100 Greatest Songs From 1973

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. Free Bird
Lynyrd Skynyrd
2. Let's Get It On
Marvin Gaye
3. Midnight Train To Georgia
Gladys Knight and the Pips
4. Dream On
5. Living For the City
Stevie Wonder
6. Money
Pink Floyd
7. Piano Man
Billy Joel
8. Killing Me Softly With His Song
Roberta Flack
9. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Elton John
10. That Lady
Isley Brothers
11. Angie
Rolling Stones
12. Bennie and the Jets
Elton John
13. The Joker
Steve Miller Band
14. Radar Love
Golden Earring
15. Drift Away
Dobie Gray
16. Higher Ground
Stevie Wonder
17. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Bob Dylan
18. Get Up, Stand Up
19. Takin' Care Of Business
Bachman-Turner Overdrive
20. Ramblin' Man
Allman Brothers Band
21. Time
Pink Floyd
22. Were an American Band
Grand Funk
23. Band On the Run
Paul McCartney and Wings
24. Natural High
25. When Will I See You Again
Three Degrees
26. The Payback
James Brown
27. Until You Come Back To Me
Aretha Franklin
28. Long Train Runnin'
Doobie Brothers
29. Over the Hills and Far Away
Led Zeppelin
30. You Make Me Feel Brand New
31. La Grange
ZZ Top
32. Desperado
33. Jessica
Allman Brothers Band
34. Candle In the Wind
Elton John
35. Rosalita
Bruce Springsteen
36. Live and Let Die
Paul McCartney and Wings
37. Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up
Barry White
38. I Shot the Sheriff
39. Daniel
Elton John
40. Jet
Paul McCartney and Wings
41. Love's Theme
Love Unlimited Orchestra
42. Rock the Boat
Hues Corporation
43. Ballroom Blitz
The Sweet
44. Jungle Boogie
Kool and the Gang
45. Bad Bad Leroy Brown
Jim Croce
46. Kodachrome
Paul Simon
47. Seasons In the Sun
Terry Jacks
48. Jolene
Dolly Parton
49. Hooked On a Feeling
Blue Swede
50. If You Want Me To Stay
Sly and the Family Stone

51. Come and Get Your Love
52. For the Love Of Money
53. She's Gone
Daryl Hall and John Oates
54. Nutbush City Limits
Ike and Tina Turner
55. Search and Destroy
56. Simple Man
Lynyrd Skynyrd
57. Us and Them
Pink Floyd
58. Dancing Machine
Jackson 5
59. Tequila Sunrise
60. 20th Century Boy
T. Rex
61. Yesterday Once More
62. I Can't Stand the Rain
Ann Peebles
63. Tubular Bells
Mike Oldfield
64. The Way We Were
Barbra Streisand
65. Can't You See
Marshall Tucker Band
66. Rocky Mountain Way
Joe Walsh
67. The Love I Lost
Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
68. Rock On
David Essex
69. TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)
MFSB featuring the Three Degrees
70. China Grove
Doobie Brothers
71. Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me
Gladys Knight and the Pips
72. Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
Elton John
73. Call Me
Al Green
74. D'Yer Maker
Led Zeppelin
75. Keep On Truckin'
Eddie Kendricks
76. I Got a Name
Jim Croce
77. Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing
Stevie Wonder
78. No Quarter
Led Zeppelin
79. No More Mr. Nice Guy
Alice Cooper
80. Give Me Love
George Harrison
81. Here I Am (Come and Take Me)
Al Green
82. Cum On Feel the Noize
83. Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
Elton John
84. I've Got To Use My Imagination
Gladys Knight and the Pips
85. Personality Crisis
New York Dolls
86. My Love
Paul McCartney and Wings
87. Mind Games
John Lennon
88. Love Reign O'er Me
The Who
89. Hollywood Swinging
Kool and the Gang
90. Behind Closed Doors
Charlie Rich
91. Photograph
Ringo Starr
92. Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree
93. Loves Me Like a Rock
Paul Simon
94. Show and Tell
Al Wilson
95. Brother Louie
96. I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby
Barry White
97. Feelin' Stronger Every Day
98. Right Place, Wrong Time
Dr. John
99. Brain Damage/Eclipse
Pink Floyd
100. Gimme Three Steps
Lynyrd Skynyrd
20 more worth mentioning.
101. The Most Beautiful Girl
Charlie Rich
102. Saturday Night
Bay City Rollers
103. Pillow Talk
104. Lady
105. Summer Breeze
Isley Brothers
106. Shambala
Three Dog Night
107. Half Breed
108. Diamond Girl
Seals And Crofts
109. Just You 'n' Me
110. So Very Hard To Go
Tower of Power
111. Doin' It To Death
Fred Wesley and the J.B.'s
112. I'll Have To Say I Love You In a Song
Jim Croce
113. Blockbuster
The Sweet
114. I'll Always Love My Mama
115. Touch Me In the Morning
Diana Ross
116. Midnight At the Oasis
Maria Muldaur
117. Rock And Roll, Hoochie Coo
Rick Derringer
118. One of a Kind (Love Affair)
119. Get Down
Gilbert O'Sullivan
120. You're Sixteen
Ringo Starr
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1973
An unheralded great record from 1973
Brian's choice:
* Time Fades Away
Neil Young
Lew's choice:
* Wishing Well
Bruce's choice:
* Where Do We Go From Here
Adam's choice:
* On Your Way Down
Little Feat
Brett's choice:
* Yang Yang
Yoko Ono
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Last Updated: 2018-08-15