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).
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.
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
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.
Laughter In The Rain, Neil Sedaka I don't know why I loathe this song, I just do. Neil Sedaka gives me the creeps.
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.
Best Of My Love, Eagles see above
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.
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Could It Be Magic, Barry Manilow See above.
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.
Wildfire Michael Murphy Songs about horses suck.
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.
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
I Can Help, Billy Swan File this under meh.
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.
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.
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.
Please Mr Please, Olivia Newton-John See above.
You're No Good, Linda Ronstadt See above.
51. Dynomite, Bazuka
Walking In Rhythm, Blackbyrds 1975 was a good year for bland.
53. The Way We Were / Try To Remember, Gladys Knight and The Pips
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
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
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
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.
How Sweet It Is, James Taylor See my aversion to all songs that exude sweet, candy-coated love.
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