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146 Love Songs From the 1970s

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Travel back in time to the 1970s, a time of transition when the "Me" generation came of age, to celebrate love with pop, rock, country, soul, and disco songs.

Travel back in time to the 1970s, a time of transition when the "Me" generation came of age, to celebrate love with pop, rock, country, soul, and disco songs.

The "Me" Generation Falls in Love

In the 1970s, Americans of the "Me" generation came of age. They searched for identity, meaning, and self-fulfillment against a backdrop of significant events:

  • the Watergate scandal, impeachment, and resignation of Pres. Richard Nixon
  • the end of the Vietnam war
  • rising unemployment and inflation brought about by the oil crisis and
  • the submittal of the Equal Rights Amendment to state legislatures for ratification.

There's an abundance of 1970s love songs, and many of them are emotionally rawer, more overtly sexual, and more narcissistic than love songs from earlier decades. They reflect changing times. Additionally, love songs of the era dealt with more diverse love-related topics, including divorcing and (ahem) short-term relationships.

Take a trip back through time by listening to some of the best love songs there are. Celebrate the 1970s with a playlist of pop, rock, country, soul, and disco love songs. We have a long list to start you out.

1. "The Most Beautiful Girl" by Charley Rich

This 1973 country ditty topped both the country and mainstream pop charts, becoming an international hit as well. It features a narrator who regrets saying some mean things the night prior. Having upset his sweetheart, he discovers with the morning sun that she has packed up and left him.

As the distraught man looks everywhere for his beautiful runaway lover, he solicits help from anyone he chances upon:

Hey, did you happen to see the most beautiful girl in the world?
And if you did, was she crying, crying?
Hey, if you happen to see the most beautiful girl that walked out on me
Tell her I'm sorry
Tell her I need my baby
Oh, won't you tell her, that I love her?

2. "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green

One of Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time," this sexy R&B number from 1971 pays tribute to lasting romantic love. The song's narrator is a man in love, and he wants his lady to know that staying together for a lifetime is his priority. The smooth fella confides in his darling that she makes him feel brand new. He assures her that he's in it for the long haul.

3. "If You Leave Me Now" by Chicago

The man in this Grammy Award-winning soft rock ballad from 1976 has had a relationship-ending argument with his lover. Both hurled angry, regrettable words that are difficult to rewind. In an attempt to salvage their love affair, the narrator draws attention to how rare and special their connection is. He begs her not to leave him. It's much easier to resist sharing angry thoughts than to take back hurtful words.

Chicago has been named by Billboard as one of the best-selling groups of all time. In 2016, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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4. "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" by James Taylor

Although Marvin Gaye sang it first in 1964, James Taylor made this song his with this 1975 cover version. The song feels like a warm hug, as the narrator expresses heartfelt gratitude to his lover for her warmth and devotion. He appreciates how she has

  • treated him well
  • provided him emotional shelter from the world and
  • been a source of light and inspiration in his life.

May we all find someone as special as that. James Taylor was married to fellow singer-songwriter Carly Simon from 1972-1983. He was named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and Rolling Stone magazine designated him one of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time."

5. "You’re the First, the Last, My Everything" by Barry White

This 1974 romantic R&B song has disco vibes, but oddly, it was initially written as a country song, believe it or not. The song involves a male narrator talking up his lover as a true original, irreplaceable and a rare gem. He tells her she's downright dreamy, he loves her in every way, and plans on keeping the faith.

Lovingly, the narrator refers to her as

My first, my last, my everything
And the answer to all my dreams.
You're my sun, my moon, my guiding star
My kind of wonderful, that's what you are.

Known for his deep, rich bass-baritone voice, Barry White has been one of the best-selling artists of all time, Unfortunately, in 2003, he died of acute kidney failure at the age of 58. Barry White was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

6. "It's Sad to Belong" by England Dan & John Ford Coley

If you're decisive and hell-bent on keeping promises, perhaps you married early. But what if your choice in life partners wasn't the best, and the perfect partner shows up in your life years later? That's the dilemma in this soft rock song from 1977.

Because of his commitment to his wife, all the lovelorn man can do is secretly covet a woman he cannot have. He wishes he had a time machine to go back and make different choices. It makes you wonder whether his wife would want a do-over as well? Those two should discuss.

7. "You're the One That I Want" by Olivia Newton-John (featuring John Travolta)

This 1978 pop song remains one of the best-selling songs of all time. It was an international smash hit and was featured prominently in the romantic comedy, Grease.

The popular film was about a teenage love affair between an Australian transfer student and an American greaser. Both were students at the fictional Rydell High School in the 1950s. In a pivotal scene, the female lead character, Sandy, decides to confront her crush, Danny, to let him know that she is attracted to him and inform him that if the feeling is mutual, then he needs to stop playing coy and step up:

You better shape up
´Cause I need a man
And my heart is set on you.
You better shape up
You better understand
To my heart I must be true... .

If you're crushing on someone, then make a playlist of songs about crushes to listen to as you plan your strategy for taking your relationship to the next level.

8. "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" by Linda Ronstadt

Men of power often believe everything has a price tag. The woman in this 1974 country-pop crossover has a cheating lover who assumes she should be satisfied with the lifestyle he supplies her. However, instead of being placated by his lonely mansion, piles of money, and sharing his name, what she really seeks is for him to uphold his promises. She's not the type who can be bought.

One of the world's best-selling artists of all time, Linda Ronstadt has been dubbed "The First Lady of Rock." In 2014, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2016, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2012, so that after four decades in the music business she "can no longer sing a note."

9. "When I Need You" by Leo Sayer

The needy narrator in this 1977 soft rock song sounds so darn earnest. He's traveling and thus separated from his ladylove. Because it's the '70s, there is no Facetime, voicemail or answering machines, texting or emailing yet. There's just snail mail and waiting by the landline, hoping to catch a long distance phone call from your far away lover. (Remember those days?) That gets awfully lonely.

The sorrowful guy reminds his lover that their separation is temporary. When he finds himself lonely, he closes his eyes and lets his imagination picture them together. He encourages her to do the same.

10. "So Far Away" by Carole King

In this 1971 rock classic, the narrator laments being on the road and separated from her lover:

So far away
Doesn't anybody stay in one place anymore?
It would be so fine to see your face at my door
It doesn't help to know you're just time away.

In addition to recording some of her own work, Carole King has written or co-written a string of wildly successful songs for other artists, including Aretha Franklin, The Drifters, James Taylor, and The Shirrells. She is the most influential female songwriter of the last half of the 20th century in the United States. As such, Carole King was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987, plus the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for songwriting in 1990.

11. "Stumblin’ In" by Chris Norman and Suzi Quatro

Did you fall in love, a little at a time, or were you like the couple in this 1978 rock ditty? They clumsily stumbled into love with partners they barely knew, then laid their hearts on the line. Next thing they realized, their hearts were on fire for each another. Although both artists found later chart success overseas or as a part of a group, this song was the only one to break the American Top 40 mainstream charts for them as individual artists.

The "Me" Generation of the 1970s saw new fashion tastes and cultural interests in nightclubs and disco.

The "Me" Generation of the 1970s saw new fashion tastes and cultural interests in nightclubs and disco.

How Well Do You Know 1970s Musical Artists? Take the Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. This singer was visibly drunk while presenting at the 1974 CMA Awards and lit the winning award envelope on fire.
    • Charlie Rich
    • John Denver
    • Charley Pride
  2. Which popular 1970s singer had a verbal encounter with John Lennon's murderer 24-hours beforehand and heard the shots?
    • Lionel Richie
    • Stevie Wonder
    • James Taylor
    • Barry Manilow
  3. How did Stevie Wonder become blind?
    • He was in a car accident as an 8-year old.
    • He's not actually blind. Haven't you heard?
    • He was born six weeks prematurely.
  4. What is the relationship between Captain and Tenille?
    • brother and sister
    • husband and wife (now divorced)
    • first cousins
    • strictly musical collaborators
  5. Which singer announced in 2012 that they had Parkinson's Disease and "could no longer sing a note."
    • Dionne Warwick
    • Linda Ronstadt
    • Kenny Rogers
  6. Which 70s musician was once a baseball player?
    • Shaun Cassidy
    • Charley Pride
    • Barry White
    • Kenny Rogers
  7. Which Gibb brother was NOT part of the Bee Gees?
    • Andy Gibb
    • Maurice Gibb
    • Robin Gibb
    • Barry Gibb

Answer Key

  1. Charlie Rich
  2. James Taylor
  3. He was born six weeks prematurely.
  4. husband and wife (now divorced)
  5. Linda Ronstadt
  6. Charley Pride
  7. Andy Gibb

12. "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye

This isn't just a love song. It's a love making song. I hope you have it on that playlist. (You know the one.)

The 1973 soul and funk-tinged pop song is one of Marvin Gaye's best-known songs and helped identify him as a sex icon. It's one big sensual come-on as the narrator attempts to sweet talk his way into his romantic interest's bed:

There's nothin' wrong with me
Lovin' you, baby love, love
And givin' yourself to me can never be wrong
If the love is true, oh, baby.

The tune was a number one pop hit and was designated by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." The fantastic Marvin Gaye was inducted into three Halls of Fame, and in 1996, he was posthumously awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

13. "Three Times a Lady" by The Commodores

"I love you. I want you. I need you. Forever." (Thus three times a lady.) Those are the tender words that Lionel Richie's father said to Richie's mother, thereby inspiring the singer-songwriter to create this 1978 Motown soul/soft rock song. This number one hit was the only mainstream Top 10 hit for the Motown label that year.

"Three Times a Lady" is a love song about lifelong partners looking back together on their life journey. The husband expresses love and gratitude to his wife for all the memories they have created. Now that they've come to the end of their rainbow, he feels the urgency to express out loud how much she means.

In 1982, Lionel Richie left The Commodores to pursue a successful solo career after being the lead singer for many of the group's softer songs. The Commodores were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003.

14. "How Deep Is Your Love" by The Bee Gees

Living in a world of fools, these two lovers belong to one another. So says the silver-tongued man in this 1977 pop ballad.

The narrator poetically describes how much he believes that his lover needs him, and he encourages her to actually show him how deep her love is. Hold on. This is no ordinary love song. Be careful of this one, sister!

"How Deep Is Your Love" was part of the iconic "Saturday Night Fever" film soundtrack, the best-selling soundtrack album of all time. The worldwide hit was voted by fans as the favorite Bee Gees song. It was also selected by Rolling Stone as one of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." The three British brothers Gibb were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

15. "Make It with You" by Bread

In a laid-back, easygoing way, the man in this1970 soft rock tune declares his forever love for a woman who changed his life. His sweetheart has provided him love and purpose in life. She's also provided affection and emotional support. Because of the difference she's made, he's begun to see her as indispensable.

In 2006, Bread was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. In case you're wondering where they got their unconventional group name, two of the band members spotted a Barbara Ann Bread truck in front of them at a stoplight. The rest is history.

16. "Do That to Me One More Time" by Captain & Tennille

The gal in this sexually suggestive soft rock song from 1979 gets directive as she tells her man how much she relishes his kisses and other sexy moves. This hit was a departure from the musical duo's wholesome image that first made them famous.

Captain & Tennille was so popular during the mid-70s that they had their own television variety show. "Do That to Me One More Time" was their final Top 40 hit.

17. "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" by Charley Pride

Historically, few country musicians have been anything but white, and it's still the norm. However, Charley Pride, successfully broke through these racial barriers. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.

"Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'," a 1971 country-pop crossover hit, became his signature song. The tune is about a man who shares the secret to his happy love relationship:

You've got to kiss an angel good mornin'
And let her know you think about her when you're gone
Kiss an angel good mornin' and love her like a devil when you get back home.

1970s History and Culture

Richard Nixon resigned as President in August 1974 after the Watergate scandal.

In 1978, Louise Brown, the first "test tube baby" (a child conceived through in vitro fertilization) was born.

Farrah Fawcett-Majors appeared in a clingy, one-piece, red bathing suit in 1976 and made history. Hers was the best-selling poster of all time.

Smallpox was declared eradicated in 1979 by the World Health Organization.

Swimmer Mark Spitz won seven gold medals in the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics and set seven World Records.

The Post-It Note was accidentally invented in 1974 by 3M engineers. Management didn't think the product would sell so it was tabled for three years before marketing to the public.

Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel set a world record in 1971 by jumping over 19 cars.

More than 900 people died in a mass murder-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, in November 1978 at the direction of cult leader Rev. Jim Jones.

The first animals to be genetically engineered were mice, in 1974.

Stretch Armstrong was originally marketed by Hasbro in 1976.

Intended to be the third moon landing, Apollo 13 aborted its mission in April 1970 after an explosion damaged its oxygen tank. The crew safely returned to Earth.

The first Starbucks was founded in Seattle in 1971.

"Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down." Egg-shaped toys called Weebles were introduced by Hasbro in 1971.

In November 1979, 66 diplomats (including 52 Americans) were taken hostage for 444 days by Iranian revolutionaries.

An Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty was signed in March 1979 and witnessed by President Jimmy Carter following the Camp David Peace Accords.

Handheld calculators were introduced in 1971, replacing larger and non-portable models.

In 1975, Pet Rocks were a craze. They were supposedly the "perfect pet" in that they required no feeding, grooming, or training.

In April 1975, Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese communist forces, essentially ending the war.

In 1979, the Sony Walkman became the first the world's first low-cost portable stereo to be marketed to consumers.

A nuclear power accident at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania occurred in March 1979. Total cost of cleanup was approximately $1 billion.

Arab oil producers initiated an oil embargo in 1973 to punish the West for supporting Israel during the Yom Kippur War. The oil crisis resulted in gas rationing, long lines, and price hikes.

Introduced on April Fool's Day 1970, the American Motors Corporation's Gremlin was America's first subcompact car. Its backseat has been described as "only designed for small children."

The first Earth Day was celebrated in April 1970.

Mood rings were created in 1975. Having a thermochromic element, the ring allegedly changed color according to one's emotional state.

The 1970s marked a period of "stagflation," which is a difficult combination of high inflation and high unemployment.

In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional, and there was a four-year moratorium on executions until further court rulings were issued.

18. "Just You 'n' Me" by Chicago

Written after a big argument, this soft rock song from 1973 features a narrator who has found the love of his life. Chicago's trombone player penned this hit tune. It describes the woman he loves as all he's ever dreamed of. The narrator exudes emotion, claiming that loving her is easy and she inspires him.

In real life, the tune was played at the songwriter's wedding, as he and his girlfriend reunited and married shortly after he wrote the song. The real-life couple, however, couldn't make their love last forever, as they were divorced after 18 years.

19. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" by Stevie Wonder

After being M.I.A. from his sweetheart, the guy in this 1970 soul song regrets his infidelity and recommits himself to their relationship. As he humbly presents himself to her, he admits that he's done a lot of foolish things, but the past is now behind him:

Here I am baby
Oh, you've got the future in your hand
Signed, sealed delivered, I'm yours.

Stevie Wonder was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Rolling Stone recognized the one-time child prodigy as one of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time."

Known for his political activism, Stevie Wonder was instrumental in petitioning to recognize Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a holiday. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" was used in Barack Obama's successful 2008 campaign for the U.S. presidency and his subsequent inauguration.

20. "Oh, Girl" by The Chi-Lites

Can this relationship be saved? The narrator in this 1972 soul tune is desperately trying to preserve his relationship with his girlfriend. As they teeter on a breakup he describes how much trouble he'd be in if she left him.

Unfortunately, these don't sound like very good reasons to stay with a man:

  • he doesn't know where or how to look for love
  • he's accustomed to her taking care of him and
  • he's afraid he'll be helpless and heartbroken.

The Chi-Lites were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005 and the R&B Music Hall of Fame in 2013.

"True love cannot be found where it does not exist, nor can it be denied where it does." - Torquato Tasso, Italian poet

"True love cannot be found where it does not exist, nor can it be denied where it does." - Torquato Tasso, Italian poet

Even More Love Songs from the 1970s

SongArtistYear Released

21. Love Will Keep Us Together

Captain & Tenille

1975

22. I'll Be There

Jackson 5

1970

23. Fallin' in Love

Joe Frank & Reynolds Hamilton

1975

24. Let Me Be There

Olivia Newton-John

1974

25. I'll Never Love This Way Again

Dionne Warwick

1979

26. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

Robert Flack

1972

27. Woman, Senuous Woman

Don Gibson

1972

28. She's Got You

Loretta Lynn

1977

29. If

Bread

1971

30. Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe

Barry White

1974

31. Feel Like Makin' Love

Roberta Flack

1975

32. You Belong to Me

Carly Simon

1978

33. I’d Really Love to See You Tonight

England Dan & John Ford Coley

1976

34. Evergreen (Love Theme from the Original "A Star Is Born")

Barbara Streisand

1977

35. No Tell Lover

Chicago

1978

36. Baby I'm-a Want You

Bread

1972

37. Love in the Hot Afternoon

Gene Watson

1975

38. Then Came You

Dionne Warwicke & The Spinners

1974

39. Behind Closed Doors

Charlie Rich

1973

40. I Feel the Earth Move

Carole King

1971

41. The Closer I Get to You

Roberta Flack (featuring Donny Hathaway)

1978

42. Funny Face

Donna Fargo

1972

43. Sometimes When We Touch

Dan Hill

1978

44. Lead Me On

Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty

1971

45. Baby, What a Big Surprise

Chicago

1977

46. Longer

Dan Fogelberg

1979

47. I'm Still in Love with You

Al Green

1972

48. Daytime Friends

Kenny Rogers

1977

49. I Think I Love You

The Partridge Family

1970

50. I Just Fall In Love Again

Anne Murray

1979

51. Have You Seen Her

The Chi-Lites

1971

52. You're Having My Baby

Paul Anka and Odia Coates

1974

53. We'll Never Have to Say Goodbye Again

England Dan & John Ford Coley

1978

54. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight

James Taylor

1972

55. You Are the Sunshine of My Life

Stevie Wonder

1973

56. Love in the Afternoon

Barbara Streisand

1974

57. My Woman, My Woman, My Wife

Marty Robbins

1970

58. That'll Be the Day

Linda Ronstadt

1976

59. The Right Thing to Do

Carly Simon

1973

60. If You Love Me (Let Me Know)

Olivia Newton-John

1974

61. Never Can Say Goodbye

Jackson 5

1974

62. Where Is the Love

Roberta Flack (featuring Donnie Hathaway)

1972

63. You Don't Bring Me Flowers

Barbara Streisand & Neil Diamond

1978

64. Hello Darlin'

Conway Twitty

1970

65. Tired of Being Alone

Al Green

1971

66. Knock Three Times

Tony Orlando & Dawn

1971

67. Pure Love

Ronnie Milsap

1974

68. Call on Me

Chicago

1974

69. Lady

Styx

1975

70. It Don't Matter to Me

Bread

1970

71. You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.

1977

72. Blue Bayou

Linda Ronstadt

1977

73. Bridge Over Troubled Water

Simon and Garfunkel

1970

74. She Believes in Me

Kenny Rogers

1978

75. Please, Mr., Please

Olivia Newton-John

1975

76. Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man

Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty

1973

77. My Love

Paul McCartney & Wings

1973

78. Summer Nights

Olivia Newton-John (featuring John Travolta)

1978

79. Mandy

Barry Manilow

1974

80. Sail On

The Commodores

1979

81. The Tracks of My Tears

Linda Ronstadt

1975

82. I Honestly Love You

Olivia Newton-John

1974

83. I Just Want to Be Your Everything

Shaun Cassidy

1977

84. What a Difference You've Made in My Life

Ronnie Milsap

1977

85. Muskrat Love

Captain & Tenille

1976

86. My Eyes Adored You

Frankie Valli

1975

87. It's So Easy

Linda Ronstadt

1977

88. Best of My Love

Eagles

1974

89. Hopelessly Devoted to You

Olivia Newton-John

1978

90. Still

The Commodores

1979

91. What Goes on When the Sun Goes Down

Ronnie Milsap

1976

92. If I Can't Have You

Yvonne Elliman

1978

93. You Decorated My Life

Kenny Rogers

1979

94. You're Sixteen

Ringo Starr

1973

95. Ooh Baby Baby

Linda Ronstadt

1978

96. Maggie May

Rod Stewart

1971

97. Can't Smile Without You

Barry Manilow

1978

98. Best of My Love

The Emotions

1977

99. With a Little Luck

Wings

1978

100. Lovin' You

Minnie Riperton

1975

101. Don't Give Up on Us

David Soul

1977

102. Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)

Rod Stewart

1976

103. Kiss You All Over

Exhile

1978

104. He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)

Tony Orlando & Dawn

1975

105. You Light Up My Life

Debby Boone

1977

106. Let Your Love Flow

The Bellamy Brothers

1976

107. I Will Always Love You

Dolly Parton

1974

108. Always on My Mind

Elvis Presley

1972

109. Looks Like We Made It

Barry Manilow

1977

110. Babe

Styx

1979

111. "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue

Crystal Gayle

1977

112. You Needed Me

Anne Murray

1978

113. This Old Heart of Mine

Rod Stewart

1975

114. Nobody Does It Better

Carly Simon

1977

115. When Will I Be Loved

Linda Ronstadt

1975

116. S.O.S

ABBA

1975

117. You Are So Beautiful

Joe Cocker

1974

118. Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)

Tanya Tucker

1974

119. I Only Want to Be With You

Bay City Rollers

1976

120. Take a Chance on Me

ABBA

1978

121. Layla

Derek and The Dominoes

1971

122. Just the Way You Are

Billy Joel

1977

123. She's Always a Woman

Billy Joel

1977

124. Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up

Barry White

1973

125. Kiss and Say Goodbye

The Manhattans

1976

126. Your Love

Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.

1977

127. Right Time of the Night

Jennifer Warnes

1977

128. The Things We Do for Love

10cc

1976

129. Lotta Love

Nicolette Larson

1978

130. Baby I Love Your Way

Peter Frampton

1975

131. Killing Me Softly

Roberta Flack

1973

132. We've Only Just Begun

The Carpenters

1970

133. Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Queen

1979

134. Two Out of Three Ain't Bad

Meatloaf

1978

135. (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher

Rita Coolidge

1977

136. The Way You Do the Things You Do

Rita Coolidge

1978

137. After the Lovin'

Engelbert Humperdinck

1976

138. Afternoon Delight

Starland Vocal Band

1976

139. Right Back to Where We Started from

Maxine Nightingale

1977

140. Lead Me On

Maxine Nightingale

1978

141. You Take My Breath Away

Rex Smith

1979

142. Feelings

Morris Albert

1974

143. Just When I Needed You Most

Randy Van Warmer

1979

144. Our Love

Natalie Cole

1977

145. Falling

Leblanc & Carr

1977

146. One Less Bell to Answer

The 5th Dimension

1970

Questions & Answers

Question: What song is about a young woman married to an older man, but she is cheating on him?

Answer: In 1975, the Eagles had a phenomenal song called "Lyin' Eyes." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PTEqZURh4o

Question: I know only a few words of a song I am looking for: "To to me it seems that the answer is love" and "where there is love there is peace." There was a lot of "wah-wah" guitaring and it wass released around 1977. Do you know the song please?

Answer: Try one of these. I suspect you may not be recalling some of these details correctly which is common.

1) "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding" (1974) by Brinsley Schwarz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3r-TuIcK2k (Elvis Costello & the Attractions had a more well-known version in 1979).

2) "Love Is the Answer" by England Dan & John Ford Coley (1979) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QZjJU-mtFU (although there were versions released in 1977 by other artists)

3) "Song of Reconciliation" by Susan Ashton et al. (1994) uses the very specific phrase you mention above: "Where there is love there is a peace" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kkk-JaTcF7M

Question: Who sings the song with lyrics "my love has no bottom my love has no top?"

Answer: The artist who originally sang the Grammy Award-winning song, "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am" in 1964 was Nancy Wilson. Others who covered it include Aretha Franklin, Olivia Newton-John, Brenda Lee, and Kiki Dee. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHVZ51o6ZNE

Question: Who sang the song from the 70s or 80s that had the lyrics, "Tonight's the night I am going to give my love to you?"

Answer: There is a 1983 song by Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack called "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love to You" that I keep coming back to although the lyrics aren't an exact match. See if this is what you're thinking of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GOLnWz_Osc

Question: Who sings the song "Gloria"?

Answer: I assume you're referring to the awesome 1982 song by Laura Branigan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=355Fk8drgZE

Question: There was a sad flashback song with lyrics that went something like this: “so let me tell you how much I love you.” At the end the song there was an emotional piano presentation. Can you help me find it?

Answer: Yes, here you go. It's "Deborah" by Jon and Vangelis (1983): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko4626ABlU4. Jon refers to Jon Anderson, the lead singer of the group Yes.

Question: In what year was "My Girl" by The Temptations written?

Answer: Written by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White of The Miracles, the song "My Girl" was recorded and released by The Temptations later that year, in 1964. It hit the top slot on the Billboard charts. The original inspiration for the song was Smokey Robinson's then-wife, Claudette.

Question: Who made the song with the lyrics, "that's why I love you"?

Answer: I suspect you're remembering the 1969 song by The Dells, "Oh, What a Night." It has the following lyrics repeated:

Oh, what a night

To love you, dear

Oh, what a night

To want you, dear

Oh, what a night

To kiss you, dear

That's why I love you so.

Question: Who recorded the song, “Is This Love Is All I Ask For”?

Answer: There are a number of songs by the title, "Is This Love" but none fit your request exactly. You may be misremembering the title. I'm thinking you may be referring to Bob Marley's 1978 song, "Is This Love." Here are the lyrics and a YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHekNnySAfM

I wanna love you and treat you right

I wanna love you every day and every night

We'll be together with a roof right over our heads

We'll share the shelter of my single bed

We'll share the same room, yeah! - for Jah provide the bread

Is this love - is this love - is this love

Is this love that I'm feelin'?

Is this love - is this love - is this love

Is this love that I'm feelin'?

I wanna know - wanna know - wanna know now!

I got to know - got to know - got to know now!

I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I - I'm willing and able,

So I throw my cards on your table!

I wanna love you - I wanna love and treat - love and treat you right

I wanna love you every day and every night

We'll be together, yeah! - with a roof right over our heads

We'll share the shelter, yeah, oh now! - of my single bed

We'll share the same room, yeah! - for Jah provide the bread

Is this love - is this love - is this love

Is this love that I'm feelin'?

Is this love - is this love - is this love

Is this love that I'm feelin'?

Wo-o-o-oah! Oh yes, I know; yes, I know - yes, I know now!

Oh yes, I know; yes, I know - yes, I know now!

I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I - I'm willing and able

So I throw my cards on your table!

See: I wanna love ya, I wanna love and treat ya

love and treat ya right

I wanna love you every day and every night

We'll be together, with a roof right over our heads!

We'll share the shelter of my single bed

We'll share the same room, yeah! Jah provide the bread

We'll share the shelter of my single bed.

Question: What slow song from the 1960s or 1970s has the words, "I wish I'd never met you girl"?

Answer: It's the unforgettable 1974 song initially sung by Brazilian artist Morris Albert called "Feelings." Here's the YouTube link and the lyrics:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyBcHUe4WeQ

Feelings, nothing more than feelings

Trying to forget my feelings of love

Teardrops rolling down on my face

Trying to forget my feelings of love

Feelings, for all my life I'll feel it

I wish I've never met you, girl

You'll never come again

Feelings, woah-oh-oh feelings

Woah-oh-oh, feel you again in my arms

Feelings, feelings like I've never lost you

And feelings like I'll never have you again in my heart

Feelings, for all my life I'll feel it

I wish I've never met you, girl

You'll never come again

Feelings, feelings like I've never lost you

And feelings like I'll never have you again in my life

Feelings, feelings

Woah-oh-oh, feel you again in my arms

Feelings

Feelings, woah-oh-oh feelings

Woah-oh-oh, feel you again in my arms

Feelings

Feelings, woah-oh-oh feelings

Woah-oh-oh, feel you again in my arms

Feelings ... .

Question: Shouldn't Engelbert Humperdinck's song, "Release Me" be mentioned on this list of love songs from the 1970s?

Answer: No, actually Engelbert Humperdinck's song, "Release Me" was released in April 1967, a couple of years shy of the decade being profiled here.

Question: I only know a few words to a song back in the late ’70s the song had the lyrics at the beginning: “it was snowing outside.” What’s the name of the song?

Answer: Those are some pretty specific lyrics, but the date doesn't match up to the song I found. Jethro Tull has a song called, "Said She Was a Dancer" that was from 1987: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaatPZSuW2Q. The first stanza includes your lyrics:

She said she was a dancer. If I believed it, it was my business

She surely knew a thing or two about control.

Next to the bar, we hit the samovar. She almost slipped right through my fingers.

It was snowing outside and in her soul.

Question: Who sang, "Our Love"?

Answer: The popular R&B love song from 1977, "Our Love" was sung by Natalie Cole and reached #10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Here is the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDKyQk8A3Dk

© 2018 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 07, 2020:

Shannon - Sorry but when I did a search for this one I didn't find a match, and it wasn't ringing a bell with all of the information you were providing. Maybe a reader will have a suggestion.

Shannon on September 07, 2020:

Who sang a song, that starts out saying fool fool fool what you going to do one day ill marry her

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 26, 2020:

niel - I could not find those lyrics with a 1970s song. I even tried concentrating on "road map" or pieces of the lyric. Sorry. Perhaps a reader can help.

niel on August 26, 2020:

A 70's love song have this lyrics: My heart like a road map to your door;

please can someone kind enough provide the title and the artist. Thanks very much

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 12, 2020:

Big Mika82 - I inboxed you.

Michelle from Hamilton, Ontario Canada on August 10, 2020:

I know that this is probably really pushing it, but I've had a song stuck in my head for MONTHS now. I don't know ANY of the words so I haven't come across it yet and believe me - I've tried. Damn-near driving myself crazy doing so. I know I really liked the song when I was a very young child and it's really frustrating that I can't figure out (or remember) the lyrics. It plays in my head and I can even hear the guys voice I swear, it's just.. Muffled.. I guess.. ? Like I can ALMOST make the words out. I came across this page looking yet again for the song and it seems like you know your older tunes pretty well so figured I'd give it a shot and ask if there's any way I can send a humming clip of the song that I'm talking about? I've even tried different sites and different apps where you can upload a sample of a song and it hasn't helped. Any response would be so very much appreciated!

Some info : (I know it's not much, I'm sorry..)

The song is sung by a man, or I think at least a male-fronted group.. If I had to guess a genre and a possible year of release it would be a pop/soft rock love ballad with some instrumental bits played throughout (possibly a piano or keyboard) and would guess that it is from the late 60's to early 80's, but I'm thinking towards the latter.. Some artists that come to mind that are similar in sound but I'm pretty sure the song I'm thinking of does not belong to them are :

Chicago.. Ian Thomas.. Jack Wagner.. Toto..

Plz, everyone - ANYONE - kinda desperate to put a name to this song or at least suggestions of singers/groups that it might be! Much love! ❤️

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 24, 2020:

Mike - "One Less Bell to Answer" (1970) by The 5th Dimension although others recorded it as well.

mike on July 23, 2020:

a song a woman sings why did he leave me, where did he go? vocals in background

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 25, 2020:

Mike - Thanks for that suggestion which I will add. Stay safe in this pandemic.

mike chewning on April 25, 2020:

leblac an carr fallin. excellant love song.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 30, 2020:

Peggy - If this pandemic lasts too much longer we might need to bring that pet rock back again just to smooth things over. Thanks for reading and listening along.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 29, 2020:

Those were tumultuous times, and yet, there was the pet rock to keep us company. Ha! For once, I knew a good many songs on this list.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 18, 2019:

NanCK - Those words do appear in The Hollies' song, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," one of their hits from 1969.

NanCK on December 18, 2019:

Hi

I’m looking for a slow song from the 70s I think, male singer. The only words I have are “It’s a long long road”. I think that is the beginning of the song. Thanks

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 06, 2019:

Anonymous - Although that doesn't ring a bell with me, I'm hoping that perhaps a reader will be able to help you.

Anonymous on September 06, 2019:

Hi, there was a song in late 60 or70s with the name Tania or Tanye. It was a French song. What is the full title? I don't find it anywhere. Thanks.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 31, 2019:

etherton.richard - Thanks.

Etherton.richard@gmail.com on August 30, 2019:

Very interesting

Robert Sacchi on August 09, 2019:

It seemed a progression. The "how far can we take this" mode.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 09, 2019:

Bob - Thanks for the suggestions. "Muskrat Love" (such an off-the-wall idea for a song) is already at #85, but I added "Afternoon Delight." The songs of this era definitely had a distinctive vibe. They were sometimes right out there with their themes and lyrics without being filthy. It's like they were more adept with language.

Robert Sacchi on August 08, 2019:

Those were my formative years. Graduated high school in 1972. After that summer I spent the rest of the decade on a career. So many song memories. There is "Afternoon Delight" by the Starland Vocal Band & "Muskrat Love" by Captain and Tennille.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 26, 2019:

Shawindi - Thank you. I hope you are doing well.

Shawindi Silva from Sri lanka on June 25, 2019:

nice !!!!!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 21, 2019:

Roberto - Thanks for noticing. I replaced one of them with another love song by the husband/wife duo.

Roberto on June 21, 2019:

nrs,71 and 126 is not the same?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 19, 2019:

Peg - Hearing the radio 12 hours a day, I'm sure you know all of these songs by heart!

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 18, 2019:

Now this is a playlist that can live forever in my heart. How I remember that era of funky styles and music. I worked in a mall hair salon that pumped out music from the overhead speakers from 9 am to 9 pm. Grooved to so many of these tunes. Thanks for the memories.

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on December 14, 2018:

That happens to this day, Flourish, especially with hard rock music of the 80s - LOL!

I had been humming incorrect lyrics of a ballad by Scorpions, the only favorite of my wife from that genre, 'Holiday'. I checked out the lyrics and found that out just last week.

Back in those days, my friends and I used to sing Bee Gees hit "Staying Alive' totally wrong. Some 30 years later, I can only laugh at our understanding of the lyrics back then.

Regards,

Suhail

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 14, 2018:

Suhail - Hats off to you for your initiative. I bet there is an article in your personal experience, probably with some humor about what you were actually singing. (I love misheard and misunderstood lyrics.

Add another language in there and there's a humor goldmine.) I guess it depends on the era and genre, too.

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on December 13, 2018:

Yes, Flourish, it is true, I began listening to English music much before I began speaking the language ha-ha. I remember listening to ABBA's 'Eagle' and 'I let the music speak' all the time. Bee Gees' 'Tragedy' was probably the next big favorite.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 12, 2018:

Suhail - I'm amazed at anyone who can be so adaptable. Music probably helps in learning the language, especially if it's as good as The Eagles, Chicago, and ABBA. Glad you enjoyed this. Have a wonderful holiday season.

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on December 11, 2018:

Hi Flourish,

Very intriguing list for me. If I were born in an English speaking country then I would probably have sung many of those as I was a school kid in this decade. However, after learning a little bit of English, I was only beginning to listen to bands like ABBA, Bee Gees, and, I am not sure if any one remembers them, Bony M. I began listening to the Eagles in late 80s, much later after they disbanded.

I should be listening to several songs from this list, especially those by Chicago.

Thank you once again for sharing a great list.

Regards,

Suhail

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 30, 2018:

Shauna - I recall you once posted a beautiful photo of yourself from the 1970s. I had a tough time locating good pictures of people in stylin' clothes and hair back in the day and should've probably requested to use that photo of you! Glad you enjoyed this. I agree that it's sad to see all the heroes, legends, superstars, and even some of the losers and villains get old, sick, and eventually die away. Even though all of our stories have the same ending, I hate to see that happen. Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend.

Yves on November 29, 2018:

Hi Flourish.....I still maintain that 70's classic rock is the best in the world, even though I reluctantly admit to not particularly liking most of these soft rock/pop tunes....except for Al Green. Nevertheless, I'll always stick up for my "me" generation. That phrase explains a lot, by the way. Lol.

Anyhoo....maybe you can do a 70's rock article one day. The true 70's kids around here really relate to bands like Pink Floyd, Scorpions, Joe Walsh, and the like.

Hope you're enjoying the Holidays. Thanks for keeping us "in the music."

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 29, 2018:

The seventies is my favorite musical era. I graduated high school in 1975, so the seventies are a big part of who I am.

I love all theses songs, Flourish. I learned something about Linda Ronstadt. I didn't know she was diagnosed with Parkinson's. So sad. But she made a mark on this world that will live on long after she leaves this earth.

Really enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Thanks!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 26, 2018:

Mona - So glad you liked these oldies. There were so, so many to choose from. It was all about love back in the day!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 26, 2018:

Dora - One of my readers requested a 60s or 70s playlist, so this one is in response to them. Glad you enjoyed it!

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on November 26, 2018:

My, these songs really bring me back. I discovered some favorite oldies and also got to hear "new" oldies. I love this list looking at the 60s-70s!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 26, 2018:

The highest percentage of singers and songs that I know from any of your lists is on this one. Reminds me that I was young in the good ole days. Great job!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 25, 2018:

Tim - It's a lovely song that captures the spoken and unspoken battle of the sexes that punctuated that era. Or maybe he simply had a narcissistic partner?

Wishing you well as you gear up for this busy holiday season.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 25, 2018:

Heidi - Good music -- and especially love songs -- never goes out of style. How awesome that you actually kept your vinyl (and I assume the record player along with it). I recall when after vinyl was cool we were using the 72s as frisbees and melting them slightly as arts and crafts throwback "bowls" because who would ever want to listen to vinyl again (cassettes were the wave of the future!)?

Hope your Thanksgiving was terrific, too.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 25, 2018:

Lorelei - What a neat memory to share. Thank you. I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on November 23, 2018:

Hi, Flourish,

I wanted to mention, "She's Always A Woman," in my comment, but I stayed away from it because I remember how it was taken as such a strong sexist title. I never thought so, but I can see ow the lyrics can be misconstrued.

Never afraid of challenges, always innovative and open-minded,

Flourish (the songbird) Anyway,

Much respect and I hope your holiday went well,

Tim

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on November 23, 2018:

So did you spy on my 1970s vinyl collection or the radio station presets on my push-button car radio to get some of these? :) Bread, Barry Manilow, ABBA, The Partridge Family... ah, the 70s. I still love a lot of these on the list. Kinda makes me want to dig out bell bottoms, shrink tops, and platform shoes.

Groovy list! Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on November 23, 2018:

One of my fondest memories is of hearing my oldest brother sing along to pretty woman. He was in his teens at the time and it made me realize that he had grown up while I was still a kid. Previous to that time I had always looked at him as a kid like me.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 23, 2018:

Genna - You too! I remember playing Chicago songs over and over. I couldn't get enough of them.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 23, 2018:

Linda - Life can be so ironic, the way we can be robbed of the very gifts that we are known for at the end of our lives. She did have a beautiful voice.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 23, 2018:

Tim - Thank you for your uplifting comments. You are always so kind and supportive. That Barry White is like few others. I forgot about "Never Never Gonna Give You Up" -- you jogged my memory by mentioning him again. I also added the Billy Joel song you recommended, plus another one. I love Billy Joel. To me, he's timeless, as most good music is. I wish he had come out with more music rather than resting on his laurels, but he insists that musically he has nothing more to say. I guess we have to believe him.

You're right about Ed Sheeran. He's had some trouble with Marvin Gaye's estate and lawsuits in the past. You know what they say about imitation being the more sincere form of flattery!

I hope you and your family had a Happy Thanksgiving.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on November 23, 2018:

Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, Flourish. What an impressive playlist for my favorite theme in songs.... but Chicago has my heart. :-)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 23, 2018:

Liz - I recall being crazy about Donny Osmonds as a kid. Gosh, was that a world away. Thanks for stopping by!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 23, 2018:

David - "Layla" has been on several recent playlists so it was just an oversight. Thanks for the song suggestion. I added it. Hope your Thanksgiving was a happy one.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 23, 2018:

Linda - Thanks for sharing where you were in your life in the 70s. I bet you were also just breaking in your first set of cooking bowls as Carb Diva. Hope your Thanksgiving was most festive!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 23, 2018:

Bill - That they did! I knew you would know the songs on this list. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, buddy!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 23, 2018:

Mary - Thank you for sharing your memories of where you were and what you were doing. It's hard to believe the 70s were such a long time ago!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 22, 2018:

I didn’t know that Linda Ronstadt developed Parkinson’s disease. That’s sad news to hear. Your historical note about mood rings reminded me of mine. I think I still have it somewhere.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 22, 2018:

Pamela - Thanks so much for your kind kudos. I was surprised myself with some of those facts on the quiz. Wanted to give folks a challenge, so don't feel badly. Hope your Thanksgiving was a happy one!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 22, 2018:

Devika - Glad you enjoyed this walk down memory lane. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on November 22, 2018:

Hi, Flourish,

Always knocking them out with your great play list.

Hey, one I remember thoroughly because I played it with a high school gig in the '80's was the Billy Joel classic: I love you just the way you are.

But Berry White? I mean, Flourish, bass was made for Berry White and James Earl Jones. When Berry rumbles, it's probably going to be a pretty decent evening. (lol). Even young people still love that guy's voice.

Interestingly enough, you mentioned Marvin Gaye's classic tune. If you listen to Ed Sheraton's tune, "We Found Love Right Where We Are," and "Let's Get it On," the tunes are similar musically, and maybe, just maybe, in intent.

Loved your list as always.

Keep us motivated and inspired, friend.

Sincerely,

Tim

musically, they are very similar.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on November 22, 2018:

Wow Flourish, I'm pretty sure that I know every one of these. By the 70's I was working for the Federal government in my first full-time job, in my first apartment, and out on my own. A decade to remember for sure. Thanks for the wonderful memories.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on November 22, 2018:

Yes Flourish. I am

Liz Westwood from UK on November 22, 2018:

I would have said 'Love me for a reason' by the Osmonds, but I have just noticed that it was a cover. I like the historical background that you give to this list.

David Hunt from Cedar Rapids, Iowa on November 22, 2018:

I'm surprised that "Layla" by Derek and the Dominoes (Eric Clapton, et al) isn't on your list. Inspired by Clapton's love for Patty Boyd (George Harrison's wife at the time), Rolling Stone ranked it number 27 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 22, 2018:

The war was winding down and it seems all the song writers poured their angst into love songs. You've listed quite a few I listened to daily back then.

Happy Thanksgiving my friend!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 22, 2018:

I was in university then but busy with demonstrations, sit-ins and most evenings, discussing politics. I was with a group that was more into Che Guevara, Ho Chi Minh, etc. because I was in History and Political Science. These songs are definitely familiar and I enjoy listening to them now.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 22, 2018:

This just may be one of my favorite articles about music you have written. In such a tumultous time, the music was great. I love most of these songs, although I didn't do great on your quiz. LOL!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 22, 2018:

Clive - I appreciate you stopping by. Hope you are doing well!

Devika Primic on November 22, 2018:

I was born in the 70s and do remember a few songs. Your idea of the song lists has increased. A great way to go down memory lane. Thank you.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on November 22, 2018:

Nice List as usual Flourish. I will have to come back to this long read.

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