Top Ten Songs of the Seventies

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    By: Poulpy
    • 10. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
    • 9. Highway Star by Deep Purple
    • 8. Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who
    • 7. Hotel California by The Eagles
    • 6. Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin
    • 5. L.A. Woman by The Doors
    • 4. Telegraph Road by Dire Straits
    • 3. Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd
    • 2. Echoes by Pink Floyd
    • 1. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      Robert Plant said in 1971 in London just before commencing 'Stairway', "I think this is the song of hope" ......

    By: Trilly
    • 10. Staring At The Rude Boys by Ruts
    • 9. I Fought The Law by Clash
    • 8. England by Addicts
    • 7. You're A Disease by Outcasts
    • 6. Alternative Ulster by Stiff Little Fingers
    • 5. Anarchy In The UK by Sex Pistols
    • 4. Love And A Molotov Cocktail by Flys
    • 3. Orgasm Addict by Buzzcocks
    • 2. Gary Gilmore's Eyes by Adverts
    • 1. Oh Bondage! by X-Ray Spex

    By: Alex G.
    • 10. Have You Ever Seen The Rain? by Creedence Clearwater Revival
    • 9. Wild World by Cat Stevens
    • 8. Stranger Song by Leonard Cohen
    • 7. Crazy, Crazy Nights by KISS
    • 6. Goin' To California by Led Zeppelin
    • 5. Behind Blue Eyes by The Who
    • 4. Knockin' On Heaven's Door by Bob Dylan
    • 3. The Boxer by Simon & Garfunkel
    • 2. Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
    • 1. Hey Hey, My My by Neil Young

    By: Adam
    • 10. Logical Song by Supertramp
      If you haven't heard much of Supertramp, I suggest to you, you strongly do, they are a fantastic key band of the 70's.
    • 9. Paint It, Black by Rolling Stones
      Perhaps the biggest band of all time, it is certain they must have a spot in my top ten.
    • 8. Stuck In The Middle With You by Stealers Wheel
      A classic song, what else can be said? It is one of the best.
    • 7. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
      A beautiful slow song of the seventies by perhaps the greatest band of the seventies.
    • 6. Sultans Of Swing by Dire Straits
      No comment required.
    • 5. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      A truly memorable guitar riff, a song that makes anyone in the mood to party. This song has been in more movies than any other song.
    • 4. Imagine by John Lennon
      Well what can be said about this song? If you've heard it you know why it is ranked so high.
    • 3. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
      The greatest Queen song, and one of the greatest songs of all time.
    • 2. Hotel California by Eagles
      A song that will always be remembered. An absolute classic.
    • 1. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      Greatest song of all time, no doubt about it.

    By: Mike Damgaard and Eric Latulippe
    • 10. Come Sail Away by STYX
      Highly underrated song.
    • 9. Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin
      Good Zeppelin tune.
    • 8. Jump by Van Halen
      Late 70s/Early 80s.
    • 7. Money by Pink Floyd
      Classic bass riff.
    • 6. Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple
      Memorable guitar riff.
    • 5. Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      Southern national anthem.
    • 4. Imagine by John Lennon
      Possibly one of the greatest songs of all time.
    • 3. American Pie by Don McLean
    • 2. Hotel California by The Eagles
      Great song.
    • 1. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      Top three greatest songs of all time easily.

    By: Thomas
    • 10. Can't You See by Marshall Tucker Band
      I probably wouldn't like this song so much if it weren't for the fact that I've lived it more than I would have liked to. I don't think there is a man out there that hasn't felt this way about a woman, at least once in his life. Dang song almost makes me cry each time I hear it.
    • 9. Brand New Key by Melanie
      I will always be eternally grateful to my Aunt for introducing me to this song. It's a great song for kids. A very simplistic song and very "light" but when you're young, this is the kind of music that cheers you up and makes you want to sing over and over and over and over... and we did.
    • 8. One Way Or Another by Blondie
      This was, I think, their first hit single. I believe it to be around '79' but I'm not sure. (I was only 4 years old in '79.) But what a GREAT guitar intro. This song seems to change directions quite a bit and it was "hard rock" to a 4/5 year-old, but just "soft" enough for my mom and dad to allow in the house.
    • 7. Crazy Love by Poco
      I do believe we've all lived this song before. (Makes me think of a few girls in my short time.)
    • 6. Stayin' Alive by Bee Gees
      I don't even think I need to list the 'band' here. A classic staple of the 70's music, especially the Disco era. At one time in the history of music, the Bee Gees took a beating for their songs (such as this one) but I think time is revealing to all that this is good music. Not just because everyone can dance to it but because there is always more "meaning" in the words than most take the time to find.
    • 5. Black And White by Three Dog Night
      I remember hearing this one on a '45 record my mom had and even though I was either 5 or 6, I started believing in racial harmony and the fact that everyone needs to get along and realize we all need each other.
    • 4. If You Could Read My Mind by Gordon Lightfoot
      My dad loved Gordon Lightfoot so obviously any song by him takes me back to when I was a very young child listening to albums with my dad.
    • 3. I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song by Jim Croce
      What can anyone say, Jim Croce is legend and he didn't even get to live a full life. We all are suffering because of it.
    • 2. Right Back Where We Started From by Maxine Nightingale
      This song, no matter when or where I hear it, ALWAYS improves my feelings and makes me want to clap along and enjoy life. Very Very upbeat and a true "feel good" song, if there ever was one.
    • 1. I Am...I Said by Neil Diamond
      Not too many songs make me think that I might have been able to write them...but this one does. Neil is one of the greatest music artists to ever live and he does NOT get the credit he deserves. He can write "fun", no depth music and this song proves he can write songs that have more depth than anyone can feel.

    I realize that there were a TON of songs and artists I didn't include whom should be on EVERYONE's list. Even though I was too young to know all the music back then...I did grow up on the 70's music. AND, I can honestly say that the 70's was THE ABSOLUTE BEST DECADE FOR MUSIC. Truly diverse music and a ton of variety. From early 70's pop, to folk-ish music, to storytelling, to Classic ROCK, to DISCO, to R&B. It's the best decade of music. Here are just a few more songs I would like to include that are definitely close to making my Top 10 list: "Castles In The Air" by: Don Mclean, "Music Box Dancer" by: Frank Mills, "Wish You Were Here" by: Pink Floyd, "Gallows Pole" by: Led Zeppelin, "Friend of the Devil" by: Grateful Dead, "Thank God, I'm A Country Boy" by: John Denver, "Heard It In A Love Song" by: Marshall Tucker Band, "Hard Luck Woman" by: KISS, "Coconut" by: Harry Nilsson, "Disco Duck" by: Rick Dees
    By: Erin
    • 10. We Are The Champions by Queen
    • 9. Piano Man by Billy Joel
    • 8. Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett
    • 7. I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
    • 6. Layla by Derek & The Dominos
    • 5. Rock And Roll All Nite by KISS
    • 4. Hotel California by The Eagles
    • 3. Hey Jude by The Beatles
    • 2. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynard Skynard
    • 1. American Pie by Don McLean

    Love the 70's!
    By: Richard Pan
    • 10. Last Dance by Donna Summer
      It shouldn't be the last dance....
    • 9. Car Wash by Rose Royce
      People should play this song every time they go to the gas station to get a car wash.
    • 8. It's Raining Men by Weather Girls
      It would be scary if it did start raining men. Then it's time to run.
    • 7. Le Freak by Chic
      C'est trés trés chic.
    • 6. That's The Way (I Like It) by KC & The Sunshine Band
      One of those songs that should be played at the end of basketball games.
    • 5. Funkytown by Lipps, Inc.
      I wish my town was funky....
    • 4. Disco Inferno by The Trammps
      One of the greatest songs ever written.
    • 3. How Deep Is Your Love by Bee Gees
      All of the Bee Gees' songs are great, I'm just naming one of them.
    • 2. Bat Out Of Hell by Meat Loaf
      The band is nothing like the thing people eat in pasta.
    • 1. Born To Be Alive by Patrick Hernandez
      It's time to feel alive!!!

    Just remember, this is the 70's we're talking about. The great songs of the decade are endless. 10 is not enough. Disco isn't's just'll come back.
    By: Rohan Negi
    • 10. Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple
    • 9. The Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin
    • 8. Black Dog by Led Zeppelin
    • 7. Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin
      We all need coolin' from time to time...
    • 6. What Is And What Should Never Be by Led Zeppelin
      Led Zep's what is...
    • 5. Hotel California by The Eagles
      Exquisitely enjoyable music...
    • 4. Kashmir by Led Zeppelin
      Why does it have to end?
    • 3. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
      Pure genius...
    • 2. Imagine by John Lennon
      Imagine indeed..
    • 1. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      Words cannot describe.....

    Let us never forget these bands, songs or Eric Clapton....
    By: Jake Stewart
    • 10. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
      Maybe not the group's most famous song but probably the best.
    • 9. We Are The Champions by Queen
      Possibly the most well-known of any rock song.
    • 8. Behind Blue Eyes by The Who
      A great song on a great album.
    • 7. Hotel California by The Eagles
      A masterpiece that will never be forgotten.
    • 6. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      A bit overrated but still a great song.
    • 5. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
      Can't make this list without the boss.
    • 4. Dream On by Aerosmith
      The masterpiece of Aerosmith.
    • 3. Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      Lyrics aren't bad but definitely at #3 because of the music.
    • 2. Layla by Derek & The Dominos
      The guitar solo is outstanding, but the piano at the end is what takes your breath away.
    • 1. Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who
      It's a bit long, 8:33, but you'll never hear greater music or lyrics in any other song.

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