Top Ten Songs of the Seventies

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    By: John
    • 10. London Calling by The Clash
    • 9. Band On The Run by Wings
    • 8. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
    • 7. Anarchy In The UK by Sex Pistols
    • 6. I Wanna Be Sedated by The Ramones
    • 5. Layla by Derek & The Dominos
    • 4. More Than A Feeling by Boston
    • 3. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
    • 2. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
    • 1. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin

    By: Steve
    • 10. You Give Me Loving by Ten Years After
      Great guitar and vocals by the one and only Alvin Lee.
    • 9. The Wind Cries Mary by Jimi Hendrix
      He's so good.
    • 8. Hotel California by Eagles
      This is a great tune.
    • 7. I'm Your Captain (Closer To Home) by Grand Funk Railroad
      Detroit representing its best.
    • 6. Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison
      This Irish singer has a great voice.
    • 5. Angie by The Rolling Stones
    • 4. Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      FREE BIRD!
    • 3. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      A classic.
    • 2. Imagine by John Lennon
      A inspirational sound.
    • 1. Brown Sugar by The Rolling Stones
      No one ever even tried to write a song about the slaves (or opiates) like this one.

    I never lived in the 70's but I love Rock and Roll!
    By: Shruti
    • 10. Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations
      No matter what mood I'm in, this song makes me happy.
    • 9. I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
      The best dance song EVER. Period.
    • 8. I Want You To Want Me by Cheap Trick
      This song just melts my heart. Looking at Cheap Trick and hearing the song was just...unexpected.
    • 7. Anarchy In The UK by Sex Pistols
      Sex Pistols rock!
    • 6. Teenage Wasteland by The Who
      I love the beginning.
    • 5. Strength To Endure by The Ramones
      The lyrics are powerful but the beat is still fun. The Ramones just plain rock.
    • 4. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow by Carole King
      She seemed like such a powerful and insightful woman during a decade where centerfolds seemed to rule...
    • 3. How Deep Is Your Love by Bee Gees
      This song is just an irresistable sing-along.
    • 2. Hotel California by Eagles
      When I was 7, my mom would play this song over and over. The Eagles had just released "Hell Freezes Over." Yeah...I'm only 15 but I LOVE 70's songs.
    • 1. Walk This Way by Aerosmith
      Just a fun song remade over and over again.

    Um...this list goes the other way around. The Foundations Song is the best. I also like The Clash...London Calling and White Riot. Lou Reed's Perfect Day, My Sharona, a plethora of disco songs (Donna Summer,etc.) The Beatles and their solo careers, and Don McLean. I could only fit 10! The 70's had some great music. =)
    By: Alfonzo
    • 10. Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd
    • 9. American Pie by Don McLean
    • 8. Hotel California by Eagles
    • 7. Kashmir by Led Zeppelin
    • 6. Dream On by Aerosmith
    • 5. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
    • 4. Hey Jude by Beatles
      The best Beatles song, and that's saying something.
    • 3. Layla by Derek & The Dominos
      If 'Free Bird' is the greatest guitar song ever, then this may be the greatest guitar riff ever.
    • 2. Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
    • 1. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      It's so boring and predictable to put this song at #1. But then again, where else could I possibly put it?

    By: Joe
    • 10. Black Dog by Led Zeppelin
      Just too good.
    • 9. (Don't Fear) The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
    • 8. Life's Been Good by Joe Walsh
      Joe Walsh is so cool.
    • 7. Heartbreaker by Led Zeppelin
      This is Jimmy Page at his best.
    • 6. Jump by Van Halen
      You mideaswell Jump.
    • 5. Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd
      Man this is one of their best.
    • 4. Kashmir by Led Zeppelin
      What can I say..... It just kicks a**.
    • 3. Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      It starts out so mellow but then it trips you out in an awesome guitar assault.
    • 2. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
      This is an awesome cruising song.
    • 1. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      Man the song just carries you away.

    What can I say... LED ZEPPELIN WAS THE BEST!!!!!
    By: Anthony
    • 10. Jet Airliner by Steve Miller Band
      Great song for cruisin'.
    • 9. Blowin' In The Wind by Bob Dylan
    • 8. Let It Be by The Beatles
      Let it...
    • 7. More Than A Feeling by Boston
      Turned on some music to start my day.
    • 6. Slow Ride by Foghat
    • 5. Listen To The Music by The Doobie Brothers
      Listen to the music.
    • 4. Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith
      The definition of cooooooollll!
    • 3. Ripple by Grateful Dead
      Sing it with your friends.
    • 2. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      Epic poetry.
    • 1. Baba O'Riley by The Who
      Rock gods... Heroic

    By: Cassandra
    • 10. Walk This Way by Aerosmith
    • 9. Witchy Woman by The Eagles
    • 8. Back In The Saddle by Aerosmith
    • 7. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
    • 6. Imagine by John Lennon
    • 5. Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith
    • 4. Rock And Roll All Nite by KISS
    • 3. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
    • 2. Hotel California by The Eagles
    • 1. Dream On by Aerosmith
      Has to be the best power ballad even written.

    Aerosmith has simply been through it all. Rise and Fall and Comeback... they have so many priceless classics and are by far my favorite band of the 70s, 80s.. to this day.
    By: Alvaro Saavedra
    • 10. The Wind by Cat Stevens
      "The Wind" compresses Cat's philosophy and a description of his working methods into a few mysterious images. The language is beautifully controlled, the melody is exquisite, the vocal is soulfully phrased, and the two guitars play in elegant counterpoint.
    • 9. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      "The National Anthem of The South"
    • 8. Hotel California by Eagles
      THE absolute best song from the Eagles. This melody is an unforgetable one. A song that has made The Eagles one of the best rock bands ever...
    • 7. Piano Man by Billy Joel
      With its simple message of forgetting about life for a while, it shows us the great talent for songwriting that Billy Joel has always had.
    • 6. Wish You Where Here by Pink Floyd
      Roger Waters, one of the greatest composers of his time. This is indeed a song in that the lyrics are written within each and every one of us. Certainly a song that makes you want to sing it as loud as you can.
    • 5. Imagine by John Lennon
      A song that speaks to us all. It is by far, the best song by John Lennon, and one that left a message at its time that got into everyone's soul.
    • 4. Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      This is a song that should without question be higher on this list, and even probably at #1. But just for personal taste, "Simple Man" is my fav. The second half of Freebird is one of the BEST instrumental compositions ever!!! The three guitars playing at the same's a gift to anyone's ears. Gary Rossington - Gibson Les Paul guitar; Allen Collins - Gibson Firebird guitar; Ed King - Fender Stratocaster guitar.
    • 3. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
      Uff... Most likely, the BEST song of them all in regards to composition, yet I did pick it 3rd due to personal preferences. Queen at their best!!!
    • 2. Tiny Dancer by Elton John
      Elton John has been a great composer even until now, but I have to say that this song really marks the hippie days and the good times. What keeps Elton John vital is the irrefutable quality of his songbook and his obvious love of performing.
    • 1. Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      One of the best groups of the 70's, no question about it. This song is an absolute masterpiece. A group which was influenced by country music, the blues, and British rock. A song that for me... is truly spoken from the heart. The airplane crash in '77 was a sad end to an awesome band... Thank you Ronnie Van Zant and all the great musicians of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

    Here are a few honorable mentions that I did not include on my list: "Layla" by Eric Clapton - "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas - "Slow Ride" by Foghat - and also a few groups that did influence in the 70's though there greatest hits where on the late 60's and thus I could not include them in the rankings... I just have to say one more thing... the 70's were amazing!!!
    By: Richard
    • 10. Right Down Here by Asha Puthli
    • 9. Piano Man by Billy Joel
    • 8. Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes
    • 7. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
    • 6. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
    • 5. Sex Machine by James Brown
    • 4. Riders On The Storm by Doors
    • 3. Philadelphia Freedom by Elton John
    • 2. Short People by Randy Newman
    • 1. Alright Now by Free

    By: Adam
    • 10. Dream On by Aerosmith
    • 9. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
    • 8. Simple Kind Of Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd
    • 7. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
    • 6. Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix
    • 5. Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      Rocks. (period)
    • 4. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      Most requested song on FM radio of all time.
    • 3. Imagine by John Lennon
      Greatest piece ever performed, and an influential man's vision summed up into one song.
    • 2. Going To California by Led Zeppelin
      Beautiful song that really captures the spirit of the time it was written.
    • 1. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
      One of the most heartfelt songs ever written...sang and played with true passion and real feeling.

    Zeppelin and Floyd (pre-80's) are the two greatest bands ever in my humble yet loud opinion.

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