Top Ten Tunes- 1974

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 1974.

For previous top ten tunes, please click on the year: 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

1974 General Election - Prime Minister Harold Wilson

Harold Wilson becomes Prime Minister

In 1974, the IRA bomb a coach on the M62 in West Yorkshire, killing 12 people (2 of which were children), Grenada becomes independent from the UK, the general election takes place and results in a hung parliament, Ted Heath announces his resignation and Harold Wilson becomes Prime Minister leading a minority Labour government, 180 Brits die when a plane crashes near Paris– killing all 346 people on board, the Eurovision Contest takes place in Brighton and a band called Abba wins with the song Waterloo, 34 people are killed in bombings that take place in Dublin and Monaghan, clashes between the far-right National Front and counter-protesters results in a 21 year old student being killed, the IRA bomb the Houses of Parliament, another IRA bomb explodes at the Tower of London killing 1 person, the Guildford pub bombing kills 5 people, a second general election takes place, which results in Labour winning, another IRA bomb explodes at the Brook’s club in London, Lord Lucan disappears after the death of his children’s nanny, the IRA bomb a pub in Woolwich killing 2 people, McDonald’s open their first restaurant in the UK, 21 people are killed in an IRA bomb in a pub in Birmingham, the London home of Ted Heath is bombed by the IRA– he only narrowly missed the explosion, Richard Nixon becomes the first American president forced to resign after the Watergate scandal, the Rumble in the Jungle takes place when George Foreman and Muhammed Ali fight in a much hyped boxing match- Ali wins, Gerald Ford becomes the President of the United States, Isabel Peron becomes the first female President in the world when she becomes President of Argentina, West Germany wins the World Cup and the films Chinatown, The Godfather Part II, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Death Wish, The Towering Inferno, The Man With Golden Gun and Swallows and Amazons are all released.

Al Pacino In 'The Godfather: Part II' Woody Allen And Mia Farrow In 'A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy' '

This week contains one of my all time favourite songs, lots of familiar faces from previous Top Ten Tunes and the introduction of some band called Queen. Spotify playlist at the end.

1. Killer Queen by Queen

2. Jet by Paul McCartney & Wings


3. You’re The First, The Last, My Everything by Barry White


This photo of Bazza is perfection

4. You Are Everything by Marvin Gaye & Diana Ross


5. That’s the Spirit by Judee Sill

Photo of Judee SILL

6. This Town Ain’t Big Enough For the Both Of Us by Sparks

7. Rebel Rebel by David Bowie


8. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing by Stevie Wonder


9. I’m In Love by Aretha Franklin


10. Candle in the Wind by Elton John

elton-john (1)

Queen and Bowie are my runners up, but Judee Sill is easily my favourite this week as it’s one of my all time favourite songs. Please let me know below which one of these 1974 gems is your favourite.

See you next week for the final ever Top Ten Tunes and 1975!


  1. Queen and Bowie.

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  2. gigglingfattie · January 18

    Oh no! I only knew one song but name from that list 😢 sad week

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    • thebeasley · January 18

      Oh no. Next week is the final week. I’m pretty confident, you’ll know at least one song in that list.

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      • gigglingfattie · January 18

        you’re stopping your series? It’s been such a fun thing to read every week- I will miss it!

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      • thebeasley · January 18

        I know- me too! Well, I’ve now done all the years from 1960 through to 2018, so there’s nowhere else for me to go. Unless I look back at the 50s, which I don’t really fancy doing. I’m going to do a few music posts on some of my favourite music acts after next week’s post, but most of these will be British, so not sure those posts will appeal to everyone. I hope I’ll still see you on these pages from time to time though.

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      • gigglingfattie · January 18

        I will definitely be on them! 😉

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      • thebeasley · January 18

        Yay! x

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  10. willowdot21 · January 18

    I totally agree with you and in the same order 💜💜💜
    Can I add Steely Dan and Ricky don’t lose that number


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  11. April Munday · January 19

    The mid-70s were not a happy time by any stretch of the imagination.

    I remember not liking most of these songs at the time and they still don’t do much for me. I thought Candle in the Wind was alright and Sparks were just creepy.

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    • thebeasley · January 21

      Haha I kind of see what you mean about Sparks. Not even a fan of the Bowie track?

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      • April Munday · January 21

        Not really. I was introduced to classical music at a fairly young age and never paid much attention to pop after the early 70s.

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      • thebeasley · January 21

        Ah fair enough. And yes the mid-70s were horrific news wise. What a lovely time for me to be born into!

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  12. angelanoelauthor · January 19

    There are a few on this list I’ve never heard, so that’s always fun to explore. But, because I recently saw Bohemian Rhapsody, it’s hard not to pick Queen. And yet, Elton. Oh Elton.
    I have a special affinity for this particular year, so I feel like it’s particularly important to make the right #1 pick. So… I pick…drum roll please…You are everything, and everything is you. Because it’s so true of love. And love matters most.

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    • thebeasley · January 21

      Am I right in thinking it’s your birth year? So, a very important year indeed. I love that Marvin & Diana track. It’s so cute. I’m thoroughly enjoying this current Queen revival. I love a bit of Queen.

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      • angelanoelauthor · January 21

        I love a bit of Queen too. Though my husband is on a bit of a tear with the band right now. Every time he chooses music to play at home lately its Queen!

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      • thebeasley · January 21

        Haha. I guess there could be worse bands to put up with at home.

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  13. My Mashed Up Life · January 20

    You finally reached the year of my birth! I pick Rebel Rebel…

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    • thebeasley · January 21

      Love that Bowie track. I ended my 40th Birthday party with it. Such a great tune.

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  14. mydangblog · January 20

    Ooh, do you even need to ask? I’m such a rebel:-)

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  15. rachaelstray · January 21

    Yes the 70s does come across as very bleak news-wise. I think I’d have to say Queen for me too.

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