Cheesy Hits of the Seventies

This is a creation of my friend Doug, who has thrown a 70s party every year for eleven years that is always a huge hit. Doug put this 9 disc set together several years ago, and it’s a staple of my music library. (Note: not all of these are cheesy songs; we put many iconic seventies songs on the playlist as well.)

1 Saturday Night – Bay City Rollers
2 Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree – Tony Orlando & Dawn
3 Love Will Keep Us Together – Captain & Tennille
4 Dark Lady – Cher
5 (You’re) Having My Baby – Paul Anka
6 Have You Never Been Mellow – Olivia Newton-John
7 I Am Woman – Helen Reddy
8 Afternoon Delight – Starland Vocal Band
9 The Candy Man – Sammy Davis Jr.
10 The Night The Lights Went In Georgia – Vicki Lawrence
11 The Night Chicago Died – Paper Lace
12 Billy Don’t Be a Hero – Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods
13 One Tin Soldier – Coven
14 One Tin Soldier – Coven
15 The Morning After – Maureen McGovern
16 The Happiest Girl In The Whole USA – Donna Fargo
17 Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas
18 Hooked On A Feeling – Blue Suede
19 I Feel The Earth Move – Carole King
20 Mandy – Barry Manilow
21 Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) – Looking Glass
22 You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone
23 (They Long to Be) Close to You – The Carpenters
24 Stumblin’ In – Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman
25 Grease – Frankie Valli
26 Summer Nights – Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta
27 Hopelessly Devoted To You – Olivia Newton-John
28 You’re The One That I Want – Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta
29 Run Joey Run – David Geddes
30 Rocky – Austin Roberts
31 Burnin’ Love – Elvis Presley
32 Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves – Cher
33 Ballroom Blitz – Sweet
34 Venus – Shocking Blue
35 Dancing Queen – ABBA
36 Wildfire – Michael Murphy
37 All By Myself – Eric Carmen
38 Feelings – Morris Alpert
39 Seasons In The Sun – Terry Jacks
40 Cats In The Cradle – Harry Chapin
41 Midnight At The Oasis – Maria Mulduar
42 Angie Baby – Helen Reddy
43 I’d Really Love To See You Tonight – England Dan & John Ford Coley
44 Escape (The Pina Colada Song) – Rupert Holmes
45 Stoney End – Barbra Streisand
46 After The Lovin’ – Englebert Humperdinck
47 Annie’s Song – John Denver
48 I’m Not Lisa – Jessie Colter
49 Rhinestone Cowboy – Glen Campbell
50 Delta Dawn – Helen Reddy
51 Half-Breed – Cher
52 Chevy Van – Sammy Johns
53 Me And You And A Dog Named Boo – Lobo
54 I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing – The New Seekers
55 Brand New Key – Brandy
56 Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) – Reunion
57 Lonely Boy – Andrew Gold
58 Da Doo Ron Ron – Shaun Cassidy
59 Lonely Night (Angel Face) – Captain & Tennille
60 At Seventeen – Janis Ian
61 Killing Me Softly With His Song – Roberta Flack
62 My Eyes Adored You – Frankie Valli
63 Laughter In The Rain – Neil Sedaka
64 Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John & Neil Sedaka
65 You Don’t Have To Be A Star – Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.
66 Copacabana – Barry Manilow
67 My Sharona – The Knack
68 Behind Closed Doors – Charlie Rich
69 Here You Come Again – Dolly Parton
70 Southern Nights – Glen Campbell
71 Please Mr. Please – Olivia Newton-John
72 Convoy – C. W. McCall
73 The Devil Went Down To Georgia – Charlie Daniels Band
74 Short People – Randy Newman
75 One Bad Apple – The Osmonds
76 Heartbeat – It’s A Love Beat – DeFranco Family
77 Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head – B. J. Thomas
78 Top of The World – The Carpenters
79 Rose Garden – Lynn Anderson
80 Watching Scotty Grow – Bobby Goldsboro
81 Lovin’ You – Minnie Ripperton
82 Touch Me In The Morning – Diana Ross
83 One Less Bell To Answer – The Fifth Dimension
84 Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O’Sullivan
85 I’m Not In Love – 10cc
86 Band of Gold – Freda Payne
87 December 1963 (Oh, What A Night) – The Four Seasons
88 If I Can’t Have You – Yvonne Elliman
89 Best of My Love – Emotions
90 Telephone Man – Meri Wilson
91 Spirit in The Sky – Norman Greenbaum
92 Put Your Hand in The Hand – Ocean
93 Day By Day – Godspell
94 The Lord’s Prayer – Sister Janet Mead
95 Indian Reservation – The Raiders
96 Indiana Wants Me – R. Dean Taylor
97 Bad Bad Leroy Brown – Jim Croce
98 Happy Days – Pratt & McClain
99 Making Our Dreams Come True – Cyndi Grecco
100 Welcome Back – John Sebastian
101 Times of Your Life – Paul Anka
102 Kodachrome – Paul Simon
103 You And Me Against The World – Helen Reddy
104 That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be – Carly Simon
105 Dream Weaver – Gary Wright
106 Beth – KISS
107 I’m In You – Peter Frampton
108 Imagine – John Lennon
109 My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
110 You’re Sixteen (You’re Beautiful and You’re Mine) – Ringo Starr
111 Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney & Wings
112 The Streak – Ray Stevens
113 The Brady Bunch Theme – The Brady Bunch
114 ABC – The Jackson 5
115 Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) – Edison Lighthouse
116 I’ll Never Fall In Love Again – Dionne Warwick
117 Up The Ladder To The Roof – The Supremes
118 O-o-Child – The Five Stairsteps
119 Family Affair – Sly & The Family Stone
120 Theme from “Shaft” – Isaac Hayes
121 Want Ads – The Honey Cone
122 Patches – Clarence Carter
123 Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast – Wayne Newton
124 Don’t Pull Your Love – Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
125 United We Stand – Brotherhood of Man
126 Mr. Big Stuff – Jean Knight
127 She’s A Lady – Tom Jones
128 Precious & Few – Climax
129 Dancing in The Moonlight – King Harvest
130 Why Can’t We Be Friends – War
131 Cracklin’ Rosie – Neil Diamond
132 You’re So Vain – Carly Simon
133 I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More – Barry White
134 Love’s Theme – Love’s Unlimited Orchestra
135 Rock The Boat – Hues Corporation
136 Waterloo – ABBA
137 Do You Know Where You’re Going To (Theme From Mahogany) – Diana Ross
138 Hello It’s Me – Todd Rungren
139 The Air That I Breathe – The Hollies
140 Me And Mrs. Jones – Billy Paul
141 Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
142 Bad Blood – Neil Sedaka
143 Love Machine (Pt. 1) – The Miracles
144 Get Down Tonight – KC & The Sunshine Band
145 Love Rollercoaster – Ohio Players
146 Got To Give It Up (Pt. 1) – Marvin Gaye
147 Fly Robin Fly – Silver Connection
148 Right Back Where We Started From – Maxine Nightingale
149 Turn The Beat Around – Vickie Sue Robinson
150 More, More, More – Andrea True Connection
151 Car Wash – Rose Royce
152 Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me – Mac Davis
153 Don’t Give Up On Us – David Soul
154 Nobody Does It Better – Carly Simon
155 Sometimes When We Touch – Dan Hill
156 You Needed Me – Anne Murray
157 Torn Between Two Lovers – Mary MacGregor
158 Joy To The World – Three Dog Night
159 Funny Face – Donna Fargo
160 Go Away Little Girl – Donny Osmond
161 I Think I Love You – David Cassidy
162 Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep – Mac & Katie Kissoon
163 Beach Baby – First Class
164 (Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep At All – Fifth Dimension
165 Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight & The Pips
166 You’re No Good – Linda Ronstadt
167 This Will Be – Natalie Cole
168 Tell Me Something Good – Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan
169 MacArthur Park – Donna Summer
170 I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
171 Stayin’ Alive – The Bee Gees
172 I Love The Nightlife (Disco ‘Round) – Alicia Bridges
173 Heart of Glass – Blondie
174 Good Times – Chic
175 Boogie Oogie Oogie – A Taste of Honey
176 We Are Family – Sister Sledge
177 Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – McFadden & Whitehead
178 Jeans On – David Dundas
179 Tighter And Tighter – Alive and Kicking
180 Draggin’ The Line – Tommy James
181 Playground In My Mind – Clint Holmes
182 Knock Three Times – Tony Orlando & Dawn
183 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross
184 Stoned Love – The Supremes
185 Bring The Boys Home – Freda Payne
186 Black Superman – Johnny Wakelin
187 Another Saturday Night – Cat Stevens
188 Sunshine – Jonathan Edwards
189 It’s Too Late – Carole King
190 Rock On – David Essex
191 It’s A Heartache – Bonnie Tyler
192 Hot Child In The City – Nick Gilder
193 Let Your Love Flow – Bellamy Brothers
194 Undercover Angel – Alan O’Day
195 Shadow Dancing – Andy Gibb
196 Shame – Evelyn “Champaign” King
197 Got To Be Real – Cheryl Lynn
198 Makin’ It – David Naughton
199 Charlies Angels Theme – Henry Mancini
200 The Love Boat Theme – Jack Jones

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5 comments on “Cheesy Hits of the Seventies
  1. Stu Miller says:

    Cheesiest songs of the 70s – Fabulous! Do you have a similar list for the 80s, probably the worst decade for music….ever!!!

  2. Laura says:

    The funny thing is…I love just about every one of these songs! :)

  3. Jeff says:

    Soul classics from likes of Isaac Hayes, Soul And Family Stone, Marvin Gaye, Jean Knight, War, Rufus and Chaka Khan cheesy ? Geez, tough crtic. I would have thought singles by Dave Geddes, Austin Roberts were cheesy, not some of the most highly acknolwedged black singles of the 70′s.

  4. Steph says:

    You have a valid point there. This list started as a playlist for a 70′s party with cheesy hits at the theme, and then because it had to be a certain length we started adding recognizable, iconic songs too. So I should have changed the title to something more accurate when I put the list up on my site, but because we had been calling it by that name so many times in the party planning, it stuck, and I didn’t think of it.

  5. Stephanie says:

    177 Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – McFadden & Whitehead
    If you think this song is cheesy, my husband who wrote and recorded the bass line for this song with his GOLD & PLATINUM records say different and….are laughing (cheesing) all the way to the bank!! lmao!!!!

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