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38 minutes ago, timschochet said:

23. Earth, Wind & Fire “Shining Star” (from That’s the Way of the World

https://youtu.be/Zu9a29UR2dU

Back to the funk genre for this masterpiece. I rank it 2nd all time among EWF songs, just below “September”. Maurice White= musical genius. 

They released a ton of amazing songs between 1972 and 1981. This is certainly up there. 

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22. Glen Campbell “Rhinestone Cowboy” (from Rhinestone Cowboy

https://youtu.be/8kAU3B9Pi_U

There’s been a load of compromisin’, on the road to my horizon

This song makes me feel warm with joy. It always has. I can’t hear it without singing along. It’s completely totally awesome and Glen Campbell, the Wichita Lineman himself, is awesome for singing it. 
Great video too. 

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On 9/29/2020 at 7:56 PM, timschochet said:

22. Glen Campbell “Rhinestone Cowboy” (from Rhinestone Cowboy

https://youtu.be/8kAU3B9Pi_U

There’s been a load of compromisin’, on the road to my horizon

This song makes me feel warm with joy. It always has. I can’t hear it without singing along. It’s completely totally awesome and Glen Campbell, the Wichita Lineman himself, is awesome for singing it. 
Great video too. 

Brings me back to my childhood in eastern Tennessee. After momma would serve us a steaming bowl of Swarovsky crystals (it's all we had) and put us to bed, we'd listen fervently until we'd hear my daddy and our uncles and all the men, who'd just spent fourteen hours cutting out a living low in the sequin mines, proudly singing this song together in hearty voice as they'd make their way homeward. As we were the furthest house up the holler, we'd listen to all the voices fall away as men would reach their homes to finally be treated to paw's solo, full-throated cabaret treatment of the classic as he'd glide up the stairs, kick off his ####-me pumps and hand his glittering trowel and taffeta coveralls to maw before taking a whore's bath in the cat bowl. Ah, those were the days....

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2 minutes ago, wikkidpissah said:

Brings me back to my childhood in eastern Tennessee. After mama would serve us a steaming bowl of Swarovsky crystals (it's all we had) and put us to bed, we'd listen fervently until we'd hear my daddy and our uncles and all the men who'd just spent fourteen hours in the sequin mines proudly singing this song together in full voice as they'd make their way homeward. As we were the furthest house up the holler, we listen to all the voices fall away as men would reach their homes to finally be treated to paw's solo, full-throated cabaret treatment of the classic as he glided up the stairs, kicked off his ####-me pumps and handed his glittering trowel and taffeta coveralls to maw before taking a whore's bath in the cat bowl. Ah, those were the days....

I always wondered where the sequin mines were. 

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11 hours ago, timschochet said:

24. Eagles “Lyin’ Eyes” (from One of These Nights

https://youtu.be/2PTEqZURh4o

Eagles was, at least prior to Hotel California, a country rock band, and this is the country part. It’s certainly one of their classic hits, IMO as good as any country rock song thats ever been produced. 

Obviously the Eagles aren’t for everyone but I love this song.  

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1 hour ago, timschochet said:

22. Glen Campbell “Rhinestone Cowboy” (from Rhinestone Cowboy

https://youtu.be/8kAU3B9Pi_U

There’s been a load of compromisin’, on the road to my horizon

This song makes me feel warm with joy. It always has. I can’t hear it without singing along. It’s completely totally awesome and Glen Campbell, the Wichita Lineman himself, is awesome for singing it. 
Great video too. 

When I was a young boy, my parents would play their Country & Western records by artists like Glen Campbell, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn and Charlie Pride. My brother and I would roll our eyes. Many years later I found out Glen Campbell was part of the Wrecking Crew and I developed a new found respect for him.

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21. Donna Summer “ Love to Love You Baby” (from Love to Love You Baby

https://youtu.be/V5AztWseIdU

Is this the sexiest song ever written? Donna Summer ushered in the disco era with one long, brilliant orgasm. Sadly, when she became a born again Christian a few years later she became ashamed of “Love to Love You Baby” and refused to sing it. But it will always be one of dance music’s most defining moments. 

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20. Judy Collins “Send in the Clowns” (from Judith

https://youtu.be/8L6KGuTr9TI

This is one of the most famous Broadway show tunes of all time, written In 1973 by Stephen Sondheim for A Little Night Music. in 1975 Judy Collins recorded an adult contemporary cover and it became the most well known version of the song. 
There is something timeless, ethereal, and almost chilling about Collins’ vocals here. 

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1 hour ago, timschochet said:

20. Judy Collins “Send in the Clowns” (from Judith

https://youtu.be/8L6KGuTr9TI

This is one of the most famous Broadway show tunes of all time, written In 1973 by Stephen Sondheim for A Little Night Music. in 1975 Judy Collins recorded an adult contemporary cover and it became the most well known version of the song. 
There is something timeless, ethereal, and almost chilling about Collins’ vocals here. 

sweet Judy

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2 hours ago, timschochet said:

20. Judy Collins “Send in the Clowns” (from Judith

https://youtu.be/8L6KGuTr9TI

This is one of the most famous Broadway show tunes of all time, written In 1973 by Stephen Sondheim for A Little Night Music. in 1975 Judy Collins recorded an adult contemporary cover and it became the most well known version of the song. 
There is something timeless, ethereal, and almost chilling about Collins’ vocals here. 

Why do I keep hearing The Simpsons version in my head? :shrug:

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30 minutes ago, timschochet said:

19. Gary Wright “Dream Weaver” (from The Dream Weaver

https://youtu.be/xZKuzwPOefs

Breaking into the teens with this spacey sounding classic. I love that certain 70s keyboard space sound from bands like Boston, Styx, etc, I’ve always associated this with those songs. 

I’m shocked this song was from ‘75. I associate it more with ‘77 or ‘78.

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48 minutes ago, timschochet said:

19. Gary Wright “Dream Weaver” (from The Dream Weaver

https://youtu.be/xZKuzwPOefs

Breaking into the teens with this spacey sounding classic. I love that certain 70s keyboard space sound from bands like Boston, Styx, etc, I’ve always associated this with those songs. 

I figured this was coming. I don’t associate this sound with prog or AOR. There wasn’t much else like it in 75.

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18. Neil Young “Cortez the Killer” (from Zuma

https://youtu.be/uX9k9aoX6gk

One of Neil Young’s great songs. Unlike @Pip's Invitation, I would not rank it in my top 5, which are, in no particular order: 

Down by the River 

Cowgirl in the Sand 

After the Gold Rush 

Heart of Gold 

Old Man 

But “Cortez the Killer” probably would make the next tier (6-10) somewhere. 

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2 hours ago, timschochet said:

18. Neil Young “Cortez the Killer” (from Zuma

https://youtu.be/uX9k9aoX6gk

One of Neil Young’s great songs. Unlike @Pip's Invitation, I would not rank it in my top 5, which are, in no particular order: 

Down by the River 

Cowgirl in the Sand 

After the Gold Rush 

Heart of Gold 

Old Man 

But “Cortez the Killer” probably would make the next tier (6-10) somewhere. 

Needless to say, this is my #1 from 1975 as well. 

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17. Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (from Born to Run

https://youtu.be/IxuThNgl3YA

I used to turn the radio station whenever this song came on. Not that I disliked it or anything, it’s just that over a period of years it got played on classic rock stations so damned much that you just get sick of the thing after while. 
But that was then; in the last decade or so I’ve come to start really liking it again. So long as I don’t have to hear it all the time.. 

 

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25 minutes ago, timschochet said:

17. Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (from Born to Run

https://youtu.be/IxuThNgl3YA

I used to turn the radio station whenever this song came on. Not that I disliked it or anything, it’s just that over a period of years it got played on classic rock stations so damned much that you just get sick of the thing after while. 
But that was then; in the last decade or so I’ve come to start really liking it again. So long as I don’t have to hear it all the time.. 

 

I would have flip flopped "Jungleland" and this, but that's just me. 

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29 minutes ago, timschochet said:

17. Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (from Born to Run

https://youtu.be/IxuThNgl3YA

I used to turn the radio station whenever this song came on. Not that I disliked it or anything, it’s just that over a period of years it got played on classic rock stations so damned much that you just get sick of the thing after while. 
But that was then; in the last decade or so I’ve come to start really liking it again. So long as I don’t have to hear it all the time.. 

 

I"m still in this place, I think I always will be. I have this same feeling about a lot of the songs on this list.

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On 9/29/2020 at 6:56 PM, timschochet said:

22. Glen Campbell “Rhinestone Cowboy” (from Rhinestone Cowboy

https://youtu.be/8kAU3B9Pi_U

There’s been a load of compromisin’, on the road to my horizon

This song makes me feel warm with joy. It always has. I can’t hear it without singing along. It’s completely totally awesome and Glen Campbell, the Wichita Lineman himself, is awesome for singing it. 
Great video too. 

Huge fan.  My wife hates this song, but my kids know it is a go-to karaoke song for me.  Love the line you quoted.  I think of that line often when reflecting on my career in corporate America.

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1 hour ago, timschochet said:

17. Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (from Born to Run

https://youtu.be/IxuThNgl3YA

I used to turn the radio station whenever this song came on. Not that I disliked it or anything, it’s just that over a period of years it got played on classic rock stations so damned much that you just get sick of the thing after while. 
But that was then; in the last decade or so I’ve come to start really liking it again. So long as I don’t have to hear it all the time.. 

 

My wife hates this song too, because his voice is so awful in it.  But the beauty of this song is the desperation that is conveyed about the people Springsteen is singing about.  It’s dangerous to forget how that feels, to be young or desperate or with fleeting hopes & dreams.

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2 hours ago, timschochet said:

17. Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (from Born to Run

https://youtu.be/IxuThNgl3YA

I used to turn the radio station whenever this song came on. Not that I disliked it or anything, it’s just that over a period of years it got played on classic rock stations so damned much that you just get sick of the thing after while. 
But that was then; in the last decade or so I’ve come to start really liking it again. So long as I don’t have to hear it all the time.. 

 

I was like that with all Springsteen. I definitely understand the appeal of this one, though. 

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3 hours ago, timschochet said:

17. Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (from Born to Run

https://youtu.be/IxuThNgl3YA

I used to turn the radio station whenever this song came on. Not that I disliked it or anything, it’s just that over a period of years it got played on classic rock stations so damned much that you just get sick of the thing after while. 
But that was then; in the last decade or so I’ve come to start really liking it again. So long as I don’t have to hear it all the time.. 

 

I was 13 when this came out and listening to a lot of nascent AOR radio - which was basically a bunch of art-rockers, Zep, Stones,  various leftover Woodstockers, and friggin' Bad Company.

I honestly thought "Born To Run" was a parody. No white rockers were singing like Springsteen did on this record. And they certainly weren't arranging songs this way. It was the furthest thing from what was popular at the time.

I ran away from this song as far and as fast as I could. It caught me, finally, about 15 years later. I'll never be a big Springsteen fan for a lot of reasons, but this one kicks ###.

Rock critic Greil Marcus: "A '57 Chevy running on melted-down Crystals' records"

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16. Ted Nugent “Stranglehold” (from Ted Nugent

https://youtu.be/0c3d7QgZr7g

Long before he became a political clown, Ted was an awful human being. I won’t repeat here the infamous stories of how he avoided the Vietnam War, or how he adopted a young girl in order to have sex with her- look it up if you want. 
But despite all that, “Stranglehold” truly is one of the all time great hard rock songs. That opening riff is incredible. And the song stays good all the way through. Most people know that Derek St. Holmes provides the vocals but Ted actually sings one verse as well. 

 

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Born to Run is a good song, but not one I ever go out of my way to hear...like most songs by The Boss.

I don't listen to much solo Nugent, but Strangehold is a good one.  That's another that I heard so much on classic rock radio back in the day that I don't need to ever hear it again.

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15. Hot Chocolate “You Sexy Thing” (released as a single)

https://youtu.be/E3fX2_bxEkg

I believe in miracles, where you from? You sexy thing 

This might be the catchiest tune in the entire list. And it’s so deceptively simple: just a two chord structure. But it’s one of the most infectious dance songs I can think of from any era. 

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10 hours ago, timschochet said:

17. Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (from Born to Run

https://youtu.be/IxuThNgl3YA

I used to turn the radio station whenever this song came on. Not that I disliked it or anything, it’s just that over a period of years it got played on classic rock stations so damned much that you just get sick of the thing after while. 
But that was then; in the last decade or so I’ve come to start really liking it again. So long as I don’t have to hear it all the time.. 

 


#17?!? Come on, tim. :thumbdown: 

This is suppposed to be the "Greatest songs of 1975" list. There is zero doubt that BTR is higher in that ranking.

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2 hours ago, timschochet said:

15. Hot Chocolate “You Sexy Thing” (released as a single)

https://youtu.be/E3fX2_bxEkg

I believe in miracles, where you from? You sexy thing 

This might be the catchiest tune in the entire list. And it’s so deceptively simple: just a two chord structure. But it’s one of the most infectious dance songs I can think of from any era. 

Not surprised to see this here. It shouldn't work on paper, but it does. 

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14. Pink Floyd “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” (from Wish You Were Here

https://youtu.be/cWGE9Gi0bB0

I’ve only listened to Pink Floyd’s first album, Piper at the Gates of Dawn once, and I didn’t care for it. My interest in Syd Barrett, the “crazy diamond” of this 26 minute magnum opus, is limited to what Roger Waters made of him. Based on this incredible music, that’s a whole heck of a lot. 

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1 minute ago, timschochet said:

14. Pink Floyd “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” (from Wish You Were Here

https://youtu.be/cWGE9Gi0bB0

I’ve only listened to Pink Floyd’s first album, Piper at the Gates of Dawn once, and I didn’t care for it. My interest in Syd Barrett, the “crazy diamond” of this 26 minute magnum opus, is limited to what Roger Waters made of him. Based on this incredible music, that’s a whole heck of a lot. 

This is in my top 3 of '75 along with Cortez. The other one is likely in your top 13. 

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52 minutes ago, timschochet said:

14. Pink Floyd “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” (from Wish You Were Here

https://youtu.be/cWGE9Gi0bB0

I’ve only listened to Pink Floyd’s first album, Piper at the Gates of Dawn once, and I didn’t care for it. My interest in Syd Barrett, the “crazy diamond” of this 26 minute magnum opus, is limited to what Roger Waters made of him. Based on this incredible music, that’s a whole heck of a lot. 

Syd Barrett’s 1975 Unannounced Visit To Abbey Road Studios During Pink Floyd Session

 

Syd Barrett “left” Pink Floyd in 1968 because of mental illness as a consequence of heavy drug use.  But basically, in January 1968, the band just stopped picking him up for rehearsal and David Gilmour began learning all of Barrett’s parts.  In 1967, Barrett’s use of LSD had done so much serious damage that his erratic behavior caused the band to cancel their U.S. tour and the group officially announced that he was no longer in the band on April 6, 1968.

A few years after they parted ways, the members of Pink Floyd only saw Syd Barrett one more time.  The pseudo reunion took place on June 5, 1975 at Abbey Road Studios during the recording sessions for “Wish You Were Here”. The band was in the process of completing a final mix of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” a song that is coincidentally is about him, when Barrett showed up unannounced.  He was overweight, had shaven his head and eyebrows, and was clutching a plastic bag as he entered the room at Abbey Road.

Roger Waters, who was working in the studio, initially did not recognize him and Richard Wright was also mystified by the identity of the visitor. He presumed that the man was a friend of Waters’ and asked him, but soon realized that it was Syd.  David Gilmour presumed he was an EMI staff member,  Nick Mason also failed to recognize him.  Eventually, they realised who he was and Waters was so distressed that he was reduced to tears.

Barrett held a toothbrush and attempted to brush his teeth by holding the brush still and jumping up and down. When asked by a fellow visitor how he had managed to gain so much weight. Barrett said he had a large refrigerator in his kitchen, and that he had been eating lots of pork chops.  He also mentioned that his services were available to the band, but on listening to the mix of “Shine On” he showed no sign of understanding its relevance to his plight.  Waters finally managed to ask him what he thought of the song, and he simply said he did not like it, and walked out of the studio. This would be the last time any member of Pink Floyd would ever see him.  Barrett passed away on July 7, 2006.

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1 hour ago, Ghost Rider said:

Shine On... is two songs, but quibbles aside, it’s an amazing piece of work. Not sure there are 13 pieces of music better in the modern era, much less in 1975. 

It's either one song, two songs or nine songs, depending on how you look at it. 

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12. ABBA “Mamma Mia” (from ABBA

https://youtu.be/unfzfe8f9NI

The signature song of one of the most beloved, most popular groups in history. And so catchy too. Who doesn’t love this tune? (Warning: there may indeed be some ABBA haters reading this, but you’d better not post. In fact, if you hate ABBA get the #### away from my thread. ) 

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2 minutes ago, wikkidpissah said:

The only other list upon which Mamma Mia is ahead of Born to Run, Young Americans, Love is a Drug etc is the muzakmix on the down elevator to Pandaemonium

I had a family tragedy a few weeks back and haven't followed the thread and had no intention of doing the next 100 from 75 but now I'll have to look into it.  I'm sure their is meat on the 75 next-100 bone.

Not saying Momma Mia couldn't crack a top-100 for the year but outside of an off-broadway estrogen induced crowd I don't think it gets within a hand grenade toss of top-12.

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2 hours ago, Bracie Smathers said:

I had a family tragedy a few weeks back and haven't followed the thread and had no intention of doing the next 100 from 75 but now I'll have to look into it.  I'm sure their is meat on the 75 next-100 bone.

Not saying Momma Mia couldn't crack a top-100 for the year but outside of an off-broadway estrogen induced crowd I don't think it gets within a hand grenade toss of top-12.

Sorry to hear that.

I’ve been sketching a next 100 given what’s going to be left off. But I’ll defer to you if you’re up for it since you came up with the concept.

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3 hours ago, Ghost Rider said:

I like ABBA in general, and they have some songs I really enjoy, but Mamma freaking Mia better than Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Rhiannon?  I think we have reached the moment where this countdown has jumped the shark.

It might make the list ot top 100, but yeah, no way it is ahead of too many of the songs already listed.  

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