“Tighter, Tighter” was a poppy rock song that reached number 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1970. Originally written by American singer/songwriters Tommy James and Bob King, it was the Brooklyn-based band Alive N’ Kickin’ that made the song into a smashing hit single.
The tune was an interesting mix of psychedelic guitars, bubblegum harmonies and horns that sounded like the opening of a game-show.
"Me and Mrs. Jones" by Billy Paul
Only the legendary, Grammy Award-winning soul singer Billy Paul could create a tune like "Me and Mrs. Jones". Yes, the song is about infidelity, but it's just impossible not to love! The scandalous song topped all the charts back in 1972, and almost 50 years later, it's still a favorite for many.
The single, which earned Paul a Grammy, not only sold over two million records, but was also certified platinum. The soul master went on to produce many singles after this, but none were ever as successful. And if you're too young to remember, you'll definitely remember Turk from the TV show 'Scrubs' singing this over and over.
"Just When I Needed You Most" by Randy VanWarmer
This 1979 soft rock hit by Randy VanWarmer reached number 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100. "Just When I Needed You Most" is the ultimate heartbreak song, telling the story about a man who is destroyed after his love relationship ends.
Obviously, you only need to read the song's title to figure out that the singer paints a grim picture of the woman who left him "in the rain without closing the door", but there's always two versions to a relationship. Whatever happened to this guy, at least he managed to have one hit single in his lifetime.
"My Maria" by B. W. Stevenson
Buckwheat Stevenson, or B.W. Stevenson, was a bearded country singer that hit it big with his 1973 song, "My Maria". The single reached number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed in the Top 40 for twelve more weeks.
One year later, in 1974, Stevenson went on to perform for the Austin City Limits pilot episode. Regrettably, the recording was apparently not clear enough and the poor quality caused the episode producers to scrap it.
"Afternoon Delight" by Starland Vocal Band
"Afternoon Delight" is one of those songs you can't hear without cracking a smile and singing along. What was brilliant about this song is that, even though it was clearly incredibly suggestive and naughty, it was still whimsical enough to be played on the radio.
Skyrockets definitely took flight with this song, as it topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts when it came out in 1976, and more success and fame followed after Starland Vocal got its own TV show. The song was nominated for four Grammys, of which it won two, among them for Best New Artist. Unfortunately, this was definitely a case of a one-hit wonder, since that was the last hit anyone heard of Starland Vocal.