Seventies Number Ones

On this day in ’79, this was the UK’s Number One single: Blondie, ‘Sunday Girl’ (the dancing from certain members of the audience is fantastic, you have to see it).

Here are some of my favourite chart-toppers from the Seventies.

Again, I’ve restricted myself to ten (which was easier to do than for the Sixties list, by the way), so let’s see what you’ve got. Any country, any chart – and don’t be embarrassed, they don’t have to be ‘the best’ songs, just your favourites.

Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ is a given, so there’s no need to include it.

If you also want to compile a list for the worst songs from the Seventies, go ahead, but please mention Abba and Dr Hook; it would be a dull list without them.

– America, ‘Horse with No Name’
– Kate Bush, ‘Wuthering Heights’
– Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)’
– George Harrison, ‘My Sweet Lord’
– Don McLean, ‘American Pie’
– Matthews Southern Comfort, ‘Woodstock’
– Rolling Stones, ‘Angie’
– Slade, ‘Coz I Luv You’
– Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, ‘The Tears of a Clown’
– Wild Cherry, ‘Play That Funky Music’


  1. Alessandra

    Here is the list.

    This time I’ve also found something interesting in the Italian charts, even if not on the top.

    – Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel
    – Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin
    – Let it Be – The Beatles
    – Crocodile Rock – Elton John
    – The Ballad of Sacco and Vanzetti – Joan Baez
    – Imagine – John Lennon
    – Angie – Rolling Stones
    – Io Vagabondo – I Nomadi
    – Gioco di Bimba – Le Orme
    – Impressioni di Settembre – PFM

  2. NewYorkDan

    I have no idea whether any of these went to #1, but they are all popular songs of the 70s:

    The Better Songs of the 70s:

    Stevie Wonder – “Another Star”
    Carole King – “So Far Away”
    Marvin Gaye – “What’s Going On”
    Yes – “Roundabout”
    Lionel Richie – “Hello”
    Chicago – “25 or 6 to 4”
    Rolling Stones – “Brown Sugar”
    Rod Stewart – “Maggie May”
    The Who – “Baba O’Riley”
    Led Zeppelin – “Rock and Roll”
    Lou Reed – “Walk on the Wild Side”
    Neil Young – “Like a Hurricaine”

    The worst of the 70s (you’ll notice a definite theme here):

    Bee Gees – “Staying Alive”
    Abba – “Dancing Queen”
    Olivia Newton John – “Hopelessly Devoted”
    Frankie Vallie – “Grease”
    Village People – “In The Navy”
    Donna Summer – “MacArthur Park”
    Village People – “Y.M.C.A.”
    Chic – “Celebrate Good Times”
    Lipps Inc. – “Funky Town”

    • FEd

      I’m glad you mentioned ‘Maggie May’, because that was one of the songs I had to sacrifice to make my list of 18 an example-setting list of ten.

      Thank you, too, for mentioning Abba and the Bee Gees. (How did I forget about them?) Er, I have to confess to quite liking ‘Funky Town’, though.

      I’ll get me coat.

  3. Cath

    “Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)” by Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel is one of my all-time favourites! I’m glad you mentioned it FEd!

    The only trouble is, I also like Abba. 😛

  4. mikeT

    Oh dear, I’ve just gone all tartan waistband and platform heels.

    You can’t get past the Seventies without a mention for Sweet (Blockbuster), Mud (Tiger Feet), Alvin Stardust, Wizzard, Slade and many, many more home-grown UK talents.

    Correct me if I am wrong but was the Mullet a product of the 70s? It must have been a good cut, that, because it often appears on the Jerry Springer show even now.

    I could go on about this magnificent era but I am going to the pub and I must pump up my Space Hopper first, or it will take ages to get there.

    Have fun all.

  5. Matt

    “Dancing Queen” is one if the best songs ever written and performed and I say that in the most ‘hetero’ way possible. Moving on…

    To choose only ten from this phenomenal decade is literally impossible. There were so many wonderful groups from this decade that you could pick ten songs just from their legendary catalogs…

    I will limit my list to one from each of my favs.

    Renaissance ~ Ashes Are Burning
    Moody Blues ~ Story In Your Eyes
    Alice Cooper ~ Billion Dollar Babies
    David Bowie ~ Lady Stardust
    Joni Mitchell ~ Court and Spark
    Yes ~ Close To The Edge
    Queen ~ Doing Alright
    Mott The Hoople ~ Hymn For The Dudes
    The Who ~ The Real Me
    Pink Floyd ~ Us and Them

  6. peter m

    I’m going to do this a bit differently. I’ll pick one from each year in the seventies. Couldn’t possibly pick 10 favorites from the seventies, but these would be in a very large group of faves. Taken from Billboard # 1’s, so not exclusively from the UK.

    70 – My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
    71 – Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones
    72 – Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone – The Temptations
    73 – Superstition – Stevie Wonder
    74 – Bennie And The Jets – Elton John
    75 – Fame – David Bowie & Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen (want desperately to add Space Oddity, I’m Sailing and I’m not in Love as well, but I won’t – ’75 was a very good year)
    76 – 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon
    77 – Hotel California – The Eagles

    Abandoning Billboard at this point because the disco cancer has taken over. Will use the UK charts instead.

    78 – Boomtown Rats – Rat Trap
    79 – Another Brick in the Wall – Pink Floyd (and a new die hard fan was converted)

    • FEd

      Excellent list, Peter. ‘Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone’ and ‘Superstition’ were on my original list, as was another Boomtown Rats number (‘I Don’t Like Mondays’).

    • peter m

      Didn’t catch the ‘ABIW’ as given on first reading, so I’m going to switch my 1979 choice.

      Taken from US Billboard’s # 1s, I give you:

      1979 – My Sharona – The Knack

  7. Paul Sexton

    Billy Connolly – D.I.V.O.R.C.E… classy track
    Suzi Quatro – Can The Can… I think I loved her!
    Ian Dury and The Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (with the 2nd best Bass Player, Norman Watt Roy, smokin’ player!)

  8. KenF

    This wasn’t easy FEd. I could probably have come up with 10 singles for each year of the ’70s. But I’ll make do with these, for now…

    Best of the 70s:

    1970 : In The Summertime – Mungo Jerry
    1971 : You’ve Got A Friend – James Taylor
    1972 : Virginia Plain – Roxy Music
    1973 : Hocus Pocus – Focus
    1974 : This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the Both of Us – Sparks
    1975 : Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
    1976 : Blinded By The Light – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
    1977 : Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel
    1978 : Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
    1979 : Sultans Of Swing – Dire Straits

    Worst of the 70s:

    1970 : My Baby Loves Lovin’ – White Plains
    1971 : Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep – Middle Of The Road
    1972 : Puppy Love – Donny Osmond
    1973 : My Coo-Ca-Choo – Alvin Stardust
    1974 : Sugar Baby Love – The Rubettes
    1975 : I Write The Songs – Barry Manilow
    1976 : Howzat – Sherbet
    1977 : Lovely Day – Bill Withers
    1978 : Floral Dance – Terry Wogan
    1979 : Who Were You With In The Moonlight – Dollar

    • FEd

      Ah, Mungo Jerry. Glad to see them included.

      I wasn’t sure about ‘Virginia Plain’. Love the song, but I think it just missed out on the top spot (in the UK, anyway). Must check that.

  9. Jeremy

    Pete Townshend related; I remeber an NME or Sounds interview with Kenny Jones when he was in the Who. He was asked what he hoped to receive for Christmas. Great answer; “Debbie Harry”.

    Bowie, Drive-In Saturday
    Slade, Take Me Bak Ome
    Wizzard, See My Baby Jive
    Suzi Quatro, Can The Can
    Who, 5.15
    Queen, Seven Seas Of Rhye
    Sniff ‘N Tears, Driver’s Seat
    Alice Cooper, Elected
    Sweet, BlockBuster
    T. Rex, Metal Guru

    Mostly Glam era, a couple of cheesy ones, but apart from Driver’s Seat I bought of them within a couple of years and they sound nearly as exciting to me now as when I first heard them.

    • Matt

      “Jeremy spoke in class today…”

      Excellent selection with Bowie’s “Drive In Saturday”!

      Aladdin Sane could just be Bowie’s best record…

    • Stephen Barnhart

      Suzi Quatro opened up for Alice Cooper in 1975, for the “Welcome to my Nightmare” tour… at least she did in Phoenix Arizona. Not a household name, surprised to see it again.

      I remember seeing her play a roll on Happy Days, as Fonzie’s girlfriend… that’s the way I remember it anyway.

  10. Hoss

    Hi FEd and everybody.

    Have not had a chance to blog for a while as I have been very busy with work (which here in Michigan is a good thing, I guess) and other things.

    Do not know if all of these were #1 hits, but here is my top 10 of the 70s:

    Let It Be – The Beatles
    Turn The Page – Bob Seger
    Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone – The Temptations
    One Of These Nights – The Eagles
    Don’t Fear The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
    Band On The Run – Paul McCartney & Wings
    Heart Of Glass – Blondie
    We’re An American Band – Grand Funk Railroad
    You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
    Hotel California – The Eagles

    And don’t get me started on a worst of the 70s list as it would take days to compile.

    Hope everyone has a great weekend and Memorial Day,

    • FEd

      ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ certainly topped the charts – that was on my first-draft list.

      ‘Band on the Run’ is a good call. I also liked ‘Silly Love Songs’, which I believe went to Number One, as well.

  11. Michèle

    My list:

    – ‘The Guests’ – Leonard Cohen
    – ‘Oh, Sister’ – Bob Dylan
    – ‘Child In Time’ – Deep Purple
    – ‘Wild Horses’ – Rolling Stones
    – ‘Sultans Of Swing’ – Dire Straits
    – ‘Riders On The Storm’ – The Doors
    – ‘Baker Street’ – Jerry Rafferty
    – ‘Dreams’ – Fleetwood Mac
    – ‘Les Marquises’ – Jacques Brel
    – ‘Ballade De Melody Nelson’ – Serge Gainsbourg et Jane Birkin

    And a special mention for ‘Psycho Chicken’ by The Fools (parody of ‘Psycho Killer’ by Talking Heads). :))

    Here it is.


    • FEd

      ‘Baker Street’… how could I forget the classic saxophone-playing of Raphael Ravenscroft?

      Gerry Rafferty was a member of Stealers Wheel, of course. ‘Stuck in the Middle With You’ – hear it here – should get a mention, even though I don’t think it fared quite as well in the charts as ‘Baker Street’.

    • Michèle

      Raphael Ravenscroft… didn’t he play with David on his ‘About Face’ tour? At least I’m quite sure he played saxophone with David at ‘Le Zénith’, Paris in 1984.

    • Rudders - Toronto

      Gerry Rafferty started his career in a band called “The Humblebums” with Billy Connolly…

  12. lorsomething

    There were so many songs from the 70s that I loved, I simply can’t choose ten. (Unless I can count the entire Dark Side of the Moon album…?)

    But one song that I loved dearly, even though I was not a big fan of Thin Lizzy, is Whiskey in the Jar.

    P. S. The Worst List would have to include Brownsville Station, wouldn’t it? And AC/DC.

  13. frank par

    Another Brick in the 70s? Jumping the gun a bit early Fed? Or did I miss something? 8|

  14. Sarah

    The dancing from certain members of the audience equals me trying hard to stifle my laughter so I don’t wake my husband up. I shouldn’t laugh though. I’m not exactly a vision on the dance floor. 😛

    I will try my hand at this list keeping the obvious favorites out. 😉

    Elton John – ‘Madman Across the Water’
    The Rolling Stones – ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’ and ‘Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)’
    David Bowie – ‘Fame’
    Supertramp – ‘Child of Vision’
    Traffic – ‘The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys’
    Derek and the Dominos – between ‘Bell Bottom Blues’ and ‘Layla’
    Bill Withers – ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’
    Neil Young – ‘Cortez the Killer’
    The Who – ‘Baba O’Riley’

    Love ‘Woodstock’ FEd, all around, but my favorite is from Joni herself from ‘Ladies of the Canyon’. That song can bring on some chills no matter how many times I’ve listened to it.

    • FEd

      Hi Sarah.

      Funnily enough, I was thinking about ‘Woodstock’ and Joni last night. I actually think this is one rare occasion where I prefer the cover version to the original.

      ‘Bell Bottom Blues’ is wonderful, isn’t it? A definite favourite of mine. ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ is another.

  15. Stephanie

    The Seventies was the time my “conscious” life started. I listened to Smokie, Slade, The Sweet, Suzi Quatro and of course Abba. Yes FEd – my first concert visit was a Abba concert in 1979 and it was marvellous. :)

    Definitely many of them aren’t the music I prefer today from that time but all are connected with many good memories.

    And here some of my all-time chart-toppers:

    Led Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven
    George Harrison, My Sweet Lord
    Black Sabbath, Paranoid
    Simon & Garfunkel, Bridge over Troubled Water
    Nazareth, This Flight Tonight
    Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody
    Alice Cooper, School´s Out
    Wings, Mull of Kintyre
    Frijid Pink, House of the Rising Sun
    Marius Müller-Westernhagen, Wir waren noch Kinder

  16. Patricia

    Even though Pink Floyd turns out hits every decade, it would seem sacrilegious not to include my favorite PF song of the decade. So already I am not following the rules. I missed the 60s list and that wouldn’t be hard for me because that is when all the good music started, ie The Doors and many others.

    1. Pink Floyd, “Dark Side of the Moon’
    2. Yes, ‘Roundabout’
    3. Led Zeppelin, ‘Dazed and Confused’
    4. Eric Clapton, ‘Cocaine’
    5. Fleetwood Mac, ‘Rhiannon’
    6. The Police, ‘Roxanne’
    7. Elton John, ‘Philadelphia Freedom’
    8. Chicago, ’25 or 6 to 4′
    9. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, ‘Southern Cross’
    10. Joni Mitchell, ‘Hejira’

    I was raised with my brother, a professional drummer then and now. So I really enjoy jazz as much as Pink Floyd. I know Richard found inspiration from jazz also. So I wish you had included a jazz list. I love Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Billy Preston and Charlie Haden and my favorite which is not from the 70s is Pat Matheny’s ‘Beyond the Missouri Sky’ (album).

    So the first 3 on my list are my heavy rock but there is not a band that compares to Pink Floyd for 4 decades of new music.

    Thanks for giving me an opinion.

    • FEd

      We’ll have a day to talk about jazz soon, I think – thanks, Patricia.

      Love ‘Rhiannon’, by the way.

    • Matt

      I consider a lot of Rick’s “Wet Dream” jazz.

      Just another example of the seventies domination!

  17. Lene

    Hi Fed,

    Girl with boots, making very pre-studied steps.. :)

    Top 10 – 70s is not that easy. But here are a few, that I liked:

    Don McLean – Vincent
    Ian Dury & Blockheads – Hit Me With your Rhythmstick (isn’t the bassline legendary?)
    Blondie – Heart Of Glass
    The Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays
    Police – Message In A Bottle
    Phil Lynnott – King’s Call
    Ike/Tine Turner – Nutbush City Limits

    I can’t think of more, at least that hasn’t already been mentioned.

    On the worst-list, will be… Osmond, Baccara, Rubettes, and… remember?

    Les Humphries Singers! (I just checked them out on YouTube – damn, totally “kitsch”.)

  18. mondo

    Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Chile
    Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

    Sorry such a short list, my mind is pulling a blank. Doh!

    And as I now live in the West Country I better give The Wurzels – Combine Harvester a shout! Ooo Ahh oo ahh. 😀

    Off to work now. Laters!!

  19. Matt

    A few more that remind me of this glorious decade…

    The Wizard ~ Uriah Heep
    Autumn ~ Strawbs
    A Day ~ Styx
    Nether Lands ~ Dan Fogelberg
    Crazy On You ~ Heart
    Dreams ~ Allman Brothers Band
    Darkness On The Edge of Town ~ Bruce Springsteen
    Captain Jack ~ Billy Joel
    Ticking ~ Elton John
    Guitar Man ~ Bread

  20. Andrew

    Personally I agree about ABBA but it is amazing how sickly popular the revival of their music is with the Mamma Mia production.

    As for Dr. Hook, Cover of the Rolling Stone is not that terrible. It is an OK song. Plus their release Sloppy Seconds has some very humorous songs on it albeit crude. Or are you just picking on them cause they are from NJ? But the only #1 single by them I see is “When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman” and that was a UK #1 single.

    There was much worse from the 1970s – like Barry Manilow.

    As for the best, I’ll have to think about it but wonder if anyone will mention some of the wildly popular, often played artists from the era like Leo Sayer, Gerry Rafferty, Peter Frampton, Gary Wright, Elvin Bishop, Steve Miller Band, Boz Scaggs, Randy Newman, David Essex and so many more. Although not all of them reached number 1 on Billboard in the 70s, they did have songs that hit number 1 on other charts such as Cash Box. Also, some of the songs that did hit number 1 are not necessarily the ones you expect.

    FEd, I’m also surprised you didn’t list anything by the Eagles. Hotel California, New Kid in Town, Best of My Love, One of These Nights, Heartache Tonight are their five #1 Billboard singles. Pick one or wait, let me guess. Hotel California.



    • Matt

      There was much worse from the 1970s – like Barry Manilow.

      In my best Dan Akroyd, “Andrew, you ignorant slut”.

      “Weekend In New England” and “Looks Like We Made It” are near perfect songs that to this day, still make me well up (in my best Mike Myers) “like a little girl”…

    • FEd

      ‘When You’re in Love With a Beautiful Woman’ has to be one of the most repulsive, vacuous, irritating songs ever written and recorded, but I concur with your comment about Barry Manilow.

      How about the following for some similarly sickening (and, worse still, chart-topping) Seventies shockers?

      – Paul Anka, ‘(You’re) Having My Baby’
      – Glen Campbell, ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’
      – The Carpenters, ‘(They Long to Be) Close to You’
      – Terry Jacks, ‘Seasons in the Sun’
      – Tony Orlando, ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree’
      – Leo Sayer, ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’ (puking, more like)
      – Styx, ‘Babe’
      – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, ‘You’re the One That I Want’

      Here are two more, just to make it a list of ten (I couldn’t bring myself to type either “Abba” or “Bee Gees” because they had several Number Ones and to choose just one from each would have meant having to remember many songs which I have long tried to forget, which would only make me nauseous and potentially capable of committing murder):

      – Carl Douglas, ‘Kung Fu Fighting’
      – Anita Ward, ‘Ring My Bell’ (which takes all of three seconds to give you a headache)

    • FEd

      FEd, I’m also surprised you didn’t list anything by the Eagles. Hotel California, New Kid in Town, Best of My Love, One of These Nights, Heartache Tonight are their five #1 Billboard singles.

      ‘Hotel California’ will do just fine, thanks. :)

      You know I’d have listed them all, but I thought I’d try to pick out something less obvious for a change.

      I’m going to see the Eagles in July. Can’t wait.

    • Andrew


      Your comment on Kung Fu Fighting reminded me of a few other 1970s #1 songs that I know make some people sick:

      Disco Duck – Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots
      Convoy – C.W. McCall

      And some more that just make me gag are:

      You Needed Me – Anne Murray
      Anything by Helen Reddy but particularly I Am Woman and Delta Dawn.


      I have no issue with your adoration of Barry Manilow. I hope you get great seats next time he comes to town. Remember he also composed many jingles including the hit for Band-Aid Bandages: “I’m stuck on Band-Aids, cause Band Aid’s stuck on me.”



  21. Rudders - Toronto

    I am generating my list mentally at the moment but I just wanted to share this with the Blogmeister…

    I received an email from the Genesis fan club several weeks ago asking for fan photographs of concerts back in the 80s and 90s… I sent off a whole bunch of pictures and now they have asked me to sign a release form so they can use them.

    For all of this I will get a mention on the album cover or artwork somewhere! Woohoo. 8)

    Back to the mental list now…

    P.S. Anyone seen Howard Bayliss? Come in Howard, your time is up…

    • FEd

      I received an email from the Genesis fan club several weeks ago asking for fan photographs of concerts back in the 80s and 90s… I sent off a whole bunch of pictures and now they have asked me to sign a release form so they can use them.

      For all of this I will get a mention on the album cover or artwork somewhere! Woohoo. 8)

      That’s nice of them.

  22. Rudders - Toronto


    1. Lee Marvin “singing” Wandrin’ Star
    2. Dana – All Kinds of Everything… pass me a bucket!
    3. England World Cup Squad shouting Back Home
    4. Clive Dunn – Grandad… FFS!
    5. Dawn – Knock Three Times… Bletch!
    6. Chicory Tip – Son of My Father… who thought that name was good!
    7. Peters & Lee – Welcome Home
    8. Telly Savalas – If… ZZzzzzz!
    9. Typically Tropical – Barbados… OMFG!
    10. JJ Barrie – No Charge

    Honorable mention to Althia & Donna for Up Town Top Ranking and Brian & Michael for Matchstalk Men And Matchstalk Cats And Dogs. 8|

  23. Matt


    Is this your first time seeing the Eagles?

    My brother and I caught them a few years back for the “Hell Freezes Over” tour. They were simply sublime. 8)

    Joe Walsh is a wonder to watch and speaking of Joe his “So What” album from the 70s was in constant rotation at our “Crew” parties…

    • FEd

      Second. I saw them a few years ago and they were flawless.

      Joe had a camera strapped to his head, filming the crowd. He really is a character.

  24. Michèle

    We had our disco-crap here too in the 70s, such as Patrick Juvet and his ‘Où sont les femmes?’, for example. Crap music and also crap lyrics, of course:

    “Elles portent un blouson noir
    Elles fument le cigare
    Font parfois un enfant
    Par hasard !
    Et dès que vient le soir
    Elles courent dans le néant
    Vers des plaisirs provisoires”

    Good dance music, though… 😉

  25. Piero

    I don’t know where to begin, I give it up!

    To those lucky to attend Monday’s gig: enjoy it! I wish I could be there! I’m sure it’s going to be mesmerising… nobody in the audience will be disappointed. 😉

    Ciao David, this time I was broke but next time I’ll surely be attending!

    Have a nice weekend everybody. Have some relaxation FEd!


  26. Paul Sexton

    Going to see The Eagles end of June in Belfast… can’t wait.

    Went to see Eric Clapton in Dublin last week who I thought was very good although some of his reviews for the Royal Albert Hall have be less favourable.

    Have a nice weekend everybody!

  27. Rudders - Toronto


    1.Simon & Garfunkel – Trouble Over Bridgewater… :/
    2. George Harrison – My Sweet Lord
    3. Rod The Prod – Maggie May
    4. Don Maclean – Vincent
    5. Sweet – Blockbuster (hated it at the time but it got better over time)
    6. Wizzard – See My Baby Jive
    7. Status Quo – Down, Down
    8. Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile
    9. Rod Stewart – Sailing (anyone remember the B side – The Killing of Georgie? Classic and even better than Sailing)
    10. Ian Dury and Block Heads – Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick

    Listing these tracks has reminded me of the Radio One Breakfast show hosted by Noel Edmonds… what was the name of the Milkman character he invented? Used to come on and say “Morning Geisha”, or something similar.

    Radio One used to be so good in those days… Edmonds, Peel, Vance, Travis and of course Blackburn, but we don’t talk about him. :)

  28. jonathan

    I loved Jethro Tull. Nothing is better than Thick as a Brick. The musicianship of the band is great.

    – Yes, Close to the Edge
    – ELP, Knife Edge

    Baker Street is great.

    “When the levee breaks you’ll have no place to go…”

  29. mikeT

    The Seventies. It’s infectious and dynamic, this, Fed.

    Rudders is right: Lee Marvin, Wandrin’ Star – what a song. And what a reputation as a hard man Lee Marvin had. In the 70s it was how many buttons you had on your baggies that showed how hard you were, LOL. Hey, keep clear of him, he’s got 21 buttons.

    I remember my Grandad cursing once whilst my aunts and uncles were discussing Chuck Berry’s My Ding a Ling. It was banned by the BBC. How times have changed eh?

  30. Patricia


    I agree with you about Jethro Tull as well as Yes. I was also a big fan of Electric Light Orchestra, so it is hard to list only 10.

    Jimi Hendrix’s Red House was first heard at Woodstock in 1969 but certainly was on the top of the charts for most of the 70s.

    What I liked about the Yes concerts were the “theater in the round” so all could see well (this was before big screens, of course). :)

  31. sebastian

    Hola!! I’m from Argentina, I like Gilmour and Pink Floyd.

    Please come to Argentina… I wish you were here.


  32. Andrew

    OK, here is my best of list of top ten 70s #1 songs based on the Billboard Hot 100 in no particular order:

    Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin
    Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones
    Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone – The Temptations
    Will It Go Round in Circles – Billy Preston
    Tonight’s the Night – Rod Stewart
    Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) – Sly & the Family Stone
    Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) – The Looking Glass
    The Joker – Steve Miller Band
    Miss You – The Rolling Stones
    Fame – David Bowie

    I have to say that it is too bad that Warren Zevon’s Lawyers, Guns and Money never hit #1, otherwise that would definitely be on my list of faves.

    Top Worst:

    Da Doo Ron Ron – Shaun Cassidy
    Ring My Bell – Anita Ward
    Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O’Sullivan
    Song Sung Blue – Neil Diamond
    Killing Me Softly with His Song – Roberta Flack
    (Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song – B.J. Thomas
    Thank God I’m A Country Boy – John Denver
    Saturday Night – Bay City Rollers
    When I Need You – Leo Sayer
    Reunited – Peaches and Herb

    Wonder how folks feel about Rod Stewart’s Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? which was all over the radio in the late 1970s.

    O, and don’t forget about the Ray Stevens song, The Streak.



    • FEd

      I don’t think I’d ever heard ‘The Streak’ before you mentioned it, but as for Rod, I feel that’s song’s been flogged to death and don’t care if I never hear it again.

      We’ll have to have a post one of these days about songs we were made to loathe because they were played too much at every half-opportunity.

      I never cared much for it, to be honest.

  33. Alessandra

    Reading all these comments, I realise the list I wrote is very different from the others.

    That’s what happens looking to the Italian charts.

    Apart from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, nothing of what I read reached the highest positions here. Italian music was always on top and I don’t know why, because lots of people I know liked foreign music in the Seventies and used to go to the concerts, too.

    My mother says many people she knew listened to the radio, because the price of the records was high enough if you were still a student and you were not working. Adult and old people, who could bought the records, listened mostly to classical music or Italian songs, because they were still close minded to everything singed in a different language.

    That’s why Italian commercial music sold so much, even if lots of young people liked rock music.

    If rock music was Evil in the UK and US, can you imagine what the old Italian generation, who also didn’t understand the words, could think about it?

    Sorry for the off topic reflection. :)

  34. Starry

    It’s funny, I was just thinking the other day about my dismay at the way 70s chart music really began morphing into itself (if that makes sense) from about 1971 onwards, as the winds of change began blowing in and making it all feel very different quality-wise from the 60s (in my opinion anyway).

    There had been some fantastic hits in 1970/71, including –

    Free – All Right Now
    The Beach Boys – Cottonfields
    Fleetwood Mac – The Green Manalishi
    The Ides Of March – Vehicle
    Chicago – 25 Or 6 To 4
    Deep Purple – Black Night
    Black Sabbath – Paranoid
    Jimi Hendrix Experience – Voodoo Chile

    Not sure without going to check whether these actually reached no. 1, but I’m fairly sure they at least got close… along with these classic gems:

    England World Cup Squad – Back Home
    Mungo Jerry – In The Summertime
    Hotlegs – Neanderthal Man
    Ray Stevens – Bridget The Midget
    Grandad – Clive Dunn
    The Osmonds – Crazy Horses
    Lynn Anderson – Rose Garden
    Dawn – Knock Three Times

    😮 *shudder*

    I think Abba are a kind of law unto themselves… and yes, I do remember “Sylvia’s Mother”.

    Re: “Another Brick in the Wall”, not long after its release I spent several months in a certain region of southern Africa where it was banned. I enjoyed myself playing the album quite loud on various occasions (along with other banned records such as “Biko” by Peter Gabriel), and even when a strange man came knocking at my door around midnight with a lame excuse, it didn’t put me off. 😉

  35. Peter

    1. Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
    2. Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond
    3. Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother
    4. Pink Floyd – Fat Old Sun
    5. Pink Floyd – Echoes
    6. Pink Floyd – Time
    7. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
    8. Pink Floyd – Pigs on the Wing
    9. Pink Floyd – Hey You
    10. Pink Floyd – Money

  36. John nff

    Kind of cheated by reading everyone else’s choices before submitting mine, but only to avoid duplication and remind everyone of more great songs, (according to my taste), such as:

    Friends – Elton John (such a flippin’ gorgeous song)
    Black Water – The Doobie Brothers
    Fantasy – Earth Wind & Fire
    More Than A Feeling – Boston
    Strawberry Letter – Brothers Johnson
    Black And White – Three Dog Night
    Bruce Springsteen – Jungleland
    Surrender – Cheap Trick
    Dust In The Wind – Kansas
    Give A Little Bit – Supertramp


    Time In A Bottle – Jim Croce

  37. Alessandra

    I just would like to say good luck to David for this evening’s gig and enjoy yourself to everyone here who will go to the show. :)

  38. Andrew

    Is this something you would like to see and hear?

    Collaborations like this don’t always work out. I wonder how they would get on.



  39. Gabrielle, Washington State

    Ahhh, some random nonsense for me to tap in to.

    American Woman ~ Guess Who
    Let It Be ~ The Beatles
    Maggie May ~ Rod Stewart
    American Pie ~ Don McLean
    Let’s Stay Together ~ Al Green (smooooth)
    Heart of Gold ~ Neil Young
    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face ~ Roberta Flack
    Superstition ~ Stevie Wonder
    Rock ‘N Me Baby ~ Steve Miller
    Time In A Bottle ~ Jim Croce
    Hotel California ~ The Eagles

    It dawned on me that Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody wasn’t on the list I was referencing for this, but it certainly should have been. What a masterpiece!

    How have you been, FEd? It’s been a long while since I’ve found my way to the Barn for a nice chat session, dammit! One of these days I’m going to… :))

    Peace :)

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