Rocking Through 1976: Ranking the Top 100 Pop Songs of the Year and Remembering The Eagles' Classic Hit, 'Best of My Love'

The Number One Hits Of 1975

In 1976, The Eagles achieved their first #1 hit with “Best of My Love,” a song that blended their signature rock sound with elements of funk and R&B. The song’s success marked a turning point in The Eagles’ career and remains a beloved classic.
Dec 28, 1974 – Jan 3, 1975
Helen Reddy
Angie Baby
Helen Reddy is known for her hit song “I Am Woman,” which became an anthem for the women’s liberation movement.
Angie Baby is a mysterious story about a girl with a vivid imagination and a special dark power.
Jan 4, 1975 – Jan 17, 1975
Elton John
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Elton John is a prolific songwriter and has sold over 300 million records.
His rendition of the Beatles’ classic song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds features John Lennon on guitar and backing vocals.
Jan 18, 1975 – Jan 24, 1975
Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow has had a career spanning over five decades and is known for his smooth vocals.
Mandy was Manilow’s first No. 1 hit and was originally titled “Brandy.”
Jan 25, 1975 – Jan 31, 1975
The Carpenters
Please Mr. Postman
The Carpenters were a brother-sister duo consisting of Karen and Richard Carpenter.
Their cover of Please Mr. Postman became a No. 1 hit, originally recorded by The Marvelettes in 1961.
Feb 1, 1975 – Feb 7, 1975
Neil Sedaka
Laughter in the Rain
Neil Sedaka is a singer, pianist, and composer known for his catchy pop tunes.
After nearly a decade, Laughter in the Rain marked Sedaka’s comeback to the music charts.
Feb 8, 1975 – Feb 14, 1975
Ohio Players
Ohio Players were an American funk and R&B band known for their energetic performances.
Fire is an upbeat, funky song with a memorable horn section and catchy lyrics.
Feb 15, 1975 – Feb 21, 1975
Linda Ronstadt
You’re No Good
Linda Ronstadt is a versatile singer who has explored various genres.
Her rendition of You’re No Good covers a song originally recorded by Dee Warwick in 1963.
Feb 22, 1975 – Feb 28, 1975
Average White Band
Pick Up the Pieces
Scottish funk and R&B group Average White Band was formed in 1972.
Pick Up the Pieces is an instrumental hit characterized by its infectious groove and catchy horn arrangement.
Mar 1, 1975 – Mar 7, 1975
Best of My Love
The Eagles are a highly successful American rock band known for their harmonious vocal arrangements.
Best of My Love is a heartfelt ballad about a complicated relationship, and it became the band’s first No. 1 hit.
Mar 8, 1975 – Mar 14, 1975
Olivia Newton-John
Have You Never Been Mellow
Olivia Newton-John is an English-Australian singer and actress who rose to fame in the 1970s.
Have You Never Been Mellow is a soothing ballad that showcases Newton-John’s gentle vocal style.
Mar 15, 1975 – Mar 21, 1975
The Doobie Brothers
Black Water
The Doobie Brothers are an American rock band formed in 1970.
Black Water is a laid-back, Southern-influenced song featuring a catchy guitar riff and harmony vocals.
Mar 22, 1975 – Mar 28, 1975
Frankie Valli
My Eyes Adored You
Frankie Valli is best known as the lead singer of The Four Seasons and for his powerful falsetto voice.
My Eyes Adored You is a romantic ballad that became Valli’s first solo No. 1 hit.
Mar 29, 1975 – Apr 4, 1975
Lady Marmalade
LaBelle was an American all-female singing group with Patti LaBelle as their lead vocalist.
Lady Marmalade is a sultry, disco-infused track that became a No. 1 hit and is known for its famous line, “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?”
Apr 5, 1975 – Apr 11, 1975
Minnie Riperton
Lovin’ You
Minnie Riperton was an American singer-songwriter known for her impressive vocal range.
Lovin’ You is a tender love song featuring Riperton’s remarkable whistle register.
Apr 12, 1975 – Apr 25, 1975
Elton John
Philadelphia Freedom
Sir Elton John is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer who has sold over 300 million records.
Elton John’s close friendship inspired Philadelphia Freedom with tennis player Billie Jean King and her Philadelphia Freedom team.
Apr 26, 1975 – May 2, 1975
B. J. Thomas
(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song
B. J. Thomas was an American singer known for his hit songs in the 1960s and 1970s.
This song is a country ballad about heartbreak and loneliness, and it became Thomas’s second No. 1 hit.
May 3, 1975 – May 23, 1975
Tony Orlando and Dawn
He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You)
Tony Orlando and Dawn were a popular 1970s pop music group featuring Tony Orlando, Telma Hopkins, and Joyce Vincent Wilson.
This song covers Jerry Butler’s 1960 hit “He Will Break Your Heart,” and it became the group’s third No. 1 hit.
May 24, 1975 – May 30, 1975
Earth, Wind & Fire
Shining Star
Earth, Wind & Fire is an iconic American band known for its blend of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, and rock.
Shining Star is a high-energy, funk-infused track that became one of the band’s most recognizable hits.
May 31, 1975 – June 6, 1975
Freddy Fender
Before the Next Teardrop Falls
Freddy Fender was a Mexican-American Tejano, country, and rock musician.
Before the Next Teardrop Falls is a bilingual ballad in which Fender sings verses in both English and Spanish.
June 7, 1975 – June 13, 1975
John Denver
Thank God I’m a Country Boy
John Denver was an American singer-songwriter known for his folk and country songs.
Thank God I’m a Country Boy is an upbeat, feel-good anthem celebrating the joys of rural life.
June 14, 1975 – June 20, 1975
Sister Golden Hair
America is a British-American rock band formed in 1970.
Sister Golden Hair is a catchy folk-rock song featuring smooth harmonies and a memorable guitar riff.
June 21, 1975 – July 18, 1975
Captain & Tennille
Love Will Keep Us Together
Captain & Tennille was a husband-wife duo consisting of Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille.
Love Will Keep Us Together is an upbeat, catchy pop song that became the duo’s signature hit. They later divorced.
July 19, 1975 – July 25, 1975
Listen to What the Man Said
Wings was a British-American rock band led by Paul McCartney, a former member of The Beatles.
Listen to What the Man Said is a melodic pop-rock song that features a saxophone solo by Tom Scott.
July 26, 1975 – August 1, 1975
Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony
The Hustle
Van McCoy was an American musician, record producer, and songwriter, and the Soul City Symphony was a studio orchestra.
The Hustle is an instrumental disco track that became a dance craze in the mid-1970s.
August 2, 1975 – August 8, 1975
One of These Nights
The Eagles are a highly successful American rock band known for their harmonious vocal arrangements.
One of These Nights is a smooth, mid-tempo track with a distinctive bass line and falsetto vocals.
August 9, 1975 – August 22, 1975
Bee Gees
Jive Talkin’
The Bee Gees were a British-Australian trio of brothers who achieved worldwide fame in the late 1960s and 1970s.
Jive Talkin’ is a funky, uptempo disco track that began the Bee Gees’ disco era.
August 23, 1975 – August 29, 1975
Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
Fallin’ in Love
Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds were an American soft rock trio with several hits in the 1970s.
Fallin’ in Love is a romantic ballad that became the group’s biggest hit.
August 30, 1975 – September 5, 1975
KC and the Sunshine Band
Get Down Tonight
KC and the Sunshine Band is an American disco and funk band led by Harry Wayne “KC” Casey.
Get Down Tonight is an infectious, upbeat disco track that helped define the era’s sound.
September 6, 1975 – September 19, 1975
Glen Campbell
Rhinestone Cowboy
Glen Campbell was an American country-pop singer, guitarist, and actor.
Rhinestone Cowboy is a country-pop crossover hit that became one of Campbell’s most iconic songs.
September 20, 1975 – September 26, 1975
David Bowie
David Bowie was an iconic English singer-songwriter and actor known for his distinctive voice and innovative style.
Fame is a funk-infused rock song co-written by John Lennon, and it became Bowie’s first No. 1 hit in the US.
September 27, 1975 – October 10, 1975
John Denver
I’m Sorry / Calypso
John Denver was an American singer-songwriter known for his folk and country songs.
This double-sided single features two tracks: I’m Sorry is a poignant ballad, while Calypso is an ode to Jacques Cousteau’s research ship.
October 11, 1975 – October 31, 1975
Neil Sedaka
Bad Blood
Neil Sedaka is an American singer, pianist, and songwriter known for his 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s pop hits.
Bad Blood is an uptempo, catchy pop song featuring backing vocals by Elton John.
November 1, 1975 – November 21, 1975
Elton John
Island Girl
Sir Elton John is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer who has sold over 300 million records.
Island Girl is a reggae-influenced pop song that tells the story of a girl from the Caribbean.
November 22, 1975 – November 28, 1975
KC and the Sunshine Band
That’s the Way (I Like It)
KC and the Sunshine Band is an American disco and funk band led by Harry Wayne “KC” Casey.
That’s the Way (I Like It) is a lively, danceable disco track that became one of the band’s most enduring hits.
November 29, 1975 – December 26, 1975
Silver Convention
Fly, Robin, Fly
Silver Convention was a German disco group featuring vocalists Penny McLean, Ramona Wulf, and Rhonda Heath.
Fly, Robin, Fly is an infectious disco track with minimal lyrics, known for its catchy melody and orchestration.
December 27, 1975 – January 2, 1976
The Staple Singers
Let’s Do It Again
The Staple Singers were an American gospel, soul, and R&B group led by patriarch Roebuck “Pops” Staples.
Let’s Do It Again is a smooth, mid-tempo soul song that served as the title track for the 1975 film of the same name.

The Biggest Pop Artists of 1975 include:
Al Green, America, AWB (Average White Band), Barry Manilow, Barry White, Ben E. King, Bobby Womack, Bruce Springsteen, B.T. Express, The Captain & Tennille, The Carpenters, The Commodores, David Bowie, The Doobie Brothers, The Eagles, Earth, Wind & Fire, Eddie Kendricks, Elton John, Frankie Valli, Freddy Fender, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Helen Reddy, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, The Isley Brothers, Joe Simon, John Denver, KC & the Sunshine Band, Kool & the Gang, LaBelle, Larry Graham, Linda Ronstadt, Major Harris, Minnie Riperton, Neil Sedaka, The O’Jays, Ohio Players, Olivia Newton-John, Paul McCartney & Wings, Pointer Sisters, Ringo Starr, Rufus featuring Chaka Kahn, Smokey Robinson, The Spinners, The Staple Singers, Stevie Wonder, Tavares, The Temptations, Tony Orlando & Dawn, Tyrone Davis, War

(HPS music data is compiled from charts, including Billboard’s Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance, and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

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