Best Movie Songs of the 1970s

Top 18 Movie Songs of the 70’s

Some of the biggest blockbusters ever to hit the movie screens were made in the 1970’s. While these thrilled us, they did very little to increase our music playlists. However, they did create a new trend that continues in Hollywood today–the epic film score.

Where would Darth Vader be without his Imperial March? Or Superman without his theme song? Did you know that one of the most legendary film scores was created because of a mechanical problem? Steven Spielburg, relatively new in the movie industry, couldn’t get his mechanical sharks to work in the salt water. They kept breaking down and slowing down production. Running out of time, Spielburg decided to use music to enhance the drama and film “around” the shark. What could’ve been a disaster ended up being movie gold – and it’s always fun to take that soundtrack to the beach!

Below are what we consider among the best songs from movies of the 1970s:

“Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” by The 5th Dimension Hair (1979)

“Cabaret” from Cabaret (1972)

“Gonna Fly Now” by Bill Conti from Rocky (1976)

“Grease” by Franki Valli from Grease (1978)

Jaws Main Theme by John Williams from Jaws (1975)

“Hopelessly Devoted to You” by Olivia Newton-John from Grease (1978)

“New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra from New York, New York (1977)

“Shout” by the Isley Brothers from Animal House (1978)

Star Trek Main Theme by from Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Star Wars Main Theme by John Williams from Star Wars trilogy (1977)

“Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees from Saturday Night Live (1977)

Superman Main Theme by John Williams from Superman (1978)

“The Rose” by Bette Midler from The Rose (1979)

“The Way We Were” by Barbra Streisand from The Way We Were (1973)

Theme from Shaft by Isaac Hays from Shaft (1971)

“Tubular Bells” from The Exorcist (1973)

“You Should Be Dancin'” by The Bee Gees from Saturday Night Fever (1977)

“You’re the One that I Want” by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John from Grease (1978)

One Response to “Best Movie Songs of the 1970s”

  1. Susan Diane says:

    “Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In” is from 1969, not 1979!

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