Top Ten Tunes- 1976

Let me introduce you to a new weekly music feature here at Just Another Blog from a Woman. Every Friday I’m going to post a top ten list of songs from a single year, starting from 1976 through to the present year. Why start from 1976, you ask? Well, that’s the year I was born and I had to find a way to make this all about me, me, me. However, as quite a few of you are probably around my age (and even if you’re not), I’m hoping all you music lovers will appreciate some of the tunes I throw your way.

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A few people taking advantage of the heatwave of 1976

So, starting with the year where we had the worst drought on record in the UK, the first concorde flight took place, rioting started in Notting Hill, the Cod Wars happened and the film Rocky was released. Oh yeah and yours truly was born (the most significant event quite frankly). Here we have my personal top ten songs from 1976 (in no particular order).

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There’s a Spotify list at the end of the post as per.

  1. Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry

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2. I Wish by Stevie Wonder

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3. Golden Years by David Bowie

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4. Jolene by Dolly Parton

5. December ’63 (Oh, What a Night) by the Four Seasons

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6. Dancing Queen by Abba

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7. Young Hearts Run Free by Candi Staton

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8. Love and Affection by Joan Armatrading

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9. Pissing in a River by Patti Smith

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10. Somebody to Love by Queen

Let me know which is your favourite. Mine’s got to be Queen. See you next week for 1977.

 

87 comments

  1. music2commute2 · 29 Days Ago

    I was only 6!!! But Candi Staton is a stormer. Honourable mentions to Dolly, Queen, Joan and David though!

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    • thebeasley · 29 Days Ago

      Such fantastic tunes , aren’t they? Cheers for stopping by.

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      • music2commute2 · 29 Days Ago

        Absolutely. Its amazing how we are still listening to and enjoying 40, 50, 60 year old music! That’s like me listening to 1930’s music when I was 10!

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      • thebeasley · 29 Days Ago

        Ha yes it’s great & testament to how talented they were/are

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  2. Judy E Martin · 29 Days Ago

    I was 10 but I remember nearly all of these. I love December 1963, Golden Years, Queen of course, and Abba too! I think thiss is going to be a very popular feauture on yur blog, especially with me! 🙂

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    • thebeasley · 29 Days Ago

      Yay I really hope so. Have already written the next few week’s posts & have been really enjoying them. Expect more Bowie & Queen xx

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  3. gigglingfattie · 29 Days Ago

    Wooo! Some great songs on that list!

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  4. Nic · 29 Days Ago

    Got to be Dolly

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  5. Denzil @ Life Sentences · 28 Days Ago

    Oh I am about to show my age. I was 18 that year. I remember all these with great fondness, but was more into albums: Genesis’ Trick of the Tail, Steely Dan’s The Royal Scam, Eagles’ Hotel California were top of my list

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    • thebeasley · 28 Days Ago

      Yes in the early years it was more about singles, but as I got older it was definitely more about albums. Cheers Denzil.

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  6. rachaelstray · 28 Days Ago

    Jolene is such a classic song that I think spans across generations. Dancing Queen always makes me think of my Mam she’s a huge ABBA fan. Look forward to more posts like this 😊

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  7. noellekelly · 28 Days Ago

    I love this idea! Queen wins hands down for me, best Queen song ever

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    • thebeasley · 28 Days Ago

      It’s SUCH a tune. No matter how much it gets overplayed nobody can deny it’s the perfect pop song.

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      • noellekelly · 28 Days Ago

        Agreed, 100%

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  8. Em Linthorpe · 28 Days Ago

    Bowie!
    Queen!
    Yaassss! 😎😎😎
    And some proper disco standards there too. The 70s disco revival was quite the thing when I was a teenager, so I don’t mind a lot of that stuff. Much like the 90s revival is happening now. Time is so weird and confusing and I am gonna sit and cry now 😂

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    • thebeasley · 28 Days Ago

      Haha I know what you mean. I remember in the year 2000 someone handing me a flyer for a 90s revival night. I was so confused. I mean the 90s had been about a month ago. It was hardly a revival. More of a continuation. Anyway, the 90s still feel about a month ago to me.

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  9. I love this! I would have been 6 and I can remember my mum dancing to these, particularly Abba. In fact i have a great pic of her and me all dressed in 70s brown……my father in law was the junior aircraft engineer who hot footed it to London from Bristol wit the patent for the Concorde nose!

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    • thebeasley · 28 Days Ago

      No way. That is absolutely amazing. How exciting for him. And your 70s family photo sounds ace. Love a bit of 70s brown.

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  10. Mickey Randall · 28 Days Ago

    Jolene is a remarkable song of pain, longing and pleading. Dolly’s finest.

    And December ’63 is ageless.

    Well done!

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    • thebeasley · 28 Days Ago

      Thank you. Yes Jolene is very haunting. And the Four Seasons is such a feel good classic. Cheers.

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  11. Anindya · 28 Days Ago

    Nice list Hayley and great collection…..will be following your section for more….:)

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  12. fancypaperblog · 28 Days Ago

    Great tunes. Bowie is the best😁

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  13. Hugh's Views and News · 28 Days Ago

    Abba, Abba, Abba! Dancing Queen was the first ever single I bought. 😀

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    • thebeasley · 28 Days Ago

      Fantastic! Mine was “Respectable” by Mel & Kim (sshh don’t tell anyone). Your first single was far cooler.

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  14. Mama Doc · 28 Days Ago

    77 child here!! Loved (still do) Fleetwood Mac.

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  15. Hugh's Views and News · 28 Days Ago

    Ooo, I like that one as well. I remember always selecting it on the jukebox of a local pub I visited.

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  16. angelanoelauthor · 28 Days Ago

    I’m listening to Dolly as I write this. I don’t know why, but I just dig this song. And there’s something about Dolly. I was two when 1976 rolled around. And as an American, the Cod Wars didn’t figure into the history I was told, though Rocky certainly did. I’m going to have to rectify that!
    Bravo on the new feature. I love the idea. And you’re an excellent music curator. Along with smells, music evokes such strong emotions. Memories and wonder kind of mix together and remind me that where I was may not be where I am today; but I would not be where I am today, without being exactly where I was.

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    • thebeasley · 28 Days Ago

      Thank you so much Angela for your thoughtful comment. You really are the queen of comments. It’s crazy to think we were once “at war” with such a lovely country as Iceland. Though I think it was more of a “confrontation” than a full on war. Am glad you love the idea of this series. I’ve written a few years up already and I’ve really enjoyed the trip down memory lane. Hearing that music again really took me back to my childhood. Music from our pasts is really very emotive. What’s depressing is checking the events that happened in each respective year and concluding that the world has been bit of a mess for quite a while. What’s going on now, is nothing new. Sadly. Anyway, at least the music has always been great.

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  17. Okay seriously you have mentioned Abba, no taste LOL I was more of a Pink Floyd chick 🙂

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  18. Lisa Orchard · 28 Days Ago

    My favorite has to be Queen as well. They were an incredible group. Thanks for the walk down memory lane! 🙂

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  19. Gabe Burkhardt · 28 Days Ago

    Oh my God (or OMG as the kids r apparently saying these days)! I was nodding along to all of these hits. oh what a night is still awesome. And, I will still follow that sage advice and keep playing that funky music…

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    • thebeasley · 27 Days Ago

      Ha yes you take that advice on Gabe. So glad you enjoyed it. Cheers.

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  20. Unbound Roots · 28 Days Ago

    I’m going to send this post to my mom. I know she loves all of these songs. 🙂 My favorite song on this list has to be Jolene. It never gets old for me. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. wedincentralpark · 27 Days Ago

    the year my husband was born!

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  22. MindOverMeta · 27 Days Ago

    Although these were released a few years before I was born, I’ve heard them over the years. I love Oh What a Night, and remember being out at the club dancing to it when they had their ‘disco nights’ 😀

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  23. weejars · 27 Days Ago

    As was born in 1976 I found this extremely interesting and also noted I LOVE LOVE LOVE most of these songs. Maybe my mum was playing them and I absorbed them in utero lol! Thanks. Great post

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    • thebeasley · 27 Days Ago

      Ha yes that’s what I’m thinking too. They really remind me of my childhood. They must’ve been played a lot when I was a kid.

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  24. Midlife Smarts · 27 Days Ago

    What a great idea for a regular post – love the quick intro on what was going on that year. What a great selection especially Jolene and Play That Funky Music fab. Not so keen on Queen and Abba – never ‘got’ either. Cheers x

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    • thebeasley · 27 Days Ago

      So glad you like the idea. I’ve written up a few posts already & have been really enjoying them. In future posts I go into a bit more detail re events that took place that year. Thanks Jill

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  25. shelleywilson72 · 27 Days Ago

    Fantastic list!! I loved the 70s and even though I was only 4 in 1976 I remember listening to these songs throughout my childhood. Great feature, Hayley x

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    • thebeasley · 27 Days Ago

      It’s amazing what you remember from your childhood, isn’t it? Glad you liked it x

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  26. Terry Tyler · 27 Days Ago

    Totally Golden Years, though it actually came out in December 1975 – I remember, I was there, and in the 6th form!!! Makes me want to do my own list…. 🙂

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    • thebeasley · 27 Days Ago

      Sshhh this was my sneaky way of getting a bit of Bowie into the list. Besides I figured if it was released at the end of ‘75, it was mainly played in ‘76. This is my logic anyway & im sticking to it haha. Yes do your own list. Such a good year for music.

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  27. Lucy Mitchell · 27 Days Ago

    Wow you were born in an amazing year for music! I was surprised as my eyes ran down the list of good songs. This is a great idea for a post BTW.

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  28. Phil Taylor · 27 Days Ago

    What a great idea for a series of posts! My favorite is December ’63. I love a song that tells a story.

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  29. Carol · 27 Days Ago

    Play that funky music and Queen…Ahhhhh memories 🙂

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  30. Pam Avoledo · 27 Days Ago

    Great list! You can’t go wrong with David Bowie and Queen.

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  31. Jeremy@ThirstyDaddy · 27 Days Ago

    lot of variety on that list. I love me some Stevie Wonder

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    • thebeasley · 27 Days Ago

      I love that Stevie song. Completely ruined by Will Smith of course. Cheers Jeremy

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  32. Jennifer · 27 Days Ago

    OMG, 1976. That was the year that Frampton Comes Alive! came out. Loved that album. I was 14/15 that year. Finished middle school and June and was a Freshman in High School in September. Oh, and who can forget Tonight’s the Night by Rod Stewart?

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  33. fattymccupcakes · 27 Days Ago

    This was fun! I was not born until ’83, but I can totally appreciate some of these. Especially Dolly Parton, or as I called her, Dolly Partner 😜❤️.

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  34. mistybooks · 27 Days Ago

    Nooooo! Even the Queen song was not one of their best. Joan wins hands down. God I was old even then! 😳 Great idea for a post though, will follow so I can see what delights 1977 holds 😀

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  35. emfletche · 25 Days Ago

    If I was born a year earlier I joke that I would have been called Jolene…my parents have a thing for girls names from songs 😁

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    • thebeasley · 22 Days Ago

      Now I’m thinking that you’re named after the Errol Brown song?! Am I wrong?

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      • emfletche · 22 Days Ago

        Spot on! Google the lyrics… “Emma, Emmalene” is a failed actress who kills herself 🤣 I could have been man-stealing Jolene… 😁

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      • thebeasley · 22 Days Ago

        Haha oh my God. Yeah I’d rather go the Jolene way. You can bet she was super hot too 💅🏻

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  37. Traci York · 22 Days Ago

    Okay, my favorite is a tie between 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, and 10. 🤣

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  38. Jolene and Golden Years, kind of an odd combination, but those are my favorites! And now I will be singing Jolene the rest of the day…can you hear the dogs howling over there?

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