1973 in Music

The classic film “American Graffiti” premieres in the United States during August. President Richard Nixon tells the nation , “I am not a crook.” And, following student riots in Greece, Marshal Law is imposed.

Average Monthly Rent $175.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 40 cents
A Dozen Eggs 45 cents

Here are the top twenty songs of that year in the U.S, with the top three videos added:

1 “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” Tony Orlando and Dawn

2 “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” Jim Croce

3 “Killing Me Softly with His Song” Roberta Flack

4 “Let’s Get It On” Marvin Gaye
5 “My Love” Paul McCartney & Wings
6 “Why Me” Kris Kristofferson
7 “Crocodile Rock” Elton John
8 “Will It Go Round in Circles” Billy Preston
9 “You’re So Vain” Carly Simon
10 “Touch Me in the Morning” Diana Ross
11 “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” Vicki Lawrence
12 “Playground in My Mind” Clint Holmes
13 “Brother Louie” Stories
14 “Delta Dawn” Helen Reddy
15 “Me and Mrs. Jones” Billy Paul
16 “Frankenstein” The Edgar Winter Group
17 “Drift Away” Dobie Gray
18 “Little Willy” Sweet
19 “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” Stevie Wonder
20 “Half-Breed” Cher

An added bonus: Top Books published in 1973

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
Once Is Not Enough by Jacqueline Susann
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth
Burr by Gore Vidal
The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart
Evening in Byzantium by Irwin Shaw
The Matlock Paper by Robert Ludlum
The Billion Dollar Sure Thing by Paul E. Erdman
The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene

2 Comments on “1973 in Music

  1. Eric Borgerson

    Man, talk about a blast from the past! “Killing Me Softly” is the most enduring of those three songs, to my mind. What a fun post. Thank you, Nia!

    • Nia Markos

      Thanks Eric, it is one of my all time favorites as well.

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