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Songs of the Year: 1973

Another year absolutely chalk full of everlasting epic releases. Hell, I think Dark Side of the Moon is still charting!

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The seventies are just getting more seventiesier! The year is 1973 and we’re picking our favorite songs of the year.

It’s a simple concept. We pick five of our favorite songs that made the Billboard Top 100 (established in 1958) during any time that year. We also select five “wildcards” that can be any songs released as a single or on an album or EP that year. Finally, we also pick our “worst” song of the year, just for fun.

We started in 1958 and we’re going until we run out of years.

1973 brought about some massive albums from classic artists. You had Quadrophenia from The Who, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road from Elton John and Dark Side of the Moon from Pink Floyd. Oh and Houses of the Holy, Band on the Run, Innvervisions, Aladdin Sane, Billion Dollar Babies, Goats Head Soup, Red Rose Speedway, Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd), Let’s Get it On and on and on and on.

In any case, we cut our winners down to the usual five personal favorites and five billboard charting singles. Here’s what we came up with.

Standings So Far

The David Bowie penned All the Young Dudes, Jason’s pick, won the year in a tight race between I Believe (When I Fall in Love it Will Be Forever) by Stevie Wonder and Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison. Although the vote was close, in general, the commenters didn’t seem too thrilled about any of the picks. But this is not about them. It’s about us!

Jason: 8.5
Joe: 6
Kramzer: 3.5

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Which Was the Best Song of 1973?

  • Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding - Elton John (55%, 86 Votes)
  • Band on the Run - Wings (45%, 70 Votes)

Total Voters: 156

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Dan O

My favorite songs of 1973:
Rank Title-Artist

1. CHINA GROVE – DOOBIE BROTHERS
2. WE’RE AN AMERICAN BAND – GRAND FUNK
3. SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT FOR FIGHTING – ELTON JOHN
4. DO IT AGAIN – STEELY DAN
5. GET DOWN – GILBERT O’SULLIVAN
6. RAMBLIN’ MAN – ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
7. FRANKENSTEIN – EDGAR WINTER GROUP
8. HELLO IT’S ME – TODD RUNDGREN
9. WILL IT GO ‘ROUND IN CIRCLES – BILLY PRESTON
10. HIGHER GROUND – STEVIE WONDER
11. REELING IN THE YEARS – STEELY DAN
12. SUPERSTITION – STEVIE WONDER
13. SHAMBALA – THREE DOG NIGHT
14. GIVE ME LOVE (GIVE ME PEACE ON EARTH) – GEORGE HARRISON
15. THE OCEAN – LED ZEPPELIN
16. YOU’RE SO VAIN – CARLY SIMON
17. CLOSE TO THE EDGE (TOTAL MASS RETAIN) – YES
18. LOVE TRAIN – O’JAYS
19. KODACHROME – PAUL SIMON
20. ROCKY MOUNTAIN WAY – JOE WALSH
21. LIVE AND LET DIE – PAUL MCCARTNEY & WINGS
22. DIAMOND GIRL – SEALS & CROFTS
23. TIME – PINK FLOYD
24. GIVE IT TO ME – J. GEILS BAND
25. LET’S GET IT ON – MARVIN GAYE
26. LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ – DOOBIE BROTHERS
27. WHO’S THAT LADY – ISLEY BROTHERS
28. ONE MAN BAND (PLAYS ALL ALONE) – RONNIE DYSON
29. FREE RIDE – EDGAR WINTER GROUP
30. FEELING STRONGER EVERY DAY – CHICAGO
31. TROUBLE MAN – MARVIN GAYE
32. YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT – ROLLING STONES
33. ROCKIN’ PNEUMONIA – JOHNNY RIVERS
34. MONSTER MASH – BOBBY “BORIS” PICKETT
35. YESTERDAY ONCE MORE – CARPENTERS
36. SMOKE ON THE WATER – DEEP PURPLE
37. STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – STEELERS WHEEL
38. PHOTOGRAPH – RINGO STARR
39. LOVE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT – GRASS ROOTS
40. YOUR MAMA DON’T DANCE – LOGGINS & MESSINA

Dan O

More of my favorite songs of 1973:
Rank-Title-Artist
41. CLAIR – GILBERT O’SULLIVAN
42. COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE – SPINNERS
43. GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD – ELTON JOHN
44. DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT – KING HARVEST
45. MY MARIA – B.W. STEVENSON
46. WHAT A SHAME – FOGHAT
47. CROCODILE ROCK – ELTON JOHN
48. WILDFLOWER – SKYLARK
49. AIN’T NO WOMAN (LIKE THE ONE I’VE GOT) – FOUR TOPS
50. ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN – ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
51. I’M JUST A SINGER IN A ROCK N’ ROLL BAND – MOODY BLUES
52. MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA – GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS
53. THE RELAY – THE WHO
54. JESUS IS JUST ALRIGHT – DOOBIE BROTHERS
55. YOU TURN ME ON, I’M A RADIO – JONI MITCHELL
56. I WANNA BE WITH YOU – RASPBERRIES
57. I’M DOIN’ FINE NOW – NEW YORK CITY
58. MONEY – PINK FLOYD
59. DANIEL – ELTON JOHN
60. TONIGHT – RASPBERRIES
61. THE CISCO KID – WAR
62. LOVE REIGN O’ER ME – THE WHO
63. PIECES OF APRIL – THREE DOG NIGHT
64. DIRTY WORK – STEELY DAN
65. KEEPER OF THE CASTLE – FOUR TOPS
66. KILLING ME SOFTLY WITH HIS SONG – ROBERTA FLACK
67. HELLO HURRAY – ALICE COOPER
68. MESSAGE – CYMANDE
69. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL – CHARLIE RICH
70. OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY – LED ZEPPELIN
71. ANGIE – ROLLING STONES
72. TEQUILA SUNRISE – EAGLES
73. MY LOVE – PAUL MCCARTNEY & WINGS
74. YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE – STEVIE WONDER
75. NO MORE MR. NICE GUY – ALICE COOPER
76. HI HI HI – PAUL MCCARTNEY & WINGS
77. LET’S PRETEND – RASPBERRIES
78. LIVING IN THE PAST – JETHRO TULL
79. HOCUS POCUS – FOCUS
80. DRIFT AWAY – DOBIE GRAY
81. BAD, BAD LEROY BROWN – JIM CROCE
82. HUMMINGBIRD – SEALS & CROFTS
83. LITTLE WILLY – SWEET
84. ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH – JOHN DENVER
85. THE RIGHT THING TO DO – CARLY SIMON
86. TIME TO GET DOWN – O’JAYS
87. I GOT A NAME – JIM CROCE
88. ROCK N’ ROLL BABY – STYLISTICS
89. OUTLAW MAN – EAGLES
90. THE LOVE I LOST – HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES
91. JUST YOU ‘N’ ME – CHICAGO
92. YOU CAN DO MAGIC – LIMMIE AND FAMILY COOKIN’
93. OOH BABY – GILBERT O’SULLIVAN
94. LOVES ME LIKE A ROCK – PAUL SIMON
95. PRETTY LADY – LIGHTHOUSE
96. I’M A ROCKER – RASPBERRIES
97. MIND GAMES – JOHN LENNON
98. ARE YOU MAN ENOUGH – FOUR TOPS
99. CINDY INCIDENTALLY – FACES
100. WALK ON THE WILD SIDE – LOU REED

Dan O

More of my favorite songs of 1973:
Rank-Title-Artist
101. STIR IT UP – JOHNNY NASH
102. SOUL MAKOSSA – MANU DIBANGO
103. BILLION DOLLAR BABIES – ALICE COOPER
104. MASTERPIECE – TEMPTATIONS
105. KISSING MY LOVE – BILL WITHERS
106. YOU’RE A SPECIAL PART OF ME – DIANA ROSS & MARVIN GAYE
107. PEACEFUL EASY FEELING – EAGLES
108. WOMAN FROM TOKYO – DEEP PURPLE
109. COME GET TO THIS – MARVIN GAYE
110. YOU AND ME – MOODY BLUES
111. TOUCH ME IN THE MORNING – DIANA ROSS
112. WE MAY NEVER PASS THIS WAY (AGAIN) – SEALS & CROFTS
113. SLOW MOTION (PART 1) – JOHNNY WILLIAMS
114. D’YER MAKER – LED ZEPPELIN
115. KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR – BOB DYLAN
116. KEEP ON TRUCKIN’ – EDDIE KENDRICKS
117. BLUE COLLAR – BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE
118. STEP BY STEP – JOE SIMON
119. SITTING – CAT STEVENS
120. CALL ME (COME BACK HOME) – AL GREEN
121. ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA (2001) – DEODATO
122. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS – CHARLIE RICH
123. GOD GAVE ROCK & ROLL TO YOU – ARGENT
124. YOU’LL NEVER GET TO HEAVEN (IF YOU BREAK MY HEART) – STYLISTICS
125. NEITHER ONE OF US – GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS
126. PEACEFUL – HELEN REDDY
127. TO KNOW YOU, IS TO LOVE YOU – B.B. KING
128. NOBODY WANTS YOU WHEN YOU’RE DOWN AND OUT – BOBBY WOMACK
129. WEST COAST WOMAN – PAINTER
130. NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS – IKE & TINA TURNER
131. BROTHER LOUIE – STORIES
132. BIG CITY MISS RUTH ANN – GALLERY
133. BONGO ROCK – INCREDIBLE BONGO BAND
134. A VERY EXTRAORDINARY SORT OF GIRL – GILBERT O’SULLIVAN
135. RUBBER BULLETS – 10CC
136. MISDEMEANOR – FOSTER SYLVERS
137. BAD WEATHER – SUPREMES
138. WATERGRATE – DICKIE GOODMAN
139. SUPERFLY – CURTIS MAYFIELD
140. SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES – BLUE HAZE
141. MAGIC WOMAN TOUCH – HOLLIES
142. CORAZON – CAROLE KING
143. THE HURT – CAT STEVENS
144. SYLVIA – FOCUS
145. UNEASY RIDER – CHARLIE DANIELS
146. OH BABE, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY – HURRICANE SMITH
147. DON’T EXPECT ME TO BE YOUR FRIEND – LOBO
148. THE WORLD IS A GHETTO – WAR
149. I’LL ALWAYS LOVE MY MAMA – INTRUDERS
150. HALF BREED – CHER
151. ONE OF A KIND (LOVE AFFAIR) – SPINNERS
152. THE MORNING AFTER – MAUREEN MCGOVERN
153. SO VERY HARD TO GO – TOWER OF POWER
154. BEEN TO CANAAN – CAROLE KING
155. SHOW BIZ KIDS – STEELY DAN
156. GOIN’ HOME – OSMONDS
157. HARRY HIPPIE – BOBBY WOMACK & PEACE
158. LET THERE BE DRUMS – INCREDIBLE BONGO BAND
159. BELL BOTTOM BLUES – DEREK & THE DOMINOES
160. I BELIEVE IN YOU (YOU BELIEVE IN ME) – JOHNNIE TAYLOR
161. DON’T LET ME BE LONELY TONIGHT – JAMES TAYLOR
162. REELIN’ AND ROCKIN’ – CHUCK BERRY
163. GIVE ME YOUR LOVE – BARBARA MASON
164. (I DON’T WANT TO LOVE YOU BUT) YOU GOT ME ANYWAY – SUTHERLAND BROTHERS AND QUIVER
165. RHAPSODY IN BLUE – DEODATO
166. I’M NEVER GONNA BE ALONE ANYMORE – CORNELIUS BROTHERS & SISTER ROSE
167. HALLELUJAH DAY – JACKSON 5
168. RIGHT PLACE, WRONG TIME – DR. JOHN
169. WOMAN TO WOMAN – JOE COCKER
170. SWEET CHARLIE BABE – JACKIE MOORE
171. LET US LOVE – BILL WITHERS
172. IF YOU WANT ME TO STAY – SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
173. SWAMP WITCH – JIM STAFFORD
174. SOUL SONG – JOE STAMPLEY
175. LAST SONG – EDWARD BEAR
176. SPACE ODDITY – DAVID BOWIE
177. PLASTIC MAN – TEMPTATIONS
178. JAMBALA (ON THE BAYOU) – BLUE RIDGE RANGERS
179. GET IT TOGETHER – JACKSON 5
180. THERE’S NO ME WITHOUT YOU – MANHATTANS
181. MASTER OF EYES – ARETHA FRANKLIN
182. DAYTIME NIGHT-TIME – KEITH HAMPSHIRE
183. SING – CARPENTERS
184. ARMED AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS – FIRST CHOICE
185. I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER (IN TIME OF STORM) – LUTHER INGRAM
186. NATURAL HIGH – BLOODSTONE
187. BRAIN DAMAGE/ECLIPSE – PINK FLOYD
188. MAMA, WEER ALL CRAZEE NOW – SLADE
189. LET ME SERENADE YOU – THREE DOG NIGHT
190. JIMMY LOVES MARY ANNE – LOOKING GLASS
191. THINKING OF YOU – LOGGINS & MESSINA
192. BOOGIE WOOGIE BUGLE BOY – BETTE MIDLER
193. HERE I AM (COME AND TAKE ME) – AL GREEN
194. FREE ELECTRIC BAND – ALBERT HAMMOND
195. BREAK UP TO MAKE UP – STYLISTICS
196. ALL I KNOW – GARFUNKEL
197. CUM ON FEEL THE NOIZE – SLADE
198. GOOD MORNING HEARTACHE – DIANA ROSS
199. DREIDEL – DON MCLEAN
200. DELTA DAWN – HELEN REDDY

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