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Top 10 Performing Singles

Most of the information is from The Top Ten by Bob Gilbert and Gary Theroux (New York: Fireside, 1982), The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll ed. by Patricia Romanowski, Holly George-Warren and Jon Pareles (New York: Fireside, 1995), and The Billboard Book of Number One Hits by Fred Bronson (New York: Billboard Publications, 1988). Rankings were compiled by Gary Theroux and Bob Gilbert through an analysis of national trade chart activity, major market radio air play, industry sales figures, and music licensing tally reports during the seventies.

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1970 Top 10 Singles

Edwin Starr, Three Dog Night, The Carpenters, The Beatles, The Jackson 5, B.J. Thomas, Freda Payne, Rare Earth, The Guess Who, Simon & Garfunkel

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1971 Top 10 Singles

Dawn, Rod Stewart, John Denver, The Temptations, Donny Osmond, The Osmonds, The Raiders, The Bee Gees, Carole King, Three Dog Night

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1972 Top 10 Singles

Bill Withers, Looking Glass, Roberta Flack, Al Green, Wayne Newton, Joe Tex, Melanie, Nilsson, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Don McLean

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1973 Top 10 Singles

Billy Paul, Roberta Flack, Clint Holmes, Helen Reddy, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Paul McCartney and Wings, Elton John, Jim Croce, Dawn featuring Tony Orlando

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1974 Top 10 Singles

MFSB featuring The Three Degrees, John Denver, The Stylistics, Elton John, Grand Funk, The Love Unlimited Orchestra, Al Wilson, Terry Jacks, Redbone, Barbra Streisand

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1975 Top 10 Singles

Janis Ian, Average White Band, The Eagles, Elton John, John Denver, Frankie Valli, Earth, Wind and Fire, David Bowie, Glen Campbell, Captain & Tennille

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1976 Top 10 Singles

The Four Seasons, Paul Simon, The Miracles, Walter Murphy, Wings, The Manhattans, Rod Stewart, Wild Cherry, Elton John and Kiki Dee, Johnnie Taylor

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1977 Top 10 Singles

Glen Campbell, The Emotions, Rita Coolidge, Mary MacGregor, Abba, Kenny Nolan, Alan O'Day, Barbra Streisand, I Just Want To Be Your Everything, Debby Boone

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1978 Top 10 Singles

Frankie Valli, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, Samantha Sang, Player, A Taste of Honey, Commodores, Exile, Bee Gees, Andy Gibb, Bee Gees

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1979 Top 10 Singles

Donna Summer, Bee Gees, Gloria Gaynor, Anita Ward, Peaches & Herb, Village People, Donna Summer, Rod Stewart, Chic, The Knack

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