Hit songs of a decade that influenced the shape of popular music as we know it from homegrown British stars to those that made ripples from across the pond. Rock and rollers, crooners, souls stars, pop princes and princess and a whole lot more.
In the early 1970s, tile hippie generation began burning out on the long, loud, improvisational rock songs of the psychedelic era. Musicians and fans alike sought new directions. The dominant trend was toward confessional, folk-based songs, while the nostalgia movement that produced Sha Na Na reflected the yearning for a simpler time and music. ~Don McLean’s
Disco dominate pop music in the latter half of the ‘70s, but there was still room on the charts and the airwaves for all shots of unlikely gems: one-shorts, comebacks, Tex-Mex weepers and fiddle-happy foot-stompers, smoldering old-school R&B duets, the rousing theme from a boxing movie and even a surprise cameo from Ludwig van Beethoven. Best-selling instrumentals in every genre-from Sleep Walk to surf rave-ups, from Henry Mancini to Herb Albert-were nothing new. Even classical great Johann Sebastian Bach had been plundered twice: in Lover’s Concerto by ‘60s girl group the Toys and for Apollo 100’s Joy in 1972…
The 1960s was a time of Top-40 radio, featuring a wide variety of styles, especially in the pop and easy listening genres. 'Pop Memories of the '60s' is the biggest and best collection of these hits ever offered in one box set. With well-known vocalists, folk artists, instrumentalists and more, it's one great musical memory after another!
For many the ‘70s are the lost decade: a cultural Atlantis sandwiched between the hippie radicalism of the ‘60s and the incipient greed of the ‘80s. Not just an aesthetic wasteland concocted from polyester and shag carpeting, the ‘70s were a period when the values of the ‘60s-individual liberty, anti-elitism and respect for gender and racial differences became grounded in politics- where “doing my own thing” metamorphosed into “doing the right thing”, after national pride curdled amid political crisis. Yet despite a series of events that branded the ‘70s with an angry scar, people struggled to hold onto their optimism and innocence, however ironic, as depicted in those ubiquitous “Have a Nice Day” smiley faces. That sense of innocence unhinging was reflected in some of the song that topped the charts during those years.