2016 is behind us, so let’s go back forty years and see what the Top Five songs were in 1976, according to Billboard. I would go back fifty, to 1966, but we’ve done enough of that year.
NUMBER 5: “Play That Funky Music,” Wild Cherry Their only Top 40 hit.
NUMBER 4: “December 1963 (Oh What A Night),” The Four Seasons Features Gary Polci on vocals, with Frankie Valli singing backup, whicvh is why it doesn’t have that Four Seasons sound. Great song, though.
NUMBER 3: “Disco Lady,” Johnnie Taylor The biggest hit of Johnnie Taylor’s career was this one, followed by “Who’s Makin’ Love (To Your Old Lady).”
NUMBER 2: “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” Elton John and Kiki Dee This song had me asking, “Whatever happened to Kiki Dee?” Wikipedia tells us her last single was in 1993 and that she’s been appearing in musical theater in the West End.
NUMBER 1: “Silly Love Songs,” Wings Many, if not most, of the songs The Beatles played that were composed by Lennon and McCartney featured music by Paul and lyrics by John. When Paul wrote both, the result was nowhere near as satisfying. Still, Paul’s days with Wings were very successful, and this song was one example.
And that’s the Friday Five for January 13, 2017.