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30 Day Song Challenge – Day 13 – A Song You Like From the 70s

Today’s challenge invites us to share a song we like from the 70s. This is another huge lift, as so much of the music I grew up with, both at the time it was current, and later when it was the cornerstone of “classic rock” radio formats, came from that storied decade. There’s the birth and maturation of heavy metal. There’s the cradle of punk. And disco. 1 And that’s not even mentioning such mainstays of my record collection as Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, or The Carpenters2

But the more I pondered this, I realised that in my musical pantheon, there is one figure who stands astride all the rest like a colossus. So, for the second time in this challenge, I give you the immortal David Bowie, today with his 1977 single “Sound and Vision”


  1. Hush. It was never cool, but you could dance to it. 

  2. who are probably rarely mentioned in the same sentence, but this is my blog, so you have to deal with my eccentricities. 

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28 Comments

  1. Blind Lemming Chiffon

    For albums, I’d probably go for Talking Heads 77 or Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon. A lot of stuff in the early 70s in my mind sounds too much like the 60s. But, if I had to pick one song I was listening to in the 70s, it would be this: https://youtu.be/rVTiDhOR35g

  2. Heather Munn

    This song is always near the surface of my mind. And….because I’m a little slow (evidently), I didn’t know until today that this is by Gordon Lightfoot. (Cut me a little slack…this song came out a year before I did.)

    https://youtu.be/v5tr_L31StI

  3. Rikibeth Stein

    Like you, I’m a Bowie fan down to my bones. I literally wore out a cassette tape of Ziggy Stardust when I was 14. If I had to pick just one Bowie song from the 1970s, though, it’s got to be Rebel Rebel, the apotheosis of glam rock.

    https://youtu.be/Vy-rvsHsi1o

  4. Paul Kwinn

    Well, it may not be the left field candidate, but there’s a reason it’s such a classic: https://youtu.be/iXQUu5Dti4g

  5. Rikibeth Stein

    But for a song I enjoyed as a young child in the ‘70s (because it made it onto that AM radio station) that I still like today, I’m going to go with America’s “Sister Golden Hair”.
    https://youtu.be/XIycEe59Auc

  6. Jim Poltrone

    Memories of being at the local Putt-Putt miniature golf course when I heard this. Yeah, it’s a bit cheesy, but what 70’s pop single wasn’t? 🙂
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-xRMw0NyW0

  7. Jim Poltrone

    Here’s another one. Somehow I seem to remember the one-hit wonders. But then, I listened to American Top 40 religiously from 1974-81.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mudlXF3MA8Q

  8. Rikibeth Stein

    (Damn, I could keep this up all night. As good a distraction as the Sexier Men Than Blake Shelton game.)

  9. Bruce Adelsohn

    This was, I suppose, technically a song recorded in the 1970s (1970), but there was a time around 1979 when _Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs_ was on my turntable more than was good for the vinyl. As good as the title track is, this is still my favorite song from the album. (Though the acoustic rework of Layla gives it a run for the money.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSzI-JqEN-o

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