Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. – You Don’t Have to be a Star (To Be In My Show)

First Hit #1: January 8, 1977

There’s a lot going on here. The arrangement consists of a multitude of competing cliches, the lyrics are dense, there are two vocalists happening here almost tripping over each other. Even the title is way too long, coming off as unwieldy as the performers attempt to sing it without coming off as a bit awkward. It’s not a bad song, but there’s too much going on, making it sound like barely contained chaos rather than a neat little pop song. It kind of has the sound of creative diarrhea, a song that is just a spray of ideas that can’t be contained but, at the end of the day, just makes a mess that’s difficult to clean up.

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