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August 29, 2005
It's been a while since I've done a meme thing. When I do the Friday Random 10, it always turns up 8 obscure Peruvian nose flute things, one embarrassing 1970s hit, and a wolf howl. I don't have a LiveJournal friends list and I don't have favorite books - aside from what I'm reading at the moment.
But this one I can do. Go here, search on the year of your high school graduation, and when the results come up, choose the "list of the 100 most popular songs."
Like Roxanne, I've formatted these according to my own opinion of them. Underlined ones I either still like or have grown to appreciate, sometimes marginally or out of a sense of irony. Italics mark songs I liked then but have grown out of. Bolded songs are the ones I considered dreck then, and haven't grown to love. I'm curious how little middle ground there'll be.
Top 100 Hits of 1974 / Top 100 Songs of 1974
1. The Way We Were, Barbra Streisand
2. Seasons In The Sun, Terry Jacks
3. Love's Theme, Love Unlimited Orchestra
4. Come And Get Your Love, Redbone
5. Dancing Machine, Jackson 5
6. The Loco-Motion, Grand Funk Railroad
7. TSOP, MFSB
8. The Streak, Ray Stevens
9. Bennie And The Jets, Elton John
10. One Hell Of A Woman, Mac Davis
11. Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do), Aretha Franklin
12. Jungle Boogie, Kool and The Gang
13. Midnight At The Oasis, Maria Muldaur
14. You Make Me Feel Brand New, Stylistics
15. Show And Tell, Al Wilson
16. Spiders And Snakes, Jim Stafford
17. Rock On, David Essex
18. Sunshine On My Shoulder, John Denver
19. Sideshow, Blue Magic
20. Hooked On A Feeling, Blue Swede
21. Billy Don't Be A Hero, Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods
22. Band On The Run, Paul McCartney and Wings
23. The Most Beautiful Girl, Charlie Rich
24. Time In A Bottle, Jim Croce
25. Annie's Song, John Denver
26. Let Me Be There, Olivia Newton-John
27. Sundown, Gordon Lightfoot
28. (You're) Having My Baby, Paul Anka [cannot possibly bold this one enough]
29. Rock Me Gently, Andy Kim
30. Boogie Down, Eddie Kendricks
31. You're Sixteen, Ringo Starr
32. If You Love Me (Let Me Know), Olivia Newton-John
33. Dark Lady, Cher
34. Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me, Gladys Knight and The Pips
35. Feel Like Makin' Love, Roberta Flack
36. Just Dont Want To Be Lonely, Main Ingredient
37. Nothing From Nothing, Billy Preston
38. Rock Your Baby, George McCrae
39. Top Of The World, Carpenters
40. The Joker, Steve Miller Band [DUDE!]
41. I've Got To Use My Imagination, Gladys Knight and The Pips
42. The Show Must Go On, Three Dog Night
43. Rock The Boat, Hues Corporation
44. Smokin' In The Boys Room, Brownsville Station
45. Living For The City, Stevie Wonder
46. The Night Chicago Died, Paper Lace
47. Then Came You, Dionne Warwick and The Spinners
48. The Entertainer, Marvin Hamlisch
49. Waterloo, Abba
50. The Air That I Breathe, Hollies
51. Rikki Don't Lose That Number, Steely Dan
52. Mockingbird, Carly Simon
53. Help Me, Joni Mitchell
54. You Won't See Me, Anne Murray
55. Never, Never Gonna Give You Up, Barry White
56. Tell Me Something Good, Rufus
57. You And Me Against The World, Helen Reddy
58. Rock And Roll Heaven, Righteous Brothers
59. Hollywood Swinging, Kool and The Gang
60. Be Thankful For What You Got, William Devaughn
61. Hang On In There Baby, Johnny Bristol
62. Eres Tu (Touch The Wind), Mocedades
63. Taking Care Of Business, Bachman-Turner Overdrive
64. Radar Love, Golden Earring
65. Please Come To Boston, Dave Loggins
66. Keep On Smilin', Wet Willie
67. Lookin' For Love, Bobby Womack
68. Put Your Hands Together, O'Jays
69. On And On, Gladys Knight and The Pips
70. Oh Very Young, Cat Stevens
71. Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress), Helen Reddy
72. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John
73. I've Been Searchin' So Long, Chicago
74. Oh My My, Ringo Starr
75. For The Love Of Money, O'Jays
76. I Shot The Sheriff, Eric Clapton
77. Jet, Paul McCartney and Wings
78. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Elton John
79. Tubular Bells, Mike Oldfield
80. Love Song, Anne Murray
81. I'm Leaving It All Up To You, Donny and Marie Osmond
82. Hello, It's Me, Todd Rundgren
83. I Love, Tom T. Hall
84. Clap For The Wolfman, The Guess Who
85. I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song, Jim Croce
85. The Lord's Prayer, Sister Janet Mead
87. Trying To Hold On To My Woman, Lamont Dozier
88. Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing, Stevie Wonder
89. A Very Special Love Song, Charlie Rich
90. My Girl Bill, Jim Stafford
91. My Mistake Was To Love You, Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye
91. Helen Wheels, Paul McCartney and Wings
93. Wildwood Weed, Jim Stafford
94. Beach Baby, First Class
95. Me And Baby Brother, War
96. Rockin' Roll Baby, Stylistics
97. I Honestly Love You, Olivia Newton-John
98. Call On Me, Chicago
99. Wild Thing, Fancy
100. Mighty Love, Pt. 1, Spinners
Posted by Chris Clarke at August 29, 2005 01:20 PM
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Wha? No thoughts on that Mac Davis tune?Posted by: Roxanne at August 29, 2005 02:35 PM
Don't remember it. Now if it had been 1972 and "Baby Don''t Get Hooked on Me," I would have triple-bolded it.Posted by: Chris Clarke at August 29, 2005 02:39 PM
I'm going over to go do it. I do most of the quizzes that show up on blogs (I'm part nerd/part dork-- so what else is new?). I didn't do the "Which Harry Potter character are you?" I have never read any of the books. One quiz said I was the novel "A Hundred Years of Solitude." Sounds about right.
I don't usually post the results. I don't know why. I probably need a blog quiz to figure out all the reasons I do or don't do things.
If the list is interesting it may show up on the blog. I like what you did with your list.
Todd Rundgren's Hello, It's Me was one of those songs that, for some reason that I still can't fathom, spoke to me. I loved that song, played it over and over. And Gladys Knight's Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me gives me a sense of powerful nostalgia, but I don't know why. Otherwise, I more or less agree with you.
I was a senior in college in 1974. Can't believe it's been so long.Posted by: Vicki at August 29, 2005 06:00 PM
Hmmm... the underlining of the Barry White and the Rufus has been duly noted ....
I seem to have blotted out the memory of so many Olivia Newton John hits. What were we (collective 'we') thinking?
Chris I can honestly say that I have no idea what 99% of the songs on your list are. I recognize some of the artists, but have not clue what songs they’re talking about. I think i'm dating myself here. But I like I shot the Sheriff by Clapton...
But I’m guessing that you would say WTF to my list, so I really should just stop...
Oh, yeah, Paul Anka -- ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww [shudder shudder shudder] -- can't even type the song title. Can't even allow that song title to fully form in my mind. You're so right; there just isn't boldface dark enough.
I didn't graduate from high school in 1974. That was the year I started junior high. Kids from my part of "The Hill" had to ride a bus to get to the priso-, er, school, and our bus drivers liked to play Top 40 stations really loud. It helped drown out disciplinary issues. I think it also made them think we thought they were cool.
Picture, if you will, that song blasting out into a metal tube filled with about 50 children ranging from the onset to convulsive throes of puberty, all while the metal tube and its unpadded, metal-rimmed, metal seats sped (oh yes, I do mean sped) seatbelt-less, belching diesel and burning brakes, around the coils of a steep, hill-hugging road in southern California. Now that was the highway to hell.Posted by: Sara at August 30, 2005 04:46 AM
Chris, aren't you confusing these poor people? NORMALLY, a high school graduate would be 17 or 18 years old.
If you were NORMAL, or if you used the average high school graduate age, wouldn't you be listing the top 100 songs of 1978???
I listed my favorites in bold, and I had a moment of pure horror before I read your intro more carefully.
And yours is the fifth I've seen, and may I say that 1974 was hit a double whack with the ugly stick?Posted by: doghouse riley at August 30, 2005 09:11 AM
Jesus, no wonder I quit listening to commercial radio about this time. Thank ghod for shortwave radio and Afropop worldwide....Posted by: handdrummer at August 30, 2005 04:57 PM