Top 10 Songs That Defined the 70s

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1Stayin Alive - Bee Gees

From 1977 to the end of the decade, Disco in general, and the Bee Gees in particular were by far the most-played music.

2Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Not as 70's-definting as many other songs on this list, BoRap barely reached the top 10, peaking at only #9 in 1976. It is mostly symbolic of the 70's for people who were not actually there.

3Imagine - John Lennon
4Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
5You're the One That I Want - John Travolta and Olivia Newton John
6You Should Be Dancing - Bee Gees

Yikes, 3 pictures of John Travolta in the top 10.

7Dancing Queen - Abba
8Let It Be - The Beatles

Single released March 1970; album released May 1970; however the recording session itself did take place in 1969.

9We Will Rock You - Queen
10Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

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11American Pie - Don Mclean

Don's original worksheet and handwritten notes that he used to write this song back in 1971 just sold for $1.2 Million at auction.

12Changes - David Bowie

"I watch the ripples change their size, but never leave th stream of warm impermanence.
And so the days float through my eyes, but still the days seem the same.
And these children that you spit on, as they try to change their worlds, are immune to your consultations.
They're quite aware of what they're going through."

Those lyrics mean a lot to me.

Turn and face the strange. - PetSounds

13I Want You Back - The Jackson Five
14My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
15I Feel Love - Donna Summer

The very first "trance" song ever recorded.

16I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
17Maggie May - Rod Stewart
18Heart of Gold - Neil Young
19Dream On - Aerosmith
20Your Song - Elton John
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