Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
American Woman - Guess Who
Get Ready - Rare Earth
Band of Gold - Freda Payne
Raindrops Keep Fallin‘ On My Head - BJ Thomas
ABC - The Jackson 5
Let It Be - The Beatles
Close To You - The Carpenters
Mama Told Me Not To Come - Three Dog Night
War - Edwin Starr
Through the years, the song that wins the Song of the Year is rarely included in the Top 10, and 1970 was no different. Bridge Over Trouble Water by Simon and Garfunkel won the honor that year, and it was the #1 single of the year.
As the 1970s were just beginning, two legendary lives tragically ended; Janis Joplin died on October 4 at the age of 27 and Jimi Hendrix dies on September 18, at the age of 37.
Joy to the World - Three Dog Night
Maggie May - Rod Stewart
One Bad Apple - The Osmonds
Family Affair - Sly And The Family Stone
Knock Three Times - Tony Orlando & Dawn
Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves - Cher
Indian Reservation - Paul Revere and The Raiders
Treat Her Like A Lady - Cornelius Brothers And Sister Rose
Black Magic Woman - Santana
Draggin’ the Line - Tommy James
You've Got a Friend by James Taylor won Song of the Year
1971's top grossing movie of the year was Billy Jack, its soundtrack brought us songs such as Johnnie and Look, Look to the Mountain by Teresa Kelly, When Will Billy Love Me and A Rainbow Made of Children by Lynn Baker and The Ring Song by Katy Moffatt.
Future 1970s legends The Eagles and Queen got together in 1971.
Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan
I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
Black And White - Three Dog Night
Brandy - Looking Glass
My Ding-A-Ling - Chuck Berry
A Horse With No Name - America
Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress) - Hollies
(Papa Was A) Rolling Stone - The Temptations
Nights In White Satin - Moody Blues
Back Stabbers - The O'Jays
The Grammy Song Of The Year was The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack
The Godfather was the top grossing film of the year. Its soundtrack included songs such as I Have But One Heart sung by Al Martino and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas sung by the legendry Bing Crosby.
The 1950s musical Grease opened on Broadway in 1972 and the band KISS formed this year.
Crocodile Rock by Elton John
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce
Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight and the Pips
Brother Louie - The Stories
Frankenstein - The Edgar Winter Group
Will It Go Round in Circles - Billy Preston
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Let’s Get It On - Marvin Gaye
Ramblin’ Man - The Allman Brothers
Love Train - The O’Jays
The cult classic film The Exorcist was the top-grossing movie with the suspenseful background music, it also included Ramblin’ Man by the Allman Brothers.
It was also the year Bruce Springsteen debuted.
Bennie and The Jets - Elton John
The Loco-Motion - Grand Funk Railroad
Nothing from Nothing - Billy Preston
Come and Get Your Love - Redbone
I Can Help - Billy Swan
Dancing Machine - The Jackson 5
The Joker - The Steve Miller Band
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Boogie Down - Eddie Kendricks
Rock On -David Essex
The Way We Were by Barbara Streisand won Song of the
Blazing Saddles was the top grossing film of 1974, and gave us the theme song Blazing Saddles by Frankie Lane, and the soundtrack included a few Mel Brooks numbers such as I'm Tired, The French Mistake and The Ballad of Rock Ridge.
The biggest music event of the year was the start of the American Music Awards with Dick Clark in February.
Sister Golden Hair- America
Island Girl - Elton John
Love Will Keep Us Together - The Captain & Tennille
When Will I Be Loved - Linda Ronstadt
Fallin' In Love - Hamilton, Joe Frank And Reynolds
Bad Blood - Neil Sedaka
Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John
Sky High- Jigsaw
Jackie Blue - Ozark Mountain Daredevils
Get Down Tonight - KC and The Sunshine Band
Send in the Clowns by Stephen Sondheim from the musical
Little Night Music won the honor of Song of the Year.
The movie Jaws caused beachgoer panic all over the world. The soundtrack introduced us to one of the most well known, hair-raising theme songs known and a few ditties that are still sung by men in bars up to this day. Who can forget Robert Shaw's rendition of Spanish Ladies or him and his buddies, Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider, bonding over Show Me the Way to Go Home while getting drunk during the hunt for killer shark?
Linda Ronstadt, formerly of the Stone Poneys, released her first solo album, Heart Like a Wheel.
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John and Kiki Dee
Dream Weaver - Gary Wright
Love Machine (Part 1) - The Miracles
Let Your Love Flow - The Bellamy Brothers
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Saturday Night - Bay City Rollers
Fooled Around and Fell In Love - Elvin Bishop
I’d Really Love to See You Tonight - England Dan and John Ford Coley
All By Myself - Eric Carmen
Theme from SWAT - Rhythm Heritage
I Write the Songs by Barry Manilow won Song of the Year.
Rocky was the top-grossing movie and the theme music still pumps men up the world over. This movie also gave us such hits as Eye of the Tiger and Burning Heart by Survivor, No Easy Way Out by Robert Tepper and Hearts on Fire by John Cafferty. What American didn't love the inclusion of Living in America performed by James Brown?
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) created a new platinum award this year, due to the increased sales in music. This prestige goes to singles that sell more then 2 million copies and to albums that sell 1 million or more. The first single to receive the honor is Johnnie Taylor's Disco Lady and the first album to go platinum was The Eagles Greatest Hits 1971-1975.
Boogie Nights - Heatwave
Undercover Angel - Alan O’Day
Rich Girl - Hall And Oates
I’m In You - Peter Frampton
Don’t Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing - Leo Sayer
I’m Your Boogie Man - KC & The Sunshine Band
Got to Give It Up (Part 1) - Marvin Gaye
Couldn’t Get It Right - Climax Blues Band
Car Wash - Rose Royce
Two songs shared the honor of Song of the Year, Love Theme from a Star Is Born by Barbra Streisand and You Light Up My Life by Debby Boone, which was also the #1 in the year's Top 10 Singles.
The soundtrack from the top-grossing movie of the year, Star Wars, had unforgettbale space age background music.
For many people this was the saddest year of the 1970s, as "The King of Rock N' Roll", Elvis Presley, died on August 16.
We Are the Champions - Queen
Hot Child in the City - Nick Gilder
It’s a Heartache - Bonnie Tyler
Take a Chance on Me - Abba
Baby Come Back - Player
Reminiscing - Little River Band
Lay Down Sally - Eric Clapton
If I Can't Have You - Yvonne Elliman
Kiss You All Over - Exile
I Go Crazy - Paul Davis
Song of the Year in 1978 was "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel.
The top grossing movie of 1978 was Grease, featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John's duets of Summer Nights and You're the one That I Want, and John Travolta singing Greased Lightning and Olivia Newton-John's Hopelessly Devoted to You.
A movie soundtrack sold more than 10 million copies in the short time between it's December 1977 release and April 1978, making it the top-grossing album ever in music history. It was from the movie Saturday Night Fever starring John Travolta. The hits on this album included the Bee Gees' You Should Be Dancing, Jive Talkin, More Than a Woman, Night Fever, How Deep Is Your Love and the famous Stayin' Alive.
Heart of Glass - Blondie
My Sharona - The Knack
Just When I Needed You Most - Randy Van Warmer
Escape - Rupert Holmes
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
YMCA - The Village People
Sad Eyes - Robert John
Fire - The Pointer Sisters
Ring My Bell - Anita Ward
The Devil Went Down To Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
What a Fool Believes by the Doobie Brothers won Song of the Year.
The musical Evita opened on Broadway starring Patti Lupone as Argentinian dictator Juan Peron's wife Eva Peron.