If you saw the post on B100.FM’s Facebook page, you know there is something significant about this song list. Yes, they are all heard on B100.FM, but what else does this collection represent? Check the list before we reveal the answer. If you can come up with the correct answer you’ll do better than all the Facebook guesses. There are rock, pop, soul, disco tunes involved. We want you to determine why these specific titles qualified to be included in this special list.
“All are 70s songs?” or “All Number One records?” or “Diversity of styles, A broad variety of genres?” “Songs that didn’t make it to Number one?” or “Songs that were played every 2 hours when they were popular but now they’re not heard more often than every 100 HOURS on Bobby’s B100.FM?”
Thanks for all of your guesses – now we can finally reveal the answer:
According to DJ Intelligence, the ultimate web-based event booking, planning, and management system for event professionals, the songs listed above are TODAY’s Most Requested Songs of the 1970’s, based on the millions of requests made through their music request system at weddings & parties.
DJ Intelligence has been tracking and sharing these requests since 2009, so your boy HERC pulled up the other eight years of Most Requested Songs of the 1970’s (available as downloadable pdf’s here) for a little data analysis. The rankings have changed very little in the Top 40 while songs have come and gone in the Bottom 60.
It’s interesting to note that Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”, the number 4 song, was ranked number 9 in 2016 and did not make the Top 100 for the years 2010-2015. The song was number 34 on the initial list in 2009, however. Stevie Wonder also has two more songs in the Top 37 (at 23 and 25) as well as the number 99 most requested song with “Sir Duke”. Though Peter Frampton’s cover of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” was a Billboard Top 20 hit in 1977, it failed to make the DJ Intelligence rankings.
Two One other Motown cover s did make the list: James Taylor covering Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” at number 14. and Grand Funk Railroad’s take on The Temptations’ The Soul Brothers Six’s “Some Kind Of Wonderful” came in at number 66. Just in the Top 37, there are four more Motown songs I haven’t even mentioned yet. (See if you can identify them by scrolling through the entire Top 100 from 2017 here.) (Thanks to Bean from the Kevin & Bean Show on KROQ Los Angeles for the correction.)
Another fun fact is that seven of the Top 10 songs listed in the image at the top of the post have been in the Top 10 every year. Let’s count them down based on their average ranking over the past nine years:
#7 “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry has never ranked higher than number 7 and averaged 8.6
#6 “Dancing Queen” by ABBA was ranked at number 3 the first two years on the list but has slipped every year since averaging a solid 6
#5 “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson has ranked as high as number 4 and as low as number 9 but its average is 5.5
#4 “Old Time Rock N Roll” by Bob Seger was ranked number 3 for two consecutive years but has spent the other seven years at either number 4 or 6 for a 4.67 average
#3 “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge peaked at number 2 in 2017 after either being number 3 or 4 the previous eight years for an average of 3.33
#2 “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton was ranked at number 1 or 2 for the first six years of the rankings before stumbling lately giving it an average of 3.11
#1 “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd is surprisingly the highest averaging song over the last nine years with 2017’s number 3 the lowest ranking it has ever had lowering its average to 1.78