There was a lot of good music in 1970 (I suspect in reality there was a lot of good music coming out in just about any year you could mention). The real question is where to start – do you look at bestselling singles, or Albums, UK, USA or elsewhere? What about songs that are considered important and still played today, or should I be listening to those songs that have been all but forgotten?
To start off with, here’s the top 10 songs from 1970, per the UK charts.
- The Wonder of You by Elvis Presley
- In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry
- Band of Gold by Freda Payne
- Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
- Two Little Boys by Rolf Harris
- Wand’rin Star by Lee Marvin
- Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum
- Back Home by The England World Cup Squad
- All Right Now by Free
- Yellow River by Christie
There are some good songs on here, The Wonder of You is a really nice Elvis song that I don’t remember hearing before (it wasn’t originally an Elvis song though, it was written by Baker Knight in 1959, and recorded by various artists before Elvis including the Platters and The Sandpipers). I really like Band of Gold and Bridge Over Troubled Water, and I also enjoyed the dry, rasping voice of Lee Marvin singing Wand’rin Star. Lee Marvin is actually an actor of the 1960s and 1970s, and he sung this song in the 1969 film Paint Your Wagon. The film was a flop, but the song was a big success – Marvin never followed it up with another song, so is a definite one hit wonder.
The US chart has some of the same songs but mostly different ones, including:
(They Long to Be) Close to You – by the Carpenters
Aint No Mountain High Enough by Diana Ross
Let It Be by The Beatles
I’ll Be There by the Jackson Five
Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head by B J Thomas
I have made a playlist on Spotify of some of bestselling songs of 1970, and a few other songs that came out in that year that are notable, or just ones that I like 🙂
UK Top 100 1970 – http://www.uk-charts.top-source.info/top-100-1970.shtml
US chart 1970 – http://www.bobborst.com/popculture/top-100-songs-of-the-year/?year=1970