If you were born in 1951 you’re probably fretting about turning 60 quite soon (don’t worry, we know what to put on your birthday list).
But you should be going round with a big smug smile on your face, for you are one of rock’s chosen people. You would have been a mature 15 or so when the Beach Boys released Pet Sounds, but still only a youthful 25 when Johnny Rotten and co ended Bill Grundy’s career, and made many others realize that their time had passed. Almost the entire history of rock passing by in what now seems a flash of just over a decade, while you were in your prime.
I was hoping to mark out the years by going from God Only Knows to God Save the Queen by finding a decent song for each year with God in the title. Can’t claim to have done it from memory, and 1967 still defeats me, but I like (most of) what I’ve come up with so far, although there is surely room for improvement. Any suggestions will, of course, receive due credit.
1966 God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
1968 God Bless Our Love – The Ballads
1969 That’s The Way God Planned It – Billy Preston
1970 God – John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
1971 (For God’s Sake) Give More Power to the People – The Chi-lites
1972 God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind) – Randy Newman
1973 God Gave Rock and Roll To You – Argent
1974 Dear God – Elton John
1975 God Made Me Funky – The Headhunters (Featuring the Pointer Sisters)
1976 Have A Talk With God – Stevie Wonder
1977 God Save The Queen – The Sex Pistols