Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Top 500 Songs of the 1970s

I'm interspersing decade lists with the interview about making decade lists.  Now, I'm ready to count down the 1970s. As with the other lists, it's a highly subjective list of the top 500 songs of the decade according to me and only me. There are worthy artists who are omitted because I just never got into them, and there are unworthy artists who were included because I don't feel quite guilty enough about those particular guilty pleasures.
This list is undoubtedly affected by the fact that I didn't discover commercial radio until midway through the decade. A lot of the first 45s I bought, especially from '77 and '78, are on this list, and a lot of great songs that I didn't discover until well after the 70s were over are also on the list.

Like my lists for the 1980s, I have three rules:
1) No more than one song per album
2) For the top 40 only, no more than one song per artist
3) The song had to be released in that decade (date is determined by record sleeve, allmusic.com or discogs.com)

500) Mr. Bojangles - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1974)
499) Do They Owe Us a Living? - Crass (1978)
498) I Can't Stand the Rain - Eruption (1978)
497) Double Vision - Foreigner (1978)
496) Killer Queen - Queen (1974)
495) Sentimental Lady - Bob Welch (1977)
494) Lady - Styx (1973)
493) Hyattsville Hospital - Grits (1976)
492) Does Your Mother Know - Abba (1979)
491) Piano Man - Billy Joel (1973)
490) Psykick Dancehall - The Fall (1979)
489) Radio Gnome Invisible - Gong (1971)
488) Closer To The Heart - Rush (1977)
487) Heartbreaker - Pat Benatar (1979)
486) Hold the Line - Toto (1978)
485) Champaigne Jam - Atlanta Rhythm Section (1978)
484) Soul Vaccination - Tower of Power (1973)
483) Driver's Seat - Sniff 'n' the Tears (1978)
482) Don't Look Back - Boston (1978)
481) Karn Evil 9 (1st Impression Part 2) - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1973)
480) L'uomo - Osanna (1971)
479) Murdoch - Trees (1970)
478) You Can't Hide From Yourself - Teddy Pendergrass (1977)
477) Am I Supposed To Let It By Again? - Roger Rodier (1972)
476) Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver (1971)
475) I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band) - The Moody Blues (1972)
474) Come Out Smokin' - Panic Buttons (1970)
473) Shot By Both Sides - Magazine (1978)
472) Crocodile Rock - Elton John (1973)
471) You Should Be Dancing - Bee Gees (1976)
470) She Brings the Rain - Can (1970)
469) You Know Me More Than I Know - John Cale (1974)
468) 30 Days in the Hole - Humble Pie (1972)
467) We Are Family - Sister Sledge (1979)
466) Bloody Well Right - Supertramp (1974)
465) Cat's In The Cradle - Harry Chapin (1974)
464) Everybody's Talkin' - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (1977)
463) I'm Your Captain/Closer To Home - Grand Funk Railroad (1970)
462) Fire and Brimstone - Link Wray (1971)
461) Zumbi - Jorge Ben (1974)
460) Boogie Wonderland - Earth, Wind & Fire With The Emotions (1979)
459) Jerry's Breakdown - Jerry Reed & Chet Atkins (1972)
458) Get Off - Foxy (1978)
457) Tin Man - America (1974)
456) Short People - Randy Newman (1977)
455) Baby Come Back - Player (1978)
454) Ring My Bell - Anita Ward (1979)
453) Rubber Biscuit - The Blues Brothers (1978)
452) Saturday Night - Bay City Rollers (1976)
451) El Galleton - Tempo 70 (1972)
450) Somebody To Love - Queen (1976)
449) Shame - Evelyn "Champagne" King (1978)
448) I Need a Man - Grace Jones (1977)
447) We Are The One - Avengers (1977)
446) Positive Vibration - Bob Marley and the Wailers (1976)
445) Abominable Snowman In The Market - Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers (1976)
444) Shining Star - Earth Wind & Fire (1975)
443) Hoedown - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1972)
442) Flirtin' With Disaster - Molly Hatchet (1979)
441) Dizzy Dizzy - Can (1974)
440) Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up - Barry White (1973)
439) Rasputin - Boney M. (1978)
438) 1st Movement (Jumping Biz) - Electric Light Orchestra (1972)
437) I'd Rather Be With You - Bootsy's Rubber Band (1976)
436) Takin' Care Of Business - Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1973)
435) Miracles - Jefferson Starship (1975)
434) Can You Get To That - Funkadelic (1971)
433) So Into You - Atlanta Rhythm Section (1976)
432) Rock 'N Roll Fantasy - Bad Company (1979)
431) Renegade - Styx (1978)
430) Think (About It) - Lyn Collins (1972)
429) Frank And Jesse James - Warren Zevon (1976)
428) Hold On - Ian Gomm (1978)
427) If - Bread (1971)
426) Corner of the Sky - John Rubinstein (1972)
425) African Rhythms - Oneness Of Juju (1975)
424) Thunder And Rain - Graham Parker + The Rumour (1977)
423) You Got That Right - Lynyrd Skynyrd (1977)
422) I Feel Love - Donna Summer (1977)
421) Give A Little Bit - Supertramp (1977)
420) Blue, Turning Grey Over You - Ringo Starr (1970)
419) Morning Story - Jack Bruce (1971)
418) September - Earth Wind & Fire (1978)
417) December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night) - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (1976)
416) The Gambler - Kenny Rogers (1978)
415) Walk Away - James Gang (1971)
414) Wild World - Cat Stevens (1970)
413) Funkytown - Lipps, Inc. (1979)
412) Black Water - The Doobie Brothers (1974)
411) Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight (1971)
410) Stealin' - Uriah Heep (1973)
409) She's Gone - Daryl Hall And John Oates (1974)
408) A Horse with No Name - America (1972)
407) It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr (1971)
406) You Make Me Feel Like Dancing - Leo Sayer (1976)
405) Hello It's Me - Todd Rundgren (2005)
404) Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) - Sly & The Family Stone (1970)
403) Dropkick Me Jesus - Bobby Bare (1976)
402) Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen (1978)
401) Instant Pleasure - Simply Saucer (1977)

400) Fool To Cry - The Rolling Stones (1976)
399) You Don't Bring Me Flowers - Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond (1978)
398) Radar Love - Golden Earring (1973)
397) White Boy Lost In The Blues - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee (1973)
396) Bloody Mary Morning - Willie Nelson (1974)
395) Furniture Music - Bill Nelson (1979)
394) Listen Betty - Dave Dudley (1971)
393) Darkness On The Edge Of Town - Bruce Springsteen (1978)
392) Jackie Blue - Ozark Mountain Daredevils (1974)
391) Strawberry Letter No. 23 - The Brothers Johnson (1977)
390) No You Don't - Sweet (1975)
389) Think About Your Troubles - Harry Nilsson (1970)
388) Let 'Em In - Wings (1976)
387) Another Girl, Another Planet - The Only Ones (1979)
386) Inner City Blues - Rodriguez (1970)
385) I Feel The Earth Move - Carole King (1978)
384) Just a Song Before I Go - Crosby, Stills & Nash (1977)
383) Joy To The World - Three Dog Night (1970)
382) Black Friday - Steely Dan (1975)
381) Tippi Toes - Meters (1970)
380) Fire - The Pointer Sisters (1979)
379) (Wish I Could Fly Like)Superman - Kinks (1979)
378) The Hustle - Van McCoy (1975)
377) Megaton - Vecchio (1971)
376) Phantasmagoria I - Curved Air (1972)
375) All Right Now - Free (1970)
374) Wasted - Black Flag (1978)
373) Dining Alone - Carla Bley (1976)
372) Just You 'n' Me - Chicago (1973)
371) Get Up And Get Down - Dramatics (1971)
370) Count On Me - Jefferson Starship (1978)
369) Here You Come Again - Dolly Parton (1978)
368) Taj Mahal - Jorge Ben (1972)
367) You're In My Heart - Rod Stewart (1977)
366) Band of Gold - Freda Payne (1971)
365) It's Only Rock'n'Roll (But I Like It) - The Rolling Stones (1975)
364) Bennie And The Jets - Elton John (1974)
363) Jane - Jefferson Starship (1979)
362) Dust In The Wind - Kansas (1977)
361) Midnight Rider - The Allman Brothers Band (1970)
360) Walk This Way - Aerosmith (1975)
359) I'd Have To Be Crazy - Willie Nelson (1976)
358) Jethro Tull - Skating Away (1974)
357) No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley and the Wailers (1974)
356) Superstar - Temptations (1972)
355) The Ripper - Judas Priest (1976)
354) Lexicon Devil - The Germs (1979)
353) Dream Police - Cheap Trick (1979)
352) Already Gone - Eagles (1974)
351) Pigs (Three Different Ones) - Pink Floyd (1977)
350) Sabebe - Cedric IM Brooks (1975)
349) I've Seen All Good People - Yes (1971)
348) Y.M.C.A. - Village People (1978)
347) Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry (1976)
346) The Way We Were - Barbra Streisand (1974)
345) Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey - Wings (1971)
344) Stir It Up - Bob Marley and the Wailers (1973)
343) Love Train - The O'Jays (1972)
342) Fly Like An Eagle - Steve Miller Band (1976)
341) Godzilla - Blue Öyster Cult (1977)
340) New York Groove - Ace Frehley (1978)
339) Don't Stop - Fleetwood Mac (1977)
338) Burning Love - Elvis Presley (1972)
337) Give A Damn - The Staple Singers (1970)
336) Back in the Saddle - Aerosmith (1977)
335) Blinded By The Light - Manfred Mann's Earth Band (1976)
334) Jocko Homo - Devo (1978)
333) Cabbage Alley - Meters (1972)
332) Collage - The Three Degrees (1970)
331) Good Times - Chic (1979)
330) Fire On High - Electric Light Orchestra (1975)
329) Highway Song - Blackfoot (1979)
328) Suspect Device - Stiff Little Fingers (1978)
327) Take Me I'm Yours - Squeeze (1978)
326) Baby - Iggy Pop (1977)
325) Riding Tigers - Slapp Happy (1974)
324) Don't Eat The Yellow Snow - Frank Zappa (1974)
323) Rock 'n Roll All Nite - KISS (1975)
322) Come Sail Away - Styx (1977)
321) Copacabana - Barry Manilow (1978)
320) She's A Dancer - Crack The Sky (1975)
319) Tusk - Fleetwood Mac (1979)
318) Have You Ever Seen the Rain? - Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970)
317) Let's Go - The Cars (1979)
316) Don't Bring Me Down - Electric Light Orchestra (1979)
315) Boogie Nights - Heat Wave (1976)
314) Bang a Gong (Get It On) - T. Rex (1971)
313) Thank God I'm a Country Boy - John Denver (1975)
312) Freaks For The Festival - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1975)
311) One Of These Things First - Nick Drake (1970)
310) Rain - Dorothy Morrison (1970)
309) Air - Aphrodite's Child (1970)
308) A Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy - The Kinks (1978)
307) I'm the Greatest - Ringo Starr (1973)
306) Dancing Machine - Jackson 5 (1974)
305) Just A Chance - Badfinger (1974)
304) I Just Can't Be Happy Today - Damned (1979)
303) Do It Again - Steely Dan (1972)
302) How Long - The Honeybus (1970)
301) Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC (1976)

300) Slurf Song - Michael Hurley & The Unholy Modal Rounders (1975)
299) Sandwiches of You - Godley and Creme (1978)
298) We Are The Champions - Queen (1977)
297) John Barleycorn (Must Die) - Traffic (1970)
296) Hold Your Head Up - Argent (1972)
295) My Life - Billy Joel (1978)
294) Express Yourself - Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhtyhm Band (1970)
293) Tear The Rood Off The Sucker (Give Up The Funk) - Parliament (1975)
292) Fueding Banjos - Eric Weissberg W/ Marshall Brickman (1973)
291) Convoy - C.W. McCall (1975)
290) Run Through the Jungle - Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970)
289) Typical Girls - Slits (1979)
288) Seasons In the Sun - Terry Jacks (1974)
287) Midnight Wind - John Stewart (1979)
286) The Joker - Steve Miller Band (1974)
285) Getting Closer - Paul McCartney & Wings (1979)
284) Bootzilla - Bootsy's Rubber Band (1978)
283) Breakdown - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (1976)
282) The Devil Went Down to Georgia - The Charlie Daniels Band (1979)
281) Long, Long Time - Linda Ronstadt (1970)
280) I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round) - Alicia Bridges (1978)
279) Stuck in the Middle with You - Stealers Wheel (1973)
278) Dog & Butterfly - Heart (1978)
277) Running On Empty - Jackson Browne (1977)
276) Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas (1976)
275) Cars - Gary Numan (1979)
274) The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace (1974)
273) American Pie - Don McLean (1971)
272) Family Affair - Sly & The Family Stone (1971)
271) Thirteen - Big Star (1972)
270) The Seeker - Who (1970)
269) Golden Years - David Bowie (1976)
268) Lovely Day - Bill Withers (1977)
267) Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin (1970)
266) Love Is Like Oxygen - Sweet (1978)
265) Soho (Needless To Say) - Al Stewart (1974)
264) Love Will Keep Us Together - Captain & Tennille (1975)
263) Amie - Pure Prairie League (1972)
262) Celluloid Heroes - Kinks (1972)
261) School's Out - Alice Cooper (1974)
260) Beth - KISS (1976)
259) Love Is A Rose - Linda Ronstadt (1975)
258) Time Warp - Little Nell, Patricia Quinn & Richard O'Brien (1975)
257) Superfly - Curtis Mayfield (1972)
256) Inspiration Information - Shuggie Otis (1974)
255) At Home He's a Tourist - Gang of Four (1979)
254) Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) - Merle Haggard (1971)
253) Trans-Europe Express - Kraftwerk (1977)
252) We Are Not The Same - Cimarons (1974)
251) A Nickel And A Nail - O.V. Wright (1971)
250) Paradise By The Dashboard Light - Meat Loaf (1977
249) Where I'm Bound - Country Gentlemen (1970)
248) The Semi-Great Predictor - Jerry Reed (1972
247) Mercury Poisoning - Graham Parker + The Rumour (1979)
246) Thirty Days Hath September - Stark Reality (1970)
245) Making Plans For Nigel - XTC (1979)
244) Life During Wartime - Talking Heads (1979)
243) El Justiciero - Os Mutantes (1971)
242) Government Center - Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers (1975)
241) Down And Out In New York City - James Brown (1973)
240) You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory - Johnny Thunders (1978)
239) An Harangue - Art & Language and the Red Crayola (1976)
238) The Real Me - Who (1973)
237) Fly By Night - Rush (1975)
236) Ezekiel Saw the Wheel - Dixie Hummingbirds (1975)
235) Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson (1979)
234) Waterloo - ABBA (1974)
233) Jive Talkin' - Bee Gees (1975)
232) Heart Of Gold - Neil Young (1972)
231) Doctor My Eyes - Jackson Browne (1972)
230) Sound And Vision - David Bowie (1977)
229) Beware the Man - Dramatics (1973)
228) How Long (Betcha' Got A Chick On The Side) - Pointer Sisters (1973)
227) Rocket Man - Elton John (1972)
226) Layla - Derek & The Dominos (1970)
225) Calling Dr. Love - KISS (1976)
224) Am I Going Insane - Black Sabbath (1975)
223) Blacknuss - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1971)
222) D'Yer Mak'er - Led Zeppelin (1973)
221) Brick House - Commodores (1977)
220) Bad Company - Bad Company (1974)
219) Dancing Days - Led Zeppelin (1973)
218) Maggie May - Rod Stewart (1971)
217) Me and Paul - Willie Nelson (1971)
216) Hollywood Nights - Bob Seger (1978)
215) La Grange - ZZ Top (1973)
214) Sugar Magnolia - Grateful Dead (1970)
213) On My Radio - The Selecter (1979)
212) Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross (1970)
211) The Modern World - Jam (1977)
210) Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen (1979)
209) Cold As Ice - Foreigner (1977)
208) Lady Marmalade - Labelle (1974)
207) Two Tickets to Paradise - Eddie Money (1978)
206) Love Roller Coaster - Ohio Players (1976)
205) Love Hurts - Nazareth (1975)
204) Just My Imagination - Temptations (1971)
203) Electric Los Angeles Sunset - Al Stewart (1970)
202) Smiling Faces Sometimes - The Undisputed Truth (1971)
201) What Is Life - George Harrison (1970)

200) Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye (1973)
199) Highway Star - Deep Purple (1972)
198) Love Hangover - Diana Ross (1976)
197) You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet - Bachman Turner Overdrive (1974)
196) The Boys Are Back in Town - Thin Lizzy (1976)
195) Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones (1971)
194) Tell Me Something Good - Rufus (1974)
193) Roving Gambler - Jerry Reed (1972)
192) Southern Nights - Glen Campbell (1977)
191) Quem Tem Medo de Brincar de Amor - Os Mutantes (1970)
190) Like A Hurricane - Neil Young (1977)
189) Theme From 'Shaft' - Isaac Hayes (1971)
188) Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones (1976)
187) Pray Them Bars Away - Lee Hazlewood (1970)
186) Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys - Willie Nelson (1978)
185) The Night Miss Nancy Ann's Hotel For Single Girls Burnt Down - Tex Williams (1971)
184) Make Me Smile - Chicago (1970)
183) Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight & The Pips (1973)
182) The Best Of All Possible Worlds - Kris Kristofferson (1971)
181) Class War - The Dils (1977)
180) Texas Woman Blues - Taj Mahal (1972)
179) Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) - Billy Joel (1977)
178) Josie - Steely Dan (1977)
177) Knowing Me, Knowing You - ABBA (1976)
176) Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard - Paul Simon (1972)
175) Here Comes My Girl - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (1979)
174) September Gurls - Big Star (1974)
173) Wake Up - Essential Logic (1979)
172) So It Goes - Nick Lowe (1978)
171) Ain't That Nothin' - Television (1978)
170) The Logical Song - Supertramp (1979)
169) Chuck E's in Love - Rickie Lee Jones (1979)
168) The Revelations Of Dr. Modesto - Tin Huey (1979)
167) Psycho Killer - Talking Heads (1977)
166) I Am The Cosmos - Chris Bell (1976)
165) ABC - Jackson 5 (1970)
164) Sweet Talkin' Woman - Electric Light Orchestra (1977)
163) I Don't Like Mondays - The Boomtown Rats (1979)
162) Foreplay / Long Time - Boston (1976)
161) Without You - Badfinger (1970)
160) Love Her Madly - The Doors (1971)
159) (They Long to Be) Close to You - Carpenters (1970)
158) You're So Vain - Carly Simon (1972)
157) Psychedelic Shack - Temptations (1970)
156) 12XU - Wire (1977)
155) Dream Weaver - Gary Wright (1975)
154) Mind Games - John Lennon (1973)
153) Grease - Frankie Valli (1978)
152) Just A Conversation - Slapp Happy (1972)
151) Willie, Waylon And Me - David Allan Coe (1976)
150) Take It Easy - Eagles (1972)
149) Lucky Man - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970)
148) Peace Train - Cat Stevens (1971)
147) You're No Good - Linda Ronstadt (1974)
146) 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon (1975)
145) Le Freak - Chic (1978)
144) Question - The Moody Blues (1970)
143) My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue) - Neil Young (1979)
142) Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste Of Honey (1978)
141) Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb (1978)
140) Magic Man - Heart (1976)
139) I Hate the Rich - Dils (1977)
138) Just What I Needed - Cars (1978)
137) Harlem River Drive Theme - Harlem River Drive (1971)
136) Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment - Ramones (1977)
135) Welcome To The Working Week - Elvis Costello (1977)
134) Heart Of Glass - Blondie (1978)
133) Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow - Funkadelic (1970)
132) No Agreement - Fela Kuti (1977)
131) Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner - Warren Zevon (1978)
130) Tumbling Dice - Rolling Stones (1972)
129) Night Moves - Bob Seger (1976)
128) All The Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople (1972)
127) Nirvana For Mice - Henry Cow (1973)
126) Kodachrome - Paul Simon (1973)
125) Hot Stuff - Donna Summer (1979)
124) Baby's On Fire - Brian Eno (1974)
123) Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way - Waylon Jennings (1975)
122) Roundabout - Yes (1972)
121) The Ballroom Blitz - Sweet (1974)
120) Show Me the Way - Peter Frampton (1976)
119) Get Up, Stand Up - Bob Marley and the Wailers (1973)
118) Gloria - Patti Smith (1975)
117) I Believe - Buzzcocks (1979)
116) Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty (1978)
115) Romeo's Tune - Steve Forbert (1979)
114) Aqualung - Jethro Tull (1971)
113) Working Man - Rush (1974)
112) I Was Only Joking - Rod Stewart (1977)
111) I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor (1979)
110) From The Morning - Nick Drake (1972)
109) Strange Town - Jam (1979)
108) Cruel to Be Kind - Nick Lowe (1979)
107) On The Surface - Pere Ubu (1979)
106) Musicawi silt - Wallias Band (1976)
105) Miss You - Rolling Stones (1978)
104) Bittern Storm Over Ulm - Henry Cow (1974)
103) Diamond Dogs - David Bowie (1974)
102) Fast Cars - Buzzcocks (1978)
101) The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys - Traffic (1971)

100) Whatever Gets You Through The Night - John Lennon (1974)
99) Paris 1919 - John Cale (1973)
98) Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine - James Brown (1970)
97) Tangled Up In Blue - Bob Dylan (1975)
96) The Things We Do for Love - 10cc (1977)
95) Baby Blue - Badfinger (1971)
94) Boys Don't Cry - The Cure (1979)
93) Little Red Riding Hood Hit the Road - Robert Wyatt (1974)
92) Angie - The Rolling Stones (1973)
91) Fire and Rain - James Taylor (1970)
90) Sweet Jane - Velvet Underground (1970)
89) The Groove Line - Heatwave (1978)
88) (Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Öyster Cult (1976)
87) Life's Been Good - Joe Walsh (1978)
86) Imagine - John Lennon (1971)
85) I'm So Bored With The U.S.A. - The Clash (1977)
84) Roxanne - The Police (1978)
83) Fool In The Rain - Led Zeppelin (1978)
82) My Sharona - The Knack (1979)
81) Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973)
80) Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen (1976)
79) Chinese Rocks - Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers (1977)
78) Dream On - Aerosmith (1973)
77) Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) - Pink Floyd (1979)
76) Southern Man - Neil Young (1970)
75) Down In The Tube Station At Midnight - Jam (1978)
74) The I Of Hurricane Sue - Charles Mingus (1972)
73) Killing Me Softly With His Song - Roberta Flack (1973)
72) Who Are You - Who (1977)
71) Live And Let Die - Wings (1972)
70) Trash - New York Dolls (1973)
69) Three Little Birds - Bob Marley and the Wailers (1977)
68) You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure - Funkadelic (1973)
67) Rock Lobster - The B-52's (1979)
66) I've Got My Car And My TV - Faust (1972)
65) Cool For Cats - Squeeze (1979)
64) Surrender - Cheap Trick (1978)
63) Phases of Reality - William Bell (1972)
62) Because The Night - Patti Smith Group (1978)
61) Instant Karma - John Lennon (1970)
60) Sonic Reducer - Dead Boys (1977)
59) Panic In Detroit - David Bowie (1973)
58) You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine - Lou Rawls (1976)
57) Rapper's Delight - The Sugarhill Gang (1979)
56) Sunday Papers - Joe Jackson (1979)
55) Hearts In Exile - Homosexuals (1978)
54) Anarchy In The UK - Sex Pistols (1977)
53) Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits (1978)
52) Time - Pink Floyd (1973)
51) Take A Chance On Me - Abba (1977)
50) Runnin' With The Devil - Van Halen (1978)
49) Twenty Two Proverbs - John Greaves & Peter Blegvad (1977)
48) Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder (1976)
47) Band On The Run - Wings (1973)
46) Radio, Radio - Elvis Costello (1978)
45) Soup Song - Robert Wyatt (1972)
44) If You Don't Like The Effects, Don't Produce The Cause - Funkadelic (1972)
43) Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie (1972)
42) Kashmir - Led Zeppelin (1975)
41) Final Solution - Pere Ubu (1976)
40) Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees (1977)
39) See No Evil - Television (1977)
38) Ponta De Lanca Africano - Jorge Ben (1976)
37) Bustin' Loose - Chuck Brown (1979)
36) Iron Man - Black Sabbath (1970)
35) Gary Gilmore's Eyes - The Adverts (1977)
34) Barracuda - Heart (1977)
33) Beautiful As The Moon, Terrible As An Army With Banners - Henry Cow (1975)
32) Let's Stay Together - Al Green (1972)
31) Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin (1971)
30) Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel (1970)
29) Jungleland - Bruce Springsteen (1975)
28) Walk On The Wild Side - Lou Reed (1972)
27) Papa Was A Rollin' Stone - Temptations (1972)
26) Carry On - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (1970)
25) Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney (1970)
24) Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've) - Buzzcocks (1978)
23) SOS - Abba (1975)
22) A Message to You Rudy - Specials (1979)
21) Hotel California - Eagles (1976)
20) Lola - Kinks (1970)
19) One Nation Under A Groove - Funkadelic (1978)
18) Genetic Engineering - X-Ray Spex (1978)
17) I Wanna Be Sedated - Ramones (1978)
16) What's Going On - Marvin Gaye (1971)
15) Space Is the Place - Sun Ra (1972)
14) War - Edwin Starr (1970)
13) Behind Blue Eyes - Who (1971)
12) Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd (1975)
11) Right Off - Miles Davis (1971)
10) The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Gil Scott-Heron (1971)
9) Changes - David Bowie (1971)
8) Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder (1973)
7) Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin (1971)
6) Casablanca Moon - Slapp Happy (1973)
5) Let It Be - Beatles (1970)
4) The Modern Dance - Pere Ubu (1978)
3) (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love & Understanding - Elvis Costello & The Attractions (1979)
2) In The City - Jam (1977)
1) London Calling - Clash (1979)

This list is virtually unchanged compared to the one that I posted as a Facebook note a few months ago.  Originally, I accidentally violated one of my own rules by putting two Elvis songs in the top 40.  In this version, Radio Radio falls out of the top 40, trading places with The Specials (produced by Elvis if you're keeping score).  I could have corrected it, I supposed, by giving #3 to Brinsley Schwartz, but I opted against that.

This time, I also excluded one of the Fleetwood Mac songs I regretted including on the original list, and I included one of the Jefferson Starship songs I regretted excluding.  With such a healthy dose of pop music on this list, I'm amazed I have as few regrets as I do.  Maybe that will change.  I've responded to complaints about excluding Genesis by listening to more early 70s Genesis and reconsidering.  I can see where I might have missed out, but I'm not ready to add them just yet.  Let the quibbling commence.

15 comments:

  1. I remember a song but not sure if its 60's or 70's. Something about a woman or girl called June? Something to do with "my future in my past". It was once released on a readers digest tape!!!
    Any idea's???????????????

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    1. Think it's "hey jude" by the Beatles?

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  2. Can't believe Yes and Roxy Music are missing. Wondrous Stories and Going For The One by Yes and Love Is The Drug and Dance Away By Roxy are all masterpieces, especially listened to on quality headphones. Gary Gilmore's Eyes by The Adverts, anything from Kate Bush, Shoes by Reparata, Rock n Roll Star by Barclay James Harvest? Agree that Genesis should be included.

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    1. There are a couple of Yes tracks there, and Gary Gilmore's Eyes is at #35. Is the complaint that they're there or that you thought they were missing? I agree Roxy Music was an omission. I'll keep that in mind if I ever revise. I'm on the fence about Kate Bush. I respect her, but I find that I don't actually want to listen to her. I don't know Reparata. I'll check them out

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    2. Sorry I missed those its rather a long list, I must read it more carefully! Great list by the way must have taken you ages. Quite a few I haven't heard so I'm working my way down the list and catching up on my listening.

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    3. And You,
      You are my first
      You are my last
      You are my future and my past

      Read more: John Mark McMillan - Future / Past Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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  4. Not a good list! How old were you in the 70's?

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  5. Stand Tall - Burton Cummings.

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  6. I think you have a good list of variety during that time. Thanks! Be Blessed!

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  7. Here's my suggestions:
    Sailor's Glass of champagne.
    Shaun Cassidy- That's Rock'n Roll
    Lucky Starr's I've Been Everywhere Man.
    The Partridge Family I think I love You.
    Fox's Single Bed.
    AC/DC It's A Long Way To The Top.
    Well That's It Folks,
    Cheers
    Nightstalker9

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  8. i'm looking for the song 'it's all over if you go' 1973/4

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  9. i want to hear the song with the following lyrics, (not accurate) " ... my heart like a road to your door, always lead home when the going gets tough, like well travelled road. etc"thanks a lot I'll appreciate it if you could give me whats thee title o this song

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    1. It sounds as if it could be "The Long and Winding Road" by Paul McCartney/Beatles, possibly.

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