Top 50 70's Songs

Following on from a top 50 songs of the 80’s, I present my personal top 50 songs from the 1970’s. A maximum of 2 songs allowed per artists.
Due to a few copyright claims I have had to remove bits of the video. The complete list of songs is:
50. 10cc Rubber Bullets
49. Flamin Grovies Shake Some Action
48. The Walker Brothers Nite Flights
47. Billy Joel Piano Man
46. Joy Division She’s Lost Control
45. The Police Roxanne
44. Paul Simon Kodachrome
43. The Clash London Calling
42. The Undertones Teenage Kicks
41. Talking Heads Psycho Killer
40. Peter Gabriel Solsbury Hill
39. Elton John Rocket Man
38. Television Marquee Moon
37. Nick Lowe Crackin’ Up
36. The Pretenders Brass In Pocket
35. Abba SOS
34. Pink Floyd Comfortably Numb
33. George Harrison What Is Life
32. The Cars My Best Friends Girl
31. Wire Outdoor Miner
30. Ringo Starr Photograph
29. Dire Straits Sultans Of Swing
28. XTC Making Plans For Nigel
27. The Cure Boys Don’t Cry
26. The Jam When You’re Young
25. Blondie Union City Blue
24. Paul McCartney Maybe I’m Amazed
23. ELO Telephone Line
22. Elvis Costello and the Attractions Oliver’s Army
21. Fleetwood Mac Don’t Stop
20. Abba The Name Of The Game
19. Pink Floyd Echoes
18.Simon And Garfunkel Keep The Customer Satisfied
17. Big Star September Gurls
16. Talking Heads Life During Wartime
15. Blondie Heart Of Glass
14. The Kinks Lola
13. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Refugee
12. Elvis Costello Alison
11. 10cc I’m Mandy Fly Me
10. The Police Message In A Bottle
9. Squeeze Up The Junction
8. John Lennon Imagine
7. David Bowie Life On Mars
6. Paul McCartney and Wings Band On The Run
5. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers American Girl
4. The Who Won’t Get Fooled Again
3. The Jam Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
2. ELO Mr Blue Sky
1. David Bowie Heroes


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  • Superb collection of seventies numbers there, including the odd surprise or two. I thought for example that September Gurls was a Bangles original but obviously not. Consider this video retweeted, it’s excellent.

    MarkPMus June 14, 2020 11:01 pm Reply
  • Have you got any Badfinger in your collection Ross?

    James Griffiths June 14, 2020 11:01 pm Reply
  • glad to see The best band in the history of rock on here…The great. ELO

    david jones June 14, 2020 11:01 pm Reply
  • Well, these types of lists are always tricky to watch and comment on, as there's always going to be controversy about worthy omissions (surely "Bridge Over Troubled Water" over "Keep The Customer Satisfied"? "My Sweet Lord" over "What Is Life"? "Cruel To Be Kind" over "Cracking Up"? "Stop Your Sobbing" over "Brass in Pocket"? "It Don't Come Easy" over "Photograph"?), or head scratching about positions (McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed" so low at No.24). So instead, I'll just mention the nice surprise to see Big Star's "September Girls" with the catchy chorus and Blondie's "Union City Blues" with that wicked intro to the record, make your list – sweet!

    varsityfan2000 June 14, 2020 11:01 pm Reply
  • Great Choices Ross.

    Sir Army Suit June 14, 2020 11:01 pm Reply
  • Brilliant Top 3. No arguments there!

    Richard McCook June 14, 2020 11:01 pm Reply
  • No Queen?! :s

    Esther Locatelli June 14, 2020 11:01 pm Reply
  • It must have been a tough decision to leave out the Eton rifles lol

    mod69 June 14, 2020 11:01 pm Reply
  • Cool list there my friend.
    Little surprised not seeing Black Sabbath or Deep Purple though.
    2 of the best bands of all time.
    Thought I'd see Either Highway Star, Child In Time, Fireball or at least Smoke On The Water on here when it comes to DP.
    Also At least Children of the grave, War Pigs, Fairies Wear Boots or Iron Man when it comes to BS.
    My list would've been totally different than yours, but of course it's all opinion based. So I respect your list none the less.
    Take care Ross 🙂

    rockonthestone 64 June 14, 2020 11:01 pm Reply
  • Hey Ross, no shock to me that you really lean heavy toward the last third of the decade in your favorites. I do too. 30 of the 50 come from 77'-79' (14, 1979, and 8 each 1977 and 1978), and that makes sense to me. Much more variety and changes happening in music in the last 3 years of the 70's with punk, post punk, new wave, etc, where everything else prior sort of falls kinda into "classic rock". Well rounded list though, and most of this would be hard pressed not to get consideration for mine.

    There are 3 acts here I am not familiar with at all I'll check out. Flamin Groovies, The Undertones and Nick Lowe, but perhaps they were all one hit wonders. I've heard of Nick Lowe but not familiar with any of his work. I've got some research to do.

    Very cool video, thanks for sharing.

    VinylCollector James June 14, 2020 11:01 pm Reply
  • Some great picks but no Queen, Zep or Stones at all had me a bit sad, as they are the origin or rock.
    Other artists that I can think of at the top of my head like Genesis, Black Sabbath, Ramones, Sex Pistols, Bob Dylan & Yes didn’t make it either, which sucks, but it’s hard to restrict a whole decade of music down to just 50 songs.
    Regardless, great picks man!

    Music Lists June 14, 2020 11:01 pm Reply

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