Golden oldies: Throwback to tunes released in June 1970


Winter is setting in fast and that means there are plenty of opportunities for hunkering down with a good book and a hot cup of tea. Or, dancing around the house to your favourite hits from the 70s.

So why not break out your old record player, or at least update your Spotify playlist, and enjoy a dose of flower power with these golden oldies? Nostalgia guaranteed.

The Long and Winding Road – The Beatles

It’s hard to think of a better rainy-day soundtrack than ‘The Long and Winding Road’, one of the hits from the group’s 1970 album Let It Be. It was written by Paul McCartney and entices listeners with thoughtful lyrics and a melancholy melody.

The Love You Save – The Jackson Five

Back when Michael Jackson was still adorable, The Jackson Five released this catchy soul single that got people across the globe bopping around in their living rooms. It was the third Motown Records hit following ‘I Want You Back’ and ‘ABC’ and while it didn’t quite garner the same buzz it still went down in history as a bona fide hit.

On Stage – Elvis Presley

Recorded at the International Hotel Las Vegas, this live album featured a glut of hit cover songs reimagined by the King, including ‘The Wonder Of You’ which went on to become one of his most successful records of all time.

Workingman’s Dead – Grateful Dead

This album opens strong with ‘Uncle John’s Band’, an acoustic gem with a laid-back calypso vibe. It really pushed the boundaries for the Grateful Dead, a quintessential American rock band who welcomed the 70s with bright harmonies and a folk feel.

Self Portrait – Bob Dylan

Come spring 1970, Bob Dylan fans were quivering with anticipation in the lead up to the release of the Zimmy’s 10th studio album. Mr. Tambourine Man delivered with Self Portrait, an off-the-wall album that he later described as a “bootleg” record. Love it or hate it, a little Bob Dylan crooning could be just what you need on a blustery day.

What’s your soundtrack to the 70s? We’d love you to share it in the comments.