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The Best Ballads of the 70s 

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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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If You Leave Me Now
Chicago
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How Deep Is Your Love
Bee Gees
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Eric Clapton
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More Than A Feeling
Boston
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Bridge Over Troubled Water
 Simon & Garfunkel
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Bonnie Tyler
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I Will Always Love You
Dolly Parton
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Have You Ever Seen the Rain
Creedence Clearwater Revival
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Commodores 
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Elton John
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Carly Simon
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The Rolling Stones
14
Tuesday's Gone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ballads of the 70s
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Lynyrd Skynyrd
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Bohemian Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ballads of the 70s
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Queen
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Commodores
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Kiss
18
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Live and Let Die
Wings
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Styx
20
Simple Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ballads of the 70s
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Lynyrd Skynyrd
21
Free Bird is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ballads of the 70s
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Lynyrd Skynyrd, Flashback!
22
Your Song is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ballads of the 70s
Elton John
23
Love of My Life is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ballads of the 70s
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Queen
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Aerosmith
25
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All By Myself
Eric Carmen