OK, let’s pick up from where we left off yesterday. If you didn’t read yesterday’s post, scroll down below this post and read Part 1 or click here.
At first glance 1975 looks like a soup of Bublegum Pop, Folk, Rock Ballads maybe a little heavy on the schlock. I usually like my schlock on the side, but 1975 is fairly drenched in it. Oh well…it’s too late to send it back now. There are bright spots, though – there’s something for everyone here. And there’s nothing too strange unlike 1974’s chart. Wait. With one exception – Lovin’ You by Minnie Riperton, a song hated by dogs worldwide. Ripperton is definitely NOT all about dat bass bout dat bass no treble.
There were no long running #1’s, with only 9 songs at #1 for more than one week, and of those 9 only 5 stayed at #1 longer than two weeks. The longest stint at #1 belonged to The Captain and Tennille for Love Will Keep Us Together.
Cough *schlock* Cough.
The award for artist or group with most #1’s goes to Elton John who had three #1’s: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (2 weeks), Philadelphia Freedom (2 weeks), and Island Girl (3 weeks). Three other artists or groups had a song each that stayed at #1 for three weeks apiece: Tony Orlando & Dawn with He Don’t Love You, Neil Sedaka with Bad Blood and Silver Convention with Fly, Robin, Fly. Who? With what? Yeah, I know. All of these are wonderful songs…to someone, I’m sure. Just not to me. Even being a big Elton John fan, those songs don’t really excite me. I can take ’em or leave ’em. So the most popular music of 1975 was not popular with me. It’s not because I wasn’t exposed to it at the time – I was. AM radio was still a significant source of music because of the relative scarcity of FM radios and personal and/or portable sound systems. I remember these songs, I just don’t particularly like them.
Did I like anything about 1975? Yes, I did. I liked this:
So, I declare the “winner ” of 1975 to be Elton John on the basis of his three #1’s. And since I am an Elton John fan, I will have to say that 1975 is in the running for selection as my Peak Music Year, though it’s a dark horse. Stay tuned for my next post which will be the overall analysis of all 11 years and the selection of the prestigious “Mike’s Peak Music Year Award”
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