My BirthYear Hits

I recently celebrated my birthday and was wondering what songs topped the charts on the year that I was born… Thanks to the power of the internet and Google, I found a number of sites that named few to several songs in their list. All I did was compile all those songs that hit number 1 within 1974.

Some of the songs have become great classics and therefore almost impossible not to recognize. They were, of course, sung by legendary artists like John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Abba, Barbara Streisand, John Denver and Stevie Wonder. Knowing what songs dominated the airwaves around the time of my birth somehow connects me to that space. Music is such a great way to dig into one’s historical roots – to learn, understand and even appreciate some of the social and cultural dynamics of that particular period, and therefore build something from there.


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