While I came of age in the 80s, I have a deep fondness for 70s music. 80s music is when specific songs were attached to specific memories. 70s music ... well, a little less so. It reminds me of a sweet, sunny childhood -- and a few special moments.
Much thanks and praise to Wikipedia for a great list (see the link for the whole list). Some of the songs, well I admit that I had no clue about either the song or the artist.... so I truncated it to discuss the ones I know.
"Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" by McFadden & Whitehead -- great song!
"Afternoon Delight" by Starland Vocal Band -- I don't know what to say, except that I can only admit that I do know all the words to it. Yea, verily, I even have it on CD (thanks to the Starsky & Hutch soundtrack).
"All Right Now" by Free -- I can take it or leave it. I hear it most often these days on radio ads for Tweeter.
"Angel In Your Arms" by Hot -- a good song! I liked this one as a kid (didn't really know the meaning of the lyrics)....
"Beach Baby" by The First Class -- oh my! When my friend Tee moved in next door, this was one of the first songs we played on her record player after she set up her bedroom. A sweet memory....
"Because The Night" by Patti Smith Group -- raw Springsteen. I kind of prefer the Natalie Merchant cover, but that's just me.
"Black Betty" by Ram Jam -- still a classic!
"Born to Be Alive" by Patrick Hernandez -- has a good beat and you can dance to it.
"Brother Louie" by Stories -- a very daring story for its day.
"Chevy Van" by Sammy Johns -- no specific memories attached, but it makes me think of summer, and playing out in my yard. For some strange reason, I also have an image of butterflies when I think of this song ... don't know why. Guess I'll call songs like that "Summer Memory Songs"
"The City Of New Orleans" by Arlo Guthrie -- I didn't appreciate the song back then, but I have grown to love this song.
"Cruel to be Kind" by Nick Lowe -- I think this was 5th grade. I just remember Darran G. talking about how he didn't like the song. I did, so I kept my mouth shut. I also remember wondering what "cruel to be kind" meant. I found out many years (and tears) later.
"Dancing in the Moonlight" by King Harvest -- another one I love to death. And also part of my "Summer Memory Songs" collection.
"Day By Day" by Godspell -- I definitely don't remember first run of Godspell songs, but picked up on them later in life. This is one of the ones I love most ... primarily, because I pray the same thing.
"Disco Duck (Part 1)" by Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots -- no comment.
"Don't Ever Wanna Lose Ya" by New England -- I do not remember this one on first go-round, and was intro'd to this song by my friend Talmadge. It was very good.
"Don't Give Up on Us" by David Soul -- I do own this on CD (a 1977 collection). I thought it was cheesy then, and still think so, but in a cool-cheesy kind of way.
"Do You Wanna Make Love?" by Peter McCann -- I remember this one. If my grandmother had heard it, she'd have gone apoplectic (if Dr. Hook gave her fits). These days, they'd have to sing: "Do you wanna make love / If so, I need your sexual history / and the results of your tests / to ensure you don't have an STD....."
"Dueling Banjos" by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell -- toothless inbred kids eating applesauce through a straw.
"Easy Loving" by Freddie Hart -- I don't remember the song. I do remember some cheesy commercial in the 80s for a greatest hits collection by Freddie. I didn't know who he was, but I didn't like him. He seemed sleazy and smarmy.
"Emotion" by Samantha Sang -- another song in the Great Gibb Machine.
"The Entertainer" by Marvin Hamlisch -- for some reason, I always think of this song and all my friends who took piano lessons learning to play this song.
"Falling" by LeBlanc and Carr -- I remember this song, and I liked it. But I can claim youthful naivete, can't I?
"Feelings" by Morris Albert -- GAAAAAAKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!! Hated it then, hate it even more now.
"A Fifth of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy and The Big Apple Band -- I didn't mind this one then. I can only do penance now.
"Fool (If You Think It's Over)" by Chris Rea -- I liked this one a lot. I found it again a few years back, put it on CD ... but the CD messed up during recording. I also deleted the file. Damn.
"Fooled Around and Fell in Love" by Elvin Bishop -- love, love, love it.
"Get Used To It" by Roger Voudouris -- I have this one on CD, on a collection. I had completely forgotten about it until I played the CD. A nice song.
"Gonna Fly Now (Theme from "Rocky")" by Bill Conti -- GAG! x infinity
"Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues" by Danny O'Keefe -- I do remember this one.
"Got To Be Real" by Cheryl Lynn -- an excellent dance song (signed, Unabashed Disco Fan). And one of the three best things about the Gong Show (the other two being the Unknown Comic and Gene, Gene, the Dancing Machine).
"Happy Days" by Pratt and McClain -- back when TV theme songs could hit Top 40.
"Heaven Knows" by Brooklyn Dreams (with Donna Summer, who is not a one-hit wonder) -- now I loved this one. I thought it was a good song.
"Heaven On The 7th Floor" by Paul Nicholas -- wow! Another good dance one I'd forgotten.
"Help Me Make It Through The Night" by Sammi Smith -- a country classic, written by Kris Kristofferson. And my favorite parody is Pinkard & Bowden's "Help Me Make It Through the Yard"!
"Here Comes the Sun" by Richie Havens -- I don't remember when it first came out. I do remember seeing it on MTV's "Closet Classics" (Damn! THAT was a good show!) .... and thinking, "WHAAAA? That's a George Harrison song!" I do enjoy Richie Haven's version.
"Hey There Lonely Girl" by Eddie Holman -- an awesome falsetto song!
"Hocus Pocus" by Focus -- ooohohohohohohohohohohoh, badabop, ho ho! (my impression of a yodel in cyberspace)
"Hold Your Head Up" by Argent -- I hate this song. I change the station every time it comes on. Horrid. Horrid. Horrid.
"Hot Child in the City" by Nick Gilder -- guilty pleasure song. Yeah, even as a kid, I knew it was not just some innocent song. Granny would have also gone apoplectic over this one too....
"Hot Rod Lincoln" by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen -- great novelty song. Love it. Our Lady of Blessed Acceleration, pray for us!
"How Long" by Ace -- great song with a good vocal by journeyman singer Paul Carrack.
"The Hustle" by Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony -- tuna hotdog!
"I Can Help" by Billy Swan -- not one of my favorites, but I don't turn it off either.
"I Love" by Tom T. Hall -- awwwww!!!! Everyone say it now: awwww!!!!
"I Love the Nightlife (Disco 'Round)" by Alicia Bridges -- oh mah God, I love this one. And I remember the disco scene from Love at First Bite (come to think of it, that was a pretty cool movie when I was a kid. Cheesy now, but.....)
"I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (in Perfect Harmony)" by Hillside Singers -- Thank you, Double-Q, for your great parody: "I'd like to buy the world a Choke, and end its misery."
"I'd Love to Change the World" by Ten Years After -- great song! I love it, and it's on one of my random 70s compilations, right before "Never Been to Spain" (so by the end of both songs, I'm in a total rockin' mood). Love, love this song.
"I'm Easy" by Keith Carradine -- kind of one of those "Summer Memory Songs" mentioned earlier. Just reminds me of playing outside in nice summer days. And I do have this one somewhere.
"I'm Not Lisa" by Jessi Colter -- I remember not liking this one as a kid. I thought it was kind of silly. As an adult, my understanding of the song changed, and so did my opinion. Jessi was a tougher woman than many realized, and God bless her for all she did for Waylon.
"(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" by Barbara Mandrell -- uh, HELLO????? Luther Ingram did it first. And did it right.
"In the Summertime" by Mungo Jerry -- I used to like this one when I was a kid. Then one day I listened to the lyrics. I have disliked the song ever since. Love the beat and the melody, but hate the words.
"Indiana Wants Me" by R. Dean Taylor -- vaguely remember, and in my opinion, Indiana is foolish. Take him, please.
"Jim Dandy" by Black Oak Arkansas -- what I remember about Black Oak Arkansas was that one Sunday, Jimmy Swaggart claimed that a guitarist for them came to one of his revivals and got saved (coulda happened). And that he didn't know what the Hades his son Donnie meant when he said that the BOA guitarist was there ("and I thought, 'There's a town somewhere with an official guitarist'?") ---BWAAAAH! As for the song, mehhhhh. I can leave it.
"Joy" by Apollo 100 -- "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" should never be messed with. Period.
"Jungle Fever" by Chakachas -- bow-chicka-bom-bom music.....
"Just When I Needed You Most" by Randy Vanwarmer -- I liked this one when it came out. There's a teeeeeeeensy part of me that still does. But it's kind of drecky and cloying and annoying and makes me want to take him to Cher in 1988 who will smack him and say, "SNAP OUT OF IT!"
"The King Is Gone" by Ronnie McDowell -- sweet God in heaven. Another *(@^ing "Elvis is dead" song. If you ever have the opportunity to read "50 Worst Albums and 50 Worst Singles" ... well, in between is a whole "Elvis tribute" section that will leave you in tears and gasping for breath (because it's so damn funny!)
"King Tut" by Steve Martin (and the Toot Uncommons (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), which is not a one-hit wonder) -- born in Arizona, moved to Babylonia, King Tut!
"Knock On Wood" by Amii Stewart -- I've listened to the Eddie Floyd original, and ... well, I like this version better. Let's say I'm more familiar with this one. Hell of a good dance song.
"Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas -- somehow, Hong Kong Phooey comes to mind when I think of this song.
"The Last Farewell" by Roger Whittaker -- a master of easy listening, and a can't-beat ballad. Okay, I grew to like this one a lot because we sang it in choir in high school. I still remember some of the words.
"Lay a Little Lovin' On Me" by Robin McNamara -- I remember the chorus, and again, one of those "Summer Memory Songs"
"Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)" by Reunion -- now THIS is a great one!
"Livin' It Up (Friday Night)" by Bell and James -- 70s? I seem to remember this one from the early 80s. Oh well.
"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" by Edison Lighthouse -- meehhhhhh. Can take or leave.
"Love Is In the Air" by John Paul Young -- I liked this one.
"Lovin' You" by Minnie Riperton -- say what you will: Minnie Riperton had a hellacious vocal range. Take THAT, Mariah! It's a shame she died so young.
"Magic" by Pilot -- Summer Memory Song #(what are we up to now?). Rather inoffensive.
"Magnet and Steel" by Walter Egan -- I love this one!
"Makin' It" by David Naughton -- wouldn't you like to be a sitcom star and make a record of your theme song, too?
"Making Our Dreams Come True" by Cyndi Grecco -- TV Themes abound....
"Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" by Cannonball Adderley -- now, I think of this one as a 60s song. Go figure. Anyhow, Queen Latifah did an awesome remake on her "Dana Owens Project" CD. Love the song.
"Mississippi Queen" by Mountain -- ROCK ON!!!!
"Montego Bay" by Bobby Bloom -- Summer Memory Song #(last one plus one).
"Mr. Big Stuff" by Jean Knight -- Mr. Big Stuff messed with her toot-toot.
"Music Box Dancer" by Frank Mills -- I loved it then. I have grown up since then.
"My Maria" by B.W. Stevenson -- I loved this one. Still do. And as much as I do love Brooks & Dunn, they shoulda left a good memory alone.