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The Top Hits of 1976 (Sort Of)
Music from 1976
"A tough year for lyrics but I managed to uncover ten songs from the top 100 ranked Billboard hits to test your mettle. Have fun with it - I did in the crafting!"
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The top ranked song for 1976 and by far the biggest hit of the decade up to that point was a sexual teaser. I'm not sure that this hit would have even made the airwaves a decade earlier! It charted for 23 weeks, spent 11 of them in the Top Ten and eight (!) at Number One. What song had these suggestive lyrics?
"Don't say a word, my virgin child
Just let your inhibitions run wild
The secret is about to unfold
Upstairs before the night's too old"
I Wanna Get Next To You
Love Is Alive
Tonight's The Night
Feels Like The First Time
The song that ranked 27th for 1976 was another song with sexual connotations but in a novel and humorous way. It only peaked at Number Four on the Hot 100 but was Number One on the Contemporary Adult chart for four weeks. Now don't laugh but here's the lyrical hint.
"Nibbling on bacon, chewing on cheese
Sam says to Suzie, 'Honey, would you please be my Mrs.'
Suzie says yes with her kisses
Now he's tickling her fancy, rubbing her toes
Muzzle to muzzle, now, anything goes
As they wriggle, Sue starts to giggle"
Nadia's Theme (The Young And The Restless)
What's with these songs and their underlying sexuality? Here's yet another take on the act of lovemaking, again in a playful, light-hearted vein. It ranked 28th for 1976 and was a Number One hit for two weeks. What hit was this?
"Rubbin' sticks and stones together makes the sparks ignite
And the thought of rubbin' you is getting so exciting"
I Go Crazy
Heaven On The 7th Floor
Kiss You All Over
Ranked 36th for 1976 was a two-week Number Two song. While the previous songs in this quiz alluded to sexual behavior, this song could have been regarded as downright erotica in some circles. Think you've got it already? Here's a sample of the lyric.
"Do it to me again and again
You put me in such an awful spin, in a spin"
Love To Love You Baby
Do You Want To Make Love
More, More, More
You Sexy Thing
A more conventional love song was ranked 31st in 1976. It peaked at Number Two on the Hot 100 for a couple of weeks but was Number One on both the Adult Contemporary chart and R&B chart. The music had a Latin motif and it was sung in a mellifluent baritone voice by a singer with R&B and jazz influences. Plenty of clues but can you identify it with this lyric sample?
"Oh, I'm not tryin' to make you stay baby
But I know some how, some day, some way
You are gonna miss my lovin'"
Don't Give Up On Us
After The Love Has Gone
You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away
The song that ranked 37th for 1976 was truly one of a kind and the "Magnum Opus" for the group that recorded it. It only peaked at Number Nine on the Hot 100 but was Number One in Britain for nine weeks. Surely the lyrical hint will give it away. What "Rhapsody" was this?
"I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango
Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening me
(Galileo) Galileo (Galileo) Galileo, Galileo Figaro, Magnifico"
Slotted 39th in 1976's ranking of top songs was a three week Number One hit and the biggest solo success for the artist who recorded it. Here's the lyrical clue.
"She said it's really not my habit to intrude
Furthermore, I hope my meaning won't be lost or misconstrued
But I'll repeat myself at the risk of being crude"
What was the song's title?
50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
Don't Give Up On Us
Slip Slidin' Away
"There's a reason for the sunshine sky
And there's a reason why I'm feelin' so high
Must be the season when that love light shines all around us"
Number One for a week, this 48th ranked hit from 1976 was one of the country-rock songs that might have owed its success to the influence of the Eagles. It even achieved a Number Seven position on the U.K. charts. Do you know it?
Let Your Love Flow
I'll Be Good To You
Moonlight Feels Right
"Sister Suzie, Brother John
Martin Luther, Phil and Don
Brother Michael, Auntie Gin"
These lyrics come from the 67th ranked song from 1976. It peaked at Number Three on the Billboard Hot 100, Number Two in the U.K. and Number One on the adult Contemporary chart. What song was it?
Silly Love Songs
Let 'Em In
Got To Get You Into My Life
We drop down to the song that would rank 77th for 1976. The best position it could achieve within the Hot 100 was only Number 11 but it was one of three charting hits from a Number One album that was among that year's biggest sellers. Hence, the song got a lot of air play and the following lyric sample should be quite familiar. What song was this?
"Have mercy baby, on a poor girl like me
You know I'm fallin', fallin', fallin' at your feet
I'm tingling right from my head to my toes
So help me, help me, help me make the feeling grow"
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Say You Love Me
Over My Head
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