1975: Ground Zero for My Obsession and My 100 Favorite Songs


1975 was the year when I became seriously obsessed with popular music. Sure, there were definite underpinnings leading up to that year. Lord knows how I loved the Raspberries’ “Go All the Way,” but I had trouble finding that 45 in the “big city” of Anderson which was becoming a common theme for my life then. Shortly thereafter, I had to follow my parents’ rules for a WHOLE MONTH of my life in order for them to correct my budding aberrant behavior with the pay-off being Alice Cooper’s Billion Dollar Babies album. Talk about determination! You know, a month is a LONG time for a fourth-grader who had undiagnosed ADHD, and a touch of Obsessive Defiant Disorder, to stay in line but I persevered.

In August of 1974, I unwittingly discovered Casey Kasem and his mind altering American Top 40 radio show while running home from an afternoon of basketball games in the neighborhood. As I was cutting through a nearby neighbor’s yard, I had Casey talking about ABBA’s hit “Waterloo.” I literally stopped in my tracks in the neighbor’s yard and started a conversation with the high school girl who was laying out in her backyard listening to this great radio program. Since I knew everyone in this suburban haven, the young lady told me all about AT40 as my mom stood in our backyard yelling at me to hurry up and get home. After that brief conversation was over (all I got was the radio information), I got home to turn on my radio in my room and faded into heaven. Mom burst into my room to yell at me about being late or something, but I did not care because Casey was bringing me the top hits in the USA.

9.3 AT40

AT40 exposed me to EVERYTHING in popular music, music that was not yet on the playlists of local radio stations. He told me anecdotes about these artists whose hits I loved. And, since I was an information sponge, I was memorizing each week’s Top 40, along with baseball and basketball statistics, and spouting off in an effort to impress my classmates (it didn’t work!). I discovered Bruce Springsteen, Queen, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and so many others on Casey’s iconic weekly radio show. Perhaps, most importantly, I got exposed to two more things: K-Tel Record Albums and KISS.

K-Tel was the early Gen Xers’ version of the NOW record series. Now, you could for the cheap price of $2.99 purchase a piece of vinyl with up to 20 hit songs! And, because of one of those compilations I discovered KISS and their studio version of “Rock and Roll All Nite.” Yet, it was Casey who turned me onto the live version of that song. KISS was a perfect band for a tween. They have a cool image and played a pop version of metal. Now, I was hooked. I charted KISS’ weekly movement through the Top 40 thanks to Casey. But, my was I ever bummed when that song never entered the Top 10.

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Some people say they love music from the Sixties, Seventies, Eighties or Nineties, but my decade is that weirdly place ten-year span which runs from 1975 to 1984. Think about it! During that decade, we got disco, punk, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, post-punk, new wave, college rock, hardcore, dance music, Prince, synth pop, funk, hair metal and so much more which all corresponds to my coming of age story.

So, let’s look at my musical journey to adulthood by beginning with my 100 favorite songs of 1975.

100. “Over My Head” – Fleetwood Mac

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The Tubes

99. “White Punks on Dope” – The Tubes

98. “Get Dancin'” – Disco Tex & the Sex-O-Lettes

97. “Do It (‘Til Your Satisfied)” – B.T. Express

96. “When Will I See You Again” – The Three Degrees

95. “Lonely People” – America

94. “Third Rate Romance” – Amazing Rhythm Aces

93. “I’m on Fire” – Dwight Twilley Band

92. “Magic” – Pilot

91. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” – Elton John

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90. “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” – Sugarloaf

89. “How Long” – Ace

88. “You Are So Beautiful” – Joe Cocker

87. “Only Women Bleed” – Alice Cooper

86. “Some Kind of Wonderful” – Grand Funk

85. “Lovin’ You” – Minnie Ripperton

84. “Bad Blood” – Neil Sedaka

83. “Hair of the Dog” – Nazareth

82. “Saturday Night Special” – Lynyrd Skynyrd

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81. “At Seventeen” – Janis Ian

80. “Love Is Alive” – Gary Wright

79. “Games People Play” – The Spinners

78. “Take It to the Limits” – Eagles

77. “Shining Star” – Earth, Wind & Fire

76. “I Love Music” – The O’Jays

75. “Wish You Were Here” – Pink Floyd

74. “This Will Be” – Natalie Cole

73. “The Hustle” – Van McCoy

72. “Love Machine” – The Miracles

71. “Let Your Love Flow” – The Bellamy Brothers

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70. “Roadrunner” – The Modern Lovers

69. “Love Will Keep Us Together” – The Captain & Tennille

68. “Sing a Song” – Earth, Wind & Fire

67. “Tush” – ZZ Top

66. “Sailing” – Rod Stewart

65. “Let’s Do It Again” – The Staple Singers

64. “Gloria” – Patti Smith Group

63. “It Only Takes a Minute” – Tavares

62. “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” – Willie Nelson

61. “Rhinestone Cowboy” – Glen Campbell

60. “Listen to What the Man Says” – Wings

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59. “Why Can’t We Be Friends” – War

58. “Golden Years” – David Bowie

57. “Low Rider” – War

56. “One of These Nights” – Eagles

55. “Jive Talkin'” – Bee Gees

54. “Fallin’ in Love” – Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds

53. “All by Myself” – Eric Carmen

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52. “Jackie Blue” – Ozark Mountain Daredevils

51. “Chevy Van” – Sammy Johns

50. “You’re No Good” – Linda Ronstadt

49. “Lady” – Styx

48. “Express” – B.T. Express

47. “Walking in Rhythm” – The Blackbyrds

46. “S.O.S.” – ABBA

45. “Junior’s Farm” – Wings

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44. “Amie” – Pure Prairie League

43. “Miracles” – Jefferson Starship

42. “Sweet Thing” – Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

41. “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” – Elvin Bishop

40. “Evil Woman” – Electric Light Orchestra

39. “Slow Ride” – Foghat

38. “That’s the Way (I Like It)” – KC & the Sunshine Band

37. “Young Americans” – David Bowie

36. “That’s the Way of the World” – Earth, Wind & Fire

35. “Hurricane” – Bob Dylan

34. “Dream Weaver” – Gary Wright

33. “Nights on Broadway” – Bee Gees

32. “Feel Like Makin’ Love” – Bad Company

9.3 Grand Funk

31. “Bad Time” – Grand Funk

30. “Can’t Get It Out of My Head” – Electric Light Orchestra

29. “Must of Got Lost” – The J. Geils Band

28. “Killer Queen” – Queen

27. “Fly, Robin, Fly” – Silver Convention

26. “Kashmir” – Led Zeppelin

25. “Lady Marmalade” – Labelle

24. “Ballroom Blitz” – Sweet

23. “Sister Golden Hair” – America

22. “Love to Love You Baby” – Donna Summer

21. “Landslide” – Fleetwood Mac

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20. “T.N.T.” – AC/DC

19. “Old Days” – Chicago

18. “Sweet Emotion” – Aerosmith

17. “I’m Not in Love” – 10 c.c.

16. “Philadelphia Freedom” – Elton John

15. “Reasons” – Earth, Wind & Fire

14. “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” – Elton John

13. “Wake Up Everybody” – Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes

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12. “Love Rollercoaster” – Ohio Players

11. “Tangled Up in Blues” – Bob Dylan

10. “Fame” – David Bowie

9. “Tear the Roof Off the Sucker” – Parliament

8. “Walk This Way” – Aerosmith

7. “December 1963 (Oh What a Night)” – The Four Seasons

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6. “Love Is the Drug” – Roxy Music

5. “Get Down Tonight” – KC & the Sunshine Band

4. “Rhiannon” – Fleetwood Mac

3. “Rock and Roll All Nite (live)” – KISS

2. “Sara Smile” – Daryl Hall & John Oates

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1. “Born to Run” – Bruce Springsteen

Author: ifmyalbumscouldtalk

I am just a long-time music fan who used to be a high school science teacher and a varsity coach of several high school athletic teams. Before that, I worked as a medical technologist at three hospitals in their labs, mainly as a microbiologist. I am retired/disabled (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), and this is my attempt to remain a human. Additionally, I am a serious vinyl aficionado, with a CD addiction and a love of reading about rock history. Finally, I am a fan of Prince, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Springsteen, Paul Weller & his bands and Power Pop music.

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