Top 200 ’70s Songs
Focusing on a decade in which classic rock came into its own, our list of Top 200 ’70s Songs spans the gamut of cornerstone bands.
Some, as you’ll see by clicking through the above gallery, were sadly on their way out. Luckily, former members of the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel began crafting solo gems for the ages. The stalwart Rolling Stones, meanwhile, showed they weren’t going anywhere – fighting through addiction only to emerge right in the middle of the disco zeitgeist.
Bands like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Santana – all of whom began to pick up steam toward the end of the ’60s – could be found building the framework of their lasting legend in this new decade. But it wasn’t all familiar figures from classic rock’s initial era, either.
Next-gen keepers of the flame like Aerosmith, Kiss, Steely Dan and Tom Petty expanded the music’s reach in their own unique ways. Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band established a new Southern aesthetic, even as the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac came to symbolize the West Coast’s promise – and its risks. Then an exciting new edge creeped into the music toward the end of the decade, personified by the likes of the Clash, the Police, the Ramones and the Sex Pistols.
But which of their worthy tracks made our list? Check out the above gallery as we count down the Top 200 ’70s Songs, presented in alphabetical order.
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