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Top Songs of the 70s

The 70s ushered so many different kinds of music into vogue.

Our radios were playing everything from easy listening to hard rock to disco.

America’s youth sang and danced with their friends to their favorite songs and adults crowded trendy nightclubs and discos that played the latest tunes all night long.

As far as music is concerned, it was a memorable decade, and there are many top songs from the 70s that will be forever engrained in our memories.

They’re sung by some of the greatest names of the 1970s as well as some one-hit wonders whose name never again appeared on the charts. They come from a variety of different genres and are a wonderful representation of the music of the decade.

1970

Get Ready – Rare Earth

American Woman – The Guess Who

Bridge Over Troubled Waters – Simon and Garfunkel

ABC – Jackson 5

Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head – B.J. Thomas

Let It Be – The Beatles

1971

Knock Three Times – Dawn

One Bad Apple – The Osmonds

It’s Too Late – Carole King

Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver

Joy to the World – Three Dog Night

Maggie May – Rod Stewart

1972

American Pie – Don McLean

Brand New Key – Melanie

Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O’Sullivan

Lean on Me – Bill Withers

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

1973

Crocodile Rock – Elton John

Bad, Bad Leroy Brown – Jim Croce

Me and Mrs. Jones – Billy Paul

Killing Me Softly with His Song – Roberta Flack

Delta Dawn – Helen Reddy

Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree – Tony Orlando and Dawn

1974

The Locomotion – Grand Funk

Seasons in the Sun – Terry Jacks

TSOP (The Sounds of Philadelphia) – MFSB featuring The Three Degrees

You Make Me Feel Brand New – The Stylistics

Sunshine on My Shoulders – John Denver

Come and Get Your Love – Redbone

1975

Love Will Keep Us Together – The Captain and Tenille

My Eyes Adored You – Franki Valli

At Seventeen – Janis Ian

One of These Nights – Eagles

Shining Star – Earth, Wind, and Fire

Philadelphia Freedom – Elton John

1976

Play that Funky Music – Wild Cherry

Disco Lady – Johnnie Taylor

A Fifth of Beethoven – Walter Murphy

50 Ways to Leave your Lover – Paul McCartney

Tonight’s the Night – Rod Stewart

Kiss and Say Goodbye – The Manhattans

1977

You Light Up My Life – Debbie Boone

Evergreen – Barbara Streisand

Dancing Queen – Abba

I Like Dreamin – Kenny Nolan

Torn Between Two Lovers – Mary MacGregor

I Just Want to Be your Everything – Andy Gibb

1978

Night Fever – Bee Gees

Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees

Three Times a Lady – Commodores

Boogie Ooogie Oogie – A Taste of Honey

You’re the One that I Want – John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

Shadow Dancing – Andy Gibb

1979

Le Freak – Chic

My Sharona – The Knack

YMCA – Village People

I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

Hot Stuff – Donna Summer

Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? – Rod Stewart