Top Songs of 1974

By | Dec 13, 2008

Billy Don’t Be a Hero was a big hit in Europe by the group that originally recorded it, Paper Lace. Bo Donalson and the Heywoods released it in the United States and reached the number 1 spot and the Number 6 Song of the year. Ironically the song by Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods didn’t chart in England while Paper Lace’s version barely broke the Top 100.

Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas was inspired by a Kung Fu movie, this type of featuring Chinese martial arts was just beginning .

(You’re) Having My Baby was written and recorded by Paul Anka and was originally suppose to be a solo record but it was decided to add Odia Coates to the song. Anka’s last appeared on the pop charts in 1959 before this song, which was his third Number 1.

It was the spring of 1974, near the end of the Streaking craze when Ray Stevens reached the top of the Charts with The Streak, a story song about the craze. Don’t Look Ethel!

Seasons in the Sun, the story of a dying man, bidding farewell to friends and family, was written in 1961 in French by the Belgian poet-composer Jacques Brel (Le moribond) with the English translation by Rod McKuen. Canadian Terry Jacks liked the song and tried to convince the Beach Boy to record the song when he was working with them.

One of the biggest movies of 1973 was The Way We Were starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford. Not only was it the Top song of 1974 it also won the academy award for Best Song.


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