Top Ten Songs of the Seventies

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    By: Dan Hokstad
    • 10. Do You Feel Like We Do by Peter Frampton
      Frampton can make his guitar spill emotion. (As good as Gilmour and Clapton!)
    • 9. I'd Love To Change The World by Ten Years After
      Thirty years after and it still has has meaning!
    • 8. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
      A nostalgic song...check out the live version from 'Pulse.'
    • 7. Black Magic Woman by Santana
    • 6. The Real Me by The Who
      The energy of this song is amazing...Townshend's guitar riff, Entwistle's bass line, Daltry's vocals (he's in character - insane!), and lastly, Moon's drumming - wow!
    • 5. Rock And Roll by Led Zeppelin
      Again, Bonzo's drumming! Wow!
    • 4. The Boys Are Back by Thin Lizzy
      A great song with a great SOUND.
    • 3. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band
      The E-Street Band at their rocking best(before Bruce went folksy).
    • 2. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      A masterpiece...for me, Bonham's drumming is emotionally driven.
    • 1. Money by Pink Floyd
      Fantastic guitar and the lyrics sum up modern civilization.

    The Seventies were the best of times (Floyd, Zeppelin, et al) and the worst of times (disco!).
    By: HelÚne Fredriksson
    • 10. The Cover Of The Rolling Stone by Dr Hook & The Medicine Show
    • 9. Some Girls by Rolling Stones
    • 8. Roll Away The Stone by Mot tThe Hoople
    • 7. Lights by Journey
    • 6. The Last Resort by Eagles
    • 5. See My Baby Jive by Wizzard
    • 4. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
    • 3. Deadringer For Love by Meat Loaf
    • 2. Lady Lovebug by Clodagh Rodgers
    • 1. One More Chance by Roger McGuinn

    By: Paula Martin
    • 10. Dance With Me by Orleans
      Another song with beautiful harmonies.
    • 9. Superstar by The Carpenters
      Haunting song... Karen's voice was fantastic.
    • 8. Crazy Love by Poco
      Beautiful harmonies... beautiful song.
    • 7. Love Roller Coaster by Ohio Players
      Needed to include one of my favorite disco songs.
    • 6. An Innocent Man by Billy Joel
      Gotta love Billy Joel.
    • 5. Dazed And Confused by Led Zepplin
      The BEST metal band ever. They inspired many.
    • 4. Band On The Run by Wings
      Had this song stuck in my head for 2 days straight.
    • 3. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
      All the songs from this album were awesome. This and 'Mad Man Across The Water' were his best works, IMHO.
    • 2. How Deep Is Your Love by The Bee Gees
      Beautiful love song... the Bee Gees did the best harmonies.
    • 1. Gettin' In Tune by The Who
      One of the best, and most creative bands in the '70s.

    Would have loved to include John Denver, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, America, The Eagles, Carly Simon and many others. The artists listed in my top 10 did some of their best work in the 70's... my favorite decade in my life.
    By: Anthony Vetas
    • 10. The Joker by Steve Miller Band
      The voice makes the song one of a kind!
    • 9. Le Freak by Chic
      The 70's best disco song!
    • 8. Imagine by John Lennon
      There's no need to comment on this song. If I could put two of Lennon's down, I would like to have 'Jealous Guy' as well!
    • 7. Bat Out Of Hell by Meat Loaf
      Great album, great song!
    • 6. You Better You Bet by The Who
      It's said that now nobody remembers the Who...they where great!
    • 5. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
      Queen could fill the list alone.....
    • 4. Hotel California by The Eagles
      This has to be one of the songs that have been played the most! And thinking of it, I have never heard a cover of it! Should say it all...this means that no one wants to play with perfection!
    • 3. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      Have you ever heard a cover of it? I haven't! No one tries to rebuild paradise!
    • 2. Dancing In The Moonlight by Thin Lizzy
      Perhaps one of the best bands ever!! Phil Lynott, Gary Moore and the rest were magic! 'The Boys Are Back In Town', 'Cowboys many songs, so many memories!
    • 1. Time by Pink Floyd
      Could there ever be another No. 1 band? The song is one of the best, but what about 'Money', 'Wish You Were Here' and so on.....

    The 1970's aren't my decade. You can tell from my list that I started in the late '70s. Lots of good music, and some of the great ones in the '80s came from '70s artists...
    By: Michael Johnson
    • 10. Learning To Fly by Pink Floyd
    • 9. Ashes To Ashes by David Bowie
    • 8. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
    • 7. Most People I Know (Think That I'm Crazy) by Billy Thorpe
      I don't know if this is from the 70's, but it's a great song anyway.
    • 6. Thunderstruck by AC/DC
    • 5. American Pie by Don McLean
    • 4. Daddy Cool by Eagle Rock
      Gotta love the Aussie stuff...
    • 3. Dazed And Confused by Led Zeppelin
      ...just for the Jimmy Page guitar solo.
    • 2. Back In Black by AC/DC
      Aussie rock doesn't get any better than this!
    • 1. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      Easily the greatest song of the 70's, if not all time.

    I was born in 1979, so most of this music is before my time...still, I think this era is unarguably the greatest as far as rock is concerned.
    By: David
    • 10. Red Red Wine by Bob Marley
    • 9. Desperado by The Eagles
    • 8. The Joker by Steve Miller Band
    • 7. Fire And Rain by James Taylor
    • 6. Take It Easy by The Eagles
    • 5. You Can't Always Get What You Want by Rolling Stones
      Classic, should be on everyone's top 10!
    • 4. Teenage Wasteland by The Who
      5 great minutes.
    • 3. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      Speaks for itself.
    • 2. Free Fallin' by Tom Petty
      Never get tired of this song.
    • 1. Hotel California by The Eagles
      Greatest ever, hands down.

    By: Steve Miller
    • 10. Best Of My Love by The Eagles
      Listen to the words. How many of us lived them?
    • 9. American Pie by Don McLean
      Friday night, cruisin' with my buds, drinking 3.2 beers and singing along off key. Ah, high school.
    • 8. Maggie May by Rod Stewart
      It couldn't be a '70s list without having one of Rod's greatest on it.
    • 7. Ridin' The Storm Out by REO Speedwagon
      To truly appreciate this one, you have to listen to the studio and not the live version.
    • 6. Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who
      Best song from one of only two albums in which I lovd every song on the album.
    • 5. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
      Title song from the album that stayed on the charts for years.
    • 4. Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      Awesome rock from a tragic band.
    • 3. Layla by Derek & The Dominos
      Unlike the lame remake, this one was Clapton at his best.
    • 2. Hotel California by The Eagles
      The best song from them. It was even great when played in an outdoor stadium.
    • 1. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zepplin
      Simply put, the greatest rock ballad of them all. Who else remembers the album was first called Zoso? ( remember vinyl? )

    'All Along the Watchtower'...Hendrix's only top 40 song. 'Woman From Tokyo'...Deep Purple was hot. And numerous one-hit wonders like Lee Michaels' 'Do You Know What I Mean'. I could write a list for every kind of rock from the '70s. Pop, disco, metal. It was a great era.
    By: Audie Murphy
    • 10. Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad by Meat Loaf
    • 9. Seasons In The Sun by Terry Jacks
    • 8. Sometimes When We Touch by Dan Hill
    • 7. Time For Me To Fly by REO Speedwagon
    • 6. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
    • 5. We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions by Queen
    • 4. Desperado by The Eagles
    • 3. Turn The Page by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
    • 2. Shooting Star by Bad Company
    • 1. Dream On by Aerosmith

    By: Cody/Jimbo
    • 10. More Than A Feeling by Boston
      Tenth best song ever.
    • 9. Kashmir by Led Zeppelin
      Ninth best song ever.
    • 8. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      Eigth best song ever.
    • 7. (Don't Fear )The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
      Seventh best song ever.
    • 6. Yesterday by Beatles
      Sixth best song ever.
    • 5. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
      Fifth best song ever.
    • 4. Layla by Derek & The Dominos
      Fourth best song ever.
    • 3. Hotel California by Eagles
      Third best song ever.
    • 2. Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      Second best song ever.
    • 1. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      Best song ever.

    Lots of other good Zeppelin and Skynyrd songs not mentioned.
    By: Shannon
    • 10. Eagle Rock by Daddy Cool
      I really like the sound of this song.
    • 9. Hotel California by The Eagles
      I like the start of this song and "all the pretty pretty boys she call friends" but it gets a bit boring towards the end with all the guitaring and what not.
    • 8. Rock On by David Essex
      This is just a good sounding song. I love the "Jimmy Dean" bit.
    • 7. Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee by Stockard Channing
      This song sounds so cool, and is so fun to sing along with. It's never gotten as much publicity as 'Grease' and the others though :)
    • 6. Stayin' Alive by Bee Gees
      Ultimate disco song, everyone has the moves.
    • 5. We Are The Champions by Queen
      This song has significant meaning for me and everyone else who has ever won a final in a sporting game or anything like that.
    • 4. Don't Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John & Kiki Dee
      I have loved this song ever since I saw Saturday Night Live with Jennifer Love Hewitt.
    • 3. Imagine by John Lennon
      The ultimate protest song, also a tear-jerker.
    • 2. American Pie by Don McLean
      It has a great sound, and the lyrics are really sad and moving.
    • 1. My Sharona by The Knack
      The ultimate get-in-a-good-mood song!

    I wish I'd been alive in the 70s...that era of music is the best ever!

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