I’ve been using Pinterest the last few weeks to provide me with survey data, and have found a lot of surveys like this one that appear to be the Top 40 for the Netherlands. (And if someone can tell me otherwise, I’d appreciate it.) There seems to be a pretty interesting array of songs on the survey, many of which I hadn’t heard of until building this playlist. Without further ado, here is the Top 10 for The Netherlands for May 13, 1978.
- Rod McKuen, “Amor” Like so many other singers in the late ’70’s, Rod dipped his toe into the disco pool, in his case with the 1977 album Slide. As far as I know, this was a European side that didn’t make it here.
- Gerry Rafferty, “Baker Street” Gerry was prevented from releasing any new material after the breakup of Stealers Wheel. He resumed recording in 1977 and released his album City To City in 1978, from which this, his most well-known song, comes.
- Hot Chocolate, “Every 1’s A Winner” This British soul band started in 1968, with their first success coming with a cover of John Lennon’s “Give Peace A Chance.” The majority of their material was written by lead singer Errol Broown and bassist Tony Wilson, including “Brother Louie,” which was a hit for Stories in 1973, and 1976’s “You Sexy Thing,” which reached #3 in the US as well as making the charts in the UK. “Every 1’s A Winner” also reached the US charts, reaching #6 in 1979.
- Conquistador, “Argentina” Conquistador was a Dutch instrumental studio band who recorded several albums in the late ’70’s and early ’80’s. This is the title track to their debut album.
- Plastic Bertrand, “Ccedil;a Plane Pour Moi” Roger François Jouret, better known as Plastic Bertrand, is a Belgian musician, songwriter and producer. This was the song that first gained him international fame, released in 1977.
- Mighty Sparrow and Byron Lee, “Only A Fool” Slinger Francisco, also known as Mighty Sparrow, is a Trinidadian calypso vocalist, songwriter and guitarist who is known as “The Calypso King of the World.” Byron Lee and The Dragonaires were a Jamaican calypso, ska and soca band. Both were instrumental in bringing Caribbean music to the world.
- Darts, “Come Back My Love” Doo-wop never sounded so good as when Darts sang it. They were a British nonet that had a number of Top 10 hits in the UK, “Come Back My Love” being the first of three consecutive #2’s there.
- The Bee Gees, “Night Fever” Theme song for the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever, this was an international hit for the brothers Gibb. What else is there to say?
- Clout, “Substitute” Clout was a South African female rock group who found early success with this record, the reworking of a Righteous Brothers song. The song was a #1 hit in South Africa, Australia, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, Austria, and Denmark.
- Boney M, “Rivers of Babylon” I did a Battle of the Bands on this song back in 2015, though Boney M wasn’t one of the contestants (it was a shutout for Jorma Kaukonen). Originally by The Melodians in 1970, Boney M, a Euro-Caribbean vocal group based in West Germany, took this to #1 in most of Europe and in Australia and New Zealand in 1978.
And that’s The Friday 5×2 for October 4, 2019.