Stella’s 10 @ 10

Imagine, it’s 1977 and Stella looks back on her first decade of music appreciation.  Once she moved past “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “Away in a Manger,” she was ready for the popular music all the kids were enjoying, served up on a weekly basis by Top of the Pops.

Stella was swept up in various crazes and crushes from the Osmonds to the Partridge Family to the Bay City Rollers.  By age 10, she is pretty sure she wants to be a member of Pan’s People (see below) when she grows up so she can dance professionally to this fantastic music every week on Top of the Pops.  And, she’s feeling rather good about her dancing skills.


(Stella had a bit of a crush on Babs, the blonde Pan’s People dancer at the front and center.)

If Stella had an mp3 player back in 1977, she might have shared the playlist below.

It turns out it’s quite hard to get copies of some of her favorite 70s hits…so she could not include classics such as Jimmy Osmond’s “Long Haired Lover from Liverpool” or Charles Azanavour’s “She.”  But, this is a fair representation of the songs that made Stella sing and dance and prepared her for a lifetime of Britpop.

And yes, the Sweet song is 1978…but we all deserve some respite at the end of this.  And Stella thought it was really cool.

Download Stella’s 10 @ 10

1.    Hold Me Close by David Essex (1975)
2.    Just an Old Fashioned Girl by Eartha Kitt (1958)
3.    Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep by Middle of the Road (1970)
4.    Monster Mash by Bobby Boris Pickett (1962)
5.    Tiger Feet by Mud (1974)
6.    Bye Bye Bay by the Bay City Rollers (1974)
7.    I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing by The New Seekers (1971)
8.    Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks (1974)
9.    Clair by Gilbert O’Sullivan (1972)
10.   Love is Like Oxygen by Sweet (1978)

7 responses to “Stella’s 10 @ 10”

  1. lane says:

    how nice, leave it to stella to return TGW to our normally chipper, sentimental selves!

    could that photo be any more delicious?

    big love indeed!

  2. big love indeed!

    W-wait, so those girls were all married to the same guy?…

    I am only 3 years younger than Stella; and yet I recognize only three of those songs off the top of my head — Monster Mash, I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing, Seasons in the Sun.

  3. Jane says:

    I LOVE this playlist. Thanks!

  4. Ronin Furgunstein says:

    Yummy! I LOVE blue eyeshadow.

  5. LP says:

    Wake up, Babs! Wake up!

    She sure does look sleepy.

  6. PB says:

    I used to sit in the back seat and cry every time “Seasons in the Sun” came on the car radio. I was a bit older (11) and definitely more melancholy (no plans for a career in pop music). MB recently made me a 70’s playlist for my birthday and that song came on and I STILL couldn’t listen to it. I must have lost young love in a past life.

  7. I love this playlist, Stella.