100. Funkadelic – ‘One Nation Under a Groove’
Unlike the swinging 60s, which remains the most revered decade known to pop, the s still divides opinion. Often derided as the decade wherein epic fashion fails such as bell-bottoms and tank tops held sway, it was nonetheless a rich decade for music. I would have to include Free and Argent. Sorry, typo. Gotta be Layla by Derek and the Dominoes. Two of the greatest guitarists ever! Eric Clapton and the inimitable, great , Duane Allman. A whiter Shade of Pale? Jethtu Tull.
As Western culture worked itself into a complicated cultural froth, the early Seventies reflected those complexities in its hit parade with music that was evocative, entertaining and, for better or worse, unavoidable. Which is to say that the tunes on this list constitute much of the DNA of anyone alive at the time. Radio still mattered more than TV, and our seemingly endless culture wars were only beginning. New constituencies were arising and pop had even started reflecting on its own history. It was the best of times, it was the — oh, you know.