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 - 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. Love Hurts - Nazareth
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 - Sweet
31. Bad Company - Bad Company
32. It's Only Rock 'n' Roll - Rolling Stones
33. Fire - Ohio Players
34. Best of My Love - Eagles
35. Boogie On Reggae Woman - Stevie Wonder
36. Annie's Song - John Denver
37. The Air That I Breathe - Hollies
38. Take Me To the River - Al Green
39. This Town Ain't Big Enough - Sparks
40. Forever Young - Bob Dylan
41. Some Kind Of Wonderful - Grand Funk
42. How Long - Ace
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 - Supertramp
48. Already Gone - Eagles
49. The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace
50. My Eyes Adored You - Frankie Valli
51. Sugar Baby Love - Rubettes
52. Sideshow - Blue Magic
53. Magic - Pilot
54. Down Down - Status Quo
55. #9 Dream - John Lennon
56. Tin Man - America
57. School - Supertramp
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 - America
71. Dance With Me - Orleans
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 - Supertramp
77. Emma - Hot Chocolate
78. Free Man in Paris - Joni Mitchell
79. Machine Gun - Commodores
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 - Aerosmith
89. Hang On In There Baby - Johnny Bristol
90. Bungle In the Jungle - Jethro Tull
91. Seven Seas of Rhye - Queen
92. Walking In Rhythm - Blackbyrds
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' - Aerosmith
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) - Raspberries
110. The Wall Street Shuffle - 10cc
111. Wishing You Were Here - Chicago
112. Up For the Down Stroke - Parliament
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 - Chicago
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
Last Updated: 2018-08-16