Friday, September 18, 2009

My Favorite '70s Pop Songs

If you haven't guessed already, this marks the beginning of 1970s week(s) here at Il Buono. Like '80s week and '90s week before it, '70s week will give you a list of my favorite pop songs of the decade (which is the list below) and my 120 favorite albums of the decade (which will come later).

The '70s were kind of a weird time musically. The beginning of the decade was still full of '60s leftovers: hippie folk, Motown, psychedelic, etc. There was no definable sound. As the decade progressed, tons of different genres began to form. Punk, new wave, funk, electronic, and more all began to take on their now recognizable forms during the '70s, and, as a result, the '70s are probably my favorite decade for music.

However, the pop music of the '70s was mostly terrible. It may have been because there was less of a musical identity. It may have had something to do with Vietnam. (That's what everything is blamed on.) But despite the cheesy AM rock, over the top soul, and excessively romantic pop that plagued the charts, there were still many great popular songs. Most of the songs on this list would fall under the "R&B/Soul" listing (if you're going by iTunes), as funk, disco, and soul are all well represented. But there was some good rock, too. These songs are all great, but I think we can agree the album reigned supreme in the 1970s. (The criteria for getting on this list: the song had to be a top 20 hit in America from 1970 to 1979.)

1. Donna Summer--I Feel Love
2. Sly & The Family Stone--Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
3. Chic--Good Times
4. Stevie Wonder--Superstition
6. Marvin Gaye--Got To Give It Up
7. Stevie Wonder--Higher Ground
8. David Bowie--Golden Years
10. Parliament--Flash Light

11. Marvin Gaye--What's Going On
12. Michael Jackson--Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
13. Al Green--Let's Stay Together
14. Gloria Gaynor--I Will Survive
15. The Temptations--Papa Was A Rollin' Stone
16. Bee Gees--Stayin' Alive
18. Chic--Le Freak
19. Blondie--Heart Of Glass
20. Blue Oyster Cult--Don't Fear The Reaper

21. Gladys Knight and The Pips--Midnight Train To Georgia
22. Deep Purple--Smoke On The Water
23. The Beatles--Let It Be
24. M--Pop Muzik
25. Isaac Hayes--Theme From "Shaft"
26. Edwin Starr--War
27. Billy Preston--Nothing From Nothing
28. David Bowie--Fame
29. Marvin Gaye--Let's Get It On
30. The Jackson 5--ABC

That's what I think. I'm sure I'm forgetting a lot, but that's okay.

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