Greatest Songs of the 70s

The Top Ten

1 Bohemian 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.

The greateast song ever written. Full stop.

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

Well deserved place on number one.

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2 Stairway 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!

Maybe number 1 : /

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3 Dancing 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!

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

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.

very good

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4 Hotel 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?

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

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5 Dream On - Aerosmith

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

Great song. Great vocals good guitar riff

6 Imagine - 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

2 Heart songs beat Imagine and Hotel California? That's cringe-worthy. - therootbeer

This should be no. 1

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7 Barracuda - Heart

Makes me want to go fishing.

Great song

8 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

9 Stayin' Alive - The Bee Gees

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

This is the most 70s song, no discussion.

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10 Free 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.

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

Free bird by skynyrd is the best ever

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

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The Newcomers

? Killer Queen - Queen
? Here Comes the Flood - Peter Gabriel

The Contenders

11 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

12 Iron Man - Black Sabbath

I AM IRON MAN
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 Baba 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!

LOVE it but where is ELO?

14 Layla - Derek & The Dominos

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

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

I forget about everything when I listen to this song. Truly one of the greatest songs ever

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

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15 Highway To Hell - AC/DC

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

16 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

17 London Calling - The Clash

This is the greatest 😍

18 Another Brick In the Wall, Part 2 - Pink Floyd
19 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

Needs to be higher

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20 Stargazer - Rainbow
21 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

22 Crazy 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.

Love this song so much n will forever

23 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest
24 Highway Star - Deep Purple
25 (Don't Fear) the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult

The best song of all time

One of the greatest songs ever - Sincerity

Best dad chiller

Best sad chiller

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26 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

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

27 Le Freak - Chic
28 Tiny Dancer - Elton John

Elton John should be all over this list!

29 Surrender - Cheap Trick

I thought this was 80s

My first concert. 1979

30 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

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

31 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

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

Best song of the 70's. I don't have to say another word.

For the 70s this song was pretty epic.

We took an L this should be higher

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32 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

33 Piano Man - Billy Joel

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

The 70s saw so many great hits, but this is easily one of the most memorable, recognizable songs.
I'm amazed it's so low on the list. It's powerfully emotional and should be at least in the top 20.

AMAZING!

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34 Take It Easy - Eagles
35 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.

36 Beth - Kiss

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

37 Changes - David Bowie

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

Love him

38 Keep Yourself Alive - Queen
39 Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love - Van Halen
40 You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
41 American Pie - Don McLean

Bye bye this American pie

42 My Sharona - The Knack

Killer guitar solo!

43 I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

HOW is this song all the way back here?

44 Beast of Burden - Rolling Stones
45 Night Fever - Bee Gees
46 Misty Mountain Hop - Led Zeppelin
47 Vienna - Billy Joel
48 Your Song - Elton John
49 Starman - David Bowie
50 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?

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1. Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
2. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
3. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
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3. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
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1. Surrender - Cheap Trick
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