100 Greatest Songs From 1974

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.

No Woman, No Cry single cover
Sweet Home Alabama single cover
You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet single cover
Rock Your Baby single cover
Lady Marmalade single cover
Autobahn single cover
Waterloo single cover
Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe single cover
1 No Woman, No Cry Bob Marley and the Wailers
2 Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd
3 You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet Bachman-Turner Overdrive
4 Rock Your Baby George McCrae
5 Lady Marmalade LaBelle
6 Autobahn Kraftwerk
7 Help Me Joni Mitchell
8 Waterloo ABBA
9 Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe Barry White
10 Tell Me Something Good Rufus
11 Black Water Doobie Brothers
12 Rebel Rebel David Bowie
13 Killer Queen Queen
14 Pick Up The Pieces Average White Band
15 Can't Get Enough Bad Company
16 Rikki Don't Lose That Number Steely Dan
17 I Shot The Sheriff Eric Clapton
18 You're The First, The Last, My Everything Barry White
19 Love Hurts Nazareth
20 Cat's In the Cradle Harry Chapin
21 Kung Fu Fighting Carl Douglas
22 Lovin' You Minnie Riperton
23 You Are So Beautiful Joe Cocker
24 Sundown Gordon Lightfoot
25 Be Thankful For What You Got William DeVaughn
26 Never Can Say Goodbye Gloria Gaynor
27 You're No Good Linda Ronstadt
28 Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me Elton John
29 You Haven't Done Nothin' Stevie Wonder
30 Fox On the Run Sweet
31 Bad Company Bad Company
32 It's Only Rock 'n' Roll Rolling Stones
33 Fire Ohio Players
34 Best of My Love Eagles
35 Boogie On Reggae Woman Stevie Wonder
36 Annie's Song John Denver
37 The Air That I Breathe Hollies
38 Take Me To the River Al Green
39 This Town Ain't Big Enough Sparks
40 Forever Young Bob Dylan
41 Some Kind Of Wonderful Grand Funk
42 How Long Ace
43 Nothing From Nothing Billy Preston
44 September Gurls Big Star
45 Summer Madness Kool & the Gang
46 Shame, Shame, Shame Shirley & Company
47 Dreamer Supertramp
48 Already Gone Eagles
49 The Night Chicago Died Paper Lace
50 My Eyes Adored You Frankie Valli
51 Sugar Baby Love Rubettes
52 Sideshow Blue Magic
53 Magic Pilot
54 Down Down Status Quo
55 #9 Dream John Lennon
56 Tin Man America
57 School Supertramp
58 I Can Help Billy Swan
59 The Loco-Motion Grand Funk
60 Laughter In the Rain Neil Sedaka
61 Can't Get It Out Of My Head Electric Light Orchestra
62 The Bitch Is Back Elton John
63 Love Won't Let Me Wait Major Harris
64 I Will Always Love You Dolly Parton
65 Before The Next Teardrop Falls Freddy Fender
66 Jackie Blue Ozark Mountain Daredevils
67 Whatever Gets You Through the Night John Lennon
68 The Bottle Gil Scott-Heron
69 Then Came You Dionne Warwicke and the Spinners
70 Lonely People America
71 Dance With Me Orleans
72 Distant Lover (live) Marvin Gaye
73 Everything I Own Ken Boothe
74 Rock Me Gently Andy Kim
75 Burn Deep Purple
76 Bloody Well Right Supertramp
77 Emma Hot Chocolate
78 Free Man In Paris Joni Mitchell
79 Machine Gun Commodores
80 Call Me The Breeze Lynyrd Skynyrd
81 Oh Very Young Cat Stevens
82 Everlasting Love Carl Carlton
83 Devotion Earth, Wind & Fire
84 Bad Time Grand Funk
85 Come Monday Jimmy Buffett
86 When Will I Be Loved Linda Ronstadt
87 Skin Tight Ohio Players
88 Same Old Song And Dance Aerosmith
89 Hang On In There Baby Johnny Bristol
90 Bungle In the Jungle Jethro Tull
91 Seven Seas of Rhye Queen
92 Walking In Rhythm Blackbyrds
93 I Honestly Love You Olivia Newton-John
94 Do It ('Til You're Satisfied) B.T. Express
95 Beach Baby First Class
96 Chelsea Hotel #2 Leonard Cohen
97 Carefree Highway Gordon Lightfoot
98 Late For The Sky Jackson Browne
99 Feel Like Makin' Love Roberta Flack
100 Promised Land Elvis Presley
20 more worth mentioning.
101 Jazzman Carole King
102 Just Don't Want to Be Lonely Main Ingredient
103 The Streak Ray Stevens
104 Sha La La Al Green
105 Train Kept a-Rollin' Aerosmith
106 Mighty Mighty Earth, Wind & Fire
107 Roll On Down The Highway Bachman-Turner Overdrive
109 Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds Elton John
110 The Wall Street Shuffle 10cc
111 Wishing You Were Here Chicago
112 Up For The Down Stroke Parliament
113 Angie Baby Helen Reddy
114 You Got The Love Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
115 I've Got The Music In Me Kiki Dee Band
116 Billy Don't Be A Hero Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods
117 Express B.T. Express
118 The South's Gonna Do It Charlie Daniels Band
119 (I've Been) Searchin' So Long Chicago
120 Poetry Man Phoebe Snow
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1974
Brian's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1974
* Tattler Ry Cooder
Lew's Choice:
* As The Raven Flies Dan Fogelberg
Bruce's Choice:
* We Sing For Fun Sparrows Quartet
Adam's Choice:
* Sweet Thang Shuggie Otis
Brett's Choice:
* It's Better To Have (And Don't Need) Don Covay

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