Ear worms for Gen Jonesers

Ear worms are those tunes we just can’t get out of our heads. Especially for members of Generation Jones (born 1954 through 1965), I’m guessing that the early 70s produced a lot of ear worm tunes. To test that theory, and our memories, I’ve put together 25 first lines of pop songs (all different artists) from that era. Let’s see how many you can get right:

  1. “Jeremiah was a bullfrog…”
  2. “What if birds suddenly appear…”
  3. “Who can take a sunrise…”
  4. “Goodbye to you, my trusted friend…”
  5. “I was born in the wagon of a traveling show…”
  6. “He was born in the summer of his 27th year…”
  7. “Hey girl, what ya doin’ down there…”
  8. “You and I must make a pact…”
  9. “Stayed in bed all morning just to pass the time…”
  10. “There’s a port, on a western bay…”
  11. “I’m sleeping, and right in the middle of good dream…”
  12. “We’ll be fighting in the streets…”
  13. “She packed my bags last night, pre-flight…”
  14. “Waiting for the break of day…”
  15. “There’s a spark of magic in your eyes…”
  16. “The marchin’ band came down along Main Street…”
  17. “Mother, mother, there’s too many of you crying…”
  18. “We can never know about the days to come…”
  19. “I can tell you’ve been hurt, by that look on your face girl…”
  20. “Well the South Side of Chicago…”
  21. “Daddy was a cop, on the east side of Chicago…”
  22. “She ain’t got no money…”
  23. “Day after day I’m more confused…”
  24. “Our love is like a ship on the ocean…”
  25. “I road my bicycle past your window last night”

Okay, have all your answers ready? Check out the answer key below, right under the album pic! If you got 15 or more right, then consider yourself a member or honorary member of Generation Jones!

Answers: 1. Joy to the World, Three Dog Night; 2. Close to You, Carpenters; 3. The Candy Man, Sammy Davis, Jr.; 4. Seasons in the Sun, Terry Jacks; 5. Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves, Cher; 6.Rocky Mountain High, John Denver; 7. Knock Three Times, Tony Orlando and the Dawn; 8. I’ll Be There, Michael Jackson; 9. It’s Too Late, Carole King; 10. Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl), Looking Glass; 11. I Think I Love You, The Partridge Family; 12. Won’t Get Fooled Again, The Who; 13. Rocket Man, Elton John; 14. 25 or 6 to 4, Chicago; 15. Betcha By Golly Wow, The Stylistics; 16. Billy Don’t Be a Hero, Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods; 17. What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye; 18. Anticipation, Carly Simon; 19. One Bad Apple, The Osmond Brothers; 20. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, Jim Croce; 21. The Night Chicago Died, Paper Lace; 22. Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes), Edison Lighthouse; 23. Drift Away, Dobie Gray; 24. Rock the Boat, Hues Corporation; Brand New Key, Melanie.

2 responses

  1. I missed four of them and laughed out loud when I saw the opening line of “Brandy”–that was my fave! What a blast from the past!

    1. Fiona, congratulations, with 21 answers right, you belong on the honor roll!

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