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.

For previous top ten tunes, please click on the year: 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

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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.

 

147 comments

  1. music2commute2 · November 17, 2017

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

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    • thebeasley · November 17, 2017

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

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      • music2commute2 · November 17, 2017

        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 · November 17, 2017

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

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  2. Judy E Martin · November 17, 2017

    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 · November 17, 2017

      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 · November 17, 2017

    Wooo! Some great songs on that list!

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  4. Nic · November 17, 2017

    Got to be Dolly

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  5. Denzil @ Life Sentences · November 18, 2017

    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 · November 18, 2017

      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 · November 18, 2017

    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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    • thebeasley · November 18, 2017

      Yep Abba reminds me of my Mum too and I love a bit of Dolly. She’s awesome.

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  7. noellekelly · November 18, 2017

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

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    • thebeasley · November 18, 2017

      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 · November 18, 2017

        Agreed, 100%

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  8. Em Linthorpe · November 18, 2017

    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 · November 18, 2017

      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. Claire Saul (PainPalsBlog) · November 18, 2017

    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 · November 18, 2017

      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 · November 18, 2017

    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 · November 18, 2017

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

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  11. Anindya · November 18, 2017

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

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  12. fancypaperblog · November 18, 2017

    Great tunes. Bowie is the best😁

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  13. Hugh's Views and News · November 18, 2017

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

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    • thebeasley · November 18, 2017

      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 · November 18, 2017

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

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  15. Hugh's Views and News · November 18, 2017

    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 · November 18, 2017

    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 · November 18, 2017

      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. Suzanne [globalhousesitterX2] · November 18, 2017

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

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  18. Lisa Orchard · November 18, 2017

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

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    • thebeasley · November 19, 2017

      Yes Queen was fantastic. So many great tunes came from them. Thanks Lisa x

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  19. Gabe Burkhardt · November 18, 2017

    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 · November 19, 2017

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

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  20. Unbound Roots · November 18, 2017

    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 · November 19, 2017

    the year my husband was born!

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  22. MindOverMeta · November 19, 2017

    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 · November 19, 2017

    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 · November 19, 2017

      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 · November 19, 2017

    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 · November 19, 2017

      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 · November 19, 2017

    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 · November 19, 2017

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

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  26. Terry Tyler · November 19, 2017

    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 · November 19, 2017

      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 · November 19, 2017

    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 · November 19, 2017

    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 · November 19, 2017

    Play that funky music and Queen…Ahhhhh memories 🙂

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  30. Pam Avoledo · November 19, 2017

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

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  31. Jeremy@ThirstyDaddy · November 19, 2017

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

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    • thebeasley · November 19, 2017

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

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  32. Jennifer · November 19, 2017

    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 · November 19, 2017

    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 · November 19, 2017

    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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    • thebeasley · November 19, 2017

      Absolutely love Joan. Saw her at Glastonbury once. Fantastic- glad you like the post idea. See you next week!

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  35. emfletche · November 21, 2017

    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 · November 24, 2017

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

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      • emfletche · November 24, 2017

        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 · November 24, 2017

        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 · November 24, 2017

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

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  38. thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany · November 27, 2017

    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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    • thebeasley · November 27, 2017

      I LOVE that combination and I’m sure that you have a voice of an angel 😉

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