MMMM: More Bubblegum!

A couple of weeks ago on Song Lyric Sunday, I suggested the theme of Bubblegum music. It’s a kind of loosely-defined form of music, so loosely-defined as to include disco and The Monkees, though both of those are debatable. My definition of it is "tween dance music." I gathered a dozen examples, for your listening enjoyment.

  1. The Ohio Express, “Yummy Yummy Yummy”
  2. The Partridge Family, “I Think I Love You”
  3. The Banana Splits, “The Tra-La-La Song (One Banana, Two Banana)”
  4. Music Explosion, “Little Bit O’ Soul”
  5. The Osmonds, “One Bad Apple”
  6. The Archies, “Bang Shang A Lang”
  7. DeFranco Family, “Abra-Ca-Dabra”
  8. 1910 Fruit Gum Company, “Indian Giver”
  9. Tommy Roe, “Hooray For Hazel”
  10. Bobby Sherman, “Julie Do You Love Me”
  11. White Plains, “My Baby Loves Lovin'”
  12. New Colony Six, “I Lie Awake”

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for February 27, 2023.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by Cathy, Alana, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

27 thoughts on “MMMM: More Bubblegum!

  1. Bubblegum music was big in the late 60s. Personally, I wouldn’t include the Monkees (they recorded some good tunes by famous songwriters) or disco, which had a different vibe and came about 10 years later. You’ve shared some prime examples here, for sure! Yummy Yummy Yummy was a wicked earworm. 😀


    1. I wouldn’t, either. There are those who would include The Monkees and disco in with bubblegum and some have a pretty compelling case for it. Most of the playlists that Spotify builds that are supposedly bubblegum are more “sunshine pop.”

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    1. Hey Marie! Glad to see you’re on the mend and getting back into things here. I’m hanging in there… both knees are shot, but I can still get around in the house and I don’t go out a lot. Sounds like a bummer (and it is, kind of), but it leaves more time for music. I’ve been getting my money’s worth out of the $10 a month I pay Spotify. It’s really amazing how much great stuff is out there. It’s not all rap, hip-hop, and young people who sing like they’re constipated. Plenty of music for an old-timer like me. YouTube is great, except videos tend to disappear and be unavailable at the most inconvenient times. Anyway, I see you left another comment… I’ll continue there…


      1. The heyday of bubblegum was 1968 to 1972, and it never really went away after that. There are some who say that disco is just a continuation of bubblegum; I think that’s a little farfetched, but I can understand the case they make with it.

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  4. Love this list and some of the music . It stopped at Bad Apple. I went to your Spotify but it only played snippets. I am at work so don’t have the ability to go to YouTube for each one. I am always sad about David Cassidy who was so big back then. He went down the rabbit hole his dad created. Funny how he always wanted his dad’s approval and never got it. I watched an excellent documentary on Cassidy making his final album as an homage to his dad…who didn’t deserve it.


    1. You might want to try Spotify again. I replaced the playlist so it would play more than just a sample of each. Still learning to work with it.

      Jack Cassidy was a good actor who played the killer on a few “Columbo” episodes, but I know he mistreated his son, which is a damn shame. Shirley Jones, who wasn’t even his birth mother, took good care of him.


  5. I’m particularly happy to see The Archies and The Banana Splits share the spotlight again! Your playlists are the wind beneath my earworm.


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