The 70s are the most beautiful revolutionary decade in the history of music, from rock to soul and from funk to country to pop. This is the original era of disco. We’ve traveled the world to bring you some of the best songs from this decade.
Let’s step into the time machine and discover a list of the most beautiful and unforgettable songs of the 70s:
1. ABBA – Give me! Give me ! Give me ! (A man after midnight)
Swedish band ABBA recorded it in August 1979 to help promote their North American and European tour of that year and was released on ABBA’s Greatest Hits Vol.2 album as a brand new track.
It weaves together the image of a lonely woman yearning for a romantic relationship and views her loneliness as an ominous darkness of the night, even drawing parallels to how movie star happy endings are so different from her existence.
2. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
The song is one of rock’s greatest and most iconic songs. It was composed by band guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant for their untitled fourth studio album (usually referred to as Led Zeppelin IV), released in late 1971.
“Stairway to Heaven” was voted number three in 2000 by VH1 on its list of the 100 Greatest Rock Songs. It was the most requested song on FM radio stations in the United States in the 1970s, although it was never released as a single there. In November 2007, thanks to download sales promoting Led Zeppelin’s Mothership release, “Stairway to Heaven” reached number 37 on the UK Singles Chart.
See also: The greatest hits of the 80s
3. Earth, Wind and Fire – September
The American group Earth, Wind & Fire recorded it in 1978 on ARC/Columbia Records.
Originally included as a track for The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol.1, “September” achieved great commercial success and reached No. 1. 1 on the US Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, No. 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and no. 3 on the UK Singles Chart.
The song remains a staple of the band’s work and has been sampled, covered, remixed and re-recorded numerous times.
It was added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry’s list of sound recordings that “are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” in 2018.
4. How deep is your love – Bee Gees
“how Deep Is Your Loveis a pop ballad written and recorded by the Bee Gees in 1977 and released as a single in September of the same year. It was eventually used as part of the Saturday Night Fever movie soundtrack. It was a number three hit in the UK and Australia.
In the US, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 on December 25, 1977 (becoming the first of six consecutive US number one hits), remained in the Top 10 for 17 weeks, being the first song to spend more than 17 weeks in the top ten since Chubby Checker’s The Twist.
In a UK television special broadcast in December 2011, it was voted favorite Bee Gees song by ITV viewers.
5. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
“I will Surviveis a song by American singer Gloria Gaynor, released in October 1978 as the second single from her sixth album, Love Tracks (1978).
A best-selling song, a famous Disco anthem and is certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris wrote it.
The song’s lyrics describe the narrator’s discovery of personal strength following an initially devastating breakup. It received heavy airplay in 1979, spending three nonconsecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the UK Singles Chart and Irish Singles Chart.
The song is also often remembered as a symbol of female empowerment. In 2016, the Library of Congress deemed Gaynor’s original recording “culturally, historically, or artistically significant” and selected it for preservation in the National Recording Registry.
6. YMCA – Villagers
“YMCAsis a song by American disco band Village People. The song was written by Jacques Morali (also a record producer) and singer Victor Willis. Village People released the song in 1978 as the only single from their third studio album, Cruisin (1978).
A medley with “Hot cop” reached No. 2 on Billboard’s Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart, as the song reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in early 1979.
Outside the US, “YMCA” reached No. 1 in the UK around the same time, becoming the group’s biggest hit. Outside the US, “YMCA” reached No. 1 in the UK around the same time, becoming the group’s biggest hit.
“YMCA” is number 7 on VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest Dance Songs of the 20th Century”, selected by the Library of Congress to be retained in the National Recording Registry for their “cultural, historical, or aesthetic significance”. .
7. All Alone – Eric Carmen
“Aloneis a song by American singer-songwriter Eric Carmen released in 1975. The verse is based on the second movement (Adagio sostenuto) from SergeivRachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor circa 1900-1901, Opus 18. The chorus is taken from the song “Let’s Pretend”, which Carmen wrote and recorded with the Raspberries in 1972. McCracken performed lead slide guitar.
“All by Myself” reached number one on the Cash Box Singles Top 100 and number three in Canada. The single sold over one million copies in the United States and was certified gold by the RIAA in April 1976. “All by Myself” was the first of Carmen’s eight Top 10 hits. 40 American. In the UK, however, it was her only Top 40 hit, peaking at number 12.
8. Another brick in the wall – Pink Floyd
“Another Brick in the Wall” is a three-part composition on Pink Floyd’s 1979 rock opera The Wall, written by bassist Roger Waters. “Part 2”, a protest song against the rigid and abusive school, features a children’s choir. At the suggestion of producer Bob Ezrin, Pink Floyd added disco elements.
“Part 2” was released as a single, Pink Floyd’s first in the UK since “Point Me at the Sky” (1968). It has sold over four million copies worldwide. It was nominated for a Grammy Award and was number 384 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, “Part 3”, Pink dismisses everyone he knows as “just bricks in the Wall”.
9. Imagine – John Lennon
“To imagineis a song by English rock musician John Lennon from his 1971 album of the same name. The lyrics are the best-selling single of his solo career. The lyrics encourage listeners to imagine a world of peace, without materialism, without borders separating nations and without religion.
BMI named “Imagine” one of the 100 most played songs of the 20th century. In 1999, it was ranked number 30 on the RIAA’s list of 365 “Songs of the Century”, won a Grammy Hall of Fame Award, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll ” . A 2002 UK survey conducted by the Guinness World Records British Hit Singles Book named it the second best single of all time. Shortly before his death, Lennon said that much of the song’s lyrics and content came from his wife, Yoko Ono.
10. The Hustle – Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony
“The bustleis a song by songwriter/arranger: Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony. It went to No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Soul Singles charts during the summer of 1975. It also peaked at No. 1 on the Canadian RPM charts, No. 9 on the Australian Singles Chart (Kent Music Report ), and No. 3 in the UK. It would eventually sell over a million copies. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance in early 1976 for songs recorded in 1975.
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