Elton John can do no wrong at his pinnacle of fame and success, but other established acts and their fans are moving in bold new directions. Soppy ballads flood the charts but Disco dancing starts to emerge as America’s preferred escape from ecomonic, political and social woes as unemployment hits 9%, domestic terrorism spikes, New York City collapses and ’70s “malaise” deepens.

#1 Song of the Year   

The Captain & Tennille – “Love Will Keep Us Together”

Artists of the Year   

  1. Elton John
  2. John Denver
  3. Freddy Fender

Artist with Most Charting Songs   

  • 4-WAY TIE: John Denver/Linda Ronstadt/Tony Orlando & Dawn/Gloria Gaynor (5)

Average #1 Artist Age   

  • 30.8 years

#1 Songs   

  1. Elton John – Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (January, 2 wks)
  2. Barry Manilow – Mandy (January, 1 wk)
  3. Carpenters – Please Mr. Postman (January, 1 wk)
  4. Neil Sedaka – Laughter in the Rain (February, 1 wk)
  5. Ohio Players – Fire (February, 1 wk)
  6. Linda Ronstadt – You’re No Good (February, 1 wk)
  7. Average White Band – Pick Up the Pieces (February, 1 wk)
  8. Eagles – Best of My Love (March, 1 wk)
  9. Olivia Newton-John – Have You Never Been Mellow (March, 1 wk)
  10. Doobie Brothers – Black Water (March, 1 wk)
  11. Frankie Valli – My Eyes Adored You (March, 1 wk)
  12. LaBelle – Lady Marmalade (Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi) (March, 1 wk)
  13. Minnie Riperton – Lovin’ You (April, 1 wk)
  14. Elton John – Philadelphia Freedom (April, 2 wks)
  15. B.J. Thomas – (Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song (April, 1 wk)
  16. Tony Orlando & Dawn – He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You) (May, 3 wks)
  17. Earth, Wind and Fire – Shining Star (May, 1 wk)
  18. Freddy Fender – Before the Next Teardrop Falls (May, 1 wk)
  19. John Denver – Thank God I’m a Country Boy (June, 1 wk)
  20. America – Sister Golden Hair (June, 1 wk)
  21. Captain & Tennille – Love Will Keep Us Together (June, 4 wks)
  22. Paul McCartney – Listen to What the Man Said (July, 1 wk)
  23. Van McCoy – The Hustle (July, 1 wk)
  24. Eagles – One of These Nights (August, 1 wk)
  25. Bee Gees – Jive Talkin’ (August, 2 wks)
  26. Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds – Fallin’ in Love (August, 1 wk)
  27. KC & Sunshine Band – Get Down Tonight (August, 1 wk)
  28. Glen Campbell – Rhinestone Cowboy (September, 2 wks)
  29. David Bowie – Fame (September, 2 wks)
  30. John Denver – I’m Sorry (September, 1 wk)
  31. Neil Sedaka – Bad Blood (October, 3 wks)
  32. Elton John – Island Girl (November, 3 wks)
  33. KC & Sunshine Band – That’s the Way (I like It) (November, 2 wks)
  34. Silver Convention – Fly, Robin, Fly (November, 3 wks)
  35. Staple Singers – Let’s Do It Again (December, 1 wk)
  36. Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night (January ’76, 1 wk)
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