100 Greatest Songs From 1970

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.
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.

Layla single cover
Bridge Over Troubled Water single cover
Your Song single cover
Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine single cover
Lola single cover
Who'll Stop the Rain single cover
Paranoid single cover
All Right Now single cover
1 Layla Derek And The Dominos
2 Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon and Garfunkel
3 Let It Be Beatles
4 Your Song Elton John
5 Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine James Brown
6 Lola Kinks
7 Who'll Stop The Rain Creedence Clearwater Revival
8 Fire And Rain James Taylor
9 Paranoid Black Sabbath
10 All Right Now Free
11 Black Magic Woman Santana
12 Have You Ever Seen the Rain Creedence Clearwater Revival
13 My Sweet Lord George Harrison
14 War Edwin Starr
15 Maybe I'm Amazed Paul McCartney
16 I'll Be There Jackson 5
17 Oye Como Va Santana
18 The Long And Winding Road Beatles
19 Moondance Van Morrison
20 Band Of Gold Freda Payne
21 Ohio Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
22 American Woman Guess Who
23 Instant Karma John Lennon
24 Joy To The World Three Dog Night
25 Child In Time Deep Purple
26 25 or 6 To 4 Chicago
27 Truckin' Grateful Dead
28 O-o-h Child Five Stairsteps
29 Ball Of Confusion Temptations
30 Roadhouse Blues Doors
31 Move On Up Curtis Mayfield
32 Immigrant Song Led Zeppelin
33 Iron Man Black Sabbath
34 ABC Jackson 5
35 Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours Stevie Wonder
36 Close To You Carpenters
37 In The Summertime Mungo Jerry
38 Up Around The Bend Creedence Clearwater Revival
39 Proud Mary Ike and Tuna Turner
40 We've Only Just Begun Carpenters
41 Ain't No Mountain High Enough Diana Ross
42 Lookin' Out My Back Door Creedence Clearwater Revival
43 Across The Universe Beatles
44 If You Could Read My Mind Gordon Lightfoot
45 Woodstock Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
46 Wild World Cat Stevens
47 Cecilia Simon and Garfunkel
48 Cracklin' Rosie Neil Diamond
49 The Love You Save Jackson 5
50 Lucky Man Emerson, Lake and Palmer
51 Mama Told Me (Not To Come) Three Dog Night
52 Question Moody Blues
53 Rose Garden Lynn Anderson
54 Kentucky Rain Elvis Presley
55 It's A Shame Spinners
56 Teach Your Children Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
57 Big Yellow Taxi Joni Mitchell
58 Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) Edison Lighthouse
59 Into The Mystic Van Morrison
60 Travelin' Band Creedence Clearwater Revival
61 The Wonder Of You Elvis Presley
62 Express Yourself Charles Wright & Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band
63 Eighteen Alice Cooper
64 Make It With You Bread
65 Sweet Jane Velvet Underground
66 Patches Clarence Carter
67 No Matter What Badfinger
68 Spill The Wine Eric Burdon and War
69 Samba Pa Ti Santana
70 Stoned Love Supremes
71 Since I've Been Loving You Led Zeppelin
72 I Heard It Through The Grapevine Creedence Clearwater Revival
73 El Condor Pasa Simon and Garfunkel
74 I Think I Love You Partridge Family
75 Call Me Super Bad James Brown
76 Mississippi Queen Mountain
77 Domino Van Morrison
78 Colour My World Chicago
79 Run Through The Jungle Creedence Clearwater Revival
80 Don't Play That Song Aretha Franklin
81 Midnight Rider Allman Brothers Band
82 After Midnight Eric Clapton
83 Knock Three Times Dawn
84 If I Were Your Woman Gladys Knight and the Pips
85 War Pigs Black Sabbath
86 Southern Man Neil Young
87 What Is Life George Harrison
88 Love The One You're With Stephen Stills
89 Groove Me King Floyd
90 Make Me Smile Chicago
91 Working Class Hero John Lennon
92 Yellow River Christie
93 Coal Miner's Daughter Loretta Lynn
94 I'm Your Captain/Closer To Home Grand Funk Railroad
95 Green-Eyed Lady Sugarloaf
96 Turn Back the Hands Of Time Tyrone Davis
97 I Hear You Knocking Dave Edmunds
98 Draggin' The Line Tommy James
99 Carry On Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
100 Rivers Of Babylon Melodians
20 more worth mentioning.
101 Black Night Deep Purple
102 Our House Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
103 Lonely Days Bee Gees
104 Casey Jones Grateful Dead
105 Still Water (Love) Four Tops
106 Funk #49 James Gang
107 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath
108 After the Gold Rush Neil Young
109 Uncle John's Band Grateful Dead
110 Call Me Aretha Franklin
111 Mr. Bojangles Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
112 Merry Christmas Darling Carpenters
113 Ride Captain Ride Blues Image
114 No Sugar Tonight Guess Who
115 If There's a Hell Below We're All Going To Go Curtis Mayfield
116 Vehicle Ides Of March
117 Signs Five Man Electrical Band
118 For The Good Times Ray Price
119 One Bad Apple Osmonds
120 Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You Wilson Pickett
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1970
Brian's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1970
* I Can't Get Next to You Al Green
Lew's Choice:
* You Better Think Twice Poco
Bruce's Choice:
* Will There Be Another Love For Me Winfield Parker
Adam's Choice:
* Sleeping The Band
Brett's Choice:
* Gonna Get My Baby Back Doris Troy

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