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Chapter 76: Cherish

60s & 70s pop

The emergence of Dylan and The Beatles led to the emergence of pop music criticism as a serious discipline, and a wave of thinkers that would put classic rock on a pedestal and cement “rockism” as the dominant critical mode for decades. There were few poptimists in the 60s and 70s who could sincerely appreciate the craftsmanship of ABBA, the charm of The Osmonds, or the utter strangeness of The Association. A loss for the critics, and a win for the era’s AM radio listeners.
1. Paul Simon

Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard



3. Melanie

Brand New Key

4. Lulu

To Sir with Love

5. Looking Glass

Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)

6. The Association


7. Patti Page


8. The Beach Boys

Good Vibrations

9. The Osmonds

One Bad Apple

10. Tommy James & The Shondells

Crimson and Clover