My Favorite Songs of 1970

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Four years before I was even born, and yet already seeing a couple of songs that would rank among my favorite of all time. In 1970 we see some of the best from CCR, Simon & Garfunkel and what is my favorite from that year – Lola.

Unlike most rankings, I won’t be simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because I know better than anybody that on some days, some songs kick more ass than other songs. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow, if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment. So I’ll group them:
Awesome
Great
Solid
Not Bad
…with inter-group splitting.

I’ve noticed a large increase in songs I enjoy this year. I had always kind of assumed that I enjoyed songs from the 60s more than those of the 70s but that is clearly not the case. More accurate – I enjoy bands who emerged in the 60s, but their better songs came out in the early 70s.

First, some videos of the best.

16 Great Songs From 1970

The Seeker – The Who

Paranoid – Black Sabbath

Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin

From Zeppelin III, one of the best albums of all time. And I didn’t know that before buying the CD…I just quickly fell in love with all the songs on it. And as time went by, it became my favorite Zep album. Kids these days would know this one as the song from Thor: Ragnarkok

Love the One You’re With – Stephen Stills

Let It Be – The Beatles

Share the Land – The Guess Who

I Think I Love You – The Partridge Family

Now don’t make fun. This is a catchy song. I actually got into it thanks to a Saturday Night Live skit that pitted the Partridge Family vs. the Brady Bunch.

Summertime Blues – The Who

Your Song – Elton John

Hand Me Down World – The Guess Who

Bridge over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel

Casey Jones – Grateful Dead

I Heard it Through the Grapevine – Creedence Clearwater Revival

Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell

I Hear You Knocking – Dave Edmunds

Our House – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

21 Truly Awesome Songs from 1970

Up Around the Bend – Creedence Clearwater Revival

Ohio – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

All Right Now – Free

My Sweet Lord – George Harrison

Hey, Hey, What Can I Do – Led Zeppelin

Instant Karma! – John Lennon, Yoko Ono with the Plastic Ono Band

The Boxer – Simon & Garfunkel

Cecilia – Simon & Garfunkel

No Time – The Guess Who

Lola – The Kinks

See Me, Feel Me – The Who

No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature – The Guess Who

Peace Frog – The Doors

Maggie M’Gill – The Doors

Bron-Y-Aur Stomp – Led Zeppelin

Woodstock – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

American Woman – The Guess Who

Roadhouse Blues – The Doors

Iron Man – Black Sabbath

Tangerine – Led Zeppelin

Moondance – Van Morrison

I put together a great playlist on Youtube of my favorites from 1970 here.

Here is the complete chart of my favorite songs from 1970.

Awesome – 1 Up Around the Bend Creedence Clearwater Revival
Awesome – 1 Ohio Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Awesome – 1 All Right Now Free
Awesome – 1 My Sweet Lord George Harrison
Awesome – 1 Hey, Hey, What Can I Do Led Zeppelin
Awesome – 1 Instant Karma! John Lennon, Yoko Ono with the Plastic Ono Band
Awesome – 1 The Boxer Simon & Garfunkel
Awesome – 1 Cecilia Simon & Garfunkel
Awesome – 1 No Time The Guess Who
Awesome – 1 Lola The Kinks
Awesome – 1 See Me, Feel Me The Who
Awesome – 1 No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature The Guess Who
Awesome – 1 Peace Frog The Doors
Awesome – 1 Maggie M’Gill The Doors
Awesome – 1 Bron-Y-Aur Stomp Led Zeppelin
Awesome – 16 Long As I Can See The Light Creedence Clearwater Revival
Awesome – 16 Woodstock Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Awesome – 16 American Woman The Guess Who
Awesome – 16 Roadhouse Blues The Doors
Awesome – 16 Iron Man Black Sabbath
Awesome – 16 Tangerine Led Zeppelin
Awesome – 16 Moondance Van Morrison
Great – 23 The Seeker The Who
Great – 23 Paranoid Black Sabbath
Great – 23 Immigrant Song Led Zeppelin
Great – 23 Love the One You’re With Stephen Stills
Great – 23 Let It Be The Beatles
Great – 23 Share the Land The Guess Who
Great – 23 I Think I Love You The Partridge Family
Great – 23 Summertime Blues The Who
Great – 23 Your Song Elton John
Great – 32 Hand Me Down World The Guess Who
Great – 32 Bridge over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel
Great – 32 Casey Jones Grateful Dead
Great – 32 I Heard it Through the Grapevine Creedence Clearwater Revival
Great – 32 Big Yellow Taxi Joni Mitchell
Great – 32 I Hear You Knocking Dave Edmunds
Great – 32 Our House Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Solid – 39 The Only Living Boy In New York Simon & Garfunkel
Solid – 39 Do You Miss Me Darlin’ The Guess Who
Solid – 39 Lucky Man Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Solid – 39 In the Summertime Mungo Jerry
Solid – 39 Gimmie Shelter Rolling Stones
Solid – 39 25 or 6 to 4 Chicago
Solid – 39 Looking Out My Back Door Creedence Clearwater Revival
Solid – 39 Travelin’ Band Creedence Clearwater Revival
Solid – 39 After Midnight Eric Clapton
Solid – 39 Mississippi Queen Mountain
Solid – 39 Black Magic Woman Santana
Solid – 39 Evil Ways Santana
Solid – 39 El Condor Pasa Simon & Garfunkel
Solid – 39 Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye Steam
Solid – 39 Hey Lawdy Mama Steppenwolf
Solid – 39 Up on Cripple Creek The Band
Solid – 39 I Want You Back The Jackson 5
Solid – 39 Sugar Sugar Wilson Pickett
Solid – 39 Don’t Let Me Down The Beatles
Solid – 39 Gallows Pole Led Zeppelin
Solid – 39 Friends Led Zeppelin
Solid – 39 Celebration Day Led Zeppelin
Solid – 39 Out on the Tiles Led Zeppelin
Solid – 62 Who’ll Stop the Rain Creedence Clearwater Revival
Solid – 62 Ooh Child The Five Stairsteps
Solid – 62 Midnight Rambler Rolling Stones
Solid – 62 Run Through the Jungles Creedence Clearwater Revival
Solid – 62 The Shape I’m In The Band
Solid – 62 Bus Rider The Guess Who
Solid – 62 Truckin’ Grateful Dead
Solid – 62 I Walk the Line Johnny Cash
Solid – 62 That’s the Way Led Zeppelin
Solid – 62 Domino Van Morrison
Not Bad – 72 Son of a Preacher Man Aretha Franklin
Not Bad – 72 Leaving on a Jet Plane Peter, Paul and Mary
Not Bad – 72 Born to Wander Rare Earth
Not Bad – 72 The Long and Winding Road The Beatles
Not Bad – 72 ABC The Jackson 5
Not Bad – 72 I’ll Be There The Jackson 5
Not Bad – 72 Voodoo Chile The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Not Bad – 72 Green-Eyed Lady Sugarloaf
Not Bad – 72 They Long To Be (Close To You) The Carpenters
Not Bad – 72 Mama Told Me Not To Come Three Dog Night

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