The American Top 40 replay this week on the 70’s on 7- was from the week of August 16, 1975. A pretty good week of music marred only by The Captain and Tennille. It is amazing over the years how groups who had members who didn’t care for each other at times- made great music- the brothers in The Kinks, Oasis and The Everly Brothers come to mind. The Captain and Tennille meanwhile hated each other and produced garbage. At least the Starland Vocal Band had the decency of only having one hit and going away.. I know I know- they probably didn’t hate each other back in the 70’s. . The Captain did have some street cred- he played for a number of years with The Beach Boys. Mike Love gave him his nickname. My Mount Rushmore of Favorite Songs from this week- Fame/ I’m Not In Love/ Rhinestone Cowboy/ Tush.

1 1 JIVE TALKIN’ –•– Bee Gees (RSO)-12 (2 weeks at #1) (1)  A-
2 4 ONE OF THESE NIGHTS –•– Eagles (Asylum)-12 (1)  B
3 3 PLEASE MR. PLEASE –•– Olivia Newton-John (MCA)-11 (3)  B
4 5 SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGHT –•– Elton John (MCA)-7 (4) A
5 15 FALLIN’ IN LOVE –•– Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds (Playboy)-9 (5) B
6 7 RHINESTONE COWBOY –•– Glen Campbell (Capitol)-12 (6) A+
7 8 WHY CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS? –•– War (United Artists)-16 (7) A
8 9 HOW SWEET IT IS (To Be Loved By You) –•– James Taylor (Warner Brothers)-9 (8) B+
9 6 MIDNIGHT BLUE –•– Melissa Manchester (Arista)-15 (6) B+
10 10 THE ROCKFORD FILES –•– Mike Post (MGM)-14 (10) A-

11 2 I’M NOT IN LOVE –•– 10cc (Mercury)-14 (2) A+
12 22 GET DOWN TONIGHT –•– K.C. and the Sunshine Band (T.K.)-6 (12) D-
13 17 LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER –•– The Captain and Tennille (A&M)-18 (1) F
14 14 MORNIN’ BEAUTIFUL –•– Tony Orlando and Dawn (Elektra)-9 (14) C
15 18 FIGHT THE POWER (Part 1) –•– The Isley Brothers (T-Neck)-9 (15) B
16 20 AT SEVENTEEN –•– Janis Ian (Columbia)-10 (16) B+
17 12 LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID –•– Wings (Capitol)-12 (1)  A
18 21 HOLDIN’ ON TO YESTERDAY –•– Ambrosia (20th Century)-10 (18) B
19 26 COULD IT BE MAGIC –•– Barry Manilow (Arista)-8 (19) C-
20 24 WASTED DAYS AND WASTED NIGHTS –•– Freddy Fender (ABC / Dot)-9 (20)  A

21 25 FEEL LIKE MAKIN’ LOVE –•– Bad Company (Swan Song)-7 (21) B
22 27 THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD –•– Earth, Wind and Fire (Columbia)-7 (22) A
23 23 JUST A LITTLE BIT OF YOU –•– Michael Jackson (Motown)-11 (23) B
24 29 BALLROOM BLITZ –•– Sweet (Capitol)-10 (24)  A
25 30 THIRD RATE ROMANCE –•– The Amazing Rhythm Aces (ABC)-9 (25) B+
26 31 HELP ME RHONDA –•– Johnny Rivers (Epic / Soul City)-6 (26) C
27 33 THAT’S WHEN THE MUSIC TAKES ME –•– Neil Sedaka (Rocket)-8 (27) C
28 34 RENDEZVOUS –•– The Hudson Brothers (Rocket)-9 (28) C+
29 13 DYNOMITE (Part 1) –•– Tony Camillo’s Bazuka (A&M)-18 (10) C
30 35 FAME –•– David Bowie (RCA)-8 (30)  A+

31 41 TUSH –•– ZZ Top (London)-5 (31) A
32 38 ‘TIL THE WORLD ENDS –•– Three Dog Night (ABC)-7 (32) C+
33 43 BLACK SUPERMAN / MUHAMMAD ALI –•– Johnny Wakelin and the Kinshasa Band (Pye)-21 (33) B-
34 11 THE HUSTLE –•– Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony (Avco)-18 (1) C
35 44 I BELIEVE THERE’S NOTHING STRONGER THAN OUR LOVE –•– Paul Anka with Odia Coates (United Artists)-4 (35) C
36 46 DAISY JANE –•– America (Warner Brothers)-5 (36) B
37 45 TWO FINE PEOPLE –•– Cat Stevens (A&M)-5 (37) A
38 40 (Shu-Doo-Pa-Poo-Poop) LOVE BEING YOUR FOOL –•– Travis Wammack (Capricorn)-9 (38) B
39 39 LOOK AT ME (I’m In Love) –•– The Moments (Stang)-7 (39) B
40 65 SOLITAIRE –•– The Carpenters (A&M)-3 (40)  B


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27 responses to “AMERICAN TOP 40- WEEK OF AUGUST 16, 1975

  1. Amazing mix of different genres on top 40 back then. You would never here such a mix on any one radio station today even a top 40 station. Of course I haven’t really listened to top 40 radio in years so maybe I’m wrong.

    • I think you are right- and I don’t listen much to radio in the past two decades or so either- I love the mix- yes there is something there for anyone- even the Captain and Tennille fan! I wonder if there are many stations out there today which give this kind of mix?

    • Doubt it -commercial market so sliced and diced into so many different subgenres because everyone has access to everything thru Internet.

    • I thought it interesting that both Neil Sadaka and Paul Anka were in the top 40 that week. Aren’t they the same person? I bet that was probably the last time they both had hits at that same time. I like the fact they were in that Top 40. Not to be a “get off of my lawn” kind of guy but I loved when I was young- stations who might have Stevie Wonder- followed by David Bowie – followed by Creedence etc… Some of these artists on this 40 surely aren’t favorites- but The Carpenters and even Olivia Newton John could come up with a good pop song.

    • Yes agree – I always like the variety back then. Nowadays the closest you might get is the Jack FM stations where they might play a wide variety of songs but all in the general rock genre you ain’t herring the Carpenters or Olivia Newton John on them!

  2. Not really a big ELTON fan, but SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGHT is his best song in my opinion. Also, THE CAPTAIN AND TENNILLE had hit songs that were even more sickening than LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER.

  3. I agree with you about the Paul Anka song. In fact, music critic Robert Christgau also hated that song – I don’t remember exactly what he wrote about it – but he said something like – the record should have been an ABORTION – that was pretty funny. Muskrat love deserves an F- as well. One of the songs that gave 70’s MUSIC a bad name.

  4. Great post, and I’m enjoying all the comments. First, the variety of genres that would appear on a single list – and get airplay – on Top 40 radio stations in the 60s and 70s was really wonderful compared to today. If nothing else, it exposes us to a wider variety of songs.

    I loved KC & the Sunshine Band back in the day, and “Get Down Tonight” was my favorite song of 1975. I couldn’t get enough of it! I also liked “Love Will Keep Us Together” back then, but loathe it now. My favorite song from that year is now Earth, Wind & Fire’s sublime “That’s the Way of the World.”

    Paul Anka’s “You’re Having My Baby” is my all-time most hated song. I actually wrote a post of my 10 most hated songs, which was a lot of fun. The list includes the execrable “The Night Chicago Died.” I despise “Bad Blood” too.

    • Even some of the bad songs from back then- bring back memories. I can’t think of anything worse than “You’re Having My Baby”- that was a great EW& F song- not overplayed.

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