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(CNN)   1974 had shiatty music on the charts and Nixon. So why does it now seem like the good old days?   (cnn.com) divider line 105
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2014-07-27 10:10:37 AM  
1974 was best year
 
2014-07-27 10:21:18 AM  
I wasn't old then

/but I'm kind of glad I'm not that age now
//the future doesn't look that good from here
 
2014-07-27 11:06:39 AM  
Because we were all 8-12 years old back then?
 
2014-07-27 11:10:32 AM  
I was 13 in '74
Lou Brock stole 118 bases...
Blue Oyster Cult released 'Secret Treaties'...
Got my hand down a gal's pants for the 1st time...
Yup. Good old days.
 
2014-07-27 12:21:39 PM  
I was three.
 
2014-07-27 12:30:48 PM  
I just remember hearing Steve Miller's The Joker playing on the radio a lot.  Oh....and Planet of the Apes on TV.  I was six.

/Some people call me Maurice...or Cornelius.
 
2014-07-27 12:34:01 PM  
I was five. I love 70s music. The cheesier, the better.

/Rocky, I never had to die before, don't know if I can do it...
 
2014-07-27 12:35:50 PM  
I'd imagine because most people don't memorize/make a point of remembering shiatty pop songs, therefor the quality seems to drift to the top and stays with people over the long term.
 
2014-07-27 12:41:10 PM  
I was -8.
 
2014-07-27 12:41:30 PM  
I had the Paper Lace 45 with "Chicago" on one side and "Billy" on the other. I was nine.
 
2014-07-27 12:43:20 PM  
Nixon resigned. The war ended. We were young.

And Chinatown got released.
 
2014-07-27 12:45:11 PM  
yeah...2014 is bound to be a cultural classic in the future.
/S
 
2014-07-27 12:49:55 PM  

AGremlin: I just remember hearing Steve Miller's The Joker playing on the radio a lot.  Oh....and Planet of the Apes on TV.  I was six.

/Some people call me Maurice...or Cornelius.


Maurelius!
 
2014-07-27 12:54:55 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: Because we were all 8-12 years old back then?


I was five.
 
2014-07-27 12:55:19 PM  
Diamond Dogs by Bowie alone is enough to validate 1974. But really, there were so many great Rock albums released 1974, it seems there was something in the air and water.

/Radio City-Big Star
//Sheer Heart Attack-Queen
///Secret farking Treaties-BOC
////etc,etc...
 
2014-07-27 12:55:20 PM  
Because we still remember good old Mr. Fender, who ran the corner grocery store
 
2014-07-27 12:55:53 PM  
Yeah, tell the guys who were still in Nam what a great year it was.
 
2014-07-27 12:56:47 PM  
CASEY KASEM'S AMERICAN TOP 40 - 7/27/74

40: BAND ON THE RUN - PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS
39: BILLY, DON'T BE A HERO - BO DONALDSON & THE HEYWOODS
38: RUB IT IN - BILLY "CRASH" CRADDOCK
37: WORKIN' AT THE CAR WASH BLUES - JIM CROCE
36: HANG ON IN THERE BABY - JOHNNY BRISTOL
35: COME MONDAY - JIMMY BUFFETT
34: (YOU'RE) HAVING MY BABY - PAUL ANKA
33: HOLLYWOOD SWINGING - KOOL & THE GANG
32: I'M LEAVING IT ALL UP TO YOU - DONNY AND MARIE OSMOND
31: YOU AND ME AGAINST THE WORLD - HELEN REDDY
30: ROCK ME GENTLY - ANDY KIM
29: YOU WON'T SEE ME - ANNE MURRAY
28: SHININ' ON - GRAND FUNK
27: IF YOU LOVE ME (LET ME KNOW) - OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN
26: FISH AIN'T BITIN' - LAMONT DOZIER
25: SURE AS I'M SITTING HERE - THREE DOG NIGHT
24: THIS HEART - GENE REDDING
23: TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD - RUFUS
22: MACHINE GUN - THE COMMODORES
21: IF YOU TALK IN YOUR SLEEP - ELVIS PRESLEY
20: TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS - BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE
19: KEEP ON SMILIN' - WET WILLIE
18: WILDWOOD WEED - JIM STAFFORD
17: FINALLY GOT MYSELF TOGETHER (I'M A CHANGED MAN) - THE IMPRESSIONS
16: ONE HELL OF A WOMAN - MAC DAVIS
15: WATERLOO - ABBA
14: THE NIGHT CHICAGO DIED - PAPER LACE
13: RADAR LOVE - GOLDEN EARRING
12: ON AND ON - GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS
11: SIDESHOW - BLUE MAGIC
10: CALL ON ME - CHICAGO
9: PLEASE COME TO BOSTON - DAVE LOGGINS
8: ROCK THE BOAT - THE HUES CORPORATION
7: THE AIR THAT I BREATHE - THE HOLLIES
6: FEEL LIKE MAKIN' LOVE - ROBERTA FLACK
5: RIKKI, DON'T LOSE THAT NUMBER - STEELY DAN
4: ROCK YOUR BABY - GEORGE McCRAE
3: ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN - THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS
2: DON'T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME - ELTON JOHN
1: ANNIE'S SONG - JOHN DENVER
 
2014-07-27 12:58:00 PM  
Everybody was kung fu fighting.
 
2014-07-27 01:02:41 PM  
Wow, that is a shiatty list of tunes. Not that today's music is any better but still. I thought rock was still alive back then.

/Elton John, "Don't Let Your Son Go Down On Me"? He doesn't mean it.
 
2014-07-27 01:02:51 PM  
Everyone knows Rock achieved perfection in 1974. It's a scientific fact
          - H. J. Simpson
 
2014-07-27 01:03:19 PM  
Like just about everything else back then, it was a different era that had to be looked at through 1970's technology.

There was a huge difference between the music playing on the AM radio and the FM radio in back those days. AM radio played songs like the ones listed, mainly bubblegum rock, pop and smaltz, while FM radio mainly played album rock.

The better music was on the FM radio, and hardly any of that made this list. The pure dee crapola was on the AM radio.
This was only 1974---a couple of years earlier you could have had Sammy Davis Jr.'s "Candy Man", Wayne Newtons
"Daddy don't you walk so fast" or Lou Rawls "I've got a nickle".

/I liked "the night Chicago died". It was a cool song that you could jazz up when sung--it was a feature song in the local talent shows by garage bands when it came out---which is the ultimate musical compliment, much more so than a top-40 list.
 
2014-07-27 01:12:23 PM  
All I got from that article was bad music but GREAT movies.

/The current studio system needs to implode again like it did in the 70s and to a lesser extent 90s.
 
2014-07-27 01:23:41 PM  
CNN should just go ahead with the full conversion and rename itself BoomerTV.
 
2014-07-27 01:23:48 PM  

varmitydog: Like just about everything else back then, it was a different era that had to be looked at through 1970's technology.

There was a huge difference between the music playing on the AM radio and the FM radio in back those days. AM radio played songs like the ones listed, mainly bubblegum rock, pop and smaltz, while FM radio mainly played album rock.

The better music was on the FM radio, and hardly any of that made this list. The pure dee crapola was on the AM radio.
This was only 1974---a couple of years earlier you could have had Sammy Davis Jr.'s "Candy Man", Wayne Newtons
"Daddy don't you walk so fast" or Lou Rawls "I've got a nickle".

/I liked "the night Chicago died". It was a cool song that you could jazz up when sung--it was a feature song in the local talent shows by garage bands when it came out---which is the ultimate musical compliment, much more so than a top-40 list.


I was 17, and agree with you on AM vs. FM. Two different worlds.
 
2014-07-27 01:25:48 PM  

SundaesChild: I was three.


As was I.
 
2014-07-27 01:26:01 PM  
I was  born in 70's and as  a Kid I HATED seventies music, hated 70's style.  As an adult I find myself with a weird fondness for the cheese-tasticness of music of the music..still hate the clothes
 
2014-07-27 01:27:08 PM  
1974 was the year I graduated HS and started college.

Billboard's top 20 for the year:

1 Barbra Streisand - The Way We Were
2 Terry Jacks - Seasons In The Sun
3 Love Unlimited Orchestra - Love's Theme
4 Redbone - Come And Get Your Love
5 Jackson 5 - Dancing Machine
6 Grand Funk Railroad The Loco-Motion
7 MFSB - TSOP
8 Ray Stevens - The Streak
9 Elton John - Bennie And The Jets
10 Mac Davis - One Hell Of A Woman
11 Aretha Franklin - Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)
12 Kool and The Gang - Jungle Boogie
13 Maria Muldaur - Midnight At The Oasis
14 Stylistics - You Make Me Feel Brand New
15 Al Wilson - Show And Tell
16 Jim Stafford - Spiders And Snakes
17 David Essex - Rock On
18 John Denver - Sunshine On My Shoulders
19 Blue Magic - Sideshow
20 Blue Swede - Hooked On A Feeling
 
2014-07-27 01:28:44 PM  
1974. The year I lost my virginity.

/ AYDS was a diet candy.
// Porn wasn't hairless or obsessed with ATM.
 
2014-07-27 01:28:59 PM  
Obligatory

/Syd Barrett's last session he can't sing anymore
//He's gonna have to be Roger now for the rest of his life
 
2014-07-27 01:29:21 PM  
1974 had shiatty music on the charts and Nixon. So why does it now seem like the good old days?


Why was there shiatty music on Nixon?
 
2014-07-27 01:31:27 PM  
Shi**y as '74 may have been, the music and president were both better than what we have now.

/uphill both ways
//in the snow
 
2014-07-27 01:35:44 PM  

Mugato: Wow, that is a shiatty list of tunes. Not that today's music is any better but still. I thought rock was still alive back then.

/Elton John, "Don't Let Your Son Go Down On Me"? He doesn't mean it.


1973 . . . but still relavent in 1974
i.huffpost.com
 
2014-07-27 01:37:09 PM  

Whack-a-Mole: varmitydog: Like just about everything else back then, it was a different era that had to be looked at through 1970's technology.

There was a huge difference between the music playing on the AM radio and the FM radio in back those days. AM radio played songs like the ones listed, mainly bubblegum rock, pop and smaltz, while FM radio mainly played album rock.

The better music was on the FM radio, and hardly any of that made this list. The pure dee crapola was on the AM radio.
This was only 1974---a couple of years earlier you could have had Sammy Davis Jr.'s "Candy Man", Wayne Newtons
"Daddy don't you walk so fast" or Lou Rawls "I've got a nickle".

/I liked "the night Chicago died". It was a cool song that you could jazz up when sung--it was a feature song in the local talent shows by garage bands when it came out---which is the ultimate musical compliment, much more so than a top-40 list.

I was 17, and agree with you on AM vs. FM. Two different worlds.


Very much so.
 
2014-07-27 01:37:21 PM  
Not everything from '74 sucked. My Cadillac Ambulance is from '74 and it's awesome.
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Well, right now it's in a thousand pieces spread all over the garage floor...

Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein came out that year, so it wasn't all bad.
 
2014-07-27 01:38:08 PM  
B-B-B-Bennie and the Jets
The Loco-Motion
The Joker
Nothing from Nothing
Sweet Home Alabama
Rock On
Beach Baby
I Can Help
Life Is A Rock
 
2014-07-27 01:39:26 PM  

Spaceballer: Not everything from '74 sucked. My Cadillac Ambulance is from '74 and it's awesome.
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Well, right now it's in a thousand pieces spread all over the garage floor...

Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein came out that year, so it wasn't all bad.


My dad used to tow his race car with an ambulance like that.
 
2014-07-27 01:41:19 PM  
Cherry picked from the list of albums released in 1974:

461 Ocean Boulevard - Eric Clapton
Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends... Ladies and Gentlemen - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Heart Like a Wheel - Linda Ronstadt
Court and Spark - Joni Mitchell
Kiss - Kiss
Badfinger - Badfinger
Rock 'n' Roll Animal - Lou Reed
What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits - The Doobie Brothers
Rush -Rush
Pretzel Logic - Steely Dan
Waterloo - ABBA
Chicago VII - Chicago
On the Border - Eagles
Seven - Bob Seger
Rags to Rufus - Rufus
Bad Company - Bad Company
Fire on the Mountain - Charlie Daniels Band
Natty Dread - Bob Marley
It's Only Rock 'n Roll - The Rolling Stones
Crime of the Century - Supertramp
 
2014-07-27 01:41:29 PM  
1974 was a bad year for music because of the recession. Record companies stopped taking chances and went with what they had, driving it into the ground. That is why you eventually got an Ethel Merman disco album. 1974 was like a curse on the rest of the 70s. As time goes by and the dreck is forgotten, the good stuff of '74 was good.
 
2014-07-27 01:42:05 PM  
 
2014-07-27 01:47:45 PM  
Rush released their first album in 1974. That alone makes it a good year.
 
2014-07-27 01:49:09 PM  

stonytokes: Obligatory

/Syd Barrett's last session he can't sing anymore
//He's gonna have to be Roger now for the rest of his life




Syd died almost 10 years ago.
 
2014-07-27 01:54:28 PM  
My parents decided early on that they didn't want me to turn out like my trashy sister. So I wasn't allowed to have an FM radio, and they shipped my 13 year old behind to Europe. These two steps were to keep me away from debbil rock and roll. I came home drunk, and did my best to stay that way until college. I also decided not to discuss sex with them, afraid they would ship me somewhere like Saudi Arabia.
 
2014-07-27 02:02:17 PM  

StrikitRich: Shi**y as '74 may have been, the music and president were both better than what we have now.


Right, the guy who got thrown out of office for having people commit burglary was much better than Obama because....reasons.
 
2014-07-27 02:05:45 PM  

catmandu: Cherry picked from the list of albums released in 1974:

461 Ocean Boulevard - Eric Clapton
Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends... Ladies and Gentlemen - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Heart Like a Wheel - Linda Ronstadt
Court and Spark - Joni Mitchell
Kiss - Kiss
Badfinger - Badfinger
Rock 'n' Roll Animal - Lou Reed
What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits - The Doobie Brothers
Rush -Rush
Pretzel Logic - Steely Dan
Waterloo - ABBA
Chicago VII - Chicago
On the Border - Eagles
Seven - Bob Seger
Rags to Rufus - Rufus
Bad Company - Bad Company
Fire on the Mountain - Charlie Daniels Band
Natty Dread - Bob Marley
It's Only Rock 'n Roll - The Rolling Stones
Crime of the Century - Supertramp


First time high with the evil weed me and my buddy bill griffin , over at a friends apartment and guy put on this brand new album Crime of the Century.
Got-damn Was that ever great!
 
2014-07-27 02:08:46 PM  
yes, because top 40 music charts reveal EVERYTHING about a particular year.
 
2014-07-27 02:09:39 PM  
Because I was young and life was beautiful.
 
2014-07-27 02:17:15 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I wasn't old then

/but I'm kind of glad I'm not that age now
//the future doesn't look that good from here


I was in my early 20's in 1974. Trust me, the future didn't look so good from there either.

/Bad economy, no jobs.
//There was hysteria about global cooling. (Yes, I said "cooling.")
///We were winding down a stupid pointless war

Not a lot different from today. But we made it okay, and this generation will too.
 
2014-07-27 02:23:18 PM  

rvesco: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I wasn't old then

/but I'm kind of glad I'm not that age now
//the future doesn't look that good from here

I was in my early 20's in 1974. Trust me, the future didn't look so good from there either.

/Bad economy, no jobs.
//There was hysteria about global cooling. (Yes, I said "cooling.")
///We were winding down a stupid pointless war

Not a lot different from today. But we made it okay, and this generation will too.


I was 19 and working for the government as an aircraft electrician

/My economy was pretty good
//and I got laid a lot more
///can't complain
 
2014-07-27 02:23:38 PM  
It's the year I was born.  You're welcome.
 
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