Can We Guess Your Job Based on Your ’70s Playlist?

By: Teresa McGlothlin

Can We Guess Your Job Based on Your ’70s Playlist?
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About This Quiz

Before the invasion of '80s synthesizers, the '70s dominated the airwaves with pure musical gold! Bands like Van Halen were new to the scene. The Rolling Stones were cranking out countless hits, and the Bee Gees were keeping dance floors full. Take a trip back in time with this playlist building quiz, and we'll see if we can figure out what job you rock your way through every day.

Toward the late '60s, music took a turn away from being sugary sweet. It started getting more diverse, and classics were born in every genre. After we see the songs you pick out to form the '70s playlist of your dreams, we'll be able to accurately guess the way you pay the bills. The things you do on the clock will resonate through your choices like Eric Clapton's guitar in "After Midnight." 

Whether you're a line cook or an accountant, you carry certain traits that correlate with the songs you choose. Seeing the way you express yourself through the '70s music is a lot more fun than making you relive your typical work week. Will your playlist help us get it right, or will we make you think about a new career? We hear that some '70s bands are still hiring!


Question 1 Boston or Black Sabbath? Which artist and song get to kick things off?
Boston's "More Than a Feeling" wins!
I would prefer to start it off with AC/DC's "Let There Be Rock."
Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" starts is off for me.
"Paranoid" by Black Sabbath

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Question 2 It wouldn't be the '70s without the Bee Gees! What song gets a spot?
I'll pass on the Bee Gees.
"Night Fever"
"Stayin' Alive"
"Jive Talkin'"

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Question 3 If you wanted things to get a little sentimental, which song would you choose?
"Can't Get Enough of Your Love" by Barry White
"Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton
"Let's Get it On" by Marvin Gaye
"Let's Stay Together" by Al Green

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Question 4 They dominated the '70s airwaves. Which song by The Rolling Stones makes the cut?
"Wild Horses"
"Brown Sugar"
"Beast of Burden"
"Shattered"

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Question 5 Would you add "Bohemian Rhapsody" or another of Queen's songs?
I would add it!
"Fat Bottomed Girls" has to be on my playlist.
I would rather add "Somebody to Love."
I need an anthem such as "We Will Rock You" on my playlist.

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Question 6 Every playlist needs some Aerosmith. Would you include "Dream On?"
"Sweet Emotion" gets my vote.
I think "Same Old Song and Dance" is their best.
Sure, I"ll add "Dream On."
"Walk this Way" has to be on my playlist.

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Question 7 Bill Withers was full of '70s soul. Would you rather include "Lean On Me" or "Ain't No Sunshine?"
"Lean On Me" will round out my playlist!
I don't know any of his songs.
I would rather include "Ain't No Sunshine."
"Let Me in Your Life" is more my taste.

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Question 8 If you wanted to pick up the pace, which song by The Ramones would you use?
"I Wanna Be Sedated"
"Sheena Is a Punk Rocker"
"I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend"
"Pinhead"

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Question 9 Out of these songs, which one takes your playlist on a Journey?
"Wheel in the Sky"
"Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'"
"Lights"
"Feelin' That Way"

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Question 10 You wouldn't want to leave out '70s country! Which hit gets a place?
"Rhinestone Cowboy" by Glen Campbell
"Rose Garden" by Lynn Anderson
"Good Hearted Woman" by Waylon Jennings
"Jolene" by Dolly Parton

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Question 11 Fleetwood Mac defines the '70s sound. How would you include them on your playlist?
"The Chain" would be great in the middle.
I think I should start off with "Gold Dust Woman."
"Rhiannon" would be a great closing song.
"Go Your Own Way" would work perfectly anywhere on my playlist.

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Question 12 Which one of Elton John's biggest hits of the decade gets a slot?
"Crocodile Rock"
"Rocket Man"
"Don't Let The Sun Go Down"
"Tiny Dancer"

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Question 13 Can you "Imagine" one of these John Lennon songs somewhere in the middle of your playlist?
"Happy Xmas (War is Over)"
"Whatever Gets You Through The Night"
"Instant Karma"
"Imagine"

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Question 14 If you added a Pink Floyd song, which "The Dark Side of the Moon" song would you choose?
It would have to be "Comfortably Numb."
"Money" would be the perfect addition.
I think "Wish You Were Here" is a better choice.
"Shine On You Crazy Diamond" has always been a favorite.

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Question 15 Would you "Take it Easy" with the Eagles, or choose a different song?
"Take it Easy" works for me.
I would rather use "Hotel California."
My playlist would be better with "Life in the Fast Lane."
"Take It to the Limit" would make me sing along.

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Question 16 Credence Clearwater Revival could see a "Bad Moon Rising," but which of their songs makes your list?
"Proud Mary"
"Lookin' Out My Backdoor"
"I Heard it Through the Grapevine"
"Who'll Stop the Rain"

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Question 17 Which of these KISS songs would have you singing along?
"Beth"
"Shout it Out Loud"
"Rock 'n Roll All Night"
I like their later stuff more.

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Question 18 The '70s were all about dancing. Which of these would shake your playlist's groove thing?
"Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry
"Dancing Queen" by ABBA
"That's the Way (I Like It)" by KC and The Sunshine Band
"Funkytown" by Lipps, Inc.

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Question 19 Blondie turned a lot of heads in their day. How would you use one of their songs on your playlist?
"Heart of Glass" would go in the middle.
I think "Rapture" would be a good opening tune.
"One Way or Another" has to be included near the end.
"Hanging on the Telephone" would be on it somewhere.

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Question 20 If you added a Bad Company song towards the end, which one would it be?
"Feel Like Makin' Love"
"Ready for Love"
"Bad Company"
"Can't Get Enough"

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Question 21 You might not be rockin' Rod Stewart hair, but you can put him on your playlist. Which song makes it?
"Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
"Maggie May"
"You Wear It Well"
I like Small Faces more.

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Question 22 Do you see yourself adding Heart's "Barracuda" somewhere on your '70s playlist?
No, but I would add "Crazy On You."
"Barracuda" is a great choice!
I don't really care for Heart.
I would rather use "Magic Man."

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Question 23 If you could slide in a song by Steely Dan, which one would you pick?
"Dirty Work"
"Peg"
"Rikki Don't Lose That Number"
"Deacon Blues"

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Question 24 The Beatles put out a great album in 1970! Which of its songs gets put on your list?
"Let It Be"
"Get Back"
"The Long and Winding Road"
"Dig a Pony"

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Question 25 It's time for a little '70s style hard rock! Which song would make you play air guitar?
Deep Purple's "Smoke On the Water"
"You Really Got Me" by Van Halen
"Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin
"School's Out" by Alice Cooper

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Question 26 Which Foghat song would you use to keep your songs flowing together?
"Fool For the City"
"Slow Ride"
"I Just Want to Make Love to You"
"Ride Ride Ride"

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Question 27 Every playlist needs a one-hit wonder! Which one do you like well enough to include?
"Ring My Bell" by Anita Ward
Starland Vocal Band's "Afternoon Delight"
Cheryl Lynn's "Got to Be Real"
"Venus" by Shocking Blue

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Question 28 Now, you want to add something to take it down. Which song works?
"It's Too Late" by Carole King
The Carpenter's "We've Only Just Begun"
"I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow
"Delta Dawn" by Helen Reddy

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Question 29 Would you rather add The Clash's "I Fought the Law" or "London Calling?"
I would rather add "Lost in the Supermarket."
"I Fought the Law" is awesome.
If I have to choose, it's "London Calling."
I prefer American '70s bands.

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Question 30 Add a little romance! Which '70s love song gets a place on your playlist?
"Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton
"You Are So Beautiful" by Joe Cocker
"Three Times a Lady" The Commodores
"Sometimes When We Touch" by Dan Hill

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