The Top 125 Summer Songs of the 1970s

Summer Songs come in two different varieties:

1. The the classic songs that describe summertime, vacations,
beaches and the boardwalk.

2. The songs that were payed in constant rotation on
the radio and dance clubs

We tried to combine both the classic summer songs and
songs in different genres that dominated the airwaves
during the summer, with our own Pop Culture Madness
look at the songs that outlasted other songs from their
era.

1970s Summer Songs
1. Summer Nights – John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John,
1978
2. Summer – War, 1976
3. You’re The One That I Want – Olivia Newton-John
and John Travolta, 1978
4. School’s Out – Alice Cooper, 1972
5. Last Dance – Donna Summer, 1978
6. Bad Girls/Hot Stuff – Donna Summer, 1979
7. Afternoon Delight – Starland Vocal Band, 1976
8. In The Summertime – Mungo Jerry, 1970
9. Summer Breeze – Seals and Crofts, 1972
10. Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) – Looking Glass,
1972
11. You’ve Got a Friend – James Taylor, 1971
12. Live and Let Die – Wings, 1973
13. Got To Give It Up – Marvin Gaye, 1977
14. Saturday In The Park – Chicago, 1972
15. The Morning After – Maureen McGovern, 1973
16. Lean On Me – Bill Withers, 1972
17. Beach Baby – First Class, 1974
18. Band of Gold – Freda Payne, 1970
19. I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash, 1972
20. Get Down Tonight – KC and the Sunshine Band,
1975
21. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffet, 1977
22. We Are Family – Sister Sledge, 1979
23. Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones, 1971
24. Shining Star – Earth Wind and Fire, 1975
25. Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple, 1973
26. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John and
Kiki Dee, 1976
27. Miss You – Rolling Stones, 1978
28. The Logical Song – Supertramp, 1979
29. Kodachrome – Paul Simon, 1973
30. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Elton John,
1974
31. Hotel California – The Eagles, 1977
32. Feels Like The First Time – Foreignor, 1977
33. Dreams – Fleetwood Mac, 1977
34. The Hustle – Van McCoy, 1975
35. Love Will Keep Us Together – The Captain and
Tennille, 1975
36. Take A Chance On Me – Abba, 1978
37. The Long and Winding Road – The Beatles, 1970
38. Thanks God I’m a Country Boy – John Denver,
1975
39. You Make Me Feel Brand New – The Stylistics,
1974
40. Reunited – Peaches and Herb, 1979
41. Beginnings/Color My World – Chicago, 1971
42. I Just Want To Be Your Everything – Andy Gibb,
1977
43. Billy, Don’t Be A Hero – Bo Donaldson and the
Heywoods, 1974
44. Someone Saved My Life Tonight – Elton John,
1975
45. Wildfire – Micheal Murphy, 1975
46. Ring My Bell – Aniat Ward, 1979
47. Jive Talkin’ – Bee Gees, 1975
48. I’m In You – Peter Frampton, 1977
49. Sara Smile – Hall and Oates, 1976
50. Jet Airliner – Steve Miller Band, 1977
51. Looks Like We Made It – Barry Manilo, 1977
52. Love You Inside Out – Bee Gees, 1979
53. Jackie Blue – Ozark Mountain Daredevils
54. Love Is Alive – Gary Wright, 1976
55. Rikki Don’t Lose That Number – Steely Dan, 1974
56. Joy To The World – Three Dog Night, 1971
57. Hollywood Swinging – Kool and the Gang, 1974
58. I’m Not In Love – 10cc, 1975
59. Listen To What The Man Said – Wings, 1975
60. Welcome Back – John Sebastian, 1976
61. Brother Louie – Stories, 1973
62. Shadow Dancing – Andy Gibb, 1978
63. The Love You Save – Jackson 5, 1970
64. Silly Love Songs – Wings, 1976
65. The Entertainer – Marvin Hamlisch, 1974
66. Easy – Commodores, 1977
67. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown – Jim Croce, 1973
68. Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty, 1978
69. Swearin’ To God – Frankie Valli, 1975
70. Sister Golden Hair – America, 1975
71. Pease Mr. Please – Olivia Newton-John, 1975
72. It’s Too Late – Carole King, 1971
73. How Long – Ace, 1975
74. Get Ready – Rare Earth, 1970
75. Why Can’t We Be Friends? – War, 1975
76. Magic – Pilot, 1975
77. Sunshine On My Shoulders – John Denver, 1974
78. Moonlight Feels Right – Starbuck, 1976
79. Use Ta Be My Girl – The O’Jays, 1978
80. With A Little Luck – Wings, 1978
81. Everything Is Beautiful – Ray Stevens, 1970
82. Shambala – Three Dog Night, 1973
83. Shannon – Henry Groos, 1976
84. Ventura Highway – America, 1974
85. Annie’s Song – John Denver, 1974
86. Get Up And Boogie (That’s Right) – Silver Convention,
1976
87. Coconut – Nilsson, 1972
88. Rock Your Baby – George McRea, 1974
89. I Want You To Want Me – Cheap Trick, 1979
90. Make Me Smile – Chicago, 1970
91. Too Late To Turn Back Now – Cornelius Brothers
and Sister Rose, 1972
92. The Letter – Joe Cocker, 1970
93. O-o-h Child – The 5 Stairsteps, 1970
94. My Love – Paul McCartney and Wings, 1973
95. Shine A Little Love – Electric Light Orchestra,
1979
96. Song Sung Blue – Neil Diamond, 1972
97. Treat Her Like a Lady – Cornelius Brothers and
Sister Rose, 1971
98. When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman
Dr. Hook, 1979
99. Grease – Frankie Valli, 1978
100. Love Won’t Let Me Wait – Major Harris, 1975
101. Rockaway Beach – The Ramones, 1978
102. Wildwood Weed – Jim Stafford, 1974
103. Gold – John Stewart, 1979
104. Hitchin’ A Ride – Vanity Fare, 1970
105. Kiss and Say Goodbye -Manhattans, 1976
106. The Wonder of You – Elvis Presley, 1970
107. (They Long To Be) Close To You – The Carpenters,
1970
108. Love Is Like Oxygen – Sweet, 1978
109. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart – The Bee Gees,
1971
110. Black and White – Three Dog Night, 1972
111. The Groove Line – Heatwave, 1978
112. Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation
Indian)
– The Raiders, 1971
113. Mama Told Me Not To Come – Three Dog Night,
1970
114. I’m Not Lisa – Jess Colter, 1975
115. The Streak – Ray Stevens, 1974
116. Tighter, Tighter – Alive and Kicking, 1970
117. Lonely Boy – Andrew Gold, 1977
118. Da Doo Ron Ron – Shaun Cassidy, 1977
119. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) – Olivia Newton
John, 1974
120. Ride Captain Ride – Blues Image, 1970
121. The Candy Man – Sammy Davis, Jr, 1972
122. Undercover Angel – Alan O’Day, 1977
123. Shop Around – Captain and Tennille, 1976
124. Spill The Wine – Eric Burdon and War, 1970
125. Want Ads – The Honey Cone, 1971
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