Popular songs from the 1970s include Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive," Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" and Three Dog Night's "Joy to the World (Joy to You and Me)." Each of these songs reached the number one spot on Billboard's Hot 100 chart during the 1970s.
Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" reached the top position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on March 10, 1979, where it remained for three weeks, while Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" hit the coveted chart position on October 13, 1979, holding the spot for one week. The Bee Gees occupied 25 percent of the Billboard Hot 100 top 20 songs of the 1970s, and their hit single, "Stayin' Alive," contributed to the statistic, reaching the number one spot on February 4, 1978 and keeping it for four weeks.
Another band of brothers, the Jackson 5, entered the top of the chart for one week on January 30, 1970 with their hit "I Want You Back." Three Dog Night's "Joy to the World (Joy to You and Me) earned the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on April 17, 1971, where it remained for a whopping six weeks, contributing to the band's total of nine weeks for singles released at number one.
Throughout the 1970s, Billboard's Hot 100 chart was compiled based upon the airplay of each single on American radio stations as well as overall physical sales.