AMERICAN TOP 40- THE 70’S- WEEK OF DECEMBER 1, 1973

American Top 40- The 70’s- Week of December 1, 1973. In listening to this Top 40 the first thing that stuck out to me was what a star studded Top 40 it is- and one of the best- full of classics. In looking over the list of this weeks Top 40 it is kind of incredible- John and Ringo, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Allman Brothers, Elton John, Ike and Tina Turner, Chicago, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Charlie Rich, and on and on– of course there are a few stinkers in their but this may be the best Top 40 I’ve listened to.

1 3 TOP OF THE WORLD –•– The Carpenters (A&M)-9 (1 week at #1) (1) A
2 1 PHOTOGRAPH –•– Ringo Starr (Apple)-9 (1) A+
3 9 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD –•– Elton John (MCA)-6 (3) A
4 4 SPACE RACE –•– Billy Preston (A&M)-11 (4) B
5 2 KEEP ON TRUCKIN’ (Part 1) –•– Eddie Kendricks (Tamla)-15 (1) B
6 7 JUST YOU ‘N’ ME –•– Chicago (Columbia)-10 (6)A
7 6 MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA –•– Gladys Knight and the Pips (Buddah)-14 (1)A+
8 10 THE LOVE I LOST (Part 1) –•– Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes (Philadelphia International)-10 (8)A+
9 5 HEARTBEAT-IT’S A LOVEBEAT –•– The DeFranco Family Featuring Tony DeFranco (20th Century)-13 (3)F
10 12 THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL –•– Charlie Rich (Epic)-10 (10) B

11 16 HELLO IT’S ME –•– Todd Rundgren (Bearsville)-9 (11)A+
12 8 PAPER ROSES –•– Marie Osmond (MGM)-12 (5) D
13 20 LEAVE ME ALONE (Ruby Red Dress) –•– Helen Reddy (Capitol)-5 (13) B-
14 18 IF YOU’RE READY (Come Go With Me) –•– The Staple Singers (Stax)-6 (14)A+
15 15 CHEAPER TO KEEP HER –•– Johnnie Taylor (Stax)-8 (15) A
16 13 I GOT A NAME –•– Jim Croce (ABC)-9 (10) A
17 26 LET ME SERENADE YOU –•– Three Dog Night (Dunhill)-6 (17)B-
18 48 TIME IN A BOTTLE –•– Jim Croce (ABC)-3 (18) A
19 11 ANGIE –•– The Rolling Stones (Rolling Stones)-13 (1) A
20 30 NEVER, NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP –•– Barry White (20th Century)-6 (20) A

21 14 YOU’RE A SPECIAL PART OF ME –•– Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye (Motown)-9 (12)B-
22 29 THE JOKER –•– The Steve Miller Band (Capitol)-7 (22) C
23 17 ALL I KNOW –•– Garfunkel (Columbia)-12 (9) A
24 27 ROCKIN’ ROLL BABY –•– The Stylistics (Avco)-7 (24) A
25 31 COME GET TO THIS –•– Marvin Gaye (Tamla)-5 (25) A
26 32 MY MUSIC –•– Loggins and Messina (Columbia)-5 (26)B
27 22 KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR –•– Bob Dylan (Columbia)-14 (12)A+
28 25 OOH BABY –•– Gilbert O’Sullivan (MAM)-8 (25) B-
29 38 LIVING FOR THE CITY –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-4 (29) A+
30 41 MIND GAMES –•– John Lennon (Apple)-4 (30) A+

31 21 WHY ME –•– Kris Kristofferson (Monument)-35 (16) A+
32 44 WHO’S IN THE STRAWBERRY PATCH WITH SALLY –•– Tony Orlando and Dawn (Bell)-4 (32) D
33 37 SHOW AND TELL –•– Al Wilson (Rocky Road)-7 (33) A+
34 35 BE –•– Neil Diamond (Columbia)-6 (34) B-
35 19 HALF-BREED –•– Cher (MCA)-18 (1) A-
36 40 D’YER MAK’ER –•– Led Zeppelin (Atlantic)-7 (36) B
37 24 WE MAY NEVER PASS THIS WAY (Again) –•– Seals and Crofts (Warner Brothers)-11 (21) A-
38 23 NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS –•– Ike and Tina Turner (United Artists)-13 (22) A
39 28 RAMBLIN’ MAN –•– The Allman Brothers Band (Capricorn)-15 (2) A+
40 33 SWEET UNDERSTANDING LOVE –•– The Four Tops (Dunhill)-8 (33 B+

5 responses to “AMERICAN TOP 40- THE 70’S- WEEK OF DECEMBER 1, 1973

    • I think there was a rule in the early 70’s that Tony Orlando and Dawn– or The Osmonds/ Donny/ Marie/ Donny and Marie had to be in the Top 40…..in the second half of the decade it became Captain and Tennille or KC And The Sunshine Band…

  1. This is one of the better one’s period…the regular bad ones and again pinch-hitting for Osmonds as a whole were the DeFranco Family.

  2. People talk down the Carpenters and I did too, but in reality they did have talent. The white-bread way they were packaged by the powers-that-be made them ‘uncool’…but Karen had a stunning alto voice (ex: Song for You by Leon Russell).
    I recall seeing Jerry Garcia on some talk show back in the day saying how much he loved her voice, when she was still with us.

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