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Top 100 Songs of 1970

Below is a list from Billboard magazine’s Top ear-End Hot 100 songs for 1970. Chart © by Billboard, a part of MRC Media and Info, a division of MRC. All Rights Reserved. Learn more about Billboard here.

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Top 100 Songs of 1970

Top 100 Songs of 1970

1
War – Edwin Starr

2
American Woman / No Sugar Tonight – The Guess Who

3
Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel

4
(They Long to Be) Close to You – The Carpenters

5
Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head – B.J. Thomas

6
I’ll Be There – The Jackson 5

7
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross

8
Get Ready – Rare Earth

9
Band of Gold – Freda Payne

10
Let It Be – The Beatles

11
Everything Is Beautiful – Ray Stevens

12
Mama Told Me (Not to Come) – Three Dog Night

13
Make It With You – Bread

14
Hitchin’ A Ride – Vanity Fair

15
The Love You Save / I Found That Girl – The Jackson 5

16
Cracklin’ Rosie – Neil Diamond

17
Candida – Dawn

18
Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) / Everybody Is a Star – Sly and The Family Stone

19
Lay Down (Candles In the Rain) – Melanie and The Edwin Hawkins Singers

20
Spirit In the Sky – Norman Greenbaum

21
Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today) – The Temptations

22
All Right Now – Free

23
Julie, Do Ya Love Me – Bobby Sherman

24
I Want You Back – The Jackson 5

25
Green-Eyed Lady – Sugarloaf

26
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder

27
Ride Captain Ride – Blues Image

28
Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) – John Lennon/Yoko Ono

29
Lookin’ Out My Back Door / Long As I Can See the Light – Creedence Clearwater Revival

30
Rainy Night In Georgia – Brook Benton

31
Something’s Burning – Kenny Rogers and The First Edition

32
Give Me Just a Little More Time – The Chairmen Of The Board

33
Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) – Edison Lighthouse

34
The Long and Winding Road / For You Blue – The Beatles

35
Reflections of My Life – Marmalade

36
He Ain’t Heavy… He’s My Brother – The Hollies

37
Tighter, Tighter – Alive N Kicking

38
Come and Get It – Badfinger

39
Cecilia – Simon and Garfunkel

40
Love Land – Charles Wright and The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

More 60 Top Songs of 1970

    1. Abc – The Jackson 5
    2. Which Way You Goin’ Billy? – The Poppy Family
    3. Spill the Wine – Eric Burdon and War
    4. O-O-H Child – The Five Stairsteps
    5. Love On a Two Way Street – The Moments
    6. Venus – Shocking Blue
    7. Patches – Clarence Carter
    8. Snowbird – Anne Murray
    9. Hey There Lonely Girl – Eddie Holman
    10. The Rapper – The Jaggerz
    11.  Turn Back the Hands of Time – Tyrone Davis
    12.  Lola – The Kinks
    13.  In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry
    14.  Indiana Wants Me – R. Dean Taylor
    15.  (I Know) I’m Losing You – Rare Earth
    16.  Easy Come, Easy Go – Bobby Sherman
    17.  Express Yourself – Charles Wright and The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
    18.  Still Water (Love) – The Four Tops
    19.  Make Me Smile – Chicago
    20. House Of The Rising Sun, Frijid Pink
    21.  25 or 6 to 4 – Chicago
    22.  My Baby Loves Lovin’ – White Plains
    23.  Love or Let Me Be Lonely – Friends Of Distinction
    24.  United We Stand – The Brotherhood Of Man
    25.  We’ve Only Just Begun – The Carpenters
    26.  Arizona – Mark Lindsay
    27.  Fire and Rain – James Taylor
    28.  Groovy Situation – Gene Chandler
    29.  Evil Ways – Santana
    30.  No Time – The Guess Who
    31.  Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) – The Delfonics
    32.  The Wonder of You / Mama Liked the Roses – Elvis Presley
    33.  Up Around the Bend / Run Through the Jungle – Creedence Clearwater Revival
    34.  If You Let Me Make Love to You (Then Why Can’t I Touch You) – Ronnie Dyson
    35.  I Just Can’t Help Believing – B.J. Thomas
    36.  It’s a Shame – The Spinners
    37.  For The Love Of Him – Bobbi Martin
    38.  Mississippi Queen – Mountain
    39.  I Want to Take You Higher – Ike and Tina Turner
    40.  The Letter – Joe Cocker
    41.  Ma Belle Amie, The Tee Set
    42.  The Bells – Originals
    43.  Yellow River – Christie
    44.  Somebody’s Been Sleeping In My Bed – 100 Proof and Aged In Soul
    45.  Vehicle – The Ides Of March
    46.  Gimme Dat Ding – The Pipkins
    47.  Lay a Little Lovin’ On Me – Robin Mcnamara
    48.  Up the Ladder to the Roof – The Supremes
    49.  Travelin’ Band / Who’ll Stop the Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival
    50. Come Saturday Morning – The Sandpipers
    51.  Psychedelic Shack – The Temptations
    52.  Without Love – Tom Jones
    53.  Are You Ready? – Pacific Gas and Electric
    54.  Woodstock – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
    55.  I’ll Never Fall In Love Again – Dionne Warwick
    56.  Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma – The New Seekers
    57.  Walk a Mile In My Shoes – Joe South
    58.  The Thrill Is Gone – B.B. King
    59.  It’s Only Make Believe – Glen Campbell
    60.  Call Me – Aretha Franklin

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Top 100 Songs of 1970 – Final Thoughts

The year 1970 was a transformative period in music, reflecting the cultural shifts of the time. The top songs of the year captured the essence of the era with their diverse genres and profound lyrics. From the iconic “Let It Be” by The Beatles to the soulful “Rainy Night in Georgia” by Brook Benton, and the rock anthems like “American Woman” by The Guess Who, the music of 1970 showcased the evolving sounds of the decade.

Whether it was the folk-inspired melodies of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” or the rebellious spirit of “Revolution” by The Beatles, the top songs of 1970 remain timeless classics that continue to resonate with audiences today.

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