Favorite 'Top-40' singer-songwriter's from the 70's and 80's
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I'm not sure if this was a Top 40 albums but Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Sings Newman is great. Harry singing Randy's songs, usually just accompanied by Harry's piano.

John Prine - S/T is probably the best collection of songs on a debut album. Amazing, powerful stuff on there.

John Hartford put out an amazing trio of albums in 70's. Morning Bugle, Mark Twang, and Aero-Plane
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Gilbert O'Sullivan - Alone Again
Smokey Robinson - Just To See Her
Leo Sayer - More Than I Can Say
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Terry Jacks "Seasons in the Sun"
Don McLean "American Pie"
Jim Croce "Time In A Bottle"
Michael Martin Murphy "Wildfire"
Harry Chapin "Cats in the Cradle"
Gordon Lightfoot "Sundown"
Neil Young "Heart of Gold"
Cat Stevens "Wild World"
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A few favorites, more or less known:

Elton John / Bernie Taupin; Tumbleweed Connection, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road "Come Down in Time"
Pousette-Dart Band, Amnesia
Joni Micthell, Court and Spark
Billy Joel, 42nd Street "Stiletto, New York State of Mind"
Everything But The Girl
Cat Stevens; Teaser and the Firecat, Tea For the Tillerman
Neil Young, Harvest, After the Gold Rush
Eliza Gilkyson, Pilgrims "Foolish Heart, Calling All Angels"
Donald Fagen, The Nightfly "IGY, The Goodbye Look"

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Easy... Jackson Browne!!
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Joe Jackson

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Many greats listed here.... but no Tom Petty? He came on strong in the late seventies and was wildly popular in the eighties.
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Anyone mention Bryan Adams? "Reckless" album had loads of hits!
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Dude, OP is obviously a 70's/80's pop/AC/Top 40 maniac

I love it, all of the songs turnstile mentions were big during my angst-ridden/euphoric adolescence and early adulthood. It's good to know there's still some appreciation for those songs and artists.

It was a cool era dominated by FM radio, vinyl records and the Midnight Special on NBC.
(oh yeah and Don Kirshner's Rock Concert too)
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+1 on all. Petty, Joe Jackson, and Brian Adams.

Thanks Rob. My dad managed Top 40 radio stations until I was 23 or so. Kinda shows. I love AC or Top 40 as it was called back then. There wasn't 20 different radio formats. Top 40, Country, Rhythm and Blues (Soul), News, and maybe Oldies.

More great songs and singers...

Cliff Richards - "A Little In Love"
Neil Sedaka - "Laughter In The Rain"
Barry Gibb and Barbara Streisand - "Guilty" • Listen to the movement that Steve Gadd creates... Brilliant!
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Going to list people that we're listen so far:

Giorgio Moroder - ruled the dance floor in the 70's and 80's

Stock Aitken Waterman - they wrote a ton of hits in the 80's. Rick Astley, Samantha Fox, Banarama

Prince - enough said
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