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Bubblegum classics - the music and the songs of our lives

Updated on February 15, 2014

I was a big fan of bubblegum music when I was a young kid and teenager, I admit that I still like some of the bubblegum hits of the past. I hope you are not on a sugar free diet; some of these songs can give you cavities.

Buddah Records, was classified as the “home of bubblegum” but other record companies go into it, even Motown. The years between 1966 and 1970 gave us some pop classics.

I'm thinking it was so popular because such music was a way to escape the social problems of the time; civil rights, the Vietnam War, drugs, etc.

I debated including The Monkees, but I think they were more than just bubblegum. I am planning on writing an article on the band. With lots of video clips.

Thank you to the great hubs of Pollyannalana for giving me the idea to do this. She has written some wonderful music hubs, please check them out.

Enjoy

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the selections that I chose, they brought back some great memories.

The Ohio Express - Yummy, Yummy, Yummy (1968)

This is just one of many bubblegum songs recorded by the Ohio Express. Hearing it , and others of their songs, made my teeth ache.

1910 Fruitgum Company - Simple Simon Says(1968)

I had a friend named Simon when this song was a hit; we teased him mercilessly about it. This band recorded several bubblegum hits.

Royal Guardsmen - Snoopy and the Red Baron (1966)

I don’t really remember this song from the time it was released but it got lots of airplay on AM radio in the early 70s and I was also into 50s and 60s oldies at that time.

Spanky and Our Gang - Sunday Will Never Be the Same (1967)

This song gives me chills. Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane had one of the best voices in pop music in the 1960s.

The Cowsills - The Rain, the Park, and Other Things (1967)

I had to include the Cowsills, I was a fan in the late 60s. As you know...or maybe don’t...they were the inspiration for the Partridge Family

The Partridge Family - I Think I Love You (1970)

I had a mega crush on David Cassidy, the Partridge Family was the centre of my universe for a few years.

The Archies - Sugar, Sugar (1969)

You could not avoid hearing this song in 1969-1970, it was all over the radio. The Archies also had a television show which featured their songs. Ron Dante was the front man, Andy Kim also sang backup (he became a big star in Canada later).

The Jackson 5 - ABC (1970)

Of course, I had to include the Jackson 5. I loved Michael and Jermaine in 1970. This was a staple song of my grade 8 year, I remember dancing to it at our graduation party.

Donny Osmond - Go Away Little Girl (1971)

I bought the albums but he was always maybe fourth in my heart. A friend and I used to argue who was better DC or DO...

Tommy Roe - Dizzy (1969)

I went through a period of being a big Tommy Roe fan in 1970.

The Cuff Links - Tracy (1969)

I hadn’t heard this song for a while until I rediscovered it writing this article. It is definitely a bubblegum classic. Hearing it just brightens my day. Ron Dante was also the vocalist on this, according to Wikipedia he sang all the parts in the song.

Boyce and Hart - I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight (1968)

These guys wrote some of the best songs of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as many Monkees songs; they also recorded a couple of bubblegum classics. Sadly, Tommy Boyce committed suicide in 1994.

Let Me Know What You Think of My Choices

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    Lee Hansen 2 years ago from Vermont

    I still love all the bubblegum pop songs. It's great when they come on as part of a kids' collection and my 5 year old granddaughter and I dance and sing the songs together.

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    Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    When I saw what your first song was I had to laugh as I can remember walking around singing this song..Yummy Yummy Yummy I got love in my tummy. I think I even wore out the 45 record that it came on. I had a huge crush on David Cassidy and never missed the partridge family show.

    Thanks for the memories :)

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    Jasmine Pena 6 years ago from California, USA

    looove bubblegum music:) it makes me happy listening to it. I love 1910 Fruitgum company and Ohio Express:)

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    Susan Keeping 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Trish, I won't tell you how many PF songs I have on my iPod :)

    Thanks for all the comments, bubblegum music is fun. No pressure, no pretense, just fun.

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    trish1048 7 years ago

    I think I love I Think I Love You :)

    LOL, I know I do, I have it on a cd and listen often.

    Loving these music hubs.

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    ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

    Boy did this bring back memories. I had David Cassidy posters all around and I loved that song. I also was a fan of Boyce and Hart they were really good. Thanks for sharing this. Cheers.

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    Pollyannalana 7 years ago from US

    How could anyone really have a favorite? So so many good ones!

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    katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

    Very entertaining review of classics the music of our lives bubblegum songs. I knew some and yet was delighted with some I've never heard. Thanks :) P.S. Love Double Bubble :)

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    epigramman 7 years ago

    I would invite this writer to my mind anytime.

    I live just down the road from you at LAKE ERIE.

    THIS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST HUBS OF ALL TIME by the way!!

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    Lee Barton 7 years ago from New Mexico

    Hate to admit that I still sing along to "Sugar, Sugar"! Thanks for the fun trip down Memory Lane.

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    Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

    A hub after my own heart! Tommy Roe's "Dizzy" was an anthem for my 6th grade class (which says something curious about my 6th grade class, I know); I always thought the Partridge Family was cool as well, even though I was a little too old for them when the show was on the air.

    I listened to some of your videos, but had to pass on "Snoopy and the Red Baron." That song is addictive!!!!! I would have been singing that song the entire weekend if I listened to it today.

    Great musical choices! Enjoy your weekend.

    Mike

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    billyaustindillon 7 years ago

    Sugar Sugar would have to be my favorite here and there have been some great covers of it over the years. Fun hub!

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    Nancy Hinchliff 7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

    I'm more of a jazz and rock buff, bit I really enjoyed your hub. Great videos.

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    Susan Keeping 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Glad you all like this hub, it was fun to seek out all these songs. A trip to the dentist is on my agenda.

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    Wendy Krick 7 years ago from Maryland

    I love bubblegum music too! "Yummy Yummy Yummy I got love in my tummy!" This was a fun hub! :)

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    suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

    Oh boy, some real classics here. Especially "Dizzy". Bringin back my young years - thanks.

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    blue dog 7 years ago from texas hill country

    hey uw,

    i had no idea snoopy's dogfight was a bubblegum classic. nevertheless, you brought back some great memories!

    good job!!!