AmericaHomecoming#5 – America – “Ventura Highway” – (1972)

Speaking of beautiful songs… I consider this song quintessentially American… which is a shame, because the band that recorded it happens to be British. So it goes. This is a one of the definitive songs of this small, short-lived genre from the late 1960s/early 1970s of soft folk rock… with a country twang. Wonderful stuff… and it was a top 10 hit.

Holiday_album_cover#14 – America – “Lonely People” – (1974)

Even though the song is called “Lonely People”, which sounds depressing, the song is kind of an upper if you listen to the lyrics. It’s about not giving up. In fact, the song was written as a counter to the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” – which is not a happy song. It peaked at #5 on the Hot 100.

Hearts_cover_image#4 – America – “Sister Golden Hair” – (1975)

The twang of the the guitar on this track is what sells me on it. Every. Time. I. Hear. It. This song would’ve been successful five years earlier if it had been written and released then. It has that folky country rock feel that the late-60 and early-70s perfected. It’s America’s best song and one of their most popular. It was also their second #1 single on the Hot 100.