Top 100 Songs of the 1970s

57. Dream On  – Aerosmith (1973)

56. Instant Karma! – John Lennon, Yoko Ono with the Plastic Ono Band (1970)

55. Closer To The Heart  – Rush (1977)

54. Take It To The Limit  – Eagles (1975)

Music companies and their greedy claims, eh? Here is my third attempt to post a YouTube link of this song. Luckily I keep checking my posts for when the songs get taken down…

Amazing slow song here…

53. The Joker  – Steve Miller Band (1973)

One of my first CDs ever – Steve Miller Band’s greatest hits…

52. No Woman No Cry  – Bob Marley (1975)

51. Maggie M’Gill – The Doors (1970)

50. My Sweet Lord – George Harrison (1970)

49. Ohio – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (1970)

48. Another Brick In The Wall (part II)  – Pink Floyd (1979)

I like this, the full version. Makes the intro so much better.

47. Comfortably Numb  – Pink Floyd (1979)

46. One Love  – Bob Marley and the Wailers (1977)

This may not have been the first video I ever saw on Much Music…but it’s absolutely the first video I remember seeing on Much Music when it launched. This video was released in the early 80s and gave Marley a posthumous hit in 1984 when the song reached No.5 on the charts as a result.

45. Never Going Back Again  – Fleetwood Mac (1977)

One of the greatest albums of all time. Every song is a gem.

44. Fat Bottomed Girls  – Queen (1978)

43. Witchy Woman – Eagles (1972)

If you don’t mind the four-minute guitar solo to kick off this live version, then you’ll enjoy.

42. Sweet Emotion  – Aerosmith (1975)

Although the constant interruptions with the phone chat in this video are annoying, it’s almost worth the laugh at the end…

41. Say Hello  – April Wine (1979)

My favorite song by April Wine here.

40. Me And Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin (1971)

39. We’re Here For A Good Time (Not A Long Time) – Trooper (1977)

38. Stayin’ Alive  – Bee Gees (1977)

37. Take A Chance On Me  – ABBA (1977)

36. Don’t Bring Me Down – ELO (1979)

This song pumped me up in university…

35. Bat Out Of Hell – Meat Loaf (1977)

The awesome opening riff is cut from this video, unfortunately…

34. Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones (1971)

33. D’yer Mak’er  – Led Zeppelin (1973)

32. No Time – The Guess Who (1970)

Honestly had never heard this version prior to putting this article together. And frankly, it’s even better. The version I grew to love was on their greatest hits CD (same as what was played on the radio). This one sounds cleaner, with an intro too.

31. Imagine – John Lennon (1971)

Needs no introduction

30. American Pie – Don McLean (1971)

29. Feel Like Making Love – Bad Company (1975)

28. Some Kind of Wonderful  – Grand Funk (1975)

27. Paradise By the Dashboard Light  – Meat Loaf (1977)

The story-telling in this song is just so very real, albeit quite basic and uncouth. And for a 1977 video/performance he does a great job of telling it. A unique and talented artist, to say the least.

26. Bohemian Rhapsody  – Queen (1975)

25. Sweet Home Alabama  – Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)

24. The Ballroom Blitz  – The Sweet (1973)

23. Cat’s In The Cradle  – Harry Chapin (1974)

I am putting in this video because of the background (first minute) and a bit of background and context to this famous song.

22. Peace Frog – The Doors (1970)

21. Wish You Were Here  – Pink Floyd (1975)

20. Angie  – The Rolling Stones (1973)

19. Hey, Hey, What Can I Do – Led Zeppelin (1970)

18. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp – Led Zeppelin (1970)

17. Cecilia – Simon & Garfunkel (1970)

16. Up Around the Bend – Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970)

15. Over the Hills and Far Away – Led Zeppelin (1973)

Another one from Zeppelin, and we’re still not through with them…

14. Sundown  – Gordon Lightfoot (1974)

13. Black Water  – The Doobie Brothers (1974)

12. The Gambler  – Kenny Rogers (1978)

11. Hotel California  – Eagles (1976)

10. More Than A Feeling  – Boston (1976)

9. The Cover of the Rolling Stone – Dr. Hook (1972)

This song is criminally underrated and criminally underplayed. I don’t know why nobody seems to want to talk about this song, but I loved it from the moment I first heard it. It’s great to sing along to. I never hear it on classic rock stations. I wonder what being a teenager in 1972 was like when this song was released. Why was it never big?

8. Tuesday’s Gone – Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973)

7. Sunshine – Nazareth (1974)

6. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin (1971)

One of the best songs in the history of music, and perhaps deserving of No.1 here. But admittedly slips because I’ve heard it (and played it) more than pretty much any other song ever. Is that a reason to punish a song? Apparently so.

5. The Boxer – Simon & Garfunkel (1970)

4. Give A Little Bit  – Supertramp (1977)

I’ve always loved this song, and oddly enough it brings back memories of working at Zellers as a stock boy in Stratford. Hearing it there enough over the sound system, I bought Supertramp’s greatest hits as a result.

3. Piano Man  – Billy Joel (1973)

2. Lola – The Kinks (1970)

1. Freebird – Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973)

Top to bottom, start to finish, hands down the best song of the 70’s. The slow buildup, the catchy singable lyrics, the hard rockin’ riffs at the end combine to make the perfect song…

You can listen to/play this entire list on YouTube here.

And on Spotify…

Here is the list in chart form:

RankSong ArtistYear
1FreebirdLynyrd Skynyrd1973
2LolaThe Kinks1970
3Piano ManBilly Joel1973
4Give A Little BitSupertramp1977
5The BoxerSimon & Garfunkel1970
6Stairway to HeavenLed Zeppelin1971
8Tuesday’s GoneLynyrd Skynyrd1973
9The Cover of the Rolling StoneDr. Hook1972
10More Than A FeelingBoston1976
11Hotel CaliforniaEagles1976
12The GamblerKenny Rogers1978
13Black WaterThe Doobie Brothers1974
14SundownGordon Lightfoot1974
15Over the Hills and Far AwayLed Zeppelin1973
16Up Around the BendCreedence Clearwater Revival1970
17CeciliaSimon & Garfunkel1970
18Bron-Y-Aur StompLed Zeppelin1970
19Hey, Hey, What Can I DoLed Zeppelin1970
20AngieThe Rolling Stones1973
21Wish You Were HerePink Floyd1975
22Peace FrogThe Doors1970
23Cat’s In The CradleHarry Chapin1974
24The Ballroom BlitzThe Sweet1973
25Sweet Home AlabamaLynyrd Skynyrd1974
26Bohemian RhapsodyQueen1975
27Paradise By the Dashboard LightMeat Loaf1977
28Some Kind of WonderfulGrand Funk1975
29Feel Like Making LoveBad Company1975
30American PieDon McLean1971
31ImagineJohn Lennon1971
32No TimeThe Guess Who1970
33D’yer Mak’erLed Zeppelin1973
34Brown SugarThe Rolling Stones1971
35Bat Out Of HellMeat Loaf1977
36Don’t Bring Me DownElectric Light Orchestra1979
37Take A Chance On MeABBA1977
38Stayin’ AliveBee Gees1977
39We’re Here For A Good Time (Not A Long Time)Trooper1977
40Me And Bobby McGeeJanis Joplin1971
41Say HelloApril Wine1979
42Sweet EmotionAerosmith1975
43Witchy WomanEagles1972
44Fat Bottomed GirlsQueen1978
45Never Going Back AgainFleetwood Mac1977
46One LoveBob Marley and the Wailers1977
47Comfortably NumbPink Floyd1979
48Another Brick In The Wall (part II)Pink Floyd1979
49OhioCrosby, Stills, Nash & Young1970
50My Sweet LordGeorge Harrison1970
51Maggie M’GillThe Doors1970
52No Woman No CryBob Marley1975
53The JokerSteve Miller Band1973
54Take It To The LimitEagles1975
55Closer To The HeartRush1977
56Instant Karma!John Lennon, Yoko Ono with the Plastic Ono Band1970
57Dream OnAerosmith1973
58Take It EasyEagles1972
59The Air That I BreatheThe Hollies1974
60We Will Rock YouQueen1977
61Drift AwayDobie Gray1973
62Come Sail AwayStyx1977
63MotherPink Floyd1979
64No Sugar Tonight/New Mother NatureThe Guess Who1970
65LaylaDerek and the Dominos1971
66See Me, Feel MeThe Who1970
67Wonderful TonightEric Clapton1977
68All Right NowFree1970
69Lyin’ EyesEagles1975
70Long As I Can See The LightCreedence Clearwater Revival1970
71MoondanceVan Morrison1970
72Don’t StopFleetwood Mac1977
73TangerineLed Zeppelin1970
74Rocket ManElton John1972
75Baba O’RileyThe Who1971
76Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John1973
77Won’t Get Fooled AgainThe Who1971
78Black DogLed Zeppelin1971
79The ChainFleetwood Mac1977
80American WomanThe Guess Who1970
81Roadhouse BluesThe Doors1970
82Rock ‘N’ MeSteve Miller Band1976
83Silver SpringsFleetwood Mac1977
84Bicycle RaceQueen1978
85Love HurtsNazareth1976
86Sweet Talkin’ WomanElectric Light Orchestra1978
87Squeeze BoxThe Who1975
88Strange MagicElectric Light Orchestra1975
89My Best Friend’s GirlThe Cars1978
90WoodstockCrosby, Stills, Nash & Young1970
91Jet AirlinerSteve Miller Band1977
92Foreplay / Long TimeBoston1976
93Candle in the WindElton John1973
94You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)Rod Stewart1977
95LandslideFleetwood Mac1975
96Peace Of MindBoston1976
97KashmirLed Zeppelin1975
98When the Levee BreaksLed Zeppelin1971
99ChangesBlack Sabbath1972
100Iron ManBlack Sabbath1970
101(Don’t Fear) The ReaperBlue Öyster Cult1976
102Hair Of The DogNazareth1975
103Jive Talkin’Bee Gees1975
104DanielElton John1973
105Shooting StarBad Company1975
106We Are The ChampionsQueen1977
107Lean on MeBill Withers1972
109Knowing Me, Knowing YouABBA1976
110It’s a HeartacheBonnie Tyler1977
111Three Little BirdsBob Marley and the Wailers1977
112Stuck in the Middle with YouStealers Wheel1973

1970  1971  1972  1973  1974  1975  1976  1977  1978  1979

1960s          1970s          1980s          1990s


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