When it comes to lists such as this one, introductions are not needed as classic sets from Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, Gloria Gaynor, Elton John and Ms. Donna Summer are served up and ready for your 2017 milestones pleasure.
Michael Jackson/Got to Be There While it’s easy to pass on high accolades for pop culture in these current daze and times, one that we must show our immediate respect and attention to the King of Pop’s very first solo album post-Jackson 5 as this past January 24, the Motown released record celebrated forty-five (!!!) years since blessing our MJ lives.
While it was a far departure from the grittier, grimier feel of Jackson’s later material, its classic grooves like the album’s title track, “Rockin Robin,” “Love is Here and Now You’re Gone” and Michael’s take on Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” that you truly get a fascinating reminder that this album is where it all began.
Elton John/Honkey Chateau Considered by critics as a touch frothier than his ’71 set, Madman Across the Water, Mr. Elton’s fifth studio album still went down as one of the stand out albums of the decade, if not all time.
With its buffet of ballads, rock, blues and soul songs, Honky went straight to the top of the Billboard album charts, but it was mostly because the world took notice of John’s sharpened musical skills with this set, as it’s still undoubtedly one of the most focused and accomplished set of songs Elton wrote with his long-time co-writer, Bernie Taupin.
And it shows, especially in “Honky Cat,” “I Think I’m Gonna Kill Myself” and “Rocket Man,” which is most likely a song you either butchered this week or plan on butchering at the next karaoke night you take over.
You know it’s true.
Donna Summer/Once Upon a Time/I Remember Yesterday Where else can you get two incredible albums for the price of one fabulous milestone? Only in the groovy ’70s, kids. If you’ll recall (really, how can anybody forget?), Ms. Summer (may she boogie on in disco piece) was a strobe lit force to be reckoned with in the 70s, but before she gave us “Last Dance” and “Bad Girls” to close out the groove filled decade, she served us heavenly life and lots and lots of love with this pair of ’77 sets.
As if the reigning shimmer of tracks, “Can’t We Just Sit Down(And Talk It over?),”Love’s Unkind,” “I Love You” and “Rumour Has It” aren’t enough to get you toot-tootin’ and beep-beepin’ all night long, it was Yesterday that gave us the Giorgio Moroder magic that was and will always be all up in “I Feel Love.”
Can you feel it? Yas, Ms. Summer queen, yas.
Fleetwood Mac/Rumours Now, if we were to spill about the inner turmoil that went on with all members of Fleetwood Mac during the crafting, cooking and serving of their world shattering album, we would seriously be here all day.
But what we will do right this second is press play on grooves “Dreams,” “Don’t Stop,” “Go Your Own Way,” “The Chain,” “You Make Lovin’ Fun” and, like, every fucking song on this album that proves much like Fleetwood Mac themselves–in forty years, these classic thunders haven’t lost touch with anyone or any fucking thing for that matter.
Gloria Gaynor/Glorious Three words…one fiery disco delight…”I Will Survive.” You know it….you feel it….you most likely danced really drunk to it last night….or most likely right this very second because you’ve just had it, gurl.
Either way…what still highly strobe lit bliss. Groove on, Mizz Gaynor.