Top Ten Songs of the Seventies

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

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    By: Ronan
    • 10. Sweet Jane by Velvet Underground
      Simple chord, simple song...the punk roots are there but it's still the 70's.
    • 9. Rock'n Roll Suicide by David Bowie
      The end of Ziggy Stardust.
    • 8. Sex Machine by James Brown
      The Master...
    • 7. Take You Higher by Sly & The Family Stone
      Funky funky...
    • 6. Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      A very peaceful song.
    • 5. Can't You Hear Knocking by Rolling Stones
      The Rolling Stones at the top of their art.
    • 4. American Woman by The Guess Who
      An atomic rock, in my opinion. Very simple, but so great.
    • 3. Atom Heart Mother by Pink Floyd
      The cleverest tune I ever listened to. 23 minutes of deep happiness.
    • 2. Rumble by Link Wray
      Not so famous, but you know it when you listen to...that's the point with many song of the 70's.
    • 1. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      Because everybody has to know that song to discover what were the 70's.

    It's still very difficult to give any ranks for a tune because many kinds of music were created at this time. I agree with all the guys who tried to do it. Anyway, I tried also to do it. I'm French but I sure think that the UK and US music were the most important at this time. Also we can start the 70's in 1966 with the psychedelic movement.
    By: Ray
    • 10. Night Fever by Bee Gees
      'You can tell by way I use my walk, I'm a woman's man, no time to talk'
    • 9. Fame by David Bowie
      "Oh don't lean on me man, 'cause you can't afford the ticket. I'm back on Suffragette City" (Note that this lyric is an answer to the song "Lean On Me"--and a wonderful segue from the "flower rock" of the 1960s to the "I'm in it for me" of the 1970's.)
    • 8. Aqualung by Jethro Tull
      "Sitting on a park bench, eyeing little girls with bad intent."
    • 7. Shout by From the movie 'Animal House'
      Sure, the song was originally released in the 1950s...trouble was, no one heard it until 1978. It is now a staple of every sock hop in the U.S.
    • 6. Dueling Banjos by From the movie 'Deliverance'
      Squeal like a pig.
    • 5. Why Can't We Be Friends? by War
      "I bring my money to the welfare line, I see you standing in it every time."
    • 4. Baby Boomerang by T. Rex
      'She always banged the whole gang, after all'
    • 3. Radar Love by Golden Earring
      'No more speed, I'm almost there...'
    • 2. Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who
      'And the party on the left is now the party on the right, and their beards have all grown longer overnight'
    • 1. Maggie May by Rod Stewart
      'Or find myself a rock and roll band that needs a helping hand'

    Honorable Mention: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen.... "Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me,for me,for me-"
    By: Mavi
    • 10. While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles
    • 9. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
    • 8. The Logical Song by Supertramp
    • 7. School by Supertramp
    • 6. Imagine by John Lennon
      The Master!!!
    • 5. Locomotive Breath by Jethro Tull
    • 4. Aqualung by Jethro Tull
    • 3. Echoes by Pink Floyd
      Without comments!!!!
    • 2. Hey You by Pink Floyd
    • 1. Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd
      The solo is AMAZING and the voices are great.

    By: Eduardo Garcia
    • 10. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      What can I say? Everybody talks about this great song.
    • 9. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
      Great vocals. Best Queen song.
    • 8. Listen To What The Man Said by Wings
      The Sound of The 70's.
    • 7. Black Water by Doobie Brothers
      Perfect song.
    • 6. Blinded By The Light by Manfred Mann's Earth Band
      Bruce Springsteen never sounds so good.
    • 5. Dream Weaver by Gary Wright
      "Back to Back" hits in my list too!
    • 4. Love Is Alive by Gary Wright
      Many others can change it's opinion about synthesizers.
    • 3. Jazzman by Carole King
      Sax, Sax, Sax, Sax!!!!!!!!
    • 2. Peace Of Mind by Boston
      Great track from Boston's first album. Here you can put "More Than A Feeling" and "Foreplay/Long Time" all in one package.
    • 1. Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty
      See the number 3 song on my list.

    By: Robert
    • 10. Delta Dawn by Tanya Tucker
      This song kicked off her career. She later became a wild gal. After quitting the drugs and alcohol, she's doing OK.
    • 9. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      Not mentioning Lynyrd Skynyrd in this list would be a crime. This song is my favorite of theirs. Towards the end of the movie "CON AIR", there's a memorable mention about Skynyrd. But it's too long to put in this tiny box.
    • 8. Green Grass And High Tides by The Outlaws
      Whether this song came out in the late '70s or early '80s, I don't know. But I sometimes catch myself singing it. It's that good.
    • 7. The Devil Went Down To Georgia by Charlie Daniels Band
      Caused quite a stir when it came out. This song is tame compared to what is coming out today. In this song, Satan gets beat. Amen to that.
    • 6. Tracks Of My Tears by Linda Ronstadt
      She really knows how to sing a song. Another great female voice.
    • 5. The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot
      I didn't know until years later that the shipwreck mentioned in the song happened in November 1975. I figured it occurred in the nineteenth century.
    • 4. Sister Golden Hair by America
      My favorite America song.
    • 3. Lukenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love) by Waylon Jennings
      I knew a girl whose only country music song she liked was this one.
    • 2. Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac
      In my opinion, the best song from Rumours.
    • 1. Fool In The Rain by Led Zeppelin
      Cool song.

    By: Too Young To Know It
    • 10. Dream Weaver by Gary Wright
    • 9. Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede
      Cannibals are cool.
    • 8. Tusk by Fleetwood Mac
    • 7. Tiny Dancer by Elton John
    • 6. Strange Magic by E.L.O.
    • 5. Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie
    • 4. More Than A Feeling by Boston
    • 3. (Don't Fear) The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
      Best guitar solo EVER, yes, even better than the Layla solo by Clapton.
    • 2. Sittin' On The Dock Of A Bay by Ottis Redding
    • 1. Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      Come on folks!

    Twenty years old, collector of rare and antique music. :) I'm sad that I couldn't fit Cheap Trick on here. There is a cover of Hotel California by a band called the Gypsy Kings, it's in Spanish and is sweet.
    By: Anonymous
    • 10. Another One Bites The Dust by Queen
      Great song with a strong edge to it.
    • 9. (Don't Fear) The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
      Very unique song that deserves a spot.
    • 8. Walk This Way by Aerosmith
      One of the catchiest songs of all time.
    • 7. Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin
      Popular song by Led Zeppelin that deserves to be on the list.
    • 6. Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple
      Possibly has the best guitar riff in any song. The song is a genious idea.
    • 5. Layla by Derek & The Dominos
      AWESOME SONG with one of the best guitar riffs.
    • 4. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      Considered the greatest song in rock history. Although it truely is a well-written song and one of the best, I can't agree it is the best. It's still an amazing song, but it's just a tad bit overrated to be the best. Just a tiny, tiny, tad bit.
    • 3. Aerosmith by Sweet Emotion
      An epic song and one of, if not, Aerosmith's best.
    • 2. Teenage Wasteland by The Who
      Wonderful song by The Who that possesses great power and meaning.
    • 1. Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      A legendary song with an incredible, innovative five minute long guitar solo. A remarkable masterpiece to rock.

    "Dream On" by Aerosmith, "Train Kept A Rollin'" by Aerosmith, "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" by Led Zeppelin, "Communication Breakdown", by Led Zeppelin, "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, "Who Are You" by The Who, "Pinball Wizard" by The Who, "Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap)" by AC/DC.... and many more!
    By: Chris Broderick
    • 10. Mandy by Barry Manilow
      Now I know I should have been gay... sorry guys, but Barry was it.
    • 9. Makin' Love by Kiss
      Would include the entire catalog if I could.
    • 8. Aja by Steely Dan
      Very nice.
    • 7. Isn't She Lovely by Stevie Wonder
      Another great one to learn to play drums on...
    • 6. Feels Like The First Time by Foreigner
      Lot of good ones from these guys.
    • 5. Solitude by Black Sabbath
      Great, great song.
    • 4. Shannon by Henry Gross
      Sorry, grew up with this one on the turntable...
    • 3. Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad by Meat Loaf
      Pretty much defined quite a few younger years...
    • 2. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
      Doesn't get much better than this.
    • 1. It Hurts Me Too by Foghat
      Great cover...great vocals...awesome drums.

    Would love to go on and on with this forum... hate to miss Queen, "Funny How Love Is" or anything from Queen II. All of Zeppelin, early Def Leppard, all of Sabbath, Harry Chapin...and yeah, okay, The Village People... Donna Summer, Pink Floyd, Judas Priest, etc....
    By: Tom
    • 10. Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin
    • 9. Highway To Hell by AC/DC
    • 8. Come Together by The Beatles
    • 7. Runnin' With The Devil by Van Halen
    • 6. Money by Pink Floyd
    • 5. T.N.T. by AC/DC
    • 4. Speak To Me by Pink Floyd
    • 3. Dream On by Aerosmith
    • 2. Hey You by Pink Floyd
    • 1. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin

    By: Tony
    • 10. Someone Saved My Life Tonight by Elton John
    • 9. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
    • 8. Madman Accross The Water by Elton John
    • 7. Something In The Air by Thunderclap Newman
      Remindes me of a dream I had once.
    • 6. Rock And Roll All Nite by KISS
    • 5. Feel Flows by The Beach Boys
    • 4. America by Simon & Garfunkel
      I heard this on my first tour with my band.
    • 3. Teenage Wasteland by Tho Who
    • 2. Hotel California by Eagles
      The first time I heard this song was from a guy playing guitar on a street corner on Holywood Boulevard.
    • 1. Tiny Dancer by Elton John
      My favourite song ever written! I guess it has more to do with when and where I first heard it. You can just sit back and get lost in the music.

    There's a lot I didn't mention, but I gave a good idea of my favourite bands.

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