The 70s was a very interesting time for music with the rise of punk and glam rock vying for attention with the usual pop music. Here are a few classics that everyone should know.
This classic pop song is one that is still as popular today as when it was first released. The music of Abba has endured, thanks to the timeless nature of the melodies and films such as Mamma Mia. This is a hit with modern-day karaoke enthusiasts. This song represents the only time that Abba hit No.1 in the US.
Life on Mars
This David Bowie classic went through a strange development phase before becoming the hit that we all know and love. Originally, Bowie had it set to the music that eventually became ‘My Way’ for Frank Sinatra.
John Lennon’s haunting track is one that is often voted the greatest song of all time. It is simple, asking people to look at the world a different way but it wasn’t a hit at first. It took a number of years after the album before it was released as a single in the UK. However, following John Lennon’s death, it became something of a symbol of his life and work.
Heart of Glass
Blondie’s contribution to the best 70s hits started life as a demo but once the group was established this was released as a single. It became an instant disco hit and its popularity has definitely endured.
The Clash released this song in the wake of the nuclear mistake at Three Mile Island in the States and the message is that this could happen here too. The song ends with a memorable radio signal.
Go Your Own Way
A classic from Fleetwood Mac, this song appeared on the much-celebrated Rumours album. The song was written about a relationship that was falling apart and it took the band to the top 10 in the US for the first time. This song has been the subject of many cover versions but none ever matched the original.
God Save the Queen
The era that brought us punk brought us the Sex Pistols, a band out to shock the world. It never made it to No.1 but it was very popular with the masses who were keen for a little rebellion.