Top Ten 70s and 80s Soft Rock Classics

Don't know if this will get approved, but here goes, some of my favorite 70's and 70's soft rock favorites. Add yours

The Top Ten

1 If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot

It seems fitting to add here that great minds think alike. I also added both of those, no, of course I don't mind one bit that you did as well. - Britgirl

I'm glad to see this up towards the top. Gordon, in my opinion, is one of the greatest songwriters that ever lived. - Gg2000

Possibly the most beautifully written song ever. - Ned964

I just read that he wrote the song about a divorce he was going trough, and that his daughter had him change a line in the song, that's sweet and a little sad. Mr. Lightfoot also went on to say that he didn't think he had the separation from the situation to truly make it a great song. Au contraire mon Ami, I think it turned out perfect. - Ned964

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2 Magnet and Steel - Walter Egan

"With you I'm not shy
To show the way I feel
With you I might try
My secrets to reveal
For you are a Magnet and I am Steel"
Great backing vocals - Ned964

3 Fooled Around and Fell In Love - Elvin Bishop

I'm so happy to see this here! I've loved this song for such a long time. I love the simplicity and gentleness of it. I was torn for a second between this and If You Could Read My Mind (which has received many of my votes) so for a change, this lovely song gets my vote. Great choice. Great list. - Britgirl

From the first time I heard it until today, I've always loved It. I'm glad you do as well. And yes, it does have a very unique gentleness to it, which I suppose is what hooked me from the start. - Ned964

4 Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
5 Fall at Your Feet - Crowded House

Its just so pretty. I've always thought it was about an old flame the singer was still in love with. Maybe it's not, but I do know it's about love, and it's great - Ned964

Really romantic song. - truckturner

6 Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters - Elton John
7 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel

Really wish I could add Homeward Bound by these but being a 60s song, it kind of defeats the object somewhat. Still Bridge Over Troubled Waters in such a lovely song. It's nice to see it here. - Britgirl

And I really want to add "Midnight Confessions" by the Grass Roots. Alas, it was released in '68. Oh well, just include your great song, it's not like we gotta be locked in, whatever you think of really... - Ned964

Greatest of all time.

8 No One Is To Blame - Howard Jones

Sad. Love that will never be realized - Ned964

9 I'm Not in Love - 10cc

As much as this Cat is trying to deny he's in love, he seems to be the only one that doesn't know he is. A truly brilliant song, that I didn't appreciate until years after its release. Ahh, the ignorance of my youth - Ned964

10 Without You - Harry Nilsson

The Newcomers

? Taxi - Harry Chapin
? Father and Son - Cat Stevens

The Contenders

11 Listen to What the Man Said - Wings

All about happy, upbeat young love, and the possibilities of the future. - Ned964

12 Drift Away - Dobie Gray

"I wanna get lost in your Rock and Roll and Drift Away"... - Ned964

This was the song I was going to add today, until I realised it was already here. It's a good song. - Britgirl

13 Don't Stop - Fleetwood Mac

"don't cha look back" - Ned964

14 Midnight Confessions - Grass Roots
15 Margarita - Marc Jordan

Don't have a yacht then just lay back and imagine. Lick the salt and chill!

Cool song!

16 Greg Guidry - Goin' Down

Hey this is a rare classic you don't hear much of anymore from 82. I also like Bill LaBounty "Dream On" and "Livin' It Up" from his underrated self titled album from 82 also. It's good to be reminded of even the rarest gems.

I agree! I remember these artists names but have to go listen to these songs still. I'm gonna try Youtube first, wish me luck. - Ned964

17 Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley

Kinda quirky.Upbeat tempo, with a rather sad story. Still I very much like it. This is the best of Las Vegas Elvis, in my humble opinion. - Ned964

18 Midnight Rider - The Allman Brothers Band

Surprised that this wasn't added sooner. It was released in '71, so it just fits this list rather nicely. And it's also really good. - Britgirl

19 You're So Vain - Carly Simon

This is a powerful and honest song, written from the heart. I think I remember reading James Taylor helped her write it. - Ned964

20 Make It with You - Bread
21 December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) - Four Seasons

"Oh oh oh III, got a funny feeling when she walked, in the room...
Harkens back to a more innocent age. This song is great - Ned964

22 Homeward Bound - Simon & Garfunkel
23 Love Reign O'er Me - The Who
24 Heart of Gold - Neil Young
25 Take It Easy - Eagles

Simply perfect. I love so much early Eagles - Ned964

26 Higher Love - Steve Winwood

What a great arrangement. Horns, Chaka Khan's beautiful back up vocals. A lot to like here - Ned964

27 Midnight Confessions - The Grass Roots
28 Free Fallin' - Tom Petty

Love this song. Just able to make this list as it was released in 1989 (I think). - Britgirl

It's not like we are locked in friend, looking back thru the lists entries, I think I can account for most of them being ours. It's still our list... - Ned964

Rocking' some Petty T? Great choice... been too long since I've given this list much attention. I'll see if I can think of some more - Ned964

29 Lido Shuffle - Boz Scaggs
30 Feelin' Stronger Every Day - Chicago
31 I Can't Tell You Why - Eagles
32 How Long - Ace
33 Get Closer - Seals & Crofts
34 Lonely Boy - Andrew Gold
35 You're The Only Woman - Ambrosia
36 Eye in the Sky - The Alan Parsons Project
37 Year of the Cat - Al Stewart
38 Tin Man - America
39 Love the One You're With - Stephen Stills
40 One of These Nights - Eagles
41 Old Man - Neil Young

Some strong new additions T. I've always liked this one, and this album. - Ned964

42 From the Beginning - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
43 Grease - Frankie Valli
44 I'd Really Love to See You Tonight - England Dan & John Ford Coley

Nice. Really really nice. - Britgirl

45 Brandy - Looking Glass

Harmony. Great story - Ned964

46 Beautiful - Gordon Lightfoot

It is beautiful - Ned964

47 The Things We Do for Love - 10cc
48 Kodachrome - Paul Simon

Brings back great memories. I think its Simons best solo work. - Ned964

49 Who'll Stop the Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival

A great song - Ned964

50 Tonight's the Night - Rod Stewart

Getting nostalgic... Great mood music - Ned964

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Top Remixes

1. Magnet and Steel - Walter Egan
2. Fall at Your Feet - Crowded House
3. Fooled Around and Fell In Love - Elvin Bishop
1. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
2. If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot
3. Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty


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