I never secretly liked the ones I mentioned, though…too sappy. “Afternoon Delight” doesn’t make me want to turn down the volume or turn off the radio—it makes me want to take a gun and shoot the radio. I’d empty the clip till click click click…
I’m fine with ABBA, Gilbert O’Sullivan and Gerry Rafferty.
I would add:
I’ve Never Been To Me-Charlene
I think @chefguy mentions downthread apprecating the guitar parts in “Midnight at the Oasis,” and I concur for a strange reason: I had a book of guitar chords for songs with that in it. I was just learning to play, willing to attempt anything, so I tried it. I appreciated the chord progressions. “Tryin’ to get the feeling again” by Barry Manilow is another instance of that.
One song I used to really dislike was “How Deep is Your Love” by the Bee Gees. I was watching our no-remote-control TV one night and Merv Griffin was on. I was too lazy to walk across the room to change the channel. He sang that song and I really listened to the words. Not that his voice was awesome, but minus the disco hype and screeching Bee Gees it wasn’t a bad song. Hmm.