70s Chart-Toppers: 10 Billboard Rock Hits

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Let’s take a groovy trip down memory lane as we explore the Top 10 Billboard Chart-Topping Rock Songs of the ’70s. Join us on this musical journey filled with peace, love, and unforgettable tunes that shaped an era.

#10: “My Sweet Lord” (1970) – George Harrison

After the untimely departures of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, George Harrison, the quiet Beatle, gifted us with “My Sweet Lord.” From his triple album “All Things Must Pass,” this song dedicated to the supreme deity Krishna became the most successful single of Harrison’s post-Beatles career, topping the charts for four weeks.

#9: “Maggie May” (1971) – Rod Stewart

Rod the Mod’s solo career soared with the throaty vocals of “Maggie May.” Inspired by his first romantic escapade with an older woman, this chart-topper dominated the Billboard Hot 100 for an impressive five weeks, showcasing Stewart’s early ’70s glory.

#8: “Me and Bobby McGee” (1971) – Janis Joplin

Co-written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, “Me and Bobby McGee” became a touching sendoff for the legendary Janis Joplin. Released posthumously, it showcased Joplin’s raw talent and topped the charts, solidifying its place as one of her signature songs.

#7: “Crocodile Rock” (1972) – Elton John

Elton John stripped away theatrics with “Crocodile Rock,” capturing the essence of early rock and roll. Inspired by an Australian hit, this playful tune climbed the Billboard charts, showcasing Elton John’s ability to capture the energy of the genre.

#6: “American Pie” (1971) – Don McLean

Don McLean’s “American Pie” is more than a song; it’s poetry. Recounting “the day the music died,” this cultural phenomenon reflects on America itself. It remains a memento of classic folk rock and a reminder of a more innocent time.

#5: “American Woman” (1970) – The Guess Who

Despite being a Canadian rock band, The Guess Who’s “American Woman” topped the charts in the U.S. The funky groove and bold lyrics caused a stir, proving that sometimes all it takes is an “America” reference to gain attention.

#4: “Brown Sugar” (1971) – The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones stirred controversy with “Brown Sugar,” a rock and roll classic that wouldn’t fly as a new release today. Despite its politically incorrect lyrics, the song consumed the charts like a daily appetizer for rock fans.

#3: “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970) – Simon & Garfunkel

Channeling gospel and Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound,” Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” became a grand anthem of positivity. Remaining atop the charts for six weeks, it’s one of the duo’s signature songs.

#2: “Let It Be” (1970) – The Beatles

Written by Lennon and McCartney, “Let It Be” originated from a dream and marked the end of The Beatles’ era. Debuted at the top of the Billboard charts, it’s considered one of the greatest songs of all time, concluding an era as McCartney left the band.

#1: “Hotel California” (1977) – Eagles

Our top pick is the Eagles’ “Hotel California.” Released in 1976, this six-and-a-half-minute musical journey became a surrealistic fantasy and one of the best-selling songs of all time. It symbolizes the era’s shift toward album-focused listening.

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