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Category: Top 40

Osmonds – Double Lovin’

January 31, 2010 | 1971, Group, Osmonds, Top 40

Have you seen the CVS commercial. The one about receiving Double Bucks. The song that they are using is Double Lovin’ by the Osmonds. After their big success with their self titled Osmonds album and their single from it One Bad Apple they recorded a follow-up album. The album was called Homemade and the first […]

Don McLean – Vincent

January 18, 2010 | 1972, Don McLean, Male, Top 40

Some may think the song is called “Starry Starry Night”, since that line is repeated a few times throughout the song. But the song is titled Vincent. And the Vincent of the song is artist Vincent van Gogh. The song was written by McLean in late 1970 and appeared on the American Pie album. He […]

R. B. Greaves – Take a Letter Maria

October 30, 2009 | 1970, Male, One Hit Wonder, Top 40

The song about infidelity, first by the wife of the singer and then the singer himself towards his secretary Maria. The song reached Number 2 on the Billboard charts towards the end of 1969 and really shouldn’t be classified as a song of the 1970s. But it was a favorite of this author’s and I […]

Osmonds – Hold Her Tight

October 23, 2009 | 1972, Group, Osmonds, Top 40

By the time of their fourth album, Crazy Horses, the brothers not only were playing all of the instruments they were also writing the songs. They were also moving away from the bubblegum pop of their first couple of albums to be more Rock and Roll. It can be considered their first real sophisticated album […]

Lynn Anderson – Rose Garden

September 25, 2009 | 1970, Country, Female, Top 40

I have seen Rose Garden by Lynn Anderson listed as a One-Hit wonder. While it may be true that this was the only song that may have crossed over to the Pop charts to any one who was listening to Country Music in the late 60′s and early 70′s she sure wasn’t a One-Hit artist. […]

Terry Jacks – Seasons in the Sun

September 15, 2009 | 1974, Male, Number 1, Top 40

This was originally posted in August of 2008 with a video of a 1973 performance by Terry Jacks. That video has been removed and I can’t find a 70s version of the song only this one from the mid 2000s. Seasons in the Sun, the story of a dying man, bidding farewell to friends and […]

Sister Sledge – We Are Family

September 11, 2009 | 1979, Group, Top 40

Depending on where you were in 1979, We Are Family by Sister Sledge may be a song that you would rather forget. The Pittsburgh Pirates used this song as their theme song during the summer of 1979. They beat the Baltimore Orioles in seven games to win the World series all with this song playing […]

Rupert Holmes – Escape (The Pina Colada Song)

September 9, 2009 | 1979, Male, Number 1, Top 40

In 1979 Rupert Holmes recorded perhaps the only song that he wished he never did. Even though he wrote songs before this as well as afterward, it is this song that he is best known. It’s a story song about a man who due to changing feelings towards his mate decides to answer a personal […]

Jessi Colter – I’m Not Lisa

July 8, 2009 | 1975, Female, Top 40

Jessi Colter, born Mirriam Johnson, took the stage name about the same time that she married Waylon Jennings. Prior to her marriage to Jennings she was married to Duane Eddy. Jennings and Colter sang duets in 1970s, but when her first album on RCA records failed to sell she lost her contract. Then in 1975 […]

Osmonds – Yo-Yo

July 6, 2009 | 1971, Top 40

The Osmonds released their version of the Joe South song in 1971. It was included on their third album, Phase III. The song was one of their biggest hits reaching Number 3 on the charts.

Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street

July 3, 2009 | 1978, Male, Top 40

Gerry Rafferty had been part of the Duo Stealer’s Wheel along with Joe Egan. When the duo separated it was not without problems. Rafferty had been banned from the recording studio for three years after the break up. Baker Street was the first released single from the Album City to City. The single reached Number […]

Chic – Le Freak

July 1, 2009 | 1978, Group, Number 1, Top 40

Chic may have began as a black rock band, but they became an act that helped define the Disco Era. In 1978 they recorded what would become the most popular disco song of the era. The signature line, ‘Aaaaahh, freak out!’ came because the writers Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards couldn’t use their original idea […]

Alice Cooper – School’s Out

June 22, 2009 | 1972, Alice Cooper, Group, Top 40

It was June of 1972. The group Alice Cooper had released a few albums, but they were still seen more of a novelty act based on the guy who decided to change his name to Alice Cooper. Other than I’m Eighteen, released in early 1971 they had seen little action on the charts. That changed […]

Bob Seger – Night Moves

June 19, 2009 | 1977, Group, Top 40

Even though Bob Seger had been recording since 1969 until 1976 he was mostly known as a Regional artist out of Michigan. Things began to change in 1976. First there was his Live Bullet album with his Silver Bullet Band. At the end of 1976 they released the album Night Moves which featured the single […]