Top Ten Songs of the Seventies

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

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    By: Jerry C.
    • 10. Come Sail Away by Styx
    • 9. L.A. Woman by The Doors
      ...Took a look around to see which way the wind blow, met a little girl in a Hollywood bungalow...
    • 8. Powderfinger by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
      Raised my rifle to my eye, never stopped to wonder why, then I saw black as my face splashed in the sky!
    • 7. Clampdown by The Clash
      We will teach our twisted speech, to the young believers...
    • 6. That Smell by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      Whiskey bottle, brand new car, oak tree you're in my way, there's too much coke, and too much smoke, one more drink full will drown you...
    • 5. Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon
      Well he went down to dinner in his Sunday best, excitable boy they all said, and he rubbed the pot roast all over his chest...
    • 4. Saturday In The Park by Chicago
      I like it.
    • 3. Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin
      You need cooling, baby I'm not fooling, I'm gonna send you, back to schooling, way down inside, baby you need love, I'm gonna give you...
    • 2. Hotel California by The Eagles
      On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair, warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air, up ahead in the distance...
    • 1. Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
      The screen door slams, Mary's dress waves, like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays...

    Apologies to: Queen/Bohemian Rhapsody, Aerosmith/Mama Kin, Stevie Wonder/Superstition, Sly & The Family Stone/Everyday People, The Rolling Stones/Angie, The Kinks/Celluloid Heroes, Pink Floyd/Money, Fleetwood Mac/Dreams, Gilbert O'Sullivan/Alone Again - Naturally, Harry Chapin/Taxi, Don McLean/American Pie, Head East/Never Been Any Reason, Heart/Crazy On You, Bad Company/Shooting Star, Blue Oyster Cult/Don't Fear The Reaper, ZZ Top/La Grange, The Trammps/Disco Inferno (Sorry...), Steve Martin/King Tut, Thin Lizzy/JailBreak, The Who/Baba O'Riley, KISS/Shout It Out Loud, 10cc/I'm Not In Love, Henry Gross/Shannon, Gordon Lightfoot/The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald, Starland Vocal Band/Afternoon Delight, J. Geils Band/Houseparty, Bob Marley & The Wailers/Three Little Birds, Free/All Right Now, Peter Frampton/Do You Feel Like We Do, Roxy Music/Love Is The Drug, David Bowie/Cracked Actor, Eric Clapton/Cocaine, America/A Horse With No Name, Nicolette Larson/Lotta Love, Maxine Nightingale/Right Back To Where We Started From, Rose Royce/Car Wash, Ram Jam/Black Betty, Electric Light Orchestra/Do Ya, Jackson Browne/Here Come Those Tears Again
    By: Sarah V
    • 10. Roundabout by Yes
    • 9. Like A Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan
    • 8. White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane
    • 7. Aqualung by Jethro Tull
    • 6. Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple
    • 5. Baba O'Reilly by The Who
    • 4. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
    • 3. Layla by Derek & The Dominos
    • 2. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
    • 1. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

    I'm 14 but I love classic rock!!!
    By: Jeremy
    • 10. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      I love this song so much I don't even need to say anything about it.
    • 9. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
      Talk about original. I don't think I've ever heard a song like this before. From its crazy lyrics to the vocals and guitar it is definitely one of the best song of all time.
    • 8. Piano Man by Billy Joel
      Some of the greatest lyrics I've ever heard. Great vocals too.
    • 7. American Pie by Don McLean
      If you don't get the chills every time you hear this song you have no taste in music.
    • 6. Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who
      This song is one of the greatest songs I've ever heard. Roger Daltrey's yell at the end is just amazing.
    • 5. Imagine by John Lennon
      One of John's greatest works. And that's saying a lot.
    • 4. Bat Out Of Hell by Meat Loaf
      One of the most powerful songs I've ever heard.
    • 3. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      How could you leave this off the list?
    • 2. Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      I wish I could put this alongside 'Baba O'Riley' b/c it really shares the title as greatest song ever.
    • 1. Baba O'Riley by The Who
      The greatest song ever written. There is nothing bad about this song from the vocals to the guitar to the bass and drums... just perfect.

    By: Monica, Becca, Mandiqua
    • 10. I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
    • 9. Last Dance by Donna Summer
    • 8. Y.M.C.A. by Village People
    • 7. Love Roller Coaster by Ohio Players
    • 6. Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) by Looking Glass
    • 5. ABC by Jackson Five
    • 4. The Hustle by Van McCoy
    • 3. Bicycle Race by Queen
    • 2. Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry
    • 1. Brick House by Commodores

    By: Laur
    • 10. Dream On by Aerosmith
      These guys have the ability to reinvent themselves every time they write a song. That's why they're still around.
    • 9. Superstar by Carpenters
      Sad and sentimental.
    • 8. I'm On Fire For You Baby by April Wine
      Went to every concert.
    • 7. Lady by Styx
      I just really liked this one in High School.
    • 6. Layla by Derek & The Dominos
      Possibly THE best song ever!
    • 5. Rock And Roll by Led Zeppelin
      Can't help but move when I hear this!
    • 4. More Than A Feeling by Boston
      Perfect vocals!!
    • 3. Fly Like An Eagle by Steve Miller
      Ahead of it's time for sure!
    • 2. All We Are by Kim Mitchell
      Canada's finest hour. Give it a listen.
    • 1. (I've Been) Searchin' So Long by Chicago
      Wow! They truly did have a legendery brass section.

    By: Yogi
    • 10. Rock And Roll by Led Zeppelin
    • 9. Jumpin' Jack Flash by The Rolling Stones
    • 8. Runnin' With The Devil by Van Halen
    • 7. Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin
    • 6. Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas
    • 5. TNT by AC/DC
    • 4. Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple
    • 3. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
    • 2. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
    • 1. Highway To Hell by AC/DC

    By: Asad
    • 10. Layla by Derek & The Dominos
    • 9. Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix
    • 8. Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix
    • 7. Iron Man by Black Sabbath
    • 6. Imagine by John Lennon
    • 5. Time by Pink Floyd
    • 4. Money by Pink Floyd
    • 3. War Pigs by Black Sabbath
    • 2. Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
    • 1. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin

    I wish I could have been alive during the '70s to witness all of this beautiful music being created.
    By: Sven
    • 10. God Save The Queen by Sex Pistols
    • 9. Hey Tonight by Creedence Clearwater Revival
    • 8. Echoes by Pink Floyd
    • 7. Kick Out The Jams by MC5
    • 6. Hotel California by Eagles
      What to say...a clasic. I prefer the unplugged version.
    • 5. The End by The Doors
      Who can forget this one???
    • 4. Ace Of Spades by Motorhead
      I like this one very much.
    • 3. Brain Damage by Pink Floyd
      The greatest band ever...
    • 2. Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival
    • 1. L.A. Woman by The Doors
      Absolutely great song.

    I know these aren't all song from the 70s, but it's like my top ten...
    By: Thomas
    • 10. My Sharona by The Knack
      Sort of a dumb song, I know, but I didn't realize it was as big of a hit as it was. It was a song that marked a certain point in my youth only because I heard it so much on the radio. I read a quote on the net that said "With its slamming drums, driving guitar work, and simple, infectious beat, "My Sharona" caused a sensation in 1979. Released June 18, the single went gold in eight weeks, reaching number one in early August".
    • 9. Heart Of Glass by Blondie
      It was sort of a funny transition in music at the time. With different Styles influencing musicians. Sort of punk/pop/rock'ish. Her top songs got good radio play. Again this one reminds me of my friends at the time.
    • 8. Surrender by Cheap Trick
      Sort of an R&B'ish hard rock band. Again I came to like this song a few years later after it was released. One of my best friends was a Cheap Trick fan. The song reminds me of good times and hanging out with friends.
    • 7. Double Vision by Foreigner
      I remember hearing this over and over at summer camp from a friend of mine. It was a cool song that brings back memories of long weekend hiking and camping trips with friends.
    • 6. Takin' Care Of Business by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
      I was at my cousin's house and he played the song and album. The song had been out for quite a while when I first heard it but I remember really liking the tune and soon after that I got my own copy of the album.
    • 5. Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas
      I recall hearing this for the first time at my friend's house. He played the record loud and I remember the song rocked (for the time). It was only later that I learned the song was quoting the bible.
    • 4. Telephone Line by ELO
      Another band of the 70's that got a lot of air play. This song, and also "Turn To Stone" by ELO, I really remember.
    • 3. Blinded By The Light by Manfred Mann's Earth Band
      Kind of a strange song that was played so much on the radio. I remember the lyrics but could never understand what they were saying..."Blinded by the light, revved up like a dooshun to rowner in the night" HA! It was only recently that I found out they were singing "Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night" I was sort of close ! :-)
    • 2. You Make Loving Fun by Fleetwood Mac
      Somewhat haunting of a melody. 'Rumors' was and always will be a great album. My brother had the 'Rumors' album on 8-track and I remember hearing it when I was really young and again many times on the radio until even now.
    • 1. Barracuda by Heart
      I remember this as being a really cool hard rock song. I heard it for the first time when I was a very young boy, sitting in my parents truck, and listening to a cheap, factory installed AM radio.

    My selections are listed more from how I remember them in relationship to my life at the time, not necessarly my most favorite to least. They're songs that spark memeories in my youth. As I got older my tastes changed to more rock and roll but this would be a list of my 10 from the 70's.
    By: Mark
    • 10. MacArthur Park by Donna Summer
      Someone left the cake out in the rain...what a crazy lyric!
    • 9. Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys by Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson
      Gotta put a country song to honor my Texas heritage...this one is one of the best.
    • 8. Walk This Way by Aerosmith
      I'm a kid of the 80's so Run DMC really introduced this song to me, but the original is classic.
    • 7. You're the One That I Want by Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta
      Tell me about it, stud! Olivia made me sweat and I was only 8! Yet another Travolta movie I love.
    • 6. You Don't Bring Me Flowers by Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond
      It's a break-up song, but it's fun to lip-sync to.
    • 5. Dream Weaver by Gary Wright
      Rediscovered in 1991/92 during a Wayne's World skit featuring Madonna..Party on Wayne! Party on Garth!
    • 4. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
      I'm not a present for your friends to open....
    • 3. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
      After living in Japan, where karaoke is a pasttime, this is king to sing to!
    • 2. Someday We'll Be Together by Diana Ross and the Supremes
      Technically a song from 1969, but I'm a chartwatcher, and this was #1 when I was born the week after Christmas, 1969...first song of 1970.
    • 1. Night Fever by Bee Gees
      Love it! Love it! Love it! And I love the movie!

    This was hard, since I relate more to the 80's, but the 70's gave us some unique songs too!

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