In 1970, the Jackson Five arrived on the scene with four top ten singles and they were joined by fellow newcomers, Marc Bolan and the Carpenters. Meanwhile, Hotlegs, who later became 10cc, had a hit with Neanderthal Man. The 1970s were to unfold as the most diverse decade in pop music history with a wide range of genres finding a place in the charts and 1970 offered a glimpse of what was to come with hits by such diverse artists as Black Sabbath, Joni Mitchell, Herb Alpert and Shirley Bassey. However, thanks to Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Jimmy Ruffin, the Four Tops and Smokey Robinson, Tamla Motown emerged as the dominant sound of the year.
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3 thoughts on “Popular Music’s Greatest Decade by Mansel Jones”
Definitely hard to go past the seventies as the defining decade for a generation’s popular culture
What made seventies music so special was its durability. I’m amazed when I hear my children and grandchildren still listening to and loving music I grew up with in the seventies. That tells you how special it really was. Great article, by the way!
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