Priority's Chart Toppers series is an excellent budget-line collection, offering a strong selection of 15 original hits, grouped by a specific theme and decade, on each disc. Chart Toppers: R&B Hits of the 70's combines Philly soul, disco, smooth soul and pop-soul -- an eclectic bunch, to say the least, but the variety helps capture the feeling of the decade. A few of the songs haven't dated well, but for the most part, the selection of songs is terrific, albeit a little predictable. Among the highlights on the disc are Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "The Tears of a Clown," Gladys Knight & the Pips' "Midnight Train to Georgia," the Delfonics' "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)," Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose's "Treat Her Like a Lady," Barry White's "Can't Get Enough of Your Love," the Floaters' "Float On," the 5 Stairsteps' "Ooh Child," the Ohio Players' "Love Rollercoaster," the Impressions' "Finally Got Myself Together (I'm a Changed Man)," the Moments' "Love on a Two Way Steet" and Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman."
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine