Our Top 10 Singles from the 70s!
The decade of change, the 70s also saw disco rise in popularity, becoming one of the most popular genres of the decade. Rolling over from the 60s, funk, jazz and soul remained popular, and punk rock began to thrive in the latter part of the decade, and glam rock, hard rock, and other subgenres began to emerge. At Seacroft Holiday Village, many of our breaks feature some fantastic acts that pay homage to the songs and artists of the disco decade – and if you’re lucky, you might see the real thing! Here we list our top 10 singles from the 70s!
Mungo Jerry – In the Summertime
Arguably their most popular song, Mungo Jerry’s successful and easily recognisable hit “In the Summertime” is one of 3 hits that band had in the 70s, making its way onto this list of top 10 singles from the 70s, including “Baby Jump” and “Alright, Alright, Alright”. The band has performed since, with a changing line up but always fronted by the easily-recognisable Ray Dorset, who is now 68 years of age.
T.Rex – Hot Love
One of four number one hits, “Hot Love” was the band’s first number one UK single, holding onto the spot for 6 weeks in the Spring of 1971 and earning its spot on our top 10 singles from the 70s. T.Rex were one of the forerunners of Glam rock, until the lead singer’s untimely death in 1977 in a car accident.
Donny Osmond – Puppy Love
Rising to fame with his four older brothers as the group ‘The Osmonds’, Donny Osmond launched his solo career in the early 70s, and his subsequent hit ‘Puppy Love’, a cover of the Paul Anka hit from 1960, and became one of Donny Osmond’s most recognised songs. The singer also gained popularity whilst starring with his younger sister in ‘Donny & Marie’ for a few years.
Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody
A classic Christmas tune still enjoyed today, this Slade classic was number 1 for Christmas in 1973. Written by lead guitarist Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea, Merry Xmas Everybody was the band’s final number-one single in the UK, having had 5 previously, and is arguably their most well-known song and their best-selling. Notably, the song has entered the charts as recently as 2017, charting at number 30 in January 2017.
Mud – Tiger Feet
Another glam rock band, Mud formed in the 60s. Mud are remembered for hits such as “Tiger Feet”, the UK’s best-selling single of 1974, and their Christmas hit “Lonely This Christmas”. Still performing today as Mud II, but lacking any of the original members from Mud. The new band does feature members from Les Gray’s Mud, which was fronted by lead singer Les Gray from the original line-up until his death in 2004.
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
For well-known rock band Queen formed in the 1970s, Bohemian Rhapsody was their first number one single in the UK, and stayed there for the long stretch of 9 weeks in 1975, making it one of our top 10 singles from the 70s! Despite their popularity in the modern day, Queen’s next number one wouldn’t be until 1981 alongside glam-rock icon David Bowie with ‘Under Pressure’, and the band had just three number one singles before Freddie Mercury’s death in 1991.
ABBA – Dancing Queen
ABBA were very popular throughout the 70s with a string of number 1s up until 1980. Their biggest hit of the decade was “Dancing Queen”, sitting at the number one spot for 6 weeks. With other number ones such as “Waterloo”, which won the 1974 Eurovision song contest in Brighton, helped ABBA to become firm favourites in the UK, having a succession of UK number ones after.
Wings – Mull of Kintyre/Girls’ School
Wings, formed by former Beatle Paul McCartney and his wife Linda McCartney, had their one and only number 1 hit in 1977 with “Mull of Kintyre” which, at the time, was the best-selling UK single in history. Despite various line-up changes, the band eventually broke up in 1981.
John Travolta & Olivia Newton John – You’re the One That I Want
From the famous 1978 musical film, “Grease”, “You’re the One that I Want”, performed by the film’s lead actors John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, reached the number one spot in the year of the film’s release and held onto it for 9 weeks. The song was purposefully written for the film, having not been in the original stage play.
Art Garfunkel – Bright Eyes
Known for his partnership with Paul Simon as one half of the popular 60s folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel who were well known for their songs such as “Bridge over Troubled Water”, Art Garfunkel practised as a solo artist after 1970. Occasionally playing with Paul Simon, with their last performance in 2010, “Bright Eyes” was one of two UK number ones Garfunkel enjoyed as a solo artist.
So there you have it, our top 10 singles of the 70s! There’s many more – too many to fit into one article! Click here to go to our top singles of the 60s! Top singles of the 80s coming soon!