The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1972

1972 was, on balance, a pretty damn solid year for the pop charts, but it certainly wasn’t exempt from the same guff that the years surrounding it suffered from. As usual, we got featherweight manufactured pap, cheesy AM-radio schlock, dunderheaded hard rock, and a handful of cash-grab imitations of the biggest sounds of 2-3 yearsContinue reading “The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1972”

The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1972

In my view, it is undeniable that the 70s set in much more quickly across the pop charts than did the 60s. With that being said, I do think that if you really wanted to, you could probably still make the case for ‘70 and ‘71 being “transition years”, years that belonged properly to neitherContinue reading “The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1972”

The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1971

With the 70s starting to really kick in, along with all the excellent soul and rock that was vying for the public’s attention, we also got a fair bit of… I guess the only real term for it is “dumb shit”. While many of the pop world’s best and brightest were exploring ever-more mature andContinue reading “The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1971”

The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1971

The way the ‘70s started stands in fairly stark contrast to the way the ‘60s did. While 1961 was still so mired in the cultural trappings of the previous decade that, to many, it barely even qualifies as “The Sixties”, the ‘60s felt almost entirely vanished from the pop charts by the closing weeks ofContinue reading “The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1971”

The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1970

Now, having established myself as a one hundred per cent, bona-fide “Fan of 1970s Music”, I don’t think it’s too terribly controversial to say that the bad music of the 70s is, broadly, worse than the bad music of the 60s. At any rate, it’s persisted much more as a distinct set of aesthetics- WhileContinue reading “The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1970”

The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1969

As I mentioned in the best list intro, 1969 was when many of the worst pop trends of the early 70s started rearing their ugly heads. Although the foremost bad trend on display this year is gutless, edgeless pop-rock of a variety that would rapidly fizzle out over the next year or two, even inContinue reading “The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1969”

The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1969

Tempted as I am to make the obvious joke and say ’69 was a very “nice” year, such a mild descriptor really doesn’t do this year justice. A man named Armstrong landed on the moon, a crook named Nixon landed in the White House, and the Manson Family killed eight Hollywood hot-shots because some whackoContinue reading “The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1969”

The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1968

As I said in the intro to my best list, 1968 saw a distinct shifting of trends in the pop world, but as usual, the less impressive chart acts were a bit slower on the uptake. Though easy listening was steadily gaining ground, ‘68 still delivered a glut of passe proto-soul, stale bubblegum pop, andContinue reading “The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1968”

The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1968

Any attempt by historians to neatly demarcate where one cultural epoch ends and another begins is always going to be at least a little reductive. In 1968, there was still plenty of music and art that felt more of a piece with the zeitgeist of the years prior, and many of the trends that roseContinue reading “The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1968”