Top Ten Songs of the Seventies

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    By: damcheck
    • 10. Baba O'Riley by The Who
    • 9. Sympathy For The Devil by Rolling Stones
    • 8. Come Sail Away by Styx
    • 7. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
    • 6. Only The Good Die Young by Billy Joel
    • 5. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
    • 4. Piano Man by Billy Joel
    • 3. Scenes From An Italian Restaraunt by Billy Joel
    • 2. Captain Jack by Billy Joel
    • 1. Dream On by Aerosmith

    By: Kristen 'Lady Pit Bull' Gregory
    • 10. Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2 by Pink Floyd
      I love Floyd and I love this song; "The Wall" is a great movie and album.
    • 9. Jet Airliner by Steve Miller Band
      It's a great song.
    • 8. Brain Damage/Eclipse by Pink Floyd
      I love this song because at the end the man says "There is no dark side of the moon a matter of fact its all dark" I think that is so cool!
    • 7. Killer Queen by Queen
      Great song, I don't know why, I just like the beat.
    • 6. We Are The Champions by Queen
      I love this song so much, especially the part where he says "and its been no bed of roses".
    • 5. Time by Pink Floyd
      This song is nothing but truthful. Listen to the lyrics and you'll find out.
    • 4. Money by Pink Floyd's a crime!
    • 3. Open Invitation by Carlos Santana
      I'm not positive as to whether or not this is a song of the 70's or 80's but its a great song either way!
    • 2. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
      Excellent song both lyrically and musically...I love Elton John!
    • 1. Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd
      Im a big Floyd fan and this is definitely one of their best songs. David Gilmour is a "god" on the guitar and this song shows it!

    The Eagles, AC/DC, KISS, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Jethro Toll get honorable mentions!
    By: Richard Lessman
    • 10. Black Water by Doobie Brothers
    • 9. Over The Hills And Far Away by Led Zeppelin
    • 8. Born On The Bayou by Creedence Clearwater Revival
      Good ole swampy blues.
    • 7. Hey Hey What Can I Do? by Led Zeppelin
      You're lucky if you've heard this song.
    • 6. Amie by Pure Prarie League
      Chillin' country sound.
    • 5. War Pigs by Black Sabbath
      Awesome and hard, this is why Ozzy is great.
    • 4. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      Even people that hate southern music love this song. Itss got that picking honky-stomp type feel that every one wants to dance to.
    • 3. Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      Puts Gary Rossington up there with Jimmy as a great guitarist.
    • 2. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      Epic classic that tells a mysterious story. The words are cool.
    • 1. Kashmir by Led Zeppelin
      Page and Plant wrote incredible music, and even more incredible lyrics. All of the lyrics for songs like 'Kashmir' and 'Stairway To Heaven' sound like quotes out of a mystical fantasy novel or something. Not to mention that 'The Battle of Evermore' and 'Ramble On' were based on a fantasy: Lord of the Rings.

    By: Franky Peru
    • 10. Imagine by John Lennon
      Sorry John, but you'll always be #1 in my soul.
    • 9. Be My Lover by Alice Cooper
      Too many Floyd songs to choose from in the 70's. I was a white punk on dope when 'Love It To Death' came out.
    • 8. Stairway To Heaven by L ed Zeppelin
      It may be a cliche, and a bit overplayed, but who could argue its merit.
    • 7. Supper's Ready by Genesis
      God, what a fabulous song. Too bad it's only 23 minutes long.
    • 6. Space Odyssey by David Bowie
      Classic desert island stuff.
    • 5. Baba O'Reilly by The Who
      Powerful bombastic tune.
    • 4. Starship Trooper by Yes
      Out there!!!
    • 3. American Pie by Don McLean
      Are you surprised? Hey, I grew up in the 70's, and this was one of the most memorable tunes of the decade. It spoke to me, what can I say.
    • 2. Any Colour You Like by Pink Floyd
      Too many Floyd songs in the 70's to choose from. I liked the vocals in this one.
    • 1. And You And I by Yes
      As you can see, I'm a big progressive-rock fan. Yes is the best band of the 70's bar none...

    Some vintage Queen like 'Ogre Battle', Led Zeppelin's 'The Song Remains The Same', all of 'Dark Side of The Moon', Genesis's 'Carpet Crawlers'. Great decade for music! Oh, and tons of Jethro Tull could be added to the list as well. Ian Anderson was an excellent musician and performer.
    By: Andrew Hall
    • 10. Behind Blue Eyes by The Who
      The Who!!
    • 9. Baba O'Riley by The Who
      The Who!
    • 8. Satisfaction by Rolling Stones
      Such a great song.
    • 7. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
      Queen has such a unique style.
    • 6. Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd
      A great song by a great band.
    • 5. Dream On by Aerosmith
      Every time I listen to this song, I'm just blown away.
    • 4. Kashmir by Led Zeppelin
      What can I say? It's Led Zeppelin.
    • 3. Hotel California by Eagles
    • 2. Hey Jude by Beatles
      Gotta love the Beatles.
    • 1. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      Overplayed, yes - but for a VERY good reason.

    By: Michael
    • 10. White Punks On Dope by The Tubes
      Perfectly describes the self destruction of the upper middle class youth in the 70s.
    • 9. Sister Golden Hair by America
      The kind of song that bridged the gap between the 60's and 70's.
    • 8. Werewolves Of London by Warren Zevon
      Aw c'mon, didn't you howl along with the chorus?
    • 7. On The Radio by Donna Summer
      Easy to forget just how big she was. Although never a fan, this wistful piece seemed to touch something in most people....although I never quite figured out what that was.
    • 6. Turn The Beat Around by Vicki Sue Robinson
      Gloria Estafan screwed this remake a few years back. However, that did nothing to damage the legacy of this song. One of the few songs guaranteed to get everyone out on the dance floor.
    • 5. Ballroom Blitz by Sweet
      The energy is explosive on this track. Funny, we remember Sweet doing one other popular song, but can't recall what the heck it was.
    • 4. Superstition by Stevie Wonder's beautiful.
    • 3. Do You Feel (Like I Do) by Peter Frampton
      Who DIDN'T own 'Frampton Comes Alive'?
    • 2. Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty
      Late afternoon. Crusin' down the road. Sun in your face. This song on the radio. Doesn't get any better.
    • 1. American Pie by Don McLean
      Who hasn't sung this in a crowded bar at least once?

    We had a lot of fun putting this together. Although, we don't look at the 70's as a ten year span as much as a style. Thus we drop out most of the New Wave acts like Elvis Costello and the hangover 60's stuff like Ohio. The 70s were Pop...Disco.
    By: Dodd Harris
    • 10. Don't Leave Me This Way by Thelma Houston
      Yeah its disco, but it carries an honest and raw sentiment. Rare for the hedonistic pablum of disco. Scary backdrop to the "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" lifestyle.
    • 9. Band On The Run by Paul McCartney & The Wings
      Best PM song, of the decade. First few licks are as familiar as an old friend, "Stuck inside these four walls..."
    • 8. In The Evening by Led Zeppelin
      Not as popular as "Stairway" and "Kashmir" but what an amazing, driven, make-your-heart-pump, thundering example of organized mayhem. Can't be too loud.
    • 7. Imagine by John Lennon
      Lovely poem, a simply stated manifesto on co-exsistence and peace. How could you have a list without John Lennon?
    • 6. Close To The Edge by Yes
      No finer example of progressive, excessive and experimental rock. You couldn't get this song made today -- the powers that rule today would scatter.
    • 5. Superstition by Stevie Wonder
      Wicked and monumental. Unavoidable treatise on the power of Mssr. Wonder's ability to innovate. An artist at the absoulute apex of his talent.
    • 4. The Year Of The Cat by Al Stewart
      Under-rated and smart, lovely piano prologue and super elegant production values. Listen to it again for the first time.
    • 3. Layla by Derek & The Dominoes
      Overplayed? Sure. Anthem of mulleted mini-truck drivers everywhere? Yup. But the soaring ferocity of 'Layla' makes it a landmark of guitar rock. BTW, I saw it live in 1975 (Santana opened for Clapton, too)!
    • 2. Papa Was A Rolling Stone by The Temptations
      "It was the 3rd of September..." That was some seriously bada** funky commentary on the state of the culture. Who is even coming close to the hem of these guys' bell-bottoms?!
    • 1. Refugee by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
      The 70's covers a vast array of music: Arena Rock, Punk, Disco, AM Top 40, Soul, etc... but "Damn The Torpedoes" seemed to hit the pulse of the decade, for me at least.

    Honorable mentions: Angie-Rolling Stones, Baba O'Reilly-Who, Do You Feel Like We Do-Peter Frampton, Levon-Elton John, Heart Of Glass-Blondie, Born To Run-Bruce Springsteen. Left out but well loved: Driver's Seat-Sniff n' The Tears, Just What I Needed-The Cars, Dream On-Aerosmith.
    By: Shivaprasad Aithal
    • 10. Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd
    • 9. Turn The Page by Bob Seger
    • 8. Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who
      Great song... a bit loud.
    • 7. Light My Fire by Doors
      Very romatic song with great orchestra.
    • 6. Dream On by Aerosmith
      One of the best songs by the Boston Rockers.
    • 5. Can't Get It Out Of My Head by Electric Light Orchestra
      Very cool number.
    • 4. Hotel California by Eagles
      One of the great songs by a great band. The guitar tune towards the end of the song is superb.
    • 3. Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      Best song by the southern rockers.
    • 2. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      This song needs no introduction.
    • 1. Time by Pink Floyd
      Greatest song of all!

    By: Timoteo
    • 10. Jungle Love by Steve Miller Band
      Not really in my top ten but it is one of the few good songs of the late seventies.
    • 9. Goodbye Yellow Brickroad by Elton John
    • 8. Band On The Run by Paul McCartney & The Wings
    • 7. Time by Pink Floyd
    • 6. Wont Get Fooled Again by The Who
    • 5. Over The Hills And Far Away by Led Zeppelin
    • 4. With A Little Help From My Friends by Beatles
    • 3. Black Dog by Led Zeppelin
      Hey Hey mama.
    • 2. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
    • 1. Kashmir by Led Zeppelin

    By: henry
    • 10. Layla by Derek & The Dominos
      Well it needed to be in the top ten...
    • 9. Somebody To Love by Queen
      One of the most underrated Queen songs ever, although it reached #2 in the UK in '76. A lot of meaning behind this one, and the vocals are just so mouth-wateringly good. The music in this is second only to Bohemian Rhapsody. It's that good.
    • 8. Voodoo Chile by Jimi Hendrix
      Possibly the greatset riffs in history are in this.. need I say more?
    • 7. Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen
      It's one of those Queen songs were you think Freddie Mercury was a bloody genius. He wrote this in the bath you know!
    • 6. Imagine by John Lennon
      Perfect! So much meaning in just one little song.
    • 5. We Will Rock You by Queen
      Just got the plot so right with this of those songs that couldn't possibly get old. No other song performed live could have the same effect!
    • 4. Rock And Roll by Led Zeppelin
      What a song! This is what hard rock is supposed to be my dears...
    • 3. We Are The Champions by Queen
      Listen hard to the actual music...wonderful bass..and and the low sound piano.. wow..
    • 2. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      Second only to 'Bohemian Rhapsody', this song has to be the finest song ever composed by these hard rockers...
    • 1. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
      What can I say? This song was what the 70's were about...nothing can ever beat it.

    Queen was the best band of the 70's without question. They also get my vote for the 80's, too. Their stuff was so consistantly good, actually got better towards the end...

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