Radio Faux Show Volume 3, Number 9: 1973 In Review (Billboard #1 Hits In Order)

Radio Faux Show Volume 3, Number 9: 1973 In Review (Billboard #1 Hits In Order)

1973 In Review (Billboard #1 Hits In Order)

The next two Faux Shows pair the most popular, easily digestible songs of 1973 with some of the more difficult releases of the year. The first show of the pair presents all of the Billboard #1 hits in the chronological order of their chart-topping success. 1973 was no different than any other year. There were a lot of hits, and they cover a variety of artists and styles. The songs were identified using the greatest music reference book ever published – The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn. As usual, there is a playlist to go along with the show.

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I’m not going to discuss any of the artists or songs on this show. If you are old enough, you already know most of these. There are some classics by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Marvin Gaye. There are also some lesser known songs that have been relatively forgotten over the last fifty years (my favorite being “Brother Louie”). There are icons, one-hit wonders, men, women, rock, pop, and soul. Interestingly, all of The Beatles (including the unofficial 5th Beatle – Billy Preston) had #1 hits except for John Lennon. In total, 27 songs hit #1 in 1973. Enjoy.

Playlist Track List

Track 1: Carly Simon “You’re So Vain”

Track 2: Stevie Wonder “Superstition”

Track 3: Elton John “Crocodile Rock”

Track 4: Roberta Flack “Killing Me Softly With His Song”

Track 5: The O’Jays “Love Train”

Track 6: Vicki Lawrence “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia”

Track 7: Dawn “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree”

Track 8: Stevie Wonder “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life”

Track 9: The Edgar Winter Group “Frankenstein”

Track 10: Paul McCartney & Wings “My Love”

Track 11: George Harrison “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)”

Track 12: Billy Preston “Will It Go Round In Circles”

Track 13: Jim Croce “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”

Track 14: Maureen McGovern “The Morning After”

Track 15: Diana Ross “Touch Me In The Morning”

Track 16: The Stories “Brother Louie”

Track 17: Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On”

Track 18: Helen Reddy “Delta Dawn”

Track 19: Grand Funk Railroad “We’re An American Band”

Track 20: Cher “Half Breed”

Track 21: The Rolling Stones “Angie”

Track 22: Gladys Knight & The Pips “Midnight Train to Georgia”

Track 23: Eddie Kendricks “Keep On Truckin'”

Track 24: Ringo Starr “Photograph”

Track 25: The Carpenters “Top Of The World”

Track 26: Charlie Rich “Most Beautiful Girl In The World”

Track 27: Jim Croce “Time In A Bottle”

That’s it for the fourth show in this series. The next show focuses on much more difficult music. In the meantime, as always, thanks for listening (and reading)!

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