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Top R&B Songs of the 1970s

1960s <-1970-> 1980s


  

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Night Fever
1.
02/1978
452

✫1
US
19
AC
3
dance
8
R&B
✫1
UK
charted as Stayin' Alive / Night Fever / More Than a Woman in US dance charts
[RSO 889]
written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb & Robin Gibb
I Will Survive
2.
12/1978
442

✫1
US
9
AC
✫1
dance
4
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #489]
charted as I Will Survive / Substitute / Anybody Wanna Party? / I Said Yes in US dance charts
[Polydor 14508]
written by Freddie Perren & Dino Fekaris
3.
06/1978
422

✫1
US
✫1
AC


✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[Motown 1443]
written by Lionel Richie
Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?
4.
11/1978
416

✫1
US


✫1
dance
5
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #301]
written by Rod Stewart & Carmine Appice
Le Freak
5.
10/1978

Le Freak by Chic

from C'est CHIC   
391

✫1
US
48
AC
✫1
dance
✫1
R&B
7
UK
charted as Le Freak / I Want Your Love / Chic Cheer in US dance charts
[Atlantic 3519]
written by Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers
Stayin' Alive
6.
12/1977
388

✫1
US
28
AC
3
dance
4
R&B
4
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #189]
charted as Stayin' Alive / Night Fever / More Than a Woman in US dance charts
[RSO 885]
written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb
Boogie Oogie Oogie
7.
06/1978
383

✫1
US


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B
3
UK
written by Janice Johnson (as Janice Marie Johnson) & Perry Kibble (as Perry L. Kibble)
Sir Duke
8.
04/1977
382

✫1
US
3
AC
2
dance
✫1
R&B
2
UK
[tribute to Duke Ellington]
charted as Another Star / I Wish / Sir Duke / Isn't She Lovely in US dance charts
[Tamla 54281]
written by Stevie Wonder
9.
06/1977
377

✫1
US


11
dance
✫1
R&B
4
UK
written by Maurice White & Al McKay
Y.M.C.A.
10.
10/1978
374

2
US


2
dance
32
R&B
✫1
UK
charted as Y.M.C.A. / Hot Cop in US dance charts
[Casablanca 945]
written by Jacques Morali, Henri Belolo & Victor Willis
Ring My Bell
11.
05/1979
371

✫1
US


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[Juana 3422]
written by Frederick Knight
When I Need You
12.
01/1977
361

✫1
US
✫1
AC


94
R&B
✫1
UK
[Warner 8332]
written by Albert Hammond & Carole Bayer Sager
The Tears of a Clown
13.
08/1970
355

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
as Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
[Tamla 54199]
written by Stevie Wonder, Henry Cosby (as Hank Cosby) & Smokey Robinson
I'll Be There
14.
09/1970
349

✫1
US
24
AC


✫1
R&B
4
UK
[Motown 1171]
written by Berry Gordy, Bob West, Hal Davis & Willie Hutch
15.
09/1978
343

✫1
US
24
AC
✫1
dance
8
R&B
5
UK
charted as MacArthur Park Suite in US dance charts
[Casablanca 939]
written by Jimmy Webb
Too Much Heaven
16.
11/1978
340

✫1
US
4
AC


10
R&B
3
UK
[RSO 913]
written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb
Killing Me Softly with His Song
17.
01/1973
339

✫1
US
2
AC


2
R&B
6
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1974]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1974]
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #360]
[Atlantic 2940]
written by Charles Fox & Norman Gimbel
My Ding-a-Ling
18.
08/1972
339

✫1
US




42
R&B
✫1
UK
[recorded live in manchester, england]
[novelty]
[Chess 2131]
written by Chuck Berry
Too Much, Too Little, Too Late
19.
03/1978
337

✫1
US
✫1
AC


✫1
R&B
3
UK
[Columbia 10693]
written by John Vallins & Nat Kipner
Working My Way Back to You
20.
12/1979
334

2
US
5
AC
8
dance
6
R&B
✫1
UK
charted as Working My Way Back to You / Forgive Me, Girl is US AC Charts
written by Denny Randell & Sandy Linzer
21.
03/1979
333

✫1
US
4
AC


✫1
R&B
4
UK
[Polydor 14547 A]
written by Dino Fekaris & Freddie Perren
Kung Fu Fighting
22.
08/1974
333

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[20th Century 2140]
written by Carl Douglas
Theme from Shaft
23.
10/1971
333

✫1
US
6
AC


2
R&B
4
UK
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1971]
[Enterprise 9038]
written by Isaac Hayes
24.
03/1972
330

✫1
US
✫1
AC


4
R&B
14
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1973]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1973]
[Atlantic 2864]
written by Ewan MacColl
Tragedy
25.
02/1979
330

✫1
US
19
AC
22
dance
44
R&B
✫1
UK
[RSO 918]
written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb
I Just Want to Be Your Everything
26.
04/1977
329

✫1
US
8
AC


19
R&B
26
UK
[RSO 872]
written by Barry Gibb
I Can See Clearly Now
27.
06/1972
326

✫1
US
✫1
AC


38
R&B
5
UK
[Epic 10902]
written by Johnny Nash
28.
04/1975
326

✫1
US
2
AC
3
dance
✫1
R&B
3
UK
as Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
[instrumental]
[Avco 4653]
written by Van McCoy
Rock with You
29.
11/1979
325

✫1
US
21
AC
2
dance
✫1
R&B
7
UK
charted as Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough/Rock With You in US dance charts
[Epic 50797 A]
written by Rod Temperton
No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
30.
10/1979
324

✫1
US
7
AC
✫1
dance
20
R&B
3
UK
[Columbia 11125]
written by Paul Jabara & Bruce Roberts
Rock Your Baby
31.
06/1974
324

✫1
US
19
AC


✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[T.K. 1004]
written by Harry Casey (as Harry Wayne Casey) & Richard Finch
32.
04/1977
322

✫1
US


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B
7
UK
[Tamla 54280]
written by Marvin Gaye
33.
05/1978
322

✫1
US


6
dance
33
R&B
3
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #496]
Miss You / Far Away Eyes in the UK
[Rolling Stones 19307]
written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Lovin' You
34.
01/1975
320

✫1
US
4
AC


3
R&B
2
UK
[Epic 50057]
written by Minnie Riperton & Richard Rudolph
Grease
35.
05/1978
319

✫1
US
13
AC


40
R&B
3
UK
[RSO 897]
written by Barry Gibb
Boogie Nights
36.
01/1977
317

2
US


36
dance
5
R&B
2
UK
[Epic 50371]
written by Rod Temperton
Shadow Dancing
37.
04/1978
316

✫1
US
8
AC


11
R&B
42
UK
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
38.
08/1970
315

✫1
US
6
AC


✫1
R&B
6
UK
[Motown 1169]
written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
39.
01/1978
315

✫1
US
9
AC


60
R&B
4
UK
[RSO 884]
written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb
Kiss and Say Goodbye
40.
04/1976
315

✫1
US
12
AC


✫1
R&B
4
UK
[Columbia 10310]
written by Winfred Lovett
War
41.
07/1970
314

✫1
US




3
R&B
3
UK
[Gordy 7101]
written by Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong
Hot Stuff
42.
04/1979
313

✫1
US


✫1
dance
3
R&B
11
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #103]
charted as Hot Stuff / Bad Girls in US dance charts
[Casablanca 978]
written by Pete Bellotte, Harold Faltermeyer & Keith Forsey
43.
09/1979
311

✫1
US
6
AC


✫1
R&B
4
UK
[Motown 1474]
written by Lionel Richie
44.
07/1977
310

2
US




✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[ABC 12284]
written by Marvin Willis, Arnold Ingram & James Mitchell
Play That Funky Music
45.
06/1976
309

✫1
US


12
dance
✫1
R&B
7
UK
charted as Play That Funky Music / I Feel Sanctified in US dance charts
[Epic 50225]
written by Robert Parissi
46.
11/1974
309

2
US


2
dance
✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[20th Century 2133]
written by Peter Radcliffe, Tony Sepe & Barry White
Band of Gold
47.
04/1970
309

3
US




20
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #391]
[Invictus 9075]
written by Brian Holland (as part of Edythe Wayne), Lamont Dozier (as part of Edythe Wayne), Eddie Holland Jr. (as part of Edythe Wayne) & Ronald Dunbar (as Ron Dunbar)
That's the Way (I Like It)
48.
08/1975
307

✫1
US


18
dance
✫1
R&B
4
UK
written by Harry Casey (as Harry Wayne Casey) & Richard Finch
Bad Girls
49.
05/1979
307

✫1
US


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B
14
UK
charted as Hot Stuff / Bad Girls in US dance charts
[Casablanca 988]
written by Donna Summer, Joe Esposito (as Joe "Bean" Esposito), Eddie Hokenson (as Edward Hokenson) & Bruce Sudano
Let's Stay Together
50.
12/1971
306

✫1
US
36
AC


✫1
R&B
7
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #60]
[Hi 2202]
written by Al Green, Willie Mitchell & Al Jackson Jr.
Love Machine
51.
10/1975
304

✫1
US


20
dance
5
R&B
3
UK
charted as Overture / Love Machine in US dance charts
[Tamla 54262]
written by Billy Griffin & Pete Moore (as Warren Moore)
When Will I See You Again
52.
07/1974
304

2
US
✫1
AC


4
R&B
✫1
UK
[P.i. 3550]
written by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff
Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)
53.
02/1971
303

✫1
US
33
AC


✫1
R&B
8
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #389]
[Gordy 7105]
written by Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
54.
07/1979
303

✫1
US


2
dance
✫1
R&B
3
UK
charted as Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough/Rock With You in US dance charts
[Epic 50742]
written by Michael Jackson
I Wish
55.
12/1976
303

✫1
US
23
AC
2
dance
✫1
R&B
5
UK
charted as Another Star / I Wish / Sir Duke / Isn't She Lovely in US dance charts
[Tamla 54274]
written by Stevie Wonder
Good Times
56.
06/1979

Good Times by Chic

from Risqué   
302

✫1
US
28
AC
3
dance
✫1
R&B
5
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #224]
charted as Good Times / My Feet Keep Dancing / My Forbidden Lover in US dance charts
[Atlantic 3584]
written by Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers
57.
08/1977
300

✫1
US
18
AC
6
dance
8
R&B
7
UK
[instrumental]
[Millennium 604]
written by John Williams [composer]
I Feel Love
58.
07/1977
299

6
US
45
AC
3
dance
9
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #411]
charted as I Feel Love / Theme from the Deep (Down Deep Inside) in US dance charts
[Casablanca 884]
written by Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte & Donna Summer
Joy to the World
59.
03/1971
296

✫1
US




46
R&B
24
UK
[Dunhill/ABC 4272]
written by Hoyt Axton
You Are the Sunshine of My Life
60.
03/1973
295

✫1
US
✫1
AC


3
R&B
7
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #281]
[Tamla 54232]
written by Stevie Wonder
Touch Me in the Morning
61.
06/1973
295

✫1
US
✫1
AC


5
R&B
9
UK
[Motown 1239]
written by Michael Masser & Ronald Miller [Ronald Norman Miller] (as Ron Miller)
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
62.
10/1976
293

✫1
US
19
AC


43
R&B
2
UK
[Warner 8283]
written by Leo Sayer & Vini Poncia
63.
11/1972
293

✫1
US
10
AC


✫1
R&B
12
UK
[P.i. 3521]
written by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff & Cary Gilbert
You Should Be Dancing
64.
07/1976
292

✫1
US
25
AC
✫1
dance
4
R&B
5
UK
[RSO 853]
written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb
You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)
65.
09/1976
292

✫1
US
6
AC


✫1
R&B
7
UK
[ABC 12208]
written by James Dean & John Glover
Family Affair
66.
11/1971
292

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
15
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #138]
written by Sly Stone (as Sylvester Stewart)
Love Hangover
67.
04/1976
291

✫1
US
19
AC
✫1
dance
✫1
R&B
10
UK
[Motown 1392]
written by Marilyn McLeod & Pam Sawyer (as Pamela Sawyer)
Do That to Me One More Time
68.
10/1979
288

✫1
US
4
AC


58
R&B
7
UK
[Casablanca 2215]
written by Toni Tennille
The Love You Save
69.
05/1970
288

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
7
UK
in the US B side I Found That Girl charted from 1 august 1970
[Motown 1166]
written by Berry Gordy (as part of The Corporation), Freddie Perren (as part of The Corporation), Deke Richards (as part of The Corporation) & Fonce Mizell (as part of The Corporation)
Lean on Me
70.
04/1972
287

✫1
US
4
AC


✫1
R&B
18
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #205]
[Sussex 235]
written by Bill Withers
71.
07/1979

Rise by Herb Alpert

from Rise   
286

✫1
US
✫1
AC
17
dance
4
R&B
13
UK
[instrumental]
[A&M 2151]
written by Andy Armer & Randy Badazz Alpert (as Randy Badazz)
Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)
72.
11/1975
285

✫1
US
✫1
AC


14
R&B
5
UK
[Motown 1377]
written by Michael Masser & Gerry Goffin
Ben
73.
08/1972

Ben by Michael Jackson

from Ben   
285

✫1
US
3
AC


5
R&B
7
UK
[Motown 1207]
written by Don Black & Walter Scharf
74.
03/1974
285

2
US
6
AC


5
R&B
2
UK
[Avco 4634]
written by Thom Bell & Linda Creed
Love's Theme
75.
12/1973
282

✫1
US
✫1
AC


10
R&B
10
UK
[instrumental]
[20th Century 2069]
written by Barry White
Don't Leave Me This Way
76.
12/1976
282

✫1
US
40
AC
✫1
dance
✫1
R&B
13
UK
charted as Don't Leave Me This Way / Any Way You Like It in US dance charts
[Tamla 54278]
written by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff & Cary Gilbert
77.
03/1970

ABC by Jackson 5

from ABC   
281

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
8
UK
[Motown 1163]
written by Berry Gordy (as part of The Corporation), Freddie Perren (as part of The Corporation), Deke Richards (as part of The Corporation) & Fonce Mizell (as part of The Corporation)
Let's Get It On
78.
07/1973
280

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
31
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #167]
[Tamla 54234]
written by Marvin Gaye & Ed Townsend
Baby Come Back
79.
10/1977
280

✫1
US
20
AC


10
R&B
32
UK
[RSO 879]
written by John Crowley & Peter Beckett
Love to Love You Baby
80.
10/1975
280

2
US


✫1
dance
3
R&B
4
UK
[Oasis 401]
written by Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder & Pete Bellotte
Fly, Robin, Fly
81.
09/1975
279

✫1
US
6
AC
✫1
dance
✫1
R&B
28
UK
[instrumental]
[Midland International 10339]
written by Sylvester Levay & Michael Kunze (as Stephan Prager)
Car Wash
82.
10/1976
279

✫1
US


3
dance
✫1
R&B
9
UK
[MCA 40615]
written by Norman Whitfield
Keep On Truckin' (Part 1)
83.
08/1973
279

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
18
UK
[Tamla 54238]
written by Leonard Caston, Anita Poree & Frank Wilson
Rockin' Robin
84.
03/1972
276

2
US




2
R&B
3
UK
[Motown 1197]
written by Jimmie Thomas
Disco Duck (Part 1)
85.
08/1976
275

✫1
US




15
R&B
6
UK
and His Cast Of Idiots
[novelty]
[RSO 857]
written by Rick Dees
Have You Seen Her
86.
10/1971
275

3
US




✫1
R&B
3
UK
[Brunswick 55462]
written by Barbara Acklin & Eugene Record
After the Love Has Gone
87.
07/1979
275

2
US
3
AC


2
R&B
4
UK
[Columbia 11033]
written by David Foster, Jay Graydon & Bill Champlin
Knock on Wood
88.
01/1979
272

✫1
US


5
dance
6
R&B
6
UK
[Ariola 7736]
written by Eddie Floyd & Steve Cropper
With You I'm Born Again
89.
12/1979
271

4
US
2
AC


86
R&B
2
UK
[Motown 1477]
written by Carol Connors & David Shire
One Bad Apple
90.
01/1971
270

✫1
US
37
AC


6
R&B
51
UK
[MGM 14193]
written by George Jackson
91.
11/1972
267

✫1
US
38
AC


✫1
R&B
11
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #74]
[Tamla 54226]
written by Stevie Wonder
92.
06/1976
266

2
US
✫1
AC
4
dance
✫1
R&B
10
UK
[Philadelphia International 3592]
written by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff
93.
11/1974
266

✫1
US
45
AC
11
dance
5
R&B
6
UK
You Sexy Thing
94.
11/1975
265

3
US




6
R&B
2
UK
[Big Tree 16047]
written by Errol Brown & Tony Wilson
95.
04/1972
262

✫1
US
34
AC


✫1
R&B
14
UK
[Brunswick 55471]
written by Barbara Acklin & Eugene Record
Get Up and Boogie
96.
03/1976
261

2
US
25
AC
5
dance
5
R&B
7
UK
[Midland International 10571]
written by Sylvester Levay & Michael Kunze (as Stephan Prager)
97.
02/1976
260

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
25
UK
[Columbia 10281]
written by Harvey Scales, Albert Vance & Don Davis
Lady Marmalade
98.
01/1975
258

✫1
US


7
dance
✫1
R&B
17
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #479]
charted as Lady Marmalade / What Can I Do for You? In US dance charts
written by Bob Crewe & Kenny Nolan
Rock the Boat
99.
05/1974
258

✫1
US
12
AC


2
R&B
6
UK
[RCA Victor 0232]
written by Wally Holmes (as Waldo Holmes)
Got to Be There
100.
10/1971
257

4
US
14
AC


4
R&B
5
UK
[Motown 1191]
written by Elliot Willensky

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