My Favorite Songs of 1976


There were far too many disco-influenced songs released in ’76 for my taste, but fortunately bands such as the Eagles, Boston, Nazareth and Steve Miller gave us rock fans something to take away from this year.

Unlike most rankings, I won’t be simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because I know better than anybody that on some days, some songs kick more ass than other songs. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow, if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment. So I group them:
Not Bad
…with inter-group splitting.

First, some audio/video of my favorites from that year…

11 Great Songs from 1976

Fernando  – ABBA

Yes, ABBA is a serious distance away from anything remotely close to something even vaguely resembling my wheelhouse. But they sunk their claws in me with their addictive earworm music with a couple of their songs getting played by the ladies at the parties I went to later in high school. And after I caved and bought their greatest hits, pretty much every song on that album hooked me. But I made sure that I only sang along loudly when nobody was around. I think.

Let Me Take You Home Tonight  – Boston

Take The Money And Run  – Steve Miller Band

This song led me to make their Greatest Hits album one of my first CDs. It was one of eight CDs because, yes, I bought eight for one penny thanks to Columbia House. Turns out this was a great album, top to bottom.

Peaceful Easy Feeling – Eagles

In late 2019 I sang this one on karaoke. My little girls were up singing karaoke and loving it, and they really wanted to see me up there. I didn’t do too badly.

Dance, Dance, Dance – Steve Miller Band

An underrated hoedown of a song, taking me back to the Buck and Does of the Stratford area in high school.

Sir Duke  – Stevie Wonder

Carry On Wayward Son  – Kansas

December 1963 (Oh What a Night)  – The Four Seasons

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap  – AC/DC

Livin’ Thing  – Electric Light Orchestra

Long May You Run  – Neil Young

8 Truly Awesome Songs from 1976

Hotel California  – Eagles

More Than A Feeling  – Boston

(Don’t Fear) The Reaper  – Blue Öyster Cult

Foreplay / Long Time  – Boston

Love Hurts  – Nazareth

Peace Of Mind  – Boston

Rock ‘N’ Me  – Steve Miller Band

Knowing Me, Knowing You  – ABBA

All of my favorites from 1976 are on a YouTube playlist you can find here.

Here is the full list of favorites from 1976…

Awesome – 1 Hotel California Eagles
Awesome – 1 More Than A Feeling Boston
Awesome – 3 (Don’t Fear) The Reaper Blue Öyster Cult
Awesome – 3 Foreplay / Long Time Boston
Awesome – 3 Love Hurts Nazareth
Awesome – 3 Peace Of Mind Boston
Awesome – 3 Rock ‘N’ Me Steve Miller Band
Awesome – 3 Knowing Me, Knowing You ABBA
Great – 8 Fernando ABBA
Great – 8 Let Me Take You Home Tonight Boston
Great – 8 Take The Money And Run Steve Miller Band
Great – 8 Peaceful Easy Feeling Eagles
Great – 8 Dance, Dance, Dance Steve Miller Band
Great – 14 Sir Duke Stevie Wonder
Great – 14 Carry On Wayward Son Kansas
Great – 14 December 1963 (Oh What a Night) The Four Seasons
Great – 14 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap AC/DC
Great – 14 Livin’ Thing Electric Light Orchestra
Great – 14 Long May You Run Neil Young
Solid – 20 Night Moves Bob Seger
Solid – 20 The First Cut Is The Deepest Rod Stewart
Solid – 20 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover Paul Simon
Solid – 23 Let Your Love Flow The Bellamy Brothers
Solid – 23 Blitzkrieg Bop Ramones
Solid – 23 Crazy On You Heart
Solid – 23 Dancing Queen ABBA
Solid – 23 Fly Like An Eagle Steve Miller Band
Solid – 23 Fool To Cry The Rolling Stones
Solid – 23 If You Leave Me Now Chicago
Solid – 23 Lakeside Park Rush
Solid – 23 Life In The Fast Lane Eagles
Solid – 23 Magic Man Heart
Solid – 23 Mahna Mahna The Muppets
Solid – 23 Mamma Mia ABBA
Solid – 23 Money, Money, Money ABBA
Solid – 23 New Kid In Town Eagles
Solid – 23 Nobody’s Fault But Mine Led Zeppelin
Solid – 23 Silly Love Songs Paul McCartney & Wings
Solid – 23 Smokin’ Boston
Solid – 23 Somebody To Love Queen
Solid – 23 Welcome Back John Sebastian
Solid – 23 Telephone Line Electric Light Orchestra
Solid – 23 Serenade Steve Miller Band
Solid – 23 Fox On the Run Sweet
Not Bad – 45 Young Blood Bad Company
Not Bad – 45 You Sexy Thing Hot Chocolate
Not Bad – 45 2112 Rush
Not Bad – 45 (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty KC & The Sunshine Band
Not Bad – 45 Back In The Saddle Aerosmith
Not Bad – 45 Big Balls AC/DC
Not Bad – 45 Blinded by the Light Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
Not Bad – 45 Calling Occupants (Of Interplanetary Craft) Klaatu
Not Bad – 45 Daddy Cool Boney M.
Not Bad – 45 Don’t Go Breaking My Heart Elton John and Kiki Dee
Not Bad – 45 Last Child Aerosmith
Not Bad – 45 Looks Like We Made It Barry Manilow
Not Bad – 45 Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry
Not Bad – 45 The Boys Are Back In Town Thin Lizzy
Not Bad – 45 The Things We Do For Love 10cc
Not Bad – 45 Tonight’s The Night Rod Stewart
Not Bad – 45 Victim Of Love Eagles
Not Bad – 45 Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald Gordon Lightfoot
Not Bad – 45 You Make Me Feel Like Dancing Leo Sayer
Not Bad – 45 You’re My Best Friend Queen
Not Bad – 45 General Hand Grenade Trooper
Not Bad – 66 Disco Inferno The Trammps
Not Bad – 66 Dreamboat Annie Heart
Not Bad – 66 For Your Life Led Zeppelin
Not Bad – 66 Kung Fu Fighting Carl Douglas
Not Bad – 66 Takin’ It To the Streets The Doobie Brothers
Not Bad – 66 You Should Be Dancing Bee Gees
Not Bad – 66 Roxy Roller Sweeney Todd
Not Bad – 66 Tie Your Mother Down Queen
Not Bad – 66 Do Ya Electric Light Orchestra
Not Bad – 66 Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson
Not Bad – 66 Convoy C.W. McCall
Not Bad – 66 Let ’em In Paul McCartney & Wings

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