
  • Last Dance…Donna Summer (1978) PC
  • Life on Mars?...David Bowie (1971) Q
  • Living for the City…Stevie Wonder (1973) MJ
  • The Mary Ellen Carter…Stan Rogers (1979) SS
  • Rock and Roll Part 2…Gary Glitter (1972) PC
  • Send in the Clowns…Judy Collins (1975) G-S
  • Shadow Dancing…Andy Gibb (1978) BB
  • Silly Love Songs…Paul McCartney & Wings (1976) BB
  • Star Wars…John Williams (1977) SS
  • Take Me to the River…Al Green (1974) RS
  • Teenage Kicks…The Undertones (1978) NME
  • That’s the Way I Like It…KC & the Sunshine Band (1975) AG
  • This Masquerade…George Benson (1976) G-R
  • Torn Between Two Lovers…Mary MacGregor (1976) CB
  • Tusk…Fleetwood Mac (1979) RS
  • What a Fool Believes…The Doobie Brothers (1978) G-R, G-S
  • Wuthering Heights…Kate Bush (1978) Q

Key to the Codes:
  • AG: American Greatest Hits by Year, 1840-1913 (youtube)
  • BB: Billboard magazine song of the year
  • CB: Cashbox song of the year, 1950-1996
  • DM: Dave’s Music Database
  • G-R: Grammy for Record of the Year
  • G-S: Grammy for Song of the Year
  • MJ: Mojo magazine song of the year, 1955-2005. Based on aggregated Mojo lists.
  • VF: MusicFV.com
  • NME: NME magazine song of the year, 1953-2008. Based on aggregation of NME lists and year-end lists.
  • PC: PopCultureMadness.com
  • Q: Q magazine, 1954-2013. Determined by year-end polls and highest-ranked song on aggregate of Q lists.
  • RS: Rolling Stone magazine, determined by year-end polls and highest-ranked song on aggregate of RS lists.
  • SS: Sullivan, Steve. Traditional Pop: The All-Time Top 200 + Classic Song Performances
  • JW: Whitburn, Joel. A Century of Pop Music, 1900-1999 (book)

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