Throwback Thursday: The 10 Best Songs From 1976

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It’s Throwback Thursday in the CBS-FM Hall of Fame today and we’re focusing on the 10 best songs from 1976.

The number one spot goes to “Silly Love Songs” written by both Paul McCartney and his wife Linda McCartney. The song was recorded in response to former Beatles member and friend, John Lennon‘s constant teasing towards McCartney for always writing trivial songs.

Linda McCartney can be heard saying, “I love you,” during the bridge.

Ans up until recently, “Silly Love Songs” was featured on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of All Time chart holding strong at number 31.

Check out what other songs from 1976 made the cut.

10. A Fifth Of Beethoven

“A Fifth Of Beethoven” was created as a disco instrumental recorded by Walter Murphy, and was number eighty on the Billboard Top 100 upon its release on May 29th, 1976. It would eventually hit the number one spot on the charts and in 1977 would be used for the hit movie “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack. Murphy would originally play all the instruments on the track, however, his record company later suggested he record the single as a group.

9. Love Is Alive

“Love Is Alive” recorded by Gary Wright climbed up the US Billboard charts to number two. The single features Wright on the microphone and keyboard as well as Jim Keltner on the drums. The song would be included on the album “The Dream Weaver” which was released the previous year.

8. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover

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“50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” produced in 1975 by Paul Simon for his album “Still Crazy After All These Years,” and featured multiple hit artists such as Patti Austin, Valerie Simpson and Phoebe Snow. It would go on and make its way to the top of the Billboard Top 100 chart at number one in February 1976.

7. Love Machine

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“Love Machine” was once a number one single recorded by Motown legendary group The Miracles and was featured on the album “City Of Angels.” The single was one of two recorded hits that took a spot on the Billboard Top 100 chart, the other being “Do It Baby.” The single would go on to sell 4.5 million copies and became the best selling single of their career.

6. Kiss And Say Goodbye

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“Kiss And Say Goodbye” written by Winfred ‘Blue’ Lovett, who was a member of the R&B group The Manhattans. Originally, the song would be laid down as a demo with supporting group “Little Harlem,” but would later be re-recorded with musicians “MFSB.” For two straight weeks, the hit would be at the top of the US Pop and US R&B charts.

5. Play That Funky Music White Boy

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Wild Cherry

“Play That Funky Music White Boy” was originally written by Robert Parissi which went on to be recorded by Wild Cherry. The song was number one on the Billboard Top 100 in September, and would be seen at the top of the “Hot Souls Singles” chart. The hit single was supposed to be recorded for the B-Side on the Wild Cherry’s cover of the Commodores’ “I Feel Sanctified,” yet it was finalized that the B-side became the A-side.

4.December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)

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“December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” recorded by the group The Four Seasons, was written by the group’s keyboardist Bob Gaudio and his wife. The song features drummer Gerry Polci on lead vocals, with lead Frankie Valli singing the bridge sections as well as back up vocals. It was written for prohibition originally titled “December 5th, 1933,” but Valli and Parker decided to change up the lyrics.

3. Disco Lady

“Disco Lady” is a single by Johnnie Taylor and was the first Hot 100 number one hit to surprisingly have the word “disco” in the title. It would sit alone at the top of the charts at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and six weeks on the Billboard R&B chart in the US. It would also be the first to be certified platinum by the RIAA.

2. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

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“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” sung in a duet by Elton John and Kiki Dee, was first written by Elton John and English lyricist Bernie Taupin, however, they kept their identities pseudonyms going under the names “Ann Orson” and “Carte Blanche”. The single would be known for being both Elton’s and Kiki’s first number one single in the UK.

1. Silly Love Songs

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“Silly Love Songs” written by Paul McCartney and wife Linda McCartney, and performed by Wings, made an appearance on the 1976 album “Wings At The Speed Of Sound”. It was released on the first of April and would rise to the top of the US singles chart by April 30th. The hit single would eventually be certified by The Recording Industry Association Of America and sold over a million copies.

-Vincent Roszkowski, WCBS-FM


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