Do You Know the Opening Lyrics For These '70s Songs?

By: Becky Stigall

"Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk"

These are the opening lyrics from "Stayin' Alive," by the Bee Gees. These handsome guys from across the pond were flying high in the '70s.

"Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?"

These are the opening lyrics of "Bohemian Rhapsody," by Queen. The song appears on their 1975 album, "A Night at the Opera."

"At first, I was afraid, I was petrified"

These are the opening lyrics to "I Will Survive," by Gloria Gaynor. This little ditty earned her a Grammy nod for Song of the Year.

"There's a lady who's sure"

These are the opening lyrics to "Stairway to Heaven," by Led Zeppelin. The song was released in 1971 and was written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

"A long, long time ago"

These are the opening lyrics to "American Pie," by Don McLean. The soulful song earned a Grammy nod in 1971.

"Once I had a love and it was a gas"

These are the opening lyrics to "Heart of Glass," by Blondie. The song appears on the 1978 album, "Parallel Lines."

"Ooh, my little pretty one, my pretty one"

These are the opening lyrics to "My Sharona," by The Knack. The song appears on their 1979 album, "Get the Knack."

"Imagine there's no heaven"

These are the opening lyrics to "Imagine," by John Lennon. The song appeared on the 1971 album of the same name.

"You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life"

These are the opening lyrics to "Dancing Queen," by ABBA. The group remains popular as a cult favorite among fans.

"When you're weary, feeling small"

These are the opening lyrics to "Bridge Over Troubled Water," by Simon and Garfunkel. It's their most famous single and won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

"Yeah, there was a funky singer"

These are the opening lyrics to "Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry. The song appears on the 1976 self-titled album.

"You walked into the party"

These are the opening lyrics to "You're So Vain," by Carly Simon. The song is rumored to have been written about Warren Beatty, whom Simon once dated.

"Strumming my pain with his fingers"

These are the opening lyrics to "Killing Me Softy," by Roberta Flack. The song won Flack a Grammy.

"Living easy, living free"

These are the opening lyrics to "Highway to Hell," by AC/DC. The song is prominently featured in the television show, "Supernatural."

"What'll you do when you get lonely/And nobody's waiting by your side?"

These are the opening lyrics to "Layla," by Eric Clapton. The song appears on his 1970 album, "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs."

"Have you heard about the new dance craze?"

These are the opening lyrics to "Le Freak," by Chic. The song appears on the 1978 album, "C'est Chic."

"Loving you ... Isn't the right thing to do"

These are the opening lyrics to "Go Your Own Way," by Fleetwood Mac. The song appears on the 1977 album, "Rumours."

"Wake up, Maggie, I think I got something to say to you"

These are the opening lyrics to "Maggie May," by Rod Stewart. The song is about being in a relationship with an older woman.

"If I leave here tomorrow ... Would you still remember me? "

These are the opening lyrics to "Free Bird," by Lynyrd Skynyrd. The song was released in 1973 and was a stepping stone to the group's Hall of Fame induction.

"Very superstitious, writings on the wall"

These are the opening lyrics to "Superstition," by Stevie Wonder. The song appears on the artist's 15th studio album, "Talking Book," and was released in 1972.

"I know your eyes in the morning sun"

These are the opening lyrics to "How Deep is Your Love," by the Bee Gees. The Bee Gees are made up of brothers Barry, Maurice, and Robin Gibb. Their brother, Andy Gibb, was a solo artist at the time.

"Out here in the fields, I fight for my meals"

These are the opening lyrics to "Baba O'Riley," by The Who.

"Big wheels keep on turning ... Carry me home to see my kin"

These are the opening lyrics to "Sweet Home Alabama," by Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Southern rock band was formed in 1964.

"We all came out to Montreux ... On the Lake Geneva shoreline"

These are the opening lyrics to "Smoke on the Water," by Deep Purple. The song appears on their 1972 album, "Machine Head."

"Oh, what a night, late December back in '63"

These are the opening lyrics to "Oh What a Night," by The Four Seasons. Sure, this one was a gimme, but it was still a great song.

"Oh, that's the way, uh-huh uh-huh"

These are the opening lyrics to "That's The Way (I Like It)," by KC and the Sunshine Band. The band hails from Florida, the Sunshine State.

"Well you're dirty and sweet, clad in black"

These are the opening lyrics to "Bang a Gong," by T. Rex. The song appears on the 1971 album, "Electric Warrior."

"In a little while from now ... If I'm not feeling any less sour"

These are the opening lyrics to "Alone Again," by Gilbert O'Sullivan. The song appears on the 1971 album, "Himself."

"Guess who just got back today"

These are the opening lyrics to "The Boys Are Back In Town," by Thin Lizzy. The song appears on the 1976 album, "Jailbreak."

"Backstroke lover always hidin' 'neath the cover"

These are the opening lyrics to "Walk This Way," by Aerosmith. The song appears on the 1975 album, "Toys in the Attic."

"Jeremiah was a bullfrog"

These are the opening lyrics to "Joy to the World," by Three Dog Night. The song continues ... "was a good friend of mine," spawning numerous modern-day internet memes.

"American woman gonna mess your mind"

These are the opening lyrics from "American Woman," by The Guess Who. The song appears on the 1970 album, "American Woman."

"Holly came from Miami F.L.A. ... Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A."

These are the opening lyrics to "Take a Walk on the Wild Side," by Lou Reed. In 2010, Rolling Stone ranked it at number 223 in its list of the 500 greatest songs of all time

"Sometimes in our lives we all have pain "

These are the opening lyrics to "Lean on Me," by Bill Withers. The song appears on the 1972 album, "Still Bill."

"Some people call me the space cowboy yeah"

These are the opening lyrics to "The Joker," by the Steve Miller Band. This classic rock tune appears on the 1973 album of the same name.

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About This Quiz

"Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk, I'm a woman's man. No time to talk." If you're anything like the Bee Gees, you might not have time to talk, but we can assure you that you have time for this quiz. The 1970s was an iconic decade in music from the "night fever" of disco to the immersion of rock and new wave bands, the popular songs of the decade had even more popular first lines. From ABBA's "Dancing Queen" to Don McLean's "American Pie," do you know the opening lyrics to these '70s songs?

Some of the biggest acts featured solo artists like Diana Ross and Donna Summer dominated the billboards, while groups like the Bee Gees and ABBA were all over the airwaves. The decade also witnessed the fame of many popular rock bands as well as the introduction of new wave artists. The 1970s also shot English artists and bands to the forefront of music. David Bowie, Elton John, and the Rolling Stones made massive splashes in the music scene, all of whom were responsible for some of the decade's biggest hits. From "Rocket Man" to "Satisfaction," do you know the opening lyrics for these '70s songs? There's only one way to find out! Pick up your mics and let's see if you can follow the tune of this quiz.

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