AMERICAN TOP 40 REPLAY- WEEK OF APRIL 20, 1974

The Number Ones: MFSB & The Three Degrees' “TSOP (The Sound Of ...

The American Top 40 replay on the 70’s on 7 is from the week of April 20, 1974. My worst year in my opinion for music since The Beatles arrived in America in 1964. A couple Beatles are on this countdown though- Paul and Ringo. 1974 in many cases seemed to be a year where on the countdown there would be familiar artists- but not their best. There are some pretty good songs on the chart this week though. And a rarity for the first half of the 70’s- no Osmonds or Tony Orlando and Dawn.

1 3 TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) –•– MFSB Featuring the Three Degrees (Philadelphia International)-8 (1 week at #1) (1) B
2 1 BENNIE AND THE JETS –•– Elton John (MCA)-10 (1) A
3 2 HOOKED ON A FEELING –•– Blue Swede (EMI)-10 (1) F
4 7 BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME –•– Gladys Knight and the Pips (Buddah)-10 (4) A
5 5 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE –•– Redbone (Epic)-15 (5) A
6 9 OH MY MY –•– Ringo Starr (Apple)-7 (6) A
7 6 SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDERS –•– John Denver (RCA)-13 (1) B-
8 17 THE LOCO-MOTION –•– Grand Funk (Capitol)-7 (8) C
9 4 THE LORD’S PRAYER –•– Sister Janet Mead (A&M)-9 (4) C
10 13 I’LL HAVE TO SAY I LOVE YOU IN A SONG –•– Jim Croce (ABC)-8 (10) B+

11 12 LOOKIN’ FOR A LOVE –•– Bobby Womack (United Artists)-12 (11) A
12 11 A VERY SPECIAL LOVE SONG –•– Charlie Rich (Epic)-9 (11) B-
13 19 DANCING MACHINE –•– The Jackson 5 (Motown)-6 (13) B
14 8 SEASONS IN THE SUN –•– Terry Jacks (Bell)-15 (1) F
15 16 JUST DON’T WANT TO BE LONELY –•– The Main Ingredient (RCA)-12 (15) A
16 20 TUBULAR BELLS –•– Mike Oldfield (Virgin)-9 (16) B
17 21 KEEP ON SINGING –•– Helen Reddy (Capitol)-7 (17) C
18 10 MOCKINGBIRD –•– Carly Simon and James Taylor (Elektra)-12 (5) C
19 29 THE SHOW MUST GO ON –•– Three Dog Night (Dunhill)-6 (19) B
20 31 (I’ve Been) SEARCHIN’ SO LONG –•– Chicago (Columbia)-6 (20) B

21 22 TELL ME A LIE –•– Sami Jo (MGM South)-11 (21) B
22 24 MY MISTAKE (Was To Love You) –•– Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye (Motown)-9 (22) B
23 23 TOUCH A HAND, MAKE A FRIEND –•– The Staple Singers (Stax)-9 (23) A
24 26 LET IT RIDE –•– Bachman-Turner Overdrive (Mercury)-9 (24) B
25 27 PIANO MAN –•– Billy Joel (Columbia)-9 (25) A
26 15 DARK LADY –•– Cher (MCA)-14 (1) B
27 14 JET –•– Paul McCartney and Wings (Apple)-11 (7) A+
28 35 MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS –•– Maria Muldaur (Reprise)-9 (28) B
29 36 YOU MAKE ME FEEL BRAND NEW –•– The Stylistics (Avco)-5 (29) A
30 18 ERES TU (Touch the Wind) –•– Mocedades (Tara)-15 (9) B

31 44 THE ENTERTAINER –•– Marvin Hamlisch (MCA)-5 (31) C
32 40 I’M A TRAIN –•– Albert Hammond (Mums)-8 (32) C
33 41 HELP ME –•– Joni Mitchell (Asylum)-6 (33) A+
34 39 THE PAYBACK (Part 1) –•– James Brown (Polydor)-5 (34) B
35 37 OUTSIDE WOMAN –•– Bloodstone (London)-9 (35) C
36 25 JUNGLE BOOGIE –•– Kool and the Gang (De-Lite)-20 (4) A
37 45 OH VERY YOUNG –•– Cat Stevens (A&M)-6 (37) A
38 42 THANKS FOR SAVING MY LIFE –•– Billy Paul (Philadelphia International)-13 (38) C
39 43 STAR BABY –•– The Guess Who (RCA)-10 (39) C
40 28 BOOGIE DOWN –•– Eddie Kendricks (Tamla)-16 (2 C

7 responses to “AMERICAN TOP 40 REPLAY- WEEK OF APRIL 20, 1974

  1. Terry Jacks was filling in for the Osmonds and Tony this week…they couldn’t make it. I never knew until recently that Brian Wilson worked on Seasons in the Sun for the Beach Boys…I don’t think even he could have saved it.

    I think some of it… between 74-78 was the LA period with the drugs going around with the musicians. The music for some reason started to sound really slick…Rod Stewart comes to mind…and the bad disco came.

    • For some reason it seems that every time they play a AT40 from 1974- Seasons In The Sun is on it– it’s like that song must have spent 52 weeks in the Top 40.. Yes I don’t think even Brian at the top of his game could have saved that song!

    • For some reason that song resonates to some people even today…so many other songs to pick from and that one is the one that they zero in on.
      I like some bad songs because of childhood but this isn’t one of them.

    • My sister in law loves the song because it has her name in it- Michelle. Yes there are some songs that I now wouldn’t think are good but they bring back good memories- totally agree.

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