Top Songs of 1970

By | Dec 23, 2010

When the 1960’s ended and the 70’s began I wasn’t really listening too much to music. But when The Partridge Family debuted on ABC Television I was really exposed to music. Call it bubble gum rock, but the number 6 song I Think I Love You by The Partridge Family was top on my list.

The Beatles formally announced their breakup and John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison each had their own projects. George must have had a big backlog of songs since he released the three record album All Things Must Pass along with the number 5 best song of 1970, My Sweet Lord.

The number 4 song of the year, Close To You by The Carpenters. It was the first ‘hit’ single release by the siblings Richard and Karen Carpenter. The song was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. This was their second release having released a version of The Beatles, Ticket to Ride, a few months earlier.

The number 3 song was also written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and was featured in the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head by B.J. Thomas was the first number one song of the 1970’s.

I’ll Be There by Jackson 5 was their 4th number one song in 1970. The previous three were all upbeat songs, but this one was a ballad. The song was released by Mariah Carey in 1992 and also was a chart topper.

Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel was the number 1 song of 1970. It also won the Grammy for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and appeared on the Album of the Year, which also had the same title.


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