3XY Top 40 Survey, June 28, 1974

You never know what you might find at the bottom of old trunks. This was one of Melbourne’s cultural essentials at the time and it comes complete with a lovely picture of Aunty Jack on the front.

3XY Top 40 Survey           June 28, 1974

1              Billy don’t be a hero        Paper Lace

2              Devil gate drive               Suzi Quatro

3              Evie                                  Stevie Wright

4              Seasons in the sun          Terry Jacks

5              The Entertainer                Marvin Hamlisch

6              The Locomotion               Grand Funk Railroad

7              Candle in the wind          Elton John

8              Hooked on a feeling       Blue Swede

9              The Streak                       Ray Stevens

10           The air that I breathe      The Hollies


12           La Grange                        ZZ Top

19           Rebel rebel                      David Bowie

20           The way we were            Barbra Streisand

37           Boy on the run                 Dingoes

Hit bound

                Waterloo                         Abba


Slade, Glitter Band, Coloured Balls, Billy Thorpe, Johnny O’Keefe, Cat Stevens, David Cassidy, Barry White, Sherbet.

The top 10 has about a 50:50 split between music that may still be considered acceptable and that which is best left in 1974. Of the overall top 40 around 25% was Australian, including a couple of cover versions of OS songs sharing the billing with the originals.  Sadly, the spectre of Abba lay just across the horizon, as did Countdown, FM radio and colour TV.


1              The Sting                                      Soundtrack

2              Goodbye Yellow Brick Road         Elton John

3              Band on the run                           Paul McCartney

4              Can the can                                  Suzi Quatro

5              Hard road                                     Stevie Wright

6              Buddha & the chocolate box       Cat Stevens

7              Diamond dogs                              David Bowie

8              That’ll be the day                         Soundtrack  (Buddy Holly movie)

9              Sabbath bloody Sabbath               Black Sabbath

10           Tubular bells                                 Mike Oldfield

11           More arse than class                    The Aztecs

12           Hot August night                           Neil Diamond

13           Dark side of the moon                   Pink Floyd

14           Phaedra                                         Tangerine Dream

15           Burn                                               Deep Purple

16           The Dingoes                                  The Dingoes

17           My name means horse                 Ross Ryan

18           Old new borrowed & blue            Slade

19           Kamahl at the Opera House        Kamahl

20           Stone Gon’                                    Barry White

 That’s actually a fairly impressive list of albums, certainly the top 17, and they would look perfectly at home in many a milk crate from the era. Homer Simpson may well have been right about rock’n’roll attaining audio perfection in 1973, or maybe we were both at an impressionable age about then. By now you might want to have lost Tubular bells, Stevie Wright, the Aztecs and Tangerine Dream, but most of the others could safely be pulled out for a spin – OK, ditch Sabbath as well.


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