21: Howzat – Sherbet

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Entered Charts 19 May 1976 Entry Point 40 Highest Chart 1 Weeks In: 25 Yesterday, we captured the essence of Australian progressive rock and today, we fast forward five years and find Australian pop at its finest. Sherbet had been on the scene for a number of years but the Howzat album and title track became their biggest success and … Read More

22: Golden Miles – Healing Force

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Entered Charts 30 September 1971 Entry Point 39 Highest Chart 28 Weeks In: 10 Another great Aussie band from the early 1970’s and remarkably, their only charting hit. Healing Force captures the sound of progressive rock in this three minutes of guitar, organ and vocals like no other band, in my mind. If we were doing a countdown of the … Read More

23: If You Can’t Give Me Love – Suzi Quatro

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Entered Charts 12 July 1978 Entry Point 34 Highest Chart 6 Weeks In: 14 Well, you can’t do a 1970’s countdown and leave out Suzi, can you? Remarkably, despite her amazing levels of success in the Uk and here in Australia, she only charted in the American top 40 on one occasion and that was with Chris Norman and their … Read More

24: I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself – Marcia Hines

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Entered Charts 25 August 1976 Entry Point 36 Highest Chart 5 Weeks In: 22 So, if you have been listening to my radio programs for a while, you’ll know that I have a couple of favourite female performers from the 60’s and 70’s – Dusty Springfield and Marcia Hines. When you get a song that was recorded by one and … Read More

25: Rockaria! – Electric Light Orchestra

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Entered Charts 27 April 1977 Entry Point 38 Highest Chart 16 Weeks In: 11 Just like The Buggles a couple of days ago, Electric Light Orchestra burst into our lives with a sound that was really different to the conventional two guitars, one bass and one vocal arrangement that had dominated music for so long. Introducing a number of traditionally … Read More

26: Seasons Of Change – Blackfeather

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Entered Charts 17 June 1971 Entry Point 37 Highest Chart 9 Weeks In: 14 An amazing song taken from an amazing album – Seasons of Change was released on the album At The Mountains of Madness in 1971. I am fortunate enough to own a copy of vinyl and you know what they say about hen’s teeth – they are … Read More

27: Video Killed The Radio Star – The Buggles

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Entered Charts 14 November 1979 Entry Point 20 Highest Chart 1 Weeks In: 18 Six days before my year 12 English exam, studying with the radio on and this came on the radio – seems like yesterday but it was in fact, 1979! One of the things that grabbed my attention was just how different this song was to anything … Read More

28: Just When I Needed You Most – Randy Vanwarmer

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Entered Charts 29 August 1979 Entry Point 37 Highest Chart 10 Weeks In: 14 Ok, this song gets one or two extra votes because of the singer’s name – could it be any more 1970’s America than Randy Vanwarmer? I don’t know why I like this song so much but it is just a great song. Really sad – and … Read More

29: I Am Woman – Helen Reddy

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Entered Charts 21 December 1972 Entry Point 40 Highest Chart 3 Weeks In: 23 The world was a very different place in 1972 – three weeks before this song entered the charts Gough Whitlam had been swept to power for the first time, the Australian soldiers were being withdrawn from Vietnam War and the fight for women’s rights was starting … Read More

30: Turn Up Your Radio – Masters Apprentices

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Entered Charts 4 June 1970 Entry Point 28 Highest Chart 27 Weeks In: 13 Well, I guess that, given the name of my radio program on 94.7 The Pulse, this had to get a run, didn’t it! Whilst not the most melodic tune released during the 1970’s, it certainly displayed contemporary Australian rock and roll at its finest. I was … Read More