The 70s might have gone down in history as a time of energy crisis and inflation, tank tops and platform shoes, in short an era that style forgot.
And it is true the 70s were the high water mark of the nonsense novelty record (step forward a bearded Billy Connolly dressed as a Brownie).
But in between the likes of the The Wurzels and Pam Ayres there was also the puffed out pomp of glam, the joy of disco, the emegence of punk, and, as the decade drew to a close, the hip sound of New Wave.
to accompany our other articles in the series, we have created a completely free playlist of 24 tunes with a nod to all of those styles, plus also a smattering of some homegrown heroes from Edinburgh’s Bay City Rollers to Govanhill’s finest, Brian Connelly of The Sweet thrown in for good measure.
Of course, as always, there are what to some will seem like glaring omissions (wot No Bohemian Rhapsody?), but the intention is to create a playlist faithful to what people actuallly got up and danced to – from the school disco to the hippest clubs.
You can watch and listen to the full playlist for free on Youtube by clicking here
You can also listen to it on Spotify here.
Full track listing below to whet your appetite.
Sweet – Blockbuster
Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
T.Rex – Get It On
O’Jays – Love Train
Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night
Abba – Dancing Queen
Bachman Turner Overdrive – You Ain’t Seen Nothin Yet
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free
LaBelle - Lady Marmalade
The Trammps – Disco Inferno
The Undertones – Teenage Kicks
Blondie – Heart of Glass
Donna Summer - I Feel Love
K.C and the Sunshine Band – Shake Shake Shake
Bee Gees - Stayin Alive
John Paul Young – Love is in the Air
Hot Chocolate – Everyone’s a Winner
Village People – YMCA
Rod Stewart – Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?
Boney M – Rasputin
The Sugar Hill Gang – Rapper’s Delight
Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop (Until You Get Enough)
10cc – I’m Not in Love