Things are unraveling in America but great sound and new ways to listen have made music a true, immersive sanctuary like never before—in the car on eight-track tapes or at home on headphones. Country is surging, Singer-Songwriters are charting massive hits, and Rock and Soul artists are expanding music’s horizons on sprawling albums.

#1 Song of the Year   

  • Tony Orlando & Dawn – Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree

Artists of the Year   

  1. Gladys Knight & The Pips
  2. Elton John
  3. Stevie Wonder

Artist with Most Charting Songs   

  • James Brown (6)

Average #1 Artist Age   

  • 29.0 years

#1 Songs   

  1. Carly Simon – You’re So Vain (January, 3 wks)
  2. Stevie Wonder – Superstition (January, 1 wk)
  3. Elton John – Crocodile Rock (February, 3 wks)
  4. Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly with His Song (February, 5 wks)
  5. O’Jays – Love Train (March, 1 wk)
  6. Vicki Lawrence – The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (April, 2 wks)
  7. Tony Orlando & Dawn – Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree (April, 4 wks)
  8. Stevie Wonder – You Are the Sunshine of My Life (May, 1 wk)
  9. Edgar Winter – Frankenstein (May, 1 wk)
  10. Paul McCartney & Wings – My Love (June, 4 wks)
  11. George Harrison – Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) (June, 1 wk)
  12. Billy Preston – Will It Go Round in Circles (July, 2 wks)
  13. Jim Croce – Bad, Bad Leroy Brown (July, 2 wks)
  14. Maureen McGovern – The Morning After (August, 2 wks)
  15. Diana Ross – Touch Me in the Morning (August, 1 wk)
  16. Stories – Brother Louie (August, 2 wks)
  17. Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On (September, 2 wks)
  18. Helen Reddy – Delta Dawn (September, 1 wk)
  19. Grand Funk – We’re An American Band (September, 1 wk)
  20. Cher – Half-Breed (October, 2 wks)
  21. Rolling Stones – Angie (October, 1 wk)
  22. Gladys Knight & Pips – Midnight Train to Georgia (October, 2 wks)
  23. Eddie Kendricks – Keep on Truckin’ (Part 1) (November, 2 wks)
  24. Ringo Starr – Photograph (November, 1 wk)
  25. Carpenters – Top of the World (December, 2 wks)
  26. Charlie Rich – The Most Beautiful Girl (December, 2 wks)
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