Singer-Songwriters of the 70’s

Everyone knows the 1970’s were great years for singer-songwriters, but until I put together some playlists from that decade, I didn’t realize how massive the list of artists actually is.  This is not so much an article, as it is a large list to take us back to that golden time.  For each name listed, there are a couple of their 70’s song titles for reference.  You’ll probably remember most of these songs, and be reminded of more great songs by many of these artists.

James Taylor…Fire And Rain, Shower The People

Jackson Browne…Doctor My Eyes, Running On Empty

Bob Dylan…Tangled Up In Blue, If Not For You

Cat Stevens…Wild World, Father & Son

John Denver…Rocky Mountain High, Annie’s Song

Bill Withers…Lean On Me, Ain’t No Sunshine

Karla Bonoff…Someone To Lay Down Beside Me, Lose Again

Elton John…Your Song, Rocket Man

Harry Nilsson…Coconut, Without Her

Carly Simon…You’re So Vain, Anticipation

Carole King…It’s Too Late, You’ve Got A Friend

Randy Newman…Sail Away, Mama Told Me Not To Come

John Lennon…Imagine, Instant Karma

Stephen Stills…Love The One You’re With, Change Partners

Paul Simon…American Tune, Kodachrome

Dan Fogelberg…Longer, Leader Of The Band

Leon Russell…Tight Rope, This Masquerade 

Stevie Wonder…Superstition, You Are The Sunshine Of My Life

Gordon Lightfoot…Sundown, Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald

Joni Mitchell…Big Yellow Taxi, Help Me

Billy Joel…Piano Man, Just The Way You Are

Neil Young…Heart Of Gold, After The Gold Rush

Rod Stewart…Maggie May, You Wear It Well

Van Morrison…Domino, Moondance

Jim Croce…You Don’t Mess Around With Jim, Time In A Bottle

Gerry Rafferty…Baker Street, Right Down The Line

Neil Diamond…Sweet Caroline, Song Sung Blue

Kris Kristofferson…Me & Bobby McGee, Loving Her Was Easier

Harry Chapin…Taxi, Cats In The Cradle

Dave Mason…We Just Disagree, Feelin’ Alright?

John Sebastian…Welcome Back, Stories We Could Tell

Jimmy Buffett…Margaritaville, Come Monday

J.D. Souther…You’re Only Lonely, Faithless Love

Paul McCartney…Maybe I’m Amazed, Band On The Run

J.J. Cale…After Midnight, Cocaine

Eric Clapton…Wonderful Tonight, Layla

George Harrison…My Sweet Lord, What Is Life

John Fogerty…Centerfield, The Old Man Down The Road

Jonathan Edwards…Sunshine (Go Away Today), Sometimes

Ringo Starr…It Don’t Come Easy, Photograph

Joan Baez…Diamonds & Rust, Winds Of The Old Days

John Prine…Angel From Montgomery, Hello In There

Graham Nash…(Please Come To) Chicago, Simple Man

The above three are really singer-songwriters who just happened to have their own backing bands.

Tom Petty…Breakdown, Refugee

Bob Seger…Night Moves, Turn The Page

Bruce Springsteen…Born To Run, Thunder Road

It’s not a complete list of artists (the names are only from my collection), but it gives an idea of the abundance of singer-songwriters in the 1970’s.  You can find individual articles on many of these artists on this site.

Bonus:  To round out the information on the decade…more great songwriters could be found in 70’s bands.

Led Zeppelin, Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Van Halen, Pink Floyd, The Who, Lynyrd Skynyrd, AC/DC, The Allman Brothers Band, Emerson Lake & Palmer, The Doobie Brothers, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chicago, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, America, Loggins & Messina, Supertramp, Steely Dan, Boston, Steve Miller Band, Foreigner, The Moody Blues, Heart, The Guess Who, Kiss, Deep Purple, Dire Straits, Yes, and more.

Those were the days, my friend.  We thought they’d never end.

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