Top 100 Singles of 1974 in Canada

Terry JacksAccording to RPM Magazine, the biggest song of 1974 in Canada was “Seasons in the Sun” by Winnipeg’s Terry Jacks. This was the first instance in Canadian chart history when the top song of the year was from a home-grown artist. “Seasons in the Sun” was an English adaptation of the original “Le Moribond” by Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel. Terry’s version was a massive international hit. Fourteen songs from the year-end top 100 chart below involve Canadian artists which have been bolded in red. The Canadian charts are an accurate reflection of Canadian tastes in music, and the Top 100 songs were determined both from radio airplay and nationwide sales data. The drawback with year-end charts is that songs charting from the end of one year through beginning of the next will have their chart performance split between the two years. More year-end and other Canadian charts can be found here.

1 Seasons in the Sun Terry Jacks
2 The Streak Ray Stevens
3 Sundown Gordon Lightfoot
4 You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet BTO
5 The Loco-Motion Grand Funk Railroad
6 Bennie and the Jets Elton John
7 (You’re) Having My Baby Paul Anka
8 The Way We Were Barbra Streisand
9 Rock the Boat Hues Corporation
10 My Melody of Love Bobby Vinton
11 I Shot the Sheriff Eric Clapton
12 Rock Your Baby George McCrae
13 Billy Don’t Be a Hero B. Donaldson/Heywoods
15 I Honestly Love You Olivia Newton-John
16 I Can Help Billy Swan
17 The Entertainer Marvin Hamlisch
18 Kung Fu Fighting Carl Douglas
19 Annie’s Song John Denver
20 Band on the Run P. McCartney/Wings
21 Feel Like Makin’ Love Roberta Flack
22 Don’t Let the Sun Go… Elton John
23 Rock Me Gently Andy Kim
24 Sunshing On My Shoulder John Denver
25 Love’s Theme Love Unlimited
26 The Night Chicago Died Paper Lace
27 Hooked on a Feeling Blue Swede
28 Love Song Anne Murray
29 Spiders & Snakes Jim Stafford
30 Whatever Gets You Thru… John Lennon
31 Another Saturday Night Cat Stevens
32 You’re Sixteen Ringo Starr
33 Jazzman Carole King
34 The Bitch Is Back Elton John
35 Rock On David Essex
36 Beach Baby First Class
37 You Haven’t Done… Stevie Wonder
38 Jet P. McCartney/Wings
39 Time In a Bottle Jim Croce
40 Then Came You D. Warwick/Spinners
41 Life Is a Rock Reunion
42 Can’t Get Enough… Barry White
43 The Show Must Go On Three Dog Night
44 Nothing From Nothing Billy Preston
45 Midnight at the Oasis Maria Muldaur
46 Takin’ Care of Business BTO
47 Dark Lady Cher
48 Oh My My Ringo Starr
49 Mockingbird C. Simon/J. Taylor
50 The Joker Steve Miller Band
51 You Make Me Feel… Stylistics
52 The Lord’s Prayer Sister Janet Mead
53 Rikki Don’t Lose… Steely Dan
54 Smoking in the Boy’s Room Brownsville Station
55 Wildwood Weed Jim Stafford
56 Hang On In There Baby Johnny Bristol
57 Let It Ride BTO
58 Show and Tell Al Wilson
59 Dancing Machine Jackson Five
60 If You Love Me Olivia Newton-John
61 When Will I See You Again Three Degrees
62 I’m Leaving It All Up To You Donny & Marie Osmond
63 Rock and Roll Heaven Righteous Brothers
64 Can’t Get Enough… Bad Company
65 Clap for the Wolfman Guess Who
66 Eres Tu Mocedades
67 Waterloo ABBA
68 Be Thankful for What… William DeVaughn
69 The Air That I Breathe Hollies
70 A Very Special Love Song Charlie Rich
71 Let Me Be There Olivia Newton-John
72 You Won’t See Me Anne Murray
73 Stop and Smell the Roses Mac Davis
74 Lucy in the Sky… Elton John
75 I’ll Have To Say… Jim Croce
76 Searchin’ So Long Chicago
77 Side Show Blue Magic
78 After the Goldrush Prelude
79 Helen Wheels P. McCartney/Wings
80 Best Thing That Ever… G. Knight/Pips
81 Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd
82 Help Me Joni Mitchell
83 My Girl Bill Jim Stafford
84 Tin Man America
85 Longfellow Serenade Neil Diamond
86 The Last Time I Saw Him Diana Ross
87 Back Home Again John Denver
88 Straight Shootin’ Woman Steppenwolf
89 Tell Me Something Good Rufus
90 Wild Thing Fancy
91 Piano Man Billy Joel
92 Star Baby Guess Who
93 Everlasting Love Carl Carlton
94 Radar Love Golden Earring
95 I Love Tom T. Hall
96 Never My Love Blue Swede
97 Let Me Get To Know You Paul Anka
98 Oh Very Young Cat Stevens
99 Cat’s In the Cradle Harry Chapin
100 Call On Me Chicago