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.

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.

  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. Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield
32. Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin
33. Iron Man - Black Sabbath
34. ABC - Jackson 5
35. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder
36. Close To You - Carpenters
37. In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry
38. Up Around the Bend - Creedence Clearwater Revival
39. Proud Mary - Ike and Tuna Turner
40. We've Only Just Begun - Carpenters
41. Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross
42. Lookin' Out My Back Door - Creedence Clearwater Revival
43. Across the Universe - Beatles
44. If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot
45. Woodstock - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
46. Wild World - Cat Stevens
47. Cecilia - Simon and Garfunkel
48. Cracklin' Rosie - Neil Diamond
49. The Love You Save - Jackson 5
50. Lucky Man - Emerson, Lake and Palmer
51. Mama Told Me (Not To Come) - Three Dog Night
52. Question - Moody Blues
53. Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson
54. Kentucky Rain - Elvis Presley
55. It's a Shame - Spinners
56. Teach Your Children - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
57. Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
58. Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) - Edison Lighthouse
59. Into the Mystic - Van Morrison
60. Travelin' Band - Creedence Clearwater Revival
61. The Wonder Of You - Elvis Presley
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. Working Class Hero - John Lennon
92. Yellow River - Christie
93. Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynn
94. I'm Your Captain/Closer To Home - Grand Funk Railroad
95. Green-Eyed Lady - Sugarloaf
96. Turn Back the Hands Of Time - Tyrone Davis
97. I Hear You Knocking - Dave Edmunds
98. Draggin' the Line - Tommy James
99. Carry On - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
100. Rivers Of Babylon - Melodians
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Black Night - Deep Purple
102. Our House - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
103. Lonely Days - Bee Gees
104. Casey Jones - Grateful Dead
105. Still Water (Love) - Four Tops
106. Funk #49 - James Gang
107. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
108. After the Gold Rush - Neil Young
109. Uncle John's Band - Grateful Dead
110. Call Me - Aretha Franklin
111. Mr. Bojangles - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
112. Merry Christmas Darling - Carpenters
113. Ride Captain Ride - Blues Image
114. No Sugar Tonight - Guess Who
115. If There's a Hell Below We're All Going To Go - Curtis Mayfield
116. Vehicle - Ides Of March
117. Signs - Five Man Electrical Band
118. For the Good Times - Ray Price
119. One Bad Apple - Osmonds
120. Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You - Wilson Pickett
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1970
An unheralded great record from 1970
Brian's choice -
* 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
Last Updated: 2020-04-27