You Know You Were A Little Girl Of The 70’s If:

This is the most accurate of these lists I have ever seen! I’ve checked off all the ones that are mine.

You wore that rainbow shirt that was half-sleeves and the rainbow went up one sleeve, across your chest and down the other…

You made baby chocolate cakes in your Holly Hobby Easy Bake Oven. You washed them down with The Snoopy Snow Cone Machine.

You had that Fisher Price Doctor’s kit with a stethoscope that actually worked. After training with these tools you became an expert at the game of "operation".

Legos, Legos, Legos.

You owned a schwinn bicycle with a floral banana seat and a basket. In the early 80’s you moved onto the ever-popular 10 speed. God that seat hurt.

Your roller skates had metal wheels.

Admit it…… you thought Gopher from Love Boat was cute. You had nightmares after watching Fantasy Island.

You had rubber boots for rainy days. Your shoes actually fit inside of the boots (with a little help from your mom and some plastic bags).

You had Tinkerbell bath products that change the color of the bath water. {yes, mine were from Avon}

You had either a "bowl cut" or a "pixie" because your mom was sick of braiding your hair. How traumatic when people thought you were a boy.

Your sleeping bag was your most prized possession. {yep, my red snoopy bag}

You wore a "poncho" with your faux fur "muff" and your clogs.

You begged Santa for the electronic game… Simon.

You had the Donnie and Marie dolls with those pink and purple shredded outfits. {didn’t have the dolls, but loved the show. My mom bought me purple socks to match Donnie’s. Too bad he’s such a jerk now.}

You spent hours out back on your metal swing set with the trapeze.

You were into ping pong. {This is Cate!}

You had homemade string barrettes in every imaginable color.

You kept losing your mittens so your mom bought you the kind that were attached by a string.

Your Hello Kitty pencil case was cuter than anyone else’s.

You wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder really bad. You wore that Little House on the Prairie-inspired plaid, ruffled shirt with the high neck in at least one school picture. You despised Nellie Olson! {Not just the shirt! I had a whole dress mom made for me, and a BONNET! And I had all the books. Laura was cool. She still is.}

You wanted your first kiss to be at the roller rink.

Your hairstyle was ever described as having "wings".

Strawberry Shortcake and her friends Blueberry Muffin and Huckleberry Pie. {This was more my little sister’s thing. And she loved the Peculiar Purple Pieman Of Porkupine Peak.}

You carried a Muppets lunch box to school. {I can’t remember my lunch box, except that I hated it because the other kids laughed at it.}

You and your girlfriends would fight over which of the Dukes of Hazard was your boyfriend. {Well, not really. I wanted the car.}

You memorized every song on the "Annie" movie and know at least one person who immediately went out and got the Annie afro. Every now and then "Dumb Dog" will pop into your brain and you can’t stop singing it all day. {yes. I was actually offended when they remade it for tv on ABC last year. I thought the movie was the definitive version.}

You had Star Wars action figures, too. {yep, Leia. I have the new ones too.}

You thought unicorns were real. {I had every book you could think of and all these little ceramic figurines, and people gave them to me long after I stopped collecting them. Grandma gave me a unicorn a few years ago for Christmas.}

It was a big event in your household each year when the Wizard of Oz" would come on TV. Break out the popcorn and sleeping bags! {yes! I had a huge crush on Glinda.}

You wanted to be a part of the Von Trappe family. {yep! Love Julie Andrews, too.}

Light as a feather, stiff as a board. {yes, But that wasn’t as good a slumber party stunt as stealing everyone’s bras when they were asleep, getting them wet, and putting them in the freezer.}

You loved The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe so much you got the whole Chronicles of Narnia series for Christmas but never read the other books. {Well, I actually read all the books. I read them again in 1997.}

You completely wore-out your Grease and Saturday Night Fever soundtrack albums. {yep. I remember mom coming downstairs and catching me singing and doing a dance routine to Grease.}

You tried to do lots of arts and crafts things like yarn & Popsicle stick God’s Eyes or those weird potholders made on a plastic loom. {yes. Mom still has all this stuff in her house – the gods eyes and string art stuff is still hanging in our old rooms.}

Shrinky-dinks! What was so appealing about these? I loved the Raggedy Anne & Andy shrinky dinks. I still remember how the oven smelled when they were "baking". {Everyone at work has been looking for these! We want to do some now that we’re adults. We feel we’re better artists now. A very helpful reader sent this in… you can buy a Shrinky Dinks book.}

You used to tape record songs off the radio by holding your miniature tape recorder up to the speaker. {yes, but the best thing to record was when we recorded my dad yelling his head off and played it back later, over and over, until he caught us.}

You couldn’t wait to get the free animal poster that came when you ordered books from the scholastic book orders your teacher would give you. Remember? The order catalogs looked like miniature newspapers. {yes. I had sooooo many of these books.}

You learned everything you needed to know about sex and your period from Judy Blume books. {yes, including that one that the neighbor girl loaned me, and mom took away because it described sex. But I snuck down and read it in the middle of the night.}

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Cheesy Hits of the Seventies

This is a creation of my friend Doug, who has thrown a 70s party every year for eleven years that is always a huge hit. Doug put this 9 disc set together several years ago, and it’s a staple of my music library. (Note: not all of these are cheesy songs; we put many iconic seventies songs on the playlist as well.)

1 Saturday Night – Bay City Rollers
2 Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree – Tony Orlando & Dawn
3 Love Will Keep Us Together – Captain & Tennille
4 Dark Lady – Cher
5 (You’re) Having My Baby – Paul Anka
6 Have You Never Been Mellow – Olivia Newton-John
7 I Am Woman – Helen Reddy
8 Afternoon Delight – Starland Vocal Band
9 The Candy Man – Sammy Davis Jr.
10 The Night The Lights Went In Georgia – Vicki Lawrence
11 The Night Chicago Died – Paper Lace
12 Billy Don’t Be a Hero – Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods
13 One Tin Soldier – Coven
14 One Tin Soldier – Coven
15 The Morning After – Maureen McGovern
16 The Happiest Girl In The Whole USA – Donna Fargo
17 Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas
18 Hooked On A Feeling – Blue Suede
19 I Feel The Earth Move – Carole King
20 Mandy – Barry Manilow
21 Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) – Looking Glass
22 You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone
23 (They Long to Be) Close to You – The Carpenters
24 Stumblin’ In – Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman
25 Grease – Frankie Valli
26 Summer Nights – Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta
27 Hopelessly Devoted To You – Olivia Newton-John
28 You’re The One That I Want – Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta
29 Run Joey Run – David Geddes
30 Rocky – Austin Roberts
31 Burnin’ Love – Elvis Presley
32 Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves – Cher
33 Ballroom Blitz – Sweet
34 Venus – Shocking Blue
35 Dancing Queen – ABBA
36 Wildfire – Michael Murphy
37 All By Myself – Eric Carmen
38 Feelings – Morris Alpert
39 Seasons In The Sun – Terry Jacks
40 Cats In The Cradle – Harry Chapin
41 Midnight At The Oasis – Maria Mulduar
42 Angie Baby – Helen Reddy
43 I’d Really Love To See You Tonight – England Dan & John Ford Coley
44 Escape (The Pina Colada Song) – Rupert Holmes
45 Stoney End – Barbra Streisand
46 After The Lovin’ – Englebert Humperdinck
47 Annie’s Song – John Denver
48 I’m Not Lisa – Jessie Colter
49 Rhinestone Cowboy – Glen Campbell
50 Delta Dawn – Helen Reddy
51 Half-Breed – Cher
52 Chevy Van – Sammy Johns
53 Me And You And A Dog Named Boo – Lobo
54 I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing – The New Seekers
55 Brand New Key – Melanie
56 Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) – Reunion
57 Lonely Boy – Andrew Gold
58 Da Doo Ron Ron – Shaun Cassidy
59 Lonely Night (Angel Face) – Captain & Tennille
60 At Seventeen – Janis Ian
61 Killing Me Softly With His Song – Roberta Flack
62 My Eyes Adored You – Frankie Valli
63 Laughter In The Rain – Neil Sedaka
64 Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John & Kiki Dee
65 You Don’t Have To Be A Star – Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.
66 Copacabana – Barry Manilow
67 My Sharona – The Knack
68 Behind Closed Doors – Charlie Rich
69 Here You Come Again – Dolly Parton
70 Southern Nights – Glen Campbell
71 Please Mr. Please – Olivia Newton-John
72 Convoy – C. W. McCall
73 The Devil Went Down To Georgia – Charlie Daniels Band
74 Short People – Randy Newman
75 One Bad Apple – The Osmonds
76 Heartbeat – It’s A Love Beat – DeFranco Family
77 Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head – B. J. Thomas
78 Top of The World – The Carpenters
79 Rose Garden – Lynn Anderson
80 Watching Scotty Grow – Bobby Goldsboro
81 Lovin’ You – Minnie Ripperton
82 Touch Me In The Morning – Diana Ross
83 One Less Bell To Answer – The Fifth Dimension
84 Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O’Sullivan
85 I’m Not In Love – 10cc
86 Band of Gold – Freda Payne
87 December 1963 (Oh, What A Night) – The Four Seasons
88 If I Can’t Have You – Yvonne Elliman
89 Best of My Love – Emotions
90 Telephone Man – Meri Wilson
91 Spirit in The Sky – Norman Greenbaum
92 Put Your Hand in The Hand – Ocean
93 Day By Day – Godspell
94 The Lord’s Prayer – Sister Janet Mead
95 Indian Reservation – The Raiders
96 Indiana Wants Me – R. Dean Taylor
97 Bad Bad Leroy Brown – Jim Croce
98 Happy Days – Pratt & McClain
99 Making Our Dreams Come True – Cyndi Grecco
100 Welcome Back – John Sebastian
101 Times of Your Life – Paul Anka
102 Kodachrome – Paul Simon
103 You And Me Against The World – Helen Reddy
104 That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be – Carly Simon
105 Dream Weaver – Gary Wright
106 Beth – KISS
107 I’m In You – Peter Frampton
108 Imagine – John Lennon
109 My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
110 You’re Sixteen (You’re Beautiful and You’re Mine) – Ringo Starr
111 Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney & Wings
112 The Streak – Ray Stevens
113 The Brady Bunch Theme – The Brady Bunch
114 ABC – The Jackson 5
115 Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) – Edison Lighthouse
116 I’ll Never Fall In Love Again – Dionne Warwick
117 Up The Ladder To The Roof – The Supremes
118 O-o-Child – The Five Stairsteps
119 Family Affair – Sly & The Family Stone
120 Theme from “Shaft” – Isaac Hayes
121 Want Ads – The Honey Cone
122 Patches – Clarence Carter
123 Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast – Wayne Newton
124 Don’t Pull Your Love – Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
125 United We Stand – Brotherhood of Man
126 Mr. Big Stuff – Jean Knight
127 She’s A Lady – Tom Jones
128 Precious & Few – Climax
129 Dancing in The Moonlight – King Harvest
130 Why Can’t We Be Friends – War
131 Cracklin’ Rosie – Neil Diamond
132 You’re So Vain – Carly Simon
133 I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More – Barry White
134 Love’s Theme – Love’s Unlimited Orchestra
135 Rock The Boat – Hues Corporation
136 Waterloo – ABBA
137 Do You Know Where You’re Going To (Theme From Mahogany) – Diana Ross
138 Hello It’s Me – Todd Rungren
139 The Air That I Breathe – The Hollies
140 Me And Mrs. Jones – Billy Paul
141 Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
142 Bad Blood – Neil Sedaka
143 Love Machine (Pt. 1) – The Miracles
144 Get Down Tonight – KC & The Sunshine Band
145 Love Rollercoaster – Ohio Players
146 Got To Give It Up (Pt. 1) – Marvin Gaye
147 Fly Robin Fly – Silver Connection
148 Right Back Where We Started From – Maxine Nightingale
149 Turn The Beat Around – Vickie Sue Robinson
150 More, More, More – Andrea True Connection
151 Car Wash – Rose Royce
152 Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me – Mac Davis
153 Don’t Give Up On Us – David Soul
154 Nobody Does It Better – Carly Simon
155 Sometimes When We Touch – Dan Hill
156 You Needed Me – Anne Murray
157 Torn Between Two Lovers – Mary MacGregor
158 Joy To The World – Three Dog Night
159 Funny Face – Donna Fargo
160 Go Away Little Girl – Donny Osmond
161 I Think I Love You – David Cassidy
162 Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep – Mac & Katie Kissoon
163 Beach Baby – First Class
164 (Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep At All – Fifth Dimension
165 Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight & The Pips
166 You’re No Good – Linda Ronstadt
167 This Will Be – Natalie Cole
168 Tell Me Something Good – Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan
169 MacArthur Park – Donna Summer
170 I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
171 Stayin’ Alive – The Bee Gees
172 I Love The Nightlife (Disco ‘Round) – Alicia Bridges
173 Heart of Glass – Blondie
174 Good Times – Chic
175 Boogie Oogie Oogie – A Taste of Honey
176 We Are Family – Sister Sledge
177 Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – McFadden & Whitehead
178 Jeans On – David Dundas
179 Tighter And Tighter – Alive and Kicking
180 Draggin’ The Line – Tommy James
181 Playground In My Mind – Clint Holmes
182 Knock Three Times – Tony Orlando & Dawn
183 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross
184 Stoned Love – The Supremes
185 Bring The Boys Home – Freda Payne
186 Black Superman – Johnny Wakelin
187 Another Saturday Night – Cat Stevens
188 Sunshine – Jonathan Edwards
189 It’s Too Late – Carole King
190 Rock On – David Essex
191 It’s A Heartache – Bonnie Tyler
192 Hot Child In The City – Nick Gilder
193 Let Your Love Flow – Bellamy Brothers
194 Undercover Angel – Alan O’Day
195 Shadow Dancing – Andy Gibb
196 Shame – Evelyn “Champaign” King
197 Got To Be Real – Cheryl Lynn
198 Makin’ It – David Naughton
199 Charlies Angels Theme – Henry Mancini
200 The Love Boat Theme – Jack Jones

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