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Billboard Top Hits: 1975

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Billboard Top Hits: 1975 has a cross-section of soft rock (particularly Californian soft rock) and disco hits, all of which are nostalgia items for children of the '70s. Some of these songs -- like Captain & Tennille's "Love Will Keep Us Together," Jigsaw's "Sky High," Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds' "Fallin' in Love," and Neil Sedaka's "Bad Blood" -- are nothing more than nostalgia pieces, but there are a surprising number of songs that are pop gems, such as America's "Sister Golden Hair," Linda Ronstadt's "When Will I Be Loved," the Ozark Mountain Daredevils' "Jackie Blue," KC & the Sunshine Band's "Get Down Tonight," and Elton John's "Island Girl" and "Philadelphia Freedom." The gems and the kitsch blend together to form a pretty accurate picture of Top 40 radio in 1975.

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