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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
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
109
Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds
Elton John
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
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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