It was 40 years ago today

This is fun, via genericus. Wow, a lot of classic music happened the year I was born. The kind of stuff you put in the boom box for the beach in summer nowadays: Early Beatles, Motown R&B, etc. Plus both “House of the Rising Sun” and “Surfin’ Bird”! Woo! I’m sure I like a couple of the Al Hirt tunes because my parents had a few of his records when I was a little kid that I enjoyed, like “Honey in the Horn”.

Go to and put your birth year into the search thingy. The first link is likely the top 100 songs of that year. Cut and paste that list here. Bold the ones you actually like. Understand that the word “like” in this case means, in the very least, “wouldn’t immediately change the radio station from.” Pick a favorite. Underline that favorite.

1. I Want To Hold Your Hand, The Beatles
2. She Loves You, The Beatles
3. Where Did Our Love Go, Supremes
4. Oh, Pretty Woman, Roy Orbison
5. I Get Around, Beach Boys
6. Everybody Loves Somebody, Dean Martin
7. My Guy, Mary Wells
8. People, Barbara Streissand
9. Last Kiss, J. Frank Wilson and The Cavaliers
10. Hello, Dolly!, Louis Armstrong
11. We’ll Sing In The Sunshine, Gale Garnett
12. Java, Al Hirt
13. A Hard Day’s Night, The Beatles
14. Love Me Do, The Beatles
15. Do Wah Diddy Diddy, Manfred Mann
16. Under The Boardwalk, Drifters
17. Dancing In The Street, Martha and The Vandellas
18. Little Children, Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas
19. Love Me With All Your Heart, Ray Charles Singers
20. Please Please Me, The Beatles
21. Chapel Of Love, Dixie Cups
22. Suspicion, Terry Stafford
23. Glad All Over, Dave Clark Five
24. Rag Doll, Four Seasons
25. Dawn (Go Away), Four Seasons
26. Bread And Butter, Newbeats
27. It Hurts To Be In Love, Gene Pitney
28. Dead Man’s Curve, Jan and Dean
29. Come A Little Bit Closer, Jay and The Americans
30. A World Without Love, Peter and Gordon
31. Have I The Right?, Honeycombs
32. Don’t Let The Rain Come Down (Crooked Little Man), Serendipity Singers
33. Baby Love, Supremes
34. Let It Be Me, Betty Everett and Jerry Butler
35. Wishin’ And Hopin’, Dusty Springfield
36. You Don’t Own Me, Lesley Gore
37. Walk On By, Dionne Warwick
38. The House Of The Rising Sun, Animals
39. G.T.O., Ronny and The Daytona
40. Twist And Shout, The Beatles
41. Memphis, Johnny Rivers
42. White On White, Danny Williams
43. Hey Little Cobra, Rip Chords
44. The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss), Betty Everett
45. Bits And Pieces, Dave Clark Five
46. My Boy Lollipop, Millie Small
47. Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Major Lance
48. The Little Old Lady, Jan and Dean
49. Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying, Gerry and The Pacemakers
50. A Summer Song, Chad and Jeremy
51. The Girl From Ipanema, Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto
52. Can’t Buy Me Love, The Beatles
53. Remember (Walkin’ In The Sand), Shangri-Las
54. C’mon And Swim, Bobby Freeman
55. Do You Want To Know A Secret, The Beatles
56. Keep On Pushing, Impressions
57. Baby I Need Your Loving, Four Tops
58. Navy Blue, Diane Renay
59. Diane, Bachelors
60. Out Of Limits, Marketts
61. Little Honda, Hondells
62. See The Funny Little Clown, Bobby Goldsboro
63. Because, Dave Clark Five
64. (Just Like) Romeo And Juliet, Reflections
65. For You, Rick Nelson
66. Today, New Christy Minstrels
67. Can’t You See That She’s Mine, Dave Clark Five
68. Leader Of The Pack, Shangri-Las
69. Funny, Joe Hinton
70. The Way You Do The Things You Do, Temptations
71. Anyone Who Had A Heart, Dionne Warwick
72. I Love You More And More Every Day, Al Martino
73. It’s Over, Roy Orbison
74. Ronnie, Four Seasons
75. Surfin’ Bird, Trashmen
76. What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am), Tams
77. The Door Is Still Open To My Heart, Dean Martin
78. You Really Got Me, Kinks
79. The Shelter Of Your Arms, Sammy Davis Jr.
80. I’m So Proud, Impressions
81. Money, Kingsmen
82. Haunted Houses, Gene Simmons
83. Dang Me, Roger Miller
84. Do You Love Me, Dave Clark Five
85. (You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am, Nancy Wilson
86. I Wanna Love Him So Bad, Jelly Beans
87. Don’t Throw Your Love Away, Searchers
88. Hi-heel Sneakers, Tommy Tucker
89. How Do You Do It, Gerry and The Pacemakers
90. Walk, Don’t Run ’64
91. Cotton Candy, Al Hirt
92. Shangri-La, Robert Maxwell, His Harp and Orchestra
93. Chug-a-lug, Roger Miller
94. Steal Away, Jimmy Hughes
95. Louie Louie, The Kingsmen
96. A Fool Never Learns, Andy Williams
97. Bad To Me, Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas
98. There! I’ve Said It Again, Bobby Vinton
99. I Saw Her Standing There, The Beatles
100. Needles And Pins, Searchers

17 thoughts on “It was 40 years ago today

    1. hahaha
      I imagine most of the good music in 1975 was in the BOTTOM 100 of commercial successful crap. Like the crazy progrock Nick likes, or Richard & Linda Thompson.


    1. Re: omg 1976
      You and I share the joy of being bicentennial.
      1976 was a BY FAR THE WORST YEAR for music. Some highlights include:
      1. Silly Love Songs, Paul McCartney and Wings
      5. Play That Funky Music, Wild Cherry
      12. Afternoon Delight, Starland Vocal Band
      22. You Sexy Thing, Hot Chocolate
      28. Right Back Where We Started From, Maxine Nightingale
      29. Theme From “S.W.A.T”, Rhythm Heritage
      35. Only Sixteen, Dr. Hook
      56. Fooled Around And Fell In Love, Elvin Bishop
      64. Saturday Night, Bay City Rollers
      72. I’m Easy, Keith Carradine
      75. Let Her In, John Travolta
      94. Junk Food Junkie, Larry Groce
      97. Disco Duck, Rick Dees


  1. 1. Silly Love Songs, Paul McCartney and
    2. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, Elton John and Kiki Dee
    3. Disco Lady, Johnnie Taylor
    4. December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night), Four Seasons

    5. Play That Funky Music, Wild Cherry
    6. Kiss And Say Goodbye, Manhattans
    7. Love Machine (Part 1), The Miracles
    8. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover, Paul Simon

    9. Love Is Alive, Gary Wright
    10. A Fifth Of Beethoven, Walter Murphy and The Big Apple Band
    11. Sara Smile, Daryl Hall and John Oates
    12. Afternoon Delight, Starland Vocal Band
    13. I Write The Songs, Barry Manilow
    14. Fly, Robin, Fly, Silver Convention
    15. Love Hangover, Diana Ross
    16. Get Close, Seals and Crofts
    17. More, More, More, Andrea True Connection
    18. Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen
    19. Misty Blue, Dorothy Moore
    20. Boogie Fever, Sylvers
    21. I’d Really Love To See You Tonight, England Dan and John Ford Coley
    22. You Sexy Thing, Hot Chocolate
    23. Love Hurts, Nazareth
    24. Get Up And Boogie, Silver Convention
    25. Take It To The Limit, Eagles
    26. (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty, K.C. and The Sunshine Band
    27. Sweet Love, Commodores
    28. Right Back Where We Started From, Maxine Nightingale
    29. Theme From “S.W.A.T”, Rhythm Heritage
    30. Love Rollercoaster, Ohio Players
    31. You Should Be Dancing, Bee Gees
    32. You’ll Never Find Antoher Love Like Mine, Lou Rawls
    33. Golden Years, David Bowie
    34. Moonlight Feels Right, Starbuck
    35. Only Sixteen, Dr. Hook
    36. Let Your Love Flow, Bellamy Brothers
    37. Dreamweaver, Gary Wright
    38. Turn The Beat Around, Vicki Sue Robinson
    39. Lonely Night (Angel Face), The Captain and Tennille
    40. All By Myself, Eric Carmen
    41. Love To Love You Baby, Donna Summer
    42. Deep Purple, Donny and Marie Osmond
    43. Theme From “Mahogany”, Diana Ross
    44. Sweet Thing, Rufus
    45. That’s The Way I Like It, K.C. and The Sunshine Band

    46. A Little Bit More, Dr. Hook
    47. Shannon, Henry Gross
    48. If You Leave Me Now, Chicago
    49. Lowdown, Boz Scaggs
    50. Show Me The Way, Peter Frampton
    51. Dream On, Aerosmith
    52. I Love Music (Pt. 1), O’Jays
    53. Say You Love Me, Fleetwood Mac
    54. Times Of Your Life, Paul Anka
    55. Devil Woman, Cliff Richard
    56. Fooled Around And Fell In Love, Elvin Bishop
    57. Convoy, C.W. McCall
    58. Welcome Back, John Sebastian

    59. Sing A Song, Earth, Wind and Fire
    60. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel, Tavares
    61. I’ll Be Good To You, Brothers Johnson
    63. Shop Around, The Captain and Tennille
    64. Saturday Night, Bay City Rollers
    65. Island Girl, Elton John
    66. Let’s Do It Again, Staple Singers
    67. Let ‘Em In, Paul McCartney and Wings
    68. Baby Face, Wing and A Prayer Fife and Drum Corps
    69. This Masquerade, George Benson
    70. Evil Woman, Electric Light Orchestra
    71. Wham Bam, Silver
    72. I’m Easy, Keith Carradine
    73. Wake Up Everybody (Pt. 1), Harold Melvin and The Bluenotes
    74. Summer, War
    75. Let Her In, John Travolta
    76. Fox On The Run, Sweet
    77. Rhiannon, Fleetwood Mac
    78. Got To Get You Into My Life, Beatles

    79. Fanny (Be Tender With My Love), Bee Gees
    80. Getaway, Earth, Wind and Fire
    81. She’s Gone, Daryl Hall and John Oates
    82. Rock And Roll Music, Beach Boys
    82. Still The One, Orleans
    83. You’re My Best Friend, Queen
    84. With Your Love, Jefferson Starship
    85. Slow Ride, Foghat
    86. Who’d She Coo, Ohio Players
    88. Walk Away From Love, David Ruffin
    89. Baby, I Love Your Way, Peter Frampton
    90. Young Hearts Sun Free, Candi Staton
    91. Breaking Up’s Hard To Do, Neil Sedaka
    92. Money Honey, Bay City Rollers
    93. Tear The Roof Off The Sucker, Parliament
    94. Junk Food Junkie, Larry Groce
    95. Tryin’ To Get The Feeling Again, Barry Manilow
    96. Rock And Roll All Nite, Kiss
    97. Disco Duck, Rick Dees
    97. The Boys Are Back In Town, Thin Lizzy

    98. Take The Money And Run, Steve Miller Band
    99. Squeeze Box, The Who
    100. Country Boy (You Got Your Feet In L.A.), Glen Campbell
    I didn’t bold a lot of the songs I don’t know too well, even if overall I like the artist. And I loved that fucking Rick Dees record when I was a wee lad.


    1. Re: Not going to even bother posting the list
      Ouch, 1990. Sorry about the Roxette. It’s funny looking at the list how much was just 80s leftover bands like Billy Idol, B52s et.


  2. At least I’ve got Marvin Gaye at #20
    1977 offers THE HURTING MUSIC.
    The top five include Rod Stewart, Andy Gibb and Barbara Streisand. Bad sign born under, perhaps.


    1. Re: At least I’ve got Marvin Gaye at #20
      I think still wins for being born in 1990. Holy crap that was a terrible year for music. As Nick points out, if you look up supposedly classic years like 1968-69 you find that the Top 100 was full of emetic stuff.


      1. Re: At least I’ve got Marvin Gaye at #20
        Still mine was the year that brought ‘Hotel California’, ‘Blinded By The Light’, ‘Muskrat Love’, ‘Nobody Does it Better’, ‘Looks Like We Made It’, ‘Don’t Stop’ and several Steve Miller Band hits to the world.
        1990, while really horrible, manages to leave its dirty business behind.
        I’m pretty sure the only saving grace is ‘Barracuda’ and ‘I Wish’.
        I must say, you’ve got some good stuff.


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