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100 Greatest Songs From 1970

Criteria: Songs listed are from Rock 'n' Roll and related sub-genres. Rankings are based on initial and lasting popularity and on acclaim received from critics and musicians.
Edited By:
Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release).
Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.
No.
Song
Artist

Layla single cover
Bridge Over Troubled Water single cover
Your Song single cover
Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine single cover
Lola single cover
Who'll Stop the Rain single cover
Paranoid single cover
All Right Now single cover
My Sweet Lord single cover
War - Edwin Starr single cover
American Woman single cover
1
Layla
Derek And The Dominos
2
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon and Garfunkel
3
Let It Be
Beatles
4
Your Song
Elton John
5
Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine
James Brown
6
Lola
Kinks
7
Who'll Stop The Rain
Creedence Clearwater Revival
8
Fire And Rain
James Taylor
9
Paranoid
Black Sabbath
10
All Right Now
Free
11
Black Magic Woman
Santana
12
Have You Ever Seen the Rain
Creedence Clearwater Revival
13
My Sweet Lord
George Harrison
14
War
Edwin Starr
15
Maybe I'm Amazed
Paul McCartney
16
I'll Be There
Jackson 5
17
Oye Como Va
Santana
18
The Long And Winding Road
Beatles
19
Moondance
Van Morrison
20
Band Of Gold
Freda Payne
21
Ohio
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
22
American Woman
Guess Who
23
Instant Karma
John Lennon
24
Joy To The World
Three Dog Night
25
Child In Time
Deep Purple
26
25 or 6 To 4
Chicago
27
Truckin'
Grateful Dead
28
O-o-h Child
Five Stairsteps
29
Ball Of Confusion
Temptations
30
Roadhouse Blues
Doors
31
Question
Moody Blues
32
Up Around The Bend
Creedence Clearwater Revival
33
Close To You
Carpenters
34
Proud Mary
Ike and Tuna Turner
35
Mama Told Me (Not To Come)
Three Dog Night
36
Iron Man
Black Sabbath
37
Cracklin' Rosie
Neil Diamond
38
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
Stevie Wonder
39
We've Only Just Begun
Carpenters
40
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Diana Ross
41
Lookin' Out My Back Door
Creedence Clearwater Revival
42
If You Could Read My Mind
Gordon Lightfoot
43
Woodstock
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
44
Across The Universe
Beatles
45
In The Summertime
Mungo Jerry
46
Wild World
Cat Stevens
47
ABC
Jackson 5
48
Kentucky Rain
Elvis Presley
49
The Love You Save
Jackson 5
50
Lucky Man
Emerson, Lake and Palmer
51
Move On Up
Curtis Mayfield
52
Immigrant Song
Led Zeppelin
53
The Wonder Of You
Elvis Presley
54
Rose Garden
Lynn Anderson
55
It's A Shame
Spinners
56
Cecilia
Simon and Garfunkel
57
Teach Your Children
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
58
Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
Edison Lighthouse
59
Into The Mystic
Van Morrison
60
Travelin' Band
Creedence Clearwater Revival
61
Big Yellow Taxi
Joni Mitchell
62
Express Yourself
Charles Wright & Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band
63
Eighteen
Alice Cooper
64
Make It With You
Bread
65
Sweet Jane
Velvet Underground
66
Patches
Clarence Carter
67
No Matter What
Badfinger
68
Spill The Wine
Eric Burdon and War
69
Samba Pa Ti
Santana
70
Stoned Love
Supremes
71
Since I've Been Loving You
Led Zeppelin
72
I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Creedence Clearwater Revival
73
El Condor Pasa
Simon and Garfunkel
74
I Think I Love You
Partridge Family
75
Call Me Super Bad
James Brown
76
Mississippi Queen
Mountain
77
Domino
Van Morrison
78
Colour My World
Chicago
79
Run Through The Jungle
Creedence Clearwater Revival
80
Don't Play That Song
Aretha Franklin
81
Midnight Rider
Allman Brothers Band
82
After Midnight
Eric Clapton
83
Knock Three Times
Dawn
84
If I Were Your Woman
Gladys Knight and the Pips
85
War Pigs
Black Sabbath
86
Southern Man
Neil Young
87
What Is Life
George Harrison
88
Love The One You're With
Stephen Stills
89
Groove Me
King Floyd
90
Make Me Smile
Chicago
91
Green-Eyed Lady
Sugarloaf
92
Turn Back The Hands Of Time
Tyrone Davis
93
I Hear You Knocking
Dave Edmunds
94
Draggin' The Line
Tommy James
95
Casey Jones
Grateful Dead
96
Coal Miner's Daughter
Loretta Lynn
97
Yellow River
Christie
98
Carry On
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
99
I'm Your Captain/Closer To Home
Grand Funk Railroad
100
Love On A Two-Way Street
Moments
20 more worth mentioning.
101
Working Class Hero
John Lennon
102
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Neil Young
103
Funk # 49
James Gang
104
Lonely Days
Bee Gees
105
Vehicle
Ides Of March
106
Uncle John's Band
Grateful Dead
107
Call Me
Aretha Franklin
108
No Sugar Tonight
Guess Who
109
Our House
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
110
Mr. Bojangles
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
111
Merry Christmas Darling
Carpenters
112
Signs
Five Man Electrical Band
113
For The Good Times
Ray Price
114
Ride Captain Ride
Blues Image
115
Black Night
Deep Purple
116
Groovy Situation
Gene Chandler
117
Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath
118
One Bad Apple
Osmonds
119
Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You
Wilson Pickett
120
My Baby Loves Lovin'
White Plains
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1970
Brian's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1970
*
I Can't Get Next to You
Al Green
Lew's Choice:
*
You Better Think Twice
Poco
Bruce's Choice:
*
Will There Be Another Love For Me
Winfield Parker
Adam's Choice:
*
Sleeping
The Band
Brett's Choice:
*
Gonna Get My Baby Back
Doris Troy




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