Every decade produces a few bad eggs amongst the golden apples in music, and it’s pretty common for a hit song of the time to be deemed one of the worst years after its release. When we look back at the music we formerly loved during the height of its popularity, we often cringe thinking of how we could have ever liked that song.
Rolling Stone readers were put to the test to pick out those songs that now make us cringe listening back to them, and came up with the Worst Songs of the ’70s!
Click through the Top Ten Worst Songs of the ’70s as chosen by Rolling Stone readers and tell us, do you agree with their choices?
10. “Loving You” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Minnie Riperton[/lastfm]: 1975
Even thought this song was a No.1 hit for Minnie in 1975, it still made the list of worst songs of the ’70s, maybe because of Minnie’s ear-piercing vocal registers she hits in the song.
9. “Feelings” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Morris Albert[/lastfm]: 1974
It was a big hit in the ’70s, but in more recent years, “Feelings” has been appearing on “worst songs” lists for its mushy soft rock appeal.
8. “Billy Don’t Be A Hero” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods[/lastfm]: 1974
Originally recorded by the UK band Paper Lace, “Billy Don’t Be A Hero” was covered and released in the U.S. by Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods before Paper Lace could make a U.S. crossover. Bo’s version hit No.1 in the U.S., but failed to chart in the UK and vice versa.
7. “Seasons In The Sun” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Terry Jacks[/lastfm]: 1973
Another hit song that would later be the object of ridicule years after, Terry Jacks’ cover this French tune spent three weeks at No.1 in Dec. and remained in the Top 40 until Memorial Day, but it’s now widely considered one of the worst songs ever.
6. “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” –[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Rupert Holmes[/lastfm]: 1979
This song has forever become synonymous with island living and sipping Pina Colados on the beach, but even Holmes himself describes this song as both “pride and chagrin” for making him wealthy and famous, but drawing away from his more serious musical work.
5. “Muskrat Love” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Captain and Tennille[/lastfm]: 1976
Any song that samples actual sounds of “muskrat love” is doomed to fall on worst song lists.
4. “You Light Up My Life” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Debby Boone[/lastfm]: 1977
She broke the then record of ten weeks at No.1 with her first single and earned herself a Grammy for Best New Artist of the Year.
3. “(You’re) Having My Baby — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul Anka[/lastfm]: 1974
Already appearing on AOL’s 100 Worst Songs Ever list at #48 and topping CNN’s Worst Song Of All Time poll in 2006, it’s not surprising that this former No.1 hit made another appearance on Rolling Stones’ worst songs of the ’70s.
2. “Afternoon Delight” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Starland Vocal Band[/lastfm]: 1976
Often criticized for its cheesy harmonies, this former No.1 was an innuendo for “making whoopie” in the middle of the day.
1. “Disco Duck” — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rick Dees[/lastfm]: 1976
Memphis DJ Rick Dees recorded this disco age novelty song as a parody of the genre, but it wound up as a No.1 single for one week. According to Dees “it took one day to write the song, but three months to convince anyone to perform it.” Is this the song that killed disco?