The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1974

When people say 1974 was a particularly bad year for music, I don’t think anyone is talking about Stevie Wonder or Barry White or ABBA. They’re not saying the good stuff wasn’t as good as usual, they’re saying the bad stuff is just that much worse. Again, I can point to plenty of other yearsContinue reading “The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1974”

The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1974

1974 is widely considered one of the worst years in pop music history. Now, I’m pretty heavily biased towards the 70s, so I’d say that calling it one of the worst ever is a bit hyperbolic; there are a good dozen or so years that handily outstrip ‘74 in terms of badness (just wait untilContinue reading “The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1974”

The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1973

It’s hard to overstate what an incredibly great year ‘73 was music-wise, but as I’ve said before, every year has its high and low points. A “bad” year doesn’t mean there wasn’t anything I really enjoyed, and a “good” year (even a “best” year) doesn’t mean there wasn’t anything truly repugnant to get through. Also,Continue reading “The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1973”

The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1973

Oh my god. Oh my god. We’re finally here. Nineteen seventy-three, in my humble opinion the single, undisputed greatest year in the entire history of the Billboard hot 100. I’ve had to make some pretty painful cuts for nearly every best list since the mid-60s, but in ‘73, a year where the stars somehow alignedContinue reading “The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1973”

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”