AMERICAN TOP 40 -THE 70’S- WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 28, 1974

American Top 40 -The 70’s – Week of September 28, 1974. Helen Reddy and Mac Davis are in this countdown- both passed away this week at the age of 78. 1974 in my opinion the weakest year for music in the 1970’s.

Andy Kim - Rock Me Gently (1974, Vinyl) | Discogs

1 2 ROCK ME GENTLY –•– Andy Kim (Capitol)-15 (1 week at #1) (1) B
2 3 I HONESTLY LOVE YOU –•– Olivia Newton-John (MCA)-7 (2) B
3 4 NOTHING FROM NOTHING –•– Billy Preston (A&M)-12 (3) A
4 6 THEN CAME YOU –•– Dionne Warwick and Spinners (Atlantic)-10 (4) A
5 12 BEACH BABY –•– First Class (UK)-11 (5) A-
6 9 YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN’ –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-9 (6) A+
7 8 CLAP FOR THE WOLFMAN –•– The Guess Who (RCA)-11 (7) C
8 11 ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT –•– Cat Stevens (A&M)-9 (8) A-
9 10 HANG ON IN THERE BABY –•– Johnny Bristol (MGM)-14 (9) B-
10 14 SWEET HOME ALABAMA –•– Lynyrd Skynyrd (MCA)-10 (10) A+

11 19 EARACHE MY EYE (Featuring Alice Bowie) –•– Cheech and Chong (Ode)-8 (11) B
12 1 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF YOUR LOVE, BABE –•– Barry White (20th Century)-9 (1) A
13 5 I SHOT THE SHERIFF –•– Eric Clapton (RSO)-12 (1) A
14 7 (You’re) HAVING MY BABY –•– Paul Anka (with Odia Coates) (United Artists)-13 (1) F
15 15 WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE –•– Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods (ABC)-10 (15) C
16 20 CAN’T GET ENOUGH –•– Bad Company (Swan Song)-7 (16) B-
17 21 NEVER MY LOVE –•– Blue Swede (EMI)-6 (17) C
18 22 YOU LITTLE TRUSTMAKER –•– The Tymes (RCA)-7 (18) C+
19 25 STEPPIN’ OUT (Gonna Boogie Tonight) –•– Tony Orlando and Dawn (Bell)-6 (19) C
20 26 STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES –•– Mac Davis (Columbia)-6 (20) C+

21 27 SKIN TIGHT –•– The Ohio Players (Mercury)-4 (21) C
22 23 FREE MAN IN PARIS –•– Joni Mitchell (Asylum)-10 (22) A+
23 29 JAZZMAN –•– Carole King (Ode)-5 (23) A=
24 30 THE BITCH IS BACK –•– Elton John (MCA)-4 (24) A
25 28 I LOVE MY FRIEND –•– Charlie Rich (Epic)-9 (25) C+
26 32 DO IT BABY –•– The Miracles (Tamla)-6 (26) C
27 37 LOVE ME FOR A REASON –•– The Osmonds (MGM)-5 (27) F
28 13 I’M LEAVING IT (All) UP TO YOU –•– Donny and Marie Osmond (MGM)-13 (4) D
29 16 IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N ROLL (But I Like It) –•– The Rolling Stones (Rolling Stones)-9 (16) A+
30 17 YOU AND ME AGAINST THE WORLD –•– Helen Reddy (Capitol)-16 (9) C

31 38 PAPA DON’T TAKE NO MESS (Part 1) –•– James Brown (Polydor)-6 (31) B+
32 40 TIN MAN –•– America (Warner Brothers)-6 (32) B+
33 39 FALLIN’ IN LOVE –•– The Souther, Hillman, Furay Band (Asylum)-6 (33) B-
34 24 TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD –•– Rufus (ABC)-16 (3) A
35 18 LET’S PUT IT ALL TOGETHER –•– The Stylistics (Avco)-10 (18) B+
36 41 SURFIN’ U.S.A. –•– The Beach Boys (Capitol)-24 (3) A
37 44 ONE DAY AT A TIME –•– Marilyn Sellars (Mega)-6 (37) C
38 33 FEEL LIKE MAKIN’ LOVE –•– Roberta Flack (Atlantic)-15 (1) B-
39 36 WILDWOOD WEED –•– Jim Stafford (MGM)-13 (7) C
40 51 LIFE IS A ROCK (But the Radio Rolled Me) –•– Reunion (RCA)-4 (40) C

12 responses to “AMERICAN TOP 40 -THE 70’S- WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 28, 1974

    • Yes I agree- heard one Tony Orlando and Dawn song you heard them all. I think the non-hits of 74 are better than the Top 40- yes a big boost to FM.

  1. I see Surfin’ USA is on here…I would guess it was pushed by Endless Summer the greatest hits package for a reissue. That was the first Beach Boys album I owned.
    Over all though for the 70s…it is weak.

    • Endless Summer a good introduction to The Beach Boys- all the hits! Odd to see Surfin’ USA back on the charts at that time though.

  2. While 1974 may not have been the strongest for ’70s music, I’d still take these top 40 over the present charts any day. With Skynyrd, Bad Company, James Brown, Clapton and Billy Preston, there’s some good stuff on here.

    BTW, is there any tune by The Osmonds you do not rate as an F? 🙂

  3. I didn’t listen to a lot of music in the 70’s unless it was on the bus to and from school. The 80’s were when my listening interests took hold.
    The 70’s still had a whole lot of good music. It’s a shame that I don’t hear many played – even listening to sirius satillite radio.

  4. RE: 33 39 FALLIN’ IN LOVE –•– The Souther, Hillman, Furay Band (Asylum)-6 (33) B-

    Being a Byrds-Burritos-Poco-CSN fan, this one caught my eye. Good song, but SHF never gelled. Geffen’s failed attempt to create another CSN or Eagles. Looking forward to reading Hillman’s thoughts on SHF in his upcoming book.

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