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Van Sluts and Kung Fu: 1975 in Music


A while ago I did a music list thing where I listed the top 100 songs of my high school graduation year and whether I liked them or not.

A couple of people who picked up the meme didn't like thier high school year songs, so they did it for the year they were 13.

Ok, I'll bite, but I'm going to be different, of course, and write something about each song. (note, I got halfway through to 69 and decided to the rest later this morning)

1. Enter the year you graduated from high school in the search function here and get the list of 100 most popular songs of that year
2. Bold the songs you like, strike through the ones you hate and underline your favorite. Do nothing to the ones you don't remember (or don't care about).

1. Love Will Keep Us Together, The Captain and Tennille: this is one of those songs that I hate, yet I can sing all the way through.
2. Rhinestone Cowboy, Glen Campbell: Another one I hate. I just never got the whole "rhinestone cowboy" thing and to this day when I hear this song, I imagine the Marlboro man wearing a sequined jacket.
3. Philadelphia Freedom, Elton John Ok, it's not a great song. In fact, it's pretty cheesy. But I was a HUGE Elton John fan when I was 13 and I have good memories associated with this one.
4. Before The Next Teardrop Falls, Freddy Fender
5. My Eyes Adored You, Frankie Valli: Stalker song. My eyes adored you, though I never laid a hand on you.... This is how I developed a terrible fear of Frankie Valli.
6. Shining Star, Earth, Wind and Fire I always had a thing for EW&F, though this song has been ruined by that commercial.
7. Fame, David Bowie I had this 45. I'd stand in front of the mirror, with my very Bowie-like haircut singing "is it any wonder, i reject you first" over and over again to get it just right.
8. Laughter In The Rain, Neil Sedaka I don't know why I loathe this song, I just do. Neil Sedaka gives me the creeps.
9. One Of These Nights, Eagles Have I ever mentioned how much I hate the Eagles?
10. Thank God I'm A Country Boy, John Denver Admission time: I do like this song. When I was 13, I would never let anyone know how much I liked it, but looking back, I bet I wasn't the only one sitting in my room, doing some faux square dance, singing cakes on the griddle. What? I was?
11. Jive Talkin', Bee Gees Oh geez. More confessions. Yea, I told everyone DISCO SUCKS but I liked the Bee Gees. I was supposed to take that to my grave.
12. Best Of My Love, Eagles see above
13. Lovin' You, Minnie Riperton Is there really a person alive who likes this song? Step forward, because I have a recording of a cat in heat I'd like to sell you.
14. Kung Fu Fighting, Carl Douglas Anyone who doesn't like this song is a communist.
15. Black Water, Doobie Brothers> Me and Bobby T., under the Tilt-a-Whirl at the church fair, smoking Parlaiments and making out (this actually didn't happen until I was 16, but it still applies)
16. Ballroom Blitz, Sweet Had the 45. One of the greatest rock songs EVER. After sitting in my room knee-slapping to John Denver, this song was the antitode that washed the nerd cooties off of me.
17. (Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song, B.J. Thomas Hahaha his name is BJ! Hey, I was 13.
18. He Don't Love You (Like I Love You), Tony Orlando and Dawn Tony Orlando also gave me the creeps. I guess 1975 was the Year of the Creepy Singer.
19. At Seventeen, Janis Ian Vomitorium
20. Pick Up The Pieces, Average White Band Even at the tender age of 13, I appreciated what it mean to be funky. This song made me wish I could dance.
21. The Hustle, Van McCoy and The Soul City Symphony Last week, my neighbors had a party and they played this song about 50 times. Each time, my body would involuntarily get up and start hustling. Yes, 30 years later, I can still do The Hustle. I hate you, Van McCoy.
22. Lady Marmalade, Labelle I liked it then because it was different, it was sexy and just wrong. Everyone walked around whispering Voulez vous coucher avec moi ce soir because it was naughty.
23. Why Can't We Be Friends?, War I still listen to this song at least once a week. Had the 45 (I don't know why I remember this, but the label was tan), practically war that record out that summer.
24. Love Wont Let Me Wait, Major Harris
25. Boogie On Reggae Woman, Stevie Wonder
26. Wasted Days And Wasted Nights, Freddy Fender I only remember the opening lines to this song and I really wish I didn't.
27. Fight The Power, Pt. 1, Isley Brothers Man, I was funkier than I ever gave myself credit for.
28. Angie Baby, Helen Reddy If I could strike through twice, I would. Not only do I have this unexplaind disdain for Helen Reddy, but this song is about Angie, I don't know, swallowing the souls of young boys or something.
29. Jackie Blue, Ozark Mountain Daredevils Yea, so I hated this girl named Jackie, hence, I hated the song.
30. Fire, Ohio Players Listening to the Ohio Players made me feel like I was mature.
31. Magic, Pilot This one goes down on record as being one of my most hated songs ever. It sounded like an opening jingle to an evil children's show.
32. Please Mr. Postman, Carpenters Don't even get me started on this song.
33. Sister Golden Hair, America One of those songs I like, but couldn't reallly explain why.
34. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Elton John Like I said, I was a huge Elton fan, but this song caused a rift between me and a few of my Beatles loving friends.
35. Mandy, Barry Manilow I swear I don't like this song. I swear I don't sing Barry Manilow songs in the shower. I swear I never had this record.
36. Have You Never Been Mellow, Olivia Newton-John My neighbor Debbie thought she could sing like Olivia. She brought this record over one day and made me sit there while she sang along with it. That was my first experience with torture.
37. Could It Be Magic, Barry Manilow See above.
38. Cat's In The Cradle, Harry Chapin I think I am the only person alive who despises this song. It literally makes me cringe in horror.
39. Wildfire Michael Murphy Songs about horses suck.
40. I'm Not Lisa, Jessi Colter You know, if the guy is still pining for Lisa - and probably calls out her name when you make love - you should just give up and leave him. Even though you said you wouldn't. Which would prove that all women are heartless bitches just like Lisa.
41. Listen To What The Man Said, Paul Mccartney and Wings You know how much I hate Frankie Valli? Multiply that by 40 and you get my loathing for Paul McCartney. The man must hold the record for most inane songs by a former rock star.
42. I'm Not In Love, 10cc see here
43. I Can Help, Billy Swan File this under meh.
44. Fallin' In Love, Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds see, meh
45. Feelings, Morris Albert What, you ask? She LIKES this song? Well, it's a long running inside joke in my family. If you ever meet anyone in my family, just walk up to them and say "I have feeling, you know!" and see what happens.
46. Chevy Van, Sammy Johns The 70's were a strange time, indeed. This song about a van slut was, suprisingly, not used to sell Chevy vans.
47. When Will I Be Loved, Linda Ronstadt Me and Linda just did not get along, aurally.
48. You're The First, The Last, My Everthing, Barry White If you don't like this song, you are a loveless, heartless machine of a person.
49. Please Mr Please, Olivia Newton-John See above.
50. You're No Good, Linda Ronstadt See above.
51. Dynomite, Bazuka
52. Walking In Rhythm, Blackbyrds 1975 was a good year for bland.
53. The Way We Were / Try To Remember, Gladys Knight and The Pips
54. Midnight Blue, Melissa Manchester Was she the chick with the really long hair? Or was that the Midnight at the Oasis lady? Or are they the same?
55. Don't Call Us, We'll Call You, Sugarloaf
56. Poetry Man, Phoebe Snow
57. How Long, Ace Is it me or did half the songs on this list sound exactly the same?
58. Express, B.T. Express
59. That's The Way Of The World, Earth, Wind and Fire
60. Lady, Styx The first time I heard this, I was sure the singer was a woman. And then I saw a picture of Tommy Shaw and I was like, told ya it's a woman!
61. Bad Time, Grand Funk Is it ever a good time to be in love? Not according to 70's music. Everyone was getting fucked over by someone.
62. Only Women Bleed, Alice Cooper When you learn everything you know about life from rock and roll, you can be left confused and bewildered. Are women the creeps, or are men? Or is everyone a creep when it comes to love and I should just make a vow of celibacy and solitude, right now, at 13 years old?
63. Doctor's Orders, Carol Douglas
64. Get Down Tonight, K.C. and The Sunshine Band I'm learning a bit about myself here. I am learning that I didn't hate disco as much as I told people I did. Do a little dance. Make a little love. How can you NOT get jiggy with that?

To be continued

65. You Are So Beautiful / It's A Sin When You Love Somebody, Joe Cocker See Creepy Man theme
66. One Man Woman-One Woman Man, Paul Anka and Odia Coates
67. Feel Like Makin' Love, Bad Company I wasn't sure whether to bold this one or not. I liked it then, not so much now. Bad Company has not withstood the test of time.
68. How Sweet It Is, James Taylor See my aversion to all songs that exude sweet, candy-coated love.
69. Dance With Me, Orleans
70. Cut The Cake, Average White Band
71. Never Can Say Goodbye, Gloria Gaynor
72. I Don't Like To Sleep Alone, Paul Anka
73. Morning Side Of The Mountain, Donny and Marie Osmond
74. Some Kind Of Wonderful, Grand Funk
75. When Will I See You Again, Three Degrees
76. Get Down, Get Down (Get On The Floor), Joe Simon
77. I'm Sorry / Calypso, John Denver
78. Killer Queen, Queen
79. Shoeshine Boy, Eddie Kendricks
80. Do It (Til You're Satisfied), B.T. Express
81. Can't Get It Out Of My Head, Electric Light Orchestra
82. Sha-La-La (Makes Me Happy), Al Green
83. Lonely People, America
84. You Got The Love, Rufus
85. The Rockford Files, Mike Pos
86. It Only Takes A Minute, Tavares
87. No No Song / Snookeroo, Ringo Starr
88. Junior's Farm / Sally G, Paul McCartney and Wings
89. Bungle In The Jungle, Jethro Tull
90. Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance), Leo Sayer
91. Someone Saved My Life Tonight, Elton John
92. Misty, Ray Stevens
93. Bad Blood, Neil Sedaka
94. Only Yesterday, Carpenters
95. I'm On Fire, Dwight Twilley Band
96. Only You, Ringo Starr
97. Third Rate Romance, Amazing Rhythm Aces
98. You Aint Seen Nothin' Yet / Free Wheelin', Bachman-Turner Overdrive
99. Swearin' To God, Frankie Valli
100. Get Dancin', Disco Tex and The Sex-O-lettes


#10: admission time; no, you weren't the only one. (bigger admission: I STILL like John Denver, to a certain extent).

#14: Damn, I'm glad I'm not a communist, if that would mean I'd have to dislike this song.

I listened to "Bad Time" by GFR just yesterday,still love Farner.I would click "next" on pretty much every other song.

I looked up my highschool grad year, and perused the listing just to see if it was worth blogging about. The list, aside from being filled with nauseating teen pop crap that makes me wonder if there's anything in this world worth loving; made me feel embarrassed just by association. I won't let it ruin my highschool memories though, but it's a shame that none of the good songs from that year made it onto the list.

Yep. That works out better than the 80-82 era.

gabba gabba hey!

Angel: I had to sing Barry Manilow.
Faith: Copa?
Angel: Mandy--i REALLY don't want to talk about it now.

ahhh, that was a great show.

#28 Oh, dear God! I had buried that horrible song in the deep places of my memory that are unreachable except by drug-induced stupor.

#60 was actually sung by Dennis DeYoung. So not only is he a woman, but a very UGLY one at that.

13 in 1969...the bubble gum era, graduated from high school in 1973. Top 12 songs:
1. Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree, Tony Orlando and Dawn
2. Bad Bad Leroy Brown, Jim Croce
3. Killing Me Softly With His Song, Roberta Flack
4. Let's Get It On, Marvin Gaye
5. My Love, Paul McCartney and Wings
6. Why Me, Kris Kristofferson
7. Crocodile Rock, Elton John
8. Will It Go Round In Circles, Billy Preston
9. You're So Vain, Carly Simon
10. Touch Me In The Morning, Diana Ross
11. The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia, Vicki Lawrence
12. Playground In My Mind, Clint Holmes
Not very good years at all...

I'll finish the rest for you (you're welcome).

70. Cut The Cake, Average White Band.. meh, it's ok.
71. Never Can Say Goodbye, Gloria Gaynor.. hate Gloria Gaynor, but apparently not enoug to recognize this song.
72. I Don't Like To Sleep Alone, Paul Anka.. ditto.
73. Morning Side Of The Mountain, Donny and Marie Osmond [shudder]
74. Some Kind Of Wonderful, Grand Funk Grand Funk was about as non-funky as they come, but I still like this one
75. When Will I See You Again, Three Degrees.. no clue
76. Get Down, Get Down (Get On The Floor), Joe Simon... ditto.
77. I'm Sorry / Calypso, John Denver... ???
78. Killer Queen, Queen
79. Shoeshine Boy, Eddie Kendricks... where the hell are they getting these songs? I never heard of half of them!
80. Do It (Til You're Satisfied), B.T. Express... ditto.
81. Can't Get It Out Of My Head, Electric Light Orchestra I know it's a bunch of sappy, overblown Beatle wannabe stuff, but I still have an ELO fixation. Bite me.
82. Sha-La-La (Makes Me Happy), Al Green
83. Lonely People, America God, why do I hate America?
84. You Got The Love, Rufus
85. The Rockford Files, Mike Post I used to hate all these stupid TV themes that became hits, but now I don't. Much.
86. It Only Takes A Minute, Tavares
87. No No Song / Snookeroo, Ringo Starr Aw, c'mon! Who hates Ringo? He's the penguin of rock stars.
88. Junior's Farm / Sally G, Paul McCartney and Wings I'm not even a McCartney basher, and I hate this crap.
89. Bungle In The Jungle, Jethro Tull Hey! Heavy metal!! ;)
90. Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance), Leo Sayer Aieeee!!
91. Someone Saved My Life Tonight, Elton John Elton was cool in the 70's
92. Misty, Ray Stevens Shaddap.
93. Bad Blood, Neil Sedaka
94. Only Yesterday, Carpenters
95. I'm On Fire, Dwight Twilley Band... WTF? These are just made up song names and bands, right?
96. Only You, Ringo Starr Ok, well, um... what I said before... even penguins have their off days...
97. Third Rate Romance, Amazing Rhythm Aces Holy mother of God, I hate this song!
98. You Aint Seen Nothin' Yet / Free Wheelin', Bachman-Turner Overdrive BTO!! Songs for driving your car no place!!
99. Swearin' To God, Frankie Valli yikes
100. Get Dancin', Disco Tex and The Sex-O-lettes

#9 & #12: I like the Eagles, hate these two songs.
#14: Sorry, I guess I am a commie...
#38: I don't just cringe at this song, I simply can't listen to it. I mean I can't turn it off, change the channel or leave the room fast enough. If I am forced, I disolve into tears. I get the heebie-jeebies just thinking about having to listen to it. No apparent reason.....

I just graduated in 2001, so maybe it's too soon to relish in the nostalgia that the list is supposed to give. Or maybe it's because the list BLOWS.
The 1990s was a great time for music, unfortunately the top 100s don't reflect that. They're missing the ska.

It's odd that I can remember nearly all of the songs from the year I was 13, but almost none from the year I graduated.

Must have been the drugs...

I plugged in 1995 and found only one song I really listened to:

81. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me, U2


I'm a 1995 graduate too. I saw the list and thought, Jesus, it's going to take me forever to strike out all 100 songs.

100. Get Dancin', Disco Tex and The Sex-O-Lettes is one of the greatest songs ever.

i hate disco too. But i LOOOOOVE KC & The Sunshine Band.

When I was 13 (same year as Michelle) I was incredibly dorky. I spent New Year's Eve that year listening to WLS (big top-40 radio station in Chicago) count down the top 89 songs of that year, and recorded them with my new, just-got-it-for-Christmas funky red Panasonic casette tape recorder. I recorded anything by Donny and Marie, the Carpenters, Barry Manilow, Oliva Newton John, Elton John, and I also recorded pretty much the entire top 10 listed here. In other words, I had a very typical white 13-year-old suburban girl taste in music. I still have that tape; it's pretty degraded at this point, but I listened to part of it a year or two ago and was instantly transported back to 1976. It's like an aural time machine.

I pulled up the list from 1973 (high school graduation) and have a few general observations:

1. almost all of it is mindless crap. About the only things on the list that have stood the test of time are the soul and funk tunes. The Temptations, Barry White, the Spinners, the Four Tops, War. I can (and do) still listen to that stuff. Superstition by Stevie Wonder is still a great album. I think people will still be listening to "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" 100 years from now. Most of the white-boy pop tunes from that year just plain suck.

2. How the mighty had fallen. Grand Funk did some good stuff early in their career, so did Three Dog Night. Same with Paul McCartney as a Beatle. But "We're an American Band", "Shambala", anything from Wings? All really, really mindless dreck.

I did my high school graduation year here, but the year I turned 13? I don't think there's half-a-dozen songs in the top 70 that I wouldn't bold.

Phew. Just looked at the list for 1987. It's crap-tacular!

Thank you very much!

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