15 of the Best 70s Songs

July 6, 2017

Unlike the swinging 60s, which remains the most revered decade known to pop, the 1970s still divides opinion. Often derided as the decade wherein epic fashion fails such as bell-bottoms and tank tops held sway, it was nonetheless a rich decade for music. In celebration, here's uDiscover’s Top 70s songs – a killer Top 15 from a chameleonic decade which embraced the glitter of glam rock, the sparkle of disco and the primal roar of punk.

So, there are our top 70s Songs - George Harrison 'My Sweet Lord', Derek & The Dominos 'Layla', Led Zeppelin 'Stairway To Heaven', The Rolling Stones 'Brown Sugar', David Bowie 'Starman', Bob Marley & The Wailers 'No Woman No Cry', Queen 'Bohemian Rhapsody', ABBA 'Dancing Queen', Fleetwood Mac 'Go Your Own Way', Thin Lizzy 'The Boys Are Back In Town', Bee Gees 'Stayin’ Alive', Sex Pistols 'God Save The Queen', John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John 'You’re The One That I Want', Blondie 'Heart Of Glass' and The Knack 'My Sharona'.

What would be in your Top 70s Songs? Let us know in the comments and start the debate!

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  1. David

    I would have to include Free and Argent. Probably All right now (although I prefer My brother Jake) and God gave rock n roll to you. No?

  2. Toad

    John Travolta & Olivia Newton John? Check! The Knack? Check!

    Stevie Wonder, Al Green, EW&F, Curtis Mayfield, Staple Singers, Isaac Hayes, Rufus w Chaka Khan…etc? ….nope.

    One white artist out of fifteen. FFS.

    This is just like the 80s list you posted—white, white, so lily-white.

  3. Toad

    Sorry, typo. That should, obviously, read “one NON-white artist out of fifteen.” Ha! One white artist out of fifteen, that would be CRAZY!

    I’m embarrassed about my typo. You should be ashamed of this list.

  4. LaDonna

    Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress-The Hollies, Victim of Love-the Eagles, Green Eyed Lady-Sugarloaf, Midnight Rider- Allman Brothers Band, Layla-Derek and the Dominoes, These Eyes-The Guess Who, We’re an American Band-Grand Funk, It’s Too Late-Carol King, Me and Bobby Mcgee-janis Joplin, Flirting with Disaster- Molly Hatchet

  5. Ken

    Gotta be Layla by Derek and the Dominoes.
    Two of the greatest guitarists ever! Eric Clapton and the inimitable, great , Duane Allman .

  6. Paul I

    Correct group butI always thought “why does Love got to be so sad” was the best tune. The list has no Allman Brothers or Trsffic or The Band . A whiter Shade of Pale? Jethtu Tull . Anything on Nlood on the Tracks. Abba? Come on.

  7. Jim Baker

    @Toad – bullshit.
    These are by far the biggest tracks of the 70s – since when did Al Green/Staple Singers sell more than any of the ones above!!!
    Get real. And get off your rant.

  8. Jorge alpa

    Band on the run McCartney
    Rocket man Elton John
    Barracuda Heart
    Raounabout Yes
    From the beginning ELP
    Jeylous guy Lennon
    Potograth Ringo Starr

  9. Farrell McNulty

    Out of these 15, I’m choosing from 11. it’s not any mark against the other 4, I just don’t consider them great songs, just good, catchy, nice…anyway out of the 11, I would listen to My Sweet Lord more frequently. Heart of Glass is just as infectious and I do listen to that one an awful lot, same with Go Your Own Way, but My Sweet Lord has my vote.

  10. Gregg

    I disagree with 10 Out of the 15 y’all chose. These are some that should have been on the list: Won’t Get Fooled Again-the Who, Sugar Magnolia-Grateful Dead, Highway Star-Deep Purple, Day of the Eagle-Robin Trower, Iron Man-Black Sabbath, Tangled Up in Blue- Bob Dylan…

  11. Sergio

    Only 15? There are so much more: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John & Kiki Dee; Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush; Shake, Shake, Shake (Shake Your Booty – K. C. & The Sunshine Band; Imagine – John Lennon; Band On The Run – Paul MacCartney; Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen; Follow You, Follow-up Me – Genesis; Hotel California – Eagles…

  12. Saul Evans

    Pointless list of 15 random pop songs. The 70s were an explosion of fantastic music across new genres. Funk, Fusion, Prog, Metal, Disco, Punk, Electronic, were either invented or blossomed, but let’s boil it down to some singles….

  13. Tim Barton

    I’m Not in Love by 10cc, Brick House by Commodores, Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights, Autobahn by Kraftwerk, the Wings classic Band on the Run. Just a few too add to a great list.

  14. Beth Jones

    Aerosmith “Walk This Way” Sweet “Ballroom Blitz” Badfinger “No Matter What” Cheap Trick “Surrender” Ramones “I Wanna Be Sedated”

  15. Dave S

    No Eagles or Steely Dan? They were considered two of the most popular groups of the 70’s. Certainly Hotel California should be included for the Eagles and Reelin’ in the Years. How about Billy Joel and Piano Man? Or Bruce Springsteen and Born to Run.

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