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Best Songs of 1970

For these year-end lists, I like to undertake the seemingly impossibly task of creating an hours-long mix. The order you see below represents that effort, which you can listen to via Spotify or Apple Music. Sadly all 100 tracks aren't available, but you get the general idea. Track notes to come eventually or maybe never.

  1. Deja Vu

    Carry On

    Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

    Déjà Vu

    Atlantic

    Notes

  2. Chicago II

    25 or 6 to 4

    Chicago

    Chicago II

    Columbia

    Notes

  3. The Letter

    The Letter

    Joe Cocker

    The Letter 7"

    Polydor

    Notes

  4. Patches

    I Can’t Leave Your Love Alone

    Clarence Carter

    Patches

    Atlantic

    Notes

  5. I Can't Get Next to You

    Ride, Sally Ride

    Al Green

    I Can’t Get Next to You 7"

    Hi

    Notes

  6. Sex Machine

    Get Up (I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine)

    James Brown

    Sex Machine

    King

    Notes

  7. Here Comes Shuggie Otis

    Hurricane

    Shuggie Otis

    Here Comes Shuggie Otis

    Epic

    Notes

  8. That's the Way Love Is

    That’s the Way Love Is

    Marvin Gaye

    That’s the Way Love Is

    Tamla

    Notes

  9. Rough Edges

    Don’t Let Me Down

    Ben E. King

    Rough Edges

    Maxwell

    Notes

  10. Let It Be

    Get Back

    The Beatles

    Let It Be

    EMI

    Notes

  11. No Dice

    No Matter What

    Badfinger

    No Dice

    Apple

    Notes

  12. Lola vs Powerman

    Lola

    The Kinks

    Lola vs Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One

    Pye

    Notes

  13. Naturally

    Joy to the World

    Three Dog Night

    Naturally

    Geffen

    Notes

  14. 12 Songs

    Mama Told Me (Not to Come)

    Randy Newman

    12 Songs

    Reprise

    Notes

  15. Vintage Violence

    Hello, There

    John Cale

    Vintage Violence

    Columbia

    Notes

  16. Tumbleweed Connection

    Amoreena

    Elton John

    Tumbleweed Connection

    Uni

    Notes

  17. Leon Russell

    Dixie Lullaby

    Leon Russell

    Leon Russell

    Shelter

    Notes

  18. Remedies

    Wash, Mama, Wash

    Dr. John

    Remedies

    ATCO

    Notes

  19. Workin' Together

    Proud Mary

    Ike and Tina Turner

    Workin’ Together

    Liberty

    Notes

  20. Ecology

    Born to Wander

    Rare Earth

    Ecology

    Rare Earth

    Notes

  21. War & Peace

    War

    Edwin Starr

    War & Peace

    Motown

    Notes

  22. Bold Soul Sister, Bold Soul Brother

    Bold Soul Sister, Bold Soul Brother

    Black on White Affair

    Bold Soul Sister, Bold Soul Brother

    Topaz / Light in the Attic

    Reissued by Light in the Attic on Wheedle’s Groove

  23. Ace of Spades

    Ace of Spades

    O.V. Wright

    A Nickel and a Nail and Ace of Spades

    Back Beat

    Notes

  24. Yes We Can

    Yes We Can

    Lee Dorsey

    Yes We Can… and Then Some

    Polydor

    Notes

  25. Funkadelic

    I’ll Bet You

    Funkadelic

    Funkadelic

    Westbound

    Notes

  26. Greatest Hits

    Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf)

    Sly and the Family Stone

    Greatest Hits

    Epic

    Notes

  27. The Grunt

    The Grunt (Part 1 & 2)

    The J.B.s

    The Grunt 7"

    King

    Notes

  28. Express Yourself

    Express Yourself

    Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

    Express Yourself

    Warner Bros.

    Notes

  29. Total Destruction to Your Mind`

    Total Destruction to Your Mind

    Swamp Dogg

    Total Destruction to Your Mind

    Canyon

    UK release

  30. Stage Fright

    The Shape I’m In

    The Band

    Stage Fright

    Capitol

    Notes

  31. Workingman's Dead

    Casey Jones

    Grateful Dead

    Workingman’s Dead

    Warner Bros.

    Notes

  32. Clover

    Could You Call It Love

    Clover

    Clover

    Fantasy

    Notes

  33. Small Faces

    Flying

    Faces

    Small Faces

    Warner Bros.

    Also known as The First Step

  34. Later That Same Year

    Tell Me Why

    Matthews’ Southern Comfort

    Later That Same Year

    Decca

    Notes

  35. Cosmo's Factory

    Who’ll Stop the Rain

    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Cosmo’s Factory

    Fantasy

    Notes

  36. Idlewild South

    Midnight Rider

    The Allman Brothers Band

    Idlewild South

    ATCO

    Notes

  37. Good-Byes & Butterflies

    Signs

    Five Man Electrical Band

    Good-Byes & Butterflies

    MGM

    Notes

  38. Sweet Baby James

    Country Road

    James Taylor

    Sweet Baby James

    Warner Bros.

    Notes

  39. After the Gold Rush

    After the Gold Rush

    Neil Young

    After the Gold Rush

    Reprise

    Notes

  40. Starsailor

    Song to the Siren

    Tim Buckley

    Starsailor

    Straight

    UK release

  41. Strormbringer

    John the Baptist

    John & Beverly Martyn

    Strormbringer!

    Island

    Notes

  42. Bryter Layter

    One of These Things First

    Nick Drake

    Bryter Layter

    Hannibal

    Notes

  43. Just Another Diamond Day

    Diamond Day

    Vashti Bunyan

    Just Another Diamond Day

    Philips

    Notes

  44. Beverly Copeland

    Good Morning Blues

    Beverly Copeland

    Beverly Copeland

    CBC

    Canadian release

  45. Loudon Wainwright III

    Black Uncle Remus

    Loudon Wainwright III

    Loudon Wainwright III

    Atlantic

    Notes

  46. Ladies of the Canyon

    Big Yellow Taxi

    Joni Mitchell

    Ladies of the Canyon

    Reprise

    Notes

  47. His Band and the Street Choir

    Domino

    Van Morrison

    His Band and the Street Choir

    Warner Bros.

    Notes

  48. Groove Me

    Groove Me

    King Floyd

    Groove Me 7"

    Chimneyville

    Notes

  49. ABC

    ABC

    The Jackson 5

    ABC

    Motown

    Notes

  50. Curtis

    Move On Up

    Curtis Mayfield

    Curtis

    Curtom

    Notes

  51. Signed, Sealed and Delivered

    Signed, Sealed Delivered (I’m Yours)

    Stevie Wonder

    Signed, Sealed and Delivered

    Tamla

    Notes

  52. Turn Back the Hands of Time

    Turn Back the Hands of Time

    Tryone Davis

    Turn Back the Hands of Time 7"

    Dakar

    Notes

  53. 2nd Time Around

    It’s a Shame

    The Spinners

    2nd Time Around

    VIP

    Notes

  54. This Love Is Real

    (I Can Feel Those Vibrations) This Love Is Real

    Jackie Wilson

    This Love Is Real

    Brunswick

    Notes

  55. Spirit in the Dark

    Spirit in the Dark

    Aretha Franklin

    Spirit in the Dark

    Atlantic

    Notes

  56. Band of Gold

    Band of Gold

    Freda Payne

    Band of Gold

    Invictus

    Notes

  57. Precious, Precious

    Precious, Precious

    Jackie Moore

    Precious, Precious 7"

    Atlantic

    Notes

  58. Cryin' in the Streets

    Cryin’ in the Streets (Part 1 & 2)

    George Perkins and The Silver Stars

    Cryin’ in the Streets 7"

    Silver Fox

    Notes

  59. Loaded

    Oh! Sweet Nuthin’

    The Velvet Underground

    Loaded

    Cotillion

    Notes

  60. Rise

    I Just Met You

    Louie & The Lovers

    Rise

    Epic

    Notes

  61. New Morning

    The Man in Me

    Bob Dylan

    New Morning

    Columbia

    Notes

  62. Take Me to Tomorrow

    Take Me to Tomorrow

    John Denver

    Take Me to Tomorrow

    RCA

    Notes

  63. Hello I'm Johnny Cash

    If I Were a Carpenter

    Johnny Cash & June Carter

    Hello, I’m Johnny Cash

    Columbia

    Notes

  64. Kristofferson

    Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

    Kris Kristofferson

    Kristofferson

    Monument

    Notes

  65. The Madcap Laughs

    Octopus

    Syd Barrett

    The Madcap Laughs

    Harvest

    Notes

  66. Cold Fact

    Sugar Man

    Rodriguez

    Cold Fact

    Sussex

    Notes

  67. Gasoline Alley

    Gasoline Alley

    Rod Stewart

    Gasoline Alley

    Mercury

    Notes

  68. (Untitled)

    Truck Stop Girl

    The Byrds

    (Untitled)

    Columbia

    Notes

  69. Tony Joe

    What Does It Take

    Tony Joe White

    Tony Joe

    Monument

    Notes

  70. Cherokee

    Funky Business

    Cherokee

    Cherokee

    ABC

    Notes

  71. John Randolph Marr

    Hello L.A., Bye-Bye Birmingham

    John Randolph Marr

    John Randolph Marr

    Warner-Seven

    Notes

  72. Gimme Shelter

    Country Road

    Merry Clayton

    Gimme Shelter

    Ode

    Notes

  73. A Brand New Me

    Brand New Me

    Dusty Springfield

    A Brand New Me

    Atlantic

    Notes

  74. Fancy

    He Made a Woman Out of Me

    Bobbie Gentry

    Fancy

    Capitol

    Notes

  75. Heart & Soul

    Georgia Morning Dew

    Johnny Adams

    Heart & Soul

    SSS International

    Notes

  76. Blood, Sweat & Tears 3

    Lucretia Mac Evil

    Blood, Sweat & Tears

    Blood, Sweat & Tears 3

    Columbia

    Notes

  77. John Barleycorn Must Die

    Stranger to Himself

    Traffic

    John Barleycorn Must Die

    Island

    Notes

  78. Eric Clapton

    After Midnight

    Eric Clapton

    Eric Clapton

    ATCO

    Notes

  79. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

    Layla

    Derek and the Dominos

    Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

    Polydor

    Notes

  80. American Woman

    American Woman

    The Guess Who

    American Woman

    RCA

    Notes

  81. Fire and Water

    All Right Now

    Free

    Fire and Water

    A&M

    Notes

  82. Spirit in the Sky

    Spirit in the Sky

    Norman Greenbaum

    Spirit in the Sky

    Reprise

    Notes

  83. The Man Who Sold the World

    The Man Who Sold the World

    David Bowie

    The Man Who Sold the World

    Mercury

    Notes

  84. Paranoid

    Paranoid

    Black Sabbath

    Paranoid

    Warner Bros.

    Notes

  85. Funhouse

    Loose

    The Stooges

    Funhouse

    Elektra

    Notes

  86. Led Zeppelin III

    Immigrant Song

    Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin III

    Atlantic

    Notes

  87. Rides Again

    Funk #49

    James Gang

    Rides Again

    ABC

    Notes

  88. Morrison Hotel

    Peace Frog

    The Doors

    Morrison Hotel

    Elektra

    Notes

  89. Eric Burdon Declares War

    Spill the Wine

    War

    Eric Burdon Declares War

    MGM

    Notes

  90. Abraxas

    Oye Como Va

    Santana

    Abraxas

    Columbia

    Notes

  91. Stephen Stills

    Love the One You’re With

    Stephen Stills

    Stephen Stills

    Atlantic

    Notes

  92. Bridge Over Troubled Water

    The Boxer

    Simon & Garfunkel

    Bridge Over Troubled Water

    Columbia

    Notes

  93. Sunflower

    Tears in the Morning

    The Beach Boys

    Sunflower

    Reprise

    Notes

  94. Cricklewood Green

    Circles

    Ten Years After

    Cricklewood Green

    Deram

    Notes

  95. All Things Must Pass

    My Sweet Lord

    George Harrison

    All Things Must Pass

    Capitol

    Notes

  96. McCartney

    Maybe I’m Amazed

    Paul McCartney

    McCartney

    Capitol

    Notes

  97. Instant Karma!

    Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)

    John Lennon

    Instant Karma! 7"

    Apple

    Notes

  98. Tea for the Tillerman

    Wild World

    Cat Stevens

    Tea for the Tillerman

    A&M

    Notes

  99. Stairsteps

    O-o-h Child

    The Five Stairsteps

    Stairsteps

    Buddah

    Notes

  100. Come to My Garden

    Les Fleur

    Minnie Ripperton

    Come to My Garden

    GRT

    Notes