My Worst Songs of the '70s List

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So, after coming up with My '80s Mix Tape and My '80s Mix Tape: Revisited, I started thinking about my favorite music from other decades, but then decided that I have too many favorites from the '60s and '70s. What to do? My worst-of list, of course...

Now, I'm a child of the '70s; a decidedly tacky period in American culture (but maybe people were a little bit more relaxed then). Shag carpets, swag lamps, fake wood paneling, macrame belts, and leisure suits with white shoes. Billy Beer. This unique time seemed to spawn some really bad music. It took me no time at all to come up with my "Worst of" list; music that would set my teeth on edge. (And my Number 1 is set in stone).

So without further ado, here's my "Top 10 Worst Songs of the '70s...

1. Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band
2. Seasons in the Sun - Terry Jacks
3. The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace
4. The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia - Vicki Lawrence
5. The Bertha Butt Boogie - Jimmy Castor Bunch
6. Wildfire - Michael Martin Murphey
7. I Shot the Sheriff - Eric Clapton
8. Lay Lady Lay - Bob Dylan
9. Heartbeat (It's a Lovebeat) - The DeFranco Family
10. Disco Duck - Rick Dees

I'm sure you have your own to add to the list. Add your comments at the end of this post...




Now, it's time to play "My Worst Songs of the '70s Mix & Match"
Simply match each lyric with the horrid song from the list above...

* The boy'll never learn! Uh-oh, here comes the Troglodyte! Troglodyte: "Come here, sock it to me..!"

* But the stars we could reach were just starfish on the beach...

* Daddy was a cop on the East Side of Chicago, back in the USA, back in the bad old days...

* And the judge said, "Guilty!" in a make-believe trial, slapped the sheriff on the back with a smile, said, "Supper's waitin' at home and I gotta get to it..."

* His clothes are dirty but his hands are clean and you're the best thing that he's ever seen...

* I always though a fish could not be caught who wouldn't bite, but you've got some bait a waitin' and I think I might try nibblin...

* How in the world could I keep my seat? All of a sudden I began to change, I was on the dance floor acting strange...

* By the dark of the moon I planted, but there came an early snow. There's been a hoot-owl howling by my window now for six nights in a row...

* All around in my hometown, they're trying to track me down. They say they want to bring me in guilty..

* My head starts spinnin' round and round and I don't care what's up or down, cause deep in my soul I'm out of control...




Side Notes...

My aversion to "Afternoon Delight" is well known and has been used against me at times as a torture device, sung over and over just to vex me. Its use in "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" was fitting.

Number 4 on the list spawned its very own made-for-T.V. movie starring Kristy McNichol.

Number 5: I found "The Bertha Butt Boogie" on YouTube and, I have to admit, I kind of love it (but it's staying on the list).

I fully understand that Number 6 is a very popular song, but it still sucks.

While I am an Eric Clapton fan (have even seen him in concert), I've never been a fan of his version of Number 7.

For Number 8, I was surprised when I found out years later that it was actually a Bob Dylan song. I'd always thought the popular radio version was performed by Mac Davis (not that there's anything wrong with Mac Davis).




End note...

Although this list was already written, on my way into the city this morning, the deejays were talking about a list that just came out of the worst songs of all time. None of my worst picks were on their top 10 (most of their list were '80s songs). One of the songs on their worst-of list: I Am Woman, by Helen Reddy. I would have to agree. That made me think of one more I could have added to my list: (You're) Having My Baby, by Paul Anka. I'm so glad Husband didn't sing that to me while expecting. Thank you, Husband.

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