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Songs of the Year: 1974

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Glam slam thank you ma’am! The year is 1974 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.

1974 brought smooth jazz (Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell) and the histrionics of Queen (Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack) as well as the rich California sound (Jackson Browne, Eagles) to the forefront. Big releases from Genesis, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mott the Hoople, Aeromsith, King Crimson, John Lennon, Deep Purple Mark III, Neil Young, ELO, Traffic, Yes, ABBA, Randy Newman, Rufus, Supertramp and many more.

In 1974 the three Listographers are bringing deep cuts to the table. The deepest we’ve seen so far. You might not even have heard them before. So the vote could really go any way. Make sure you LISTEN to the songs first before voting or you’ll miss out!

Standings So Far

In a rather stunning turn of events, Joe and Kramzer teamed up with Elton John’s Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding to take down the seemingly unstoppable Paul McCartney and Band on the Run as chosen by Jason. This gives Kramzer his first win since God Only Knows and pulls Joe within a point and a half of Jason.

Jason: 8.5
Joe: 7
Kramzer: 4.5

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Which Was the Best Song of 1974?

  • No Other - Gene Clark (43%, 67 Votes)
  • Willin' - Linda Ronstadt (30%, 47 Votes)
  • Fountain of Sorrow - Jackson Browne (27%, 42 Votes)

Total Voters: 156

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The Music Critic

Believe it or not, I knew Fountain of Sorrow before reading this one.

Dan O

My favorite songs of 1974:
Rank Title-Artist

1. YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET – BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE
2. RADAR LOVE – GOLDEN EARRING
3. WATERLOO – ABBA
4. TAKIN’ CARE OF BUSINESS – BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE
5. JET – PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS
6. DORAVILLE – ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION
7. DO IT (‘TIL YOU’RE SATISFIED) – B.T. EXPRESS
8. BENNIE AND THE JETS – ELTON JOHN
9. LET IT RIDE – BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE
10. IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N ROLL (BUT I LIKE IT) – ROLLING STONES
11. LA GRANGE – ZZ TOP
12. CALL ON ME – CHICAGO
13. WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN – THREE DEGREES
14. SWEET HOME ALABAMA – LYNYRD SKYNYRD
15. EVERLASTING LOVE – CARL CARLTON
16. THE BITCH IS BACK – ELTON JOHN
17. FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY – O’JAYS
18. BAND ON THE RUN – PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS
19. STAR – STEALERS WHEEL
20. HELP ME – JONI MITCHELL
21. HOLLYWOOD SWINGING – KOOL & THE GANG
22. DOO DOO DOO DOO DOO (HEARTBREAKER) – ROLLING STONES
23. ROCK AND ROLL, HOOCHIE KOO – RICK DERRINGER
24. LIVING FOR THE CITY – STEVIE WONDER
25. CAT’S IN THE CRADLE – HARRY CHAPIN
26. WHATEVER GETS YOU THRU THE NIGHT – JOHN LENNON WITH ELTON JOHN
27. (I’VE BEEN) SEARCHING SO LONG – CHICAGO
28. LOCO-MOTION – GRAND FUNK
29. JAZZMAN – CAROLE KING
30. THE JOKER – STEVE MILLER BAND
31. TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD – RUFUS
32. CAN’T GET ENOUGH – BAD COMPANY
33. I’VE GOT THE MUSIC IN ME – KIKI DEE BAND
34. SUNDOWN – GORDON LIGHTFOOT
35. ROCK THE BOAT – HUES CORPORATION
36. WALK LIKE A MAN – GRAND FUNK
37. TIN MAN – AMERICA
38. ROCK YOUR BABY – GEORGE McCRAE
39. DON’T YOU WORRY ‘BOUT A THING – STEVIE WONDER
40. WISHING YOU WERE HERE – CHICAGO

Dan O

More of my favorite songs of 1974:
Rank-Title-Artist
41. RIKKI DON’T LOSE THAT NUMBER – STEELY DAN
42. KUNG FU FIGHTING – CARL DOUGLAS
43. YOU’RE SIXTEEN – RINGO STARR
44. THEN CAME YOU – DIONNE WARWICK & SPINNERS
45. SO YOU ARE A STAR – HUDSON BROTHERS
46. HELEN WHEELS – PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS
47. TELL HER SHE’S LOVELY – EL CHICANO
48. PLAY SOMETHING SWEET (BRICKYARD BLUES) – THREE DOG NIGHT
49. MIDNIGHT RIDER – GREGG ALLMAN
50. THE AIR THAT I BREATHE – HOLLIES
51. LONGFELLOW’S SERENADE – NEIL DIAMOND
52. I SHOT THE SHERIFF – ERIC CLAPTON
53. YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN’ – STEVIE WONDER
54. LIVING IN THE U.S.A. – STEVE MILLER BAND
55. NOBODY – DOOBIE BROTHERS
56. ALREADY GONE – EAGLES
57. REBEL REBEL – DAVID BOWIE
58. PEOPLE GOTTA MOVE – GINO VANNELLI
59. 1985 – PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS
60. SHININ’ ON – GRAND FUNK
61. T.S.O.P. (THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA) – MFSB
62. ANGIE BABY – HELEN REDDY
63. AIN’T TOO PROUD TO BEG – ROLLING STONES
64. NOTHING FROM NOTHING – BILLY PRESTON
65. READY FOR LOVE – BAD COMPANY
66. FREE MAN IN PARIS – JONI MITCHELL
67. DANCING MACHINE – JACKSON FIVE
68. FEEL LIKE MAKIN’ LOVE – ROBERTA FLACK
69. YOU GOT THE LOVE – RUFUS FEATURING CHAKA KHAN
70. I CAN HELP – BILLY SWAN
71. POST CARD – THE WHO
72. STRAIGHT SHOOTIN’ WOMAN – STEPPENWOLF
73. HAVEN’T GOT TIME FOR THE PAIN – CARLY SIMON
74. UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) – ARETHA FRANKLIN
75. HYPNOTIZED – FLEETWOOD MAC
76. BAD COMPANY – BAD COMPANY
77. YOU MAKE ME FEEL BRAND NEW – STYLISTICS
78. CAREFREE HIGHWAY – GORDON LIGHTFOOT
79. HANG ON IN THERE BABY – JOHNNY BRISTOL
80. THANKS FOR SAVING MY LIFE – BILLY PAUL
81. YOU LITTLE TRUSTMAKER – TYMES
82. STAR BABY – GUESS WHO
83. DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME – ELTON JOHN
84. ME AND BABY BROTHER – WAR
85. ENERGY CRISIS ’74 – DICKIE GOODMAN
86. ROCK STEADY – BAD COMPANY
87. SHA-LA-LA (MAKES ME HAPPY) – AL GREEN
88. 1984 – DAVID BOWIE
89. SHOW AND TELL – AL WILSON
90. EARACHE MY EYE – CHEECH AND CHONG
91. JUST DON’T WANT TO BE LONELY – MAIN INGREDIENT
92. THE REAL ME – THE WHO
93. BILLY, DON’T BE A HERO – BO DONALDSON & THE HEYWOODS
94. SMOKIN’ IN THE BOYS ROOM – BROWNSVILLE STATION
95. BEACH BABY – FIRST CLASS
96. HOOKED ON A FEELING – BLUE SWEDE
97. ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN – RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS
98. DY’ER MAKER – LED ZEPPELIN
99. YOU WON’T SEE ME – ANNE MURRAY
100. LOVE’S THEME – LOVE UNLIMITED ORCHESTRA

Dan O

More of my favorite songs of 1974:
Rank-Title-Artist
101. I’M A TRAIN – ALBERT HAMMOND
102. I’VE GOT TO USE MY IMAGINATION – GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS
103. JESSICA – ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
104. OH VERY YOUNG – CAT STEVENS
105. LIFE IS A ROCK (BUT THE RADIO ROLLED ME) – REUNION
106. RING RING – ABBA
107. ROCK ON – DAVID ESSEX
108. CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF YOUR LOVE, BABE – BARRY WHITE
109. SKIN TIGHT – OHIO PLAYERS
110. TRAVELIN’ SHOES – ELVIN BISHOP
111. DAYBREAK – NILSSON
112. COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – REDBONE
113. MEADOWS – JOE WALSH
114. SEASONS IN THE SUN – TERRY JACKS
115. SURE AS I’M SITTIN’ HERE – THREE DOG NIGHT
116. COME MONDAY – JIMMY BUFFETT
117. BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU GOT – WILLIAM DEVAUGHN
118. SHOWDOWN – ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
119. STEP OUTSIDE – FOGHAT
120. SPIDERS AND SNAKES – JIM STAFFORD
121. RIVER’S RISIN’ – EDGAR WINTER GROUP
122. THIS HEART – GENE REDDING
123. BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME – GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS
124. A DREAM GOES ON FOREVER – TODD RUNDGREN
125. WORKIN’ AT THE CARWASH BLUES – JIM CROCE
126. LIVE IT UP – ISLEY BROTHERS
127. SISTER MARY ELEPHANT – CHEECH & CHONG
128. LOOKIN’ FOR A LOVE – BOBBY WOMACK
129. DAYBREAKER – ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
130. PIANO MAN – BILLY JOEL
131. ONE HELL OF A WOMAN – MAC DAVIS
132. KEEP YOUR HEAD TO THE SKY – EARTH, WIND & FIRE
133. PLEASE COME TO BOSTON – DAVE LOGGINS
134. ROCK ME GENTLY – ANDY KIM
135. DANCE WITH THE DEVIL – COZY POWELL
136. I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN – ANN PEEBLES
137. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE – BO DONALDSON & THE HEYWOODS
138. SHOW MUST GO ON – THREE DOG NIGHT
139. MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS – MARIA MULDAUR
140. EASY STREET – EDGAR WINTER GROUP
141. I’M LEAVING IT ALL UP TO YOU – DONNY & MARIE OSMOND
142. SIDESHOW – BLUE MAGIC
143. OH MY MY – RINGO STARR
144. A NEW ROCK & ROLL – MAHOGANY RUSH
145. YOU’RE SO UNIQUE – BILLY PRESTON
146. MOCKINGBIRD – CARLY SIMON & JAMES TAYLOR
147. ROCKIN’ SOUL – HUES CORPORATION
148. ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT – CAT STEVENS
149. (YOU’RE) HAVING MY BABY – PAUL ANKA WITH ODIA COATES
150. HEARTBREAK KID – BO DONALDSON & THE HEYWOODS
151. MY MISTAKE (WAS TO LOVE YOU) – DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES
152. DO IT BABY – MIRACLES
153. MR. PRESIDENT – DICKIE GOODMAN
154. I’LL HAVE TO SAY I LOVE YOU IN A SONG – JIM CROCE
155. IF YOU LOVE ME LET ME KNOW – OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN
156. US AND THEM – PINK FLOYD
157. COUNTRY SIDE OF LIFE – WET WILLIE
158. DARK LADY – CHER
159. MACHINE GUN – COMMODORES
160. HONEY HONEY – ABBA
161. IF YOU WANNA GET TO HEAVEN – OZARK MOUNTAIN DAREDEVILS
162. TEENAGE LOVE AFFAIR – RICK DERRINGER
163. LAST TIME I SAW HIM – DIANA ROSS
164. BOOGIE DOWN – EDDIE KENDRICKS
165. FUNKY PRESIDENT – JAMES BROWN
166. KINGS OF THE PARTY – BROWNSVILLE STATION
167. HARLEM – 5TH DIMENSION
168. STOP & SMELL THE ROSES – MAC DAVIS
169. FALLIN’ IN LOVE – SOUTHER, HILLMAN, FURAY BAND
170. OVERNIGHT SENSATION (HIT RECORD) – RASPBERRIES
171. KEEP ON SMILIN’ – WET WILLIE
172. FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND – ELTON JOHN
173. JIM DANDY – BLACK OAK ARKANSAS
174. HONEY HONEY – SWEET DREAMS
175. THE STREAK – RAY STEVENS
176. ASK ME – ECSTASY, PASSION & PAIN
177. CLAP FOR THE WOLFMAN – GUESS WHO
178. LA LA PEACE SONG – AL WILSON
179. WATCH OUT – ABBA
180. I FEEL A SONG (IN MY HEART) – GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS
181. WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE – ERIC CLAPTON
182. MIGHTY LOVE – SPINNERS
183. LET YOUR HAIR DOWN – TEMPTATIONS
184. WHATEVER YOU GOT, I WANT – JACKSON FIVE
185. HANGIN’ AROUND – EDGAR WINTER GROUP
186. ALL SHOOK UP – SUZI QUATRO
187. RAISED ON ROBBERY – JONI MITCHELL
188. SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDERS – JOHN DENVER
189. BALLERO – WAR
190. MUST BE LOVE – JAMES GANG
191. GET THAT GASOLINE BLUES – NRBQ
192. JAMES DEAN – EAGLES
193. JUNGLE BOOGIE – KOOL & THE GANG
194. SON OF SAGITTARIUS – EDDIE KENDRICKS
195. THE ENTERTAINER – MARVIN HAMLISH
196. I HONESTLY LOVE YOU – OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN
197. TRAVELIN’ PRAYER – BILLY JOEL
198. I’M COMING HOME – SPINNERS
199. MIDNIGHT FLOWER – FOUR TOPS
200. YOUR CASH AIN’T NOTHING BUT TRASH – STEVE MILLER BAND

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