Sunday, April 28, 2013

It's A Bubblegum World: A Chewy & Delicious, Long-Lasting Playlist


Now that spring is finally here, we interrupt the usual reviews & musings to present a "Bubblegum Music" playlist. Fire up your Spotify or Pandora accounts and dial up the following sunny tunes:

1. Sugar Sugar - The Archies
2. Billy, Don't Be A Hero - Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods
3. Dizzy - Tommy Roe
4. Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) - Edison Lighthouse
5. Yummy Yummy Yummy - Ohio Express
6. Saturday Night - The Bay City Rollers
7. Tracy - The Cuff Links
8. I Think We're Alone Now - Tommy James & The Shondells
9. I'm A Believer - The Monkees
10. My Baby Loves Lovin' - White Plains
11. The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace
12. I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family
13. Easy Come, Easy Go - Bobby Sherman
14. Build Me Up, Buttercup - The Foundations
15. Simon Says - The 1910 Fruitgum Company
16. Heartbeat, It's A Lovebeat - The DeFranco Family
17. One Bad Apple - The Osmonds
18. Green Tambourine - The Lemon Pipers
19. Little Willy - Sweet
20. Gimme Gimme Good Lovin' - Crazy Elephant
21. Beach Baby - First Class
22. Indian Reservation - Paul Rever & The Raiders
23. Brandy - Looking Glass
24. Magic - Pilot
25. Na Na, Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
Extra Tasty Bonus Tracks: 
26. Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Swede
27. Smile A Little Smile For Me - The Flying Machine
28. Bend Me, Shape Me - American Breed
29. Sooner or Later - The Grass Roots
30. Hitchin' a Ride - Vanity Fare
31. No Matter What - Badfinger
32. Beautiful Sunday - Daniel Boone
33. ABC - The Jackson Five
34. Want Ads - Honey Cone
35. Knock Three Times - Tony Orlando & Dawn
36. Come On Down To My Boat - Every Mother's Son
37. Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) - John Fred & His Playboy Band
38. Black is Black - Los Bravos
39. Every Beat of My Heart - Josie & The Pussycats
40. I Wonder (What She's Doing Tonight) - Boyce & Hart

Fun fact: Some of the "bands" who had hits in the bubblegum era were studio creations & the groups themselves never really existed (e.g., The Archies, First Class, etc.) Some singers like Ron Dante (who sang leads on #1 & #7 on the list, and Tony Burrows, who provided vocals for #4, #10 & #21) made a career out of fronting these "bubblegum" groups.

Here are links to Ron Dante performing Sugar Sugar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MiQzAo6Cp8 and Edison Lighthouse with Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tr6H1a7YUac.

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