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100 Greatest Songs From 1974

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.
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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

No Woman, No Cry single cover
Sweet Home Alabama single cover
You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet single cover
Rock Your Baby single cover
Lady Marmalade single cover
Autobahn single cover
Waterloo single cover
Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe single cover
Black Water single cover
Killer Queen single cover
Can't Get Enough single cover
1
No Woman, No Cry
Bob Marley and the Wailers
2
Sweet Home Alabama
Lynyrd Skynyrd
3
You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
Bachman-Turner Overdrive
4
Rock Your Baby
George McCrae
5
Lady Marmalade
LaBelle
6
Autobahn
Kraftwerk
7
Help Me
Joni Mitchell
8
Waterloo
ABBA
9
Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe
Barry White
10
Tell Me Something Good
Rufus
11
Black Water
Doobie Brothers
12
Rebel Rebel
David Bowie
13
Killer Queen
Queen
14
Pick Up The Pieces
Average White Band
15
Can't Get Enough
Bad Company
16
Rikki Don't Lose That Number
Steely Dan
17
I Shot The Sheriff
Eric Clapton
18
You're The First, The Last, My Everything
Barry White
19
You're No Good
Linda Ronstadt
20
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
Rolling Stones
21
You Haven't Done Nothin'
Stevie Wonder
22
Boogie On Reggae Woman
Stevie Wonder
23
Cat's In the Cradle
Harry Chapin
24
Be Thankful For What You Got
William DeVaughn
25
Fire
Ohio Players
26
Shame, Shame, Shame
Shirley & Company
27
Lovin' You
Minnie Riperton
28
Sideshow
Blue Magic
29
Some Kind Of Wonderful
Grand Funk
30
Love Hurts
Nazareth
31
Already Gone
Eagles
32
The Air That I Breathe
Hollies
33
Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me
Elton John
34
Then Came You
Dionne Warwicke and the Spinners
35
Sundown
Gordon Lightfoot
36
Bad Company
Bad Company
37
TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)
MFSB featuring the Three Degrees
38
Everlasting Love
Carl Carlton
39
Never Can Say Goodbye
Gloria Gaynor
40
My Eyes Adored You
Frankie Valli
41
How Long
Ace
42
September Gurls
Big Star
43
Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)
B.T. Express
44
Best of My Love
Eagles
45
I Can Help
Billy Swan
46
You Are So Beautiful
Joe Cocker
47
Fox On the Run
Sweet
48
Dancing Machine
Jackson 5
49
School
Supertramp
50
The Loco-Motion
Grand Funk
51
Tonight Is The Night
Betty Wright
52
This Town Ain't Big Enough
Sparks
53
Take Me To the River
Al Green
54
Supernatural Thing
Ben E. King
55
Rock Me Gently
Andy Kim
56
The Bitch Is Back
Elton John
57
Annie's Song
John Denver
58
Tin Man
America
59
Nothing From Nothing
Billy Preston
60
Devotion
Earth, Wind & Fire
61
Free Man In Paris
Joni Mitchell
62
Laughter In the Rain
Neil Sedaka
63
Jackie Blue
Ozark Mountain Daredevils
64
Lonely People
America
65
The Night Chicago Died
Paper Lace
66
Skin Tight
Ohio Players
67
Come Monday
Jimmy Buffett
68
Kung Fu Fighting
Carl Douglas
69
Emma
Hot Chocolate
70
Distant Lover (live)
Marvin Gaye
71
Bloody Well Right
Supertramp
72
Carefree Highway
Gordon Lightfoot
73
I Will Always Love You
Dolly Parton
74
Can't Get It Out Of My Head
Electric Light Orchestra
75
Forever Young
Bob Dylan
76
Sugar Baby Love
Rubettes
77
Down Down
Status Quo
78
Whatever Gets You Through the Night
John Lennon
79
Magic
Pilot
80
When Will I Be Loved
Linda Ronstadt
81
Hang On In There Baby
Johnny Bristol
82
Call Me The Breeze
Lynyrd Skynyrd
83
Walking In Rhythm
Blackbyrds
84
Jazzman
Carole King
85
Bungle In the Jungle
Jethro Tull
86
Before The Next Teardrop Falls
Freddy Fender
87
I Honestly Love You
Olivia Newton-John
88
Late For The Sky
Jackson Browne
89
Beach Baby
First Class
90
You Got The Love
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
91
Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds
Elton John
92
Oh Very Young
Cat Stevens
93
Feel Like Makin' Love
Roberta Flack
94
Dreamer
Supertramp
95
# 9 Dream
John Lennon
96
Poetry Man
Phoebe Snow
97
Bad Time
Grand Funk
98
Machine Gun
Commodores
99
Angie Baby
Helen Reddy
100
Same Old Song And Dance
Aerosmith
20 more worth mentioning.
101
The Streak
Ray Stevens
102
(I've Been) Searchin' So Long
Chicago
103
Promised Land
Elvis Presley
104
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Genesis
105
Billy Don't Be A Hero
Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods
106
Train Kept a-Rollin'
Aerosmith
107
Everything I Own
Ken Boothe
108
Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)
Raspberries
109
Mighty Mighty
Earth, Wind & Fire
110
The South's Gonna Do It
Charlie Daniels Band
111
I've Got The Music In Me
Kiki Dee Band
112
Sha La La
Al Green
113
The Wall Street Shuffle
10cc
114
Wishing You Were Here
Chicago
115
Up For The Down Stroke
Parliament
116
Roll On Down The Highway
Bachman-Turner Overdrive
117
Keep On Smilin'
Wet Willie
118
Lookin' For A Love
Bobby Womack
119
Express
B.T. Express
120
Rock and Roll Heaven
Righteous Brothers
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1974
Brian's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1974
*
Tattler
Ry Cooder
Lew's Choice:
*
As The Raven Flies
Dan Fogelberg
Bruce's Choice:
*
We Sing For Fun
Sparrows Quartet
Adam's Choice:
*
Sweet Thang
Shuggie Otis
Brett's Choice:
*
It's Better To Have (And Don't Need)
Don Covay




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