Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Yes, once again I'm going to swipe and idea from KYTV newsman Ethan Forhetz. His E-List from last week was about 70s One Hit Wonders.  I kind of wanted to make my own list, however, as I've mentioned before, the term "one-hit wonder" can be open to interpretation. Also I thought about those songs that give you that "only in the 70s" feel, but either were not big hits or were hits from artist who had several hits. Before there is an outcry from fans or haters, let me say some of this is a mix of 'so bad it's good" and things that are great songs, but their style and content scream 70s. As usual, I went overboard on listing songs. I hope that this list could be used as the perfect soundtrack for a 70s party.

"I Am Pegasus" Ross Ryan (I list this obscure 70s hit first because of its opening line has to be one of the goofiest lines of the 70s "I am Pegasus, my name means horse.")
"Kung Fu Fighting" Carl Douglas
"Afternoon Delight" Starland Vocal Band
"Cover of the Rolling Stone" Dr. Hook
"Seasons In The Sun" Terry Jacks
"Heartbeat-It's a Love Beat" The DeFranco Family
"Chevy Van" Sammy Johns
"I Think I Love You" The Partridge Family
"Ride Captain Ride" The Blues Image (The 70s had several "nautical" related songs.)
"Torn Between Two Lovers" Mary MacGregor
"Nice To Be With You" Gallery
"Dancing In the Moonlight" King Harvest
"Fernando" ABBA
"Fly Robin Fly" The Silver Connection
"How Do You Do" Mouth & MacNeal (You got to see this clip of them sing this on a TV show.)
"I Am I Said" Neil Diamond (Runs second to "I Am Pegasus" for the goofy line "And no one heard at all
Not even the chair.")
"Undercover Angel" Alan O Day
"Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around the Old Oak Tree" Tony Orlando & Dawn
"Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)" The Looking Glass (Another nautical/sailor song)
"Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" Middle of the Road (A goofy song is always better when sung by a sexy blonde in hot pants.)
"Little Willy" The Sweet (The bad that should be considered the fathers of hair metal.)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" Elton John & Kiki Dee
"The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" Vicki Lawrence (I love how toward the end of the song she starts singing like Mama Harper.)
"Joy To The World" Three Dog Night
 "Rock The Boat" The Hues Corporation
"Night Chicago Died" Paper Lace (Best historically inaccurate song of all-time.)
"I'd Love To Teach The World To Sing" The New Seekers (Best commercial jingle of the 70s-all-time maybe.))
"That Same Old Feeling" Pickettywitch (This received heavy air-play on Top 40, but didn't make the Top 40.)
"Baby I'm-A Want You" Bread
"Top of the World" The Carpenters
"Garden Party" Rick Nelson
"Spanish Stroll" Mink DeVille (This was considered "punk" in the pre-Sex Pistols era. Not sure what it is, but it is a pretty good song.)
"Billy, Don't Be a Hero" Bo Donaldson and the Haywoods
"Rhinestone Cowboy" Glenn Campbell
"Hooked On a Feeling" The Blue Swede (Oooga-chaka-ooga-chaka!)
"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" Edison Lighthouse
"Montego Bay" Bobby Bloom
"Midnight Train To Georgia" Gladys Night & The Pips (If you knew the truth everyone sings along with the Pips on the "Woo-woo" part when this song comes on the radio.)
"Ooh Child" The Five Stairsteps
"Sweet City Woman" The Stampeders (One of the few songs with a banjo I can stand.)
"Down By The Lazy River" The Osmonds
"Macho Man" The Village People
"Love Train" The O'Jays
"Moonlight Feels Right" Starbuck (I like this because the lead singer sound kind of sleazy.)
"Arizona" Mark Lindsay
"Sweet Mary" The Wadsworth Mansion
"Loving You" Minnie Ripperton
"Saturday In The Park" Chicago
"Why Can't We Be Friends" War
"Float On" The Floaters (This one feature an unintentional goofy line, "Cancer and my name is Larry.")
"Muskrat Love" The Captain & Tennille
"Brother Louie" The Stories
"Sugar Baby Love" The Rubiettes
"Disco Lady" Johnny Taylor (A big "disco" hit that isn't real disco)
"Smoke From A Distant Fire' Sandford-Townsend Band (One of the greatest one hit wonders of all-time!)
"Come & Get Your Love" Redbone
"Band of Gold" Freda Payne
"Brand New Key" Melaine
"The Rubberband Man" The Spinners
"Easy The Commodores
"It Never Rains In Southern California" Albert Hammond
"Me and You and a Dog Named Boo" Lobo
"Spirit In The Sky" Norman Greenbaum (Fuzztone guitar and Christianity make of good mix.)
"Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" Cher
"Coconut" Harry Nilsson
"Living Next Door To Alice" Smokie
"Do You Think I'm Sexy?" Rod Stewart (Probably the song by Rod Stewart most people hate-I like it.)
"ABC" The Jackson 5
"Rock Me Gently" Andy Kim (This is one of those songs that was made for Top 40. It still sounds great.)
"Rings" Cymarron
"I Can See Clearly Now" Johnny Nash
"Last Time I Saw Him" Diana Ross
"Bungle In The Jungle" Jethro Tull (Most Jethro Tull songs were deep, dark and philosophical. This is 70s sexy talk.)
"Wigwam" Bob Dylan (In 1965, Dylan went electric. In 1970, Dylan went Trololo on this song.)
"I Am Woman" Helen Reddy
"Squeeze Box" The Who (Only in the 70s and only the Who could pull off a song built around a double entendre about a woman playing an accordion.)
"American Pie" Don McLean (The Greatest Number One hit of the 70s! It sort of sums up the strangeness of the decade.)

I may create a list based on certain genres of 70s music (disco and heavy metal).

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