In part one of my look back at my musical DNA, I’m going all the way back to 1970, the year I was born. Now, I understand that I was born late in the year AND that there is no way I actually remember one of these songs from actual 1970. But, they do start my musical DNA. Many of these songs I heard on the radio for years. The Jackson 5 was in full force. The Kinks rocked out Lola. Bread was melting hearts and The Guess Who was melting faces. Sly & the Family Stone was thanking mice elves. It was a great year in music. You can listen to all of the songs I chose from the Billboard Hot 100 in this Spotify playlist.
(One note: one of my top 5 albums of all time, “Let It Be,” came out in 1970. Almost every song would have made this list, but only a couple made the top 100 and NONE of them are on Spotify. I might have to make a special Musical DNA post for the Beatles.)
The Music of 1970
Here are my picks from the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970 that I feel have helped shape my love of music.
So, what does that mean to my musical DNA?
After listening through the playlist a few times, you can start to see patterns leading to some of my favorite songs of now. The equation might look like…
Sly and the Family Stone +
The Guess Who +
Har Mar Superstar
So, what do you think? How has the music of the past affected your musical choices today?
As a bonus, here is a great video from the Wits game show on Minnesota Public Radio that features Har Mar Superstar and David Cross doing battle in a game show. It’s pretty good.