Playlisticle: Top 100 Adult Contemporary Songs Of All Time [DAVE'S MUSIC DATABASE 2011]

As a teaser for the upcoming Soft Rock Week here at The Hideaway, HERC presents The Top 100 Adult Contemporary Songs Of All Time as ranked by Dave Whitaker, the namesake of Dave's Music Database. He's also the author of this book and this one, too.
On the 50th Anniversary of Billboard's Adult Contmeporary chart in July 2011, they published a countdown of the Top 100 Adult Contemporary Songs Of All Time based on chart performance and weighted in an effort to better compare pre-1993 songs with those that came later, when longer stays at #1 were de rigueur.  Dave was non-plussed with that countdown so he made his own:
...I went to my music database and sorted all songs to hit #1 on the adult contemporary charts. Then I sorted those songs based on total points in Dave’s Music Database. The results made for ... acknowledging some bonafide classics which may not have had longevity at #1 or on the charts, but have had long-lasting impact.
Go to Dave's wonderful site to see his whole list along with links to the Top 10 artists.  For the purposes of Soft Rock Week (which begins on Monday), HERC has edited out all songs before 1970 and after 1983 - this is the standardized time frame of all the soft rock hits that will be featured during Soft Rock Week.  Here are the 38 songs from 1970-1983:

02. Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)
03. Don McLean “American Pie” (1971)
04. The Beatles “Let It Be” (1970) <<<still MIA on Spotify>>>
09. Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love” (1981)
12. Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life” (1977)
14. Barbra Streisand “The Way We Were” (1973)
15. Roberta Flack “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (1972)
21. Bee Gees “How Deep Is Your Love” (1977)
23. Billy Joel “Just the Way You Are” (1977)
26. Tony Orlando & Dawn “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” (1973)
27. Kenny Rogers “Lady” (1980)
28. Carpenters “They Long to Be Close to You” (1970)
33. Stevie Wonder “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” (1973)
34. Olivia Newton-John “I Honestly Love You” (1974)
35. Harry Nilsson “Without You” (1971)
36. Dolly Parton “9 to 5” (1980)
37. Bette Midler “The Rose” (1980)
38. Carole King “It’s Too Late” (1971)
43. Carly Simon “You’re So Vain” (1972)
45. Captain & Tennille “Love Will Keep Us Together” (1975)
46. Terry Jacks “Seasons in the Sun” (1974)
48. Glen Campbell “Rhinestone Cowboy” (1975)
49. Gilbert O’Sullivan “Alone Again (Naturally)” (1972)
52. Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder “Ebony and Ivory” (1982)
54. Barbra Streisand “Evergreen (Love theme from ‘A Star Is Born’)” (1976)
55. Commodores “Three Times a Lady” (1978)
57. Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton “Islands in the Stream” (1983)
61. Lionel Richie “All Night Long (All Night)” (1983)
63. James Taylor “You’ve Got a Friend” (1971)
64. Carpenters “We’ve Only Just Begun” (1970)
71. Barry Manilow “I Write the Songs” (1975)
75. Elton John “Daniel” (1973)
82. Cyndi Lauper “Time after Time” (1983)
83. Barbra Streisand “Woman in Love” (1980)
84. Barry Manilow “Mandy” (1974)
85. Charlie Rich “The Most Beautiful Girl” (1973)
87. Chicago “If You Leave Me Now” (1976)
91. Christopher Cross “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” (1981)

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