| 1. Sweet Home Alabama -
From their second album, ironically titled, Second Helping,
this Southern rock band made history with this milestone song.
Bassist/Guitarist for the band, Ed King, said the notes for
the song came to him in a dream, which he introduced to the
band the next day. "Sweet Home Alabama" was also written
as a response to Neil Young's "Southern Man" and "Alabama",
which addresses racism. References to the song can be found
in movies, ad campaigns and even license plates.
2. Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield
We're dealing with Oldfield here. It's fair to say the man
who brought a record label (Virgin Records) to life and a
new age of music to the listener set the bar pretty high.
"Tubular Bells" included 20 different instruments,
which he all played, layed over each other for the ultimate
recording. The original song, from 'The Exorcist" also
includes 3 sequels that have been recorded over time.
3. Takin Care Of Business - Bachman Turner Overdrive
As epic as the song is, the chain of events that led up to
creation is equally significant. Originally inspired by a
recording technician, Randy Bachman's song was shut down for
fear of the Beatle's suing BTO for similar guitar riff. At
a live show, the lead singer's voice gave out, forcing Randy
to take over and premiere "Takin Care of Business",
a catch phrase he heard over the radio earlier that same day.
4. The Loco-motion - Grand Funk
Guitarist Mark Farner unintentional provoked "The Loco-Motion"
when he was caught whistling the tune in the studio. This
song particular is done in numerous renditions and by many
different performers, including Kylie Minogue, Sylvie Vartan,
Carole King and La Toya Jackson. Little Eva made The Loco-Motion
a number 1 hit in 1962. It has reached top 10 singles charts
20 in different countries.
5. Piano Man - Billy Joel
Dubbed Billy's "signature song", this story shares
his personal battle with failure and "hiding" away
from his first album disappointment. As a piano-lounge singer
reflects on different characters he met at the Executive Lounge
in LA, where he worked under the name Bill Martin.
6. Can't Get Enough Of Your Love Babe - Barry White
7. Hooked On A Feeling - Blue Sude (late 1990's "the
dancing baby song")
8. The Way We Were - Barbara Streisand
9. Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas
10. Jungle Boogie - Kool and the Gang
11. For The Love Of Money - O Jays
12. Tell Me Something Good - Rufus
13. Come Monday - Jimmy Buffet
14. Love Is The Message - MFSB/Three Degrees
15. Come and Get Your Love - Redbone
16. Mockingbird - James Taylor and Carly Simon
17. Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing - Stevie Wonder
18. When Will I See You Again - The Three Degrees
19. Seasons In The Sun - Terry Jacks
20. Dancing Machine - Jackson Five
21. Wishing You Were Here - Chicago
22. Sunshine On My Shoulder - John Denver
23. Waterloo - Abba
24. TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) - MFSB
25. Hollywood Swinging - Kool and the Gang