Sentimental Lady - Bob Welch

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Sentimental Lady - Bob Welch

Bob Welch's "Sentimental Lady" exemplifies the smoky, romantic songs of the 70s. Tender and supple as a light spring rain, it's sweet without being schmaltzy. Welch started out as a member of Fleetwood Mac, but when he went his "own way," he had a successful career in the late 70s with a string of hits…

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Snowbird - Anne Murray

The 70s was replete with folk rock, rock that had great lyrics, simple acoustics and sublime storytelling. Canadian songbird Anne Murray sings earthy adult contemporary and country songs and in 1970, she was the first Canadian solo singer to hit #1 on the U.S. charts with the timeless "Snowbird."…

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More Than a Woman - Bee Gees

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More Than a Woman - Bee Gees

The movie Saturday Night Fever set the world and dance floors on fire. Comprised of shake-your-body-down-to-the-ground songs as well as heart-wrenching ballads, it has one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time. One of the most exquisite songs from the double-album, which was released in 1977, is "More Than a Woman,"…

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More Today Than Yesterday - Spiral Staircase

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More Today Than Yesterday - Spiral Staircase

There were a lot of one hit wonders in the 60s and 70s. Often, that one hit solidified a musician or group's place in the annals of music history. Sacramento, California's own Spiral Staircase released "More Today Than Yesterday" in 1969 and it reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100…

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A Horse with No Name - America

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A Horse with No Name - America

Some songs are so quintessentially 70s, the essence of peace and love and a laid back, southern California vibe are in the DNA of their record grooves. "A Horse with No Name" by America is one of these songs…

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Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield

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Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield

There were many civil rights oriented songs during the 60s and 70s. Songs that promoted liberation through protest and personal freedom. One of the vanguards of using music as social commentary, particularly for African Americans, was Curtis Mayfield…

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I'll Be Around - The Spinners

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I'll Be Around - The Spinners

Detroit natives The Spinners had a slew of hits in the 60s and 70s. The smooth R&B group was comprised of lead singer Bobby Smith, Billy Henderson, Henry Fambrough, Pervis Jackson and George Dixon. Though they started out with Motown, once they got over to Atlantic Records, they had a more cosmopolitan, spirited sound compared to their previous Northern Soul sound…

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One Of These Nights - Eagles

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One Of These Nights - Eagles

The Eagles was one of the primary groups that defined the sound of the 70s. The pristine harmonies and sleepy country rock sound captured the attitude and desires of a generation. "One Of These Nights" was their second hit and was the title track from the album that was released in 1975.

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Wooden Ships by Crosby, Stills & Nash

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Wooden Ships by Crosby, Stills & Nash

"Wooden Ships" by Crosby, Stills & Nash came out in 1969, which was at the crest of the Vietnam War and the cusp of a new decade. It would be one of their biggest hits. The melody is fluid and beautiful, but the words are powerful and scary as they address nuclear annihilation…

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I Just Want to Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb

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I Just Want to Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb

The Bee Gees were at the heart of the disco movement in the 70s and was comprised of brothers Barry, Maurice and Robin. However, the youngest Gibb brother, Andy, had his own time in the blazing hot spotlight as a teen heartthrob and disco king…

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How Much I Feel - Ambrosia

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How Much I Feel - Ambrosia

Southern California soft rock band Ambrosia had five singles that were hits, which were enough to emblazon them in the tapestry of 70s pop culture fabric forever. One of their best is "How Much I Feel," which was a single released from their Life Beyond L.A. album in the summer of '78 and this sultry tune definitely made it hotter.

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Sunshine on My Shoulders - John Denver

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Sunshine on My Shoulders - John Denver

Some love songs capture a moment, others capture eternity. John Denver's simple and tender "Sunshine on My Shoulders" is full of so much sincerity and warmth, one can practically feel the sunshine on one's shoulders when listening to it…

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Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot

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Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot

Canadian singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot is a folk legend. He helped carve the popular folk-rock sound of the 60s and 70s, forming a poetry-based music with potent cultural and sociopolitical significance. Among his numerous hits, "Sundown" is one of his most laid-back reflections about a no-good girlfriend. 

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Have You Ever Seen The Rain - Creedance Clearwater Revival

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Have You Ever Seen The Rain - Creedance Clearwater Revival

CCR (Creedence Clearwater Revival) was only together a short time compared to other rock groups, but during that time period, they wrote songs that defined the revolutionary 60s and the transitioning 70s. One of their hits, "Have You Ever Seen the Rain," from their 1970 album Pendulum is full of pain, reflection and wisdom...

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No Tell Lover - Chicago

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No Tell Lover - Chicago

"No Tell Lover" is probably Chicago's most underrated song. The understated use of horns, the subtly sexy lyrics, Peter Cetera and Donnie Dacus' pitch perfect vocals and the indefinable feeling of contentment is a musical concoction that is indelible ear candy.

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Listen To What The Man Said - Wings

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Listen To What The Man Said - Wings

Paul McCartney was an integral part of the hitmaking machine that was The Beatles. His musical career post-Beatles was just as successful. Sir Paul and his band Wings soared to phenomenal pop music heights in the 70s and 80s...

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I Love Music - The O'Jays

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I Love Music - The O'Jays

Sometimes the simplest things are not only the most sophisticated, but the most enjoyable. The O'Jays' 1975 hit "I Love Music" is a musically tight-as-a-drum musing on two of life's greatest pleasures, good music as it's associated with love. Written by the inimitable songwriting duo Gamble and Huff, it's a a joyous celebration of big audio dynamite and big love...

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Too Late to Turn Back Now - Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose

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Too Late to Turn Back Now - Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose

A lot of 70s music, no matter the genre, was full of optimism, sweetness and love. "Too Late to Turn Back Now" by Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose is a dip into the soulful side of the 70s, when R&B had some of the most beautiful love songs ever written...

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 One Fine Morning - Lighthouse

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One Fine Morning - Lighthouse

Following on the heels of the Chicago Transit Authority, many bands in the late 60s and early 70s had a dynamic horn section that made their sound supersonic and vibrant. This Toronto, Ontario band formed in 1968 and they're still rocking the house. They had several songs that made the charts, but "One Fine Morning" was their highest charting, reaching #24 on the US Hot 100...

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Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) - Looking Glass

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Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) - Looking Glass

Some bands have decades of songs, others have one or two signature songs that not only define them, but an era. Looking Glass' "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" is one of those tunes. Wistful, earthy and soul searching, "Brandy" is an ode to a world-weary woman's life. It was their only #1 hit, staying in that position for a week. There other hit, "Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne," was a Top 40 hit and has a slinky, sexy 70s feel, too.

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