Pick: Which song would you listen to on the radio in 1974?

Time to get funky. Or not. It's your choice!

But in 1974, funk music reigned supreme on the radio as disco was heating up. Elsewhere, every former Beatle except George scored a No. 1 hit. Soft-rock offers a breezy alternative. And, yes, some classic rock scraped its way to the top of the charts.

Below, you will find dozens of No. 1 hits from '74. A whopping 36 different songs hit No. 1 — a record. (To put that into perspective, only nine songs have topped the chart so far this year.)

In short — there were a ton of options. Pretend you are driving in a car (a giant, American-made land yacht, of course) in 1974. You are scanning through the radio dial. What would YOU listen to?

  1. These three tunes all hit No. 1 in January 1974. Pick one.
  2. Which smash hit from February '74 do you prefer?
  3. March of '74 was all about jetting to the sun. Pick a top hit.
  4. April of '74 had a couple 'Guardians of the Galaxy' songs and a proto-disco jam.
  5. In May, the Jacksons, a cover song and a novelty track were all huge hits.
  6. Pick a top tune from June.
  7. July of '74 was all about the "Rock." Which "Rock" will you roll with?
  8. Do you prefer Denver or "Chicago" on a hot August night?
  9. Pick a No. 1 hit from September.
  10. Will it be a top love song or Southern rock in October?
  11. Pick a No. 1 song from November '74.
  12. Will you kick in the new year with some Kung Fu or go softly with a "Cat" and "Angie"?

Pick: Which song would you listen to on the radio in 1974?

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Glenn 1 month ago
77%. I was 10 years old in 1974 and we always had a pop music station tuned in on our Zenith console stereo.
Brownthunder 2 months ago
I'm from a different culture, 45% similar
jholton30062 2 months ago
37% similar! Paper Lace, who did "The Night Chicago Died," had the European hit with "Billy, Don't Be a Hero." By the time they got around to releasing it in the US, Bo Donaldson was on his way up the chart with it.
daDoctah 2 months ago
Number 11 *had* to be John Lennon's only solo number one single. He was the last former Beatle to finally get to number one on his own (strangely, the first was George, who also had the last #1 by an ex-Beatle so far).
thedude1500 2 months ago
4 and 5 were tough. 8 would have been none of these above.
BigGuy 2 months ago
57 percent similar. Whatever that means. There were songs in a certain month I would rather listen to then other songs in a month.

The Sound of Philadelphia better known as The Theme Song to the hit TV show Soul Train. “The hippest trip in America.”

“And you can bet you last money, it’s all gonna be a stone gas honey. And as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soooooooul!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
thedude1500 BigGuy 2 months ago
"Brought to you by Johnson Products, including Afro Sheen!"
jholton30062 BigGuy 2 months ago
The late Don Cornelius! "Soul Train" started as a local show in Chicago on WCIU, which is now owned by Weigel Broadcasting, who also runs MeTV.
MrsPhilHarris 2 months ago
80% similar. I am surprised. Thought it would be lower.
Mydoglucky9 2 months ago
42% correct. I would jave gotten better than that, but I hated Stuttering songs Like Benny and The Jets and You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet.
Dawn 2 months ago
80%, #5&12, I would have picked all three.
UTZAAKE 2 months ago
24% similar. Love this quiz! Reads like a childhood soundtrack.
Most difficult (three masterpieces): 7.
Two masterpieces: 4, 5.
Easy: 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.
BrianDettling 2 months ago
49% similar. Wish I didn't need to choose between The Hollies and Wings- two of my top favorites from that time period. :( But as I was 13 then I did tend for the "poppy" stuff. And agree with Barry22- some gawdawful stuff that year.
Barry22 2 months ago
80%, some great songs here, and some dreck.
Amalthea 2 months ago
I got 43% similar. That's me, all right.
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