#1 US Singles

70s US singles – song fax:

The top selling US single of the 70s was Debbie Boone – You Light Up My Life.

A list of the #1 US singles of the 70s.

  • Songs with a * denote songs with a blog entry on seventiesmusic.
  • Artists with a # denote artists with a blog entry on seventiesmusic.
  • Songs with a ¥ donote the number one song of that year.

1970

Artist

Song

Date reached #1

BJ Thomas Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head 3 Jan 1970
Jackson 5  # I Want You Back 31 Jan 1970
Shocking Blue # Venus * 7 Feb 1970
Sly and the Family Stone # Thank You (Fallettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) 14 Feb 1970
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water 28 Feb 1970
The Beatles # Let It Be * 11 Apr 1970
Jackson 5  # ABC 25 Apr 1970
The Guess Who  # American Woman * 9 May 1970
Ray Stevens # Everything Is Beautiful 30 May 1970
The Beatles # The Long and Winding Road 13 June 1970
Jackson 5  # The Love You Save 27 June 1970
Three Dog Night # Mama Told Me (Not To Come) 11 July 1970
The Carpenters (They Long to be) Close to You) 25 July 1970
Bread Make it With You 22 Aug 1970
Edwin Star # War * 29 Aug 1970
Diana Ross Ain’t No Mountain High Enough 19 Sept 1970
Neil Diamond # Cracklin’ Rosie 10 Oct 1970
Jackson 5 # I’ll Be There ¥ 17 Oct 1970
The Partridge Family I Think I Love You 21 Nov 1970
Smokey Robinson andThe Miracles Tears of a Clown 12 Dec 1970
George Harrison # My Sweet Lord * 26 Dec 1970

1971

Artist

Song

Date reached #1

Tony Orlando and Dawn Knock Three Times 23 Jan 1971
The Osmond’s # One Bad Apple * 13 Feb 1971
Janis Joplin  # Me and Bobby McGee * 20 Mar 1971
The Temptations # Just My Imagination (RunningAway with Me) 3 Apr 1971
Three Dog Night  # Joy to the World ¥ * 17 Apr 1971
The Rolling Stones # Brown Sugar * 29 May 1971
Honey Cone Want Ads 12 June 1971
Carole King # It’s Too Late * 19 June 1971
Paul Revere and the Raiders # Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian) * 24 July 1971
James Taylor # You Got a Friend 31 July 1971
Bee Gees # How Can You Mend A Broken Heart 7 Aug 1971
Paul McCartney Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey 4 Sept 1971
Donny Osmond Go Away Little Girl 11 Sept 1971
Rod Stewart # Maggie May 2 Oct 1971
Cher # Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves * 6 Nov 1971
Isaac Hayes # Theme From Shaft * 20 Nov 1971
Sly and the Family Stone  # Family Affair * 4 Dec 1971
Melanie  # Brand New Key * 25 Dec 1971

1972

Artist

Song

Date reached #1

Don McLean# American Pie (Parts I & II) * 15 Jan 1972
Al Green # Let’s Stay Together * 12 Feb 1972
Harry Nilsson Without You * 19 Feb 1972
Neil Young # Heart of Gold 18 Mar 1972
America Horse With No Name 25 Mar 1972
Robert Flack The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face ¥ 15 Apr 1972
The Chi-Lites Oh Girl 27 May 1972
The Staple Sisters I’ll Take You There 3 June 1972
Sammy Davis Jnr Candy Man 10 June 1972
Neil Diamond # Song Sung Blue 1 July 1972
Bill Withers Lean On Me 8 July 1972
Gilbert O’Sullivan Alone Again (Naturally) 29 July 1972
Looking Glass Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) 26 Aug 1972
Three Dog Night  # Black and White 16 Sept 1972
Mac Davis Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me 23 Sept 1972
Michael Jackson Ben 14 Oct 1972
Chuck Berry My Ding-a-Ling 21 Oct 1972
Johnny Nash I Can See Clearly Now 4 Nov 1972
The Temptations  # Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone * 2 Dec 1972
Helen Reddy # I Am Woman 9 Dec 1972
Billy Paul Me and Mrs Jones 16 Dec 1972

1973

Artist

Song

Date reached #1

Carly Simon # You’re So Vain * 6 Jan 1973
Stevie Wonder # Superstition 27 Jan 1973
Elton John Crocodile Rock 3 Feb 1973
Roberta Flack Killing Me Softly With His Song 24 Feb 1973
The O’Jays Love Train 24 March 1973
Vicky Lawrence The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia 7 Apr 1973
Tony Orlando and Dawn Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree 21 Apr 1973
Stevie Wonder # You Are the Sunshine of My Life 19 May 1973
Edgar Winter Frankenstein 26 May 1973
Wings  # My Love 2 June 1973
George Harrison # Give Me Love – (Give Me Peace on Earth) 30 June 1973
Billy Preston Will It Go Round in Circles 7 July 1973
Jim Croce # Bad Bad Leroy Brown 21 July 1973
Maureen McGovern The Morning After 4 Aug 1973
Diana Ross Touch Me in the Morning 18 Aug1973
Stories Brother Louie 25 Aug 1973
Marvin Gaye Let’s Get It On ¥ 8 Sept 1973
Helen Reddy  # Delta Dawn 15 Sept 1973
Grand Funk Railroad # We’re an American Band * 29 Sept 1973
Cher # Half Breed 6 Oct 1973
The Rolling Stones # Angie 20 Oct 1973
Gladys Knight and the Pips Midnight Train to Georgia 20 Oct 1973
Eddie Kendricks Keep On Truckin’ (Part 1) 10 Nov 1973
Ringo Starr Photograph 24 Nov 1973
The Carpenters Top of the World 1 Dec 1973
Charlie Rich The Most Beautiful Girl 15 Dec 1973
Jim Croce # Time in a Bottle 22 Dec 1973

1974

Artist

Song

Date reached #1

Steve Millar Band The Joker 12 Jan 1974
Al Wilson Show and Tell 19 Jan 1974
Barbara Streisand The Way We Were 2 Feb 1974
Love Unlimited Orchestra Love’s Theme 9 Feb 1974
Terry Jacks # Seasons in the Sun * 2 Mar 1974
Cher # Dark Lady 23 Mar 1974
John Denver Sunshine On My Shoulders 30 Mar 1974
Blue Swede # Hooked on a Feeling * 6 Apr 1974
Elton John Bennie and the Jets 13 Apr 1974
MFSB TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) 20 Apr 1974
Grand Funk Railroad # The Loco-Motion 4 May 1974
Ray Stevens # The Streak * 18 May 1974
Wings  # Band on the Run 8 June 1974
Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods Billy Don’t Be a Hero * 15 June 1974
Gordon Lightfoot Sundown 29 June 1974
The Hues Corporation Rock the Boat 6 July 1974
George McCrae Rock Your Baby 13 July 1974
John Denver # Annie’s Song * 27 July 1974
Roberta Flack Feel Like Makin’ Love 10 Aug 1974
Paper Lace  # The Night Chicago Died 17 Aug 1974
Paul Anka & Odia Coates  # (You’re) Having My Baby * 24 Aug 1974
Eric Clapton I Shot the Sheriff 14 Sept 1974
Barry White # Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe * 21 Sept 1974
Andy Kim Rock Me Gently 28 Sept 1974
Olivia Newton-John # I Honestly Love You 5 Oct 1974
Billy Preston Nothing from Nothing 19 Oct 1974
Dionne Warwick with The Spinners Then Came You 26 Oct 1974
Stevie Wonder # You Haven’t Done Nothin’ 2 Nov 1974
Bachman Turner Overdrive # You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet * 9 Nov 1974
John Lennon Whatever Gets You Through the Night 16 Nov 1974
Billy Swan I Can Help 23 Nov 1974
Carl Douglas Kung Fu Fighting 7 Dec 1974
Harry Chapin Cat’s in the Cradle 21 Dec 1974
Helen Reddy  # Angie Baby * 28 Dec 1974

1975

Artist

Song

Date reached #1

Elton John Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds 4 Jan 1975
Barry Manilow Mandy 18 Jan 1975
The Carpenters Please Mr. Postman 25 Jan 1975
Neil Sedaka # Laughter in the Rain * 1 Feb 1975
Ohio Players Fire 8 Feb 1975
Linda Ronstadt # You’re No Good * 15 Feb 1975
Average White Band Pick Up the Pieces 22 Feb 1975
The Eagles # Best of my Love 1 Mar 1975
Olivia Newton John # Have You Never Been Mellow 8 Mar 1975
The Doobie Brothers Black Water 15 Mar 1975
Frankie Valli My Eyes Adored You 22 Mar 1975
Minnie Riperton  # Lovin’ You * 5 Apr 1975
Elton John Philadelphia Freedom ¥ 12 Apr 1975
Earth, Wind and Fire Shining Star 24 May 1975
Freddie Fender Before the Next Teardrop Falls 31 May 1975
John Denver # Thank God I’m A Country Boy 7 June 1975
America Sister Golden Hair 14 June 1975
Captain and Tennille Love Will Keep Us Together 21 June 1975
Wings # Listen to What the Man Said 19 July 1975
Van McCoy The Hustle 26 July 1975
The Eagles # One of These Nights 2 Aug 1975
The Bee Gees # Jive Talkin’ 9 Aug 1975
Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds # Fallin’ In Love 23 Aug 1975
KC and The Sunshine Band Get Down Tonight 30 Aug 1975
Glen Campbell Rhinestone Cowboy 6 Sept 1975
David Bowie # Fame 20 Sept 1975
John Denver # I’m Sorry 27 Sept 1975
Neil Sedaka # Bad Blood 11 Oct 1975
Elton John Island Girl 1 Nov 1975
KC and The Sunshine Band That’s the Way (I Like It) 22 Nov 1975
Silver Convention Fly, Robin, Fly 29 Nov 1975
The Staple Sisters Let’s Do It Again 27 Dec 1975

1976

Artist

Song

Date reached #1

Bay City Rollers Saturday Night 3 Jan 1976
C. W. McCall Convoy 10 Jan 1976
Barry Manilow I Write The Songs 17 Jan 1976
Diana Ross Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To?)( 24 Jan 1976
Ohio Players Love Rollercoaster 31 Jan 1976
Paul Simon 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover 7 Feb 1976
Rhythm Heritage Theme from S.W.A.T. 28 Feb 1976
The Four Seasons December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)( 13 Mar 1976
Johnnie Taylor Disco Lady ¥ 3 Apr 1976
The Bellamy Brothers # Let Your Love Flow * 1 May 1976
John Sebastian # Welcome Back * 8 May 1976
The Sylvers Boogie Fever 15 May 1976
Wings # Silly Love Songs 22 May 1976
Diana Ross Love Hangover 29 May 1976
Starland Vocal Band Afternoon Delight 10 July 1976
The Manhattans Kiss and Say Goodbye 24 July 1976
Elton John with Kiki Dee Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 7 August 1976
The Bee Gees # You Should Be Dancing 4 Sept 1976
KC and The Sunshine Band (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty 11 Sept 1976
Wild Cherry # Play That Funky Music * 18 Sept 1976
Walter Murphy A Fifth of Beethoven 9 Oct 1976
Rick Dees Disco Duck 16 Oct 1976
Chicago # If You Leave Me Now 23 Oct 1976
Steve Miller Band Rock’n Me 6 Nov 1976
Rod Stewart # Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright) 13 Nov 1976

1977

Artist

Song

Date reached #1

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jnr You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show) 8 Jan 1977
Leo Sayer # You Make Me Feel Like Dancing 15 Jan 1977
Stevie Wonder # I Wish 22 Jan 1977
Rose Royce Car Wash 29 Jan 1977
Mary MacGregor Torn Between Two Lovers 5 Feb 1977
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band Blinded by the Light 19 Feb 1977
The Eagles # New Kid in Town 26 Feb 1977
Barbara Streisand Love Theme from “A Star Is Born” (Evergreen) 5 Mar 1977
Hall and Oates # Rich Girl * 26 Mar 1977
ABBA Dancing Queen 9 Apr 1977
David Soul Don’t Give Up On Us 16 Apr 1977
Thelma Houston Don’t Leave Me This Way 23 Apr 1977
Glenn Campbell Southern Nights 30 Apr 1977
The Eagles # Hotel California * 7 May 1977
Leo Sayer # When I Need You 14 May 1977
Stevie Wonder # Sir Duke 21 May 1977
KC and The Sunshine Band I’m Your Boogie Man 11 June 1977
Fleetwood Mac # Dreams 18 June 1977
Marvin Gaye Got To Give It Up 25 June 1977
Bill Conti Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky) 2 July 1977
Alan O’Day Undercover Angel 9 July 1977
Shaun Cassidy Da Doo Ron Ron 16 July 1977
Barry Manilow Looks Like We Made It 23 July 1977
Andy Gibb I Just Want to Be Your Everything 30 July 1977
The Emotions Best of My Love 20 Aug 1977
MECO Star Wars Theme / Cantina Band 1 Oct 1977
Debby Boone You Light Up My Life ¥ 15 Oct 1977
The Bee Gees # How Deep Is Your Love 24 Dec 1977

1978

Artist

Song

Date reached #1

Player Baby Come Back 14 Jan 1978
The Bee Gees # Stayin’ Alive ¥  * 4 Feb 1978
Andy Gibb (Love Is) Thicker Than Water 4 Mar 1978
The Bee Gees # Night Fever 18 Mar 1978
Yvonne Elliman If I Can’t Have You 13 May 1978
Wings # With a Little Luck 20 May 1978
Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams Too Much, Too Little, Too Late 3 June 1978
John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John # “You’re the One That I Want” 17 June 1978
Andy Gibb Shadow Dancing 24 June 1978
The Rolling Stones # Miss You 5 Aug 1978
The Commodores Three Times A Lady 12 Aug 1978
Frankie Valli Grease 26 Aug 1978
A Taste of Honey Boogie Oogie Oogie 9 Sept 1978
Exile Kiss You All Over 30 Sept 1978
Nick Gilder # Hot Child in the City * 28 Oct 1978
Anne Murray You Needed Me 4 Nov 1978
Donna Summer # MacArthur Park 11 Nov 1978
Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond You Don’t Bring Me Flowers 2 Dec 1978
Chic Le Freak 9 Dec 1978

1979

Artist

Song

Date reached #1

The Bee Gees # Too Much Heaven 6 Jan 1979
Rod Stewart # Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? ¥ 10 Feb 1979
Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive 10 Mar 1979
The Bee Gees # “Tragedy” 24 Mar 1979
The Doobie Brothers What a Fool Believes 4 Apr 1979
Amii Stewart # Knock On Wood * 21 Apr 1979
Blondie # Heart of Glass * 28 Apr 1979
Peaches and Herb Reunited 5 May 1979
Donna Summer # Hot Stuff 2 June 1979
The Bee Gees # Love You Inside Out 9 June 1979
Anita Ward Ring My Bell 30 June 1979
Donna Summer # Bad Girls 14 July 1979
Chic Good Times 18 Aug 1979
The Knack # My Sharona * 25 Aug 1979
Robert John Sad Eyes 6 Oct 1979
Michael Jackson Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough 13 Oct 1979
Herb Alpert Rise 20 Oct 1979
M # Pop Musik * 3 Nov 1979
The Eagles # Heartache Tonight 10 Nov 1979
The Commodores Still 17 Nov 1979
Barbara Streisand and Donna Summer No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) 24 Nov 1979
Styx Babe 8 Dec1979
Rupert Holmes # Escape (The Piña Colada Song) * 22 Dec 1979

 

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