Top Ten Songs of the Seventies

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    By: April G.
    • 10. Drift Away by Dobie Gray
    • 9. Midnight Rider by Allman Brothers Band
    • 8. Should I Stay Or Should I Go? by The Clash
    • 7. The Great Gig In The Sky by Pink Floyd
    • 6. Slow Ride by Foghat
    • 5. Sweet Jane by Velvet Underground
    • 4. The Cover Of The Rolling Stone by Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
    • 3. Touch Me by The Doors
    • 2. Rock On by David Essex
    • 1. Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd

    I was growing up in the South in the 70s. We lived in Georgia right on, what was then known as, Clarks Hill Lake. These aren't (musical speaking) some of the best songs from the 70's but they take me back to a time when all I cared about was nothing more than hangin' out with friends and smoking pot. LOL!
    By: Metal-King
    • 10. Aqualung by Jethro Tull
      Great work !!!!
    • 9. Delivering The Goods by Judas Priest
      Great stuff !!!!
    • 8. Child In Time by Deep Purple
      Another one by the purpleheads !!!!
    • 7. Detroit Rock City by KISS
      Simply Superb !!!!
    • 6. More Than A Feeling by Boston
      Brilliant work !!!!
    • 5. Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas
      An amazing progressive masterpiece.
    • 4. Feel Like Makin' Love by Bad Company
      Great stuff by a great band.
    • 3. Eighteen by Alice Cooper
      What a riff and what a song !!!
    • 2. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      A great song.
    • 1. Highway Star by Deep Purple
      One of the earliest Heavy Metal songs is also the best of that era.

    Some more couldn't be accommodated !!!!
    By: J. Patel
    • 10. Back In Black by AC/DC
      My all-time best driving song. Driving 20 Km/h on a highway with your feet up. Semi slow, totally rock tempo.
    • 9. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap by AC/DC
      Another bad boy get outta my way rock song. Great for rush hour.
    • 8. I Want It All by Queen
      This one...oh yeah...meant to be shouted out at the top of your lungs on full blast. And once your done you going to fel 100x better I tells ya what.
    • 7. Roxanne by The Police
      Late 70's, but a classic nonetheless. Fond memories of this song. Get a bottle of whiskey, and shoot every time he says "Roxanne".
    • 6. Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix
      Epic. Don't know this one? You will when you hear it. [required- Volume so loud you can't hear your thoughts]
    • 5. Saturday Night Special by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      Your down low bad boy song.
    • 4. Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye
      Been cheated on? Lied to? Heard some bad news? This song is for you. Don't be afraid to cry in this mo-town tempo.
    • 3. Ten Years Gone by Led Zeppelin
      Gone doesn't always mean horrid things. The Perfect semi-slow-hard song. A great song if your dealing with regret, with that classic "make ya feel good" Zeppelin after taste.
    • 2. Tangerine by Led Zeppelin
      The best from Zeppelin III. Like Ten Years Gone, it has that slow-hard tempo. Epic.
    • 1. Hey Hey What Can I Do by Led Zeppelin
      For all of them horrible ex's we had growing up. Anyone can relate.

    This list, all somewhat related to me. If not growing up experiences, it's the ones that got me threw the rough times. I hope you enjoy 'em.
    By: Ryan Mitchell
    • 10. White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane
      Best song and drug song ever.
    • 9. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      Played backwards is a whole different song.
    • 8. Kashmir by Led Zeppelin
      Catchy intro.
    • 7. Black Dog by Led Zeppelin
      Hey Hey ma'ma, said the way you move, gonna make you sweat, gonna make you groove
    • 6. Heartbreaker by Led Zeppelin
      Crazy solo in this.
    • 5. Love Hurts by Nazareth
      One of the greastest songs ever.
    • 4. Ramble On by Led Zeppelin
      Led Zeppelin and the Lord Of The Rings are the perfect match.
    • 3. Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin
      I love the lyrics to this.
    • 2. Cocaine by Eric Clapton
      Not very hard on guitar but catchy lyrics.
    • 1. Imagine by John Lennon
      Very awesome song.

    It doesn't get better than these songs ever, so don't even try.
    By: Paul Epstein
    • 10. The Man Who Sold The world by David Bowie
      Best of the tons of great Bowie songs, this is impeccably produced and engineered. One of the best guitar riffs ever.
    • 9. Everybody's Happy Nowadays by Buzzcocks
      Best song and best songwriting band of the punk era.
    • 8. Love Is Tragic by David Werner
      Sorry, Bowie, Mott, Roxy et al. The "Whiz Kid" did in fact write the quintessential Glitteer-Glam song of them all.
    • 7. 'Dream' edit from 'Babbacombe Lee' by Fariport Convention
      Simply gorgeous.
    • 6. The Musical Box by Genesis
      Long, long build to the most climatic and cathartic ending of any song to date. Audiences literally scream when it ends, from utter musical brilliance.
    • 5. Fires (Which Burn Brightly) by Procol Harum
      Perhaps the best song out of dozens of greats from one of my candidates for best band ever.
    • 4. Time Take My Life by Atomic Rooster
      Intricate, replete with arousingly unique chordal patterns and mixed rhythms.
    • 3. Green Manalishi by Fleetwood Mac
      Breathtaking-----the most perfect Halloween song ever.
    • 2. Good News Bad News by Family
      Roger Chapman at his "Rogerest".
    • 1. Watcher Of The Skies by Genesis
      Other than "awesome", I can't think of many adjectives for this song.

    If only profit-vigilant radio stations would consider playing such great fare as this, nine out of ten of you wouldn't be shaking your heads and saying: "Huh....where's this dude comin'from?" But alas, every single piece of airplay must prove to be something that has garnered billions. Perhaps that is just now changing!
    By: Jokerman
    • 10. Shelter From The Storm by Bob Dylan
    • 9. Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac
    • 8. Over The Hills And Far Away by Led Zeppelin
    • 7. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
    • 6. Tangled Up In Blue by Bob Dylan
    • 5. Boys Don't Cry by The Cure
    • 4. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
    • 3. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
    • 2. Fantasy by Earth, Wind & Fire
    • 1. Sultans Of Swing by Dire Straits

    By: Funkychick
    • 10. Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield
      --yes, I know it's freaky
    • 9. Does Your Mother Know by ABBA
    • 8. Peace Of Mind by Boston
    • 7. Touch Too Much by AC/DC
    • 6. Over The Hills And Far Away by Led Zeppelin
    • 5. YMCA by The Village People
    • 4. The Phantom Of The Opera by Iron Maiden
    • 3. Cmon 'n Love Me by KISS
    • 2. Tyrant by Judas Priest
    • 1. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath by Black Sabbath

    I was typing in comments for each of these songs, and I accidently hit 'next page' and all my comments
    By: Nick F
    • 10. Hotel California by The Eagles
      There are dozens of songs that deserve to be here but hearing the live acoustic cut of this song I couldn't leave it out. Makes the hairs on my arm stand up every time I hear it. A classic.
    • 9. Vincent by Don McLean
      In my opinion this is a better song than American Pie. One of the saddest songs ever written and one of the best.
    • 8. Dream On by Aerosmith
      Although Aerosmith are one of the most enduring rock bands of all time their best song remains their first. Simultaneously spooky and beautiful.
    • 7. For The Love Of Money by O'Jays
      Best Motown song of all time, sung with incredible conviction. I am honestly stunned that I haven't seen this song on any other lists.
    • 6. More Than A Feeling by Boston
      One of the most memorable guitar riffs you'll ever hear. Great song and the sort of thing that music of today really lacks.
    • 5. Rock Lobster by B 52's
      Even though this song has some of the most bizarre lyrics in music history it's just a blast to listen to. Never fails to put a smile on my face.
    • 4. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      Thoroughly deserves to be held in such reverence. The way it builds from a slow dirge into a thumping rocker is sublime.
    • 3. All Along The Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix
      Hendrix takes a bland Dylan song and transforms it into one of the most memorable songs of all time. Incredible guitar work.
    • 2. Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      The first half of the song is pretty great in it's own right but the guitar solo is just phenomenal.
    • 1. Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas
      Wow. Unbelievable instrumental performance, powerfully sung with strong and uplifting lyrics. As close to a perfect song as I have ever heard.

    The next 10 songs of the 70s would just about be the top 10 of any other decade. I wish I grew up in this era instead of the largely god-awful mid- 90s...
    By: Laura
    • 10. The Way We Were by Barbra Streisand
    • 9. You're The First, The Last, My Everything by Barry White
    • 8. Let's Stay Together by Al Green
    • 7. Let's Get It On by Marvin Gaye
    • 6. We've Only Just Begun by Carpenters
    • 5. American Pie by Don McLean
    • 4. Stayin' Alive by Bee Gees
    • 3. Make It With You by Bread
    • 2. Wild World by Cat Stevens
    • 1. Color My World by Chicago

    By: Robert
    • 10. Stuck In The Middle With You by Stealers Wheel
    • 9. Put Your Lights On by Santana
      Other good songs by Santana: Maria Maria, Love Of My life, Smooth, Dale Taleo and Evil Ways.
    • 8. This Flight Tonight by Nazareth
      Other good songs by Nazareth: Razamanaz, Shanghaid n' Shanghai, Turn On Your Reciever, Love Hurts and Hair Of The Dog.
    • 7. Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas
    • 6. Centerfold by J. Geils Band
    • 5. Some Kind Of Wonderful by Grand Funk Railroad
    • 4. Drift Away by Dobie Gray
    • 3. You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet by BTO
      Other good songs by BTO: Takin' Care Of Business and Let It Ride.
    • 2. Bad Side Of The Moon by April Wine
      Other good songs by April Wine include: Oowatanite, Sign Of The Gypsy Queen, Rock 'N Roll Is A Vicious Game and Weeping Willow.
    • 1. Walk On The Wild Side by Lou Reed

    These aren't the greatest songs ever, but I haven't seen them listed on this site and I think they deserve recognition. They aren't in any particular order.

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