The Essential Songs: 1975

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If you have ever wondered what year the highway was jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive, it was in 1975 that Mr. Springsteen ran onto the cover of both Time and Newsweek.  He faded into obscurity the following year and is believed to be manning a hot dog stand in Atlantic City at this time.  Patti Smith reaped critical hosannas with her unhinged, beatnik, word slinging persona and an English blues band named Fleetwood Mac morphed into a pop sensation.    The decade would get progressively more interesting and confusing for pop music fans.  The only thing we knew how to do was to keep on, keeping on.

Ballroom Blitz, Sweet
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, Willie Nelson
Boogie on Reggae Woman, Stevie Wonder
Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen
Cortez the Killer, Neil Young
Eighteen with a Bullet, Pete Wingfield
Fame, David Bowie
Get Down Tonight, KC and the Sunshine Band
Gloria, Patti Smith
Griselda. The Unholy Modal Rounders
Hoodoo Bash, The Unholy Modal Rounders
The Hustle, Van McCoy
I’m Not in Love, 10cc
Kashmir, Led Zeppelin
Lady Marmalade, Labelle
Land (Horses/Land of a Thousand Dances/La Mer (De)), Patti Smith
Landslide, Fleetwood Mac
Let’s Do It Again, The Staple Singers
Love is the Drug, Roxy Music
Love Rollercoaster, The Ohio Players
Low Rider, War
Lyin’ Eyes, The Eagles
Never Can Say Goodbye, Gloria Gaynor
Nights on Broadway, The Bee Gees
No Woman, No Cry, Bob Marley and the Wailers
Philadelphia Freedom, Elton John
Pick Up the Pieces, Average White Band
The Pill, Loretta Lynn
Rock ‘n’ Roll All Nite, KISS
Shame, Shame, Shame, Shirley and Company
She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles), Gary Stewart
Shining Star, Earth, Wind & Fire
Stand by Me, John Lennon
Stranglehold, Ted Nugent
Tangled Up in Blue, Bob Dylan
They Just Can’t Stop It (Games People Play), The Spinners
Third Rate Romance, The Amazing Rhythm Aces
This Will Be, Natalie Cole
Thunder Road, Bruce Springsteen
Why Can’t We Be Friends, War
Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd
Young Americans, David Bowie

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