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Top Summer Songs of the ’70s

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This is a continuation of our top 10 summer song playlists by decade. To compile each list, I looked at songs that reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the months of June, July and August for each year of the decade. From the collection of songs that reached #1 each summer, I selected the song that spent the most weeks on the chart in the top position. In the case of a tie (which was rare), I chose randomly from the songs that tied. The end result is a 10 song playlist of the top summer hits of the decade, one song from each year, listed in chronological order.

These are not the top songs ABOUT summer, but rather the most popular songs DURING summer. Songs that reach the top of the charts tend the be remembered. And the music that was part of your life as a a teenager will stay with you for the rest of your life. The most memorable moments of our teenage years tend to happen during the summer when we were free from school and responsibilities. We associate the songs from our teenage summers with coming of age memories. So if you grew up during the 70s this list may hold a powerful nostalgic pull.

Now please note, these are not my personal picks, but the top Billboard hits. So these are truly the songs that were getting the most attention during each summer of the 1970s. Your top summer songs of the 1970s may differ.

So tell us, what were your favorite summer songs of the 1970s?

Top Summer Songs of the 70s

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