Top Songs From The 1970s List

29 July 2014, 06:00 | Updated: 2 November 2017, 15:29


Over twenty of the best songs from the '70s have made it on to the list, including ABBA, Stevie Wonder, Chic and The Bee Gees. Does your favourite '70s song feature?

Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush (1978)

What a debut song! Released in 1978, this is still Kate Bush’s biggest-selling single.

After being delayed for two months, ‘Wuthering Heights’ was officially released in early 1978 and entered the top forty in the official singles chart in the UK at number twenty-seven and quickly rose to number one three weeks later. Bush was the first female artist to have a self-penned number one hit.

Lola - The Kinks (1970)

Lola reached number 2 in the UK charts and number 9 in the US.

Because The Night - Patti Smith (1978)

Taken from the Patti Smith Group album Easter, Because The Night went to number five in the UK and remains one of Smith’s best-known songs.

Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac (1977)

Written by Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, Go Your Own Way was the first single from the band’s 1977 album Rumours. The song wasn’t as successful in the UK as it was in the US, reaching number 38. The song is about the complicated relationship between Buckingham and fellow Fleetwood Mac member Stevie Nicks.

Le Freak - Chic (1978)

Le Freak was the band's third single and first Billboard Hot 100 and soul music number-one song. It reached number one on the disco charts and remained there for seven weeks.

The single achieved sales of seven million and reached number seven in the UK singles chart.

What's Going On - Marvin Gaye (1971) 

What’s Going On sold two million copies and went on to become Gaye's second most successful Motown song. The song was released without Berry Gordy, the head of Motown, approving it. In the US, it reached the top of the charts, staying at number-one for five weeks on the Billboard R&B charts.

Stayin' Alive - The Bee Gees (1977)

Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees was the second single from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

It reached the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for four weeks. It went to on become one of the group’s most recognisable songs. It reached number 4 in the UK.

I Feel Love - Donna Summer (1977)

I Feel Love peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number one in the UK, as well as a number of charts across the world.  

My Sharona - The Knack

One of the best one hit wonders ever, My Sharona was an international number one hit in 1979. It remained at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for 6 weeks.

Imagine - John Lennon (1971)

Imagine wasn’t originally released as a single in the UK, but it was then released in 1975 to promote a compilation LP and it reached number six in the chart that year. The song has since sold more than 1.6 million copies in the UK; it reached number one following Lennon's death in December 1980.

Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen (1975) 

Born to Run was Springsteen's first worldwide single release, but it achieved little initial success outside of America. In the US it was a top 40 hit, reaching number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100.

You're So Vain - Carly Simon (1972)

You’re So Vain is widely considered to be Carly Simon’s signature song. Singing about a self-absorbed lover; Simon says "You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you." The identity of the song’s subject has long been a matter of speculation.

In a 1989 interview Simon acknowledged that the song is a little bit about actor Warren Beatty but said the subject of the song is a combination of three men.

Jolene - Dolly Parton (1973)

Jolene tells the story of a woman confronting Jolene, who she believes is trying to steal away her man and begging her to "please don't take my man". The song became Parton's second solo number-one single on the country charts after being released as a single in late 1973. It was released as a single in the UK in 1974, where it reached number seven in the UK singles chart.

Superstition - Stevie Wonder (1972)

Written by Stevie Wonder, he released Superstition on Motown Records. It reached number one in America and number eleven in the UK in February 1973.

Let's Stay Together - Al Green (1971)

Let’s Stay Together reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on the chart for 16 weeks. It reached number seven in the UK.

Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye (1973)

Let’s Get It On remains one of Gaye's most successful singles, as it reached number one on the Billboard Pop Singles chart. It also became the biggest selling Motown release in America at the time, selling over two million copies within the first six weeks of following its release. It features on ‘best song’ list across the world (including this one!)

Tiny Dancer - Elton John (1972)

Tiny Dancer initially only reached number 41 in the US and wasn’t even released as a single in the UK (scandal, we know). However, it slowly but surely became one of Elton John's most popular songs

Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen (1975)

Bohemian Rhapsody stayed at the top of the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks and selling more than a million copies by the end of January 1976. It reached number one again in 1991 for five weeks following Mercury's death. In the US the song originally peaked at number nine in 1976; however, it returned to the chart at number two in 1992 following its appearance in the film Wayne's World. Excellent!

Dreams - Fleetwood Mac (1977)

Written by Stevie Nicks, Dreams features on Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ album. It was the group’s only number one hit in America.

Imagine being in the room when the group were recording this: drummer Mick Fleetwood was going through a divorce, bassist John McVie was separating from his wife, keyboardist Christine McVie, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were ending their eight-year relationship. Oh to be a fly on the wall!

Dancing Queen - ABBA (1976)

No surprises with this one; ABBA's Dancing Queen is widely considered to be one of the most successful singles of the 1970s. It was a hit across the world, reaching number one in more than a dozen countries and it sold over three million copies.

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