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sweetSweet (also referred to as The Sweet) were a British rock band that rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s as a prominent glam rock act, with their most prolific line-up: lead vocalist Brian Connolly, bass player Steve Priest, guitarist Andy Scott, and drummer Mick Tucker.

Sweet were formed in 1968 and achieved their first hit “Funny Funny” in 1971 after teaming up with songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman and record producer Phil Wainman. During 1971 and 1972, their musical style followed a marked progression from the Archies-like bubblegum style of “Funny Funny” to a Who-influenced hard rock style supplemented by a striking use of high-pitched backing vocals.

The band achieved notable success in the UK charts, with thirteen Top 20 hits during the 1970s alone, with “Block Buster!” (1973) topping the chart, followed by three consecutive number two hits in “Hell Raiser” (1973), “The Ballroom Blitz” (1973) and “Teenage Rampage” (1974). the band turned to more Hard Rock style with their mid-career singles like 1974’s Turn It Down. Their first self-written and produced single “Fox on the Run” (1975) also reached number two on the UK charts. These results were topped in West Germany and other countries on the European mainland, where the band was very popular.

The Sweet had their last Top 10 hit in 1978 with “Love Is Like Oxygen”. Connolly left the group in 1979 to start a solo career and the remaining members continued as a threesome until disbanding in 1981.

Since the mid-1980s, Scott, Connolly and Priest have each played with their own versions of Sweet during different periods of time. Connolly died in 1997, and Tucker died in 2002. The two surviving members are still active in their respective versions of the band; Scott’s is based in the United Kingdom and Priest’s in the United States. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Fox on the Run
2 Ballroom Blitz
3 Action
4 Wig-Wam Bam
5 Block Buster!
6 Little Willy
7 Teenage Rampage
8 Co-Co
9 Love Is Like Oxygen
10 Poppa Joe
11 Hell Raiser
12 The Six Teens
13 Funny Funny
14 The Lies in Your Eyes
15 Turn It Down
16 Lost Angels
17 Fever of Love
18 Alexander Graham Bell
19 California Nights
20 Peppermint Twist
21 Stairway to the Stars
22 Call Me
23 Funk It Up (David’s Song)
24 Slow Motion
25 Lollipop Man
26 All You’ll Ever Get from Me
27 Get on the Line
28 4th of July
29 Big Apple Waltz
30 Give the Lady Some Respect
31 Sixties Man
32 Discophony
33 Stay With Me
34 Hold Me
35 Jeanie