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MEL'S TOP 100 HITS OF 1973

1973 was a stellar year for Elton John as he managed to put a string of hits into the top 10. His biggest hit of the year was "Crocodile Rock," a jumpin' little tune that paid homage to the sound of the Rock n Roll Fifties that came complete with a great farfisa organ riff, pounding piano playing, guitars and great lyrics to a fictitious dance craze that spurred the nation by storm. He followed that hit up with the poignant and lovely ballad, "Daniel." Both records came off his album Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player, which also spurned the regional tracks "Teacher I Need You," and "Eldeberry Wine."

Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Piano Player was not Elton's only success. That fall Elton John released what many consider to be the masterpiece of his career, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, a sprawling two record set that produced several tracks that are regarded as pop culture standards today. Among these were "Candle in the Wind," which Elton never released as a single until a live version came out in 1988 and then again as a tribute to the fallen Princess Diana of Great Britain in 1997. The title track "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" was also a masterpiece and got heavy airplay that year. In 1974 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road would produce Elton John's second #1 hit, "Bennie and the Jets."

Of course Elton was not the only big news for 1973. Carly Simon was very popular after she released her landmark album No Secrets in late 1972. That disc produced the hit tracks "You're So Vain," and "The Right Thing To Do."

Paul McCartney scored his first #1 hit with his group Wings, as the ballad "My Love" achieved its climb to the top. McCartney also produced one of the most popular James Bond movie theme songs ever that year: "Live And Let Die." Fact is all 4 of the former Beatles managed to hit the charts again in 1973, with George Harrison scoring a #1 hit in "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)", John Lennon with "Mind Games," and Ringo Starr releasing "Photograph" late that year only to see it become huge in 1974.

The biggest local hits in Hawaii that year were Diamond Head's "If That's The Way That You Want It," Lighthouse's "Pretty Lady," Liz Damon's "Me Japanese Boy I Love You," and Loggins & Messina's "Lahaina." These songs managed to catch the fancy of local Hawaii radio programmers and listeners.

The chart below is based on track action culminated from plays on my Apple iTunes software.


1Crocodile RockElton John3:57
2You're So VainCarly Simon4:18
3DanielElton John3:53
4If That's the Way That You Want ItDiamond Head3:43
5We're An American BandGrand Funk Railroad3:26
6SuperstitionStevie Wonder4:00
7ShambalaThree Dog Night3:27
8It Never Rains in Southern CaliforniaAlbert Hammond3:39
9Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John3:13
10Let's Get It OnMarvin Gaye4:02
11AngieThe Rolling Stones4:33
12Pretty LadyLighthouse4:01
13Bad Bad LeRoy BrownJim Croce3:02
15Just You And MeChicago3:45
16Loves Me Like A RockPaul Simon3:14
17Diamond GirlSeals & Croft4:11
18My LovePaul McCartney & Wings4:09
19Midnight Train to GeorgiaGladys Knight & the Pips4:41
20Candle in the WindElton John3:49
21Give Me LoveGeorge Harrison3:36
22Yesterday Once MoreThe Carpenters3:56
23Brother LouieStories3:58
24Reelin' in the YearsSteely Dan4:37
25Natural HighBloodstone4:07
26Killing Me Softly With His SongRoberta Flack4:49
27Me & Mrs. JonesBilly Paul4:47
28KodachromePaul Simon3:37
29Me Japanese Boy (I Love You)Liz Damon & the Orient Express2:26
30We May Never Pass This Way AgainSeals & Croft4:20
31Hello It's MeTodd Rundgren3:29
32Stuck in the Middle With YouStealer's Wheel3:27
33Teacher I Need YouElton John4:10
34Peaceful Easy FeelingEagles4:15
35Could It Be I'm Falling in LoveThe Spinners4:12
36Dancing in the MoonlightKing Harvest2:53
37LahainaLoggins and Messina2:34
38Sail On, SailorThe Beach Boys3:19
39Sunshine ShipArthur Hurley & Gottilieb2:32
40Don't Expect Me To Be Your FriendLobo3:36
41Last SongEdward Bear3:14
42Jimmy Loves Mary-AnnLooking Glass3:25
43Your Mama Don't DanceLoggins & Messina2:48
44Will It Go Round in CirclesBilly Preston3:46
45I'll Always Love My MamaThe Intruders3:01
46Mind GamesJohn Lennon4:14
47The Free Electric BandAlbert Hammond3:27
48I Wanna Be With YouThe Raspberries3:06
49Drift AwayDobie Gray3:58
50CorazonCarole King3:58
51HypnotizedFleetwood Mac4:49
52Pieces of AprilThree Dog Night4:14
53Danny's SongLoggins & Messina4:19
54Waited So LongCarly Simon4:28
55The Cisco KidWar3:48
56Little WillyThe Sweet3:15
57Free RideEdger Winter Group3:06
58China GroveDoobie Brothers3:15
59Feelin Stronger EverydayChicago4:16
60Eldeberry WineElton John3:32
61Live and Let DiePaul McCartney & Wings3:12
62I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More BabyBarry White4:12
63Living For The CityStevie Wonder7:25
64Love TrainO'Jays2:59
65You Are The Sunshine of My LifeStevie Wonder2:50
66Night OwlCarly Simon3:50
67Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak TreeDawn3:26
68Playground in My MindClint Holmes2:57
69The Night The Lights Went Out In GeorgiaVicki Lawrence3:36
70OperatorJim Croce3:50
71Show Biz KidsSteely Dan5:26
72Can't Keep It InCat Stevens3:02
73Skyline PidgeonElton John3:53
74Believe in HumanityCarole King3:19
75So Very Hard To GoTower of Power3:39
76Let's PretendThe Raspberries3:41
77Dream OnAerosmith4:26
78Long Train RunningDoobie Brothers3:27
79Ramblin' ManThe Allman Brothers Band4:57
80My MusicLoggins and Messina3:06
81Oh, Babe What Would You Say?Hurricane Smith3:29
82This MasqueradeThe Carpenters4:51
83Don't Cross the RiverAmerica2:31
84The Morning AfterMaureen McGovern2:22
85You'll Never Get To HeavenThe Stylistics3:34
86The Love I LostHarold Melvin & the Bluenotes3:36
87FrankensteinEdger Winter Group3:26
88Saturday Night's Alright For FightingElton John4:55
89BlockbusterThe Sweet3:14
90Doo Doo Doo DooThe Rolling Stones3:28
91Gypsy ManWar5:23
92Emerald EyesFleetwood Mac3:35
93What is HipTower Of Power5:06
94Tell Her She's LovelyEl Chicano3:14
95Let Me Serenade YouThree Dog Night3:18
96My MariaB.W. Stevenson2:32
97Big City Miss Ruth AnnGallery2:27
98Only in Your HeartAmerica3:12
99All I KnowArt Garfunkel3:47
100Looking Through the Eyes of LovePartridge Family3:06


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