124 Love Songs From the 1970s

Updated on November 23, 2018
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Travel back in time to the 1970s, a time of transition when the "Me" generation came of age, to celebrate love with pop, rock, country, soul, and disco songs.
Travel back in time to the 1970s, a time of transition when the "Me" generation came of age, to celebrate love with pop, rock, country, soul, and disco songs. | Source

The "Me" Generation Falls in Love

In the 1970s, Americans of the "Me" generation came of age. They searched for identity, meaning, and self-fulfillment against a backdrop of significant events:

  • the Watergate scandal, impeachment, and resignation of Pres. Richard Nixon
  • the end of the Vietnam war
  • rising unemployment and inflation brought about by the oil crisis and
  • the submittal of the Equal Rights Amendment to state legislatures for ratification.

There's an abundance of 1970s love songs, and many of them are emotionally rawer, more overtly sexual, and more narcissistic than love songs from earlier decades. They reflect changing times. Additionally, love songs of the era dealt with more diverse love-related topics, including divorcing and (ahem) short-term relationships.

Take a trip back through time by listening to some of the best love songs there are. Celebrate the 1970s with a playlist of pop, rock, country, soul, and disco love songs. We have a long list to start you out.

1. "The Most Beautiful Girl" by Charley Rich

This 1973 country ditty topped both the country and mainstream pop charts, becoming an international hit as well. It features a narrator who regrets saying some mean things the night prior. Having upset his sweetheart, he discovers with the morning sun that she has packed up and left him.

As the distraught man looks everywhere for his beautiful runaway lover, he solicits help from anyone he chances upon:

Hey, did you happen to see the most beautiful girl in the world?
And if you did, was she crying, crying?
Hey, if you happen to see the most beautiful girl that walked out on me
Tell her I'm sorry
Tell her I need my baby
Oh, won't you tell her, that I love her?

2. "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green

One of Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time," this sexy R&B number from 1971 pays tribute to lasting romantic love. The song's narrator is a man in love, and he wants his lady to know that staying together for a lifetime is his priority. The smooth fella confides in his darling that she makes him feel brand new. He assures her that he's in it for the long haul.

If you're lucky enough to have found your better half, celebrate your good fortune by making a playlist of songs about marriage and long term relationships.

3. "If You Leave Me Now" by Chicago

The man in this Grammy Award-winning soft rock ballad from 1976 has had a relationship-ending argument with his lover. Both hurled angry, regrettable words that are difficult to rewind. In an attempt to salvage their love affair, the narrator draws attention to how rare and special their connection is. He begs her not to leave him. It's much easier to resist sharing angry thoughts than to take back hurtful words.

Chicago has been named by Billboard as one of the best-selling groups of all time. In 2016, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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4. "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" by James Taylor

Although Marvin Gaye sang it first in 1964, James Taylor made this song his with this 1975 cover version. The song feels like a warm hug, as the narrator expresses heartfelt gratitude to his lover for her warmth and devotion. He appreciates how she has

  • treated him well
  • provided him emotional shelter from the world and
  • been a source of light and inspiration in his life.

May we all find someone as special as that. James Taylor was married to fellow singer-songwriter Carly Simon from 1972-1983. He was named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and Rolling Stone magazine designated him one of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time."

5. "You’re the First, the Last, My Everything" by Barry White

This 1974 romantic R&B song has disco vibes, but oddly, it was initially written as a country song, believe it or not. The song involves a male narrator talking up his lover as a true original, irreplaceable and a rare gem. He tells her she's downright dreamy, he loves her in every way, and plans on keeping the faith.

Lovingly, the narrator refers to her as

My first, my last, my everything
And the answer to all my dreams.
You're my sun, my moon, my guiding star
My kind of wonderful, that's what you are.

Known for his deep, rich bass-baritone voice, Barry White has been one of the best-selling artists of all time, Unfortunately, in 2003, he died of acute kidney failure at the age of 58. Barry White was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

6. "It's Sad to Belong" by England Dan & John Ford Coley

If you're decisive and hell-bent on keeping promises, perhaps you married early. But what if your choice in life partners wasn't the best, and the perfect partner shows up in your life years later? That's the dilemma in this soft rock song from 1977.

Because of his commitment to his wife, all the lovelorn man can do is secretly covet a woman he cannot have. He wishes he had a time machine to go back and make different choices. It makes you wonder whether his wife would want a do-over as well? Those two should discuss.

7. "You're the One That I Want" by Olivia Newton-John (featuring John Travolta)

This 1978 pop song remains one of the best-selling songs of all time. It was an international smash hit and was featured prominently in the romantic comedy, Grease.

The popular film was about a teenage love affair between an Australian transfer student and an American greaser. Both were students at the fictional Rydell High School in the 1950s. In a pivotal scene, the female lead character, Sandy, decides to confront her crush, Danny, to let him know that she is attracted to him and inform him that if the feeling is mutual, then he needs to stop playing coy and step up:

You better shape up
´Cause I need a man
And my heart is set on you.
You better shape up
You better understand
To my heart I must be true... .

If you're crushing on someone, then make a playlist of songs about crushes to listen to as you plan your strategy for taking your relationship to the next level.

8. "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" by Linda Ronstadt

Men of power often believe everything has a price tag. The woman in this 1974 country-pop crossover has a cheating lover who assumes she should be satisfied with the lifestyle he supplies her. However, instead of being placated by his lonely mansion, piles of money, and sharing his name, what she really seeks is for him to uphold his promises. She's not the type who can be bought.

One of the world's best-selling artists of all time, Linda Ronstadt has been dubbed "The First Lady of Rock." In 2014, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2016, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2012, so that after four decades in the music business she "can no longer sing a note."

9. "When I Need You" by Leo Sayer

The needy narrator in this 1977 soft rock song sounds so darn earnest. He's traveling and thus separated from his ladylove. Because it's the '70s, there is no Facetime, voicemail or answering machines, texting or emailing yet. There's just snail mail and waiting by the landline, hoping to catch a long distance phone call from your far away lover. (Remember those days?) That gets awfully lonely.

The sorrowful guy reminds his lover that their separation is temporary. When he finds himself lonely, he closes his eyes and lets his imagination picture them together. He encourages her to do the same.

If you're separated from someone you love, make a playlist of songs about missing someone you love to bridge the gap of time and distance between you.

10. "So Far Away" by Carole King

In this 1971 rock classic, the narrator laments being on the road and separated from her lover:

So far away
Doesn't anybody stay in one place anymore?
It would be so fine to see your face at my door
It doesn't help to know you're just time away.

In addition to recording some of her own work, Carole King has written or co-written a string of wildly successful songs for other artists, including Aretha Franklin, The Drifters, James Taylor, and The Shirrells. She is the most influential female songwriter of the last half of the 20th century in the United States. As such, Carole King was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987, plus the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for songwriting in 1990.

11. "Stumblin’ In" by Chris Norman and Suzi Quatro

Did you fall in love, a little at a time, or were you like the couple in this 1978 rock ditty? They clumsily stumbled into love with partners they barely knew, then laid their hearts on the line. Next thing they realized, their hearts were on fire for each another.

Although both artists found later chart success overseas or as a part of a group, this song was the only one to break the American Top 40 mainstream charts for them as individual artists. However, these two singers were far from the only one-hit wonders of the 1970s. See how many others you remember.

The "Me" Generation of the 1970s saw new fashion tastes and cultural interests in nightclubs and disco.
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12. "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye

This isn't just a love song. It's a love making song. I hope you have it on that playlist. (You know the one.)

The 1973 soul and funk-tinged pop song is one of Marvin Gaye's best-known songs and helped identify him as a sex icon. It's one big sensual come-on as the narrator attempts to sweet talk his way into his romantic interest's bed:

There's nothin' wrong with me
Lovin' you, baby love, love
And givin' yourself to me can never be wrong
If the love is true, oh, baby.

The tune was a number one pop hit and was designated by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." The fantastic Marvin Gaye was inducted into three Halls of Fame, and in 1996, he was posthumously awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

13. "Three Times a Lady" by The Commodores

"I love you. I want you. I need you. Forever." (Thus three times a lady.) Those are the tender words that Lionel Richie's father said to Richie's mother, thereby inspiring the singer-songwriter to create this 1978 Motown soul/soft rock song. This number one hit was the only mainstream Top 10 hit for the Motown label that year.

"Three Times a Lady" is a love song about lifelong partners looking back together on their life journey. The husband expresses love and gratitude to his wife for all the memories they have created. Now that they've come to the end of their rainbow, he feels the urgency to express out loud how much she means.

In 1982, Lionel Richie left The Commodores to pursue a successful solo career after being the lead singer for many of the group's softer songs. The Commodores were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003.

14. "How Deep Is Your Love" by The Bee Gees

Living in a world of fools, these two lovers belong to one another. So says the silver-tongued man in this 1977 pop ballad.

The narrator poetically describes how much he believes that his lover needs him, and he encourages her to actually show him how deep her love is. Hold on. This is no ordinary love song. Be careful of this one, sister!

"How Deep Is Your Love" was part of the iconic "Saturday Night Fever" film soundtrack, the best-selling soundtrack album of all time. The worldwide hit was voted by fans as the favorite Bee Gees song. It was also selected by Rolling Stone as one of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." The three British brothers Gibb were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

15. "Make It with You" by Bread

In a laid-back, easygoing way, the man in this1970 soft rock tune declares his forever love for a woman who changed his life. His sweetheart has provided him love and purpose in life. She's also provided affection and emotional support. Because of the difference she's made, he's begun to see her as indispensable.

In 2006, Bread was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. In case you're wondering where they got their unconventional group name, two of the band members spotted a Barbara Ann Bread truck in front of them at a stoplight. The rest is history.

16. "Do That to Me One More Time" by Captain & Tennille

The gal in this sexually suggestive soft rock song from 1979 gets directive as she tells her man how much she relishes his kisses and other sexy moves. This hit was a departure from the musical duo's wholesome image that first made them famous.

Captain & Tennille was so popular during the mid-70s that they had their own television variety show. "Do That to Me One More Time" was their final Top 40 hit.

17. "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" by Charley Pride

Historically, few country musicians have been anything but white, and it's still the norm. However, Charley Pride, successfully broke through these racial barriers. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.

"Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'," a 1971 country-pop crossover hit, became his signature song. The tune is about a man who shares the secret to his happy love relationship:

You've got to kiss an angel good mornin'
And let her know you think about her when you're gone
Kiss an angel good mornin' and love her like a devil when you get back home.

If you have kissing on your mind, make a playlist of songs about kisses and share it with your someone special.

1970s History and Culture

 
 
Richard Nixon resigned as President in August 1974 after the Watergate scandal.
In 1978, Louise Brown, the first "test tube baby" (a child conceived through in vitro fertilization) was born.
Farrah Fawcett-Majors appeared in a clingy, one-piece, red bathing suit in 1976 and made history. Hers was the best-selling poster of all time.
Smallpox was declared eradicated in 1979 by the World Health Organization.
Swimmer Mark Spitz won seven gold medals in the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics and set seven World Records.
The Post-It Note was accidentally invented in 1974 by 3M engineers. Management didn't think the product would sell so it was tabled for three years before marketing to the public.
Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel set a world record in 1971 by jumping over 19 cars.
More than 900 people died in a mass murder-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, in November 1978 at the direction of cult leader Rev. Jim Jones.
The first animals to be genetically engineered were mice, in 1974.
Stretch Armstrong was originally marketed by Hasbro in 1976.
Intended to be the third moon landing, Apollo 13 aborted its mission in April 1970 after an explosion damaged its oxygen tank. The crew safely returned to Earth.
The first Starbucks was founded in Seattle in 1971.
"Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down." Egg-shaped toys called Weebles were introduced by Hasbro in 1971.
In November 1979, 66 diplomats (including 52 Americans) were taken hostage for 444 days by Iranian revolutionaries.
An Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty was signed in March 1979 and witnessed by President Jimmy Carter following the Camp David Peace Accords.
Handheld calculators were introduced in 1971, replacing larger and non-portable models.
In 1975, Pet Rocks were a craze. They were supposedly the "perfect pet" in that they required no feeding, grooming, or training.
In April 1975, Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese communist forces, essentially ending the war.
In 1979, the Sony Walkman became the first the world's first low-cost portable stereo to be marketed to consumers.
A nuclear power accident at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania occurred in March 1979. Total cost of cleanup was approximately $1 billion.
Arab oil producers initiated an oil embargo in 1973 to punish the West for supporting Israel during the Yom Kippur War. The oil crisis resulted in gas rationing, long lines, and price hikes.
Introduced on April Fool's Day 1970, the American Motors Corporation's Gremlin was America's first subcompact car. Its backseat has been described as "only designed for small children."
The first Earth Day was celebrated in April 1970.
Mood rings were created in 1975. Having a thermochromic element, the ring allegedly changed color according to one's emotional state.
The 1970s marked a period of "stagflation," which is a difficult combination of high inflation and high unemployment.
In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional, and there was a four-year moratorium on executions until further court rulings were issued.
How many of these events do you recall (if you lived through the 1970s) or have you heard of (if you were born after the 1970s)?

18. "Just You 'n' Me" by Chicago

Written after a big argument, this soft rock song from 1973 features a narrator who has found the love of his life. Chicago's trombone player penned this hit tune. It describes the woman he loves as all he's ever dreamed of. The narrator exudes emotion, claiming that loving her is easy and she inspires him.

In real life, the tune was played at the songwriter's wedding, as he and his girlfriend reunited and married shortly after he wrote the song. The real-life couple, however, couldn't make their love last forever, as they were divorced after 18 years.

19. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" by Stevie Wonder

After being M.I.A. from his sweetheart, the guy in this 1970 soul song regrets his infidelity and recommits himself to their relationship. As he humbly presents himself to her, he admits that he's done a lot of foolish things, but the past is now behind him:

Here I am baby
Oh, you've got the future in your hand
Signed, sealed delivered, I'm yours.

Stevie Wonder was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Rolling Stone recognized the one-time child prodigy as one of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time."

Known for his political activism, Stevie Wonder was instrumental in petitioning to recognize Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a holiday. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" was used in Barack Obama's successful 2008 campaign for the U.S. presidency and his subsequent inauguration.

20. "Oh, Girl" by The Chi-Lites

Can this relationship be saved? The narrator in this 1972 soul tune is desperately trying to preserve his relationship with his girlfriend. As they teeter on a breakup he describes how much trouble he'd be in if she left him.

Unfortunately, these don't sound like very good reasons to stay with a man:

  • he doesn't know where or how to look for love
  • he's accustomed to her taking care of him and
  • he's afraid he'll be helpless and heartbroken.

The Chi-Lites were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005 and the R&B Music Hall of Fame in 2013.

"True love cannot be found where it does not exist, nor can it be denied where it does." - Torquato Tasso, Italian poet
"True love cannot be found where it does not exist, nor can it be denied where it does." - Torquato Tasso, Italian poet | Source

Even More Love Songs from the 1970s

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Love Will Keep Us Together
Captain & Tenille
1975
22. I'll Be There
Jackson 5
1970
23. Fallin' in Love
Joe Frank & Reynolds Hamilton
1975
24. Let Me Be There
Olivia Newton-John
1974
25. I'll Never Love This Way Again
Dionne Warwick
1979
26. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Robert Flack
1972
27. Woman, Senuous Woman
Don Gibson
1972
28. She's Got You
Loretta Lynn
1977
29. If
Bread
1971
30. Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe
Barry White
1974
31. Feel Like Makin' Love
Roberta Flack
1975
32. You Belong to Me
Carly Simon
1978
33. I’d Really Love to See You Tonight
England Dan & John Ford Coley
1976
34. Evergreen (Love Theme from the Original "A Star Is Born")
Barbara Streisand
1977
35. No Tell Lover
Chicago
1978
36. Baby I'm-a Want You
Bread
1972
37. Love in the Hot Afternoon
Gene Watson
1975
38. Then Came You
Dionne Warwicke & The Spinners
1974
39. Behind Closed Doors
Charlie Rich
1973
40. I Feel the Earth Move
Carole King
1971
41. The Closer I Get to You
Roberta Flack (featuring Donny Hathaway)
1978
42. Funny Face
Donna Fargo
1972
43. Sometimes When We Touch
Dan Hill
1978
44. Lead Me On
Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty
1971
45. Baby, What a Big Surprise
Chicago
1977
46. Longer
Dan Fogelberg
1979
47. I'm Still in Love with You
Al Green
1972
48. Daytime Friends
Kenny Rogers
1977
49. I Think I Love You
The Partridge Family
1970
50. Let Me Be There
Olivia Newton-John
1973
51. Have You Seen Her
The Chi-Lites
1971
52. You're Having My Baby
Paul Anka and Odia Coates
1974
53. We'll Never Have to Say Goodbye Again
England Dan & John Ford Coley
1978
54. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
James Taylor
1972
55. You Are the Sunshine of My Life
Stevie Wonder
1973
56. Love in the Afternoon
Barbara Streisand
1974
57. My Woman, My Woman, My Wife
Marty Robins
1970
58. That'll Be the Day
Linda Ronstadt
1976
59. The Right Thing to Do
Carly Simon
1973
60. If You Love Me (Let Me Know)
Olivia Newton-John
1974
61. Never Can Say Goodbye
Jackson 5
1974
62. Where Is the Love
Roberta Flack
1972
63. You Don't Bring Me Flowers
Barbara Streisand & Neil Diamond
1978
64. Hello Darlin'
Conway Twitty
1970
65. Tired of Being Alone
Al Green
1971
66. Knock Three Times
Tony Orlando & Dawn
1971
67. Pure Love
Ronnie Milsap
1974
68. Call on Me
Chicago
1974
69. Lady
Styx
1975
70. It Don't Matter to Me
Bread
1970
71. You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.
1977
72. Blue Bayou
Linda Ronstadt
1977
73. Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon and Garfunkel
1970
74. She Believes in Me
Kenny Rogers
1978
75. Please, Mr., Please
Olivia Newton-John
1975
76. Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man
Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty
1973
77. My Love
Paul McCartney & Wings
1973
78. Summer Nights
Olivia Newton-John (featuring John Travolta)
1978
79. Mandy
Barry Manilow
1974
80. Sail On
The Commodores
1979
81. The Tracks of My Tears
Linda Ronstadt
1975
82. I Honestly Love You
Olivia Newton-John
1974
83. I Just Want to Be Your Everything
Shaun Cassidy
1977
84. What a Difference You've Made in My Life
Ronnie Milsap
1977
85. Muskrat Love
Captain & Tenille
1976
86. My Eyes Adored You
Frankie Valli
1975
87. It's So Easy
Linda Ronstadt
1977
88. Best of My Love
The Eagles
1974
89. Hopelessly Devoted to You
Olivia Newton-John
1978
90. Still
The Commodores
1979
91. What Goes on When the Sun Goes Down
Ronnie Milsap
1976
92. If I Can't Have You
Yvonne Elliman
1978
93. You Decorated My Life
Kenny Rogers
1979
94. You're Sixteen
Ringo Starr
1973
95. Ooh Baby Baby
Linda Ronstadt
1978
96. Maggie May
Rod Stewart
1971
97. Can't Smile Without You
Barry Manilow
1978
98. Best of My Love
The Emotions
1977
99. With a Little Luck
Wings
1978
100. Lovin' You
Minnie Riperton
1975
101. Don't Give Up on Us
David Soul
1977
102. Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)
Rod Stewart
1976
103. Kiss You All Over
Exhile
1978
104. He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)
Tony Orlando & Dawn
1975
105. You Light Up My Life
Debby Boone
1977
106. Let Your Love Flow
The Bellamy Brothers
1976
107. I Will Always Love You
Dolly Parton
1974
108. Always on My Mind
Elvis Presley
1972
109. Looks Like We Made It
Barry Manilow
1977
110. Babe
Styx
1979
111. "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue
Crystal Gayle
1977
112. You Needed Me
Anne Murray
1978
113. This Old Heart of Mine
Rod Stewart
1975
114. Nobody Does It Better
Carly Simon
1977
115. When Will I Be Loved
Linda Ronstadt
1975
116. You Needed Me
Anne Murray
1978
117. You Are So Beautiful
Joe Cocker
1974
118. Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)
Tanya Tucker
1974
119. I Only Want to Be With You
Bay City Rollers
1976
120. Take a Chance on Me
ABBA
1978
121. Layla
Derek and The Dominoes
1971
122. Just the Way You Are
Billy Joel
1977
123. She's Always a Woman
Billy Joel
1977
124. Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up
Barry White
1973
If you have a favorite popular love song from the 1970s that we missed, make a suggestion in the Comments Section below!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        10 days ago from USA

        Shauna - I recall you once posted a beautiful photo of yourself from the 1970s. I had a tough time locating good pictures of people in stylin' clothes and hair back in the day and should've probably requested to use that photo of you! Glad you enjoyed this. I agree that it's sad to see all the heroes, legends, superstars, and even some of the losers and villains get old, sick, and eventually die away. Even though all of our stories have the same ending, I hate to see that happen. Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend.

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        Yves 

        11 days ago

        Hi Flourish.....I still maintain that 70's classic rock is the best in the world, even though I reluctantly admit to not particularly liking most of these soft rock/pop tunes....except for Al Green. Nevertheless, I'll always stick up for my "me" generation. That phrase explains a lot, by the way. Lol.

        Anyhoo....maybe you can do a 70's rock article one day. The true 70's kids around here really relate to bands like Pink Floyd, Scorpions, Joe Walsh, and the like.

        Hope you're enjoying the Holidays. Thanks for keeping us "in the music."

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        11 days ago from Central Florida

        The seventies is my favorite musical era. I graduated high school in 1975, so the seventies are a big part of who I am.

        I love all theses songs, Flourish. I learned something about Linda Ronstadt. I didn't know she was diagnosed with Parkinson's. So sad. But she made a mark on this world that will live on long after she leaves this earth.

        Really enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Thanks!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        Mona - So glad you liked these oldies. There were so, so many to choose from. It was all about love back in the day!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        Dora - One of my readers requested a 60s or 70s playlist, so this one is in response to them. Glad you enjoyed it!

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        Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

        2 weeks ago from Philippines

        My, these songs really bring me back. I discovered some favorite oldies and also got to hear "new" oldies. I love this list looking at the 60s-70s!

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        The highest percentage of singers and songs that I know from any of your lists is on this one. Reminds me that I was young in the good ole days. Great job!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        Tim - It's a lovely song that captures the spoken and unspoken battle of the sexes that punctuated that era. Or maybe he simply had a narcissistic partner?

        Wishing you well as you gear up for this busy holiday season.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        Heidi - Good music -- and especially love songs -- never goes out of style. How awesome that you actually kept your vinyl (and I assume the record player along with it). I recall when after vinyl was cool we were using the 72s as frisbees and melting them slightly as arts and crafts throwback "bowls" because who would ever want to listen to vinyl again (cassettes were the wave of the future!)?

        Hope your Thanksgiving was terrific, too.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        Lorelei - What a neat memory to share. Thank you. I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

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        Tim Truzy 

        2 weeks ago from U.S.A.

        Hi, Flourish,

        I wanted to mention, "She's Always A Woman," in my comment, but I stayed away from it because I remember how it was taken as such a strong sexist title. I never thought so, but I can see ow the lyrics can be misconstrued.

        Never afraid of challenges, always innovative and open-minded,

        Flourish (the songbird) Anyway,

        Much respect and I hope your holiday went well,

        Tim

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        Heidi Thorne 

        2 weeks ago from Chicago Area

        So did you spy on my 1970s vinyl collection or the radio station presets on my push-button car radio to get some of these? :) Bread, Barry Manilow, ABBA, The Partridge Family... ah, the 70s. I still love a lot of these on the list. Kinda makes me want to dig out bell bottoms, shrink tops, and platform shoes.

        Groovy list! Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

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        Lorelei Cohen 

        2 weeks ago from Canada

        One of my fondest memories is of hearing my oldest brother sing along to pretty woman. He was in his teens at the time and it made me realize that he had grown up while I was still a kid. Previous to that time I had always looked at him as a kid like me.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        Genna - You too! I remember playing Chicago songs over and over. I couldn't get enough of them.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        Linda - Life can be so ironic, the way we can be robbed of the very gifts that we are known for at the end of our lives. She did have a beautiful voice.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        Tim - Thank you for your uplifting comments. You are always so kind and supportive. That Barry White is like few others. I forgot about "Never Never Gonna Give You Up" -- you jogged my memory by mentioning him again. I also added the Billy Joel song you recommended, plus another one. I love Billy Joel. To me, he's timeless, as most good music is. I wish he had come out with more music rather than resting on his laurels, but he insists that musically he has nothing more to say. I guess we have to believe him.

        You're right about Ed Sheeran. He's had some trouble with Marvin Gaye's estate and lawsuits in the past. You know what they say about imitation being the more sincere form of flattery!

        I hope you and your family had a Happy Thanksgiving.

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        Genna East 

        2 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

        Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, Flourish. What an impressive playlist for my favorite theme in songs.... but Chicago has my heart. :-)

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        Liz - I recall being crazy about Donny Osmonds as a kid. Gosh, was that a world away. Thanks for stopping by!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        David - "Layla" has been on several recent playlists so it was just an oversight. Thanks for the song suggestion. I added it. Hope your Thanksgiving was a happy one.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        Linda - Thanks for sharing where you were in your life in the 70s. I bet you were also just breaking in your first set of cooking bowls as Carb Diva. Hope your Thanksgiving was most festive!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        Bill - That they did! I knew you would know the songs on this list. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, buddy!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        Mary - Thank you for sharing your memories of where you were and what you were doing. It's hard to believe the 70s were such a long time ago!

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        Linda Crampton 

        2 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I didn’t know that Linda Ronstadt developed Parkinson’s disease. That’s sad news to hear. Your historical note about mood rings reminded me of mine. I think I still have it somewhere.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        Pamela - Thanks so much for your kind kudos. I was surprised myself with some of those facts on the quiz. Wanted to give folks a challenge, so don't feel badly. Hope your Thanksgiving was a happy one!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        Devika - Glad you enjoyed this walk down memory lane. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

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        Tim Truzy 

        2 weeks ago from U.S.A.

        Hi, Flourish,

        Always knocking them out with your great play list.

        Hey, one I remember thoroughly because I played it with a high school gig in the '80's was the Billy Joel classic: I love you just the way you are.

        But Berry White? I mean, Flourish, bass was made for Berry White and James Earl Jones. When Berry rumbles, it's probably going to be a pretty decent evening. (lol). Even young people still love that guy's voice.

        Interestingly enough, you mentioned Marvin Gaye's classic tune. If you listen to Ed Sheraton's tune, "We Found Love Right Where We Are," and "Let's Get it On," the tunes are similar musically, and maybe, just maybe, in intent.

        Loved your list as always.

        Keep us motivated and inspired, friend.

        Sincerely,

        Tim

        musically, they are very similar.

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        Linda Lum 

        2 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

        Wow Flourish, I'm pretty sure that I know every one of these. By the 70's I was working for the Federal government in my first full-time job, in my first apartment, and out on my own. A decade to remember for sure. Thanks for the wonderful memories.

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        Clive Williams 

        2 weeks ago from Jamaica

        Yes Flourish. I am

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 weeks ago from UK

        I would have said 'Love me for a reason' by the Osmonds, but I have just noticed that it was a cover. I like the historical background that you give to this list.

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        David Hunt 

        2 weeks ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

        I'm surprised that "Layla" by Derek and the Dominoes (Eric Clapton, et al) isn't on your list. Inspired by Clapton's love for Patty Boyd (George Harrison's wife at the time), Rolling Stone ranked it number 27 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

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        Bill Holland 

        2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        The war was winding down and it seems all the song writers poured their angst into love songs. You've listed quite a few I listened to daily back then.

        Happy Thanksgiving my friend!

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        Mary Norton 

        2 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

        I was in university then but busy with demonstrations, sit-ins and most evenings, discussing politics. I was with a group that was more into Che Guevara, Ho Chi Minh, etc. because I was in History and Political Science. These songs are definitely familiar and I enjoy listening to them now.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        This just may be one of my favorite articles about music you have written. In such a tumultous time, the music was great. I love most of these songs, although I didn't do great on your quiz. LOL!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        Clive - I appreciate you stopping by. Hope you are doing well!

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        Devika Primic 

        2 weeks ago

        I was born in the 70s and do remember a few songs. Your idea of the song lists has increased. A great way to go down memory lane. Thank you.

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        Clive Williams 

        2 weeks ago from Jamaica

        Nice List as usual Flourish. I will have to come back to this long read.

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