10: You And Me – Alice Cooper

NeilTop 30 - Songs Of The 1970s

Entered Top 40s: 6 April 1977
Entry Point: 32
Highest Chart: 2
Weeks In: 20
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It has been described as one of the great love songs of all time, a gentle melody from a man who had become famous for his shock value. Parents were horrified by some of his antics – some real, some alleged, some simply made up – and when this came out, it seemed to change some perceptions. He even went on The Muppet Show and sang it!

I really love the tune and the lyrics are strong and real – unlike so many of the “schmaltzy” love songs that had been hits over the years. Coming from the “Lace and Whiskey” album, it reached number 2 in Australia, being held out of the number one position by Julie Covington’s Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina – a song that stayed at number one for seven weeks.

To me, this was a turning point for Alice Cooper – his follow-up single How You Gonna See Me Now also made the top 20. I wasn’t particularly taken by some of his earlier music but this is where I started to really enjoy his work.