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.

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. 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
6. Autobahn
7. Help Me
Joni Mitchell
8. Waterloo
9. Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe
Barry White
10. Tell Me Something Good
11. Black Water
Doobie Brothers
12. Rebel Rebel
David Bowie
13. Killer 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. Love Hurts
20. Cat's In the Cradle
Harry Chapin
21. Kung Fu Fighting
Carl Douglas
22. Lovin' You
Minnie Riperton
23. You Are So Beautiful
Joe Cocker
24. Sundown
Gordon Lightfoot
25. Be Thankful For What You Got
William DeVaughn
26. Never Can Say Goodbye
Gloria Gaynor
27. You're No Good
Linda Ronstadt
28. Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me
Elton John
29. You Haven't Done Nothin'
Stevie Wonder
30. Fox On the Run
31. Bad Company
Bad Company
32. It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
Rolling Stones
33. Fire
Ohio Players
34. Best of My Love
35. Boogie On Reggae Woman
Stevie Wonder
36. Annie's Song
John Denver
37. The Air That I Breathe
38. Take Me To the River
Al Green
39. This Town Ain't Big Enough
40. Forever Young
Bob Dylan
41. Some Kind Of Wonderful
Grand Funk
42. How Long
43. Nothing From Nothing
Billy Preston
44. September Gurls
Big Star
45. Summer Madness
Kool & the Gang
46. Shame, Shame, Shame
Shirley & Company
47. Dreamer
48. Already Gone
49. The Night Chicago Died
Paper Lace
50. My Eyes Adored You
Frankie Valli

51. Sugar Baby Love
52. Sideshow
Blue Magic
53. Magic
54. Down Down
Status Quo
55. #9 Dream
John Lennon
56. Tin Man
57. School
58. I Can Help
Billy Swan
59. The Loco-Motion
Grand Funk
60. Laughter In the Rain
Neil Sedaka
61. Can't Get It Out Of My Head
Electric Light Orchestra
62. The Bitch Is Back
Elton John
63. Love Won't Let Me Wait
Major Harris
64. I Will Always Love You
Dolly Parton
65. Before the Next Teardrop Falls
Freddy Fender
66. Jackie Blue
Ozark Mountain Daredevils
67. Whatever Gets You Through the Night
John Lennon
68. The Bottle
Gil Scott-Heron
69. Then Came You
Dionne Warwicke and the Spinners
70. Lonely People
71. Dance With Me
72. Distant Lover (live)
Marvin Gaye
73. Everything I Own
Ken Boothe
74. Rock Me Gently
Andy Kim
75. Burn
Deep Purple
76. Bloody Well Right
77. Emma
Hot Chocolate
78. Free Man in Paris
Joni Mitchell
79. Machine Gun
80. Call Me the Breeze
Lynyrd Skynyrd
81. Oh Very Young
Cat Stevens
82. Everlasting Love
Carl Carlton
83. Devotion
Earth, Wind & Fire
84. Bad Time
Grand Funk
85. Come Monday
Jimmy Buffett
86. When Will I Be Loved
Linda Ronstadt
87. Skin Tight
Ohio Players
88. Same Old Song and Dance
89. Hang On In There Baby
Johnny Bristol
90. Bungle In the Jungle
Jethro Tull
91. Seven Seas of Rhye
92. Walking In Rhythm
93. I Honestly Love You
Olivia Newton-John
94. Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)
B.T. Express
95. Beach Baby
First Class
96. Chelsea Hotel #2
Leonard Cohen
97. Carefree Highway
Gordon Lightfoot
98. Late for the Sky
Jackson Browne
99. Feel Like Makin' Love
Roberta Flack
100. Promised Land
Elvis Presley
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Jazzman
Carole King
102. Just Don't Want to Be Lonely
Main Ingredient
103. The Streak
Ray Stevens
104. Sha La La
Al Green
105. Train Kept a-Rollin'
106. Mighty Mighty
Earth, Wind & Fire
107. Roll On Down the Highway
Bachman-Turner Overdrive
108. Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds
Elton John
109. Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)
110. The Wall Street Shuffle
111. Wishing You Were Here
112. Up For the Down Stroke
113. Angie Baby
Helen Reddy
114. You Got the Love
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
115. I've Got The Music In Me
Kiki Dee Band
116. Billy Don't Be A Hero
Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods
117. Express
B.T. Express
118. The South's Gonna Do It
Charlie Daniels Band
119. (I've Been) Searchin' So Long
120. Poetry Man
Phoebe Snow
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1974
An unheralded great record from 1974
Brian's choice:
* 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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Last Updated: 2018-08-16