Ten Worst Songs Of The ’70s

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Rolling Stone readers have picked the Ten Worst Songs of the ’70s. While some of them are no doubt pretty horrendous, if you grew up on AM radio as a kid, you will probably find some of your childhood favorites here. Take a look!


10.) “Lovin’ You” Minnie Riperton (1975)

Minnie Ripperton Fun Fact: Ripperton’s daughter, Maya Rudolph, grew up to become a Saturday Night Live cast member and movie star.

9.) “Feelings” Morris Albert (1974)


Feelings Fun Fact: French songwriter Loulou Gasté sued [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Morris Albert[/lastfm] in 1981 for copyright infringement. He claimed that the song was a plagiarism of the melody of his 1957 song Pour Toi. Gasté won the suit in 1988 and was awarded 88% of the song’s royalties.


8.) “Billy Don’t Be a Hero”

Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods (1974)

Billy Don’t Be A Hero Fun Fact: The song was originally recorded by Paper Lace where it was a #1 hit in England. They were beat to the punch with an American release by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods[/lastfm], who also saw their version reach #1. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Paper Lace[/lastfm] were responsible for another song thought by many to be a 70′s embarrassment: The Night Chicago Died.


7.) “Seasons in the Sun” Terry Jacks (1973)

Seasons In The Sun Fun Fact: The B-side of the Seasons in the Sun single was a song called Put the Bone In. It concerned a woman who wanted her butcher to leave the bone in her meat order.


6.) “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” Rupert Holmes (1979)

Rupert Holmes Fun Fact: In 1985, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Rupert Holmes[/lastfm] won the Tony Award for both book and score for his first musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.


5.) “Muskrat Love” The Captain and Tennille (1976)

Muskrat Love Fun Fact: Muskrat Love began life as Muskrat Candlelight as written and performed by Willis Alan Ramsey in 1972. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]America[/lastfm] covered the song in 1973, changing the title to Muskrat Love. But it was the incredibly literal version by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Captain and Tennille[/lastfm] that took the song to its greatest heights, reaching #4 on the Billboard charts. A subsequent Dr. Demento favorite, Hamster Love by Big Daddy, skewered the song in more ways than one.


4.) “You Light Up My Life” Debby Boone (1977)

You Light Up My Life Fun Fact: The song was recorded for the movie soundtrack by Kasey Cisyk and lip-synced in the film by Didi (Frenchie from Grease) Conn. But when it came time for a single to be recorded, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Pat Boone[/lastfm]‘s daughter [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Debbie Boone[/lastfm] came into the mix. You Light Up My Life maintained a record-breaking 10 consecutive week #1 position at the top of the Billboard charts.


3.) “(You’re) Having My Baby” Paul Anka (1974)

(You’re) Having My Baby Fun Fact: The song was [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Paul Anka[/lastfm]‘s big return to the pop scene and his first number one hit in 15 years. His last song to hit the #1 spot was Lonely Boy in 1959.


2.) “Afternoon Delight” Starland Vocal Band (1976)

Starland Vocal Band Fun Fact: A previously unknown comic named David Letterman was cast member of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Starland Vocal Band[/lastfm]‘s short-lived television variety hour.


1.) “Disco Duck” Rick Dees (1976)

Disco Duck Fun Fact: As popular as Disco Duck was, disc jocky [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Rick Dees[/lastfm] was forbidden to play the song on his own Memphis radio show. He eventually simply talked about (not played) the tune and was fired due to conflict of interest. Dees eventually became the successor of Kasey Kasem with The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 Countdown.


What do YOU think of the list? Did one of your favorites make this worst list? Or do you completely agree?

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