Still More Reasons Why I Miss the Music of the 1970s

Yesterday I posted an article regarding some the the songs that became a part of my life during my time at Edison High School in the 1970s. That post featured some of the great Funk, Soul, Blues and Disco songs of the era. Since I have been in a 1970s retro mood of late I figured that I would do another anthology article about songs that I still love from the 1970s. These are songs that were hits on the Pop Charts featuring solo artists as well as groups. They range from Elvis and former Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, to soul greats Robert Flack and Tina Turner, classic vocalists like Olivia Newton-John and Neil Diamond, Country crossovers John Denver and Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton to the super groups that got their start in the 1970s, ABBA, Blondie, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, Heart, Queen, Kiss and the Eagles.

One thing to notice, just as in yesterday’s article is that the majority of these artists and groups didn’t need a lot of help, they had the goods and were excellent in the studio and on stage. The on stage performances, even when the video is not so great are electric to watch.

I have tried to make sure that the videos are from concerts or live performances so readers that did not live through that era can get a taste of a time where though times were tough and life often turbulent that people could deal with life. The songs are about life, love, heartbreak, good times and sometimes just plain fun. They are in no particular order, just the how they popped into my mind as I thought back to those times and then searched the internet.

I hope you enjoy the journey and the music as much as I did.


Padre Steve+

ABBA: Chiquitita

Barry Manilow: Mandy

Linda Ronstadt: You’re no Good:

The Captain and Tennille: Love Will Keep us Together

Olivia Newton John: Have You Never Been Mellow

Rod Stewart: The First Cut is the Deepest

Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Bee Gees: How Deep is Your Love

Heart: Crazy on You

Village People: YMCA

Neil Diamond: Sweet Caroline

Dr Hook and the Medicine Show: When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman

Blondie: Heart of Glass

Eagles: Hotel California

Chicago: If You Leave Me Now

Roberta Flack: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

John Denver: Take Me Home Country Roads

Elvis Presley: Suspicious Minds

Paul McCartney and Wings: Silly Love Songs

Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody

Glen Campbell: Rhinestone Cowboy

Ringo Starr: The No No Song (With the Smothers Brothers)

Albert Hammond: It Never Rains in Southern California

Kiss: Rock and Roll all Night Long

Tina Turner: Rollin’ on the River

Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton: Islands in the Stream

Rupert Holmes: Escape (The Pina Colada Song)

Fleetwood Mac: Go Your Own Way

Donna Summer: Last Dance

And finally a thank you…

ABBA: Thank You for the Music


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2 responses to “Still More Reasons Why I Miss the Music of the 1970s

  1. John Erickson

    Oh, wow. You actually listed Rupert Holmes! I am a HUGE fan of his – he did a lot of great songs, better than “Pina Colada” even! Plus you listed the Village People! 😀 😀 😀
    What a great post to help end my temporary Internet drought. Thank you SO much from a Fanilow, a member of the Kiss Army, AND a disco devotee! (And you thought I couldn’t get any weirder…….. 😉 )

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