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The Sounds of 1973

Sep 17, 2013, 5:46 PM EDT

In 1973, gas cost 40 cents per gallon, Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the famous “Battle of the Sexes,” Secretariat won the Triple Crown, and the Sears Tower opened in Chicago.

At Notre Dame, Ara Parseghian led the Fighting Irish football team to an 11-0 season, highlighted by wins over rival (and defending champion) USC, and of course, #1 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. This weekend, Coach Parseghian and more than 80 members of the 1973 squad will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the perfect, magical season that earned Notre Dame its ninth national championship in school history.

Earlier this spring, Notre Dame made an exciting new step into the world of social media by becoming the first college athletics department with a Spotify profile. For those of you unfamiliar with Spotify, picture your iTunes library, except with a seemingly endless collection of tunes at your fingertips, all streaming for free. What’s more, you can create and collaborate on playlists with others, so it’s easy to discover new music based off of what your friends are listening to at the moment.

From NDMenSoccer 2013 Warm Up and NDBaseball Rain Delay to NDSoftball Coach Gumpf Favorites and NDWLax Coach Halfpenny Game Day, a number of Fighting Irish teams and coaches have been sharing their tunes.

This week, the Monogram Club is breaking into the Spotify world, debuting a special 1973 playlist to coincide with the weekend’s reunion. Whether you’re leaving on a “Midnight Train to Georgia” or “Dancing in the Moonlight,” this mix has got it all.

Without further ado, here are 25 songs featured on Billboard’s 1973 year-end Top 100 list—fitting, since it was on New Year’s Eve that Parseghian’s Irish topped the Crimson Tide, 24-23. Note: If you have a Spotify account, you can listen to these tunes below.

  • Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney & Wings
  • Crocodile Rock – Elton John
  • Rocky Mountain High – John Denver
  • Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder
  • You’re So Vain – Carly Simon
  • Stir It Up – Johnny Nash
  • Ramblin’ Man – The Allman Brothers Band
  • Reelin’ In The Years – Steely Dan
  • Dueling Banjos – Eric Weissberg & Deliverance
  • Sing – The Carpenters
  • The Cover of ‘Rolling Stone’ – Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
  • Daniel – Elton John
  • Dancing In The Moonlight – King Harvest
  • Love Train – The O’Jays
  • Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealers Wheel
  • Superstition – Stevie Wonder
  • That Lady – The Isley Brothers
  • Danny’s Song – Anne Murray
  • Drift Away – Dobie Gray
  • My Love – Paul McCartney & Wings
  • Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
  • Killing Me Softly With His Song – Roberta Flack
  • Bad, Bad Leroy Brown – Jim Croce
  • Monster Mash – Bobby “Boris” Pickett

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