My Top Five Favorite 70s Songs

AJ Shaw, Staff Writer

The 1970s was one of the craziest decades in the history of America, especially politically and socially. However, the music of the decade is probably the most popular in the history of our country.

Today, I have decided to rank my top 5 favorite songs from the 1970s, and if this goes well amongst the readers, I will do a list on the 1980s and the decades after that. So, without any further delay, let’s get into this!


  1. Tiny Dancer – Elton John

Year of Release: 1971

I have always liked Elton John’s music. Songs like “Benny and The Jets” and “Rocket Man” are some of his hit songs, and I like them a lot, but “Tiny Dancer” is by far my favorite of all of them. John’s music is constantly telling a story of some sort, and while yes, people remember his songs for classic lines in the chorus, the song is catchy, easy to remember, and is always fun to listen to and sing to.


  1. Tragedy – Bee Gees

Year of Release: 1979

I always like to call the Bee Gees the “helium suckers” because it is darn near impossible for a male singer to sing as high pitched of a tone as they do. This song has a great beat to it, and the opening instrumental always gets me excited when I hear it. This is also my favorite Bee Gees song along with of course the infamous “Stayin’ Alive” that was released the year prior.


  1. Renegade – Styx

Year of Release: 1978

Styx is known for many great songs like “Come Sail Away” that would make my honorable mentions list if I had one, “Boat On The River” and “Show Me The Way”, but “Renegade” is my favorite of the group. The song starts off in a very somber tone with the lead singer, Dennis DeYoung, and a Chicago native, going “Oh mama, I’m in fear for life from the long arm of the law.” Once the chorus kicks in the background and the guitar goes off, the song goes from the somber tone to a full out jungle journey. It is a great song and definitely a must-listen!


  1. Jet Airliner – Steve Miller Band

Year of Release: 1977

This song would be number 1 on my list if it weren’t for the number 1 song being my favorite song in the history of songs and also if it weren’t for the ridiculously long instrumental in the first minute before the lyrics are sung. This song is catchy, it is fun to listen to, and sing along to. Steve Miller Band has always had great music that I have enjoyed, and that is why “Jet Airliner” is near the top of my list.


  1. Piano Man – Billy Joel

Year of Release: 1973

If you know me personally, you probably know that I love this song. It is my all-time favorite song from my favorite singer, Billy Joel. The song is by far the best story in the history of music, and the rhyme scheme is tremendous. Piano Man is a favorite of many, and there is no way it shouldn’t be, because it truly is a piece of art, not just a song, but a piece of art.


And that is my list. Comment down below which songs from the 1970s you like or which era of music I should cover next!