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6 hours ago, timschochet said:

46. Gary Wright “Love is Alive” (from The Dream Weaver

https://youtu.be/82DSEkHatpw

Gary Wright might just be the greatest two hit wonder of all time. His album in 1975 had two classic songs on it that still get played all these years later- with good reason because they’re both great. Here is one of them. 
I don’t know anyone who’s listened to the rest of the album or anything else by the guy. 

That hook. THAAAT HOOOK.  :wub: 

@rockaction  If I pull Darrel Henderson in Land of Confusion, wait'll you see what I do with that hoooook.

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9 minutes ago, facook said:

That hook. THAAAT HOOOK.  :wub: 

@rockaction  If I pull Darrel Henderson in Land of Confusion, wait'll you see what I do with that hoooook.

Is it anything like Lauryn Hill's that thing that thing THAT THING?

I look forward to it, but you'll have to outbid a bunch of running back hungry desperados to get there, one thinks.

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On 9/21/2020 at 8:24 PM, timschochet said:

48. Queen “Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to...)” (from A Night at the Opera

https://youtu.be/v4zmv1IFCOA

The two meanest rock songs ever written were both released in 1975. This is one of them, the other will show up a little later on this countdown. 

I think I figured out what the other is. 💡

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13 hours ago, timschochet said:

47. Foghat “Slow Ride” (from Fool for the City

https://youtu.be/GcCNcgoyG_0

One of the great hard rock songs of all time. Meant to be played LOUD. 

I had no idea this was 8 minutes long. It doesn't feel like that at all -- it just breezes on briskly. 

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44. America “Sister Golden Hair” (from Hearts

https://youtu.be/XIycEe59Auc

I was never the biggest fan of America; though I generally love 70s soft rock, I felt these guys were somewhere on a scale between a little derivative and outright ripoffs of other, more pertinent artists. That being said, I’ve always loved this song, one of those perfect pop songs of the era. 
Recently I’ve been rewatching The Sopranos after several years and in the episode where an old Burt Young (Paulie from Rocky) plays a cancer victim ordered to murder his godson. After performing the deed he drives away, turns on the car radio and it’s “Sister Golden Hair”. Hacking away he sings along before suffering a fatal heart attack while driving. Now whenever I hear this song again I’m going to think of this scene. 

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Just now, timschochet said:

44. America “Sister Golden Hair” (from Hearts

https://youtu.be/XIycEe59Auc

I was never the biggest fan of America; though I generally love 70s soft rock, I felt these guys were somewhere on a scale between a little derivative and outright ripoffs of other, more pertinent artists. That being said, I’ve always loved this song, one of those perfect pop songs of the era. 
Recently I’ve been rewatching The Sopranos after several years and in the episode where an old Burt Young (Paulie from Rocky) plays a cancer victim ordered to murder his godson. After performing the deed he drives away, turns on the car radio and it’s “Sister Golden Hair”. Hacking away he sings along before suffering a fatal heart attack while driving. Now whenever I hear this song again I’m going to think of this scene. 

I thought it was a nice comeback song for America. Always liked it.

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3 minutes ago, timschochet said:

44. America “Sister Golden Hair” (from Hearts

https://youtu.be/XIycEe59Auc

I was never the biggest fan of America; though I generally love 70s soft rock, I felt these guys were somewhere on a scale between a little derivative and outright ripoffs of other, more pertinent artists. That being said, I’ve always loved this song, one of those perfect pop songs of the era. 
Recently I’ve been rewatching The Sopranos after several years and in the episode where an old Burt Young (Paulie from Rocky) plays a cancer victim ordered to murder his godson. After performing the deed he drives away, turns on the car radio and it’s “Sister Golden Hair”. Hacking away he sings along before suffering a fatal heart attack while driving. Now whenever I hear this song again I’m going to think of this scene. 

The thing with America is to ignore the lyrics, which are for the most part dreadful. Their arrangements and harmonies are gold. 

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17 minutes ago, timschochet said:

43. Maxine Nightingale “Right Back Where We Started From” (released as single) 

https://youtu.be/ckCwBAhz4oc

A great one hit wonder, and one of the very best disco songs ever made. Really an extraordinary track. 

The song was a blatant ripoff of "Goodbye Nothing To Say" by Nosmo King & The Javells.

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1 hour ago, timschochet said:

43. Maxine Nightingale “Right Back Where We Started From” (released as single) 

https://youtu.be/ckCwBAhz4oc

A great one hit wonder ...

Your pick was a #2 pick on the Hot 100. Nightingale's "Lead Me On" was a #5 hit on the Hot 100 in 1979.

I know your personal criteria for "one hit wonder" involves other hit songs being "forgotten". Around here, both of these songs get played with roughly equal frequency on oldies stations, "hits of the 70s" formats, etc.

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1 hour ago, timschochet said:

43. Maxine Nightingale “Right Back Where We Started From” (released as single) 

https://youtu.be/ckCwBAhz4oc

A great one hit wonder, and one of the very best disco songs ever made. Really an extraordinary track. 

The song was a blatant ripoff of "Goodbye Nothing To Say" by Nosmo King & The Javells.

Dang, it sure was. The Wikipedia article on "Right Back" says that this was because of (an apparently uncredited) sampling -- if so, that's about the earliest example of sampling that I've ever run across.

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3 hours ago, timschochet said:

44. America “Sister Golden Hair” (from Hearts

https://youtu.be/XIycEe59Auc

I was never the biggest fan of America; though I generally love 70s soft rock, I felt these guys were somewhere on a scale between a little derivative and outright ripoffs of other, more pertinent artists. That being said, I’ve always loved this song, one of those perfect pop songs of the era. 
Recently I’ve been rewatching The Sopranos after several years and in the episode where an old Burt Young (Paulie from Rocky) plays a cancer victim ordered to murder his godson. After performing the deed he drives away, turns on the car radio and it’s “Sister Golden Hair”. Hacking away he sings along before suffering a fatal heart attack while driving. Now whenever I hear this song again I’m going to think of this scene. 

Agree with Tim here.   I love a few America songs but they are a little thin of emotion or something.  In any case, the popular soft rock songs of the 70s, including this tune, remind me of riding in the backseat of the family sedan as a kid with my brother and sister.   I didn’t really like the music then but it’s forever imprinted on my brain.   The memories are powerful and more wonderful than words can describe.   I seem to like classic rock more each day.   Christ,  I’m getting old.  

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42. The Band “It Makes No Difference” (from Northern Lights

https://youtu.be/ZfBqWNFOVo8

Link is to the version from The Last Waltz. 
I love Levon Helm’s vocals, but there is something about Rick Danko, a certain raw emotion in his singing that is uniquely sublime. This is one of my very favorite Band tunes of all time, probably top 5.

In no particular order: 

The Weight (while there is no order, The Weight is clearly first.) 

It Makes No Difference 

The Night They Drove Ol Dixie Down 

Stage Fright 

Rockin Chair 

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1 hour ago, DocHolliday said:

Agree with Tim here.   I love a few America songs but they are a little thin of emotion or something.  In any case, the popular soft rock songs of the 70s, including this tune, remind me of riding in the backseat of the family sedan as a kid with my brother and sister.   I didn’t really like the music then but it’s forever imprinted on my brain.   The memories are powerful and more wonderful than words can describe.   I seem to like classic rock more each day.   Christ,  I’m getting old.  

I think Sandman is a cut above the bulk of their repertoire.

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41. David Bowie “Young Americans” (from Young Americans

https://youtu.be/ScVi_L817ec

Some of my favorite lyrics ever: 

They pull in just behind the bridge, he lays her down, he frowns, “Gee my life’s a funny thing, am I still too young?” 

Can’t exactly say why but those words always give me an inexpressively good feeling. 

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9 hours ago, timschochet said:

40. Eagles “One of These Nights” (from One of These Nights

https://youtu.be/ESc2Tq2HzhQ

Another fine classic rock song that I never seem to get tired of. Randy Meisner’s bass work is excellent here, as are the harmonies. 

Agreed - the harmonies are great. The high notes in the harmonies - presumably Meisner’s - seem to be at a decibel that only dogs can typically hear. Also great guitar solo by Felder.

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39. Elton John “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” (from Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

https://youtu.be/VZRRd4bW91c

Although the lyrics were, as usual, set down by Bernie Taupin, this is one of Reginald’s most personal songs, describing his near suicide and how he was talked out of it by “Long” John Baldry- “Teddy Bear”. 

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20 minutes ago, timschochet said:

39. Elton John “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” (from Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

https://youtu.be/VZRRd4bW91c

Although the lyrics were, as usual, set down by Bernie Taupin, this is one of Reginald’s most personal songs, describing his near suicide and how he was talked out of it by “Long” John Baldry- “Teddy Bear”. 

From wiki: At six minutes and 45 seconds, it was long for a single, but owing to the highly personal nature of the lyrics, John refused to let it be cut down to a more typical single length.

'Attaboy, Reg.

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38. Bruce Springsteen “Jungleland” (from Born to Run

https://youtu.be/JR_0nbEzVdY

Right around this point it got extremely difficult for me to rank these because pretty much every song from here to the end is an absolute classic. I did my best. 
“Jungleland” is one of those defining E Street band moments. From the opening violin to Clemons’ amazing solo you know you are listening to a masterpiece, a work of real importance. Among Springsteen’s very best. 

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1 hour ago, timschochet said:

38. Bruce Springsteen “Jungleland” (from Born to Run

https://youtu.be/JR_0nbEzVdY

Right around this point it got extremely difficult for me to rank these because pretty much every song from here to the end is an absolute classic. I did my best. 
“Jungleland” is one of those defining E Street band moments. From the opening violin to Clemons’ amazing solo you know you are listening to a masterpiece, a work of real importance. Among Springsteen’s very best. 

Wow - I'm one of the more anti-Bruce people on this board, yet this one would be top 5 in the year for me.

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34 minutes ago, timschochet said:

37. Wings “Listen to What the Man Said” (from Venus and Mars

https://youtu.be/YxslbXDBmaY

No one writes a pop song like Paul McCartney. This one featured Dave Mason and the saxophone work of Tom Scott, a member of L.A. Express and The Blues Brothers. 

I guessed this for Krista4’s favorite Paul solo song. We’ll see how that goes.

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36. Led Zeppelin “In My Time of Dying” (from Physical Graffiti

https://youtu.be/scpqae3P7Dg

This 11 minute blues classic (longest song they ever did) exemplifies why Led Zeppelin can make the case for having the greatest rhythm section of all time. Bonham’s drums are on a level equal to “Levee”, while Jones’ fretless bass is constantly shifting. What’s amazing is that this album has two tunes even better than this one. 

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23 hours ago, timschochet said:

40. Eagles “One of These Nights” (from One of These Nights

https://youtu.be/ESc2Tq2HzhQ

Another fine classic rock song that I never seem to get tired of. Randy Meisner’s bass work is excellent here, as are the harmonies. 

One of my favorite Eagles tunes.   Always a fan of the vocals by the Eagles.   

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57 minutes ago, timschochet said:

36. Led Zeppelin “In My Time of Dying” (from Physical Graffiti

https://youtu.be/scpqae3P7Dg

This 11 minute blues classic (longest song they ever did) exemplifies why Led Zeppelin can make the case for having the greatest rhythm section of all time. Bonham’s drums are on a level equal to “Levee”, while Jones’ fretless bass is constantly shifting. What’s amazing is that this album has two tunes even better than this one. 

There are a lot of incredible songs on that album.   Tim is a better man than me for ranking them.  I refuse.   I just want to listen in awe.  

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1 hour ago, timschochet said:

36. Led Zeppelin “In My Time of Dying” (from Physical Graffiti

https://youtu.be/scpqae3P7Dg

This 11 minute blues classic (longest song they ever did) exemplifies why Led Zeppelin can make the case for having the greatest rhythm section of all time. Bonham’s drums are on a level equal to “Levee”, while Jones’ fretless bass is constantly shifting. What’s amazing is that this album has two tunes even better than this one. 

This is actually one of my least favorites from Physical, which says something about the quality of that record. 

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On 9/22/2020 at 8:52 AM, timschochet said:

47. Foghat “Slow Ride” (from Fool for the City

https://youtu.be/GcCNcgoyG_0

One of the great hard rock songs of all time. Meant to be played LOUD. 

This song and the group is the definition of what music was like my senior year of HS.  

Not real happy about it either. 

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