10 Hits from the 70s we love – thank you YouTube!

YouTube. Gags, stupid pet tricks, car stunts galore. But what we don't realize is that it's a digital treasure trove of all things archived. Including a massive collection of music you otherwise would have had to mixtape or totally file in that draw called oblivion. Thanks to the world's second most popular search engine (yes, YouTube is only 2nd behind Google), today we can find music we grew up on, music we played in our car on our first date, music our folks listened to and today's up and coming music as well. Imagine life without YouTube...

Imagine | John Lennon (Imagine, 1971)

She's Always a Woman to Me | Billy Joel (The Stranger, 1977)
This is one of our all time faves from this awesome breakthrough album by Billy Joel. He had so many great songs on the album, but this one stands out as being a total insight. His magnum opus made it to Number 67 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Exodus | Bob Marley (Exodus, 1977)
Time magazine voted this as the album of the 20th Century! While we prefer the studio version to this live recording, the video shows you the energy that this man was all about. He is an icon for us and some Mondays we get goosebumps when we do Bob mornings. The album  the album was ranked number 169 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Sultans of Swing | Dire Straits (Dire Straits, 1978)
This is early Dire Straits – it's actually from their first demo tape, and it shows the promise that this English band had.

Comfortably Numb | Pink Floyd (The Wall, 1982)
You can loop this and keep listening to it, one of the greatest songs by Floyd. The guitar solos are just the best, and it's been one of the best ever performed to date.

Stairway to Heaven | Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin IV, 1971)
The jury is out on this Jimmy PageRobert Plant classic. Some of our folks around here love it, some are blah. But this is a 70's masterpiece whichever way you look at it. It's placed at No 31 of Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

Hotel California | The Eagles (Hotel California,1976)
This was the biggest hit from the band's biggest selling album ever, and was a Grammy winner."Hotel California" is considered by many to be one of the greatest rock songs of all time, it was ranked #49 on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Songs Of All Time". The guitar duet at the end of the song was performed by Don Felder and Joe Walsh.

Running on Empty | Jackson Browne (Running on Empty, 1977)
Some of the younger Innovations team members didn't even know about Jackson Browne, but he's such an American icon and one of the best from his time. Running on Empty is the title track from his fantastic 1977 album.

Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels —
Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields.
In '65 I was seventeen and running up 101
I don't know where I'm running now, I'm just running on ...

Message in a Bottle | The Police (Regatta de Blanc, 1979)
A song about a castaway and a hundred billion bottles! What an epic! This is The Police's first Number One hit, and a huge favorite in our studios. We love early Police.

Time | Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon, 1973)
This is the absolute epic from Pink Floyd's eighth studio album released in 1973, which has lasted across the last four decades as one of the greatest albums ever produced. DSOTM has sold over 45 million copies to date.  It is noted for its long introductory passage of clocks chiming and alarms ringing, recorded as a quadrophonic test by Alan Parsons, not specifically for the album.
Each clock at the beginning of the song was recorded separately in an antiques store. This is followed by a two-minute passage dominated by Nick Mason's drum solo, with rototoms and backgrounded by a tocking sound created by Roger Waters picking two muted strings on his bass.

'Time' is the only track that is credited to all four members of this epic band. You can tell we're Floyd-heads, as this is the only band that has two songs that have crept in on to our iPods for the 70s list!

All of the information is either from YouTube posts or from our favorite source of all things we need to know – the greatest font of digital wisdom – the Wikipedia! Thanks to digital, today, we have music as we work, we can watch our favorite bands, listen to golden oldies... all of which makes life so much better.

First published on the Innovations_Digital website on our blog about YouTube and 70s music

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