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Finally--the complete and systematic ranking of every song and every act that peaked on Cash Box® magazine’s Top 100 pop singles charts of the 1970s—­­­­5,350 songs performed by 1,698 acts representing all the genres and their styles that made the ‘70s such a diverse decade for popular music: from brassy funk to sassy punk with varieties of pop, rock, soul and more in between.

Ranking the ‘70s is the world’s first and only uncut and unabridged ranking of pop music from the days of leisure suits and platform boots. That music stirred the passions of the “Me” generation from Earth Day, Kent State and women's lib through gas lines and the Bicentennial right up to inflation, ESPN and the Walkman and will transport early Gen X-ers back to family vacations, first dates, homework and high school graduation.

Open to just about any page and you’ll find your memories come flooding back to you as every song and every act is a fresh reminder of the past. It’s the final word in ‘70s countdowns.

But Ranking the ‘70s doesn’t stop with song and act rankings. You can also immerse yourself in the following features:

Each act’s catalogue of song titles ordered by chart popularity
A categorized listing of acts as soloists duos and groups
A revealing year-by-year ranking of every act’s popularity during the decade
The top 300 songs of each year
A unique song title index with its own special features
An appendix featuring the most intense records and acts, the top 150 one-hit wonders, fastest and slowest records to #1, highest entries and exits and more!

404 pgs.


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Q: Two acts in RT70s had single-letter names.  Who had the bigger hit?

A: M--Pop Muzik (359) was way stronger than Q--Dancin' Man (1845)

Q: Carole King's 2nd #1?

A: Jazzman (328)  Peak: 11/7/74

Q: The highest ranked song by a duo?

A: Bridge Over Troubled Water (27), Simon & Garfunkel

Q: #1 Duo of the 70s?

A: The Carpenters

Oct 9: Q: What act was on the charts for 292 of the 522 weeks of the 70s?

A: Chicago

Q: Two solo acts tied for most charted songs in the '70s (32). Both also charted in the '50s and '60s.

A: James Brown and Elvis Presley

Q: Who was the female artist with the most charted hits in the '70s?
A: Aretha Franklin (24)
Q: The highest ranking act to chart in only one year?
A: The Knack (118)
Q: The second longest song ranked #3 for the decade. What was it?
A: American Pie, Don McLean
Q: The Bee Gees had three records in the Top 25. Which one charted strongest?
A: Night Fever (9)
Q:  What are the other two Bee Gees records in the Top 25?
A: Stayin' Alive (19) and How Deep Is Your Love (22)
Q: This song, co-written by the Bee Gees outranked all of their recordings. It was #4.

A: Shadow Dancing, Andy Gibb

Q: The Jackson 5 put two songs in the decade top ten. Name them.

A: I'll Be There (6); ABC (10)

Q: By scoring, 1974 was the worst year of the decade. What was the #1 song of that year? 

A: I Honestly Love You, Olivia Newton-John.  It also charted in 1977.

Q: According to Cash Box, The Rolling Stones had two #1s in the 70s.  Name them.

A: Miss You (83) and Angie (253)

Q: Two of the top three One-Hit Wonders were instrumentals, and both were from Soundtracks.

A: Dueling Banjos, Deliverance Sountrack; The Entertainer, Marvin Hamlisch, The Sting

Q: One Hit Wonder #4 was a group whose name is derived from one of the characters in TS Eliot's cat poems (and the musical Cats)

A: Mungo Jerry (In The Summertime)

Q: This Beatles song peaked at #3 ten years after it was recorded, and also charted for Earth, Wind and Fire and Blood, Sweat and Tears.

A: Got To Get You Into My Life (480), 1976

Q: The two fastest records to #1 in the 1970s had three words in their titles, and their artists came from Liverpool. Can you name the records and the artists?

A: Let It Be, Beatles (28) and My Sweet Lord, George Harrison (14)

Q: The top solo act of the '70s was Elton John. The next two could not have been more different. And neither performed under their real names. Any guesses?

A: Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins) and John Denver (born Henry John Deutschendorf)

Q: The top duo of the '70s was The Carpenters, the #4 act. Next highest ranked was another boy-girl pair at #39. Who was it?

A: The Captain and Tennille  

Q: Only 4 acts charted in Cash Box in every year of the 70s. By rank: #1, 3, 7 and...67. And by the way--1, 7 and 67 also charted in both the '60s and the '80s.
A: #1 Bee Gees; #3 Elton John; #7 Chicago; #67 Isley Brothers

Q: The highest peaking record to chart only on Cash Box was a Christmas song by a duo. You still hear it today.

A: Merry Christmas, Darling, Carpenters.  Peaked at 41 in 1970.

Q: Roberta Flack had the hit version of "Killing Me Softly With His Song." The artist about which this is written owns one of the top 10 records of the decade. Who is it?

A: Don McLean

Q: Bill and Taffy Danoff (Starland Vocal Band) had the #16 song of the 70s, Afternoon Delight. But they co-wrote the #100 hit with the artist formerly known as Henry Deutschendorf. What was that song?

A: Take Me Home Country Roads

Q: Herb Alpert as a Solo Artist had #1s in the 60s and 70s. Name the one from the 70s.

A: Rise

Sample Pages and Lists

Table of Contents (pdf)


Fastest/Slowest to #1 (pdf)


Singles Charting 25 Weeks or More (pdf)


Highest Entries (pdf)


Praise for Ranking the '70s

Lou Simon, SiriusXM Satellite Radio

"These guys have done it again, trading in their love beads for disco suits.  Consider the '70s ranked!!  Right on...er...read on"

Dick Bartley, Host of "Rock & Roll’s Greatest Hits" and "The Classic Countdown"

 "Excellent, meticulous evaluation and ranking of all the chart hits from a wild decade in popular music!" 

“Cousin” Bruce Morrow, SiriusXM Satellite Radio

 "The '70s was a great time of coming together in popular music. It was Eagles…and Al Green...and Elton and Barry and Cher…the Jackson 5…James Taylor…all happening at once. It was an honor to play it all on my radio show…and, now, it’s a treat to sit back and read about how it all stacked up. Thanx Cousins Dann and Bill."

Kent Kotal, ForgottenHits.com

“Dann Isbell captured a true representation of every records’ chart performance with his first book, Ranking the ‘60s.  Now he and Bill Carroll have done it for the ‘70’s. Our memories may fade…and radio has certainly done its part to bias history by limited selection for airplay…but the facts don’t lie…every record that made the Cash Box charts from 1970–1979 is accounted for here, based on its actual chart performance at the time. It simply doesn’t get more accurate than that.” 

Rich Appel, Host/Producer/Writer of radio's "that thing with Rich Appel"

"The perfect guide to every hit of the 1970s, from 'ABC' to 'Y.M.C.A.,' from 'We’ve Only Just Begun' to 'Dim All the Lights.' Slip on your mood ring, hang that disco ball, crack open Ranking the ‘70s and 'Have a Nice Day!'" 

Gary Theroux, Writer/Producer/Host of "The History of Rock 'n' Roll"

“Most books on music tell it the way the author wished it was--and are thus distorted by his or her personal opinions. That's why Ranking the '70s is so valuable. It accurately conveys what songs and stars most successfully spoke to and for the hearts of the only critics that count: the fans who are moved enough by a recording to request it on the radio and buy a copy for themselves.” 

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