10 Reasons Growing Up In The 1970s Was Totally Groovy

By Jack Ripley | May 8, 2024

McDonald's Was More Than Just a Restaurant

Ah, the 1970s, the era where kids headed out when the sun came up and only came back when the streetlights came on. Our generation saw the rise of some of the best musicians in history from Elton John and Carlos Santana to Barry White and Stevie Wonder. The disco music set our hearts afire and made everyone get up and start dancing. It wasn't just the music we loved, though. Whether you grew up in this decade where America truly came into its own, or you're just a fan, we can't wait to take a look back at the 1970s with you.


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Many people know McDonald's today more for its large menu and TV commercials than they do anything else. In the 1970s, though, fast food wasn't an everyday thing. We were lucky if we had it once a week or once a month. Going to McDonald's was such a big deal that some of us only ventured there for birthday parties and other celebrations. As much as we loved the burgers and fries, we loved the playgrounds even more. These weren't the standard playrooms that some restaurants have today, though. These were lawless worlds where anything was possible. From getting trapped in the Office Big Mac structure to crashing down the slides, we loved every moment of it.

KISS Rocked Our Minds and Hearts

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KISS made news in recent years when the band announced it sold its entire back catalog and license for a huge amount. Growing up in the 1970s, few of us imagined that the band would become so mainstream or that Gene Simmons would become a household name with a reality show. Back then, KISS was the band we listened to when our parents were gone, if only because we didn't want to hear another lecture about that supposedly demonic music. Known for their shocking makeup and even more shocking costumes, they introduced our generation to a whole new world of music. From “Strutter” and “Rock and Roll All Nite” to “I Was Made for Lovin' You” and “Shout It Out Loud,” KISS songs were a major part of our generation's early soundtrack.