Greatest Songs of the 70s

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1Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

I really can't belive that led zeppelin is not no. 1 on any list - mateipal

The first song I started to learn on guitar. - thomasnirvanastroud

I'ts a lot better than dancing queen and all the other songs that have a higher spot on this and I don't think this should be number 4 it's least it could be in is 2!

Beautiful, I love this song and I shall never forget where I was.

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2Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

ABBA! What is the world coming to! In the top ten list for greatest songs ever, this song is #1 (rightfully so) so I ask you this: how is it that Dancing Queen is better on this list? Bohemian Rhapsody is truly a masterpiece and we should say a great 'thank you' to Freddie Mercury.

Odd how this was voted best song of all time but only 5th in the 70's

The greateast song ever written. Full stop.

Currently, the number 1 song is Stairway to Heaven, which is largely considered to be the greatest rock song of all time. It is my third favorite song after this song and Starman by David Bowie, and I like it a lot. But Bohemian Rhapsody is a work of pure genius. It holds as my favorite song and is probably the best song of all time.

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3Barracuda - Heart
4Dancing Queen - ABBA

Abba (at least in the United States) was one of the most underrated groups ever. The amazing vocal talent of the 2 girls as well as the nearly unrivaled production quality is extremely difficult to match. To this day, ABBA remains one of the all time most successful pop bands, behind Elvis and The Beatles. I can't think of too many bands from the 60s or 70s that are still popular 30 years after they broke up!

This song is truly remarkable, at least for 1970s song. Not only that, this is also one of ABBA's most remarkable song and its ABBA trademark song. I never get bored with this song, and I just love to listen it over and over again. Plus, all the members looked pretty good on their costumes.

Not even kidding, this group brought many beautifully written songs to the table, but Dancing Queen will ALWAYS be my favorite song. The seventies was great for music, and it's a close call, but Dancing Queen takes the cake.

This is their most memorable song and I won't forget. The first Abba song I ever knew was Dancing Queen! This is one of the best songs of the 70s, no doubt about that! - ivylee

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5Hotel California - Eagles

This song has to be at no. 1, no doubt. This list disappoints me. Dancing Queen ahead of bohemian rhapsody, stairway, imagine and hotel California

If you have'nt heard this song, you haven't lived

Top ten for sure are you kidding? 21?

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6Imagine - John Lennon

Come on This is what the 70s was all about. This whole song summarizes the world back in the 60s, and 70s.

How is Imagine not number 1?! ABBA is terrible and they shouldn't even be in the top ten. Imagine is the greatest. The end. John Lennon will always be the best.

Hi, let's talk about ABBA. ABBA made funky beats and rhythms in their songs, but also made inspiring, emotional songs. Music lovers love inspiring and funky songs. Therefore your argument is invalid. - MontyPython

I really this song too, truly inspiring and John Lennon deserved his praise for this.

Definitely my all time 2nd favorite song. - Icantbelieveitsnotbutter

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7Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Just brilliant, from Longing for Syd Barrett to 9/11 to the Japanese sunami - absolutely timeless

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8Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Most impessive and greatest song my lynyrd skynyrd I know. Very great and has a very meaningful story to it and I believe this should be at least in the top 20 by far. There should be almost doubt against that.

Free bird by skynyrd is the best ever

Following them since the early 70's - still rock the house!

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9Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
10Crazy On You - Heart

Roger and Nancy at their Guitar best. A blend of electric and acoustic that stands the test of time. These two were as explosive as the cosmic Big Bang.. Somehow the sum is much greater than the sum of the parts. Like chocolate and peanut butter, Roger and Nancy create something incredible delicious to the ear and other senses. It's shame that they weren't able to remain the partners in music they once were. Maybe someday they both will realize what an impact they "together" had on music.

To these ears, Heart's Wilson sisters, and their amazing band, picked up where Janis Joplin and Linda Ronstadt left off. As a teenaged male in the mid to late 70s, I had never heard female singers with such swagger. They weren't coy about sex, and they weren't afraid to rail against sexual exploitation. I think their impact was as liberating for males as it was for females.

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The Newcomers

?Because the Night - Patti Smith

No Patti Smith in this listing?! This song was co-written with Bruce Springsteen, it's probably the most well known tune from the complete artist and living legend she is.
I had the great honor to see her in first part of a R.E.M. show (1999 in Paris, she was a special guest), what an incredible moment which I will never forget... her voice gave me goose bumps. - Lotuscandy

?Crocodile Rock - Elton John

The Contenders

11Dream On - Aerosmith

ABBA at #1, and so many classics below... Who arranged this list, Sweden?

So Many Classics Below "ABBA"
Makes Me Wanna Punch The Person Who Made This List In The Face

12Baba O'Riley - The Who

55?! What the hell?! This song is one of the best songs of all time! It's my fourth favorite song! Sure, Won't Get Fooled Again is my favorite song, but this DOES NOT deserve to be in 55th place! The Who is way too underrated... - MontyPython

Seriously? This song should be in the top ten at least! This song is epic. The Who is awesome!

13Iron Man - Black Sabbath

dun duhn dundun dun, dun nu dun nu dun nu ne ne ney
(if you heard the iron man riff, then you are awesome) - HighSkoolArtist

It was between this and Bohemian Rhapsody, although they are all great songs. - michaelhughes

This song is badass along with Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple

I don't like ozzy but I love this song - Axlrose

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14Stayin' Alive - The Bee GeesV7 Comments
15Layla - Derek & The Dominos

The best riff that Clapton & Allman ever put to tape. - Toraqi

The last part of this song, the instrumental, is surreal.

It is best songs 70'

I love this song!

16London Calling - The ClashV1 Comment
17More Than a Feeling - Boston

I think most Boston songs are completely underrated. Boston had their own unique sound that is impossible to recreate. This song is a perfect example of pure genius. It's a rock song, its a love song, its just amazing. Better than anything I've ever heard.

Interestingly, Boston said they "borrowed" the melody for this song from "Louie, Louie." If you listen for it, it's there. And who in their life hasn't had that seems-so-right person just slip away?

Guys r you actually kidding heart do not deserve to be in the top tens, come on look at list

What? This song is awesome. Should be among the top ten.

18Highway To Hell - AC/DC

These song appeared in 79
It canceled all the efforts in 70s
Amazingly Amazing! - shatti

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19When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin

One of the BEST rock songs of the 70's. This song is simply mesmerising

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20Paranoid - Black Sabbath

Beautiful song!
Black Sabbath are the king of the rock and roll.
I think their music are forever.

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1. Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
2. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
3. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
1. When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin
2. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
3. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
1. Surrender - Cheap Trick
2. Bat Out of Hell - Meat Loaf
3. Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who

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