Special Report

The Most Popular Song Every Year Since 1970

Source: CBS Television / Wikimedia Commons

1970
> Most popular song: Rare Earth – Get Ready
> Hot 100 debut: March 14, 1970
> Peak Hot 100 position: No. 4
> Weeks on Hot 100: 20
> Runner-up song: Freda Payne – Band Of Gold

Source: Leena A. Krohn / Wikimedia Commons

1971
> Most popular song: The Raiders – Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian)
> Hot 100 debut: April 10, 1971
> Peak Hot 100 position: No. 1
> Weeks on Hot 100: 22
> Runner-up song: Rod Stewart – Maggie May/Reason To Believe

Source: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration / Wikimedia Commons

1972
> Most popular song: Joe Tex – I Gotcha
> Hot 100 debut: Jan. 22, 1972
> Peak Hot 100 position: No. 2
> Weeks on Hot 100: 21
> Runner-up song: Roberta Flack – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

Source: sterferg / Wikimedia Commons

1973
> Most popular song: Kris Kristofferson – Why Me
> Hot 100 debut: April 7, 1973
> Peak Hot 100 position: No. 16
> Weeks on Hot 100: 38
> Runner-up song: Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando – Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree

Source: ABC Television / Wikimedia Commons

1974
> Most popular song: Redbone – Come And Get Your Love
> Hot 100 debut: Jan. 12, 1974
> Peak Hot 100 position: No. 5
> Weeks on Hot 100: 23
> Runner-up song: Jackson 5 – Dancing Machine

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