The Classic hit singles of the 1970s

Minnie Riperton

The 1970s were a period during which classic singles were released. It was an era of great experimentation in the music scene, with several different genres of music proving popular during the same time.

Many groups were experimenting with their musical style and they pushed the boundaries as they searched for records that would define their musical style. There was no greater example of this than when Queen released “Bohemian Rhapsody in 1975, with the record remaining at number one for nine weeks. It is currently the third greatest selling single of all time in UK.

The cast from “Wayne’s World” singing along to “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

The single was more of an opera and lasted for over 6 minutes which meant that the full version was rarely completely played on the radio. The song catapulted “Queens” career both in Europe and the United States. The use of the song in the film “Waynes World” in 1992 helped to boost the popularity of the film, and it also resulted in more sales of the song.

There were a number of artists that produce just one major hit single in their careers and this was certainly the case with Minnie Riperton who, in 1975, released the single “Loving You” which reached number 2 in the chats. Sadly, she was unable to follow up this record with any further success as she tragically died in 1977 at the age of 32.

If ever there was a record that reflected a certain period of time, it would be “In the Summer Time” released by Mungo Jerry in 1970. The single which remained at the top of the UK charts for 7 weeks told the story of the festival feeling of the summertime in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This was a hippy anthem and was to be the biggest success enjoyed by the group.

Glam Rockers T-Rex

The early 1970s was a period of great success for glam rockm and no group was more popular than T-Tex who enjoyed four number 1 hits in this time. Their biggest success was “Hot Love” which remained at the top of the charts for six weeks in 1971. However, their most well-known single “Get it on” also got to number one in the same year, but only lasted at the top of the charts for four weeks.

During the 1970s, there was a constant battle between artists and record producers to see who could produce the Christmas number one. In 1975 Wolverhampton based group Slade released “Merry Xmas Everyone” which remained at number one for five weeks. It is re-released every year during the festive period and has now sold over 1.3 million copies.

This record may have sold many copies but it remains a long way behind the best-selling record of the decade which was “Mull of Kintyre” which was released by Wings in 1977. This was another Christmas number one and remained at the top of the charts for nine weeks becoming the first single to sell over 2 million copies. It was quite apt that a group containing a former Beatle, Paul McCartney, should have produced a big hit in the 1970s. It the Beatles had stayed together during this period, they would have probably enjoyed great success.