Friday, April 19, 2019

Top Songs from 1970-1979

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 3/4/2011, updated 4/19/2019.

These are the top 100 songs from 1970-1979 according to Dave’s Music Database. Titles receiving “Song of the Year” honors are noted. Click here for a full list of “Song of the Year” awards.

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

11. I Will Survive…Gloria Gaynor (1978)
12. What’s Going On…Marvin Gaye (1971)
13. Superstition…Stevie Wonder (1972)
14. Another Brick in the Wall Part II…Pink Floyd (1979)
15. Maggie May…Rod Stewart (1971)
16. Born to Run…Bruce Springsteen (1975)
17. Your Song…Elton John (1970)
18. Killing Me Softly with His Song…Roberta Flack (1973)
19. You Light Up My Life…Debby Boone (1977)
20. Le Freak…Chic (1978)

21. My Sweet Lord…George Harrison (1970)
22. Let’s Stay Together…Al Green (1971)
23. Night Fever…Bee Gees (1978)
24. Heart of Glass…Blondie (1979)
25. The Way We Were…Barbra Streisand (1973)
26. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face…Roberta Flack (1972)
27. How Deep Is Your Love…Bee Gees (1977)
28. Y.M.C.A….Village People (1978)
29. Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree…Tony Orlando & Dawn (1973)
30. Sweet Home Alabama…Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)

31. My Sharona…The Knack (1979)
32. You’re the One That I Want…Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta (1978)
33. Without You…Harry Nilsson (1971)
34. London Calling…The Clash (1979)
35. Let’s Get It On…Marvin Gaye (1973)
36. Free Bird…Lynyrd Skynrd (1973)
37. No Woman, No Cry…Bob Marley & the Wailers (1975)
38. Fire and Rain…James Taylor (1970)
39. Joy to the World…Three Dog Night (1971)
40. Sultans of Swing…Dire Straits (1979)

41. Three Times a Lady…Commodores (1978)
42. Seasons in the Sun…Terry Jacks (1974)
43. Love Will Keep Us Together…Captain & Tennille (1975)
44. Anarchy in the U.K….Sex Pistols (1976)
45. Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)…Rod Stewart (1976)
46. Alone Again (Naturally)…Gilbert O’Sullivan (1972)
47. Brown Sugar…The Rolling Stones (1971)
48. Play That Funky Music…Wild Cherry (1976)
49. Go Your Own Way…Fleetwood Mac (1977)
50. Baker Street…Gerry Rafferty (1978)

51. We Are Family…Sister Sledge (1979)
52. Won’t Get Fooled Again…The Who (1971)
53. Just the Way You Are…Billy Joel (1977)
54. Theme from Shaft…Isaac Hayes (1971)
55. I Honestly Love You…Olivia Newton-John (1974)
56. You’re So Vain…Carly Simon (1972)
57. Dreams…Fleetwood Mac (1977)
58. Shadow Dancing…Andy Gibb (1978)
59. I’ll Be There…The Jackson 5 (1970)
60. Heroes…David Bowie (1977)

61. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough…Michael Jackson (1979)
62. Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?...Rod Stewart (1978)
63. It’s Too Late…Carole King (1971)

64. Good Times…Chic (1979)
65. God Save the Queen…Sex Pistols (1977)
66. Piano Man…Billy Joel (1974)
67. Paranoid…Black Sabbath (1970)
68. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart…Elton John & Kiki Dee (1976)

69. Old Time Rock and Roll…Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (1978)
70. They Long to Be Close to You…Carpenters (1970)

71. Walk on the Wild Side…Lou Reed (1972)
72. Angie…The Rolling Stones (1973)
73. Bennie and the Jets…Elton John (1974)
74. You Are the Sunshine of My Life…Stevie Wonder (1973)
75. More Than a Feeling…Boston (1976)
76. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road…Elton John (1973)
77. Crazy Little Thing Called Love…Queen (1979)
78. Lola…The Kinks (1970)
79. I’m Not in Love…10cc (1975)
80. Midnight Train to Georgia…Gladys Knight & the Pips (1973)

81. The Rose…Bette Midler (1979)
82. Daniel…Elton John (1973)
83. Crocodile Rock…Elton John (1972)
84. Dream On…Aerosmith (1973)
85. Hot Stuff…Donna Summer (1979)
86. I Just Want to Be Your Everything…Andy Gibb (1977)
87. Smoke on the Water…Deep Purple (1973)
88. Just My Imagination Running Away with Me…The Temptations (1971)
89. All Right Now…Free (1970)
90. Best of My Love…The Emotions (1977)
91. The Hustle…Van McCoy (1975)
92. We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions…Queen (1977)
93. Brass in Pocket (I’m Special)…Pretenders (1979)
94. Comfortably Numb…Pink Floyd (1979)
95. Kung Fu Fighting…Carl Douglas (1974)
96. Rapper’s Delight…The Sugarhill Gang (1979)
97. Rhinestone Cowboy…Glen Campbell (1975)
98. Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone…The Temptations (1972)
99. ABC…The Jackson 5 (1970)
100. If You Leave Me Now…Chicago (1976)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Amazing Grace…Judy Collins (1970)
  • America the Beautiful…Ray Charles (1972)
  • Autobahn…Kraftwerk (1975)
  • Bad Girls…Donna Summer (1979)
  • Beth…Kiss (1976)
  • Boogie Nights…Heatwave (1977)
  • Bright Eyes…Art Garfunkel (1979)
  • Bye Bye Baby…Bay City Rollers (1975)
  • California Uber Alles (1979)
  • Cum on Feel the Noize (1973)
  • December 1963 (Oh What a Night)…Four Seasons (1975)
  • Disco Duck…Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots (1976)
  • Double Vision…Foreigner (1978)
  • Evergreen (Love Theme from ‘A Star Is Born’)…Barbra Streisand (1976)
  • Gangsters…The Specials (1979)
  • Get Down Tonight…KC & the Sunshine Band (1975)
  • Gonna Make You a Star…David Essex (1974)
  • I Can Help…Billy Swan (1975)
  • I Hate the Rich…The Dils (1978)
  • I Wanna Be Sedated…Ramones (1978)
  • I Write the Songs…Barry Manilow (1975)
  • Knock Three Times…Tony Orlando & Dawn (1970)
  • Knowing Me, Knowing You…Abba (1976)
  • Last Dance…Donna Summer (1978)
  • Living for the City…Stevie Wonder (1973)
  • The Main Event/Fight…Barbra Streisand (1979)
  • Ring My Bell…Anita Ward (1979)
  • Rivers of Babylon…Boney M (1978)
  • Rock and Roll Part 2…Gary Glitter (1972)
  • Rock Your Baby…George McCrae (1974)
  • Save Your Kisses for Me…Brotherhood of Man (1976)
  • Search and Destroy…The Stooges (1973)
  • Send in the Clowns…Judy Collins (1975)
  • She…Charles Aznavour (1974)
  • Silly Love Songs…Paul McCartney & Wings (1976)
  • Star Wars…John Williams (1977)
  • Take Me to the River…Al Green (1974)
  • Teenage Kicks…The Undertones (1978)
  • This Masquerade…George Benson (1976)
  • Torn Between Two Lovers…Mary MacGregor (1976)
  • Tusk…Fleetwood Mac (1979)
  • 20th Century Boy…T-Rex (1973)
  • What a Fool Believes…The Doobie Brothers (1978)
  • The Wonder of You…Elvis Presley (1970)
  • Wuthering Heights…Kate Bush (1978)
  • You’ve Got a Friend…James Taylor (1971)

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