Top Music Artists Of The 70s

 

Top Artists of the 70’s Overview

Elton John #1 Artist 1970-1979

Elton John #1 Artist 1970-1979

How well did your favorite artist of the seventies fare? The top 50 music artists of the 70s will give you the answer. There were lots of new single acts and groups that debuted in this decade from 1970-1979. Some of the new faces were: The Jackson Five, The Carpenters, Olivia Newton-John, Elton John and John Denver just to name a few. The decade produced 5,354 songs that made the pop charts. The year of 1970 had the most charted hit songs with 630. There were over 600 artists that charted singes in this era.

This decade produced 238 singles that reached the #1 position. The years of 1974 and 1975 each had 35 songs that peaked at #1 position. The number one song for the decade was “You Light Up My Life” by Debbie Boone, which topped the charts for ten weeks in 1977. The song with the longest longevity on the charts with 54 weeks was “December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)” by the Four Seasons in 1976.

Point System Used To Determine Rankings

To determine the top 50 artists, a point system was used that would be fair to all artists that charted singles in this period. The point system used is as follows:

The Bee Gees #3 Artist 1970-1979

The Bee Gees #3 Artist 1970-1979

1. The highest chart position reached on the Hot 100, Hot 100 Airplay or Bubbling Under charts.
2. Point breakdown as follows:

  • #1 = 100 points for its first week at #1, plus 10 points for each additional week.
  • #2 =   90 points for its first week at #2, plus 5 points for each additional week.
  • #3 =   80 points for its first week at #3, plus 3 points for each additional week.
  • #4-5 = 70 points
  • #6-10 = 60 points
  • #11-15 = 50 points
  • #16-20 = 45 points
  • #21-30 = 40 points
  • #31-40 = 35 points
  • #41-50 = 30 points
  • #51-60 = 25 points
  • #61-70 = 20 points
  • #71-90 = 15 points
  • #91-100 = 10 points
  • #101-110 = 5 points
  • #111-120 = 4 points
  • #121-135 = 3 points
The Carpenters #4 Artist 1970-1979

The Carpenters #4 Artist 1970-1979

3. Total weeks charted are added in.
4. In case of a tie, the artist listed first is determined by the following tie-breaker rules:
1)      Most charted singles
2)      Most Top 40 singles
3)      Most Top 10 singles

When two artists combine for a hit single, such as Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, the full point total is given to both artists. Duos like Simon & Garfunkel and Hall & Oates are considered recording teams and their points are not shared.

Adjustment made for featured and lead artists. A featured artist on a single will receive 20% of the point total and the lead artist receives 100% of the point total.

Source: The “Top Pop Singles 1955-2010” Thirteenth Edition by Joel Whitburn.

The Jackson 5 #6 Artist 1970-1979

The Jackson 5 #6 Artist 1970-1979

Top 50 Artists Listing

Rank / Artist Points
1.     Elton John 2,138
2.     Paul McCartney 2,092
3.     Bee Gees 1,991
4.     Carpenters 1,838
5.     Chicago 1,720
6.     The Jackson 5 1,677
7.     Stevie Wonder 1,575
8.     James Brown 1,486
9.     Neil Diamond 1,484
10.   Olivia Newton-John 1,475
11.   Elvis Presley 1,471
12.   John Denver 1,396
13.   Diana Ross 1,372
14.   Three Dog Night 1,323
15.   Gladys Knight & The Pips 1,280
16.   Donna Summer 1,273
17.   Tony Orlando & Dawn 1,272
18.   Helen Reddy 1,234
19.   Earth, Wind & Fire 1,232
20.   Eagles 1,221
21.   Marvin Gaye 1,219
22.   Rod Stewart 1,210
23.   Barry Manilow 1,204
24.   Linda Ronstadt 1,196
25.   Aretha Franklin 1,182
26.   Spinners 1,173
27.   Barbara Streisand 1,142
28.   Al Green 1,127
29.   The Temptations 1,063
30.   The Doobie Brothers 1,044
31.   The Rolling Stones 1,016
32.   James Taylor 1,011
33.   War 966
34.   Electric Light Orchestra 964
35.   Commodores 961
36.   Glen Campbell 943
37.   The Stylistics 929
38.   Grand Funk Railroad 926
39.   Carly Simon 923
40.   KC & The Sunshine Band 914
41.   Bread 893
42.   The O’ Jays 888
43.   The 5th Dimension 885
44.   The Guess Who 879
45.   Donny Osmond 877
46.   America 866
47.   Anne Murray 861
48.   Abba 857
49.   Roberta Flack 857
50.   Barry White 856

 

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