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— High Fidelity

Etcetera

Best Songs of 1974

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 and Apple Music. Sadly all 100 tracks aren't available, but you get the general idea. Track notes to come eventually or maybe never.

  1. Inspiration Information

    Inspiration Information

    Shuggie Otis

    Inspiration Information

    Epic

    Notes

  2. 461 Ocean Boulevard

    I Shot the Sheriff

    Eric Clapton

    461 Ocean Boulevard

    RSO

    Notes

  3. Natty Dread

    Rebel Music

    Bob Marley & The Wailers

    Natty Dread

    Tuff Gong

    Notes

  4. Fulfillingness' First Finale

    Boogie on Reggae Woman

    Stevie Wonder

    Fulfillingness’ First Finale

    Tamla

    Notes

  5. Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta

    I’m Goin’ Left

    Syreeta

    Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta

    Motown

    Notes

  6. +Justments

    The Same Love That Made Me Laugh

    Bill Withers

    +Justments

    Columbia

    Notes

  7. Live It Up

    Live It Up

    The Isley Brothers

    Live It Up

    T-Neck

    Notes

  8. Head Hunters

    Tell Me Something Good

    Rufus & Chaka Khan

    Rags to Rufus

    ABC

    Notes

  9. Up for the Down Stroke

    Up for the Down Stroke

    Parliament

    Up for the Down Stroke

    Casablanca

    Notes

  10. Standing on the Verge of Getting It On

    Sexy Ways

    Funkadelic

    Standing on the Verge of Getting It On

    Westbound

    Notes

  11. Fire

    Fire

    Ohio Players

    Fire

    Mercury

    Notes

  12. GP

    Pick Up the Pieces

    Average White Band

    AWB

    Atlantic

    Notes

  13. Small Talk

    Loose Booty

    Sly and the Family Stone

    Small Talk

    Epic

    Notes

  14. Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)

    Do It (’Til You’re Satisfied)

    B.T. Express

    Do It (’Til You’re Satisfied)

    Scepter

    Notes

  15. Rock Your Baby

    Look at You

    George McCrae

    Rock Your Baby

    T.K.

    Notes

  16. Thrust

    Actual Proof

    Herbie Hancock

    Thrust

    Columbia

    Notes

  17. Sun Goddess

    Hot Dawgit

    Ramsey Lewis

    Sun Goddess

    Columbia

    Notes

  18. Winter in America

    The Bottle

    Gil Scott-Heron

    Winter in America

    Strata-East

    Notes

  19. It Is Finished

    Funkier Than a Mosquito’s Tweeter

    Nina Simone

    It Is Finished

    RCA

    Notes

  20. I Can't Stand the Rain

    I Can’t Stand the Rain

    Ann Peebles

    I Can’t Stand the Rain

    Hi

    Notes

  21. Queen of the Night

    After Midnight

    Maggie Bell

    Queen of the Night

    Atlantic

    Notes

  22. Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley

    Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley

    Robert Palmer

    Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley

    Island

    Notes

  23. Feats Don't Fail Me Now

    Rock and Roll Doctor

    Little Feat

    Feats Don’t Fail Me Now

    Warner Bros.

    Notes

  24. It's Only Rock 'n Roll

    It’s Only Rock ’n Roll

    The Rolling Stones

    It’s Only Rock ’n Roll

    Virgin

    Notes

  25. You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything

    You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything

    Faces

    You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything 7"

    Warner Bros.

    Notes

  26. The Hoople

    The Golden Age of Rock ’N’ Roll

    Mott the Hoople

    The Hoople

    CBS

    Notes

  27. The New Favorites of Brinsley Schwarz

    (What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace Love and Understanding

    Brinsley Schwarz

    The New Favorites of Brinsley Schwarz

    United Artists

    Not released in United States

  28. From the Album of the Same Name

    Magic

    Pilot

    From the Album of the Same Name

    EMI

    Notes

  29. Not Fragile

    You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

    Bachman-Turner Overdrive

    Not Fragile

    Mercury

    Notes

  30. Caribou

    The Bitch Is Back

    Elton John

    Caribou

    MCA

    Notes

  31. I've Got the Music in Me

    I’ve Got the Music in Me

    The Kiki Dee Band

    I’ve Got the Music in Me

    MCA

    Notes

  32. Rockin' Soul

    Rock the Boat

    The Hues Corporation

    Rockin’ Soul

    RCA

    Notes

  33. The Kids & Me

    Nothing From Nothing

    Billy Preston

    The Kids & Me

    Arista

    Notes

  34. Hooked on a Feeling

    Hooked on a Feeling

    Blue Swede

    Hooked on a Feeling

    EMI

    Notes

  35. I Hate Hate

    I Hate Hate

    Razzy and the Neighborhood Kids

    I Hate Hate 7"

    Aquarian

    Notes

  36. Be Thankful for What You Got

    Be Thankful for What You Got

    William DeVaughn

    Be Thankful for What You Got

    Roxbury

    Notes

  37. Feel Like Makin' Love

    Feel Like Makin’ Love

    Roberta Flack

    Feel Like Makin’ Love

    Atlantic

    Notes

  38. Let Me in Your Life

    Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)

    Aretha Franklin

    Let Me in Your Life

    Atlantic

    Notes

  39. Wrap Around Joy

    Nightingale

    Carole King

    Wrap Around Joy

    Ode

    Notes

  40. Court and Spark

    Help Me

    Joni Mitchell

    Court and Spark

    Asylum

    Notes

  41. Wild Tales

    Wild Tales

    Graham Nash

    Wild Tales

    Atlantic

    Notes

  42. Walls and Bridges

    Whatever Gets You Thru the Night

    John Lennon

    Walls and Bridges

    Apple

    Notes

  43. Diamond Dogs

    Rebel Rebel

    David Bowie

    Diamond Dogs

    RCA

    Notes

  44. Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)

    Burning Airlines Give You So Much More

    Brian Eno

    Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)

    Island

    Notes

  45. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

    Counting Out Time

    Genesis

    The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

    Atco

    Notes

  46. Look at the Fool

    Look at the Fool

    Tim Buckley

    Look at the Fool

    Discreet

    Notes

  47. Fear

    You Know More Than I Know

    John Cale

    Fear

    Island

    Notes

  48. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse

    George Harrison

    Dark Horse

    Apple

    Notes

  49. Ferguslie Park

    Star

    Stealers Wheel

    Ferguslie Park

    A&M

    Notes

  50. I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight

    The Calvary Cross

    Richard & Linda Thompson

    I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight

    Island

    Notes

  51. I Can Help

    Don’t Be Cruel

    Billy Swan

    I Can Help

    Monument

    Notes

  52. Okie

    Cajun Moon

    J.J. Cale

    Okie

    Shelter

    Notes

  53. Desitively Bonnaroo

    What Comes Around (Goes Around)

    Dr. John

    Desitively Bonnaroo

    Atco

    Notes

  54. Andy Kim

    Rock Me Gently

    Andy Kim

    Andy Kim

    Capitol

    Notes

  55. Crime of the Century

    Bloody Well Right

    Supertramp

    Crime of the Century

    A&M

    Notes

  56. Bridge of Sighs

    Too Rolling Stoned

    Robin Trower

    Bridge of Sighs

    Capitol

    Notes

  57. All American Boy

    Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo

    Rick Derringer

    All American Boy

    Blue Sky

    Notes

  58. Second Helping

    Sweet Home Alabama

    Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Second Helping

    MCA

    Notes

  59. What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

    Black Water

    The Doobie Brothers

    What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

    Warner Bros.

    Notes

  60. Back Home Again

    Thank God I’m a Country Boy

    John Denver

    Back Home Again

    RCA

    Notes

  61. Good Old Boys

    Rednecks

    Randy Newman

    Good Old Boys

    Reprise

    Notes

  62. Stop and Smell the Roses

    Lucas Was a Redneck

    Mac Davis

    Stop and Smell the Roses

    Columbia

    Notes

  63. Planet Waves

    Forever Young

    Bob Dylan

    Planet Waves

    Columbia

    Notes

  64. Albert Hammond

    I’m a Train

    Albert Hammond

    Albert Hammond

    Mums

    Notes

  65. No Other

    Life’s Greatest Fool

    Gene Clark

    No Other

    Asylum

    Notes

  66. Sundown

    Sundown

    Gordon Lightfoot

    Sundown

    Reprise

    Notes

  67. Verities & Balderdash

    Cat’s in the Cradle

    Harry Chapin

    Verities & Balderdash

    Elektra

    Notes

  68. Mind Games

    Any Major Dude Will Tell You

    Steely Dan

    Pretzel Logic

    MCA

    Notes

  69. Band on the Run

    For the Turnstiles

    Neil Young

    On the Beach

    Reprise

    Notes

  70. Streetlights

    Angel From Montgomery

    Bonnie Raitt

    Streetlights

    Warner Bros.

    Notes

  71. Grievous Angel

    Love Hurts

    Gram Parson & Emmylou Harris

    Grievous Angel

    Reprise

    Notes

  72. Veedon Fleece

    Comfort You

    Van Morrison

    Veedon Fleece

    Warner Bros.

    Notes

  73. Streetlife Serenade

    Streetlife Serenader

    Billy Joel

    Streetlife Serenade

    Columbia

    Notes

  74. The Heart of Saturday Night

    The Heart of Saturday Night

    Tom Waits

    The Heart of Saturday Night

    Asylum

    Notes

  75. New Skin for the Old Ceremony

    Chelsea Hotel #2

    Leonard Cohen

    New Skin for the Old Ceremony

    Columbia

    Notes

  76. Time of No Reply

    Black Eyed Dog

    Nick Drake

    Time of No Reply

    Island

    unreleased 1974 track; released in 1986

  77. Radio City

    I’m in Love With a Girl

    Big Star

    Radio City

    Ardent

    Notes

  78. Depot Street

    Depot Street

    Mudcrutch

    Depot Street 7"

    Shelter

    Notes

  79. Spooky Lady's Sideshow

    Late Again (Gettin’ Over You)

    Kris Kristofferson

    Spooky Lady’s Sideshow

    Monument

    Notes

  80. This Time

    This Time

    Waylon Jennings

    This Time

    RCA

    Notes

  81. Jolene

    Jolene

    Dolly Parton

    Jolene

    RCA

    Notes

  82. Bring Back Your Love to Me

    Bring Back Your Love to Me

    Don Gibson

    Bring Back Your Love to Me

    Hickory

    Notes

  83. A New Life

    Another Cruel Love

    The Marshall Tucker Band

    A New Life

    AKJ

    Notes

  84. From the Mars Hotel

    Scarlet Begonias

    Grateful Dead

    From the Mars Hotel

    Grateful Dead

    Notes

  85. Late for the Sky

    Fountain of Sorrow

    Jacksone Browne

    Late for the Sky

    Asylum

    Notes

  86. On the Border

    Already Gone

    Eagles

    On the Border

    Asylum

    Notes

  87. Heart Like a Wheel

    You’re No Good

    Linda Ronstadt

    Heart Like a Wheel

    Capitol

    Notes

  88. Danger High Voltage

    Tonight’s the Night

    Betty Wright

    Danger High Voltage

    Alston

    Notes

  89. Never Can Say Goodbye

    Never Can Say Goodbye

    Goria Gaynor

    Never Can Say Goodbye

    MGM

    Notes

  90. Dancing Machine

    Dancing Machine

    The Jackson 5

    Dancing Machine

    Motown

    Notes

  91. Nightbirds

    Lady Marmalade

    LaBelle

    Nightbirds

    Epic

    Notes

  92. Claudine

    On and On

    Gladys Knight & The Pips

    Claudine

    Buddah

    Notes

  93. Explores Your Mind

    Take Me to the River

    Al Green

    Explores Your Mind

    Right Stuff

    Notes

  94. Let My People Go

    Let My People Go

    Darondo

    Legs / Let My People Go 7"

    Af-Fa World

    Notes

  95. A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Living in the Past

    WITCH

    In the Past

    Zambia Music Parlour

    Zambia-only release. U.S. reissue in 2013 on Now-Again.

  96. Tough Guys

    Hung Up on My Baby

    Isaac Hayes

    Tough Guys

    Stax

    Notes

  97. Light of Worlds

    Summer Madness

    Kool & The Gang

    Light of Worlds

    De-Lite

    Notes

  98. Five-A-Side

    How Long

    ACE

    Five-A-Side

    Anchor

    Notes

  99. Bad Company

    Bad Company

    Bad Company

    Bad Company

    Swan Song

    Notes

  100. Hollies

    The Air That I Breathe

    The Hollies

    Hollies

    Epic

    Notes