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The Top-20 Pop Countdown... From 40 Years Ago

Dig the hot-buttered soul, mellow gold pop and some gritty funk! You'll love the performances and fashion. The countdown is brought to you by Billboard's Hot 100 from June 1st, 1974.

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20. "If You Love Me (Let Me Know)", Olivia Newton-John

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Before “Grease”, this fresh-faced Australian songstress was a well-established country pop star. “If You Love Me (Let Me Know)” soared to #2 on the Hot Country Singles Chart and #5 on the Hot 100.

19. “I'm In Love”, Aretha Franklin

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Bobby Womack’s penned “I’m In Love” topped the Hot Soul chart for two weeks.

18. “(I've Been) Searchin' So Long”, Chicago

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Peaking at #9, it was Chicago’s 9th Top-10 pop hit.

17. “I Won't Last A Day Without You”, Carpenters

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“I Won't Last A Day Without You” topped off at #1 on Billboard’s “Easy Listening” Chart.

16. “Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing”, Stevie Wonder

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Wonder’s woefully under-appreciated Latin soul classic that peaked this week came from the classic “Innervisions” album.

15. “Be Thankful For What You Got”, William DeVaughn

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William DeVaughn’s epic soul hit of 7+ minutes sold over a million copies.

14. “The Show Must Go On”, Three Dog Night

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This Leo Sayer cover was Three Dog Night’s last Top-10 hit -- it peaked at #4.

13. “The Loco-Motion”, Grand Funk Railroad

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“The Loco-Motion” was #1 for two weeks before getting struck from their perch by “The Streak”.

12. “My Girl Bill”, Jim Stafford

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One in a string of tongue and cheek comedy hits in the early ‘70’s by Jim Stafford.

11. “For The Love Of Money”, O'Jays

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This funky cut, ultimately reached #9. It had a mega second life as an often sampled track from such diverse acts as the Happy Mondays to Bone Thugs ‘n Harmony.

10. “Oh Very Young”, Cat Stevens

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“Oh Very Young” peaked this week for the artist known now as Yusuf Islam.

9. “Billy,Don't Be A Hero”, Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods

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“Billy, Don’t Be A Hero” took over the top spot held by “Band On The Run” and held it for two weeks. It's cheesy AM Gold at its finest.

8. “Help Me”, Joni Mitchell

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“Help Me” ultimately charged up to #4. It is a single from Mitchell’s legendary album, “Court and Spark”.

7. “Sundown”, Gordon Lightfoot

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"Sundown” shot to #1 for one week on 06/29/1974. It was Gordon’s only #1 pop hit in the U.S. Dare I write, this Lightfoot cut is actually cool with its chunky riffing.

6. “Midnight At The Oasis”, Maria Muldaur

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Maria Muldaur’s evocative croon peaked this week. The sexual under and overtones drip off this...

5. “The Entertainer”, Marvin Hamlisch

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Marvin Hamlisch’s adaptation of Scott Joplin’s ragtime classic jumped to #3 due to the smash success of Rovert Redford and Paul Newman's "The Sting".

4. “You Make Me Feel Brand New”, Stylistics

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The legendary Philadelphia soul group held #2 for two weeks with this smash.

3. “Dancing Machine”, Jackson Five

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“Dancing Machine” peaked at #2, but reached #1 on Billboard’s “Hot Soul” Chart.

2. “Band On The Run”, Paul McCartney & Wings

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“Band on the Run” knocked off “The Streak” and was #1 for one week.

1. “The Streak”, Ray Stevens

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Novelty-gagging up to #1 for three weeks from May 18th, 1974.

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