Music That Inspires You

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time to close up, get dressed up, and get ready for Friday night. Don your finest, folks, because even though the 70’s are in the past, the music lives on—harder, and sounding better than ever!

[In case you missed Wednesday’s post]

ABBA – Dancing Queen

A europop take on american disco, and the only (allegedly) number one hit in the USA charts. It was the last of number one singles by ABBA in the UK: after Mama Mia! and Fernando. Oh. . .those Swedes. . .

AC/DC – Highway to Hell


AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long

Even though the latter song is 1980, I felt it was good to post a bridge. . .plus, you have the Bon Scott era closing on 79, and the beginning of Johnson’s era.

You can’t forget about these AC/DC songs. . .because well. . .you can’t. You Shook Me All Night Long was the first song to feature the new singer, Brian Johnson, after Bon Scott died. Back in Black I’d say is one of the prominent albums of AC/DC, but I definetly like Highway to Hell. Rest in Peace Bon Scott—keep rockin’ on!

Harry Chaplin – Cat’s in the Cradle

You can’t forget about this one. It’s a great folk rock song that I think many kids grew up listening to. Although, some may have developed a spite towards their folks. . .

Make time for your kids, and your family. Do it.

KC and the Sunshine Band

What is the way, uh huh uh huh, you like it? You gotta love that risque kind of disco. . . 😉

America – A Horse with No Name

America was banned from some radio stations in the US, because of supposed heroin references. . .but still they made a hit out of this song. Regardless, you can interpret this song however you want, but I am fairly sure it’s not about heroin. . . I’ll save you a wall of text.

Donna Summer – Hot Stuff

Ah yes, Hot Stuff which showed the bridging of rock and disco. . .and the forward motion! Plus you know. . .you want some hot stuff.

Foghat – Slow Ride

If you haven’t already heard of Slow Ride then I don’t know what to tell you. . . It’s been used in so many things. . .it’s just good times.

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Night Moves

The song that launched Bob from just being a regional badass to a national badass. A classic that everyone can enjoy.

Aerosmith – Dream On

I’d say this was an incredible song for a debut album. Yes, that is Tyler’s real voice. Funny how he describes being insecure about his voice. A great song, and a timeless rock classic.

E.L.O. – Mr. Blue Sky

I love this song. . .but then again, I love E.L.O. too. You’re welcome. This was eventually re-recorded and put on The Very Best of E.L.O.

In case you don’t know. . . E.L.O. is Electric Light Orchestra.

Elton John – Rocket Man

Echoing the theme off of Space Oddity by David Bowie, you have here Rocket Man. This shows that astronauts were no longer revered as heroes, but just as an everyday job. Great song.

The Cars – Just What I Needed

Who’s laughing now, Circuit City!? There’s a story there. . .but I’ll save it for later. You could also use a break, yeah, that’s just what I needed.

Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night

The day that’s coming tomorrow! Also Planter’s liked using it. . . Memorable and catchy as hell.

Ram Jam – Black Betty

“The origin and meaning of the lyrics are subject to debate. Historically the “Black Betty” of the title may refer to the nickname given to a number of objects: a musket, a bottle of whisky, a whip, or a penitentiary transfer wagon.”—

So many subjects! Personally though, I think this version is about a black woman named Betty. I also liked to play it / mash it up with Kung Pow! Enter the Fist because you know. . .Betty.

That wraps it up for this edition of Music That Inspires You. Check back next week for some good tunes and times.

Got a song and/or artist you like, and want to share? Drop it in the comments!


Author: Sincados

Writer, gamer, foodie, brew enthusiast, and awesome dad. Also likes to make explosions...but not in any particular order.

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