Monday, December 31, 1979

Top Songs from 1970-1979

First posted 3/4/2011; last updated 10/26/2020.

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.

Check out other “songs of the decade” lists here.

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

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

31. London Calling…The Clash (1979)
32. Sweet Home Alabama…Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)
33. No Woman, No Cry…Bob Marley & the Wailers (1975)
34. My Sharona…The Knack (1979)
35. Let’s Get It On…Marvin Gaye (1973)
36. Without You…Harry Nilsson (1971)
37. Free Bird…Lynyrd Skynrd (1973)
38. Seasons in the Sun…Terry Jacks (1974)
39. Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)…Rod Stewart (1976)
40. Anarchy in the U.K….Sex Pistols (1976)

41. Won’t Get Fooled Again…The Who (1971)
42. Go Your Own Way…Fleetwood Mac (1977)
43. Sultans of Swing…Dire Straits (1979)
44. Joy to the World…Three Dog Night (1971)
45. Love Will Keep Us Together…Captain & Tennille (1975)
46. Walk on the Wild Side…Lou Reed (1972)
47. Three Times a Lady…Commodores (1978)
48. You’re So Vain…Carly Simon (1972)
49. It’s Too Late…Carole King (1971)
50. Fire and Rain…James Taylor (1970)

51. I’ll Be There…The Jackson 5 (1970)
52. Theme from Shaft…Isaac Hayes (1971)
53. Heroes…David Bowie (1977)
54. Brown Sugar…The Rolling Stones (1971)
55. We Are Family…Sister Sledge (1979)
56. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough…Michael Jackson (1979)
57. Piano Man…Billy Joel (1974)
58. Alone Again (Naturally)…Gilbert O’Sullivan (1972)
59. God Save the Queen…Sex Pistols (1977)
60. Play That Funky Music…Wild Cherry (1976)

61. Rapper’s Delight…The Sugarhill Gang (1979)
62. Paranoid…Black Sabbath (1970)
63. “I Honestly Love You” Olivia Newton-John (1974)
64. You Are the Sunshine of My Life…Stevie Wonder (1973)
65. Baker Street…Gerry Rafferty (1978)
66. Just the Way You Are…Billy Joel (1977)
67. Dreams…Fleetwood Mac (1977)
68. “Shadow Dancing” Andy Gibb (1978)
69. Good Times…Chic (1979)
70. Comfortably Numb…Pink Floyd (1979)

71. Midnight Train to Georgia…Gladys Knight & the Pips (1973)
72. Angie…The Rolling Stones (1973)
73. They Long to Be Close to You…Carpenters (1970)
74. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart…Elton John & Kiki Dee (1976)
75. We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions…Queen (1977)
76. Dream On…Aerosmith (1973)
77. Old Time Rock and Roll…Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (1978)
78. In the Summertime…Mungo Jerry (1970)
79. More Than a Feeling…Boston (1976)
80. Smoke on the Water…Deep Purple (1973)

81. Crazy Little Thing Called Love…Queen (1979)
82. Hot Stuff…Donna Summer (1979)
83. Just My Imagination Running Away with Me…The Temptations (1971)
84. “Baba O’Riley” The Who (1971)
85. Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?...Rod Stewart (1978)
86. “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” The Temptations (1972)
87. Lola…The Kinks (1970)
88. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road…Elton John (1973)
89. All Right Now…Free (1970)
90. Changes…David Bowie (1971)

91. Brass in Pocket (I’m Special)…Pretenders (1979)
92. Rhinestone Cowboy…Glen Campbell (1975)
93. Bennie and the Jets…Elton John (1974)
94. Crocodile Rock…Elton John (1972)
95. If You Leave Me Now…Chicago (1976)
96. I’m Not in Love…10cc (1975)
97. The Hustle…Van McCoy (1975)
98. Kung Fu Fighting…Carl Douglas (1974)
99. Best of My Love…The Emotions (1977)
100. Heart of Gold…Neil Young (1972)

Dave’s Faves: #1 Albums in the 1970s

First posted 10/14/2020; updated 10/17/2020.

Dave’s Faves:

#1’s: 1970-1979

These were my personal #1 albums during the 1970s. Check out my #1 albums from other decades here.


1970:

1971:

1972:

1973:

1974:
  • Jan. 5: Paul McCartney & Wings Band on the Run (4 wks)
  • Feb. 2: Bob Dylan & the Band Planet Waves (1 wk)
  • Feb. 9: Styx The Serpent Is Rising (3 wks)
  • Mar. 2: Gram Parsons Grievous Angel (2 wks)
  • Mar. 16: Steely Dan Pretzel Logic (2 wks)
  • Mar. 30: Lou Reed Rock and Roll Animal (3 wks)
  • Apr. 20: Eagles On the Border (2 wks)
  • May 4: Lynyrd Skynyd Second Helping (4 wks)
  • June 1: David Bowie Diamond Dogs (2 wks)
  • June 15: Neil Diamond His 12 Greatest Hits (2 wks)
  • June 29: Bad Company Bad Company (5 wks)
  • Aug. 3: The Beach Boys Endless Summer (1 wk)
  • Aug. 10: Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Boulevard (5 wks)
  • Sept. 14: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young So Far (4 wks)
  • Oct. 12: The Moody Blues This Is the Moody Blues (4 wks)
  • Nov. 9: Elton John Greatest Hits (3 wks)
  • Nov. 30: Styx Man of Miracles (3 wks)
  • Dec. 21: Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (3 wks)

1975:
  • Jan. 11: Supertramp Crime of the Century (4 wks)
  • Feb. 8: Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks (3 wks)
  • Mar. 1: Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti (3 wks)
  • Mar. 22: David Bowie Young Americans (2 wks)
  • Apr. 5: Bad Company Straight Shooter (4 wks)
  • May 3: Aerosmith Toys in the Attic (5 wks)
  • June 7: The Rolling Stones Made in the Shade (1 wk)
  • June 14: Eagles One of These Nights (3 wks)
  • July 5: Cat Stevens Greatest Hits (1 wk)
  • July 12: Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac (5 wks)
  • Aug. 15: Bob Dylan & the Band The Basement Tapes (2 wks)
  • Aug. 30: Bruce Springsteen Born to Run (4 wks)
  • Sept. 27: Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here (4 wks)
  • Oct. 25: The Who By Numbers (1 wk)
  • Nov. 1: John Lennon Shaved Fish (1 wk)
  • Nov. 8: Paul Simon Still Crazy After All These Years (1 wk)
  • Nov. 15: Patti Smith Horses (1 wk)
  • Nov. 22: Queen A Night at the Opera (3 wks)
  • Dec. 13: America History (1 wk)
  • Dec. 20: Chicago Chicago IX – Greatest Hits (2 wks)

1976:

1977:

1978:

1979:
  • Jan. 20: Queen Jazz (2 wks)
  • Feb. 3: Steve Miller Band Greatest Hits 1974-1978 (2 wks)
  • Feb. 17: Olivia Newton-John Totally Hot (4 wks)
  • Mar. 17: Bee Gees Spirits Having Flown (2 wks)
  • Mar. 31: Supertramp Breakfast in America (6 wks)
  • May 12: Squeeze Cool for Cats (3 wks)
  • June 2: Journey Evolution (2 wks)
  • June 16: Van Halen Van Halen II (2 wks)
  • June 30: Various Artists K-Tel: High Energy (4 wks)
  • July 28: The Rolling Stones Time Waits for No One (2 wks)
  • Aug. 11: Various Artists K-Tel: Starlight (4 wks)
  • Sept. 8: Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door (2 wks)
  • Sept. 22: Pat Benatar In the Heat of the Night (1 wk)
  • Sept. 29: Eagles The Long Run (3 wks)
  • Oct. 20: The Police Reggatta de Blanc (2 wks)
  • Nov. 3: Styx Cornerstone (3 wks)
  • Nov. 24: Blondie Eat to the Beat (3 wks)
  • Dec. 15: Various Artists K-Tel: Wings of Sound (2 wks)
  • Dec. 29, 1979: Pink Floyd The Wall (10 weeks)

USA: #1 Pop Songs, 1970-1979

First posted 2/25/2021.

USA’s #1 Pop Songs:

1970-1979

These are the #1 pop songs in the history of the United States pop charts from 1970 to 1979. Songs could have hit #1 on any of the following charts:

  • Billboard Hot 100 chart, 1955-present (BB)
  • Cashbox, 1950-1996 (CB)
  • Hit Records, 1954-1982 (HR)
  • Radio & Records/Mediabase, 1973-present (RR)
Numbers following the letter codes indicate how many weeks the song spent at #1 on that chart.

Click here to access a full list of #1 songs from 1890 to present.


1970:

  1. 1/3: B.J. Thomas “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” (BB: 4, CB: 2, HR: 3)
  2. 1/24: The Jackson 5 “I Want You Back” (BB: 1, CB: 1)
  3. 1/24: The Shocking Blue “Venus” (BB: 1, CB: 3, HR: 3)

  4. 2/14: Sly & the Family Stone “Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 2)
  5. 2/28: Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (BB: 6, CB: 4, HR: 3)

  6. 3/21: The Jaggerz “The Rapper” (HR: 2)
  7. 3/28: The Beatles “Let It Be” (BB: 2, CB: 4, HR: 3)

  8. 4/4: The Jackson 5 “ABC” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 2)

  9. 5/2: Norman Greenbaum “Spirit in the Sky” (CB: 2, HR: 2)
  10. 5/9: The Guess Who “American Woman” / “No Sugar Tonight” (BB: 3, CB: 2, HR: 1)
  11. 5/23: Tyrone Davis “Turn Back the Hands of Time” (HR: 2)
  12. 5/30: Ray Stevens “Everything Is Beautiful” (BB: 2, CB: 1)
  13. 5/30: Simon & Garfunkel “Cecilia” (CB: 1, HR: 1)

  14. 6/13: The Beatles “The Long and Winding Road” (BB: 2, CB: 2, HR: 2)
  15. 6/27: The Jackson 5 “The Love You Save” (BB: 2, CB: 2, HR: 1)

  16. 7/4: Three Dog Night “Mama Told Me Not to Come” (BB: 2, CB: 2, HR: 3)
  17. 7/25: Carpenters “They Long to Be Close to You” (BB: 4, CB: 2, HR: 2)
  18. 7/25: The Temptations “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)” (CB: 1)
  19. 7/25: Freda Payne “Band of Gold” (HR: 1)

  20. 8/15: Bread “Make It with You” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  21. 8/22: Stevie Wonder “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  22. 8/29: Edwin Starr “War” (BB: 3, CB: 2, HR: 1)
  23. 8/29: War with Eric Burdon “Spill the Wine” (CB: 1, HR: 1)

  24. 9/12: Mungo Jerry “In the Summertime” (HR: 1)
  25. 9/19: Diana Ross “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (BB: 3, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  26. 9/19: Clarence Carter “Patches” (CB: 1)
  27. 9/26: Creedence Clearwater Revival “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” / “Long As I Can See the Light” (CB: 1, HR: 1)

  28. 10/3: Bobby Sherman “Julie, Do You Want Me” (HR: 1)
  29. 10/10: Neil Diamond “Cracklin’ Rosie” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  30. 10/10: Tony Orlando & Dawn “Candida” (CB: 1)
  31. 10/17: The Jackson 5 “I’ll Be There” (BB: 5, CB: 2, HR: 4)
  32. 10/31: Carpenters “We’ve Only Just Begun” (CB: 1, HR: 1)

  33. 11/14: R. Dean Taylor “Indiana Wants Me” (CB: 1)
  34. 11/21: The Partridge Family “I Think I Love You” (BB: 3, CB: 3, HR: 4)

  35. 12/12: The Miracles “The Tears of a Clown” (BB: 2, CB: 1)
  36. 12/19: George Harrison “My Sweet Lord” (BB: 4, CB: 4, HR: 3)

1971:

  1. 1/9: Tony Orlando & Dawn “Knock Three Times” (BB: 3, CB: 2, HR: 4)
  2. 1/30: Bee Gees “Lonely Days” (CB: 1, HR: 1)

  3. 2/6: Lynn Anderson “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  4. 2/13: The Osmonds “One Bad Apple” (BB: 5, CB: 4, HR: 4)

  5. 3/6: The Jackson 5 “Mama’s Pearl” (CB: 1)
  6. 3/20: Janis Joplin “Me and Bobby McGee” (BB: 2, HR: 1)
  7. 3/20: The Temptations “Just My Imagination Running Away with Me” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  8. 3/27: Tom Jones “She’s a Lady” (CB: 1, HR: 1)

  9. 4/3: The Partridge Family “Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  10. 4/10: Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On” (CB: 1)
  11. 4/17: Three Dog Night “Joy to the World” (BB: 6, CB: 6, HR: 5)

  12. 5/22: The Rolling Stones “Brown Sugar” (BB: 2, HR: 3)
  13. 5/29: The Jackson 5 “Never Can Say Goodbye” (CB: 1)

  14. 6/5: The Honey Cone “Want Ads” (BB: 1, CB: 2, HR: 2)
  15. 6/19: Carole King “It’s Too Late” / “I Feel the Earth Move” (BB: 5, CB: 4, HR: 2)
  16. 6/19: Ringo Starr “It Don’t Come Easy” (CB: 1, HR: 1)

  17. 7/17: Paul Revere & the Raiders “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 3)
  18. 7/31: James Taylor “You’ve Got a Friend” (BB: 1, CB: 1)
  19. 7/31: Hamilton, Joe Frank, & Reynolds “Don’t Pull Your Love” (CB: 1)

  20. 8/7: Bee Gees “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” (BB: 4, CB: 3, HR: 1)
  21. 8/7: Jean Knight “Mr. Big Stuff” (HR: 1)
  22. 8/21: Tommy James “Draggin’ the Line” (HR: 1)
  23. 8/28: John Denver “Take Me Home, Country Roads” (CB: 1, HR: 2)

  24. 9/4: Paul & Linda McCartney “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  25. 9/11: Aretha Franklin “Spanish Harlem” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  26. 9/11: Donny Osmond “Go Away Little Girl” (BB: 3, CB: 1)
  27. 9/18: Undisputed Truth “Smiling Faces Sometimes” (CB: 1)
  28. 9/25: Joan Baez “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” (HR: 1)

  29. 10/2: Rod Stewart “Maggie May” (BB: 5, CB: 3, HR: 1)
  30. 10/9: Carpenters “Superstar” (HR: 1)
  31. 10/16: The Osmonds “Yo-Yo” (HR: 2)
  32. 10/30: Cher “Gypys, Tramps & Thieves” (BB: 2, CB: 2, HR: 1)

  33. 11/6: Isaac Hayes “Theme from Shaft” (BB: 2, CB: 2, HR: 2)
  34. 11/20: John Lennon “Imagine” (HR: 1)
  35. 11/27: Sly & the Family Stone “Family Affair” (BB: 3, CB: 4, HR: 2)

  36. 12/11: The Chi-Lites “Have You Seen Her?” (HR: 2)
  37. 12/25: Melanie “Brand New Key” (BB: 3, CB: 2, HR: 1)

1972:

  1. 1/1: Don McLean “American Pie” (BB: 4, CB: 4, HR: 5)
  2. 1/1: Michael Jackson “Got to Be There” (CB: 1)

  3. 2/5: Badfinger “Day After Day” (HR: 2)
  4. 2/12: Al Green “Let’s Stay Together” (BB: 1, CB: 2)
  5. 2/19: Harry Nilsson “Without You” (BB: 4, CB: 2, HR: 2)
  6. 2/26: Climax “Precious and Few” (CB: 1, HR: 1)

  7. 3/4: Carpenters “Hurting Each Other” (HR: 1)
  8. 3/18: Neil Young “Heart of Gold” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  9. 3/25: America “A Horse with No Name” (BB: 3, CB: 3, HR: 3)

  10. 4/15: Roberta Flack “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (BB: 6, CB: 4, HR: 5)
  11. 4/15: Michael Jackson “Rockin’ Robin” (CB: 1)

  12. 5/20: The Staple Singers “I’ll Take You There” (BB: 1, CB: 2, HR: 1)
  13. 5/20: The Chi-Lites “Oh Girl” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 2)

  14. 6/10: Sammy Davis Jr. with the Mike Curb Congregation “The Candy Man” (BB: 3, CB: 1, HR: 2)
  15. 6/17: Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show “Sylvia’s Mother” (CB: 1)
  16. 6/24: Neil Diamond “Song Sung Blue” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 2)
  17. 6/24: Gallery “Nice to Be with You” (CB: 1)

  18. 7/8: Bill Withers “Lean on Me” (BB: 3, CB: 2, HR: 1)
  19. 7/8: Billy Preston “Outa-Space” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  20. 7/22: Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose “Too Late to Turn Back Now” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  21. 7/26: Gilbert O’Sullivan “Alone Again Naturally” (BB: 6, CB: 3, HR: 4)
  22. 7/29: Wayne Newton “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast” (CB: 1, HR: 2)

  23. 8/26: Looking Glass “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” (BB: 1, CB: 1)

  24. 9/9: The Hollies “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  25. 9/9: Al Green “I’m Still in Love with You” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  26. 9/16: Three Dog Night “Black and White” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 2)
  27. 9/16: The O’Jays “Back Stabbers” (CB: 1)
  28. 9/23: Mac Davis “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me” (BB: 3, CB: 1, HR: 1)

  29. 10/14: Michael Jackson “Ben” (BB: 1)
  30. 10/14: The Main Ingredient “Everybody Plays the Fool” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  31. 10/21: Chuck Berry “My Ding-a-Ling (live)” (BB: 2, CB: 2, HR: 2)

  32. 11/4: The Moody Blues “Nights in White Satin” (CB: 1, HR: 2)
  33. 11/4: Johnny Nash “I Can See Clearly Now” (BB: 4, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  34. 11/11: Elvis Presley “Burning Love” (CB: 1)
  35. 11/25: The Spinners “I’ll Be Around” (CB: 1, HR: 1)

  36. 12/2: The Temptations “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” (BB: 1, CB: 1)
  37. 12/2: Lobo “I’d Love You to Want Me” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  38. 12/9: Helen Reddy “I Am Woman” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 2)
  39. 12/16: Billy Paul “Me and Mrs. Jones” (BB: 3, CB: 2, HR: 2)
  40. 12/30: Al Green “You Ought to Be with Me” (HR: 1)

1973:

  1. 1/6: Carly Simon “You’re So Vain” (BB: 3, CB: 2, HR: 1)
  2. 1/20: Stevie Wonder “Superstition” (BB: 1, CB: 2, HR: 2)

  3. 2/3: Elton John “Crocodile Rock” (BB: 3, CB: 2, HR: 2)
  4. 2/17: Eric Weissberg with Steve Mandell “Dueling Banjos” (CB: 1, HR: 2)
  5. 2/17: Hurricane Smith “Oh Babe, What Would You Say?” (CB: 1)
  6. 2/24: Roberta Flack “Killing Me Softly with His Song” (BB: 5, CB: 3, HR: 3)
  7. 2/24: The Spinners “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love” (CB: 1, HR: 1)

  8. 3/24: The O’Jays “Love Train” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)

  9. 4/7: Vicki Lawrence “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 2)
  10. 4/7: Gladys Knight & the Pips “Neither One of Us Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  11. 4/14: Four Tops “Ain’t No Woman Like the One I Got” (CB: 1)
  12. 4/21: Tony Orlando & Dawn “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” (BB: 4, CB: 3, HR: 1)

  13. 5/6: War “The Cisco Kid” (HR: 1)
  14. 5/12: Stevie Wonder “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  15. 5/26: Edgar Winter Group “Frankenstein” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 2)

  16. 6/2: Paul McCartney & Wings “My Love” (BB: 4, CB: 4, HR: 5)
  17. 6/30: George Harrison “Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth” (BB: 1, CB: 2, HR: 1)

  18. 7/7: Billy Preston “Will It Go Round in Circles” (BB: 2, CB: 1)
  19. 7/14: Paul Simon “Kodachrome” (HR: 1)
  20. 7/21: Jim Croce “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  21. 7/21: Three Dog Night “Shambala” (CB: 1, HR: 1)

  22. 8/4: Maureen McGovern “The Morning After” (BB: 2, HR: 1)
  23. 8/4: Carpenters “Yesterday Once More” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  24. 8/11: Diana Ross “Touch Me in the Morning” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  25. 8/18: Paul McCartney & Wings “Live and Let Die” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  26. 8/25: Stories “Brother Louie” (BB: 2, CB: 1)

  27. 9/1: Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 2)
  28. 9/8: Helen Reddy “Delta Dawn” (BB: 1, CB: 2, HR: 2)
  29. 9/22: Grand Funk Railroad “We’re an American Band” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  30. 9/29: Paul Simon & the Dixie Hummingbirds “Loves Me Like a Rock” (CB: 1)

  31. 10/5: Cher “Half Breed” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 2)
  32. 10/12: The Rolling Stones “Angie” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 2, RR: 4)
  33. 10/13: Stevie Wonder “Higher Ground” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  34. 10/20: the Allman Brothers Band “Ramblin’ Man” (CB: 1)
  35. 10/27: Gladys Knight & the Pips “Midnight Train to Georgia” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 1)

  36. 11/3: Eddie Kendricks “Keep on Truckin’” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  37. 11/9: Ringo Starr “Photograph” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 2, RR: 3)
  38. 11/17: DeFranco Family “Heartbeat, It’s a Lovebeat” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  39. 11/30: Elton John “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” (CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 3)

  40. 12/1: Carpenters “Top of the World” (BB: 2, CB: 1)
  41. 12/15: Charlie Rich “The Most Beautiful Girl” (BB: 2, CB: 2, HR: 2)
  42. 12/15: Chicago “Just You ‘N’ Me” (CB: 1)
  43. 12/21: Jim Croce “Time in a Bottle” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 2)
  44. 12/29: Helen Reddy “Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)” (CB: 1, HR: 1)

1974:

  1. 1/12: Steve Miller Band “The Joker” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  2. 1/18: Barbra Streisand “The Way We Were” (BB: 3, CB: 1, HR; 1, RR: 3)
  3. 1/19: Al Wilson “Show and Tell” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  4. 1/26: Ringo Starr “You’re Sixteen” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)

  5. 2/8: Terry Jacks “Seasons in the Sun” (BB: 3, CB: 2, HR: 3, RR: 6)
  6. 2/9: Love Unlimited Orchestra “Love’s Theme” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  7. 2/9: Byron MacGregor “Americans” (CB: 1, HR: 1)

  8. 3/16: Eddie Kendricks “Boogie Down” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  9. 3/22: Elton John “Bennie and the Jets” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 3)
  10. 3/23: John Denver “Sunshine on My Shoulders” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  11. 3/23: David Essex “Rock On” (CB: 1)
  12. 3/23: Cher “Dark Lady” (BB: 1)

  13. 4/5: Blue Swede “Hooked on a Feeling” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 1)
  14. 4/19: Grand Funk Railroad “The Loco-Motion” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 4)
  15. 4/20: MFSB with the Three Degrees “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)” (BB: 2, CB: 2, HR: 2)

  16. 5/11: The Jackson 5 “Dancing Machine” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  17. 5/11: Three Dog Night “The Show Must Go On” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  18. 5/17: Ray Stevens “The Streak” (BB: 3, CB: 1, HR: 2, RR: 1)
  19. 5/24: Paul McCartney & Wings “Band on the Run” (BB: 1, CB: 2, HR: 1, RR: 2)

  20. 6/1: Marvin Hamlisch “The Entertainer” (CB: 1)
  21. 6/7: Gordon Lightfoot “Sundown” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 3)
  22. 6/15: Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods “Billy, Don’t Be a Hero” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  23. 6/15: The Stylistics “You Make Me Feel Brand New” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  24. 6/28: The Hues Corporation “Rock the Boat” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 4)

  25. 7/6: William DeVaughn “Be Thankful for What You Got” (HR: 1)
  26. 7/13: George McCrae “Rock Your Baby” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 1)
  27. 7/27: John Denver “Annie’s Song” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 1)

  28. 8/2: Paper Lace “The Night Chicago Died” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 3)
  29. 8/3: Elton John “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  30. 8/10: Roberta Flack “Feel Like Makin’ Love” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  31. 8/23: Paul Anka & Odia Coates “You’re Having My Baby” (BB: 3, CB: 1, HR: 2, RR: 2)
  32. 8/31: Chaka Khan & Rufus “Tell Me Something Good” (CB: 1)

  33. 9/6: Eric Clapton “I Shot the Sheriff” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 2, RR: 1)
  34. 9/13: Olivia Newton-John “I Honestly Love You” ((BB: 2, CB: 2, HR: 2, RR: 6)
  35. 9/14: Barry White “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  36. 9/28: Andy Kim “Rock Me Gently” (BB: 1, CB: 1)

  37. 10/5: Dionne Warwick & the Spinners “Then Came You” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  38. 10/12: Billy Preston “Nothing from Nothing” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  39. 10/25: Bachman-Turner Overdrive “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 3)
  40. 10/26: Bad Company “Can’t Get Enough” (CB: 1)
  41. 10/26: Carole King “Jazzman” (CB: 1, HR: 1)

  42. 11/2: Stevie Wonder “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  43. 11/15: Billy Swan “I Can Help” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 1)
  44. 11/16: John Lennon “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  45. 11/22: Carl Douglas “Kung Fu Fighting” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 4)
  46. 11/30: Bobby Vinton “My Melody of Love” (HR: 1)

  47. 12/7: The Three Degrees “When Will I See You Again” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  48. 12/21: Harry Chapin “Cat’s in the Cradle” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  49. 12/21: Helen Reddy “Angie Baby” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  50. 12/30: Elton John “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 2, RR: 1)

1975:

  1. 1/10: Barry Manilow “Mandy” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 4)
  2. 1/11: Barry White “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” (CB: 1)
  3. 1/25: Carpenters “Please Mr. Postman” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)

  4. 2/1: Neil Sedaka “Laughter in the Rain” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  5. 2/7: The Doobie Brothers “Black Water” (BB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 2)
  6. 2/8: Stevie Wonder “Boogie on Reggae Woman” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  7. 2/8: The Ohio Players “Fire” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  8. 2/15: Linda Ronstadt “You’re No Good” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  9. 2/21: Olivia Newton-John “Have You Never Been Mellow” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 5)
  10. 2/22: Average White Band “Pick Up the Pieces” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)

  11. 3/1: Eagles “Best of My Love” (BB: 1)
  12. 3/15: Frankie Valli “My Eyes Adored You” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  13. 3/22: LaBelle “Lady Marmalade” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  14. 3/28: Minnie Riperton “Lovin’ You” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 1)

  15. 4/4: Elton John “Philadelphia Freedom” (BB: 2, CB: 2, HR: 3, RR: 6)
  16. 4/5: Ringo Starr “No No Song” (CB: 1)
  17. 4/26: B.J. Thomas “Hey Won't You Play Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)

  18. 5/3: Tony Orlando & Dawn “He Don’t Love You Like I Love You” (BB: 3, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 1)
  19. 5/10: Ozark Mountain Daredevils “Jackie Blue” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  20. 5/23: America “Sister Golden Hair” (BB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 2)
  21. 5/24: Earth, Wind & Fire “Shining Star” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  22. 5/31: Ace “How Long” (CB: 1)
  23. 5/31: Freddy Fender “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)

  24. 6/6: Captain & Tennille “Love Will Keep Us Together” (BB: 4, CB: 2, HR: 3, RR: 6)
  25. 6/7: John Denver “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  26. 6/21: Linda Ronstadt “When Will I Be Loved” (CB: 1)

  27. 7/12: Van McCoy “The Hustle” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 1)
  28. 7/12: Paul McCartney & Wings “Listen to What the Man Said” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 2)
  29. 7/25: Bee Gees “Jive Talkin’” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 2, RR: 5)
  30. 7/26: Eagles “One of These Nights” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)

  31. 8/2: Olivia Newton-John “Please Mr. Please” (CB: 1)
  32. 8/16: Elton John “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  33. 8/23: KC & the Sunshine Band “Get Down Tonight” (BB: 1, CB: 2, HR: 2, RR: 2)
  34. 8/23: Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds “Fallin’ in Love” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 1)

  35. 9/6: Glen Campbell “Rhinestone Cowboy” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  36. 9/19: David Bowie “Fame” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 2, RR: 2)
  37. 9/20: Janis Ian “At Seventeen” (CB: 1)
  38. 9/27: John Denver “I’m Sorry” / “Calypso” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 1)

  39. 10/4: David Geddes “Run, Joey, Run” (CB: 1)
  40. 10/10: Neil Sedaka “Bad Blood” (BB: 3, CB: 2, HR: 1, RR: 3)
  41. 10/18: Dickie Goodman “Mr. Jaws” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  42. 10/31: Elton John “Island Girl” (BB: 3, CB: 2, HR: 3, RR: 3)

  43. 11/1: The Spinners “They Just Can't Stop It (Games People Play)” (HR: 1)
  44. 11/21: KC & the Sunshine Band “That’s the Way I Like It” (BB: 2, CB: 3, HR: 3, RR: 4)
  45. 11/22: Silver Convention “Fly Robin Fly” (BB: 3, CB: 1, HR: 1)

  46. 12/19: Barry Manilow “I Write the Songs” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 3)
  47. 12/20: The Staple Singers “Let’s Do It Again” (BB: 1, CB: 1)
  48. 12/27: Bay City Rollers “Saturday Night” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)

1976:

  1. 1/3: C.W. McCall “Convoy” (BB: 1, CB: 3, HR: 3)
  2. 1/10: Diana Ross “Do You Know Where You’re Going To?” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  3. 1/23: Paul Simon “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” (BB: 3, CB: 3, HR: 1, RR: 4)
  4. 1/31: The Ohio Players “Love Rollercoaster” (BB: 1)

  5. 2/14: Donna Summer “Love to Love You Baby” (HR: 1)
  6. 2/20: Rhythm Heritage “Theme from S.W.A.T.” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 2, RR: 2)

  7. 3/5: Gary Wright “Dream Weaver” (CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 2)
  8. 3/6: The Miracles “Love Machine” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  9. 3/13: Eric Carmen “All by Myself” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  10. 3/13: The Four Seasons “December 1963 (Oh What a Night)” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 3)

  11. 4/3: Captain & Tennille “Lonely Night (Angel Face)” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  12. 4/3: Johnnie Taylor “Disco Lady” (BB: 4, CB: 2, HR: 3, RR: 2)
  13. 4/23: John Sebastian “Welcome Back” (BB: 1, CB: 2, HR: 2, RR: 3)
  14. 4/24: Maxine Nightingale “Right Back Where We Started From” (CB: 1, HR: 1)

  15. 5/1: Bellamy Brothers “Let Your Love Flow” (BB: 1, CB: 1)
  16. 5/8: The Sylvers “Boogie Fever” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  17. 5/14: Paul McCartney & Wings “Silly Love Songs” (BB: 5, CB: 2, HR: 4, RR: 6)
  18. 5/29: Diana Ross “Love Hangover” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 2)

  19. 6/19: Silver Convention “Get Up and Boogie (That’s Right)” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  20. 6/25: Starland Vocal Band “Afternoon Delight” (BB: 2, CB: 4, HR: 2, RR: 4)

  21. 7/10: The Manhattans “Kiss and Say Goodbye” (BB: 2, CB: 2, HR: 1, RR: 1)
  22. 7/24: Andrea True Connection “More, More, More” (HR: 1)
  23. 7/30: Elton John & Kiki Dee “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (BB: 4, CB: 3, HR: 5, RR: 7)

  24. 8/28: Paul McCartney & Wings “Let ‘Em In” (CB: 1)

  25. 9/4: Bee Gees “You Should Be Dancing” (BB: 1, CB: 1)
  26. 9/11: Wild Cherry “Play That Funky Music” (BB: 3, CB: 2, HR: 2)
  27. 9/11: KC & the Sunshine Band “Shake Shake Shake Shake Your Booty” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 1)
  28. 9/24: Chicago “If You Leave Me Now” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 2, RR: 3)
  29. 9/25: Walter Murphy & the Big Apple Band “A Fifth of Beethoven” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)

  30. 10/2: Boz Scaggs “Lowdown” (CB: 1)
  31. 10/9: Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots “Disco Duck” (BB: 1, CB: 2, HR: 3)
  32. 10/15: Steve Miller Band “Rock N’ Me” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 3)

  33. 11/5: Captain & Tennille “Muskrat Love” (RR: 1)
  34. 11/12: Rod Stewart “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” (BB: 8, CB: 5, HR: 6, RR: 5)
  35. 11/13: Gordon Lightfoot “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” (CB: 1)

  36. 12/17: Leo Sayer “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 2)

1977:

  1. 1/1: Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. “You Don’t Have to Be a Star to Be in My Show” (BB: 1, CB: 2, HR: 1)
  2. 1/14: Manfred Mann’s Earth Band “Blinded by the Light” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 4)
  3. 1/15: Rose Royce “Car Wash” (BB: 1, CB: 2, HR: 2)
  4. 1/22: Stevie Wonder “I Wish” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)

  5. 2/4: Eagles “New Kid in Town” (BB: 1, RR: 2)
  6. 2/5: Mary MacGregor “Torn Between Two Lovers” (BB: 2, CB: 3, HR: 4, RR: 1)
  7. 2/25: Barbra Streisand “Evergreeen (Love Theme from ‘A Star Is Born’)” (BB: 3, CB: 3, HR: 2, RR: 3)

  8. 3/18: Daryl Hall & John Oates “Rich Girl” (BB: 2, CB: 2, HR: 2, RR: 2)
  9. 3/26: Abba “Dancing Queen” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)

  10. 4/1: Eagles “Hotel California” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 3)
  11. 4/16: David Soul “Don’t Give Up on Us” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 2)
  12. 4/22: Leo Sayer “When I Need You” (BB: 1, CB: 3, HR: 3, RR: 5)
  13. 4/23: Thelma Houston “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (BB: 1)
  14. 4/30: Glen Campbell “Southern Nights” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)

  15. 5/21: Stevie Wonder “Sir Duke” (BB: 3, CB: 1, HR: 2)
  16. 5/27: Fleetwood Mac “Dreams” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 4)

  17. 6/4: KC & the Sunshine Band “I’m Your Boogie Man” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  18. 6/18: Marvin Gaye “Got to Give It Up” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  19. 6/24: Alan O’Day “Undercover Angel” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 4, RR: 2)
  20. 6/25: Bill Conti “Gonna Fly Now (Theme from ‘Rocky’)” (BB: 1, CB: 1)

  21. 7/8: Shaun Cassidy “Da Doo Ron Ron” (BB: 1, CB: 2, HR: 1, RR: 1)
  22. 7/15: Peter Frampton “I’m in You” (CB: 1, RR: 2)
  23. 7/23: Barry Manilow “Looks Like We Made It” (BB: 1)
  24. 7/29: Andy Gibb “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” (BB: 4, CB: 3, HR: 5, RR: 3)

  25. 8/19: The Emotions “Best of My Love” (BB: 5, CB: 3, HR: 3, BB: 2)

  26. 9/2: Fleetwood Mac “Don’t Stop” (CB: 1, RR: 3)
  27. 9/10: Rita Coolidge “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher” (CB: 1)
  28. 9/23: Meco “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band” (BB: 2, CB: 2, HR: 2, RR: 2)

  29. 10/7: Carly Simon “Nobody Does It Better” (RR: 1)
  30. 10/8: Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life” (BB: 10, CB: 8, HR: 13, RR: 6)

  31. 11/25: Bee Gees “How Deep Is Your Love” (BB: 3, CB: 4, RR: 4)

  32. 12/3: Crystal Gayle “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” (CB: 2)
  33. 12/23: Player “Baby Come Back” (BB: 3, CB: 2, RR: 1)

1978:

  1. 1/13: Rod Stewart “You’re in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)” (RR: 2)
  2. 1/14: Queen “We Will Rock You” / “We Are the Champions” (HR: 3)
  3. 1/27: Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (BB: 4, CB: 4, HR: 6, RR: 6)
  4. 1/28: Randy Newman “Short People” (CB: 1)

  5. 3/4: Andy Gibb “Love Is Thicker Than Water” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  6. 3/10: Bee Gees “Night Fever” (BB: 8, CB: 8, HR; 8, RR: 6)
  7. 3/11: Samantha Sang “Emotion” (CB: 1)
  8. 3/17: Bee Gees “Tragedy” (BB: 2, CB: 3, HR: 2, RR: 2)

  9. 4/21: Yvonee Elliman “If I Can’t Have You” (BB: 1, CB: 1, RR: 2)

  10. 5/5: Paul McCartney & Wings “With a Little Luck” (BB: 2, CB: 2, HR: 1, RR: 3)
  11. 5/20: Johnny Mathis with Deniece Williams “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” (BB: 1, HR: 1)
  12. 5/26: Andy Gibb “Shadow Dancing” (BB: 7, CB: 6, HR: 8, RR: 4)

  13. 6/10: Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta “You’re the One That I Want” (BB: 1, HR: 1)
  14. 6/23: Gerry Rafferty “Baker Street” (CB: 2, RR: 4)

  15. 7/21: The Rolling Stones “Miss You” (BB: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  16. 7/28: Frankie Valli “Grease” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 2, RR: 1)

  17. 8/4: Commodores “Three Times a Lady” (BB: 2, CB: 4, HR: 5, RR: 6)

  18. 9/9: A Taste of Honey “Boogie Oogie Oogie” (BB: 3, CB: 3, HR: 1)
  19. 9/15: Exile “Kiss You All Over” (BB: 4, CB: 2, HR: 3, RR: 5)

  20. 10/20: Nick Gilder “Hot Child in the City” (BB: 1, CB: 3, HR: 4, RR: 1)
  21. 10/27: Kenny Loggins with Stevie Nicks “Whenever I Call You Friend” (RR: 1)

  22. 11/3: Donna Summer “MacArthur Park” (BB: 3, CB: 2, HR: 2, RR: 3)
  23. 11/4: Anne Murray “You Needed Me” (BB: 1)
  24. 11/24: Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” (BB: 2, CB: 3, HR: 2, RR: 3)

  25. 12/9: Chic “Le Freak” (BB: 6, CB: 7, HR: 7, RR: 2)

1979:

  1. 1/6: Bee Gees “Too Much Heaven” (BB: 2, HR: 1, RR: 1)
  2. 1/25: Rod Stewart “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” (BB: 4, CB: 5, HR: 5, RR: 6)

  3. 3/10: Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (BB: 3, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  4. 3/23: The Doobie Brothers “What a Fool Believes” (BB: 1, CB: 2, HR: 1, RR: 3)

  5. 4/13: Blondie “Heart of Glass” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 2)
  6. 4/14: Frank Mills “Music Box Dancer” (HR: 1)
  7. 4/21: Amii Stewart “Knock on Wood” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  8. 4/27: Peaches & Herb “Reunited” (BB: 4, CB: 4, HR: 4, RR: 4)

  9. 5/25: Donna Summer “Hot Stuff” (BB: 3, CB: 4, HR: 5, RR: 2)

  10. 6/8: Supertramp “The Logical Song” (RR: 1)
  11. 6/9: Bee Gees “Love You Inside Out” (BB: 1)
  12. 6/15: Rickie Lee Jones “Chuck E.’s in Love” (RR: 2)
  13. 6/29: Kenny Rogers “She Believes in Me” (RR: 1)
  14. 6/30: Anita Ward “Ring My Bell” (BB: 2, CB: 3, HR: 1)

  15. 7/6: Electric Light Orchestra “Shine a Little Love” (RR: 1)
  16. 7/13: John Stewart “Gold” (RR: 2)
  17. 7/14: Donna Summer “Bad Girls” (BB: 5, CB: 3, HR: 4)
  18. 7/27: Barbra Streisand “The Main Event/Fight” (RR: 1)

  19. 8/3: The Knack “My Sharona” (BB: 6, CB: 6, HR: 5, RR: 3)
  20. 8/11: Chic “Good Times” (BB: 1, CB: 1)
  21. 8/24: Earth, Wind & Fire “After the Love Has Gone” (RR: 1)
  22. 8/31: Little River Band “Lonesome Loser” (RR: 3)

  23. 9/15: Robert John “Sad Eyes” (BB: 1, CB: 2, HR: 5)
  24. 9/21: Commodores “Sail On” (CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 3)

  25. 10/12: Herb Alpert “Rise” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 1)
  26. 10/13: Michael Jackson “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  27. 10/19: Eagles “Heartache Tonight” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 4)

  28. 11/3: M “Pop Muzik” (BB: 1)
  29. 11/16: Styx “Babe” (BB: 2, CB: 3, HR: 2, RR: 3)
  30. 11/17: Commodores “Still” (BB: 1, CB: 1)
  31. 11/24: Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 3)

  32. 12/7: Rubert Holmes “Escape (The Pina Coloda Song)” (BB: 3, CB: 3, HR: 4, RR: 3)

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Dave’s Faves: #1 Songs in the 1970s

First posted 4/28/2020.

Dave’s Faves:

#1’s: 1970-1979

September 18, 1982. I can peg my fascination with music charts to that date. After listening to a local radio station’s countdown of the hits of the summer, I decided to make my own list of favorites (see original list here). I ended up revising it every few days, eventually developing my own charts which I maintained into the ‘90s.

I’ve also projected before and after those lists to create speculative lists of #1 songs for eras not covered by those original charts. You can check out those links here, but this page is focused on the #1 songs that might have been for me in the 1970s.


1970:

  • Jan. 10: Arlo Guthrie “Alice’s Restaurant” (3 wks)
  • Jan 31: Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 28: Norman Greenbaum “Spirit in the Sky” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 21: The Doors “Roadhouse Blues” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 11: The Beatles “Let It Be” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 25: Van Morrison “Moondance” (2 wks)
  • May 9: The Guess Who “American Woman” (2 wks)
  • May 23: Neil Young “Cinnamon Girl” (2 wks)
  • June 6: The Beatles “The Long and Winding Road” (2 wks)
  • June 20: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young “Teach Your Children” (3 wks)
  • July 11: The Kinks “Lola” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 1: Chicago “25 or 6 to 4” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 15: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young “Ohio” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 5: Neil Young “Southern Man” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 19: James Taylor “Fire and Rain” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 10: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young “Our House” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 31: The Who “See Me, Feel Me” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 14: Cat Stevens “Wild World” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 28: Eric Clapton “After Midnight” (1 wk)
  • Dec. 5: Elton John “Your Song” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 19: Santana “Black Magic Woman” (1 wk)
  • Dec. 26: Cat Stevens “Father and Son” (1 wk)

1971:

  • Jan. 2: George Harrison “My Sweet Lord” (3 wks)
  • Jan. 23: Stephen Stills “Love the One You’re With” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 6: John Lennon “God” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 20: Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 6: Janis Joplin “Me and Bobby McGee” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 20: Three Dog Night “Joy to the World” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 10: Jethro Tull “Aqualung” (3 wks)
  • May 1: Derek & the Dominos “Layla” (4 wks)
  • May 29: John Denver “Take Me Home, Country Roads” (3 wks)
  • June 19: The Rolling Stones “Brown Sugar” (2 wks)
  • July 3: James Taylor “You’ve Got a Friend” (4 wks)
  • July 31: Cat Stevens “Moon Shadow” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 14: The Who “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 4: The Doors “Riders on the Storm” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 18: Rod Stewart “Maggie May” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 2: Cat Stevens “Peace Train” (1 wk)
  • Oct. 9: John Lennon “Imagine” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 30: The Who “Behind Blue Eyes” (1 wk)
  • Nov. 6: Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 4: Don McLean “American Pie” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 18: The Grateful Dead “Truckin’” (1 wk)
  • Dec. 25: John Lennon & Yoko Ono “Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)” (2 wks)

1972:

  • Jan. 8: America “A Horse with No Name” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 22: Yes “Roundabout” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 19: David Bowie “Changes” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 18: Neil Young “Heart of Gold” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 8: Elton John “Tiny Dancer” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 22: Loggins & Messina “Danny’s Song” (2 wks)
  • May 6: Elton John “Rocket Man” (2 wks)
  • May 20: Bill Withers “Lean on Me” (3 wks)
  • June 10: Neil Young “Old Man” (3 wks)
  • July 1: Eagles “Take It Easy” (4 wks)
  • July 29: Alice Cooper “School’s Out” (1 wk)
  • Aug. 5: Gary Glitter “Rock and Roll Part 2” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 19: Chicago “Saturday in the Park” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 9: Chuck Berry “My Ding-A-Ling (live)” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 23: Three Dog Night “Black and White” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 7: Mott the Hoople “All the Young Dudes” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 28: Styx “What Has Come Between Us” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 18: Loggins & Messina “Angry Eyes” (1 wk)
  • Nov. 25: Lou Reed “Walk on the Wild Side” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 23: Stevie Wonder “Superstition” (2 wks)

1973:

  • Jan. 6: John Denver “Rocky Mountain High” (3 wks)
  • Jan. 27: Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show “The Cover of ‘Rolling Stone’” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 10: Carly Simon “You’re So Vain” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 3: Stealers Wheel “Stuck in the Middle with You” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 17: Steely Dan “Reeling in the Years” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 31: Stevie Wonder “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” (1 wk)
  • Apr. 7: Paul McCartney & Wings “My Love” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 21: Eagles “Desperado” (4 wks)
  • May 19: Pink Floyd “Money” (3 wks)
  • June 9: Deep Purple “Smoke on the Water” (2 wks)
  • June 23: Led Zeppelin “Over the Hills and Far Away” (3 wks)
  • July 14: Aerosmith “Dream On” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 4: Joe Walsh “Rocky Mountain Way” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 25: The Doobie Brothers “China Grove” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 8: The Rolling Stones “Angie” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 22: Bruce Springsteen “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 6: Todd Rundgren “Hello It’s Me” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 27: Elton John “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 10: The Who “Love Reign O’er Me” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 1: Jim Croce “Time in a Bottle” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 22: Golden Earring “Radar Love” (3 wks)

1974:

  • Jan. 12: Bob Dylan “Forever Young” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 26: John Denver “Sunshine on My Shoulders” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 16: Billy Joel “Piano Man” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 16: Elton John “Candle in the Wind” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 30: ZZ Top “La Grange” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 13: Paul McCartney & Wings “Band on the Run” (4 wks)
  • May 11: Steely Dan “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” (2 wks)
  • May 25: Hues Corporation “Rock the Boat” (3 wks)
  • June 15: Bachman-Turner Overdrive “Takin’ Care of Business” (3 wks)
  • July 6: Lynyrd Skynyrd “Sweet Home Alabama” (3 wks)
  • July 27: Eric Clapton “I Shot the Sheriff” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 17: The Rolling Stones “It’s Only Rock and Roll But I Like It” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 31: Olivia Newton-John “I Honestly Love You” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 21: Bachman-Turner Overdrive “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 7: Harry Chapin “Cat’s in the Cradle” (5 wks)
  • Nov. 9: Styx “Golden Lark” (7 wks)
  • Dec. 28: Lynyrd Skynyrd “Free Bird” (4 wks)

1975:

  • Jan. 25: The Doobie Brothers “Black Water” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 22: David Bowie “Fame” (1 wk)
  • Mar. 1: Led Zeppelin “Kashmir” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 22: John Denver “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 12: Bad Company “Shooting Star” (4 wks)
  • May 10: America “Sister Golden Hair” (2 wks)
  • May 24: Van McCoy “The Hustle” (2 wks)
  • June 7: Aerosmith “Sweet Emotion” (3 wks)
  • June 28: Glen Campbell “Rhinestone Cowboy” (2 wks)
  • July 12: Peter Frampton “Show Me the Way” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 2: ZZ Top “Tush” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 16: Eric Clapton “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” (4 wks)
  • Sept. 13: Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 11: Pink Floyd “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” (4 wks)
  • Nov. 8: Barry Manilow “I Write the Songs” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 22: Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (7 wks)

1976:

  • Jan. 10: Nazareth “Love Hurts” (1 wk)
  • Jan. 17: Pink Floyd “Wish You Were Here” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 31: Styx “Suite Madame Blue” (5 wks)
  • Mar. 6: Paul Simon “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 27: John Sebastian “Welcome Back” (1 wk)
  • Apr. 3: Pratt & McLain “Happy Days” (1 wk)
  • Apr. 10: Paul McCartney & Wings “Silly Love Songs” (3 wks)
  • May 1: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band “Turn the Page (live)” (3 wks)
  • May 22: Thin Lizzy “The Boys Are Back in Town” (3 wks)
  • June 12: Rod Stewart “Tonights the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” (2 wks)
  • June 26: Peter Frampton “Baby I Love Your Way” (4 wks)
  • July 24: Heart “Magic Man” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 7: Blue Öyster Cult “Don’t Fear the Reaper” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 21: Chicago “If You Leave Me Now” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 11: Manfred Mann’s Earth Band “Blinded by the Light” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 9: Boston “More Than a Feeling” (4 wks)
  • Nov. 6: Styx “Mademoiselle” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 27: Aerosmith “Walk This Way” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 11: Kansas “Carry on Wayward Son” (3 wks)

1977:

  • Jan. 1: Steve Miller Band “Fly Like an Eagle” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 15: Fleetwood Mac “Go Your Own Way” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 22: Boston “Foreplay/Longtime” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 5: REO Speedwagon “157 Riverside Avenue (live)” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 26: Eagles “Hotel California” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 26: Jimmy Buffett “Margaritaville” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 9: Peter Gabriel “Solsbury Hill” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 23: Andrea McCardle “Tomorrow” (3 wks)
  • May 14: Styx “Crystal Ball” (2 wks)
  • May 28: Elvis Costello “Alison” (2 wks)
  • June 11: REO Speedwagon “Ridin’ the Storm Out (live)” (3 wks)
  • July 2: John Williams “Star Wars (Main Theme)” (4 wks)
  • July 30: Alan Parsons Project “Breakdown” (4 wks)
  • Aug. 27: Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 10: Styx “Come Sail Away” (7 wks)
  • Oct. 29: David Bowie “Heroes” (1 wk)
  • Nov. 5: Queen “We Will Rock You” / “We Are the Champions” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 26: Billy Joel “Just the Way You Are” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 6: Jackson Browne “The Load-Out/Stay (live)” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 17: Bing Crosby & David Bowie “Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy” (3 wks)

1978:

  • Jan. 7: Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (3 wks)
  • Jan. 28: Kansas “Dust in the Wind” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 11: Styx “Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man)” (5 wks)
  • Mar. 18: Jackson Browne “Running on Empty” (1 wk)
  • Mar. 25: Gerry Rafferty “Baker Street” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 15: Paul McCartney & Wings “With a Little Luck” (1 wk)
  • Apr. 22: Van Halen “Ice Cream Man” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 24: the Police “Roxanne” (2 wks)
  • May 20: Eric Clapton “Wonderful Tonight” (2 wks)
  • June 17: Barry Manilow “Cocacabana (At the Copa)” (2 wks)
  • July 1: Journey “Feeling That Way” / “Anytime” (3 wks)
  • July 22: Commodores “Three Times a Lady” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 12: Foreigner “Hot Blooded’ (4 wks)
  • Sept. 9: Meat Loaf “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 30: Journey “Lights” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 14: Alan Parsons Project “What Goes Up” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 28: Chic “Le Freak” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 18: Village People “Y.M.C.A.” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 2: Kenny Rogers “The Gambler” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 23: Rush “The Trees” (2 wks)

1979:

  • Jan. 6: Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 20: Poco “Crazy Love” (1 wk)
  • Jan. 27: Blondie “Heart of Glass” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 24: Styx “Renegade” (8 wks)
  • Apr. 21: Supertramp “The Logical Song” (4 wks)
  • May 19: Cheap Trick “I Want You to Want Me (live)” (2 wks)
  • June 2: Squeeze “Up the Junction” (3 wks)
  • June 23: Sniff ‘N’ the Tears “Driver’s Seat” (3 wks)
  • July 14: Little River Band “Lonesome Loser” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 4: Nick Lowe “Cruel to Be Kind” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 25: Boomtown Rats “I Don’t Like Mondays” (1 wk)
  • Sept. 1: Alan Parsons Project “Damned if I Do” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 22: The Police “Message in a Bottle” (3 wks)
  • Oct. 6: Eagles “Heartache Tonight” (1 wk)
  • Oct. 13: Styx “Babe” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 10: Little River Band “Cool Change” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 24: Blondie “Shayla” (1 wk)
  • Dec. 1: Kenny Rogers “Coward of the County” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 22: Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” (4 wks)

Friday, December 14, 1979

The Clash released London Calling

London Calling

The Clash


Released: December 14, 1979


Peak: 27 US, 9 UK, 12 CN, 17 AU


Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, 0.46 UK, 2.77 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: punk rock


Tracks:

Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. London Calling [3:20] (12/7/79, 1 CL, 1 CO, 11 UK)
  2. Brand New Cadillac (Taylor) [2:08]
  3. Jimmy Jazz [3:54] (17 CL, 36 CO)
  4. Hateful [2:44]
  5. Rudie Can’t Fail [3:29] (19 CL, 8 CO)
  6. Spanish Bombs [3:18]
  7. The Right Profile [3:54]
  8. Lost in the Supermarket [3:47] (20 CL, 5 CO)
  9. Clampdown [3:49] (11 CL, 5 CO)
  10. The Guns of Brixton (Simonon) [3:09] (16 CL, 9 CO)
  11. Wrong ‘Em Boyo [3:10] (23 CL, 36 CO)
  12. Death or Glory [3:55] (19 CL, 9 CO)
  13. Koka Kola [1:47]
  14. The Card Cheat (The Clash) [3:49]
  15. Lover’s Rock [4:03]
  16. Four Horsemen [2:55]
  17. I’m Not Down [3:06]
  18. Revolution Rock [5:33]
  19. Train in Vain [3:09] (2/12/80, 23 US, 24 CB, 23 HR, 20 RR, 3 AR, 1 CO)

All songs written by Jones/ Strummer unless noted otherwise.


Total Running Time: 65:07


The Players:

  • Joe Strummer (vocals, rhythm guitar, piano)
  • Mick Jones (guitar, piano, harmonica, backing vocals)
  • Paul Simonon (bass, backing vocals, lead on “The Guns of Brixton”)
  • Topper Headon (drums, percussion)

Rating:

4.563 out of 5.00 (average of 30 ratings)


Quotable: “A stunning statement of purpose and one of the greatest rock & roll albums ever recorded.” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

1979 marked “the dawn of an uncertain decade” RS in London, which was “wrenched by surging unemployment and drug addiction.” RS Out of that setting came London Calling in which The Clash embodied punk rock’s “thrilling fury and blind devotion to rock ‘n’ roll’s revolutionary powers” UT and “honed a response to the angst of the time.” VH1 “Just as The Rolling Stones were proclaimed ‘The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World’ during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, fans heralded The Clash as ‘The Only Band That Matters.’” RV

“While the record isn’t tied together by a specific theme, its eclecticism and anthemic punk function as a rallying call.” AMG Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, and Paul Simonon “kept their collective pen focused on the issues of contemporary England” TL by exploring “familiar themes of working-class rebellion and antiestablishment rants.” TL

The Clash were a “thinking man’s Sex Pistols,” VH1 “the most musically adventurous of the first wave of British punk bands” TB who “proved that a band could be anti-establishment and pro-melody.” TL Still, no one was quite prepared “for the dizzying array of styles on London Calling.” AMG “Leaving the jingoistic simplicity of punk behind, London Calling is a smorgasbord” PK “of popular-music styles of the previous 25 years” TB incorporating everything from “bleak punk (London Calling) to rampaging ska (Wrong ‘Em Boyo) ” RS as well as reggae, rockabilly, New Orleans R&B, pop, lounge jazz, and hard rock. AMG “By acknowledging no boundaries the music itself is political and revolutionary.” AMG

“Many of the songs – particularly ‘London Calling,’ Spanish Bombs, and The Guns of Brixton – are explicitly political.” AMG “London Calling” finds Strummer “declaring, ‘phony Beatlemania has bitten the dust’ and thereby signaling the end of an era of Beatles imitators.” RV “’Spanish Bombs’ could be The Clash’s most ambitious effort. Strummer paints a bleak portrait of the Spanish Civil War while flamenco guitars, gun shots and children’s voices swirl around him. His lyrics are as much romantic heroism (‘With trenches full of poets, the ragged army, fixin’ bayonets to fight the other line’) as a condemnation of mistakes repeated (‘The Irish tomb was drenched in blood’).” RV

Elsewhere “the band takes on everything from drugs (Hateful), corporate greed (Koka Kola), and even washed-up film stars (The Right Profile).” PK In Clampdown, Strummer rallies “blue collared workers to rebel against a government that allows such poor conditions.” RV There’s also a “rebel-without-a-cause” vibe to songs like Revolution Rock and Rudie Can’t Fail VH1 and even a “delightful little rant against the inevitable selling-out of punk” with Death or Glory. PK

The Clash, however, “also had enough maturity to realize that, while politics was inseparable from life, it was not life’s entirety.” TL They “also cranked up the hope. The album ends with Train in Vain, a rousing song of fidelity (originally unlisted on the back cover)” RS that is “one of the finest pure pop songs ever.” PK

The album’s spirit is captured in its cover, which “features the most famous photo in rock,” TL capturing Paul Simonon “in a Who-like act of guitar destruction” TB “bracketed by the same font and colors used on Elvis Presley’s debut.” TL “It was a bold move, claiming for themselves some of rock’s most potent myths, but it was easily matched by the quality of the music.” TB

“Produced with no-surrender energy by legendary Sixties studio madman Guy Stevens,” RS The Clash’s third album is “invigorating, rocking harder and with more purpose than most albums, let alone double albums.” AMG It “is a stunning statement of purpose” AMG and what has been called “the most unfailingly exciting hour of music ever committed to record” PK and “the very best flat-out kick-out-the-jams rock and roll album ever.” PK


Notes: A 2004 reissue added a second disc of demos and a DVD with videos and footage of the band working in the studio.

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First posted 2/27/2008; last updated 9/5/2021.