45 Singles You Just Had to Buy

In the bad old days before the internet & streaming😀, what pieces of music did you have to purchase on a 45rpm single because there was no other genuine way of getting them home? The trouble was that more often than not, an album cut of a rock-and-roll hit would be a different version/take/mix of the one you loved hearing on the radio. Which means you just had to get the 45.

Here's a random handful of mine --

Hanky Panky -- Tommy James & the Shondells

Save the Country -- Laura Nyro

She Don't Care about Time and Change is Now -- The Byrds

Baby Please Don't Go -- Them

Candy Girl -- Four Seasons

The Battle of New Orleans -- Johnny Horton



Joy to the World

Top of the World

Man in Black

Loves Theme

Popcorn (Hot Butter)

Crocodile Rock

Joy (Apollo 100)

Hollywood Swinging


Yeah baby…grooovy!


@lowrider57 my 12” “Cat People” single by Giorgio Moroder/David Bowie sounds ridiculously good.

I’ve got a few picture sleeve 45 singles as well.

Elvis Costello, Live at Hollywood High

Springsteen, Fire

Rolf Harris, Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport

A box set of tunes from the Dinah Shore musical, Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick.

And yeah -- a couple Bowie picture singles including the Cat People one.

I came across a 45 of Cheech and Chongs "Basketball Jones" at a secondhand store and had to have it.