Can You Guess the '70s Song from its Opening Lyrics?

Olivia Cantor

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Can you get down with some songs from a very happening decade? The '70s calls on ya, folks! Shake your groove thing with this quiz.

Whether you were already swingin' and jivin' to the beats of these awesome tunes or whether you were born a little earlier — or a little later — and you still enjoyed these funky tunes by these great musicians, try your hand at answering this super duper bomb quiz we have here! That's the beauty of music: it touches the hearts, minds, and of course, the souls of each generation that listens to it. It's timeless, it's classic, and it's memorable — for everyone.

And boy, did the 1970s have a far-out musical selection! People were chilling to the slow tunes, doing the boogie to the fast songs, and of course, rocking on to the funky ones! We had the disco sound, we had the soul-R&B sound, we had the early punk sound, and we had the mellow sound — all happily rotating around on vinyl records, booming out of speakers, reaching as many ears possible. No matter what your taste in music is, the 1970s has you covered. 

So if you're truly hip to the groove, then go hit the quiz — you will ace it, for sure! Ya dig? Good luck!

Can you guess the song with these opening lyrics: "Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk/ I'm a woman's man/ No time to talk"

"Staying Alive" was a song from the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack.

Which song has these opening lyrics: "Raindrops are falling on my head/ And just like the guy whose feet/ Are too big for his bed"

This song by B.J. Thomas was a hit in 1970.

Name the song with these opening lyrics: "When I find myself in times of trouble/ Mother Mary comes to me"

"Let It Be" is one of the signature songs of the Beatles.

Which song starts with these lyrics: "When you're down and troubled/ And you need a helping hand/ And nothing, nothing is going right"

James Taylor is perhaps best known for singing this song.

Can you identify the tune that starts with these lyrics: "You walked into the party/ Like you were walking on a yacht"

This 1973 popular tune is supposed to be about the actor Warren Beatty, the rumor goes.

Guess the song with these opening lyrics: "I've been really tryin', baby/ Tryin' to hold back this feeling for so long/ And if you feel like I feel, baby/ Then, c'mon, oh, c'mon, woo"

Marvin Gaye’s 1973 hit "Let’s Get It On" is considered the quintessential alone-with-that-special-someone music.

Name the song that begins with these opening lyrics: "Everybody's doin' a brand new dance now"

"The Loco-Motion" was a hit in 1974.

What song begins with these lyrics: "Hey sister, go sister, soul sister, go sister"

The film "Moulin Rouge" gave this song a sexy new twist.

Which song starts with these lyrics: "Strumming my pain with his fingers/ Singing my life with his words"

The Fugees gave this song a hip-hop spin in 1996.

Identify the song that begins with these lyrics: "I shot the sheriff/ But I did not shoot the deputy"

The song also has a 1973 reggae version recorded by Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Which song opens with these lyrics: "Fame, (fame) makes a man take things over/ Fame, (fame) lets him loose, hard to swallow"

This song was part of the album called "Young Americans."

Can you guess the song with these opening lyrics: "Each day through my window I watch her as she passes by/ I say to myself, you're such a lucky guy"

Gwyneth Paltrow and Babyface got together for a duet to sing this in 2001, with some lyrical revisions.

Name the song that begins with these lyrics: “I am woman/ Hear me roar"

"I Am Woman" burst into the scene in 1972, at the time when the second wave of feminism was gaining ground.

Which song opens with these lyrics: "I've been alive forever, and I wrote the very first song/ I put the words and the melodies together"

Barry Manilow’s song was a hit in 1976.

Identify the song with these opening lyrics: “Memories…light the corners of my mind"

"The Way We Were," released in 1974, was part of the soundtrack of the film with the same title.

Which song starts with these lyrics: "A long long time ago/ I can still remember/ How that music used to make me smile"

Don McLean’s 1972 hit "American Pie" had many meanings and references to the pop culture of that time and to political goings-on as well.

Name the tune with these opening lyrics: "I'm coming home. I've done my time/ Now I've got to know what is and isn't mine"

This song was a hit for Tony Orlando and Dawn in 1973.

Which song opens with these lyrics: "Sugar, sugar/ She sits alone waiting for suggestions/ He's so nervous, avoiding all the questions"

"Da Ya Think I’m Sexy" epitomized the sexy dance tunes sound of 1979.

Guess the song that begins with these lyrics: "Do you know where you're going to?/ Do you like the things that life is showing you?"

Diana Ross’ "Theme from Mahogany" was a hit in 1976.

What song begins with these opening lyrics: "Now if there's a smile on my face/ It's only there tryin' to fool the public/ But when it comes down to foolin’ you/ Now honey that's quite a different subject"

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles sang this song in 1970.

Which song opens with these lyrics: "If I could save time in a bottle/ The first thing that I'd like to do/ Is to save every day/ 'Til eternity passes away"

Jim Croce sang this hit in 1973.

Guess the song that begins with these lyrics: "You are the sunshine of my life/ That's why I'll always be around"

Stevie Wonder popularized this song back in 1973.

Which song has these opening lyrics: "Ben, the two of us need look no more/ We both found what we were looking for"

A preteen Michael Jackson sang this ballad to the rat named Ben in 1972.

Name the song that begins with these opening lyrics: "Gonna find my baby, gonna hold her tight/ Gonna grab some afternoon delight"

Starland Vocal Band popularized this song back in 1976.

Which tune begins with these lyrics: "There's talk on the street; it sounds so familiar/ Great expectations, everybody's watching you"

This song is included in their album entitled "Hotel California."

Which song opens with these lyrics: "I met her on a Monday and my heart stood still/ Da doo ron ron ron, da doo ron ron"

Shaun Cassidy’s teenybopper hit of 1977 is reminiscent of the bubblegum pop genre.

Can you identify the song that begins with these lyrics: "Goodbye to you my trusted friend/ We've known each other since we were nine or 10"

"Seasons in the Sun" was a Billboard hit in 1974.

Which tune begins with these lyrics: "Why do birds suddenly appear, ev'ry time you are near?"

Karen Carpenter sings the vocal here in this Burt Bacharach cover.

Guess the song with these opening lyrics: "There are times when a woman has to say what's on her mind/ Even though she knows how much it's gonna hurt"

Mary MacGregor sang this hit in 1977.

Can you name the tune with these opening lyrics: "Ooh, my little pretty one, my pretty one/ When you gonna give me some time, Sharona"

The 1994 film "Reality Bites" gave this song a new spin as it became a favorite among the Gen X crowd.

Name the song that begins with these lyrics: "I was tired of my lady, we'd been together too long/ Like a worn-out recording of a favorite song"

Rupert Holmes’ "Escape" was a popular song in 1979.

Which song has these opening lyrics: "Thanks for the times that you've given me/ The memories are all in my mind"

Lionel Richie sings the vocals here for the group, before he went solo.

Which tune starts with these opening lyrics: "Yeah, there was a funky singer/ Playin' in a rock and roll band"

Many artists covered this song in different decades, including Adam Lambert on "American Idol."

Can you identify the song that starts with these lyrics: "At first I was afraid/ I was petrified/ Kept thinking I could never live/ Without you by my side"

Gloria Gaynor’s self-empowerment disco anthem was a hit in 1979.

Name the song with these opening lyrics: "You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life/ See that girl, watch that scene"

You should also hear Meryl Streep rock "Dancing Queen" as she sings it in the "Mamma Mia" movie.

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