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Here's mine...I no order....

'Couldn't I Just Tell You'...Todd Rundgren

'Sunday Girl' or 'Hanging On The Telephone....Blondie

'All Mixed Up'...Cars

'I Wanna Be With You'....Berries

'Peace Love & Understanding'....Elvis Costello

'Another Day'...Macca

'Starman' or 'Hang On To Yourself'....Bowie

'Do Anything You Wanna Do'...Eddie & The HotRods

'Baby Blue'...Badfinger

'Ju-Ju Man'...or about 20 others from Dave Edmunds

I could make about 5 lists to replace this one ...easy...I just want to see other lists to see if I see a long forgotten nugget on here.

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You've just confirmed what I already suspected; you have great taste.

How about "Girl Talk" for Dave Edmunds? I may have picked different TUNES but you definitely have the right artists. One I would have put on would be "Pretty Vacant", "Holiday In The Sun" or "bodies" by The Sex Pistols.

How about "Too Late" by Shoes?

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This is just too hard! So many sub-genres of music styles formed throughout that decade.

But here we go with my thoughts, based on a combination of commercial success (a 'hit'), longevity (on the radio to this day), songwriting (the art form, that supercedes radio airplay) and my personal taste (leaning towards the rock/pop/power pop genre)...and in no particular order:

No Matter What - Badfinger (the consummate song I would want to be stuck on a desert island with)

Surrender - Cheap Trick (more power! more key changes! more drug references!)

Dream On - Aerosmith (33 years later, it will never fade)

Go All The Way - You Know Who (a perfectly written gem)

What I Like About You - The Romantics (party on, Garth)

Alison - Elvis Costello (Radio Radio is a close second...I feel his pain)

Jealous Guy - John Lennon (This sends me shivers every time....more than Imagine)

It's Too Late - Carole King (genius. 'nuff said)

How Can You Mend A Broken Heart - The Bee Gees (how can a song seem so beautifully structured... when it really isn't?)

Tush - ZZ Top (a guilty pleasure of a 3 chord rocker, talking about being horny...with a great slide solo)

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I could make a list filled with 70s soft rock songs in the 'How Can You Mend A Broken Heart' mode.

'Sara Smile'

'Fool If You Think It's Over'

'Heard It In A Love Song'

'Year Of The Cat'...etc

Does anyone remember a song called 'Sweetheart' by Frankie and The Knockouts??

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This is pretty impossible, but here goes.

Badfinger - Baby Blue

Raspberries - Play On

Springsteen - Born to Run

Cheap Trick - Surrender

Kiss - Rock and Roll All Night

The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again

Stones - Rocks Off

Elvis Costello - Radio Radio

Graham Parker - Local Girls

Knack - My Sharona

(next 10 you ask?)

Tom Petty - Refugee

20/20 - Remember the Lightning

Shoes - Tomorrow Night

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsady

Montrose - Space Station #5

Beach Boys - Sail on Sailor

Cars - Just What I Needed

Bram Tchaikovsky - Girl of My Dreams

Dwight Twilley - I'm on Fire

Faces - Stay With Me

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Wow!!! The impossible list. Gonna go on FIRST impressions rather than apres the burnout created by radio stations with narrow playlists who may have subsequently buried the best songs by playing them to death over the past 28 to 37 years...I'm pickin' one song per year.........

70. Spirit in the Sky...Norman Greenbaum

71. I Just Wanna Celebrate...Rare Earth

72. Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress...Hollies

73. Superstition...Stevie Wonder

74. Sundown...Gordon Lightfoot

75. Fame...David Bowie

76. All By Myself...Eric Carmen

77. Hotel California...Eagles

78. Baker Street...Gerry Rafferty

79. Don't Bring Me Down...ELO

Not going to lp tracks...where plenty more great tunes are to be found... As the 70s progressed...it became easier to select a 'best' song...as the 'competition' became very weak.

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I'm pretty sure Couldn't I Just Tell You, I'm On Fire, Sail On Sailor, Girl Of My Dreams and Baby Blue would be right up there in the top 10/15... but here's a few more I have to add

My all time favorite song (that HOW MANY OF YOU have heard?)

Avenging Annie - Andy Pratt

And, then I would sprinkle in a few like:

Nothing A Little Love Won't Cure - The Rubinoos

Dream Of A Child - Burton Cummings

Pinball - Brian Protheroe

Worn Out Suits, Brand New Pockets - Dave Edmunds

Emma - Hot Chocolate

Lovin' You Ain't Easy - Michel Pagliaro

Rock And Roll Love Letter - Tim Moore/Bay City Rollers

Wham Bam Shang A Lang - Silver

(and then I would realize that there's no way in H E L L I could narrow it down to ten, and proceed to mention fifty more.)

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Impossible task but:

It's Too Late To Turn Back Now - Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose

Alone Again Naturally - Gilbert O'Sullivan

Mystery Song - Status Quo

Funeral For A Friend - Elton John

2112 - Rush

I Can Remember - Raspberries

Overnight Sensation - Raspberries

Boats Against The Current - Eric Carmen

Skyline Pigeon - Elton John

Hat Trick - America

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2ND Ten:

Stone Blue - Foghat

Star Baby - Guess Who

I Will Play A Rhapsody - Burton Cummings

Oh Girl - Chi-lites

Try And Love Again - Eagles

Last Resort - Eagles

If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot

Aubrey - Bread

Weekend In New England - Barry Manilow

My Sweet Lord - George Harrison

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Wow - talk about a tough subjective question! smart

In alphabetical order, my first list would be:

Aerosmith: "Nobody's Fault"

Babe Ruth: "Wells Fargo"

Black Sabbath: "Paranoid"

Dan Fogelberg: "Netherlands"

Elton John: "Levon"

Heart: "Mistral Wind"

Queen: "Somebody To Love"

Raspberries: "I Can Remember"

Starz: "Subway Terror"

Supertramp: "Sister Moonshine"

It's tough, I like so many differernt genres of music. James: I love "Stone Blue" by Foghat!


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Wham Bam Shang A Lang? I thought I was the only one that knew of this song, let alone liked it. There's a lot of 70's one hit wonders where people bought the 45's but I went for the album.. Silver, Gunhill Road, Brewer and Shipley, Pilot, Looking Glass, Shocking Blue, Edison Lighthouse, Norman Greenbaum, Ides of March, Blues Image, King Harvest, David Essex, Climax, Tom Clay, etc.

You're really old if you can associate the above with their single.

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Imagine- John Lennon

You're No Good-Linda Ronstadt

Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen

Kashmir- Led Zeppelin

Maybe I'm Amazed- Paul McCartney

Overnight Sensation- The Raspberries

Born To Run- Bruce Springsteen

Won't Get Fooled Again- The Who

Tumbling Dice- The Rolling Stones

Let's Get It On- Marvin Gaye

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Marc & Seattle Steve...

I just happened to find the "Silver" LP on CD. Along with "Wham-Bam" they had a couple of ballads "Musician (It's not an easy life) and "Goodbye, So long", a couple of catchy tunes "It's gonna be alright", "Climbinig" and "All I wanna do". It's a great CD with lyrics in English and Japanese.

Also my top 10...

Year of the Cat - Al Stewart

Precious and Few - Climax

Frankenstein - Edgar Winter

Sky High - Jigsaw

More than a Feeling - Boston

Crazy on You - Heart

Mandy - Barry Manilow

Detroit Rock City - Kiss

Daisy Jane - America

Ain't Talkin''Bout Love - Van Halen

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This is an impossible task or certainly a task that would take too much time for me to pick my definitive Top Ten but here are the TUNES/Artists I believe deserve serious consideration 9the artists are not in any particular order but the songs by each artist generally are listed from favorite down:

Shoes/ Too Late, Tomoorow Night

Raspberries/ I Can Remember, Hit Record, Tonight, Go All The Way, (WTF Everything Eric wrote or co-wrote)

Cheap Trick / Surrender, Southern Girls

Queen / Bohemian Rhapsody (even though I'm sick of it), Under Pressure, Killer Queen, Somebody To Love

David Bowie / Heroes, Diamond Dogs, Be My Wife, Changes, Space Oddity, Rebel Rebel

Piper / Can't Wait

Bruce Springsteen / Thunder Road, Jungleland, Born To Run, Meeting Across The River, Growin' Up, Sandy

Patti Smith / Gloria, Land. Ask The Angels

Sex Pistols / Anything On First Album especially Bodies, Holiday In The Sun, Pretty Vacant

Dictators / Weekend, Next Big Thing, I Live For Cars and Girl, Disease, Science Gone Too Far, Young,Fast and Scientific

Cars / My Best Friends Girlfriend, Candy-O,

Elvis Costello / The Angels Wanna Wear My Redshoes, Alison, This Year's Girl, No Action. What's So Funny About Peace, Love & Understanding,

Badfinger / Baby Blue, No Matter What, Day After Day

Blondie / X Offender, In the Flesh, I Am Always Touched By Your Presence Dear, 11:59,Hangin' On The Telephone, Picture This

Todd Rundgren / Couldn't I Just Tell You, Real Man, It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference,A Dream Lives On Forever

Lighthouse / Pretty Lady,

Chicago / 25 or 6 to 4, Beginnings, Wishing You Were Here, Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is

Three Dog Night / Celebrate, Joy To The World

Leo Sayer Giving It All Away. It's A Hard Life

Dave Edmunds / Girl Talk

Nick Lowe / So It Goes, Cruel To Be Kind

Climax / Precious and Few

Looking Glass / Brandy

Piper / Can't Wait

Knack / Your Number Or Your Name, My Sharona

Blotto / I Wanna Be A Lifeguard

Norman Greenbaum / Spirit In The Sky

Shocking Blue / Venus

Ramones / Too Many to list here

Smith / Baby It;s You

Yes / And Youand I, Close To The Edge

Aerosmith / Dream On, Last Child, Sweet Emotion

ELO / Can't Get It Out Of My Head, Rockaria

Gordon Lightfoot / If You Could Read My Mind

Second Avenue / Tim Moore

Guess Who / Star Baby

Gilbert O'Sullivan / Alone Again Naturally

Al Green / Let's Get Together

Hall & Oates / She's Gone

B-52'S / Planet Claire, Dance This Mess Around, 52 Girls

Rolling Stones / Angie. Miss You, Heartbreaker, I Know It's Only Rock n Roll. Memory Motel,

John Waite / Missing You

The Babys / Isn't It Time

Tuff Darts / It's All For the Love of Rock n Roll, Head Over Heels

Go Gos / We Got The Beat, Our Lips Are Sealed, Head Over Heels, Turn To You, Lust For Love

Gary Numan / Cars, Are Friends Electric?,Down In The Park

Pexband / Baby It's Cold Outside,Stop! Wait A Minute

The Heartbreakers / Born To Lose,Chinese Rock

David Johanson / Frenchette, Donna, You Touched Me Too

Blue Oyster Cult / Don't Fear The Reaper

Quarterflash / Harden My Heart

Duran, Duran / Planet Earth

Dwight Twilley Band / I'm On Fire

Eric Carmen / Sunrise, All By Myself, Last Night, My Girl, Boats Against The Current

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers / Breakdown, Listen To Her Heart

Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers / Roadrunner, The New Teller

Kinks / Come Dancing

Tracy Ullman or Kirsty McCall/ They Don't Know

New York Dolls / Personality Crisis

Police / Don't Stand So Close To Me, Walking On The Moon

The Records / Starry Eyes

The Yachts/ She's Not The Yachting Type

Runaways/Cherry Bomb, I Love Playing With Fire

Slade / Mama We're All Crazee Now,Cum On Feal The Noize

Roy Wood's Wizzard / Forever

T Rex / Bang A Gong, Jeepster, Baby Strange

Starz / Cherry Baby

The Specials / TooMuch, Too Yound, Gangsters

Sparks / This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us, Talent Is An Asset

Television / Little Johnny Jewel,

Talking Heads / Psycho Killer, The Book I Read, I'm Not In Love

U2 / I Will Follow

The Who / Love Reign O'er Me, 5:15

Roxy Music / Dance Away, Love Is The Drug

Elton John / Crocodile Rock, Love Lies Bleeding,Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me,Someone Saved My Life Tonight,

Bob Marley & the Wailers / Roots, Rock Reaggae, Rastaman Vibration, Get Up, Stand Up

Don Mclean / American Pie, Vincent

James Taylor / Fire and Rain, You've Got A Friend

Carole King / I Feel the Earth Move, So Far Away

Carly Simon / You're So Vain

Did I miss anything? Were there any Monkees hits in the 70's? Grass Roots? I'm getting my 60's, 70's and especially early 80's confused.

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