Sunday, April 3, 2011

Rewind: Top 10 Songs of 1971

Continuing the march towards the best of 2011 (in 5 year increments), here are my top 10 songs of 1971. Because it was fun to compare in 1966, here were the Billboard top 5 of 1971:

     1) "Joy to the World" by Three Dog Night
     2) "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart
     3) "It's Too Late / I Feel the Earth move" by Carole King
     4) "One Bad Apple" by Osmonds
     5) "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" by Bee Gees
1971 represented a pretty great mix of music as the original soul and rock sounds of the late 60's were still in full swing while the "classic rock" sound associated with the 70's was underway as well.  My list includes one of my 10 favorite songs of all time at #1 (one of the very few Stones songs without Keith) and a ridiculous string of amazing intros at #2 - #7 (from the classic hooks of "Bang a Gong" and "Mr Big Stuff" to the Wes-Anderson-evoking "Queen Bitch"). Also, two of the biggest one-hit soul wonders in King Floyd and Jean Knight.

Grooveshark playlist is at the bottom (without the John Lennon song).

Top 10 Songs of 1971
  1. "Moonlight Mile" / The Rolling Stones / Sticky Fingers
    "I am just living to be lying by your side""
  2. "Groove Me" / King Floyd / King Floyd
    "Uh / ohhh sookie sookie now"
  3. "Bang a Gong (Get it On)" / T. Rex / Electric Warrior
    "Well you're built like a car / you've got a hubcap diamond star halo"
  4. "Queen Bitch" / David Bowie / Hunky Dory
    "Ahhhhh yeah / oh yeah!"
  5. "Baba O'Riley" / The Who / Who's Next
    "I don't need to fight / to prove I'm right"
  6. "Mr. Big Stuff" / Jean Knight / Mr. Big Stuff
    "Who do you think you are?"
  7. "Ace of Spades" / O.V. Wright / A Nickel and a Nail and Ace of Spades
    "From the the nine to the ten / you just can't win"
  8. "Sweet Hitch Hiker" / Creedence Clearwater Revival / Hold On, I'm Coming
    "She was runnin yeah yama heada heah / do you wanna holler thinking would you care"
    (or something)
  9. "Oh Yoko" / John Lennon / Imagine
    "My love will turn you on"
  10. "Tiny Dancer" / Elton John / Madman Across the Water
    "When I say softly / slowly"

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