1974 Rock Music Timeline
1974 in Rock & Roll History:

Bob Dylan hits the road for the first time since 1966 backed by The Band. Led Zeppelin launch their own record label - Swan Song. The first Knebworth Festival in Hertfordshire, England attracts 60,000 fans with headliners the Allman Brothers. Mama Cass Elliot dies in her sleep in London at age 32. Guitarist Mick Taylor quits the Rolling Stones after six years with the band. John Lennon joins Elton John on stage in New York for three songs.

Top 40 Singles of 1974

1   Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting
  2   Terry Jacks - Seasons in the Sun
  3   Abba - Waterloo
  4   George McCrae - Rock Your Baby
  5   Bachman-Turner Overdrive
      You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
  6   The Rubettes - Sugar Baby Love
  7   Steve Miller Band - The Joker
  8   The Hollies - The Air That I Breathe
  9   Paper Lace
       The Night Chicago Died
10   Wings - Band On the Run
11   Eric Clapton - I Shot the Sheriff
12   Hues Corporation - Rock the Boat
13   Barbra Streisand
       The Way We Were
14   Love Unlimited - Love's Theme
15   Suzi Quatro - Devil Gate Drive
16   MFSB
       TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)
17   Marvin Hamlisch - The Entertainer
18   The Three Degrees
       When Will I See You Again?
19   Ringo Starr - You're Sixteen,
       You're Beautiful (And You're Mine)
20   The Sweet - Teenage Rampage
21   Charlie Rich
       The Most Beautiful Girl
22   Lynyrd Skynyrd
       Sweet Home Alabama
23   Elton John - Bennie & the Jets
24   Donny Osmond & Marie Osmond        I'm Leaving it (All) Up to You
25   Barry White - Can't Get Enough of              Your Love, Babe
26   Golden Earring - Radar Love
27   Grand Funk Railroad
       The Loco-Motion
28   John Denver - Annie's Song
29   Paul Anka
       (You're) Having My Baby
30   The Stylistics
       You Make Me Feel Brand New
31   Olivia Newton-John
       I Honestly Love You
32   Mud - Tiger Feet
33   Queen - Killer Queen
34   Wings - Jet
35   Alvin Stardust - My Coo-Ca-Choo
36   Ray Stevens - The Streak
37   Neil Diamond
       Long Fellow Serenade
38   Blue Swede - Hooked On a Feeling
39   Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown
40   Elton John
       Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me

Top 50 Albums of 1974

  1   Wings - Band On The Run
  2   Elton John - Greatest Hits
  3   Deep Purple - Burn
  4   Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
  5   Elton John - Caribou
  6   David Bowie - Diamond Dogs
  7   Eric Clapton - 461 Ocean Boulevard
  8   Bad Company - Bad Company
  9   Joni Mitchell - Court & Spark
10   The Rolling Stones
       It's Only Rock 'N' Roll
11   Barry White - Can't Get Enough
12   Neil Diamond - Serenade
13   Demis Roussos - Forever & Ever
14   Cat Stevens
       Buddah & The Chocolate Box
15   Bachman-Turner Overdrive             Not Fragile
16   Yes
       Tales From Topographic Oceans
17   Bob Dylan - Planet Waves
18   The Carpenters - The Singles
19   Bob Dylan - Before The Flood
20   Neil Young - On The Beach
21   Supertramp - Crime Of The Century
22   John Denver - Back Home Again
23   John Lennon - Walls & Bridges
24   Santana - Greatest Hits
25   Stevie Wonder
       Fullfillingness' First Finale
26   John Denver - Greatest Hits
27   Rick Wakeman
      Journey To The Centre Of The Earth
28   Genesis
       The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
29   Deep Purple - Storm Bringer
30   George McCrae - Rock Your Baby
31   Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic
32   Marvin Hamlisch - The Sting
33   Queen - Sheer Heart Attack
34   Emerson, Lake & Palmer
       Welcome Back My Friends
35   Jethro Tull - War Child
36   Soundtrack American Graffiti
37   Average White Band - AWB
38   Roxy Music - Country Life
39   Jim Croce
       You Don't Mess Around With Jim
40   Barbra Streisand - The Way We Were
41   Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown
42   Soundtrack The Sting
43   Frank Zappa - Apostrophe (')
44   Lou Reed - Rock 'N' Roll Animal
45   Chicago - Chicago VII
46   Abba - Waterloo
47   Charlie Rich - Behind Closed Doors
48   Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - So Far
49   The Doobie Brothers - What Were               Vices Are Now Habits
50   Various Artists - Music Power

All chart information above is from Tsort and uses a formula based on splitting the world into four regions based on sales, the USA (about 35%), other English speaking countries (about 20%), the rest of Europe (about 25%) and the rest of the world (about 20%).  We feel this is the best methodology available to show the global impact of a song or album. More detailed chart info is available on the Tsort website. Actual US & UK charts are linked at the bottom of each year timeline on this site.
Paul McCartney and Wings album Band on the Run
Singer songwriter Joni Mitchell Court & Spark
Bob Dylan #1 album Planet Waves
Kool and the Gang Jungle Boogie
Debut album from KISS
Barry White Love's Theme
Debut album from hard rock band Rush
Terry Jacks number one single Seasons In The Sun
Steely Dan single Rikki Don't Lose That Number
David Essex hit single Rock On
David Bowie album Diamond Dogs
Richard and Linda Thompson
Abba go to number one with song Waterloo
Rufus and Chaka Kahn hit Tell Me Something Good
Bad Company supergroup
Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Blvd.
Hard rock band Golden Earring hit Radar Love
Progressive rock band Supertramp
Electric Light Orchestra
Jackson Browne album Late For The Sky
Roxy Music album Country Life
Kraftwerk album Autobahn
Queen album Sheer Heart Attack
Carl Douglas Kung Fu Fighting
Olivia Newton John
Three Degrees philly soul
Jan '74
Joni Mitchell's album Court & Spark goes to #2 US, #14 UK. The album includes jazz elements added to her folk style and provides her with her only Top Ten US Single "Help Me". (more)
Jan '74
Released in Dec. 1973, the Paul McCartney and Wings album, Band On The Run, would go on to be the top selling album of 1974 hitting #1 in both the US and UK. (more) 
Jan '74
Bob Dylan, backed by The Band, releases his 14th studio album Planet Waves. The album charts at #1 US, #7 UK. This is Dylan's first #1 album in the US. (more)
Feb '74
NYC band Kiss release their debut album which sells a respectable 75,000 copies without a hit single and charts at #87 US. (more)
Feb '74
Feb '74
L.A. songwriter and producer Barry White's instrumental "Love's Theme" goes to #1 US, #10 UK for The Love Unlimited Orchestra. In Sep. his deep bass voice takes him to #1 US, #8 UK as a solo artist with "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love". (more)
Mar '74
Toronto, Ontario rock band Rush release their debut album, add a new drummer Neil Peart, and go on their first US tour. The album charts at #105 US, but fails to chart in the UK. (more)
Mar '74
Proving that the teen tragedy genre still works, Canadian Terry Jacks has a #1 hit in the US and UK with the single "Seasons In The Sun". (more)
Mar '74
American band Steely Dan hit the top five in the US with the single "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" and have a #8 US, #37 UK album with Pretzel Logic. (more)
Mar '74
London singer David Essex has the first of many top ten hits in the UK and his only US hit (#5) with the single "Rock On".
Apr '74
Apr '74
Jersey City, NJ funk band Kool and the Gang have a top five US hit with the single "Jungle Boogie". (more) 
Richard Thompson, formerly of UK band Fairport Convention, and his wife Linda score with the critics, but fail commercially with their first album as a team - I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight.  (more)
Jun '74
Diamond Dogs, the 8th album from UK artist David Bowie, goes to #1 UK, #5 US. The single "Rebel Rebel" goes to #5 in the UK, #64 US. (more)
Chicago funk band Rufus, featuring lead singer Chaka Kahn, score a #3 US hit with "Tell Me Something Good" written by Stevie Wonder. The song fails to chart in the UK. (more)
May '74
Swedish band Abba win the Eurovision song contest with the  "Waterloo" and take the single to #1 UK and #6 US. (more)
Jun '74
UK supergroup Bad Co. have a #1 US, #3 UK debut album and a #15 UK single "Can't Get Enough". The group is composed of former members of Free, Mott the Hoople, and King Crimson.  (more)
Jul '74
UK guitarist Eric Clapton gives up heroin and records his second solo album, 461 Ocean Blvd, in Miami. The album goes to #1 US, #3 UK. (more)
Jul '74
Dutch hard rock band Golden Earring have a #13 US, #7 UK hit with the single "Radar Love". (more)
Aug '74
The third album from UK progressive rock band Supertramp, entitled Crime of the Century, goes to #4 UK, #38 US. (more)
London, UK rock band Queen release their third album, Sheer Heart Attack, and go to #2 UK and #12 US, led by the single "Killer Queen". (more)
Nov '74
Sep '74
The third album from California singer / songwriter Jackson Browne - Late For The Sky charts at #14 US, but fails to chart in the UK. (more) 
Oct '74
Already successful in the UK, London art rock band Roxy Music crack the top 40 in the US for the first time (#3 UK) with their fourth album Country Life.
"I Honestly Love You" is the first US #1 hit, #22 UK, for UK / Australian soft rocker Olivia Newton-John. (more)
Sep '74
Philly soul  vocal group The Three Degrees have a #1 UK and #2 US with the single "When Will I See You Again" from their second album TSOP - The Sound of Philadelphia. (more)
Nov '74
Dec '74
Electric Light Orchestra have a US Top Ten single with "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" and a #16 album, but fail to chart in their UK homeland. (more)
Nov '74
Dec '74
German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk score a #11 UK, #25 US single with a shortened version of the song "Autobahn". The album version of the song is 22:43 minutes long.  (more)
Jamaican born singer Carl Douglas scores a transatlantic #1 single with "Kung Fu Fighting". (more)
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