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10 Best '70s Songs

Our 10 best '70s songs -- as rated by listeners on the Super '70s station -- cover topics of jaded love, dreams, and even break ups. Some were the band's first single, others -- believe it or not -- were never even released as a single.
'Take It Easy' (1972)
'Take It Easy' was the Eagles first single of their eponymous debut album. The '70s anthem mentions "standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona" in the second verse. As a tribute, in 1999 the town of Winslow erected a bronze statue of a man literally standing on the corner of the street, a finishing touch to the town's existing 'Standin' On the Corner Park.'
Eagles Take It Easy
'Dream On' (1973)
'Dream On' is Aerosmith's first single ever and has been covered by a number of artists, including Tori Amos, Breaking Benjamin, and Game.
Aerosmith Dream On
'Sister Golden Hair' (1975)
'Sister Golden Hair' was a smashing hit, climbing to No. 1 on the charts. Written by Gerry Beckley, the love song is about meeting halfway: "Well, I keep on thinkin' bout you, Sister Golden Hair surprise / And I just can't live without you; can't you see it in my eyes?"
America Sister Golden Hair
'Dreams' (1977)
Stevie Nicks wrote 'Dreams' in just 10 minutes about her break up with band member and former boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham. Apparently, producing the song put an emotional dagger in the Buckingham's heart. He was stuck producing the song, while Nicks had clearly moved on and was already dating someone else (a.k.a Don Henley of The Eagles). This is Fleetwood Mac's only single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
Fleetwood Mac Dreams
'I'm Not in Love' (1975)
Believe it or not, this '70s song was almost scrapped! The track's success launched the band into the international spotlight thanks to its "choral backing" production, where dubbed over voices were used instead of beats. The lyrics were especially catchy -- "Be quiet, big boys don't cry" -- even inspiring the name of the '80s group, Boys Don't Cry.
10 CC I'm Not in Love
'Stairway To Heaven' (1971)
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant used a cassette recorder to tape 'Stairway To Heaven' as the song came to them over time. This makes sense, as the nearly eight-minute song evolves from guitar-picked arpeggios, to a mid-tempo track accompanied with percussion, to full-blown electric guitar runs. Page told 'Rolling Stone' that he "thought 'Stairway' crystallized the essence of the band. It had everything in there and showed the band at its best."
Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven
'Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)' (1972)
Reaching No. 1 on the Billboard 100, the track's soft tone was actually quite different from the band's usual rock-driven songs. Coincidental or not, Brandy became one of the top 100 girl names in the states in 1973, a year after the single's release.
Looking Glass Brandy You're A Fine Girl
'You're So Vain' (1972)
'You're So Vain' isn't about her former husband James Taylor, or any one of her may other famous relationships. Still to this day, people still ask: Who is this song about? We may never know. All we have are a slew of interviews, denying people's guesses for more than 30 years.
Carly Simon You're So Vain
'How Deep Is Your Love' (1977)
You may recognize the song from the soundtrack to 'Saturday Night Fever.' The '70s song was made even more famous when covered by English pop band Take That. Pretty soon, bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers were covering it too.
The Bee Gees How Deep Is Your Love
'December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)' (1975)
At first, the band wrote the song to rescind prohibition. But then the band changed the lyrics, so the song would be about a man's "first time" with a woman. Oh, what a night it is. Turn on our No. 1 song of the '70s.
The Four Seasons December 1963 Oh What A Night
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