Best Hit Songs of 1974

Even on a year as unpopular as 1974, there still must have been a few good hits out there, right?
The Top Ten
1 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John Cover Art

Arguably Elton's greatest song, and a really obvious pick for this year, it's one of the most legendary songs of all time and I cannot find the words to express anything new about how this song gets, except maybe the lyrics of Bernie Taupin, which he also makes a really important part on Elton's history as a performer, which can fenuinely be showed in these lyrics, as how Bernie shows support to Elton during his lifetime as a performer, even if it's not the main point of the song, it's still an extremely emotional point to make and a great message

2 Living For the City - Stevie Wonder Living For the City - Stevie Wonder Cover Art

Stevie's biggest song of the year and not only a great song but an historical one, portraiting the life of an afro-american family living in a society that isn't tolerable enough with them, it has been clarified that the story itself is not completely true but that isn't strong enough to disown the song quality, that's how good you know a song can be

3 Time In A Bottle - Jim Croce Time In A Bottle - Jim Croce Cover Art

Jim Croce's first single right after his dead, I thought about puttin his other big hit from this year I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song", in this spot too, but considering the background of this song, the fact he wrote this around the time his wife was pregnant, the joys and thoughts about what will happen once his son gets born, sadly Jim passed away in 1973, this one being his first posthumous single and a #1 hit makes it even more emotional, is not really a depressing song about how life goes on, but more like a celebration for the shining moments of it
Worst year for pop music? Yeah I don't think so

Do you have a pick for the actual worst year for pop music? I think 2005 also has some great songs so I wouldn’t put it in contention.

4 Never Gonna Give You Up - Barry White Never Gonna Give You Up - Barry White Cover Art

Two words: Barry White
I think I can drop a lot of reasons why Barry White is a literal god but I honestly think I would still have a lot of words that I couldn't drop to make justice for the man

When I first looked at this, I thought this was the original version and Rick Astley’s was a cover. Lol

5 Jet - Paul McCartney & Wings Jet - Paul McCartney & Wings Cover Art

One of the most succesful singles from Band on the Run and also one of the greatest Paul wrote in his career, personally I think it deserves more attention that it usually has

6 Help Me - Joni Mitchell Help Me - Joni Mitchell Cover Art

I'm just going to say that Joni Mitchell deserves the same recognition that Bob Dylan has and I couldn't be any happier that she managed to have a hit this year

7 Radar Love - Golden Earring Radar Love - Golden Earring Cover Art

One of the most enjoyable rock songs from the decade, I thought Twilight Zone was the only single Golden Earring had but it's nice to see they got another hit, it's also curious to see how their only 2 year end hits were from the "worst" and the "best" years for the billboard charts

8 Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd Cover Art

I'm technically cheating since this didn't made the year end list but... come on, this is the song of 1974, it might not be the best one but it's arguably the first song you think about when someone asks you about 1974 in music

9 Come and Get Your Love - Redbone Come and Get Your Love - Redbone Cover Art

Another really funny song to listen to, despite being a hit this year it also was forgotten with time, until the Guardians of the Galaxy resurrected in big form during 2014 and made it big once again
Also Hooked on a Feeling is underrated

10 Bennie and the Jets - Elton John Bennie and the Jets - Elton John Cover Art

The biggest song from Elton this year and arguably one of his most interesting songs, not only considering the subtle critics he gives at the music industry around that time, but also considering how low key biographical it is, mentioning the history of a ficticious group that people seemed to enjoy based around their looks instead of their music, something that I will never call Elton by that but can see how the general audiences of the 70s were introduced into his music by how theatrical he was

The Contenders
11 Tin Man - America Tin Man - America Cover Art

Easily the best song NEVER to hit number one on Casey Kasem's American Top 40 from that 1974 year.
Its Joeysworld

12 Piano Man - Billy Joel Piano Man - Billy Joel Cover Art
13 Love's Theme - Love Unlimited Orchestra Love's Theme - Love Unlimited Orchestra Cover Art
14 I'll Have To Say I Love You In a Song - Jim Croce I'll Have To Say I Love You In a Song - Jim Croce Cover Art
15 Show and Tell - Al Wilson Show and Tell - Al Wilson Cover Art
16 Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe - Barry White Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe - Barry White Cover Art
17 Rikki Don't Lose that Number - Steely Dan Rikki Don't Lose that Number - Steely Dan Cover Art
18 Band On the Run - Paul McCartney & Wings Band On the Run - Paul McCartney & Wings Cover Art
19 Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot Cover Art
20 Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me - Gladys Knight Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me - Gladys Knight Cover Art
21 Until You Come Back to Me - Aretha Franklin Until You Come Back to Me - Aretha Franklin Cover Art
22 Hang on in There Baby - Johnny Bristol Hang on in There Baby - Johnny Bristol Cover Art
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