- Brand New Key - Melanie
- "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," Elton John & Kiki Dee
- The Telephone Man
- I hated "Seasons in the Sun" in the '70s, the Terry Jacks version. Now that I know more about the song, the Jacques Brel version, the fact that the singer's best friend was having an affair with his wife while the singer was dying, I like it a lot more.
Also, "Sylvia's Mother," but I like the Bon Jovi version better than Dr. Hook's.
- Timothy, by the Buoys
Trapped in a mine what had caved in
And everyone knows the only ones left
Were Joe and me and Tim
When they broke through to pull us free
The only ones left to tell the tale
Was Joe and me
Timothy, Timothy, where on earth did you go
Timothy, Timothy, God why don't I know
Hungry as hell, no food to eat
And Joe said that he would sell his soul
For just a piece of meat
Water enough to drink for two
And Joe said to me, I'll take a swig
And then there's some for you
Timothy, Timothy, Joe was looking at you
Timothy, Timothy, God what did we do
I must have blacked out just 'round then
'Cause the very next thing that I could see
Was the light of the day again
My stomach was full as it could be
And nobody ever got around to finding Timothy
Timothy, Timothy where on earth did you go
Timothy, Timothy god why don't I know
- Starbuck - Moonlight Feels Right
- Bay City Rollers- Shang-a-Lang
Nick Gilder- Hot Child in the City
- Andy Kim-Rock me gently
- Mungo Jerry -- "In the Summertime."
- Little Willie Won't Go Home!!!
- Chirpy chirpy cheap cheap
- Honey, by Bobby Goldsboro; hands down the worst song of the 70s.
- "Little Arrows" by Leapy Lee
"Heartbeat- It's A Lovebeat" by The DeFranco Family
- Please Mr. Please
- "Run, Joey, Run" by David Geddes!
- "Rock and Roll Star" by Abba rip-off artists Champagne, complete with Dutch accents:
- "Hot Line" by The Sylvers
- "The Blind Man in the Bleachers" makes "The Christmas Shoes" seem subtle.
It makes me verklempt.
- Lonely Night (Angel Face) - Captain and Tennille
Listen to What the Man Said - Wings
Love is Thicker Than Water - Andy Gibb
Please Mr. Postman - The Carpenters
Shannon - Henry Gross
You Are the Woman - Firefall
Life is a Rock - Reunion
Wham Bam - Silver
Chick-A-Boom - Daddy Dewdrop
Happiest Girl in the Whole USA - Donna Fargo
- "Chick-A-Boom - Daddy Dewdrop"
Love this one!
- Like most decades, the '70's were divided into periods. Until disco took over, it was pretty middle of the road (John Denver, Elton John, Olivia Newton-John)- though the guys had their rock (Uriah Heep, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, etc.).
Disco died about 1979. It was killed by Punk (and that weird country trend started by the movie "Urban Cowboy").
Then the punks all od'd and New Wave took over.
- "It was killed by Punk (and that weird country trend started by the movie "Urban Cowboy")."
Punk was never popular enough to kill ANYTHING. Even the best-known punks bands hardly sold anything in the US. Pretending punk was popular is just revisionism from straight white male rock critics who hate dance music.
- "Hey, Girl" & "Puppy Love" by Donny Osmond
- Post-Disco groups like The Sex Pistols, Generation X (featuring Billy Idol), The Clash, The Ramones, New York Dolls, Patti Smith and to a degree Blondie ushered in the more radio-friendly New Wave.
- "Post-Disco groups like The Sex Pistols, Generation X (featuring Billy Idol), The Clash, The Ramones, New York Dolls, Patti Smith and to a degree Blondie ushered in the more radio-friendly New Wave."
New Wave was "radio friendly" because it was DANCE music. You know, like disco.
- "How Long Has This Been Going On" by Ace.
- From 1973, one of my favorites!
- Rose Garden was a hit in 1971. The album was released in November 1970.
- Mac Davis - Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me
Harry Nilsson - Me And My Arrow
Leon Russell - Tight Rope
Climax Blues Band - Couldn't Get It Right
10cc - I'm Not In Love
- Little Willy by The Sweet
Black Betty by Ram Jam
- "Honey" wasn't a 70s song. It came out in 1968.
- another vote for Chick-a-boom!
also, Napolean XIII There coming to take me away ha ha!
and from the 60s, Surfin' Bird... hehe the whole family would sing this at the top of our lungs in the car when it came on the radio - Everybody's heard about the bird......
- Cum On Feel The Noize - Slade.
Benny And The Jets - Elton John
The Killing Of Georgie - Rod Stewart
And another vote for 10cc - I'm Not In Love.
- Love Will Keep Us Together
- Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street
Al Stewart - Year of the Cat
Steely Dan - Peg
Todd Rundgren - Hello, It's Me
anything John Denver
- Dark Lady - Cher
Dead Skunk - Loudon Wainwright
- "Let Her In" by John Travolta
- Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond
Me and You and a Dog Named Boo - Lobo
How Do You Do - Mouth and MacNeil
- They're Coming To Take Me Away came out in 1966.
- "You little trustmaker...you're no heartbreaker!"
- Good to know someone else remembers "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" R11. Mac and Katie Kissoon. One hit wonders!
"My Baby Loves Lovin'" was a favorite. I had a dream about my judo instructor where that was playing in the background.
Honey Cone had two good hits, "Want Ads" and "Stick Up", loved those too. And "Band of Gold" by Freda Payne.
- "Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)" -- Reunion
- Lou Christie - Paper Song
- "Amos Moses" by Jerry Reed is LEGENDARY!
- Save all your kisses for me by The Brotherhood of Man.
It was the first pop song I ever heard in my life.I was about 6 at the time.
I found it really funny B/C the song goes "save all your kisses for me.
Even though your only 3!"
- R27, Lynn Anderson is Klingon, why didn't someone tell her during the soundcheck about her forehead...
- [quote]Good to know someone else remembers "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep"
If you had ears and were alive in 1971, you'd remember it.
- No list of bad songs is complete without "I'm Not Talkin' 'bout Movin' In":
- There was NOTHING "kitschy" about "Baker Street" or "Year of the Cat" or "Hello, It's Me" or "Peg." Those were great songs, certainly not in the same league as:
Run, Joey, Run
The Telephone Man
Woman to Woman
The Night Chicago Died
Close To You
Top of the World
I Honestly Love You
Ruby Red Dress
You and Me Against The World
I Am Woman
Billy, Don't Be Hero
You Light Up My Life
Seasons In The Sun
Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
Alone Again, Naturally
Do That To Me One More Time
Love Will Keep Us Together
- "Oh babe, what would you say" by Hurricane Smith
- The Lord's Prayer ----- Sister Janet Meade
Post Vatican II Disco Version !!!!
- Torn Between 2 Lovers Mary Macregor
- R50, I agree with you. R35 was an idiot. Your list is perfect. (Most gay men know little about quality songwriting and can't tell the difference between camp and quality.)
I'm on the fence about "Sylvia's Mother". That song used to make me weep like crazy. I remember sitting on the edge of my bed one day, playing the song over and over, and crying — hard. I read that Shel Silverstein wrote it (yes, he wrote it) as a parody of tragic teen love songs. Like the ones where someone dies. If that was his intent, he failed. Nothing funny about the song. I don't really think it qualifies as kitsch, either. It's genuinely heartbreaking.
- My Girl Bill ----- Jim Stafford
- "Most gay men know little about quality songwriting and can't tell the difference between camp and quality"
Please, you sound dumb and homophobic. A ton of songwriters are gay.
- For R54, the story behind "Sylvia's Mother." It's as heartbreaking as it sounds. Shel Silverstein was in love with a woman named Sylvia Pandolfi.
I find the Bon Jovi version infinitely more palatable. I couldn't stand it by Dr. Hook in the 1970s.
- "Sylvia's Mother" by Bon Jovi:
- Hooked on a Feeling -----Blue Swede
Did that Caveman Rap
- R56, you also sound dumb. I'm gay and a songwriter. The fact remains that many gay men are stupid and know nothing about good songwriting. That's why shit like Rihanna is so popular in the "community".
- R57, I'm glad to know that Silverstein wrote about his own real emotional pain, but I definitely read that the song was a parody, which really rubbed me the wrong way.
Why didn't you like the Dr Hook original? The tremolo effect on the lead vocal? The harsh harmonies? The pedal steel? I've heard the Bon Jovi — not bad, not remarkable.
- Holy shit, I just looked up that "Honey" song mentioned on the first page of this thread. Unbelievably awful.
- BOOGIE FEVER by The Sylvers. Wore that 45 out!
- [quote]Holy shit, I just looked up that "Honey" song mentioned on the first page of this thread. Unbelievably awful.
Here's another one to go with it...sorry if it's already been listed. If not, it should have been.
- & talking of morbid....
- Wow. There's just to many to mention. Billy Don't be a Hero. Having My Baby. Love Will Keep us Together, Lovin' You, Daddy Please Don't, One Tin Soldier, Popcorn, We've Only Just Begun, You Light Up My Life.