I searched far and wide for lists of best 70s songs of all time. Criteria included the songs being ranked, not just listed, and generally created by groups, whether teams or committees or based on general public voting (like Ranker.com). Lists that had limits, like certain styles or moods, were not included.

I was able to find 17 lists. I took the 17 lists and added all their content into a spreadsheet, noting the rank of every song. The total number was over 1,400 including all the repeats. I experimented with different formulas, trying to balance the value of being ranked high on any list and being included on the most lists. I ended up averaging the rankings each song got (there were 298 that were on at least 2 lists) and dividing that average by a factor of the number of lists that it was on. The lowest score meant a top ranking average on many lists. The complete spreadsheet is attached at the bottom.

The songs that were on the most lists (out of 17) were:

  • Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen – 16 lists
  • Stayin’ Alive by The Bee Gees – 12 lists
  • Dancing Queen by ABBA – 12 lists
  • Dreams by Fleetwood Mac – 12 lists
  • Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin – 11 lists
  • London Calling by The Clash – 11 lists
  • Heart of Glass by Blondie – 11 lists
  • Let It Be by The Beatles – 11 lists
  • Imagine by John Lennon – 10 lists
  • Heroes by David Bowie – 10 lists
  • Hotel California by The Eagles – 10 lists
  • Superstition by Stevie Wonder – 10 lists
  • My Sweet Lord by George Harrison – 10 lists
  • My Sharona by The Knack – 10 lists

Here are links to the lists I used along with dates the lists were created: