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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jconrad 3 months ago
The stats change every time someone takes this quiz.
Amalthea 5 months ago
Wow...40%. That's the lowest I've ever gotten on one of these!
JDnHuntsvilleAL 16 months ago
I made and set my phone's default ringtone to the opening licks of "Sweet Home Alabama." The only problem is that whenever the song comes up on my playlist while driving, I start to answer the phone.
idkwut2use 32 months ago
51% similar.
OMG, SO many favorites...!!!!
Larry 32 months ago
85% similar to the most popular responses
Amalthea 32 months ago
34%. This was the first of these quizzes where one month didn't stump me. One song easily rode to the top each month.
Glenn 34 months 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 35 months ago
I'm from a different culture, 45% similar
jholton30062 35 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 35 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 35 months ago
4 and 5 were tough. 8 would have been none of these above.
BigGuy 35 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 35 months ago
"Brought to you by Johnson Products, including Afro Sheen!"
jholton30062 BigGuy 35 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 35 months ago
80% similar. I am surprised. Thought it would be lower.
Mydoglucky9 35 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.
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