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
 
SOS, ABBA
 
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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