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Absolutely the Best of the 70's: 20 Big Hits

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Absolutely the Best of the 70's: 20 Big Hits Review

by Steve Huey

Nearly every song on Absolutely the Best of the 70s: 20 Big Hits hit either the pop or R&B Top Ten, so even if it isn't the most musically cohesive compilation -- covering disco, smooth soul, power pop, and AM radio pop/rock -- it does deliver a pretty consistent, widely recognizable set of '70s pop artifacts. Highlights include the Raspberries' "Go All the Way," the Knack's "My Sharona," Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz," Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling," Maxine Nightingale's "Right Back Where We Started From," A Taste of Honey's "Boogie Oogie Oogie," Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," and Hot Chocolate's "You Sexy Thing," among others.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Knack 04:54 Amazon
2 Sweet 04:02 Amazon
3 The Raspberries 03:21 Amazon
4 Pilot 03:03 Amazon
5 Bob Welch 03:34 Amazon
6 Tavares 03:16 Amazon
7 Blondie 04:34 Amazon
8 Maxine Nightingale 03:18 Amazon
9 Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 03:19 Amazon
10 Ike & Tina Turner 04:56 Amazon
11 The Sylvers 03:27 Amazon
12 A Taste of Honey 07:20 Amazon
13 Hot Chocolate 04:05 Amazon
14 Al Green 03:16 Amazon
15 Nick Gilder 03:08 Amazon
16 Blue Swede 02:53 Amazon
17 Sugarloaf 03:40 Amazon
18 The Hollies 03:18 Amazon
19 Dr. Hook 02:57 Amazon
20 Little River Band 03:55 Amazon
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