Various Artists

Billboard Top Rock & Roll Hits: 1974

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This set draws from charting hits in 1974 and illustrates just how much parts of the '70s suffered musically. "Bennie and the Jets" was never Elton John's finest moment, and David Essex's "Rock On" was likely already a retro novelty when it peaked in March. Elsewhere, Billy Preston injects some soul with "Nothing from Nothing" and some eventual classic rock radio gems were born with "Sweet Home Alabama," "The Joker," and "The Loco-Motion." I think it's time for a Block Party Weekend.

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