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The Streak — This Friday’s Song

I came across a post recently that talked about songs that are fifty years old this year (yup that’s 50 years , as in half a century, my friend). There are some very memorable and culturally significant songs in the Billboard Hot 100 1974. This included “The Way We Were” by Barbara Streisand from the film by the same name. It included “Bennie and the Jets”, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” by Elton John. John Denver’s “Sunshine on My Shoulders” and “Annie’s Song” are also on the list. The list also includes songs by Paul McCartney, the Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot, Olivia Newton-John, Paul Anka, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack, Three Dog Night, Eric Clapton, and may other leading acts. I was really amazed at the list of songs that will turn fifty this year.

Because of that, it was pretty hard picking a song out of the list. Recognizing its cultural significance and because it is just funny, I chose the song in the number 8 position on the Hot 100 list, “The Streak” by Ray Stevens for this Friday’s song.  It was released in February 1974 and capitalized on the craze of streaking that had taken over college campuses. It is probably not as memorable as some of the other songs, but it is a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy “The Streak” by Ray Stevens!

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