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Can It Have Been 30 Years?

I find that there is a common thread running through the blogs I like best. Art is the most common theme. I have run into the works of some very fine sketchers and artists by just following the links that Commenters leave.

Somewhere along the way I started reading RobotJohnny‘s blog. John is a whimsical artist with a great eye for simplicity and humor.

My 30th high school reunion is coming up just three weeks from now. I went to Westchester High School [Satellite] in Los Angeles . The area was simply called Westchester. [Info] I graduated in 1975.

Anyway John posted this blog entry that got me thinking about the music that Radio People made us believe were the top songs. [I still cannot believe the Captain and Tennille had the number one hit in 1975. Geez. And have you ever seen that guy’s eyes?]

The scary thing about a 30th reunion is I am sure the Reunion Committee has hired a DJ for the night that is 25 years younger and thinks he will be making our evening wonderful by playing all these songs. And loudly.

Personally, I do not wish to listen to 30 year old music at my high school reunion. I am going to the WHS 1975 reunion to talk to people I haven’t seen in 30 years, not to dance. It’s not a party. It is a re-uniting.

Anyway, borrowing the idea from John, who got it from someone else—and then manipulating the rules a bit: you get a list of the top 100 songs from a particular year [found here, near the bottom] and copy the whole list into your blog.

  • Boldface your favorites
  • Italicize the ones you generally enjoyed
  • Strike Out the ones you hated
  • Leave alone the ones you were indifferent to.
  • Append [???] to ones you don’t have any recollection of ever hearing in your known lifetime.
  • I have added hover-comments to some. Hover your cursor over dotted underlines.

My list from 30 years ago:

1. Love Will Keep Us Together, The Captain and Tennille
2. Rhinestone Cowboy, Glen Campbell
3. Philadelphia Freedom, Elton John
4. Before The Next Teardrop Falls, Freddy Fender
5. My Eyes Adored You, Frankie Valli
6. Shining Star, Earth, Wind and Fire
7. Fame, David Bowie
8. Laughter In The Rain, Neil Sedaka
9. One Of These Nights, Eagles
10. Thank God I’m A Country Boy, John Denver
11. Jive Talkin’, Bee Gees
12. Best Of My Love, Eagles
13. Lovin’ You, Minnie Riperton
14. Kung Fu Fighting, Carl Douglas
15. Black Water, Doobie Brothers
16. Ballroom Blitz, Sweet [???]
17. (Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song, B.J. Thomas
18. He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You), Tony Orlando and Dawn
19. At Seventeen, Janis Ian
20. Pick Up The Pieces, Average White Band
21. The Hustle, Van McCoy and The Soul City Symphony
22. Lady Marmalade, Labelle [???]
23. Why Can’t We Be Friends?, War
24. Love Won’t Let Me Wait, Major Harris [???]
25. Boogie On Reggae Woman, Stevie Wonder
26. Wasted Days And Wasted Nights, Freddy Fender [???]
27. Fight The Power, Pt. 1, Isley Brothers [???]
28. Angie Baby, Helen Reddy
29. Jackie Blue, Ozark Mountain Daredevils
30. Fire, Ohio Players
31. Magic, Pilot [???]
32. Please Mr. Postman, Carpenters
33. Sister Golden Hair, America
34. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Elton John
35. Mandy, Barry Manilow
36. Have You Never Been Mellow, Olivia Newton-John
37. Could It Be Magic, Barry Manilow
38. Cat’s In The Cradle, Harry Chapin
39. Wildfire, Michael Murphy
40. I’m Not Lisa, Jessi Colter [???]
41. Listen To What The Man Said, Paul McCartney and Wings
42. I’m Not In Love, 10cc
43. I Can Help, Billy Swan [???]
44. Fallin’ In Love, Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds
45. Feelings, Morris Albert
46. Chevy Van, Sammy Johns
47. When Will I Be Loved, Linda Ronstadt
48. You’re The First, The Last, My Everthing, Barry White
49. Please Mr Please, Olivia Newton-John
50. You’re No Good, Linda Ronstadt
51. Dynomite, Bazuka
52. Walking In Rhythm, Blackbyrds
53. The Way We Were / Try To Remember, Gladys Knight and The Pips
54. Midnight Blue, Melissa Manchester
55. Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You, Sugarloaf [???]
56. Poetry Man, Phoebe Snow
57. How Long, Ace
58. Express, B.T. Express [???]
59. That’s The Way Of The World, Earth, Wind and Fire
60. Lady, Styx
61. Bad Time, Grand Funk [???]
62. Only Women Bleed, Alice Cooper [???]
63. Doctor’s Orders, Carol Douglas [???]
64. Get Down Tonight, K.C. and The Sunshine Band
65. You Are So Beautiful / It’s A Sin When You Love Somebody, Joe Cocker
66. One Man Woman-One Woman Man, Paul Anka and Odia Coates [???]
67. Feel Like Makin’ Love, Bad Company
68. How Sweet It Is, James Taylor
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 Post
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

I think I have just revealed way too much about myself.

But, hey, this was 30 years ago.


  1. Great idea. Funny what you can learn about a guy from the music he likes/liked. I’ll do mine tonight for sure.

  2. I cannot beleive you dissed Glen Campbell; next thing I know, you’ll tell me you don’t really like dogs all that much.

  3. Well, I was actually dissing Rhinestone Cowboy.

    I wouldn’t diss Mr. Campbell. That would drive him to drink.

  4. The guy in the picture looks nothing like the guy I shook hands with tonight. Is that a picture of you in 1975, or Daryl Dragon (aka The Captain)?

  5. OK, so I still think you were cute with your curly sideburns. And bow tie.

    I hope you are taking Teresa to the class reunion. Ya gotta show off that beautiful woman!!!

  6. There’s nothing wrong with Daryl Dragon’s eyes. You should really watch what you say. It could be considered libelous.

  7. Melanie,

    >>There’s nothing wrong with Daryl Dragon’s eyes.

    Then why did he hide them with sunglasses all the time?

    And is it really “defamatory; injurious to the good name of a person” to ask “Have you ever seen that guy’s eyes?”

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