My (Not So) Favorite Songs from 1976 - The Runners Up, Also Rans and Near Misses

They were part of the conversation at the beginning of the process but they failed to make it to the final 100 - these are the songs you won't be seeing come Wednesday when I begin counting down My 100 Favorite Songs from 1976. A fun fact about that year: it was the first year I started buying 45s on a regular, weekly basis with my $2 allowance after I got my first "real" stereo for my 10th birthday that April. Some weeks I bought one 45 and other weeks I bought two 45s. There were still other weeks when the Base Exchange (BX) or the three or four stores in the mall would be sold out of the 45s I wanted and I would go home with just a free WLS survey and sometimes even a free Musicland Top 40 survey in my little hands which meant I had more money for the next weekend. I've included a few scans of those very same 1976 WLS surveys, courtesy of the fine folks at ARSA.

A Little Bit MoreDr. Hook
Afternoon DelightStarland Vocal Band
American GirlTom Petty
Baby I Love Your WayPeter Frampton
Back In The SaddleAerosmith
Back Together AgainHall & Oates
Bandstand BoogieBarry Manilow
Big Ten Inch RecordAerosmith
BreakdownTom Petty
Calling Dr. LoveKiss
Can I Sit Next To You GirlAC/DC
Car WashRose Royce
Cherry BombThe Runaways
Country Boy (You Got Your Feet In L.A.)Glen Campbell
Crackerbox PalaceGeorge Harrison
DaybreakBarry Manilow
Deep PurpleDonny & Marie Osmond
Detroit Rock CityKiss
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt CheapAC/DC
Dream OnAerosmith
Dream WeaverGary Wright
Enjoy YourselfJacksons
Evil WomanElectric Light Orchestra
Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)Bee Gees
Fly Like An EagleSteve Miller
Fly Robin FlySilver Convention
Fool For The CityFoghat
Fool To CryRolling Stones
Hair Of The DogNazareth
Hot LineSylvers
How Much LoveLeo Sayer
I Only Want To Be With YouBay City Rollers
I'm EasyKeith Carradine
I'm Going DownRose Royce
I'm In Love With My CarQueen
I'm Your Boogie ManKC & the Sunshine Band
I'll Be Good To YouBrothers Johnson
If You Know What I MeanNeil Diamond
Island GirlElton John
It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)AC/DC
JailbreakThin Lizzy
Jeans OnDavid Dundas
Jump Shout BoogieBarry Manilow
Junk Food JunkieLarry Groce
Keep It Comin' LoveKC & the Sunshine Band
Knowing Me, Knowing YouABBA
Last ChildAerosmith
Let Em InPaul McCartney & Wings
Lido ShuffleBoz Scaggs
LIfe In The Fast LaneEagles
Live WireAC/DC
Livin' ThingElectric Light Orchestra
Looks Like We Made ItBarry Manilow
Lost Without Your LoveBread
Love So RightBee Gees
Magic ManHeart
Making Our Dreams Come TrueCyndi Grecco
Mamma MiaABBA
MiraclesJefferson Starship
Money HoneyBay City Rollers
More Than A FeelingBoston
Movin'Brass Construction
Nadia's ThemeBarry DeVorzon
Never Gonna Fall In Love AgainEric Carmen
New Kid In TownEagles
Nights Are Forever Without YouEngland Dan & John Ford Coley
Nobody's Fault But MineLed Zeppelin
Over My HeadFleetwood Mac
P-Funk Wants To Get Funked UpParliament
Peace Of MindBoston
Rich GirlHall & Oates
Rock & Roll BandBoston
Rock And Roll All NiteKiss
Rock And Roll MusicThe Beach Boys
Rockaria!Electric Light Orchestra
Run With The PackBad Company
Sara SmileHall & Oates
Saturday NightBay City Rollers
Say You Love MeFleetwood Mac
Shop AroundCaptain & Tennille
Shout It Out LoudKiss
Show Me The WayPeter Frampton
Sing A SongEarth Wind & Fire
Sir DukeStevie Wonder
Somebody To LoveQueen
Still Crazy After All These YearsPaul Simon
Strange MagicElectric Light Orchestra
Sweet EmotionAerosmith
Sweet LoveCommodores
Take It To The LimitEagles
Take The Money And RunSteve Miller Band
Takin’ It To The StreetsDoobie Brothers
Telephone LineElectric Light Orchestra
The Best Disco In TownThe Ritchie Family
The Cowboy SongThin Lizzy
The Killing Of GeorgieRod Stewart
The PretenderJackson Browne
Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To?)Diana Ross
There's A Kind Of HushCarpenters
This MasqueradeGeorge Benson
This One's For YouBarry Manilow
Toys In The AtticAerosmith
Tryin’ To Get The Feeling AgainBarry Manilow
Turn The Page (live)Bob Seger
Union ManCate Brothers
Walk Away From LoveDavid Ruffin
Walk This WayAerosmith
Wasted TimeEagles
Weekend In New EnglandBarry Manilow
When I Need YouLeo Sayer
Who Loves YouFour Seasons
Wrap Your Arms Around MeKC & the Sunshine Band
Yesterday's HeroBay City Rollers
You Should Be DancingBee Gees
You To Me Are EverythingThe Real Thing
You're My Best FriendQueen
Young BloodBad Company

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