220px-straight_shooterBad Company – “Shooting Star” – (1975)

“Shooting Star” wasn’t even a single from Bad Company’s 1975 album Straight Shooter. But it has received plenty of airplay on U.S. radio stations over the years and was actually written about the deaths of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison.

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#21 – Bad Company – “Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy” – (1979)

“Here come the dancers one by one… your mama’s callin’ but you’re havin’ fun…” Everyone has a rock ‘n’ roll fantasy – that’s what’s great about rock and roll music – it’s “the life” everyone wants (supposedly). This was Bad Company’s last big hit, reaching #13 on the Hot 100.


This is our new form of countdown – I couldn’t reconcile the entire 1970s (or 1960s, or 50s) into a single “Top 100 or 200” list because the decades sort of blended together – 1969 and 1970 are very similar where 1970 and 1979 are totally different. So we’ll start with 1979 and work backwards. Only one entry per artist per year (for 1977, Fleetwood Mac would’ve had the top 10 covered if not for this rule). And why 21? Because it is evenly divisible by three of course.