The best of the #1 R&B hits of the ’70s

Ah, the seventies. As white liberals turned on the Great Society, black America responded, in part by reminding these white liberals that the Great Society hadn’t been nearly enough. These songs show deluxe and delightful fantasy lives, allow cries from disillusioned souls, celebrate a salvation in agape and eros or an eros that feels an awful lot like agape. I avoided disco chart overlap but still faced hard choices: “The Pride (Part 1)” or “Fight the Power”? Rufus’ “At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up” or “Sweet Thing”? At least I could cheat with George Clinton’s bands.

1. The Isley Brothers – The Pride (Part 1)
2. The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
3. James Brown – Super Bad
4. The Chi-Lites – Have You Seen Her
5. Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground
6. Aretha Franklin – Don’t Play That Song
7. Funkadelic – (Not Just) Knee Deep (Part 1)
8. Gladys Knight & the Pips – If I Were Your Woman
9. Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman
10. Earth, Wind & Fire – Shining Star
11. The Temptations Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)
12. Parliament – Flash Light
13. Con Funk Shun – Ffun
14.The Brothers Johnson – I’ll Be Good to You
15. The Ohio Players – Fire
16. B.T. Express – Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied)
17. Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
18. Roberta Flack – Feel Like Makin’ Love
19. Rick James – You and I
20. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles – The Tears of a Clown
21. K.C. and the Sunshine Band – Keep It Comin’ Love
22. Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
23. Billy Paul – Me and Mrs Jones
24. L.T.D. – (Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again
25. Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover
26. Sister Sledge – He’s the Greatest Dancer
27. Al Green – Full of Fire
28. McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now
29. The Spinners – I’ll Be Around
30. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan – Sweet Thing
31. Eddie Kendricks – Boogie Down
32. Peaches & Herb – Reunited
33. Lou Rawls – You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
34. Rose Royce – Car Wash
35. Sly & the Family Stone – Thank You/Everybody Is a Star
36. The Floaters – Float On

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