Top 10 Decade Defining Songs: 1970s

  • Опубликовано: 2 июн 2014
  • Have you got rhythm? Have you got soul? Do you own a disco ball?? Yeses aren't obligatory, but they'll help! Welcome to, and today we're counting down our picks for the top 10 decade defining songs of the 1970s. Special thanks to our users Alex Guzman, richardbain, MrRock4Evr, Oliver Swen, Charlotte Kevin Rudd, milkman0973, Jack Morris, Awesome One, Jaime Enrique Gutierrez Pérez, ynot0404, kitlivsey and gamerguy for submitting the idea on our Suggest Page at!
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  • Dev Mathur
    Dev Mathur 4 часа назад

    We will rock you should be here

  • librarose79
    librarose79 13 часов назад

    I saw "The Wall" on PBS as a child. Those masks creeped me out. "I Will Survive" also was played a LOT at high school dances in the 90's. My high school anyways. John Lennon was right. It's the differences we see in each other that divide us. If they weren't there, there would be peace. Freddie Mercury had a beautiful voice. "Stairway to Heaven" is the song that everyone gets wrong. My mom's brother dedicated it to his mom at her funeral. smh She was NOT a materialistic woman. Pathetic man. I love Led Zeppelin but it's not their best song. "Four Sticks" on the same album is SO much better. I don't think the majority of people liked disco in the 70's. They had record burning/smashing events. Either way, this might be the first music list on here where I like every song. I love rock and disco.

  • jerome2022
    jerome2022 День назад

    To ignore why these songs came out misses the point of the events, protest, drugs, rejection, new ideas.

  • Jeff Cepek
    Jeff Cepek 2 дня назад

    Joy to the World? #1 for how many weeks???

  • Frank Castle
    Frank Castle 3 дня назад

    People forgot this is TOP 10, not Top 20 or Top 100. If your song is not on the list, make your own damn list.

  • natea nara
    natea nara 4 дня назад

    it was always placed in my mind that 70s is more likely best era of rock n roll, electric guitars and all. But this list says 70s is about disco ._. am i getting it wrong

  • Josan Ruiz
    Josan Ruiz 4 дня назад

    Bohemian rhapsody 1

  • Emilio
    Emilio 4 дня назад

    My top 7 favorite songs of the 1970s
    7. Have You Ever Seen The Rain - Credence Clearwater Revival
    6. Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd
    5. Piano Man - Billy Joel
    4. Dancing Queen - ABBA
    3. Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
    2. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
    1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

  • mark drum
    mark drum 6 дней назад

    "Behind Blue Eyes"?

  • EngleHump
    EngleHump 6 дней назад

    Disco baby, disco defines the 70's- Stayin' Alive, Stayin' Alive !!!

    • EngleHump
      EngleHump 6 дней назад

      WTF is " Midnight Fever ' ?

    • mark drum
      mark drum 6 дней назад

      I was there and it didn't. Name 5 disco "songs" then name 5 rock songs. The second is a lot easier isn't it. If it hadn't been for "Midnight Fever" disco would have died much sooner than it. It was as saccharine as it could be.

  • Andre Riendeau
    Andre Riendeau 7 дней назад

    Another brick in the wall is such a dumb ass, simplistic black and white comprehension of things.. or lack of it!. Horrible song.

  • Nisse Elmquist
    Nisse Elmquist 7 дней назад

    1. I know this video was made in 2014 but Bohemian Rhapsody has become very, very overrated.
    2. I also know not every band can make it to the list, Rainbow? Man On The Silver Mountain or Stargazer? And yeah, Sweet and Deep Purple. Seriously?

  • Kate Burke
    Kate Burke 7 дней назад +1

    This list is all kinds of messed up...

  • Melangell ATC
    Melangell ATC 8 дней назад +1

    Mötley was way better than the Sex Pistols.....

  • Dawn Cantagallo
    Dawn Cantagallo 8 дней назад +1

    I guess your right,I spent a lot of time chanting disco sucks. But when we went out we popped in a 8-track by Led Zeppelin!

  • Kane Conklin
    Kane Conklin 9 дней назад

    Freebird is my favorite 70s song

  • West Battaglia
    West Battaglia 9 дней назад +1

    No Electric Light Orchestra

  • TJ Wash
    TJ Wash 11 дней назад

    Some of the honorable mentions deserve the 9 and 10 spot more than the ones they chose. No one thinks of The Wall as defining the 70’s.

  • Constanza errázuriz
    Constanza errázuriz 13 дней назад +1

    My sweet Lord???

    ZD SKILLZ 13 дней назад +1

    4 words.
    Bat. Out. Of. Hell

  • Ooga Booga
    Ooga Booga 14 дней назад +2

    i'm confused as to why "my sweet lord" isn't on this list

    • Ooga Booga
      Ooga Booga 11 дней назад

      it was the biggest selling single of 1971 and was the first no.1 of an ex-beatle

    • TJ Wash
      TJ Wash 11 дней назад

      Ooga Booga I don’t consider that song to be decade defining but it was my very first favorite song when I was 5 or 6

  • hiyahiya hiyahiya
    hiyahiya hiyahiya 14 дней назад +1

    At least there's pink floyd there

    • Emilio
      Emilio 10 дней назад

      should have been Comfortably Numb though

  • Staffan Karlsson
    Staffan Karlsson 16 дней назад +1

    No Kraftwerk that started off the era of synthesizer based music that is still around? No Earth Wind & Fire? No Michael Jackson? No Kiss? No... well the list can go on for days... but that’s the fun thing about lists. Have any top ten list ever matched anyone’s taste completely?
    Love lists. They annoy me. And I love that they do. That means I care.

  • Ruth Johnson
    Ruth Johnson 16 дней назад +1

    The 1970’s can fill up a top 100 list with really good music without the short-lived disco ahem music(?).

  • Lisa Lee
    Lisa Lee 17 дней назад +1

    The 70s. I went from 8 to 18 during that decade and it was NOT until the latter part that disco became big. Most teens I knew listened to Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, ELO, The Eagles, to name just a few popular rock bands.

  • mrd7051
    mrd7051 18 дней назад +1

    Disco is a part of the 70's I would like to forget.Talking Heads,Blondie,The Clash etc were my type of bands.

  • 3Vimages
    3Vimages 18 дней назад +1


  • Bob Furman
    Bob Furman 18 дней назад

    ..and no Elvis Costello??or Clash,..Tears for Fears??

    • TJ Wash
      TJ Wash 11 дней назад

      Bob Furman tears for fears didn’t have a hit till the 80’s.

  • dennis weekes
    dennis weekes 19 дней назад

    Number one is not disco crap. Spare me that plane sucks.

  • James Nyman
    James Nyman 19 дней назад +1

    3 bohemian rhapsody my butt hurt

  • Wayne Olsen
    Wayne Olsen 21 день назад +1

    An impossible task but the list isn’t bad. Except for I WILL SURVIVE which could easily have been replaced by something by the Stones, The Who, and the biggest star of the 70s, Sir Elton John.

  • Christine P
    Christine P 22 дня назад +1

    Oh! Please just shut up! I want to listen without your "goofy" interpretation !

  • ByronRaver
    ByronRaver 22 дня назад +1

    Bowie and T Rex should in the top 10

  • Zvi Benari
    Zvi Benari 22 дня назад +1

    One of the most amazing decades for music can't be reduced to 10 songs, but was still fun to listen to them again.

  • Jude Sneddon
    Jude Sneddon 22 дня назад

    Rappers delight was essentially the birth of the rap genre and I’m surprised it wasn’t at least in the honourable mentions

    • Jude Sneddon
      Jude Sneddon 11 дней назад

      TJ Wash flipside stayin alive was ‘77

    • TJ Wash
      TJ Wash 11 дней назад

      Jude Sneddon it wasn’t released till September of 1979, so kind of late to the table to be a sound that defined a decade.

  • DiamondTed61
    DiamondTed61 23 дня назад +1

    The Eagles are honorable mention? You're cracked!

  • wellstuffed1976
    wellstuffed1976 23 дня назад +1

    My school singing the brick in the wall kids parts will always make me very proud (chuckle)

  • Larry Launstein Jr
    Larry Launstein Jr 23 дня назад +1

    Any 1970s list like this that does not include Chicago is a joke. I can give you at least 5 reasons - 25 Or 6 To 4, Saturday In The Park, The Ballet For A Girl in Buchannon (Which spawned Make Me Smile and Colour My World), (I've Been) Searching So Long and Feelin' Stronger Every Day. And this does not include their chart-topper If You Leave Me Now. I loved that song at the time, but not so much now. I see the Ballet as a sequence of songs of which the two hits were part of - one big sequence instead of two separate songs within that sequence.

  • dgemini2
    dgemini2 24 дня назад +1

    Saturday Night LIVE? LOL. Also, while I get why you chose Rebel Rebel for Bowie because it represented 70's glam rock, it happens to be one of my least favorite Bowie tunes. Personally, I would've used Heroes because it has more lyrical significance and musically marked a major transition point into what became new wave.

  • Guy Ravenscroft
    Guy Ravenscroft 25 дней назад

    after imagine when i heared roger taylor smashing the symbols i got so hyped when i was ready for freddie to come in with MAMA!

  • rebel scummer
    rebel scummer 26 дней назад

    We don't need no education is a double negative which means we do need AN education but not the education in the 50s

  • Stef Capel
    Stef Capel 27 дней назад +1

    If we're talking decade defining Hotel California should be nr 1 since it was the story of all the people moving the CA for the music during the 70s which defines the decade

  • Miguel Mendes
    Miguel Mendes 27 дней назад +1

    No Solsbury Hill?

  • Christy Dolan
    Christy Dolan 28 дней назад +1

    Funny , they are saying that the disco tunes defined the era, they did, but by the end of the decade, many countries were into something else and they were BURNING disco records

  • Ali A
    Ali A 28 дней назад

    piano man by billy joel should have at least honourable mention

  • Killer Queen
    Killer Queen 29 дней назад +1

    A top ten is never enough for the seventies. The greatest decade for music.

  • Gary Rahemba
    Gary Rahemba Месяц назад

    Beck, Bogart and Appice DID do the Superstition song ... and quite well!

  • Wenceslao Diaz Vargas
    Wenceslao Diaz Vargas Месяц назад +2

    What about Meat Loaf???

  • Ashwin Date
    Ashwin Date Месяц назад

    While I completely expected bee gees to make it onto the list, what I did not expect was it to be #1 on the list

  • MW MW
    MW MW Месяц назад

    The list isn't about BEST but decade defining and honestly when you mention the 70s to most people they'll probably think of disco and Staying Alive first above all else. Bohemian Rhapsody is the best song but it's not a song you'd mentally place in one particular decade.

  • chloemchll
    chloemchll Месяц назад +1

    God these lists get worse...
    Half this list shouldn’t be on a list of the top songs of a decade, and the omissions are painful.
    Where’s Marvin Gaye (What’s Goin On)? How about anything from early heavy metal (say, War Pigs by Black Sabbath, as it also scores points as a protest song)? More Than a Feeling (Boston)? 25 or 6 to 4 (Chicago)? Hotel California? The wrong Pink Floyd song (Comfortably Numb, Time, Money, Wish You Were Here?) Hell, Bruce (Born to Run) deserves to be on this list before the Sex Pistols and I hate Bruce. Billy Joel? Van Halen? Iron Maiden? Paul McCartney (musically, Band on the Run is a terrific song) or George Harrison (not My Sweet Lord though as it was a ripoff of He’s So Fine)? Eric Clapton (Layla)? Rush? Van Morrison (Moondance?) Carole King (I Feel the Earth Move, Natural Woman). The Who (off Who’s Next alone you have Won’t Get Fooled Again, Baba O’Riley, and Behind Blue Eyes.)
    I realize not all of these can make the list, and I’m sure I’m still missing other worthy choices, but c’mon all of these are better than that mediocre Fleetwood Mac song (there are at least 4 songs on Rumours that could’ve gone over it also), any of the disco songs (just cause a genre was popular doesn’t mean it was good) or the Sex Pistols (I mean, if you’ve got to choose a punk song you have so many better choices).

    • TJ Wash
      TJ Wash 11 дней назад

      chloemchll I agree with you, but in regard to Disco, regardless of whether it was good or not, it definitely was a defining part of 70’s music.

  • reina coffee
    reina coffee Месяц назад

    2:00 #9 Brick on the Wall song.......Sorry, teachers, this is not true!!!!

  • Marc Alvard
    Marc Alvard Месяц назад +1


  • Tronchatoro
    Tronchatoro Месяц назад +1

    No let it be????

  • Nitro Speed
    Nitro Speed Месяц назад +2

    What about Aerosmith, Dream On or Sweet Emotion. Can’t stand that disco crap. Hotel California, Fly Like an Eagle, Smoke on the Water. Some great tunes people forget about. You don’t hear people crankin disco. When you think of the 70’s, you think of songs like Sweet Home Alabama, Midnight Rider or Fly By Night. It’s called Classic Rock. Disco Sucks

    • TJ Wash
      TJ Wash 11 дней назад

      Nitro Speed disco may suck to you, but it definitely defined the 70’s every bit as much as classic rock.

  • Lily Yarmo
    Lily Yarmo Месяц назад

    I’m sorry but we will rock u and bohemian rhapsody should be number 1

  • fin.
    fin. Месяц назад

    8:58 that transition is so smooth 😍

  • Fiddler On The Roof
    Fiddler On The Roof Месяц назад +1

    Personally, I feel that there was *so* *much* *more* to 70s music than disco, and that while notable, it was a far cry from being what "defined" the decade musically.

  • Gail Batty
    Gail Batty Месяц назад

    Also, David Bowie wasn't that big. But how is there no Black Sabbath or Kiss on this list.

  • Gail Batty
    Gail Batty Месяц назад

    The Sex Pistols? No one listened to them.

  • Melkor
    Melkor Месяц назад +1

    i was 14 in 72, this list is BS.

  • zziicckk01
    zziicckk01 Месяц назад +1

    Sorry WatchMojo, below is the definitive list of the top 10 songs of the 70s:
    1. Bohemian Rhapsody
    2. Don't Stop Me Now
    3. We are the Champions
    4. Somebody to Love
    5. We Will Rock You
    6. Killer Queen
    7. You're My Best Friend
    8. Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
    9. Seven Seas of Rhye
    10. March of the Black Queen
    'nuff said. Honorable mention to: Keep Yourself Alive, Love of My Life, Now I'm Here

    • 3Vimages
      3Vimages 18 дней назад

      I prefer Queen

  • sam smith
    sam smith Месяц назад

    How about a show about the top ten skilled actors you probably never heard of with a list of credits.

  • J Weider
    J Weider Месяц назад +2

    How do you figure that "Go Your Own Way" was not an immediate hit? Myself and practically everybody else on the planet owned a copy of "Rumours" back in 77!

  • Malin Wade
    Malin Wade Месяц назад

    Hello Black Sabbath anywhere? They should be up the top of this list with Queen and Led Zeppelin, but they aren't even mentioned I this whole video! Also what the actual fuck are the bees gees doing on here, this video was a total shit show

  • Ned D.
    Ned D. Месяц назад +3

    In what world is Staying Alive more influential than Stairway To Heaven?

  • Dirty Wash
    Dirty Wash Месяц назад

    Glad queen isn't up at number 1

  • georgeharrisonlover4300
    georgeharrisonlover4300 Месяц назад

    I thought "Waterloo" was ABBA's signature song, but I don't completely disagree with WatchMojo on "Dancing Queen".

  • Nicholas Kaestner
    Nicholas Kaestner Месяц назад

    10. brick house
    09. one way or another
    08. life on mars
    07. come and get your love
    06. getting right back to ware we started from
    05. i will survive
    04. hooked on a fealing
    03. staying alive
    02. bohimeon rhapsody
    01. spirit in the sky

  • Nicholas Kaestner
    Nicholas Kaestner Месяц назад +1

    my top 10 songs of the 70,s

  • Ashwini Rabidas
    Ashwini Rabidas Месяц назад +1

    In my opinion The chain was better than Go on your own way.

  • Goldman
    Goldman Месяц назад +2

    Stair way to heaven should be #1

  • DragonSlayer5279
    DragonSlayer5279 Месяц назад +1

    1: Stairway To Heaven
    2: Bohemian Rhapsody
    3: Free Bird
    (Personally I'd switch 2 and 3 but 3 wasn't as successful as 2)
    4: Paranoid
    5: Comfortably Numb
    6: Hotel California
    7: Piano Man
    8: Stayin' Alive
    9-10: Idfk man

  • the artist guy
    the artist guy Месяц назад +1

    Jerks bohemian rhapsody is the best

  • Samantha Lapham
    Samantha Lapham Месяц назад +1

    I love the strength and pure passion that comes from Freddie’s voice and I’m glad that it is in front of Imagine because it has so much more power and heart put into it and pure vocals

  • Izet Yusein
    Izet Yusein 2 месяца назад +1

    Really? You guys think that Staying Alive is better than Stairway to Heaven? I can give you some many reasons why Stairway to Heaven is better than Staying Alive.

  • RickTBL
    RickTBL 2 месяца назад +1

    Stairway to Heaven at number 2? This list could only have been made by someone who was not around at the time.

  • Gabriel Valete
    Gabriel Valete 2 месяца назад

    No Smoke on the water or Hotel California

  • bluepeng889
    bluepeng889 2 месяца назад

    No band on the run or let it be? This list sucks

  • Bilbo Baggins
    Bilbo Baggins 2 месяца назад +1

    Hotel California is an Honorable Mention? WTF!?

  • olivia slusser
    olivia slusser 2 месяца назад +1

    Some of the best ones were in the honorable mentions lol

  • Rob Johnson
    Rob Johnson 2 месяца назад +1

    Using the live version of “Stairway” was a huge, but HUGE mistake! These guys found studio perfection, but live, it sounds so thin.

  • Henrik Ræder Clausen
    Henrik Ræder Clausen 2 месяца назад +1

    I wanted "Heroes" up there as #1...

  • Laura Blair
    Laura Blair 2 месяца назад

    Where is Blondie's Rapture?

  • Queens 4 Life
    Queens 4 Life 2 месяца назад +2

    WHY is Bohemian Rhapsody NOT number 1??!!!?!??

  • Michael Rappaport
    Michael Rappaport 2 месяца назад +1

    Good Lord. How can you not have "Born to Run" at least somewhere in the top 10?

  • Lulu Paige
    Lulu Paige 2 месяца назад

    bohemian rhapsody should have been #1

  • Smiling Bob
    Smiling Bob 2 месяца назад +1

    No Temptations? Papa Was a Rolling Stone

  • Anthony
    Anthony 2 месяца назад

    The 70s was the best decade to be born in 😎

  • Turtle Man
    Turtle Man 2 месяца назад

    Wow Watchmojo, not including Born To Run, Layla, Heroes, London Calling fuck yall

  • QueenBoi70
    QueenBoi70 2 месяца назад

    If you realize every video where Queen is on the list they either say the same 2 things and videos

  • SoonerDaveOKC
    SoonerDaveOKC 2 месяца назад +1

    Not very honorable putting Freebird as just an honorable mention. But "dancing queen" as Top 10 is just STUPID

  • TJ4
    TJ4 2 месяца назад +2

    Sweet child o’ mine????

    • TJ Wash
      TJ Wash 11 дней назад

      TJ4 wrong decade by several years

    • David Butler
      David Butler Месяц назад


  • Ginga Ninja
    Ginga Ninja 2 месяца назад

    How TF is Another Brick In The Wall At #9! It should easily at least be in the top 5. Smh

  • Nature and Craft
    Nature and Craft 2 месяца назад

    Great video, all these songs are incredibly well known, and the order of songs is very debatable but you chose well!

  • Blaine Volesky
    Blaine Volesky 2 месяца назад +1

    No Baba O'Riley, or Hotel California, or Stairway to heaven. What a shame these people don't know about music

  • Lu Blanco
    Lu Blanco 2 месяца назад +3

    The 70s were the best decade of music. You ruined putting a disco song. Disco, is more for the 80s.And, you forgot,Band on the Run, All Things Must Pass, Layla, Wild Horses , etc

    • TJ Wash
      TJ Wash 11 дней назад

      Lu Blanco disco disappeared in the 80’s, it was much more solid in the 70’s

  • JeanFleetwood
    JeanFleetwood 2 месяца назад +1


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    JeanFleetwood 2 месяца назад +1


  • Glenn Weeks
    Glenn Weeks 3 месяца назад

    It's hard to just pick 10...there were so many great songs.