Top Ten Songs of the Seventies

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    By: Amanda Baber
    • 10. Satellite of Love by Lou Reed
      I'll watch it for a little while; I like to watch things on TV.
    • 9. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere by Bob Dylan
      The goofy version from Greatest Hits Vol. 2. Genghis Khan and his brother Don/could not keep on keepin' on...
    • 8. I Want You to Want Me by Cheap Trick
      Power goddamn pop!
    • 7. Jet by Paul McCartney and Wings
      George's "What Is Life" deserves a mention as well.
    • 6. Down by the River by Neil Young and Crazy Horse
      Three minute guitar solos consisting of two notes: I love those.
    • 5. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
      "'Cause the record company, Rosie/Just gave me a big advance!"
    • 4. This Whole World by Beach Boys
      In 1970 Brian was depressed and addicted to every drug in the book. His band didn't believe in him, and he hardly ever left his bed anymore. And this song begins: "Late at night, I think about the love of this whole world..." Sublime is the only word for it. Especially the moment near the end when that long "auuuuuuum" turns into "bop didit...."
    • 3. Young Americans by David Bowie
    • 2. Tired of Being Alone by Al Green
      Just about any Al Green song up till about 1977 would fit the bill.
    • 1. Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile) by Van Morrison
      It's the happiest song ever!

    OK, so I left off Big Star, at least five Stevie Wonder songs, "Roxanne," Carole King, a couple ELO songs I feel really guilty about liking (especially "Livin' Thing," off the Boogie Nights soundtrack), the Raspberries' "Go All the Way," and everything off The Best of Badfinger.
    By: Audie Murphy
    • 10. Honesty by Billy Joel
    • 9. Seasons In the Sun by Terry Jacks
    • 8. Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad by Meat Loaf
    • 7. Time For Me To Fly by REO Speedwagon
    • 6. Sometimes When We Touch by Dan Hill
    • 5. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel
    • 4. Shooting Star by Bad Company
    • 3. Turn the Page by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
    • 2. Desperado by The Eagles
    • 1. Dream On by Aerosmith

    By: joe
    • 10. Shambala by Three Dog Night
    • 9. Sundown by Gordon Lightfoot
      He's Canadian.
    • 8. Get it Right Back by ??
      ..and it's coming on, we gotta get it right back where we started from... Who did that song?
    • 7. Theme from Shaft by Issac Hayes
    • 6. Clean Up Woman by Betty Wright
    • 5. Superfly by Curtis Mayfield
    • 4. You Sexy Thing by Hot Chocolate
    • 3. Brandy by Looking Glass
      One hit wonders
    • 2. Peace Train by Cat Stevens
    • 1. Love Train by O'Jays

    The '70's' actually ended in 1977. No revisionism here. Just songs that I fondly remember. Think AM radio in your Mom's car.
    By: Southern Belle
    • 10. Spinning Wheel by Blood, Sweat, and Tears
    • 9. She's come undone by The Guess Who
    • 8. Celebrate by Rare Earth
    • 7. Give me an F by Country Joe McDonald
    • 6. I'm Eighteen by Alice Cooper
    • 5. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
    • 4. Maggie May by Rod Stewart
    • 3. Shambala by Three Dog Night
    • 2. Black Magic Woman by Santana
    • 1. Stormy Monday by Allman Brothers Band
      From the "Filmore East" albulm. One of the best live albulms ever.

    By: Rob Hofmann
    • 10. The Big Payback by James Brown
      "I don't know karate/ but I know ka-razy"
    • 9. Do You Feel Like We Do (live) by Peter Frampton
      Have you ever heard a crowd go nuts more than when Peter says the title line through his guitar?
    • 8. I Just Want to Make Love to You by Foghat
      "I don't want you to be true/ I just want to make love to you" pretty much epitomizes the 70s for me. Some people give Foghat (of "Slow Ride" fame) a bad rap, but thay can really knock out the blues.
    • 7. Don't Leave Me This Way by Thelma Houston
      Probably the only pure disco song I legitimately like, call it a guilty pleasure.
    • 6. Jessica by the Allman Brothers Band
      This song just screams "Road trip! Road trip!"
    • 5. Superfly by Curtis Mayfield
    • 4. Over the Hills and Far Away by Led Zeppelin
      If I had to pick just one Zeppelin song, it'd be this.
    • 3. Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd
    • 2. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
    • 1. Baba O'Riley by The Who
      Fragile yet powerful, and achingly beautiful.

    By: Shannon
    • 10. Crystal by Fleetwood Mac
    • 9. Gold Dust Woman by Fleetwood Mac
    • 8. Sisters Of The Moon by Fleetwood Mac
    • 7. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
    • 6. Witchy Woman by The Eagles
    • 5. Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin
    • 4. Ramble On by Led Zeppelin
    • 3. Hotel California by The Eagles
    • 2. Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac
    • 1. Dreams by Fleetwood Mac
      All I can say about Fleetwood Mac is they are the best band to ever play music and Stevie Nicks is the best and greatest singer/songwriter ever!!!!!

    By: Judy
    • 10. On The Radio by Donna Summer
      Great song from The Queen of Disco.
    • 9. It's Going To Take Some Time by the Carpenters
      My all time fav I think from the Carpenters.
    • 8. Tryin To Get The Feeling by Barry Manilow
    • 7. Beautiful Music by Barry Manilow
    • 6. It's A Miracle by Barry Manilow
    • 5. Bandstand Boogie by Barry Manilow
    • 4. New York City Rhythm by Barry Manilow
    • 3. Copacabana by Barry Manilow
    • 2. This One's For You by Barry Manilow
    • 1. Could It Be Magic by Barry Manilow
      My all time favorite song actually I think my all time fav from Barry Manilow.

    The 1970s has alot of psychedelic music and I could go on and on but I will stop here.
    By: Raymond
    • 10. My Way by Sid Vicious
    • 9. London Calling by The Clash
    • 8. Sleepwalker by The Kinks
    • 7. Anarchy in the UK by The Sex Pistols
    • 6. Rebel Rebel by David Bowie
    • 5. Apeman by The Kinks
    • 4. Celluloid Heroes by The Kinks
    • 3. Lola by The Kinks
    • 2. Baba O'Riley by The Who
    • 1. Behind Blue Eyes by The Who

    By: DLW
    • 10. Vehicle by Ides Of March
      I'd be shocked, stunned and bewildered if I didn't see this song pop up on other people's new list entries.
    • 9. Living In The Past by Jethro Tull
      The first time I heard this song, something clicked. Maybe it's the really cool flute solos.
    • 8. For The Love Of You by Isley Bros.
      This still sounds great even at today's standards.
    • 7. Viva Tirado by El Chicano
      This is one of the best instrumentals I've ever heard.
    • 6. The Fez by Steely Dan
      My favorite Steely Dan song. Quirky and catchy.
    • 5. How Deep Is Your Love by Bee Gee's
      I would actually have to say that almost all of the songs on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack are great.
    • 4. Send One Your Love by Stevie Wonder
      OK, OK so I'm a sucker for slow R&B grooves.
    • 3. Love's Holliday by Earth, Wind & Fire
      This song will set you in the mood for ROMANCE!!
    • 2. Skin Tight by Ohio Players
      Very fun to listen to. Unlike any other danceable soul song I've heard from this decade.
    • 1. As by Stevie Wonder
      Stevie at his best. Nuff said.

    I'm not real big on 70's music, but I feel these are the 10 best of the decade.
    By: Jason Young
    • 10. December Will Be Magic Again by Kate Bush
      The last great Kate Bush song
    • 9. Upside Down by Diana Ross
      September 1980
    • 8. Please Don't Go by KC and the Sunshine Band
      January 1980
    • 7. Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney
      December 1979
    • 6. Yes Sir, I Can Boogie by Baccara
      October 1977
    • 5. Devil Went Down to Georgia by The Charlie Daniels Band
      August 1979
    • 4. Born to be Alive by Patrick Hernandez
      Madonna was the backing artist to this disco group
    • 3. Sunday Girl by Blondie
      One of Blondie's top songs of 1979
    • 2. Fernando by ABBA
      One of the greatest ABBA love songs
    • 1. Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush
      Debut Single - February 1978

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