Monday, September 19, 2005

Fave 100 Singles of the 1970s

The rankings for these will never ever change. I forgot NOTHING. Also, there's nothing personal about my selections. These are scientifically the greatest singles of their respective decades. Feel free, however, to send me date, label, year, exact title, etc. corrections.

1. The Jackson 5: "The Love You Save" (Motown 1970)
2. Sister Sledge: "Lost in Music" (Cotillion 1979)
3. Machine: "There But For The Grace Of God Go I" (RCA Victor 1979)
4. Dolly Parton: "Coat of Many Colors" (RCA Victor 1971)
5. The Clash: "Complete Control" (CBS 1977)
6. X-Ray Spex: "Oh Bondage! Up Yours!" (Virgin 1977)
7. Sweet: "Wig Wam Bam" (RCA Victor 1972)
8. The Sex Pistols: "Anarchy in the UK" (Warner Bros. 1977)
9. ABBA: "Bang-A-Boomerang" (Polygram 1975)
10. Hamilton Bohannon: "Foot Stompin' Music" (Dakar 1975)
11. The Doobie Brothers: "What A Fool Believes" (Warner Bros. 1978)
12. George Jones: "The Grand Tour" (Epic 1974)
13. The B-52s: “Rock Lobster” (Warner Bros. 1979)
14. James Brown: "Super Bad" (King 1971)
15. Sylvester: “(You Make Me Feel) Mighty Real” (Fantasy 1978)
16. Boston: "More Than A Feeling" (Epic 1978)
17. Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers: “Roadrunner (Once)”/“Roadrunner (Twice)” (Berserkely 1977)
18. Cher: "Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves" (Kapp 1971)
19. Dolly Parton: "Jolene" (RCA Victor 1974)
20. Sister Sledge: “We Are Family”/“He’s the Greatest Dancer” (Cotillion 1979)
21. Starland Vocal Band: "Afternoon Delight" (Windsong 1976)
22. Donna Summer: "I Feel Love" (Casablanca 1977)
23. Cheap Trick: "Surrender" (Epic 1978)
24. Alice Cooper: "School's Out" (Warner Bros. 1972)
25. Augustus Pablo: “King Tubby’s Meets Rockers Uptown” (Rockers/Island 1975)
26. The Sex Pistols: “Holidays in the Sun” (Virgin 1977)
27. ABBA: "Angel Eyes" (Polygram 1979)
28. Anita Ward: "Ring My Bell" (Juana 1979)
29. Musique: "In The Bush" (Prelude 1978)
30. Paper Lace: "The Night Chicago Died" (Philips 1974)
31. Skatt Bros. "Walk The Night" (Casablanca 1979)
32. Althea & Donna: “Uptown Top Ranking” (Lightning 1977)
33. Kleenex: “Ain’t You”/“Hedi’s Head” (Rough Trade 1979)
34. Sweet: "Fox On The Run" (RCA 1975)
35. Mouth and MacNeal "How Do You Do" (Philips 1971)
36. Plastic Bertrand: "Ça Plane Pour Moi" (Sire 1978)
37. Stevie Wonder: “Sir Duke” (Tamla 1977)
38. Clarence Carter: "Patches" (Atlantic 1970)
39. Crystal Grass: "Crystal World" (Polydor 1974)
40. Vicki Sue Robinson: "Turn The Beat Around" (RCA Victor 1976)
41. Belle Epoque: "Miss Broadway" (Big Tree 1977)
42. Foxy: "Get Off" (Dash 1978)
43. Alice Cooper: "I'm Eighteen" (Straight 1971)
44. Delta 5: “Mind Your Own Business” (Rough Trade 1978)
45. Jilted John: "Jilted John" (Rabid 1978)
46. Raspberries: "Go All The Way" (Capitol 1972)
47. Rod Stewart: “Maggie May” (Mercury 1971)
48. Sylvester: "Dance (Disco Heat)" (Fantasy 1978)
49. Stylistics: "You Make Me Feel Brand New" (Avco 1975)
50. The O’Jays: “Backstabbers” (Philadelphia International 1972)
51. Donna Summer: "Hot Stuff" (Casablanca 1979)
52. Gilbert O'Sullivan: "Alone Again (Naturally)" (MAM 1972)
53. Cheryl Lynn: "Got To Be Real" (Columbia 1978)
54. ABBA: "Medley: Pick A Bale Of Cotton-On Top Of Old Smokey-Midnight Special" (Polygram 1978)
55. Cheryl Lynn: "Star Love" (Columbia 1979)
56. Michael Jackson: “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough” (Epic 1979)
57. Parliament: "Flashlight" (Casablanca 1977)
58. The Sylvers: "Hot Line" (Capitol 1976)
59. The O’Jays: “Love Train” (Philadelphia International 1973)
60. Helen Reddy: "I Am Woman" (Capitol 1972)
61. Lynyrd Skynyrd: “Sweet Home Alabama” (Sounds of the South 1974)
62. Dave Edmunds: "Girls Talk" (Swan Song 1979)
63. Heatwave: "Boogie Nights" (Epic 1977)
64. Gladys Knight & the Pips: “Midnight Train to Georgia” (Buddah 1973)
65. Diana Ross: “Love Hangover” (Motown 1976)
66. ELO: "Livin' Thing" (United Artists 1976)
67. ABBA: "Does Your Mother Know" (Polygram 1979)
68. Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer: "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" (Columbia 1979)
69. Peter Brown: "Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me" (Drive 1977)
70. Carly Simon: "You're So Vain" (Elektra 1973)
71. Iggy Pop: "Lust For Life" (RCA Victor 1977)
72. Spinners: “I’ll Be Around” (Atlantic 1972)
73. Gloria Gaynor: "Never Can Say Goodbye" (MGM 1974)
74. Niney: “Blood & Fire” (Trojan 1971)
75. Bob Dylan: “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” (Asylum 1973)
76. Curtis Mayfield: “Freddie’s Dead” (Curtom 1972)
77. Nightlife Unlimited: "Dance, Freak and Boogie" (Casablanca 1979)
78. Marvin Gaye: “Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler)” (Tamla 1971)
79. Kleenex: “You”/“U” (Rough Trade 1979)
80. Shirley & Company: “Shame, Shame, Shame” (Vibration 1975)
81. Barry White: "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe" (20th Century 1974)
82. KC & The Sunshine Band: "(Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty" (TK 1976)
83. Bee Gees: "Night Fever" (RSO 1977)
84. Al Green: “Tired of Being Alone” (Hi 1971)
85. The Immortals: "The Ultimate Warlord" (RCA 1979)
86. Edgar Winter Group: "Frankenstein" (Epic 1973)
87. Ashford & Simpson: "Found A Cure" (Warner Bros. 1979)
88. Patti Jo: "Make Me Believe In You" (Scepter 1975)
89. McFadden & Whitehead: "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" (Philadelphia International 1979)
90. Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty: "As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone" (MCA 1974)
91. David Geddes: "Run, Joey, Run" (Big Tree 1975)
92. Boney M: "Rasputin" (Sire 1978)
93. The Desperate Bicycles: "The Medium Was Tedium" (Refill 1977)
94. Smokey Robinson: “Cruisin’” (Tamla 1979)
95. ABBA: "Happy Hawaii" (Polygram 1976)
96. Pere Ubu: "Final Solution"/"Cloud 149" (Hearpen 1976)
97. Faith, Hope & Charity: "To Each His Own" (RCA Victor 1975)
98. The Irish Rovers: "Yipes! Mr. Ipes" (Whora 1978)
99. Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip: "(I Lost My Heart To A) Starship Trooper" (Ariola 1979)
100. The Mentally Ill: "Gacy's Place" (Autistic 1979)

3 Comments:

Blogger Johnny Canuck said...

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11:02 PM  
Blogger Berg said...

what about the FIVE MAN ELECTRICAL BAND and SIGNS??

9:13 PM  
Blogger Kevin John Bozelka said...

I actually listened to "Signs" while compiling these lists. But in the end, the protest was a bit too earnest for my tastes.

11:14 PM  

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