List of number-one R&B singles of 1974 (U.S.)

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These are the Billboard magazine R&B singles chart number one hits of 1974:

See also: 1974 in music, List of number-one R&B hits (United States)

Issue Date Song Artist
January 5 "Living for the City" Stevie Wonder
January 12 "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)" Aretha Franklin
January 19 "I've Got to Use My Imagination" Gladys Knight & the Pips
January 26 "Livin' for You" Al Green
February 2 "Let Your Hair Down" The Temptations
February 9 "Boogie Down" Eddie Kendricks
February 16 "Boogie Down" Eddie Kendricks
February 23 "Boogie Down" Eddie Kendricks
March 2 "Mighty Love" The Spinners
March 9 "Mighty Love" The Spinners
March 16 "Lookin' for a Love" Bobby Womack
March 23 "Lookin' for a Love" Bobby Womack
March 30 "Lookin' for a Love" Bobby Womack
April 6 "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me" Gladys Knight & the Pips
April 13 "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me" Gladys Knight & the Pips
April 20 "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" MFSB with The Three Degrees
April 27 "The Payback, Pt. 1" James Brown
May 4 "The Payback, Pt. 1" James Brown
May 11 "Dancing Machine" The Jackson 5
May 18 "I'm in Love" Aretha Franklin
May 25 "I'm in Love" Aretha Franklin
June 1 "Be Thankful for What You Got" William DeVaughn
June 8 "Hollywood Swinging" Kool & the Gang
June 15 "Sideshow" Blue Magic
June 22 "Finally Got Myself Together (I'm a Changed Man)" The Impressions
June 29 "Finally Got Myself Together (I'm a Changed Man)" The Impressions
July 6 "Rock Your Baby" George McCrae
July 13 "Rock Your Baby" George McCrae
July 20 "My Thang (Part 1)" James Brown
July 27 "My Thang (Part 1)" James Brown
August 3 "Feel Like Makin' Love" Roberta Flack
August 10 "Feel Like Makin' Love" Roberta Flack
August 17 "Feel Like Makin' Love" Roberta Flack
August 24 "Feel Like Makin' Love" Roberta Flack
August 31 "Feel Like Makin' Love" Roberta Flack
September 7 "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" Barry White
September 14 "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe" Barry White
September 21 "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe" Barry White
September 28 "You Haven't Done Nothin'" Stevie Wonder
October 5 "You Haven't Done Nothin'" Stevie Wonder
October 12 "Papa Don't Take No Mess (Part 1)" James Brown
October 19 "Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)" B.T. Express
October 26 "Higher Plane" Kool & the Gang
November 2 "Let's Straighten It Out" Latimore
November 9 "Let's Straighten It Out" Latimore
November 16 "Woman to Woman" Shirley Brown
November 23 "Woman to Woman" Shirley Brown
November 30 "I Feel a Song (In My Heart)" Gladys Knight & the Pips
December 7 "I Feel a Song (In My Heart)" Gladys Knight & the Pips
December 14 "You Got the Love" Rufus
December 21 "She's Gone" Tavares
December 28 "Boogie on Reggae Woman" Stevie Wonder

Chart comparisons[edit]

  • Five songs went to number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)", "Rock Your Baby", "Feel Like Makin' Love", "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe", and "You Haven't Done Nothin'". Another song, "Kung Fu Fighting", topped the chart in 1974 but originally peaked the R&B chart the year after.