AMERICAN TOP 40- THE 1970’S- WEEK OF AUGUST 3, 1974

American Top 40- The 1970’s- Week of August 3, 1974. I don’t know when I’ve seen a Top 40 filled with so many mediocre songs- especially the back part of the 40–not good. My favorite from the week- Abba’s ‘Waterloo’

1 1 ANNIE’S SONG –•– John Denver (RCA)-10 (2 weeks at #1) (1 B
2 2 DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME –•– Elton John (MCA)-7 (2) A
3 6 FEEL LIKE MAKIN’ LOVE –•– Roberta Flack (Atlantic)-7 (3) C
4 5 RIKKI DON’T LOSE THAT NUMBER –•– Steely Dan (ABC)-13 (4) A+
5 14 THE NIGHT CHICAGO DIED –•– Paper Lace (Mercury)-8 (5) A
6 7 THE AIR THAT I BREATHE –•– The Hollies (Epic)-16 (6) A+
7 3 ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN –•– The Righteous Brothers (Haven)-11 (3) D
8 9 PLEASE COME TO BOSTON –•– Dave Loggins (Epic)-10 (8) B
9 10 CALL ON ME –•– Chicago (Columbia)-7 (9) B
10 11 SIDESHOW –•– Blue Magic (Atco)-12 (10) A

11 15 WATERLOO –•– Abba (Atlantic)-10 (11) A+
12 4 ROCK YOUR BABY –•– George McCrae (T.K.)-10 (1) C
13 8 ROCK THE BOAT –•– The Hues Corporation (RCA)-11 (1) C
14 18 WILDWOOD WEED –•– Jim Stafford (MGM)-5 (14) F
15 19 KEEP ON SMILIN’ –•– Wet Willie (Capricorn)-11 (15) A
16 20 TAKIN’ CARE OF BUSINESS –•– Bachman-Turner Overdrive (Mercury)-12 (16) A
17 21 IF YOU TALK IN YOUR SLEEP –•– Elvis Presley (RCA)-9 (17) B
18 13 RADAR LOVE –•– Golden Earring (Track)-13 (13) A
19 23 TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD –•– Rufus (ABC)-8 (19) A
20 12 ON AND ON –•– Gladys Knight and the Pips (Buddah)-11 (5) A

21 25 SURE AS I’M SITTIN’ HERE –•– Three Dog Night (Dunhill)-6 (21) B
22 28 SHININ’ ON –•– Grand Funk (Capitol)-4 (22) B
23 34 (You’re) HAVING MY BABY –•– Paul Anka (with Odia Coates) (United Artists)-5 (23) F
24 30 ROCK ME GENTLY –•– Andy Kim (Capitol)-7 (24) B
25 31 YOU AND ME AGAINST THE WORLD –•– Helen Reddy (Capitol)-8 (25) C
26 32 I’M LEAVING IT (All) UP TO YOU –•– Donny and Marie Osmond (MGM)-5 (26) D
27 16 ONE HELL OF A WOMAN –•– Mac Davis (Columbia)-19 (11) C
28 22 MACHINE GUN –•– The Commodores (Motown)-8 (22) C
29 36 HANG ON IN THERE BABY –•– Johnny Bristol (MGM)-6 (29) C
30 38 RUB IT IN –•– Billy “Crash” Craddock (ABC)-6 (30) C

31 17 FINALLY GOT MYSELF TOGETHER (I’m a Changed Man) –•– The Impressions (Curtom)-14 (17) B
32 43 WILD THING –•– Fancy (Big Tree)-8 (32) C
33 24 THIS HEART –•– Gene Redding (Haven)-14 (24) C
34 42 I SHOT THE SHERIFF –•– Eric Clapton (RSO)-4 (34) A
35 37 WORKIN’ AT THE CAR WASH BLUES –•– Jim Croce (ABC)-9 (32) A
36 26 FISH AIN’T BITIN’ –•– Lamont Dozier (ABC)-8 (26) C
37 41 MY THANG –•– James Brown (Polydor)-7 (37) A-
38 51 THEN CAME YOU –•– Dionne Warwick and Spinners (Atlantic)-2 (38) A
39 50 NOTHING FROM NOTHING –•– Billy Preston (A&M)-4 (39) A
40 44 KUNG FU –•– Curtis Mayfield (Curtom)-7 (40 C

13 responses to “AMERICAN TOP 40- THE 1970’S- WEEK OF AUGUST 3, 1974

  1. I like most of them, but some of it probably because of nostalgia. Would agree with you on the F for Wildwood Weed… back in the day I liked “Spiders and Snakes” by him well enough, but not that one, now neither sounds all that delightful to me.

    • I didn’t know that…that he was married to her. No Hans…it is a terrible song…with that…I do agree with your grade. I just have a guilty pleasure that I admit.

  2. Thanks Hans- came by via Dave’s Silencers spot and thought I’d throw in my two-bits worth.
    Rikki, Air That I Breathe, Takin’ Care, You And Me Against The World, Shootin’ Sherrif, all Bs. Most others, C at best. Then, on the sliding scale… Rock’n’Roll Heaven, D, Rub It In, Wildwood, Having My Baby, E.
    I’m Heaving it All Up On You- Z minus.

  3. While I agree it’s a mixed bag overall, you got some gems with “Ricki Don’t Lose That Number”, “Radar Love”, “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Waterloo” – still far better than the current mainstream charts, IMHO, though I realize that comparison is a low bar!

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