You don’t hear these golden seventies love songs on the radio often! Sure, the Eagles, Steve Miller Band, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, The Stones, Dylan, Floyd, Who, Beach Boys, Frankie Vallie, and tons of other songs have been overshadowing these next five hits for decades. And one day, when you least expect it, you’ll never hear these five songs again.
Gilbert O’Sullivan “Alone Again (Naturally)”, 1972. He dressed like John Travolta of “Dance Fever” and bobbed his over teased hair with each lyric but it was never enough to divert a listener to the excellent song “Alone Again (Naturally)”. The lyrics mention people dying and having a broken heart then their time came. Where did it leave the storyteller? Alone again, naturally. Prepare to have a toast(s) ready when listening to this song.
America “I Need You”, 1972. America got their Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2012 and it’s not secret as to why. “I Need You” came out the same year “Horse With No Name” did. Then there was “Ventura Highway”, etc. Hey, where are you going? Keep reading. Like the flower needs the rain, you know, I need you…I need you…I need you.
Hollies “All I Need Is The Air That I Breathe”, 1974. No one can deny this song has a great rhythm. I’m not going to write any lyrics down word-by-word about this one because sometimes, all you need is the air to breathe and to love you.
Stuck in the middle again? This next song is located smack dab in the mid-seventies.
10CC “I’m Not In Love”, 1975. This song makes me feel as if I’m at the beach. “I’m Not In Love” probably was one of the most liked songs of 1975. For instance, when the lyrics mention a picture of a girl displayed for everyone to see, the girl should know that it’s there to hide a “nasty” stain and nothing more. “Don’t tell your friends about the two of us…I’m not in love…I’m not in love” pretty much spells it out for anyone to understand. A great layout of instrumental sounds with the silliest way to disappoint a potential obsessive crush. They should have called that album Restraining Order just to add to the dark humor.
Moving up to the late seventies.
Peter Gabriel “Solsbury Hill”, 1977 UK; 1978 US. “You can keep my things, they’ve come to take me home” were some down home lyrics to a well written song. The song of Gabriel, as I like to call it, was born after the musician had a spiritual experience in England, while on Solsbury Hill. “Boom, boom, boom” is my favorite part. It’s everyone’s favorite part.