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The Best Ballads of the 70s 

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Updated February 25, 2020 6.8k votes 406 voters 11.4k views 97 items

List Rules Vote up the best ballads from the 70s, regardless of genre.

The 1970s is one of the greatest decades in music history. Part of what makes that era so special are these top 70s ballads. The best ballads of the 70s totally rock whether you’re putting on Bad Company’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love” to set up a romantic evening, or crying your lonely heart out with Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” Here are the 30 best 70s ballads.

This list features some incredible singer-songwriters. There’s a guitar legend on here, as well as a couple of piano men. There are even a few hard-rock bands that decided to totally switch up their game and get really lovey-dovey.

How deep is your love? Make your voice heard. Let us know what you think are the best 70s power ballads. Vote up or down in the list below. Don’t see one of your favorite 70s ballad? Feel free to add it to the list.

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Time in a Bottle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ballads of the 70s
Giraffe22 added Time in a Bottle Jim Croce
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Desperado is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ballads of the 70s
Giraffe22 added Eagles
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Have You Ever Seen the Rain Creedence Clearwater Revival
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Bohemian Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ballads of the 70s
jenn.sents25 added Queen
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Eric Clapton
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More Than A Feeling Boston
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How Deep Is Your Love Bee Gees
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Bridge Over Troubled Water  Simon & Garfunkel
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Elton John
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Free Bird is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ballads of the 70s
jenn.sents25 added Lynyrd Skynyrd, Flashback!
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Take It to the Limit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ballads of the 70s
Giraffe22 added Eagles
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Feel Like Makin' Love Bad Company
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The Rolling Stones
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We've Only Just Begun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ballads of the 70s
Giraffe22 added We've Only Just Begun The Carpenters
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I Will Always Love You Dolly Parton
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Lyin' Eyes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ballads of the 70s
Giraffe22 added Eagles
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Styx
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Aerosmith
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You're So Vain is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ballads of the 70s
Giraffe22 added Carly Simon
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If You Leave Me Now Chicago
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Kiss
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Carly Simon
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Commodores
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Your Song is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ballads of the 70s
Elton John
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Somebody to Love Queen