Top Ten Songs of the Seventies

What are your top ten favorite songs from the 70s?

We also have pages on this topic devoted to the 80s and 90s

    By: Krissy Ward
    • 10. (Don't Fear) The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
      Total rock ballad!! I'll never get tired of it!! Just an all-out awesome song!!
    • 9. The Joker by Steve Miller Band
      Great song!!! I know it brings a smile to everyone's face when they hear it!! My mom wouldn't let me pass this one by!
    • 8. Me And Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin
      I know this is more like the 60's era, but I don't care! I have to mention the great Janis!!
    • 7. Gold Dust Woman by Fleetwood Mac
      My mom didn't let me grow up without hearing Fleetwood Mac or Stevie Nicks and I won't let my kids grow up without hearing it either... Stevie Nicks is a goddess!!!
    • 6. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
      Who doesn't love Pink Floyd!!! I have listened to them all through my teenage years...Don't think I'll ever stop either!! Saw Roger Waters live! He rocked!!!
    • 5. Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      It's a ballad for the ages!!!! Lynyrd Skynyrd rocks!!!
    • 4. Kashmir by Led Zeppelin
      Like everyone else has mentioned, there's just no explaining this song!!! Awesome song by an awesome band!! Robert Plant and Jimmy page are gods!!!
    • 3. I Want You To Want Me by Cheap Trick
      Awesome song!!! Every time I hear it, I blast the volume and dance around like a little kid!! It brings me to joy!!! Yet another rock ballad!!!
    • 2. The Greatest Hits Album by Stevie Ray Vaughn
      Hello out there.... Stevie Ray Vaughn...need I say more???? I'm making up for everyone who didn't out him on the list!! Sit back, relax and enjoy!!!
    • 1. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      Okay, how could I not put this song first?? Everyone knows it's the first one taht comes to mind on a greatest songs list!! Rock on!

    Well of course it was really hard making such a short list. I would mention a few significant others but it wouldn't end. Right now I'm working on a list of songs that I'm gonna burn onto CDs for the all out CD collection, and so far it's about 200 songs from the 60's, 70's and 80's. All of the songs on these lists have withstood the test of time and always will!!!
    By: Jeff
    • 10. Year Of The Cat by Al Stewart
      He was underrated, as was the song.
    • 9. The Logical Song by Supertramp
      I like this one because of its uniqueness musically and lyrically.
    • 8. The Long And Winding Road by Beatles
      Their breakup song. The sorrow in it is clear.
    • 7. Come Sail Away by Styx
      A classic.
    • 6. Beth by KISS
      Okay, so it's not really considered a typical KISS song, but it did go to No. 1.
    • 5. Night Moves by Bob Seger
      A great story song about the remembrance of young love and all its ramifications.
    • 4. Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac
      My favorite Mac song.
    • 3. More Than A Feeling by Boston
      Tom Scholz wrote a timeless classic, which will probably be played on radio stations forever. It will never lose its appeal.
    • 2. Dream On by Aerosmith
      It has this sorrowful feel to it, but even now I always turn it up and sing along.
    • 1. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      Not just a song, it's an experience.

    By: Joe Bartoleit
    • 10. Dreaming by Blondie
    • 9. Bang A Gong (Get It On) by T. Rex
    • 8. Just What I Needed by The Cars
    • 7. Roxanne by The Police
    • 6. Clampdown by The Clash
    • 5. Search And Destroy by Iggy & The Stooges
    • 4. I Wanna Be Sedated by Ramones
    • 3. Pretty Vacant by Sex Pistols
    • 2. Sweet Jane by Velvet Underground
    • 1. Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie

    By: Stephen
    • 10. Hotel California by The Eagles
    • 9. Layla by Derek & The Dominos
    • 8. Horse With No Name by America
    • 7. Imagine by John Lennon
    • 6. Hurricane by Bob Dylan
    • 5. No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley & The Wailers
    • 4. Bohiemian Rhapsody by Queen
    • 3. Dream On by Aerosmith
    • 2. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
    • 1. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd

    Wanted to make it so that there would only be one song by one band, otherwise the whole list would have been Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.
    By: Dean
    • 10. Changes by David Bowie
    • 9. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
    • 8. Ramblin' Man by Allman Brothers Band
    • 7. Casey Jones by Grateful Dead
    • 6. Life's Been Good by Joe Walsh
    • 5. Cat's In The Cradle by Harry Chapin
    • 4. Piano Man by Billy Joel
    • 3. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
    • 2. Hotel California by Eagles
    • 1. American Pie by Don McLean

    Other great classics: Animals: 'House Of The Rising Sun, Bob Dylan: 'Like A Rolling Stone, Bob Marley: 'No Woman No Cry', Bob Seger: 'Turn The Page', Boston: 'More Than A Feeling', 'Peace Of Mind', Cat Stevens: 'Wild World', 'Father And Son', every single CCR song, Derek & The Dominos: 'Layla', Eric Clapton: 'Wonderful Tonight', Grateful Dead: 'Uncle John's Band', Lynyrd Skynyrd: 'Free Bird',etc.
    By: TellerChick
    • 10. Squonk by Genesis
      Genesis is my favorite band. I am a Phil-era Genesis fan, however. Squonk is a neat song, with so many sounds combining. Very unusual lyrics, but still probably one of the best 70's Genesis songs.
    • 9. Fantasy by Earth, Wind, & Fire
      I really like these guys. This song reminds me of driving to work in my old Ford Taurus. Such a soulful blending of voices; too bad they had to break up.
    • 8. Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? by Rod Stewart
      Rod's only attempt at disco and a video that is pretty forgettable, it's still a swinging tune. Good for the vain side in all of us.
    • 7. Kashmir by Led Zeppelin
      I was exposed to all of LZ's catalog when I was with my former fiance. This song has an incredible sound, combining Page's guitar work and Bonham's drums. If I were ever a stripper, I might choose this song.
    • 6. Heaven Knows by Donna Summer
      Donna was a disco queen. She had SO many hits in the 70's, it seemed like she would never stop churning them out. This one has a catchy beat and a great rhythm to dance to.
    • 5. Lady by Littler River Band
      This Australian band had a number of hits, and although 'Reminiscing' was probably their biggest one, I like this song. It's another sort of slow mover that has a nice groove to it.
    • 4. Tinman by America
      America was poised to be the next Beatles, thanks to the help of George Martin. They never got THAT big, but this song is nice to listen to when you want to relax.
    • 3. Love's Theme by Love Unlimited Orchestra
      Not a lot of people know that Barry White was the master behind this great tune. Although, every time I hear it, it reminds me of some type of TV theme song. It's another number that I can listen to over and over again!
    • 2. Peg by Steely Dan
      In my opinion, Steely Dan's best hit. I love lots of their other stuff, like 'FM', and 'Deacon Blues', but 'Peg' just has another one of those riffs in it that is unforgettable!
    • 1. Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty
      This is my All-Time Favorite song. The saxophone riff is just so memorable and the tune is fantastic. I NEVER tire of this tune!

    Gawd.....there are just TOO many songs I could choose from. And I did this at 4:35 in the morning, off the top of my head. The 70's were a great time, and although I was only around for 6 years of it, I still remember the fabulous and diverse sounds that came out of it. Enjoy my selections!
    By: Bye-Gon Jinx
    • 10. I'd Really Love To See You Tonight by England Dan & John Ford Coley
      Ooooooh, I can always hum this tune in class :)
    • 9. All By Myself by Eric Carmen
      I like Celine Dion's version a lot better, but this is a really good version, too.
    • 8. Blue Bayou by Linda Rondstadt
      It's a nice crescendo for a song, and the words have lots of meaning.
    • 7. If You Leave Me Now by Chicago
      All I can think of is that commercial! Again, totally recognizable.
    • 6. Sultans Of Swing by Dire Straits
      They had even better songs in the 80's, but this is one of the classics. Gotta love the guitar!
    • 5. If by Bread
      It's too short, but it's a classic love song. I love the tune to it!
    • 4. Still The One by Orleans
      Oi, I love this :) The beginning is really catchy!
    • 3. She's Gone by Daryl Hall & John Oates
      :) is all I can say.
    • 2. I'm Not In Love by 10cc
      Not sure if this is 70's or 80's, but I love this song! Again, very recognizable...sort of.
    • 1. I Go Crazy by Paul Davis
      It's so recognizable! It's probably my top, though the rest are prime candidates as well :)

    I love old music. 80's takes the cake, but 70's is followin' behind!!!!
    By: James Richard
    • 10. Electric Light Orchestra by Evil Woman
      Great grooving tune. It always comes down to the beat.
    • 9. Creedence Clearwater Revival by Run Through The Jungle
      Another wicked simply doesn't get any better.
    • 8. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons by December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)
      A '70s song about the '60s that still kicks a** in the ''00s.
    • 7. Every 1's A Winner by Hot Chocolate
      RARE FACT: This song surpasses "You Sexy Thing"...easily.
    • 6. Band On The Run by Wings
      Greatest intro...
    • 5. I Believe (When I Fall In Love) by Stevie Wonder
      'Superstition' is directly behind this great tune.
    • 4. Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie
      Another must. They came on so loaded man...
    • 3. Baba O'Reilly by The Who
      He's just too damn good.
    • 2. Bohemian Rahpsody by Queen
      Eight minutes? No radio station will ever play that you idiots...ooops. This would make a top five of all time.
    • 1. Blinded By The Light by Manfred Mann's Earth Band
      Do you all have amnesia? This bad boy is a must.

    I left out most of the big boys' stuff (Zepplin, Skynyrd, Queen, Stones etc.)as these lists are fairly similar and instead attempted to fill some GLARING omissions. And I wasn't even alive yet...
    By: Greg
    • 10. Frankenstein by Edgar Winter Group
      I recall this as a great instrumental.
    • 9. Take It To The Limit by The Eagles
      A great ballad. Came out when The Eagles had their best lineup with Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner.
    • 8. I Just Want To Make Love To You by Foghat
      Another 70's staple. Extended guitar play with that 70's power chord sound.
    • 7. Do You Feel Like We Do by Peter Frampton
      How can anyone leave this one off a list of best 70's songs? Frampton was "the man" when I was in high school.
    • 6. Tush by ZZ top
      Just a great song for dancing, fighting or driving around. You gotta turn up the volume.
    • 5. Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who
      The greatest rock band of the arena era. A 70's standard that still holds up in the 21st century.
    • 4. Radar Love by Golden Earring
      Try to listen to this one without tapping your foot or moving your hand to the time of the cymbal.
    • 3. Rosalita by Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band
      Makes you want to meet Rosalita. Exemplifies the era when Springsteen put some effort and soul into his songs.
    • 2. Rock And Roll Hoochie Koo by Rick Derringer
      Tell me this doesn't make you jump around and play air guitar.
    • 1. Hotel California by Eagles
      The seminal 70's rock song and best album of the decade.

    Honorable mention: 'Paradise By The Dashboard Light' (Meatloaf), 'Born To Run' and 'Jungleland' (Springsteen), 'Psycho Killer' (Talking Heads), 'Live And Let Die' (Wings).
    By: Danielle
    • 10. Aqualung by Jethro Tull
      Any band that has a rock 'n roll flute in it deserves to be on my list! Dam*, they are sexy!
    • 9. American City Suite by Cashman & West
      This song just defines the 70's.... but I don't think anybody has really ever heard the WHOLE version of this song... there's just so many verses.
    • 8. Hey Jude by The Beatles
      Beautiful song.... need I say more?
    • 7. Bohenmian Rhapsody by Queen
      I hate this song.... dont know why..... but everyone else seems to love it.... dont know why..... so what the hell? It can go on my list....
    • 6. Tiny Dancer by Elton John
      Man... this is the best song ever... whenever I hear it, it takes me back to the 70's.
    • 5. American Pie by Don McLean
      Does anybody really know what this whole song is about???
    • 4. Hotel California by The Eagles
      The guitars in this are mad awesome... I think this song is about drugs in the 70's and who people took them and never came down...
    • 3. Baba O' Riley by The Who
      They're all wasted!!' Just blare this song till your speakers pop!
    • 2. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      Tell me.... does this song ever end? Nah...but that's cool, they should have made it longer.
    • 1. Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      Best song ever.... you just don't ever get sick of this song! It's in a category of its own... Spiral Trance's last song... too sexy. me list and love it!

    Previous List or Next List

    This page currently edited by: CeramicsFanatic. Past editor: ChuckyG

We also have pages on this topic devoted to the 80s and 90s

Would You Like To Add Something We Missed?

Please use the submission page to submit information to be used on this page.