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The Top Ten Songs This Week in 1974

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(Getty Images/Donald Weber)

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It was the year the Charles de Gaulle Airport opened in Paris,  Stephen King publishes his first book Carrie under his own name, and the Rubik Cube was invented.

This Week (Last Week’s Position In Brackets)

1. Band On The Run/Paul McCartney & Wings (2) — one week at the top

2. The Streak/Ray Stevens (1) — novelty song about the “running naked in public” craze called “streaking”

3. You Make Me Feel Brand New/The Stylistics (4) — the Philadelphia group’s biggest hit

4. Dancing Machine/The Jackson 5 (3) — their last top ten hit as “The Jackson 5” before becoming “The Jacksons”

5. Sundown/Gordon Lightfoot (7) — on its way to #1 in a few weeks. Gordon is from Ontario, Canada

6. Billy, Don’t Be A Hero/Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods (9) — next week’s #1 song; a “Teen Heartthrob” band

7. Help Me/Joni Mitchell (8) — another Canadian act on the Top Ten this week; her only Top ten hit in the U.S.

8. The Entertainer/Marvin Hamlisch (5) — from “The Sting.” Marvin won the Grammy for Best New Artist in ’74

9. Midnight At The Oasis/Maria Muldaur (6) — peaked at #6 last week.

10. For The Love Of Money/The O’Jays (11) — the only new entry into the Top Ten this week

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