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Top 5 Songs:  1971-1975

Remember the hits of our college years?  An eclectic mix, from American Pie to Rhinestone Cowboy.  Things have changed in the intervening years -- the Osmonds and the Jackson Five have split up, and Elton John and Paul McCartney are now "Sirs."

The top hit of 1974 -- Barbra Streisand's rendition of the theme song from the movie The Way We Were -- has a Williams connection.  The movie's producers had arranged to film the movie's college scenes at Williams in late summer.   However, production ran late and filming would have begun during the fall semester.  Deciding that hosting a Hollywood film crew during classes would be too disruptive, the Williams administration withdrew its permission for filming.  Union College stepped into the breach and became the set for the movie's college scenes.  However, Union did not have a crew team -- so it's the Williams crew team you see rowing in the opening credits.  The last minute location change also explains why Robert Redford wears a big W on his letter sweater.

Top 5 Songs for 1971

  1. Joy to the World, Three Dog Night
  2. I Feel the Earth Move, Carole King
  3. Maggie May, Rod Stewart
  4. One Bad Apple, Osmonds
  5. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, Bee Gees

Top 5 Songs for 1972

  1. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Roberta Flack
  2. Alone Again, Gilbert O'Sullivan
  3. American Pie, Don McLean
  4. I Can See Clearly Now, Johnny Nash
  5. Without You, Nilsson

Top 5 Songs for 1973

  1. Killing Me Softly With His Song, Roberta Flack
  2. Bad Bad Leroy Brown, Jim Croce
  3. Tie a Yellow Ribbon..., Tony Orlando and Dawn
  4. Crocodile Rock, Elton John
  5. My Love, Paul McCartney & Wings

Top 5 Songs for 1974

  1. The Way We Were, Barbra Streisand
  2. Love's Theme, Love Unlimited Orchestra
  3. Seasons in the Sun, Terry Jacks
  4. Come and Get Your Love, Redbone
  5. Dancing Machine, Jackson Five

Top 5 Songs for 1975

  1. Love Will Keep Us Together, Captain and Tennille
  2. Philadelphia Freedom, Elton John
  3. Rhinestone Cowboy, Glen Campbell
  4. My Eyes Adored You, Frankie Valli
  5. That's the Way I Like It, KC & The Sunshine Band

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