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A Handpicked 70s Playlist

Eight vintage store owners share their favourite song from the era most in fashion right now

Kate Buckley from Dead Man Vintage

Gloria by Patti Smith, from her 1975 album Horses — because the whole album is magically haunting.”

Gill Ward from Victorian Gilt

At Seventeen by Janis Ian. One of the reasons for the choice was that I had been fortunate enough to have heard her sing the song in a small folk club in San Francisco. I still vividly remember the experience. The other was that I could still identify with the universal, often turbulent, emotions that she described, although I was by then in my 30s.”

Labretta Suede from Cockspurs Vintage

Rockaway Beach by the Ramones. 1977. The Ramones pioneered punk and are synonymous with Nu Yawk City, our adopted home for the past six years. Leather, denim, sun, surf and three chords — gabba gabba genius!”

Laura Wright from Magic Hollow

“My all time favourite 70s song would have to be Horses by Patti Smith. I love Patti Smith’s fierce vocals and the way it makes you want to get up and dance like any good 70s song should!"

Constance Cummings from Love and Object

Starman by David Bowie from the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. I know it’s a bit of a cliche but I am a massive David Bowie fan and this is my favourite song from the album that pretty much sums up the fabulous Glam Rock era.”

Allison Rothville from Vixen Vintage Boutique

I Wanna be Sedated by the Ramones. They were the cornerstone of the punk movement and rock’n’roll in its purest form. A timeless gem.”

Chrissy O from Hunters and Collectors

Free Money by Patti Smith. I fell in love with her and her music in 1975 ... inspiring me with her punk feminism, poetry and fabulous androgynous style! At the same time she was inspiring the great designer Ann Demeulemeester who became her good friend and dresses her to this day.”

Charlotte Rust from Fast and Loose

“Roxy Music — In Every Dream Home a Heartache (from For Your Pleasure, 1973). I love an epic song and this has it all — sex, drama, intrigue and a killer guitar solo, following one of the most delectably delivered lines from Bryan Ferry: ‘but you blew my mind’. Gives me chills every time.”

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