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Hits of 1973

What I'm Listening To

For 2020 I decided that I'd do a monthly 'what I'm listening to' feature based on my favourite songs from a particular year. This month I've got my top ten from 1973...



Life on Mars - David Bowie

I had to start with this as it was the time travelling cop show which made me pick 1973 as a year to do for this post. It was always an amazing track, so becoming inextricably linked with one of my favourite ever TV shows only made it better to my ears!




Gaudete - Steeleye Span

Gaudete is a Latin Christmas carol composed in the sixteenth century. Steeleye Span recorded an a cappella version and brought a bit of early modern music back to the masses, scoring a #14 hit in the process.




Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade

The best Christmas song.




Dancing (on a Saturday Night) - Barry Blue

Feel the cheese!




Part of the Union - The Strawbs

"You won't get me, I'm part of the union!" It doesn't get more 1973 than that.




20th Century Boy - T. Rex

My favourite T. Rex track, this one peaked at #3.




You're So Vain - Carly Simon

This was a huge hit for Carly Simon and was inevitably covered by just about everyone. Even Tony Randall and Jack Klugman (The Odd Couple) gave it a go!




The Ballroom Blitz - Sweet

Ballroom Blitz was a #1 hit in Canada and West Germany, but peaked at #2 in the UK.




Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree - Tony Orlando and Dawn

I never really realised quite how big a hit this was. It made #1 in eight different countries, and spent 4 weeks on the top spot in the USA and the UK, 7 weeks in Australia, and a whopping 10 in New Zealand. Definitely not a niche thing, then!




Stuck in the Middle with You - Stealers Wheel

Such an absolute classic, though it actually peaked at #8 on the UK charts.




What was your favourite hit of 1973? Let me know in the comments. :)



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