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1972 Start of School Year September Burning Love Elvis Presley
Burning Love
CD Source: Elv1s - 30 #1 Hits (1956-77+)
Time: 2:57
Sequenced by: single
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October Freddie`s Dead Curtis Mayfield
Freddie`s Dead
CD Source: Superfly (Soundtrack)(Deluxe Ed.)(2)
Time: 3:16
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 
The CD source is for the single version; both single and album versions are on the CD.
 
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I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash
I Can See Clearly Now
CD Source: Sounds of the Seventies 1972
Time: 2:48
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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I`ll Be Around The Spinners
I`ll Be Around
CD Source: Love Train (1967-1983) (4)
Time: 3:11
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Love Has No Pride Bonnie Raitt
Love Has No Pride
CD Source: Give It Up
Time: 3:48
Sequenced by: Give It Up album
Honored by:
 

 
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Ziggy Stardust David Bowie
Ziggy Stardust
CD Source: Best of (1969-2002) (2)
Time: 3:16
Sequenced by: Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust album
Honored by:
 
The "Ziggy Stardust" album has ranked among the top 20 (U.K.) or top 40 (U.S.) of all-time in critics` polls, but it was only a minor hit in the U.S. when released in June 1972, peaking at #75 in April 1973. I slotted the song arbitrarily in late October 1972, when the album first broke into the top 100 of Billboard`s chart.
 
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November Love and Happiness Al Green
Love and Happiness
CD Source: The Absolute Best (1970-77) (2)
Time: 5:06
Sequenced by: I`m Still In Love With You album
Honored by: RS DM
 

 
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Papa Was A Rolling Stone The Temptations
Papa Was A Rolling Stone
CD Source: Emperors of Soul (1961-94) (5)
Time: 6:57
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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If You Don`t Know Me By Now Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
If You Don`t Know Me By Now
CD Source: Love Train (1967-1983) (4)
Time: 3:27
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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You Ought to Be With Me Al Green
You Ought to Be With Me
CD Source: Call Me
Time: 3:19
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Me And Mrs. Jones Billy Paul
Me And Mrs. Jones
CD Source: Love Train (1967-1983) (4)
Time: 4:45
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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December Superfly Curtis Mayfield
Superfly
CD Source: Superfly (Soundtrack)(Deluxe Ed.)(2)
Time: 3:09
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 
The CD source is for the single version; both single and album versions are on the CD.
 
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You`re So Vain Carly Simon
You`re So Vain
CD Source: Have A Nice Decade (1970-79) (7)
Time: 4:19
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Superstition Stevie Wonder
Superstition
CD Source: At the Close of a Century (1963-96) (4)
Time: 4:26
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Crocodile Rock Elton John
Crocodile Rock
CD Source: Greatest Hits (1970-74)
Time: 3:54
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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1973 January The World is A Ghetto War
The World is A Ghetto
CD Source: Anthology (1970-94) (2)
Time: 4:04
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Do It Again Steely Dan
Do It Again
CD Source: A Decade of (1972-80)
Time: 5:56
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Could It Be I`m Falling In Love The Spinners
Could It Be I`m Falling In Love
CD Source: Sounds of the Seventies 1973
Time: 4:12
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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February Love Train The O`Jays
Love Train
CD Source: Love Train (1967-1983) (4)
Time: 2:58
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Space Oddity David Bowie
Space Oddity
CD Source: Best of (1969-2002) (2)
Time: 5:14
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DG
 
In 1969 this innovative song was a #5 pop hit for Bowie in England, but it failed at the time even to reach the Hot 100 in America. Hearing it for the first time about 6 months after Elton John`s "Rocket Man" had peaked, American radio listeners may be forgiven for originally mistaking the song for a response to or echo of John`s hit.
 
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Dixie Chicken Little Feat
Dixie Chicken
CD Source:
Time: 3:55
Sequenced by: Dixie Chicken album
Honored by:
 

 
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Neither One of Us Gladys Knight & The Pips
Neither One of Us
CD Source: The Ultimate Collection (1966-73)
Time: 4:22
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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March The Cisco Kid War
The Cisco Kid
CD Source: Anthology (1970-94) (2)
Time: 4:28
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Call Me (Come Back Home) Al Green
Call Me (Come Back Home)
CD Source: The Absolute Best (1970-77) (2)
Time: 3:04
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Money Pink Floyd
Money
CD Source: Dark Side of the Moon
Time: 6:25
Sequenced by: The Dark Side Of The Moon album
Honored by:
 

 
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April Walk on the Wild Side Lou Reed
Walk on the Wild Side
CD Source: NYC Man: The Collection (1967-2002) (2)
Time: 4:11
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DG
 

 
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D`yer Maker Led Zeppelin
D`yer Maker
CD Source: Mothership (1969-79) (2)
Time: 4:24
Sequenced by: Houses of the Holy album
Honored by:
 

 
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Search And Destroy Iggy & The Stooges
Search And Destroy
CD Source: Raw Power (Legacy Edition) (2)
Time: 3:29
Sequenced by: Raw Power album
Honored by:
 

 
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Stuck in the Middle With You Stealers Wheel
Stuck in the Middle With You
CD Source: Have A Nice Decade (1970-79) (7)
Time: 3:25
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Reeling in the Years Steely Dan
Reeling in the Years
CD Source: A Decade of (1972-80)
Time: 4:38
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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You Are The Sunshine of My Life Stevie Wonder
You Are The Sunshine of My Life
CD Source: At the Close of a Century (1963-96) (4)
Time: 3:00
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS
 

 
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Drift Away Dobie Gray
Drift Away
CD Source:
Time: 3:57
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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May One of A Kind (Love Affair) The Spinners
One of A Kind (Love Affair)
CD Source:
Time: 3:32
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised Gil Scott-Heron
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
CD Source: The Best of (1971-82)
Time: 2:59
Sequenced by: Pieces Of A Man album
Honored by:
 
How to date this song? First recorded in 1970, the full-band version and the "Pieces" album on which it appeared were recorded in April 1971, released soon thereafter, but not reviewed in Rolling Stone until July 1972. The song was the B-side of a single that never charted. I`ve slotted the song here based on the album`s sole appearance, for six weeks, on the Jazz Albums chart nearly a year later.
 
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Long Train Runnin` The Doobie Brothers
Long Train Runnin`
CD Source: Have A Nice Decade (1970-79) (7)
Time: 3:27
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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June Kodachrome Paul Simon
Kodachrome
CD Source: The Essential (1972-2000) (2)
Time: 3:32
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Doing It To Death James Brown (Fred Wesley & The J.B.`s)
Doing It To Death
CD Source: 50th Anniversary Collection (1956-76+) (2)
Time: 3:03
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Right Place, Wrong Time Dr. John
Right Place, Wrong Time
CD Source: In the Right Place
Time: 2:51
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Soul Makossa Manu Dibango
Soul Makossa
CD Source: Instrumentals,Vol.4: Soul (1961-73)
Time: 4:28
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Stir It Up Bob Marley & The Wailers
Stir It Up
CD Source: Catch A Fire (deluxe edition) (2)
Time: 5:35
Sequenced by: album release date
Honored by:
 
"Stir It Up" was composed and first recorded by Bob Marley in 1967. The popular Johnny Nash version debuted on the Hot 100 Feb 10, 1973 and was first heard widely in mid-March. The "Catch A Fire" album was released April 13, 1973, credited to The Wailers, and slotted here with a best-guess lag time.
 
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July The Harder They Come Jimmy Cliff
The Harder They Come
CD Source: The Harder They Come (Soundtrack)
Time: 3:12
Sequenced by: The Harder They Come Sountrack album
Honored by: RS
 
The soundtrack to "The Harder They Come" movie didn`t receive wide enough attention to chart nationally until March 1975. However, the album was first released in the U.S. in early 1973 and the movie was shown in the San Francisco Bay Area in summer 1973. Two outstanding songs from that album are slotted here in the Timeline on that basis.
 
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Many Rivers to Cross Jimmy Cliff
Many Rivers to Cross
CD Source: The Harder They Come (Soundtrack)
Time: 3:02
Sequenced by: The Harder They Come Sountrack album
Honored by: RS DM DG
 
The soundtrack to "The Harder They Come" movie didn`t receive wide enough attention to chart nationally until March 1975. However, the album was first released in the U.S. in early 1973 and the movie was shown in the San Francisco Bay Area in summer 1973. Two outstanding songs from that album are slotted here in the Timeline on that basis.
 
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Live and Let Die Paul McCartney & Wings
Live and Let Die
CD Source: Wingspan - Hits & History (1970-84) (2)
Time: 3:12
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Brother Louie The Stories
Brother Louie
CD Source: Have A Nice Decade (1970-79) (7)
Time: 3:56
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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If You Want Me To Stay Sly & The Family Stone
If You Want Me To Stay
CD Source: The Essential (1967-75) (2)
Time: 3:01
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Let`s Get It On Marvin Gaye
Let`s Get It On
CD Source: Let`s Get It On
Time: 4:01
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 
The CD source is the single edit, which is a bonus track on this CD.
 
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Bodhisattva Steely Dan
Bodhisattva
CD Source: A Decade of (1972-80)
Time: 5:19
Sequenced by: Countdown to Ecstasy album
Honored by:
 

 
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August Here I Am (Come And Take Me) Al Green
Here I Am (Come And Take Me)
CD Source: Call Me
Time: 4:16
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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That Lady The Isley Brothers
That Lady
CD Source: Have A Nice Decade (1970-79) (7)
Time: 3:21
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM
 

 
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Ramblin` Man The Allman Brothers Band
Ramblin` Man
CD Source: The Road Goes On Forever (1969-79) (2)
Time: 4:49
Sequenced by: Brothers & Sisters album
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Too High Stevie Wonder
Too High
CD Source: Innervisions
Time: 4:36
Sequenced by: Innervisions album
Honored by:
 

 
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Higher Ground Stevie Wonder
Higher Ground
CD Source: Innervisions
Time: 3:42
Sequenced by: Innervisions album
Honored by: RS DG
 

 
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Living for the City Stevie Wonder
Living for the City
CD Source: Innervisions
Time: 7:23
Sequenced by: Innervisions album
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Start of School Year September Personality Crisis The New York Dolls
Personality Crisis
CD Source: Rock `n Roll (1973-74)
Time: 3:41
Sequenced by: New York Dolls album
Honored by: RS
 

 
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Knockin` On Heaven`s Door Bob Dylan
Knockin` On Heaven`s Door
CD Source: Biograph (1962-81) (3)
Time: 2:29
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS
 
Written and performed by Dylan for the Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid soundtrack.
 
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Midnight Train to Georgia Gladys Knight & The Pips
Midnight Train to Georgia
CD Source:
Time: 3:58
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 
This source is for the single version. Most CDs have the longer album version. The single version edit does not skimp on Gladys` marvelous gospel improvisation on the long fade.
 
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October Candle in the Wind Elton John
Candle in the Wind
CD Source: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Deluxe Edition) (2)
Time: 3:50
Sequenced by: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album
Honored by: RS
 

 
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November 5:15 The Who
5:15
CD Source: Thirty Years of Maximum R&B (64-82+)(4)
Time: 4:20
Sequenced by: Quadrophenia album
Honored by:
 
The "5:15" single was released a few weeks before the Quadrophenia album. At 4:20, the single mix, from The Who box set, is about 40 seconds shorter than the album version.
 
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The Love I Lost (Part 1) Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
The Love I Lost (Part 1)
CD Source: Love Train (1967-1983) (4)
Time: 3:35
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 
Part 2 was on the B-side of the single. Most CD versions are both sides running continuously.
 
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These Days Jackson Browne
These Days
CD Source: The Very Best of (1972-2002)
Time: 4:39
Sequenced by: For Everyman album
Honored by:
 

 
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I Can`t Stand the Rain Ann Peebles
I Can`t Stand the Rain
CD Source:
Time: 2:29
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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December I`ve Got to Use My Imagination Gladys Knight & The Pips
I`ve Got to Use My Imagination
CD Source: A Century of Women in Music (1909-98)(5)
Time: 3:30
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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1974 January Get Up, Stand Up Bob Marley & The Wailers
Get Up, Stand Up
CD Source: One Love: The Very Best of (1973-80)
Time: 3:19
Sequenced by: Burnin` album
Honored by: RS DG
 

 
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I Shot the Sheriff Bob Marley & The Wailers
I Shot the Sheriff
CD Source: Burnin` (extended)
Time: 4:42
Sequenced by: Burnin` album
Honored by: RS
 

 
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For the Love of Money The O`Jays
For the Love of Money
CD Source: Love Train (1967-1983) (4)
Time: 3:48
Sequenced by: Ship Ahoy! album
Honored by: DM
 
This song became very famous as the theme music of the Donald Trump vanity TV show, "The Apprentice." The Ultimate O`Jays CD includes the 7:18 album length version. The single edit runs 3:48 or a few seconds shorter.
 
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Until You Come Back to Me Aretha Franklin
Until You Come Back to Me
CD Source: Queen of Soul/Atlantic (1967-77) (4)
Time: 3:26
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) Bruce Springsteen
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
CD Source: The Essential (1972-2002) (bonus CD) (3)
Time: 7:04
Sequenced by: The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle album
Honored by: DG
 

 
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February Love Hurts Gram Parsons (with Emmylou Harris)
Love Hurts
CD Source: Anthology (1967-73) (2)
Time: 3:40
Sequenced by: Grievous Angel album
Honored by:
 

 
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Jolene Dolly Parton
Jolene
CD Source: The Essential (1967-91+)(2)
Time: 2:40
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS
 

 
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Help Me Joni Mitchell
Help Me
CD Source: Hits (67-91) and Misses (70-94) (2)
Time: 3:22
Sequenced by: Court and Spark album
Honored by: RS DG
 

 
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Free Man in Paris Joni Mitchell
Free Man in Paris
CD Source: Hits (67-91) and Misses (70-94) (2)
Time: 3:02
Sequenced by: Court and Spark album
Honored by:
 

 
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Mighty Love The Spinners
Mighty Love
CD Source: Love Train (1967-1983) (4)
Time: 4:58
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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March Jet Paul McCartney
Jet
CD Source: Band on the Run
Time: 4:06
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Bennie And The Jets Elton John
Bennie And The Jets
CD Source: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Deluxe Edition) (2)
Time: 5:21
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DG
 

 
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Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me Gladys Knight & The Pips
Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me
CD Source: Essential Collection (1961-87)
Time: 3:44
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) MFSB (with The Three Degrees)
TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)
CD Source: Love Train (1967-1983) (4)
Time: 3:32
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 
"TSOP" was the theme song for the long-running "Soul Train" TV show. Most versions on CD are full-album length. The #1 hit single clocked in at 3:32.
 
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April Lookin` for A Love Bobby Womack
Lookin` for A Love
CD Source: Best of: The Soul Years (1968-75)
Time: 2:40
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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May Band on the Run Paul McCartney
Band on the Run
CD Source: Band on the Run
Time: 5:13
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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You Make Me Feel Brand New The Stylistics
You Make Me Feel Brand New
CD Source:
Time: 4:47
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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June Rock the Boat The Hues Corporation
Rock the Boat
CD Source: The DISCO Box (1973-82+) (4)
Time: 3:06
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Rock Your Baby George McCrae
Rock Your Baby
CD Source: Let There Be Drums! Vol. 3: `70s
Time: 3:18
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Radar Love Golden Earring
Radar Love
CD Source: Have A Nice Decade (1970-79) (7)
Time: 5:04
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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July Rikki, Don`t Lose That Number Steely Dan
Rikki, Don`t Lose That Number
CD Source: A Decade of (1972-80)
Time: 4:07
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Feel Like Makin` Love Roberta Flack
Feel Like Makin` Love
CD Source: Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 (8)
Time: 2:54
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Tell Me Something Good Rufus (with Chaka Khan)
Tell Me Something Good
CD Source: Have A Nice Decade (1970-79) (7)
Time: 3:30
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Up For The Down Stroke Parliament
Up For The Down Stroke
CD Source: Tear the Roof Off (1974-1980) (2)
Time: 5:08
Sequenced by: single (R&B chart)
Honored by:
 

 
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August I Shot the Sheriff Eric Clapton
I Shot the Sheriff
CD Source: 461 Ocean Boulevard
Time: 4:22
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DG
 

 
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It`s Only Rock `N Roll (But I Like It) The Rolling Stones
It`s Only Rock `N Roll (But I Like It)
CD Source: Forty Licks (1964-2002) (2)
Time: 4:09
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Then Came You Dionne Warwicke & The Spinners
Then Came You
CD Source: Love Train (1967-1983) (4)
Time: 3:59
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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September You Haven`t Done Nothin` Stevie Wonder
You Haven`t Done Nothin`
CD Source: At the Close of a Century (1963-96) (4)
Time: 3:24
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd
Sweet Home Alabama
CD Source: Lynyrd Skynyrd (1970-77) (3)
Time: 4:46
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Start of School Year Can`t Get Enough Bad Company
Can`t Get Enough
CD Source:
Time: 4:15
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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October You Ain`t Seen Nothin` Yet Bachman-Turner Overdrive
You Ain`t Seen Nothin` Yet
CD Source: Have A Nice Decade (1970-79) (7)
Time: 3:26
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Whatever Gets You Thru The Night John Lennon
Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
CD Source: Working Class Hero - Definitive (1969-80) (2)
Time: 3:27
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Fountain of Sorrow Jackson Browne
Fountain of Sorrow
CD Source: The Very Best of (1972-2002)
Time: 6:51
Sequenced by: Late For The Sky album
Honored by:
 

 
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November I Can Help Billy Swan
I Can Help
CD Source: Rockabilly Hits (1952-83) (2)
Time: 2:58
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Louisiana 1927 Randy Newman
Louisiana 1927
CD Source: Good Old Boys
Time: 2:56
Sequenced by: Good Old Boys album
Honored by:
 

 
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When Will I See You Again The Three Degrees
When Will I See You Again
CD Source: Love Train (1967-1983) (4)
Time: 2:59
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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December Take Me to the River Al Green
Take Me to the River
CD Source: Take Me To The River - Southern Soul (1961-77) (3)
Time: 3:41
Sequenced by: Explores Your Mind album
Honored by: RS
 
This song is now well known in both Al Green`s original classic soul version and Talking Heads` savvy, soul-pop fusion cover. Despite obvious differences in rhythm, orchestration, and vocal style, the groove just won`t quit. The Heads` version became a top 40 single in winter 1979, thankfully bringing both the original song and the covering group to the attention of much wider audiences than before.
 
Sample 1: Take Me To The River - Al Green
 
Sample 2: Take Me To The River - Talking Heads
 
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Boogie On Reggae Woman Stevie Wonder
Boogie On Reggae Woman
CD Source: At the Close of a Century (1963-96) (4)
Time: 4:13
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 
The "Close of the Century" box set and many other CDs use the album version of "Boogie On Reggae Woman," which is as long as 5:13. The 4:13 time listed here is for the single version, which is available on the "Definitive Collection" CD.
 
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