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Greatest Songs From The 1970s

Funk, jazz fusion and soul; disco from mid-decade on. Rock music remained popular, with punk rock blowing up the airwaves from the mid to latter part of the decade. Other popular styles included glam rock, hard rock, progressive rock, art rock and the heavy metal variety. Reggae music also hit the mainstream and, with all the other genres, added to the melting pot that was music in the 1970s.

Again, this is not meant as an encyclopedic list of popular songs across cultures and continents during the seventies. This is merely the playlist I compiled for my own auditory enjoyment.

Popular Genres in the 1970s, with a limited list of groups and artists

Acoustic Jazz: Dexter Gordon, Woody Shaw

Art Rock, Progressive Rock: Yes, Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Rush, Genesis, King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Jethro Tull, The Moody Blues, Soft Machine, etc.

Country: Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Allman Brothers Band, etc.

Disco: Bee Gees, ABBA, Village People, Boney M, Donna Summer, KC and the Sunshine Band, etc.

Electronic Art Music: Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Tomita, Brian Eno, etc.

Electronic Instrumental Prog Rock: Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Can, Faust, etc.

Hip Hop: DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, etc.

Jamaican Reggae: Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, etc.

Jazz-rock Fusion: Weather Report, Return to Forever, The Headhunters, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, etc.

Hard Rock, Heavy Metal: Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Who, Black Sabbath, UFO, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd; “shockster” metalists Alice Cooper, Blue Öyster Cult, and Kiss; guitar-oriented Ted Nugent and Van Halen, etc.

Minimalism: Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Michael Nyman, etc.

Punk Rock: Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith, the Sex Pistols, The Clash, etc.

R&B, Motown: Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Jackson 5, etc.

Soft Rock: The Carpenters, Carole King, James Taylor, etc.

Synthpop: Yellow Magic Orchestra, etc.

1970

All Right Now – Free – Fire & Water
American Woman – The Guess Who – American Woman
Black Magic Woman – Santana – Abraxas
Cecilia – Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
Crucify Your Mind – Rodriguez – Cold Fact
Daughter Of Darkness – Tom Jones – I (Who Have Nothing)
I (Who Have Nothing) – Tom Jones – I (Who Have Nothing)
In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry – Electronically Tested
Inner City Blues – Rodriguez – Cold Fact
Instant Karma! – John Lennon – Single
Iron Man – Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Knock Three Times – Tony Orlando & Dawn – Single
Layla – Derek And The Dominoes – Layla And Other Assorted Love
Let It Be – The Beatles – Let It Be
Like Janis – Rodriguez – Cold Fact
Lola – The Kinks – Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One
Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Grows) – Eddison Lighthouse – Single
Moondance – Van Morrison – Moondance
Neanderthal Man – 10cc – Thinks: School Stinks
Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Neil Young – After The Gold Rush
Paranoid – Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Rich Folks Hoax – Rodriguez – Cold Fact
Roadhouse Blues – The Doors – Morrison Hotel
Sad Lisa – Cat Stevens – Tea For The Tillerman
Song From MASH (Suicide Is Painless) – The Mash – M*A*S*H Theme Song
Sweet Jane – The Velvet Underground – Loaded
Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Deja Vu
The Boxer – Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
This Is Not a Song, It’s an Outburst (Or, The Establishment Blues) – Rodriguez – Cold Fact
Up Around The Bend – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory
Waiting For The Sun – The Doors – Morrison Hotel
War – Edwin Starr – War & Peace
(Where Do I Begin) Love Story – Andy Williams – Love Story (Soundtrack)
Who Do You Love (Medley) – The Doors – Absolutely Live
Working Class Hero – John Lennon – John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

1971

Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers – Just As I Am
Aqualung – Jethro Tull – Aqualung
Bitterblue – Cat Stevens – Teaser And The Firecat
Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
Catch The Wind – Donovan – Catch The Wind
Chi Mai – Ennio Morriconi – Maddalena (Soundtrack)
Cross-Eyed Mary – Jethro Tull – Aqualung
Cry Baby – Janis Joplin and Full Tilt Boogie Band – Pearl
Fearless – Pink Floyd – Meddle
Get It On – T. Rex – Electric Warrior
Get It While You Can – Janis Joplin – Pearl
Hocus Pocus – Focus – Moving Waves
If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out – Cat Stevens –
I’m So Tired Of Being Alone – Al Green – Al Green Gets Next To you
Imagine – John Lennon – Imagine
It’s Too Late – Carole King – Tapestry
Locomotive Breath – Jethro Tull – Aqualung
Love Her Madly – The Doors – L.A. Woman
Maggie May – Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells A Story
Mamy Blue – Pop-Tops – Single
Man In Black – Johnny Cash – Man In Black
Me & Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin – Pearl
Moonshadow – Cat Stevens – Teaser And The Firecat
My Sweet Lord – George Harrison – All Things Must Pass
Peace Train – Cat Stevens – Teaser And The Firecat
Rock And Roll – Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV
Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV
Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver – Poems, Prayers and Promises
Theme from Shaft – Isaac Hayes – Shaft Soundtrack
Vincent – Don McLean – American Pie

1972

A Horse With No Name – America – America
Can’t Keep It In – Cat Stevens – Catch Bull At Four
Children of the Revolution – T-Rex – Single
Crocodile Rock – Elton John – Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Player
Easy Living – Uriah Heep – Demons And Wizards
Free Four – Pink Floyd – Obscured By Clouds (Soundtrack)
Heart Of Gold – Neil Young – Harvest
I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever) – Stevie Wonder – Talking Book
I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now
Lean On Me – Bill Withers – Still Bill
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
Listen To The Music – The Doobie Brothers – Toulouse Street
Mother And Child Reunion – Paul Simon – Paul Simon
Old Man – Neil Young – Harvest
Perfect Day – Lou Reed – Transformer
Popcorn – Hot Butter – Hot Butter
Rock & Roll – Gary Glitter – Gary Glitter
Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide – David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time) – Elton John – Honky Château
Sitting – Cat Stevens – Catch Bull At Four
Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple – Machine Head
Starman – David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealers Wheel – Stealers Wheel
Superstition – Stevie Wonder – Talking Book
The King Will Come – Wishbone Ash – Argus
Use Me – Bill Withers – Still Bill
Velvet Goldmine – David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
Virginia Plain – Roxy Music – Single
Walk on the Wild Side – Lou Reed – Walk on the Wild Side
Why Can’t We Live Together – Timmy Thomas – Why Can’t We Live Together
You’re So Vain – Carly Simon – No Secrets
Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

1973

Any Colour You Like – Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
Band On The Run – Paul McCartney & Wings – Band On The Run
Brain Damage – Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
Can The Can – Suzi Quatro – Can The Can
Candle In The Wind – Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet – Maria – Single
Cum On Feel The Noize – Slade – Sladest
Daniel – Elton John – Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Player
Dream On – Aerosmith – Aerosmith
For You – Bruce Springsteen – Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Growin’ Up – Bruce Springsteen – Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ
I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love with You – Tom Waits – Closing Time
I’ve Got To Use My Imagination – Gladys Knight & The Pips – Imagination
Jean Genie – David Bowie – Alladin Sane
Jungle Boogie – Kool & the Gang – Wild and Peaceful
Killing Me Softly With His Song – Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly
La Grange – ZZ Top – Tres Hombres
Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On
My Friend The Wind – Demis Roussos – Forever And Ever
Nutbush City Limits – Ike & Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits
Personality Crisis – New York Dolls – New York Dolls
Piano Man – Billy Joel – Piano Man
Seasons In The Sun – Terry Jacks – Seasons in the Sun
Showdown – Electric Light Orchestra – On the Third Day (US version)
The Great Gig In The Sky – Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
The Peacemaker – Albert Hammond – The Free Electric Band
Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree – Tony Orlando & Dawn – Single
Time in a Bottle – Jim Croce – You Don’t Mess Around with Jim
Top Of The World – The Carpenters – A Song For You
Tuesday’s Gone – Lynyrd Skynyrd – (Pronounced ‘leh-‘nérd ‘skin-‘nérd)
Worse Comes To Worst – Billy Joel – Piano Man

1974

Annie’s Song – John Denver – Back Home Again
Brighton Rock – Queen – Sheer Heart Attack
Cat’s In The Cradle – Harry Chapin – Verities & Balderdash
Counting Out Time – Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Dark Lady – Cher – Dark Lady
Fox On The Run – Sweet – Desolation Boulevard
Jolene – Dolly Parton – Jolene
Mandy – Barry Manilow – Barry Manilow II
Radar Love – Golden Earring – Moontan
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd – Second Helping
The Air That I Breathe – Hollies – Hollies
The Loco-Motion – Grand Funk Railroad – Shinin’ On
You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet – Bachman Turner Overdrive – Not Fragile
You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker – I Can Stand A Little Rain

1975

’39 – Queen – A Night At The Opera
50 Ways To Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen – A Night At The Opera
Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) – The Four Seasons – Who Loves You
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do – ABBA – ABBA
It’s A Long Way To The Top – AC/DC – T.N.T.
Love of My Life – Queen – A Night At The Opera
Low Rider – War – Why Can’t We Be Friends?
Mozambique – Bob Dylan – Desire
No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley & The Wailers – Live!
Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac
Rock And Roll All Nite – Kiss – Dressed To Kill
Rock Me – ABBA – ABBA
Shining Star – Wind & Fire – That’s the Way of the World
Tangled Up In Blue – Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks
Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
You Ain’t Got A Hold On Me – AC/DC – High Voltage

1976

American Girl – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers –
Anarchy In The U.K. – The Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols
Blank Generation – Richard Hell and the Voidoids – Blank Generation
Blinded By The Light – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – The Roaring Silence
Blitzkrieg Bop – Ramones – Ramones
Blowin’ In The Wind – Joan Baez – From Every Stage
Daddy Cool – Boney M. – Take The Heat Off Me
Dancing Queen – ABBA – Arrival
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap – AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Do Ya – E.L.O. – A New World Record
Don’t Leave Me This Way – Thelma Houston – Any Way You Like It
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
Hotel California – The Eagles – Hotel California
Livin’ Thing – E.L.O. – A New World Record
Living Next Door To Alice – Smokie – Single
More Than A Feeling – Boston – Boston
Save Your Kisses For Me – Brotherhood of Man – Love and Kisses
Show Me The Way (Live) – Peter Frampton – Comes Alive
Somebody To Love – Queen – A Day At The Races

1977

A Fifth Of Beethoven – Walter Murphy – Saturday Night Fever (Soundtrack)
A Spaceman Came Travelling – Chris De Burgh – Spanish Train And Other Stories
Angelo – Brotherhood of Man – Images
Barracuda – Heart – Little Queen
Dog Eat Dog – AC/DC – Let There Be Rock
Dust In The Wind – Kansas – Point Of Know Return
God Save The Queen – The Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols
If I Can’t Have You – Yvonne Elliman – Saturday Night Fever (Soundtrack)
Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel – The Stranger
Lonely Sky – Chris De Burgh – Spanish Train And Other Stories
Lust For Life – Iggy Pop – Lust For Life
Mull of Kintyre – Wings – Single
Natural Mystic – Bob Marley & The Wailers – Exodus
Psycho Killer – Talking Heads – Talking Heads: 77
Staying Alive – Bee Gees – Saturday Night Fever (Soundtrack)
The Passenger – Iggy Pop – Lust for Life
Uptown Top Ranking – Althea & Donna – Single
We Will Rock You – Queen – News Of The World
You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim) – Rod Stewart – Foot Loose & Fancy Free

1978

Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love – Van Halen – Van Halen
Armagideon Time – Willi Williams – Armagideon Time
Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty – City To City
Because The Night – Patti Smith Group – Easter
Candy’s Room – Bruce Springsteen – Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Changing Of The Guards – Bob Dylan – Street Legal
Damaged Goods – Gang of Four – Single
Darkness On The Edge Of Town – Bruce Springsteen – Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Dreadlock Holiday – 10cc – Bloody Tourists
Ever Fallen In Love (With Some You Shouldn’t’ve) – Buzzcocks – Live Bites
Factory – Bruce Springsteen – Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Grease – Frankie Valli – Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture
Heart of Glass – Blondie – Parallel Lines
Hong Kong Garden – Siouxsie and the Banshees – Single
Human Fly – The Cramps – Gravest Hits (EP)
I Am The Fly – Wire – Chairs Missing
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor – Love Tracks
James And The Cold Gun – Kate Bush – The Kick Inside
My Way – Sid Vicious – Single
Old Time Rock and Roll – Bob Seger – Stranger in Town
One Way or Another – Blondie – Parallel Lines
Rock Lobster – The B-52’s – The B-52’s
Roxanne – The Police – Outlandos d’Amour
Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits – Dire Straits
Teenage Kicks – The Undertones – Teenage Kicks EP
(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais – The Clash – The Clash
Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush – The Kick Inside
Y.M.C.A. – Village People – Cruisin’
You’re The One That I Want – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – Grease (Soundtrack)

1979

Africa Unite – Bob Marley & The Wailers – Survival
Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2 – Pink Floyd – The Wall
Bahama Mama – Boney M. – Oceans Of Fantasy
Breakfast In America – Supertramp – Breakfast In America
Cars – Gary Numan – The Pleasure Principle
Chiquitita – ABBA – Voulez-Vouz
Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd – The Wall
Death Or Glory – The Clash – London Calling
Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough – Michael Jackson – Off The Wall
Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) – Neil Young – Rust Never Sleeps
Hot Stuff – Donna Summer – Bad Girls
London Calling – The Clash – London Calling
My Sharona – The Knack – Get The Knack
One Step Beyond – Madness – One Step Beyond …
Refugee – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Damn The Torpedoes
Ring My Bell – Anita Ward – Songs of Love
Shadowplay – Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
She’s In Love With You – Suzi Quatro – Suzi… And Other Four Letter Words
She’s Lost Control – Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
The Eton Rifles – The Jam – Setting Sons
The Guns Of Brixton – The Clash – London Calling
Tragedy – Bee Gees – Spirits Having Flown
Tusk – Fleetwood Mac – Tusk

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