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Lyrical Lines That Helped Define the 1970s

Rod Stewart
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The following is an exclusive excerpt from 'If There's a Bustle in Your Hedgerow: 50 Lyrical Lines That Helped Define the 1970s' by author and UCR contributor Chris Epting. Enjoy!

We all have those songs that have

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Lyrics Uncovered: The Rolling Stones’ ‘Some Girls’ Album

Rolling Stones Some Girls
Rolling Stones Records

The Rolling Stones had one heck of a decade in the '70s. They started with one of their all-time greats -- 1971's 'Sticky Fingers' -- and then ended it with another classic, 1978's 'Some Girls.' The latter record helped save the band after a few years of roc

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Top 10 Beatles Lyrics

The Beatles
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For those who have chosen rock 'n' roll as their religion, the Top 10 Beatles Lyrics are like Bible quotes – not that anyone would ever compare the band with Jesus. Through their music, the Fab Four parceled out little bits of wisdom:

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Top 10 David Bowie Lyrics

Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Focus on the image if you want. David Bowie certainly went a long way to get people to pay attention to it. The songs, of course, helped. His striking arrangements, melodies and performances all made

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Top 10 Ray Davies Lyrics

Ray Davies
Kristian Dowling, Getty Images

Ray Davies and the Kinks were so wildly creative in their time, they’re considered godfathers of punk, metal, Britpop, indie rock and more, thanks to the band's music. But the band's frontman is also a great storyteller. No less a songsmith than Pete Townshend has credited his o

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Top 10 Simon & Garfunkel Lyrics

Simon and Garfunkel
Keystone / Getty Images

Simon & Garfunkel rose to prominence in the mid-'60s as part of the folk-rock movement, but by the time the duo ended their run in 1970, they had created a body of work that touched on pop, rock, country, gospel and world music. Their clean productions and pristine vocal harmonies made their recor

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Top 10 Bob Dylan Lyrics

Bob Dylan
Evening Standard/Getty Images

Bob Dylan isn’t a fixture on the commencement-address circuit, but if he ever wanted an easy paycheck, he could begin with this list of the Top 10 Bob Dylan Lyrics. Any graduation speaker can quote ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ or ‘Forever Young’ as a space-filler when they talk to the class of 2000-and-whenever

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Dire Straits, ‘Sultans of Swing’ – Lyrics Uncovered

Dire Straits
Vertigo/Warner Bros.

‘Sultans of Swing’ was both the first single from Dire Straits’ debut album and a revealing first-person account of the average working band’s hardscrabble, often thankless existence playing British pubs during the '70s. It’s only fitting, therefore, that Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler was inspired to write the tune in a pub, pint in hand, whilst watching just one such band calling themselves – you guessed it – the Sultans of Swing.

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Top 10 Ronnie James Dio Lyrics

Robert Cianflone, Getty Images
Robert Cianflone, Getty Images

Arguably, no heavy metal singer wielded greater influence over the length and breadth of heavy metal’s long history than the sorely missed Ronnie James Dio. Now, now, don't get worked up! Simple math tells us this is so, by

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Top 10 David Byrne Talking Heads Lyrics

Talking Heads
Richard E. Aaron, Getty Images

It's tough separating Talking Heads' lyrics from their music. After all, they were famous for their innovative use of rhythm, and brought African and other musical ideas from around the world long before Paul Simon and other pop stars got there. But even as they became global-music stars, slipping polyr

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