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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Top Songs from 1970-1979

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 3/4/11, updated 8/2/14.

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

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

21. You Light Up My Life…Debby Boone (1977) CB, G-S, JW
22. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face…Roberta Flack (1972) BB, G-R, G-S, JW
23. My Sweet Lord…George Harrison (1970) VF
24. London Calling…The Clash (1979)
25. No Woman, No Cry…Bob Marley & the Wailers (1975) DM, NME, SS
26. Sultans of Swing…Dire Straits (1979) SS
27. Anarchy in the U.K….Sex Pistols (1976) MJ, NME, Q, RS
28. Won’t Get Fooled Again…The Who (1971)
29. Heart of Glass…Blondie (1979) VF
30. Fire and Rain…James Taylor (1970)

31. Le Freak…Chic (1978) CB
32. Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree…Tony Orlando & Dawn (1973) BB, CB
33. Free Bird…Lynyrd Skynrd (1974)
34. Y.M.C.A….Village People (1978) PC
35. Just the Way You Are…Billy Joel (1977) G-R, G-S
36. How Deep Is Your Love…Bee Gees (1977)
37. Joy to the World…Three Dog Night (1971) BB, CB, JW
38. Brown Sugar…The Rolling Stones (1971)
39. Night Fever…Bee Gees (1978) JW
40. God Save the Queen…Sex Pistols (1977) MJ NME

41. Without You…Harry Nilsson (1971)
42. Comfortably Numb…Pink Floyd (1979)
43. It’s Too Late…Carole King (1971) G-R
44. Let’s Get It On…Marvin Gaye (1973) PC
45. You’re the One That I Want…Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta (1978)
46. Heroes…David Bowie (1977) Q
47. Rapper’s Delight…The Sugarhill Gang (1979)
48. Go Your Own Way…Fleetwood Mac (1977)
49. Midnight Train to Georgia…Gladys Knight & the Pips (1973)
50. I’ll Be There…The Jackson 5 (1970) CB, PC

51. Lola…The Kinks (1970) NME
52. Just My Imagination Running Away with Me…The Temptations (1971)
53. The Rose…Bette Midler (1979)
54. Dreams…Fleetwood Mac (1977)
55. They Long to Be Close to You…Carpenters (1970)
56. Theme from Shaft…Isaac Hayes (1971)
57. You’re So Vain…Carly Simon (1972)
58. My Sharona…The Knack (1979) BB, CB, JW
59. Sweet Home Alabama…Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974) PC
60. Paranoid…Black Sabbath (1970) Q

61. Smoke on the Water…Deep Purple (1973)
62. Piano Man…Billy Joel (1974)
63. Dream On…Aerosmith (1973)
64. Baker Street…Gerry Rafferty (1978)
65. Me and Bobby McGee…Janis Joplin (1971)
66. Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone…The Temptations (1972)
67. Walk on the Wild Side…Lou Reed (1972) NME, RS
68. Kashmir…Led Zeppelin (1974)
69. I Honestly Love You…Olivia Newton-John (1974) CB, G-R
70. Baba O’Riley…The Who (1971)

71. Three Times a Lady…Commodores (1978)
72. You Are the Sunshine of My Life…Stevie Wonder (1973)
73. Alone Again (Naturally)…Gilbert O’Sullivan (1972) CB
74. Seasons in the Sun…Terry Jacks (1974)
75. Love Will Keep Us Together…Captain & Tennille (1975) BB, G-R, JW
76. Angie…The Rolling Stones (1973) VF
77. Behind Closed Doors…Charlie Rich (1970)
78. You’ve Got a Friend…James Taylor (1971) G-S, PC
79. I’m Not in Love…10cc (1975)
80. More Than a Feeling…Boston (1976)

81. Good Times…Chic (1979) NME
82. Rock Your Baby…George McCrae (1974) NME
83. All Right Now…Free (1970)
84. Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)…Rod Stewart (1976) BB, JW
85. We’ve Only Just Begun…Carpenters (1970)
86. Hot Stuff…Donna Summer (1979)
87. Thunder Road…Bruce Springsteen (1975)
88. Heart of Gold…Neil Young (1972)
89. We Are the Champions…Queen (1977)
90. Knock Three Times…Tony Orlando & Dawn (1970)

91. We Will Rock You…Queen (1977)
92. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road…Elton John (1973)
93. Bennie and the Jets…Elton John (1974)
94. Help Me Make It Through the Night…Sammi Smith (1971)
95. The Tears of a Clown…The Miracles (1970)
96. Evergreen (Love Theme from ‘A Star Is Born’)…Barbra Streisand (1976) G-S
97. Daniel…Elton John (1973)
98. Rhinestone Cowboy…Glen Campbell (1975)
99. Crocodile Rock…Elton John (1972)
100. American Woman…The Guess Who (1970)


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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Play That Funky Music…Wild Cherry (1976) PC
  • 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
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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. Top 100 Songs from 1897-1956
  • JW: Whitburn, Joel. A Century of Pop Music, 1900-1999 (book)

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