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A Beginner's Guide to Great Music

Music for Baby Boomers: A Time Machine to the Past

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” – J.M. Barrie

All of us are able to connect specific images, smells, or tastes to the muffled memories of our past, and one of our most intense connections to the past comes from listening to music. Indeed, there's something almost mystical about the power of music to take us back to earlier times in our lives. If, for example, I sat down today and listened to James Taylor's
Sweet Baby James, I would be able to begin a dissertation about what life was like in Deming, NM, in 1973. Music helps me not only remember the past, but experience it as if I had returned to an earlier time of my life in a time machine.

For those of us old enough to remember the 50s, 60s, and 70s, we possess more than our share of "time machine" opportunities from listening to the oldies. When we were young the radio fed us a steady diet of popular songs, and the albums we purchased often became sacred objects, played over and over until they unwittingly defined specific times in our lives.

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The opening guitar lick of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band can bring back such distinct memories for many baby boomers that they will remember where they were and what they were doing when they first heard it. No doubt this is true for many other classic albums and songs from the time, and most boomers would have no problem making a list of the specific music that serves as a soundtrack for their lives.

This web page provides links to music that should evoke a variety of memories, thoughts, and emotions for baby boomers. I invite my fellow boomers to follow the links below and let the memories flow. Use the songs on this page as a way to begin a journey back in time. I hope the memories are good one.

1950
  1. Nat King Cole, “Mona Lisa”
  2. Teresa Brewer, “Music! Music! Music!"
  3. Tony Bennett, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
1951
  1. Les Paul and Mary Ford, “How High the Moon”
  2. Nat King Cole, “Too Young”
  3. The Weavers, “On Top of Old Smoky”
1952
  1. Hank Williams, “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)”
  2. Leroy Anderson, “Blue Tango”
  3. Tex Ritter, “The Battle of High Noon”
1953
  1. Les Paul and Mary Ford, “Vaya con Dios”
  2. Patti Page, “How Much is That Doggie In the Window"
  3. Percy Faith, “The Song from Moulin Rouge”
1954
  1. Bill Haley and the Comets, “Rock Around the Clock”
  2. The Crew Cuts, “Sh Boom”
  3. Dean Martin, “That’s Amore”
  4. Eddie Fisher, “Oh! My PaPa”
  5. Fess Parker, “The Ballad of Davy Crockett”
  6. Jo Stafford, “Make Love to Me”
  7. Judy Garland, “The Man Who Got Away”
  8. The Moonglows, “Sincerely”
  9. Rosemary Clooney, “Hey There”
  10. Rosemary Clooney, “This Old House”
1955
  1. Bo Diddley, “Bo Diddley”
  2. The Cadillacs, “Speedo”
  3. Carl Perkins, “Blue Suede Shoes”
  4. Chuck Berry, “Maybellene”
  5. Fats Domino, “Ain’t That a Shame”
  6. Mitch Miller, “The Yellow Rose of Texas”
  7. The Penguins, “Earth Angel”
  8. Pérez Prado, “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White”
  9. The Platters, “Only You”
  10. The Singing Dogs, “Jingle Bells”
1956
  1. Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly, “True Love”
  2. Doris Day, “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera),"
  3. Elvis Presley, “Heartbreak Hotel”
  4. Elvis Presley, “That’s Alright, Mama”
  5. Fats Domino, “Blueberry Hill”
  6. Fred Parris and the Satins, “In the Still of the Night”
  7. Gene Vincent, “Be-Bop-A-Lula”
  8. Little Richard, “Long Tall Sally”
  9. Marty Robbins, “Singing the Blues”
  10. Teresa Brewer, “A Tear Fell”
1957
  1. The Big Bopper, “Chantilly Lace”
  2. Buddy Holly, “Oh Boy!”
  3. The Coasters, “Searchin’”
  4. Dallas Frazier, “Alley Oop”
  5. The Diamonds, “Little Darlin’”
  6. Elvis Presley, “All Shook Up”
  7. Fats Domino, “I’m Walkin’”
  8. Harry Belafonte, “Banana Boat Song (Day-O)”
  9. Johnny Cash, “I Walk the Line”
  10. Johnny Mathis, “Chances Are”
  11. Little Richard, “Tutti Frutti”
  12. Pat Boone, “Love Letters in the Sand”
  13. Perry Como, “Catch a Falling Star”
  14. Sam Cooke, “You Send Me”
  15. The Silhouettes, “Get a Job”
1958
  1. Bobby Darin, “Splish Spalsh”
  2. Buddy Holly, “Peggy Sue”
  3. The Coasters, “Yakety Yak”
  4. Chuck Berry, “Johnny B. Goode”
  5. Danny and the Juniors, “At the Hop”
  6. The Everly Brothers, “All I Have to Do is Dream”
  7. The Everly Brothers, “Bye Bye Love”
  8. The Kingston Trio, “Tom Dooley”
  9. Laurie London, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”
  10. The Monotones, “The Book of Love”
  11. Perry Como, “Catch a Falling Star”
  12. Ritchie Valens, “La Bamba”
  13. The Royal Teens, “Short Shorts”
  14. Sheb Wooley, “The Purple People Eater”
  15. The Teddy Bears, “To Know Him is to Love Him”
1959
  1. Bobby Darrin, “Mack the Knife”
  2. The Coasters, “Charlie Brown”
  3. Eddy Arnold, “Tennessee Stud”
  4. Johnny Horton, “The Battle of New Orleans”
  5. Link Wray, “Rawhide”
  6. Lloyd Price, “Personality”
  7. Lloyd Price, “Stagger Lee”
  8. Marty Robbins, “El Paso”
  9. Miles Davis, “So What”
  10. The Miracles, “Got a Job”
  11. Paul Anka, “Put Your Head on My Shoulder"
  12. Percy Faith, “Theme from a Summer Place”
  13. The Platters, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”
  14. Ritchie Valens, “Oh Donna”
  15. Wilbert Harrison, “Kansas City”
1960
  1. Anita Bryant, “Paper Roses”
  2. Brian Hyland, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikinie”
  3. Chubby Checker, “The Twist”
  4. The Drifters, “Save the Last Dance for Me”
  5. Elvis Presley, “It’s Now or Never”
  6. Everly Brothers, “Cathy’s Clown”
  7. Ferlin Husky, “Wings of a Dove”
  8. Johnny Horton, “North to Alaska”
  9. Mark Dinning, “Teen Angel”
  10. Paul Anka, “Puppy Love”
  11. Ray Charles, “Georgia on My Mind”
  12. Rolf Harris, “Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport”
  13. Roy Orbison, “Only the Lonely”
  14. Sam Cooke, “Wonderful World”
  15. The Ventures, “Walk Don’t Run”
1961
  1. Acker Bilk, “Stranger on the Shore”
  2. Ben E. King, “Stand By Me”
  3. Bobby Lewis, “Tossin’ and Turnin’"
  4. Dion and the Belmonts, “The Wanderer”
  5. The Dovells, “Bristol Stomp”
  6. The Drifters, “Spanish Harlem”
  7. The Highwaymen, “Michael Row the Boat Ashore”
  8. Jimmy Dean, “Big Bad John”
  9. Joey Dee and The Starlighters, “Peppermint Twist”
  10. Ricky Nelson, “Travelin’ Man”
  11. Shelly Fabares, “Johnny Angel”
  12. The Shirelles, “Dedicated to the One I Love”
  13. The Shirelles, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”
  14. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, “Shop Around”
  15. The Tokens, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”
1962
  1. Bobby Pickett, “Monster Mash”
  2. Brian Hyland, “Sealed with a Kiss”
  3. The Cascades, “Rhythm of the Rain”
  4. Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, “Sherry”
  5. Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass, “The Lonely Bull”
  6. Malvina Reynolds, “Little Boxes”
  7. The Marvelettes, “Beechwood 4-5789"
  8. Neil Sedaka, “Breaking Up is Hard to Do”
  9. Peter, Paul, and Mary, “If I Had a Hammer”
  10. The Ramrods, “Ghost Riders in the Sky”
  11. Sammy Davis, Jr., “What Kind of Fool Am I”
  12. The Shirelles, “Soldier Boy”
  13. The Surfaris, “Wipeout”
  14. Tony Bennett, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”
  15. Walter Brennan, “Old Rivers”
1963
  1. Allan Sherman, “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah”
  2. Bobby Hebb, “Sunny”
  3. Bob Dylan, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”
  4. The Chiffons, “He’s So Fine”
  5. The Crystals, “Da Doo Ron Ron”
  6. Jan and Dean, “Surf City”
  7. Lesley Gore, “It’s My Party”
  8. Little Stevie Wonder, “Fingertips Part 2”
  9. Martha and the Vandellas, “Heatwave”
  10. Nat King Cole, “Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer”
  11. Peter, Paul and Mary, “Puff the Magic Dragon”
  12. Roy Orbison, “Blue Bayou”
  13. The Searchers, “Love Potion No. 9”
  14. The Searchers, “Needles and Pins”
  15. Wayne Newton, “Danke Schoen”
1964
  1. The Animals, “House of the Rising Sun”
  2. Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz, “The Girl from Ipanema”
  3. Barbra Streisand, “People”
  4. The Beach Boys, “I Get Around”
  5. The Beatles, “A Hard Day’s Night”
  6. The Beatles, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
  7. Betty Everett, “The Shoop Shoop Song”
  8. Buffy Sainte-Marie, “Universal Soldier”
  9. Dean Martin, “Everybody Loves Somebody”
  10. Dionne Warwick, “Walk On By”
  11. The Dixie Cups, “Chapel of Love”
  12. The Drifters, “Under the Boardwalk”
  13. Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, “Rag Doll”
  14. Gale Garnett, “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine”
  15. Herman’s Hermits, “I’m Into Something Good”
  16. James Brown, “I Feel Good”
  17. Jan and Dean, “Little Old Lady from Pasadena”
  18. J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers, “Last Kiss”
  19. The Kinks, “You Really Got Me”
  20. Pete Seeger, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”
  21. The Rivingtons, “Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow”
  22. The Ronettes, “Be My Baby”
  23. The Shangri-Las, “Leader of the Pack”
  24. Simon and Garfunkel, “The Sound of Silence”
  25. Shirley Bassey, “Goldfinger”
1965
  1. The Animals, “We Gotta Get Out of This Place”
  2. Barry McGuire, “Eve of Destruction”
  3. The Beach Boys, “Help Me Rhonda”
  4. The Beatles, “Help!”
  5. The Beatles, “Yesterday”
  6. Billy Joe Royal, “Down in the Boondocks”
  7. Bob Dylan, “Subterranean Homesick Blues”
  8. The Byrds, “Mr. Tambourine Man”
  9. The Four Tops, “I Can’t Help Myself”
  10. Frank Sinatra, “Luck Be a Lady”
  11. Freddie and the Dreamers, “Do the Freddie”
  12. Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass, “A Taste of Honey”
  13. Jackie DeShannon, “What the World Needs Now is Love”
  14. Janis Ian, “Society’s Child”
  15. Manfred Mann, “Do Wah Diddy”
  16. Petula Clark, “Downtown”
  17. The Righteous Brothers“You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”
  18. Roger Miller, “King of the Road”
  19. The Rolling Stones, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
  20. Roy Orbison, “Pretty Woman”
  21. Sam the Sham and the Pharoah’s, “Wooly Bully”
  22. Sonny and Cher, “I Got You, Babe”
  23. The Temptations, “My Girl”
  24. Tom Jones, “It’s Not Unusual”
  25. We Five, ”You Were on My Mind”
1966
  1. ? and the Mysterians“96 Tears”
  2. The Association, “Along Comes Mary”
  3. Barry Sadler, “The Ballad of the Green Berets”
  4. The Beach Boys, “Sloop John B”
  5. The Beach Boys, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”
  6. The Beatles, “We Can Work It Out”
  7. Bobby Darrin, “If I Were a Carpenter”
  8. The Bob Crewe Generation“Music to Watch Girls By”
  9. Buffalo Springfield, “For What It’s Worth”
  10. Donovan, “Sunshine Superman”
  11. Frank Sinatra, “Strangers in the Night”
  12. The Hollies, “Bus Stop”
  13. Jimi Hendrix Experience, “Hey Joe”
  14. Johnny Rivers, “Secret Agent”
  15. Los Bravos, “Black is Black”
  16. The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Summer in the City”
  17. The Mamas and The Papas, “California Dreamin’
  18. The Mamas and The Papas, “Monday, Monday”
  19. Matt Monro, “Born Free”
  20. The Monkees, “Last Train to Clarksville”
  21. Nancy Sinatra, “These Boots are Made for Walkin’”
  22. The New Vaudeville Band, “Winchester Cathedral”
  23. Percy Sledge, “When a Man Loves a Woman”
  24. The Rascals, “Good Lovin’”
  25. The Rolling Stones“Paint It Black”
  26. The Safaris, “Wipeout”
  27. Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs, “Little Red Riding Hood”
  28. The Sandpipers, “Guantanamera”
  29. The Troggs, “Wild Thing”
  30. Wilson Pickett, “In the Midnight Hour”
1967
  1. Aretha Franklin, “Respect”
  2. Arlo Guthrie, “Alice’s Restaurant”
  3. The Association, “Windy”
  4. The Beatles, “All You Need is Love” (original Beatles recording unavailable on YouTube)
  5. Bobbie Gentry, “Ode to Billy Joe”
  6. The Box Tops, “The Letter”
  7. The Buckinghams, “Kind of a Drag”
  8. Country Joe and the Fish, “I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag”
  9. Cream, “Sunshine of Your Love”
  10. The Doors, “Light My Fire”
  11. Engelbert Humperdinck, “Release Me”
  12. The Fifth Dimension, “Up, Up and Away”
  13. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”
  14. Glen Campbell, “Gentle on My Mind”
  15. The Happenings, "I Got Rhythm"
  16. Jefferson Airplane, “Somebody to Love”
  17. Jefferson Airplane, “White Rabbit”
  18. Leonard Cohen, “Suzanne”
  19. Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys, “Different Drive”
  20. Louis Armstrong, “What a Wonderful World”
  21. Lulu, “To Sir With Love”
  22. The Monkees, “I’m a Believer”
  23. Otis Redding, “The Dock of the Bay”
  24. Procol Harem, “A Whiter Shade of Pale”
  25. The Rolling Stones, “Get Off My Cloud”
  26. Scott McKenzie, “San Francisco”
  27. Van Morrison, “Brown Eyed Girl”
  28. The Turtles, “Happy Together”
  29. The Who, “I Can See for Miles”
  30. The Youngbloods, “Get Together”
1968
  1. The Beatles, “Hey Jude”
  2. The Beatles, “Revolution”
  3. Blood, Sweat and Tears, “Spinning Wheel”
  4. Bobby Goldsboro, “Honey”
  5. Canned Heat, “Going Up the Country”
  6. Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Suzy Q”
  7. Donovan, “Hurdy Gurdy Man”
  8. Dusty Springfield, “Son of a Preacher Man”
  9. Glen Campbell, “Wichita Lineman”
  10. Harry Nilsson, “Everybody’s Talkin’”
  11. Hugh Montenegro, “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”
  12. Iron Butterfly, “In a Gadda Da Vida”
  13. Janis Joplin, “Piece of My Heart”
  14. Jeanie C. Riley, “Harper Valley P.T.A.”
  15. Manfred Mann, “Mighty Quinn”
  16. Marvin Gaye, “I Heard It through the Grapevine”
  17. Mary Hopkin, “Those Were the Days”
  18. Mason Williams, “Classical Gas”
  19. O.C. Smith, “Little Green Apples”
  20. Paul Mauriat, “Love is Blue”
  21. Richard Harris, “MacArthur Park”
  22. The Rolling Stones, “Sympathy for the Devil”
  23. Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66, “The Look of Love”
  24. Simon and Garfunkel, “America”
  25. Simon and Garfunkel, “Mrs. Robinson”
  26. Small Faces, “Itchycoo Park”
  27. Steppenwolf, “Born to be Wild”
  28. Steppenwolf, “Magic Carpet Ride”
  29. Tommy James and the The Shondells, “Mony Mony”
  30. The Zombies, “What’s Your Name? Who’s Your Daddy?”
1969
  1. Anne Murray, “Snowbird”
  2. The Archies, “Sugar Sugar”
  3. Bob Dylan, “Lay Lady Lay”
  4. Chicago, “Questions 67 & 68”
  5. The Cowsills, “Hair”
  6. Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Fortunate Son”
  7. Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Proud Mary”
  8. Crosby, Stills and Nash, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”
  9. David Bowie, “Space Oddity”
  10. Elvis Presley, “Suspicious Minds”
  11. The Fifth Dimension, “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine in”
  12. The Foundations, “Build Me Up Buttercup”
  13. Frank Sinatra, “My Way”
  14. Henry Mancini and His Orchestra, “Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet”
  15. The Hollies, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
  16. John Lennon, “Give Peace a Chance”
  17. Johnny Cash, “A Boy Named Sue”
  18. Joni Mitchell, “Both Sides Now”
  19. Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town”
  20. Led Zeppelin, “Whole Lotta Love”
  21. Merle Haggard, “Okie from Muskogee”
  22. Neil Diamond, “Sweet Caroline”
  23. Oliver, “Good Morning Starshine”
  24. Peggy Lee, “Is That All There Is?”
  25. The Rolling Stones, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
  26. Santana, “Evil Ways”
  27. Sly and the Family Stone, “Everyday People”
  28. Three Dog Night, “One”
  29. Tommy James and the Shondells, “Crimson and Clover”
  30. Tommy Roe, “Dizzy”
  31. The Tremeloes, “Silence is Golden”
  32. The Ventures, “Hawaii Five-O”
  33. The Youngbloods, “Get Together”
  34. Zager and Evans, “In the Year 2525”
1970
  1. Badfinger, “Come and Get It”
  2. The Beatles, “Let It Be”
  3. BJ Thomas, “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”
  4. Bread, “Make It With You”
  5. The Carpenters, “Close to You”
  6. The Carpenters, “We’ve Only Just Begun”
  7. Chicago, “25 or 6 to 4”
  8. Crosby, Stllls, Nash and Young, “Woodstock”
  9. Derek and the Dominos, “Layla”
  10. Diana Ross, “Reach Out and Touch”
  11. Edwin Starr, “War”
  12. Five Stairsteps, “O-o-h Child”
  13. George Harrison, “My Sweet Lord”
  14. The Guess Who, “American Woman”
  15. The Jackson Five, “ABC”
  16. The Jackson Five, “I’ll Be There”
  17. James Taylor, “Fire and Rain”
  18. John Lennon, “Instant Karma”
  19. Neil Diamond, “Cracklin’ Rose”
  20. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, “Mr. Bojangles”
  21. Rare Earth, “Get Ready”
  22. Ray Stevens, “Everything is Beautiful”
  23. Simon and Garfunkel, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
  24. Stevie Wonder, “Signed Sealed, Delivered”
  25. Three Dog Night, “Mama Told Me (Not to Come)”
1971
  1. Carly Simon, “Anticipation”
  2. Carly Simon, “I Feel the Earth Move”
  3. Charlie Pride, “Kiss an Angel Good Morning”
  4. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, “Ohio”
  5. Don McLean, “American Pie”
  6. Helen Reddy, “I Am Woman”
  7. James Taylor, “You’ve Got a Friend”
  8. Janis Joplin, “Me and Bobby McGee”
  9. Jethro Tull, “Locomotive Breath”
  10. Joan Baez, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”
  11. John Denver, “Take Me Home, Country Roads”
  12. John Lennon, “Imagine”
  13. Led Zeppelin, “Stairway to Heaven”
  14. The Osmonds, “One Bad Apple”
  15. The New Seekers, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”
  16. Paul McCartney, “Uncle Albert-Admiral Halsey”
  17. Paul Revere and the Raiders, “Indian Reservation”
  18. Rod Stewart, “Maggie May”
  19. Sly and the Family Stone, “Family Affair”
  20. Steve Goodman, “City of New Orleans”
  21. The Temptations, “Just My Imagination”
  22. Three Dog Night, “Joy to the World”
  23. Three Dog Night, “An Old-Fashioned Love Song”
  24. Tom Jones, “She’s a Lady”
  25. Tony Orlando and Dawn, “Knock Three Times"
1972
  1. Alice Cooper, “School’s Out”
  2. Bette Midler, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”
  3. Bill Withers, “Lean on Me”
  4. Carly Simon, “You’re So Vain”
  5. The Eagles, “Take It Easy”
  6. Elvis Presley, “Always on My Mind”
  7. Gilbert O’Sullivan, “Alone Again (Naturally)”
  8. Harry Chapin, “Taxi”
  9. Harry Nilsson, “Without You”
  10. The Hollies, “Long Cool Woman”
  11. Michael Jackson, “Got to be There”
  12. Rick Nelson, “Garden Party”
  13. Roberta Flack, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”
  14. Sammy Davis, Jr., “Candy Man”
  15. Seals and Crofts, “Summer Breeze”
1973
  1. Billy Joel, “Piano Man”
  2. Billy Preston, “Will It Go Round in Circles”
  3. Bob Dylan, “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”
  4. Carly Simon, “You’re So Vain”
  5. Elton John, “Crocodile Rock”
  6. Gladys Knight and the Pips, “Midnight Train to Georgia”
  7. Grand Funk Railroad, “We’re an American Band”
  8. Helen Reddy, “Delta Dawn”
  9. Jim Croce, “Bad Bad Leroy Brown”
  10. John Denver, “Rocky Mountain High”
  11. Kris Kristofferson, “Why Me Lord?”
  12. Marvin Gaye, “Let’s Get It On”
  13. Roberta Flack, “Killing Me Softly with His Song”
  14. Stevie Wonder, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”
  15. Tony Orlando and Dawn, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree”
1974
  1. ABBA, “Waterloo”
  2. Barbra Steisand, “The Way We Were”
  3. Bobby Vinton, “My Melody of Love”
  4. Charlie Rich, “Behind Closed Doors”
  5. Charlie Rich, “The Most Beautiful Girl”
  6. Elton John, “Benny and the Jets”
  7. Elton John, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”
  8. The Jackson Five, “Dancing Machine”
  9. Jim Croce, “Time in a Bottle"
  10. Jim Stafford, “Spiders and Snakes"
  11. Linda Ronstadt, “When Will I Be Loved”
  12. Love Unlimited Orchestra, “Love’s Theme”
  13. Ray Stevens, “The Streak”
  14. Redbone, “Come and Get Your Love”
  15. Terry Jacks, “Seasons in the Sun”
1975
  1. Bob Marley, “I Shot the Sheriff”
  2. The Captain and Tennille, “Love Will Keep Us Together”
  3. Carl Douglas, “Kung Fu Fighting”
  4. C.W. McCall, “Convoy”
  5. The Doobie Brothers, “Black Water”
  6. The Eagles, “One of These Nights”
  7. Glen Campbell, “Rhinestone Cowboy”
  8. Judy Collins, “Send in the Clowns”
  9. The Ohio Players, “Fire”
  10. War, “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”
1976
  1. The Eagles, “Hotel California”
  2. The Four Seasons, “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night),”
  3. Freddie Fender, “Before the Next Teardrop Falls”
  4. Gordon Lightfoot, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”
  5. Paul McCartney, “Silly Love Songs”
  6. Paul Simon, “Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover”
  7. Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  8. Seals and Crofts, “Get Closer”
  9. Starland Vocal Band, “Afternoon Delight”
  10. Wild Cherry, “Play That Funky Music”
1977
  1. ABBA, “Dancing Queen”
  2. Bill Conti, “Theme from Rocky (Gonna Fly Now)”
  3. Billy Joel, “Only the Good Die Young”
  4. Chuck Mangione, “Feels So Good”
  5. Dire Straits, “Sultans of Swing”
  6. Jimmy Buffet, “Margaritaville”
  7. Randy Newman, “Short People”
  8. The Sex Pistols, “Anarchy in the UK”
  9. Stevie Wonder, “Isn’t She Lovely?”
  10. Waylon Jennings, “Luchenbach, Texas
1978
  1. Barry Manilow, “Copacabana”
  2. The Bee Gees, “Night Fever”
  3. The Commodores, “Three Times a Lady”
  4. Debbie Boone, “You Light Up My Life”
  5. Eric Clapton, “Lay Down Sally”
  6. Meat Loaf, “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad”
  7. Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”
  8. The Police, “Roxanne”
  9. Queen, “We are the Champions”
  10. The Village People, “YMCA”
1979
  1. Bette Midler, “The Rose”
  2. Kenny Rogers, “The Gambler”
  3. The Knack, “My Sharona”
  4. Peaches and Herb, “Reunited”
  5. Rod Stewart, “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy”