What Were Some Well-Known Top 40 Singles of the 1970s?


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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 no. 1 spot on the Billboard chart during the 1970s.

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Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" reached the top position on the Billboard 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 Oct. 13, 1979, holding the spot for one week. The Bee Gees held 25 percent of Billboard's top 20 songs of the 1970s, and their hit single, "Stayin' Alive," contributed to the statistic, reaching the number one spot on Feb. 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 Jan. 30, 1970 with their hit, "I Want You Back." Three Dog Night's "Joy to the World (Joy to You and Me)," earned Billboard's top spot 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 no. 1.

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