70s playlist.


The seventies were said to be a time of great transition, bringing about monumental changes in civil rights, politics, fashion and music. It’s true.  There was a prominent rise of women in government worldwide. The US Supreme Court ruled desegregation constitutional.  NASA and the Soviets sent probes to Mars.  Greenpeace was founded, as well as Nasdaq.  And the microprocessor was introduced.  Disco (nothing else need be said about that).  Of course, there were also great oil and energy crises. The Cold War continued to wage on.  Smoking and drinking was practically a requirement, especially while pregnant. Polyester was the prescribed uniform, and coupled with such prolific smoking (and drinking), considering how flammable the material is, it’s amazing that there weren’t more accidental self caused spontaneous combustions.  In the 70s notable inventions included the Bic disposable lighter (it was more economical and convenient, having to light all those copious amounts of cigarettes every where we went), the VCR, post-it notes, liposuction and the Walkman.  Oh, and the microwave, otherwise known as a ‘science oven’ by those who have seen the film American Hustle, was also popularized for home use in the 70s. The emerging trend, it would seem, was disposability, portability and convenience. Oh, 70s, you were the mother who gave birth to our quick-fix-youth-obsessed-attention-deficit-addled-throw-away culture of today. Though we may have forgotten how far forward you did bring us in the twentieth century, we will never forget the music you left us with.  Here are a few of my favourites:

My Sharona by The Knack
Cherry Bomb by The Runaways
Ring My Bell by Anita Ward
Peg by Steely Dan
Saturday Night by Bay City Rollers
You’re So Vain by Carly Simon
Escape by Rupert Holmes
The Devil Went Down to Georgia by The Charlie Daniels Band
Bennie and the Jets by Elton John
Midnight at the Oasis by Maria Muldaur
Hot Child in the City by Nick Gilder
We Are The Champions by Queen
Summer Breeze by Seals & Crofts
Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith
Imagine by John Lennon
Dancing Queen by ABBA
Let’s Stay Together by Al Green
Stayin’ Alive by The Bee Gees
Heart of Glass by Blondie
I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
You Sexy Thing by Hot Chocolate
Hurricane by Bob Dylan
Cat’s in the Cradle by Harry Chapin
Hotel California by The Eagles
Maggie May by Rod Stewart
You’re No Good by Linda Ronstadt
Afternoon Delight by Starland Vocal Band
Blinded by the Light by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
Let It Be by The Beatles
House Of the Rising Sun by The Animals
Detroit Rock City by KISS
Have You Ever Seen the Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Riders On The Storm by The Doors
Jammin’ by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Iron Man by Black Sabbath
Crazy On You by Heart

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