Greatest Songs of the 70s

The Top Ten

1 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Bohemian Rhapsody is the best song throughout the whole intire Universe!

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.

Queen is the most talented band that I have personally ever listened to. This and Killer Queen are the best songs ever!


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2 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

I love bohemian rhapsody a lot, but this is better...

Better than bo-rap, only just

Best song of the 70s

Its simple this is the greatest song ever

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3 Dancing Queen - Abba


I'm in a very tough part of my life. I'm young and my parents got divorced recently. However, this song has brought happy tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. And when I hear it, whether at the YMCA, on the radio, or at a party, my heart flutters and I can't help sing (and dance! ) to my heart's content. Recently, I asked a bunch of students who go to my school to see if they listen to any 70's or 80's music. You'd be surprised how few actually enjoy it. ABBA is truly inspiring. Especially when you read up more on them. I love to just sit down and continuously sing the song over again (even though I stink at singing! ) I can't relate to so many people's opinions about this song. It's just the best. It deserves first. #LongLiveABBA

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!

I LOVE ABBA! This was like the most popular in the day

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4 Hotel California - Eagles

Not just 70s...greatest ballad ever.

This song has to be above Dancing Queen its more iconic for sure. Don't know about Bohemian Rhapsody though

One of the most iconic songs the decade ever produced. Has to be at least top 3!

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

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5 Dream On - Aerosmith

Great song. Great vocals good guitar riff

Actually, I like Sweet Emotion but it was way down at 60. I mentioned it up here, to get it some needed attention. Aerosmith has had so many great songs, you can’t really go wrong with any of them.

Why isn't this in the top 10...ACTUALLY THE TOP 5?!?!? I love this song so much!

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6 Imagine - John Lennon

How is this not at least number 2. Imagine is amazing and so is John Lennon

How in the hell would a song like this not be at number 2, if not 1? Bohemian Rhapsody, I can definitely deal with beating this song, but Stairway to Heaven should be at LEAST a close third, Dancing Queen and Dream On didn’t make the 70s for the most of us. - aceboogieog

This should be no. 1

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

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7 Barracuda - Heart

Makes me want to go fishing.

Great song

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8 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Song has a very great story and really picks up the pace at the end.

Free bird by skynyrd is the best ever

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.

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

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9 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

I'd vote for Stairway To Heaven but seeing Comfortably Numb only at 15 is really disappointing. It should at least be in the top 15.

Best song ever

10? Nah fam number 3 fam

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10 Stayin' Alive - The Bee Gees

The Bee Gees were NOT born in Australia. They were born in the UK, came with their parents to Australia for a few years and then moved back to the UK.

This is a great song, the beegees are from straya!

I don't care what anyone says about this band because this song is my favorite song and it was my grandmas because she had a crush on barry gibb

I think that's the best song 70

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Both albums are classics

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

The best song of the year...

This song is brilliant

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12 Iron 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

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

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

Dude, this is an album pic from Nazareth, not black sabbath

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13 Highway To Hell - AC/DC

number 1

This Should Be In The Top 10
C'mon These Guys Rock - rocker1796

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

Best song at the road
Best song at the morning
Best song at the night
Best at afternoon,
While you eat
While you walk, run, juggle, die, born
Take a shower
The best song of all time
Moves your soul

14 Layla - Derek & The Dominos

Just short of perfection.

I don't think anyone can deny that this is the best song!

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

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

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15 Baba O'Riley - The Who

I regret for voting for it on the 60s list. Also this song is amazing! - Userguy44

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!

LOVE it but where is ELO?

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16 Another Brick In the Wall, Part 2 - Pink Floyd UListen to Sample
17 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

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

18 More 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.

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19 Stargazer - Rainbow UListen to Sample
20 Come Sail Away - Styx

Great song but Renegade by Styx is better.

This song should be higher up there in the list I love this song

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21 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest UListen to Sample
22 Highway Star - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
23 (Don't Fear) the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult

Best dad chiller

Best sad chiller

The best song of all time

One of the greatest songs ever - Sincerity

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24 Crazy On You - Heart

This is REAL ROCK!

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.

Love this song so much n will forever

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25 Le Freak - Chic UListen to Sample
26 Tiny Dancer - Elton John

Elton John should be all over this list!

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27 London Calling - The Clash

So great it appears on this list twice.

This is the greatest 😍

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28 Surrender - Cheap Trick

My first concert. 1979

I thought this was 80s

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29 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

I think it should be very high on the list, great song and music

To have Abba # 3 and this at 29 is a insult and sickens me

Because it's the Best song of the seventies. Top 5 easy. 30 is a insult to there Legacy

What are you talking about? This is an amazing song. Its almost hypnotic and you can't change it while listening to it? At least I can't. Best after Stairway To heaven

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30 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

And the live Made in Japan version is even more powerful. Also be sure to check out the extended Roger Glover remix.

Probably the most famous riff ever, it's a fantastic song that should be in top 5.

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31 Piano Man - Billy Joel

It's just too good, must be in the top 10 at least.

Best song ever

Why is this not in the top ten? OH my gosh, so much emotion behind it... The piano is so amazing that it feels like its new every time.

This is one of my favorite songs and it really got me into 70s music. - gamingfoeealzs

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33 Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

This is my second favorite song ever written and my favorite album ever recorded. Everyone should help by voting to bring this song to the top 5, and also, Thunder Road, Jungleland, and Backstreets belong on this list. The fact that there are ZERO Bruce Springsteen songs here makes me want to cry. Vote for these songs, and God bless you.

This is one of the greatest rock songs ever!

This song is the definitive song of any generation.

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34 When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin defines the 70s rock music.

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

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35 We Will Rock You - Queen


This was one of my favorite songs. I don't understand why its not at least on top 10 I think this song is a song that we can call: One of the very best.

This is arguably the most iconic song of all time. And that brings the question up : WHY IN THE GOOD NAME OF GOD IS THIS SONG AT 57?

Brian mai is a genius for making this
Should be higher😄💖

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36 Beth - Kiss

Great romantic song, wonderful solo by peter criss the drummer.

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37 Keep Yourself Alive - Queen UListen to Sample
38 Changes - David Bowie

How can you possibly beat Bowie? It doesn't make much sense to me. - Beatlesboy9

Love him

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39 Boogie Wonderland - Earth, Wind & Fire UListen to Sample
40 American Pie - Don McLean

"Something touched me deep inside, the day the music died"
This song should be higher

Bye bye this American pie

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41 You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone UListen to Sample
42 I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

HOW is this song all the way back here?

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43 My Sharona - The Knack

Killer guitar solo!

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44 Night Fever - Bee Gees
45 Beast of Burden - Rolling Stones UListen to Sample
46 Vienna - Billy Joel UListen to Sample
47 Starman - David Bowie UListen to Sample
48 Your Song - Elton John UListen to Sample
49 Smokin - Boston UListen to Sample
50 War Pigs - Black Sabbath

ABBA for the win, but they don't need any votes from me to stay first. War Pigs is the best heavy metal song ever and deserves to be on this list

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Top Remixes (34)

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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