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10 Songs from the 1970s That Got Stuck in Your Soul

It's time to get your dancing shoes on, because once you start looking through this list, you won't be able to stop yourself from bopping to the songs playing on loop in your head. Some of the best songs from the 1970s have a knack for staying with you. Sure, they are officially "classics" and therefore play on the oldies stations. But they are classics most importantly because they are all superior—in melody, in instrumentation, and in lyrics. (Let's gently ignore that a lot of these songs were released nearly 50 years ago...!)

There are clearly many to choose from over the course of the entire decade, but the 10 below are my picks for "Best of the 70's that you just want to listen to over and over again." What are your thoughts on what should totally be on this list, and what should go?

10. Layla, Eric Clapton (1970)

I would argue that the slow version of Layla that Clapton released in 1990 to mark the 20th anniversary of the "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs" album was even better. But the original was certainly iconic enough to make this list, featuring none other than Clapton's masterwork on the guitar.

9. Imagine, John Lennon (1971)

Lennon's message in this song is still chillingly relevant today, nearly 50 years later. It's sad that we're all still striving to live in a more peaceful world, but isn't it wonderful that we get to turn to this beautiful song to remind us?

8. Midnight Train to Georgia, Gladys Knight & The Pips (1973)

This is the kind of song that you just want to belt at the top of your lungs while driving home from work. The kind of song that convinces you that you have a good voice. Whether you do or not, the song is so good that you want to sing it four decades after it was originally released. And that says a lot.