Throwback Thursday: The top 10 songs this week in 1975 [Videos]

September 11, 2014|By Jordan Bartel | The Baltimore Sun

During this week 39 years ago, socialite-turned-fugitive Patricia Hearst was captured, President Gerald Ford begins wearing a bulletproof vest six days after an assassination attempt, "Jaws" was nearing the end of its run at the top of the box office, and the following songs were the most popular in America, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.

10. "Feel Like Makin' Love," Bad Company

Did this line work on women of the 1970s? Well, I mean, other than if it was coming from the band?

9. "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights," Freddy Fender

 Fender wrote and recorded this country-tinged song in 1959, was then busted for marijuana possession in 1960 and his popularity faded (I repeat: it was 1960). Thank God for comebacks!

8. "Fallin' in Love," Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds

The top song of September 1975 clearly would could have been "Feel Like Makin' and Fallin' in Love." P.S.: The beginning may sound familiar. It was sampled by rapper Drake on his song "Best I Ever Had."

7. "Run Joey Run," David Geddes

The worst song of 1975? The 1970s? Ever? Discuss.

6. "Could It Be Magic," Barry Manilow

Thank you, Barry. We needed a palate cleanser.

5. "Fight the Power Part 1," the Isley Brothers

Sadly, not performed by Barry Manilow.

4. "I'm Sorry," John Denver

This was Denver's last No. 1 song.

3. "At Seventeen," Janis Ian

The emotions of every high-schooler. In any decade.

2. "Rhinestone Cowboy," Glen Campbell

Though many of the details of the song could be applied to Glen Campbell's life and career, it was actually written by Larry Weiss, who also wrote "Bend Me Shape Me." Oh, and sang the theme song to the TV show "Who's the Boss" for its first two seasons.

1. "Fame," David Bowie

Bowie's first No. 1 song shares a writing credit with John Lennon, even though it was reportedly to just be "inspired" by conversations between Bowie and Lennon on the subject of celebrity. Must of been a good conversation.

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