The 70s was the decade where music soared to new heights. After the tumultuous 60s, the 70s brought on a vision of funky music, classic disco, and even the beginning of hip-hop.
Given that, it’s almost impossible to pick the best songs from such a defining era, but we’ve got a couple good contenders that you might like. Have a listen!
King Harvest, “Dancing in the Moonlight” (1972)
A legendary song, “Dancing in the Moonlight” was popular for its feel-good vibes and overall message of good old fun. The song has been remade and covered about a hundred times, but you’ll probably recognize the 2000 version by UK band Toploader and 2018 version by Swedish electro-pop duo JubÃ«l best.
John Denver, “Take Me Home Country Roads” (1971)
Did you know this country classic was from the 70s? Denver appealed to fans around the world with this melancholy smash that detailed the beauty of rural West Virginia. The song was popular for evoking feelings of home and belonging, a sentiment that undoubtedly transcends past the state lines of West Virginia.
Now, you can hear the song in the popular film Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Studio Ghibli’s Whisper of the Heart, where it was sung in Japanese.
Elton John, “Bennie and the Jets” (1974)
Sir Elton John, at this point, had been lauded for being a commercially successful singer/songwriter/pianist. His song “Bennie and the Jets” gave nothing less and climbed to the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in no time. With a fresh tune and quirky sound arrangement, this song was simply magic.
Andy Gibb, “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” (1977)
A mix between disco and soft rock, “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” had everything the 70s was looking for — funky pop sounds and a good, sweet love story. With breathy vocals and a groovy playfulness from the guitar, “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” is the Bee Gees song that was never a Bee Gees song.
Sugarhill Gang, “Rapper’s Delight” (1979)
Considered the first ever hip-hop song to be introduced into mainstream media, “Rapper’s Delight” was revolutionary for its catchy, nonsense lyrics and infectious beat. It sampled 70s disco song “Good Times” by Chic and layered rapping over the tune, making for a cultural and historical sensation.
While the issue of who really wrote the song is still under conflict, “Rapper’s Delight” decisively set the stage for hip-hop’s eventual dominance in the later 80s.
Cheap Trick, “I Want You to Want Me” (1977)
Now synonymous with 90s hit romcom 10 Things I Hate About You, this sweet song by Cheap Trick combines a bit of rock with pop to the enjoyment of punk rock enthusiasts. The song was arguably ahead of its time and became even more popular in the 90s when the teen romcom used it for its main soundtrack.