33 Best Songs From 1976

It’s not hard to find a bunch of good music from 1976. The 1970s were a great decade for music of all genres, and you’ll see why once you get through this list.

Let’s take a quick trip through some of the best songs from 1976. See how many you recognize!

“The Boys Are Back in Town” by Thin Lizzy

Song Year: 1976

Thin Lizzy takes the first spot on this list of good music from 1976 with “The Boys Are Back in Town,” an upbeat rock song about fellas returning to their old stomping grounds and having a good time.

This popular song from 1976 has appeared on many movie soundtracks and continues to keep the Thin Lizzy name alive. 

“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John with Kiki Dee

Song Year: 1976

Elton John is known for his exquisite piano skills, distinct voice, and writing some of the most powerful songs in the music world.

“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” takes a turn from the grave, heavy-handed tunes Elton normally produces. Instead, he sings this upbeat love song about devotion with Kiki Dee.

Elton John also appears on this list of the hardest songs to sing for men.

“Get Up Offa That Thing” by James Brown

Song Year: 1976

If you want funky songs to add to any playlist, you must include James Brown. This 1976 hit makes you want to stop whatever you’re doing and break out a dance move or two.

James Brown’s signature growl and enthusiastic style make it easy to see why he dominated music charts for so long.

“If You Leave Me Now” by Chicago

Song Year: 1976

If you want to tell your special someone how much they mean to you, try playing this Chicago song. It’s hard not to swoon with this soft, jazz-like tune playing in the background.

“If You Leave Me Now” is the perfect song for anyone who needs to tell their lover how much life will change without them.

Check out these other love songs!

“You Should Be Dancing” by Bee Gees

Song Year: 1976

Do you ever feel like dropping everything and just dancing? That sort of feeling doesn’t come around too often. It’s best to take advantage of it immediately.

“You Should Be Dancing” is the perfect grooving anthem. Don’t pay attention to anything else; focus on dancing your heart out.

“Take the Money and Run” by Steve Miller Band

Song Year: 1976

The 1970s had plenty of rock anthems and love ballads. It also saw several storytelling songs, like “Take the Money and Run” by Steve Miller Band.

The song sees a couple making bad decisions and committing crimes, all because they have no productivity or order in their life. It does a great job of communicating the risks of boredom.

“Takin’ It to the Streets” by The Doobie Brothers

Song Year: 1976

The Doobie Brothers’ first single with Michael McDonald on the team was “Takin’ It to the Streets.” McDonald penned and sang this anthem-like tune with an abundance of personality and soul.

It’s a song about the people we meet daily. We never know what they’re going through or where they’ve been. So we ought to treat each other with brotherly kindness.

“Convoy” by C.W. McCall

Song Year: 1976

C.W. McCall was famous for writing epic country songs. “Convoy” was nominated for at least one song of the year award.

Almost all of his songs are stories told in his classic country style. “Convoy” is a story about a truck convoy making its way across the United States with full loads and plenty of attitude.

“Angry Young Man” by Billy Joel

Song Year: 1976

Billy Joel is arguably one of the most popular artists of all time. Joel could do everything from writing powerful lyrics to beautiful piano playing.

“Angry Young Man” rings out as if Joel is telling his own story. He notes how the young man in the song sticks to his principles and stands up for his beliefs. Then he tells the listener that he was the same way once, but he’s too old to believe in anything now.

“Carry on Wayward Son” by Kansas

Song Year: 1976

Is there a better rock anthem than “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas? It’s the sort of song you know from the opening notes, and you can probably sing along with every lyric.

From high school stadiums to famous television shows, this song has made its way around the world of music lovers.

“This Time I’ve Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me” by Conway Twitty

Song Year: 1976

If you’re looking for a truly heartbreaking country song to feed your sadness and help you mourn the loss of perfect love, look no further than Conway Twitty.

In this song, Twitty laments the way he treats his woman. She took it for a while because they were in love. But now, the damage is done, and he can see she’s not coming back.

Make sure you have some tissues nearby for this one.

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