Top 30 Songs Of The 1970s

Created on 24 November 2018

Top 30 Songs Of The 1970s

 

It seemed like an enormous amount of fun to start with but these are starting to get really difficult. In the 1970’s, almost 1700 songs entered the Australian charts – from Ronnie Burns’ Smiley on 7 January 1970 to Graham Gouldman’s Sunburn on 19 December 1979. Some were great – let’s face it, many were great – and many stuck their nose into the charts and dropped out again within a week.

 

Let us be very clear – this is very much Neil’s OPINION – there’ll be some songs in the list that will surprise you and others that will surprise you by NOT being there. The key criterion is that, unless the song is quite a stand-out song, it will have charted nationally at some stage during the 1970’s – at this stage, there is only one song in the countdown that did not chart on the national charts. When you see what it is, I suspect you’ll feel that it is worthy of inclusion at number 7 in this countdown.

 

Lots of work went into this – to start with, there is a trawling through our favourite reference book for such matters – The Book: Top 40 Research by Steven Scanes and Jim Barnes – identifying potentials inclusions, with a need to be ruthless as we went through. In the end Neil brought it down to 40 and to kick us off (below), we’re going to list the ten that didn’t quite make it – listed in date entry (the date shown through the countdown is the date that the song entered the top 40).

 

  • * Fire And Rain – James Taylor – 13 November 1971
  • * I’ll Be Gone – Spectrum – 11 March 1971
  • * Superstar – Colleen Hewitt – 22 July 1971
  • * Everything I Own – Bread – 11 May 1972
  • * Space Oddity – David Bowie – 10 May 1973/li>
  • * I Am Pegasus – Ross Ryan – 25 October 1973
  • * Girls On The Avenue – Richard Clapton – 27 February 1975
  • * Slipping Away – Max Merritt & The Meteors – 8 January 1976
  • * Hollywood Seven – Jon English – 12 May 1976
  • * Year Of The Cat – Al Stewart – 6 April 1977

 

You are able to purchase each individual track through iTunes by clicking on the cart icon on each track listing. You can also listen to the entire Top 30 on Spotify (including the ten that missed out, plus all three parts to Evie and minus Superstar by Colleen Hewitt which isn’t available on Spotify) by clicking on the button below.

 

 

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    Bohemian Rhapsody

    Queen

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    Kings Of The World

    Mississippi

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    Bridge Over Troubled Water

    Simon & Garfunkel

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    Baker Street

    Gerry Rafferty

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    Are You Old Enough

    Dragon

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    American Pie

    Don McLean

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    Khe Sanh

    Cold Chisel

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    Sultans Of Swing

    Dire Straits

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    The Wonder Of You

    Elvis Presley

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    You And Me

    Alice Cooper

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    Reminiscing

    Little River Band

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    S.O.S.

    ABBA

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    The Air That I Breathe

    The Hollies

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    Wuthering Heights

    Kate Bush

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    Evie

    Stevie Wright

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    You're So Vain

    Carly Simon

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    Let It Be

    The Beatles

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    Imagine

    John Lennon

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    Without You

    Harry Nilsson

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    If You Leave Me Now

    Chicago

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    Howzat

    Sherbet

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    Golden Miles

    Healing Force

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    If You can't Give Me Love

    Suzi Quatro

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    I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself

    Marcia Hines

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    Rockaria!

    Electric Light Orchestra

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    Seasons Of Change

    Blackfeather

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    Video Killed The Radio Star

    The Buggles

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    Just When I Needed You Most

    Randy Vanwarmer

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    I Am Woman

    Helen Reddy

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    Turn Up Your Radio

    Masters Apprentices

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