When we first moved to Atlanta in 1987, WQXI was one of the few listenable stations in Atlanta. I only had an AM radio in the car, so I could listen to their AM side, and when I had access to an FM radio, it was the least objectionable station in town, particularly when I learned that one station’s idea of "classic rock" was a Led Zeppelin and a Lynyrd Skynyrd song every hour. One day, I was told that WQXI was going off the air to be replaced by a whole new station, and at midnight on November 15, 1989, WQXI left the air and WSTR, "Star 94," took over. In truth, there wasn’t much of a difference, but it did have new call letters. Anyway, let’s take a look at their Top Ten from January 11, 1980.
#10 – Stevie Wonder, "Send One Your Love": There are several songs on this survey that I don’t know by name that I recognized the minute I played them, and this is one of them. From Stevie’s 1979 album, Stevie Wonder’s Journey Through "The Secret Life of Plants", this topped the Adult Contemporary chart for two weeks while reaching #4 on the Hot 100 and #5 on the R&B chart. It reached #7 in Canada and #12 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.
#9 – Santana, "You Know That I Love You": From Santana’s 1979 album Marathon, it barely made the Top 40 in the US, coming in at #35, which explains why I didn’t recognize it.
#8 – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, "Don’t Do Me Like That": Their first Top Ten single (#10), from the album Damn The Torpedoes (1979). It reached #3 in Canada.
#7 – Dan Fogelberg, "Longer": The lead single from the 1979 album Phoenix, it became his highest-charting single, reaching #2 behind either "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen or "Another Brick In The Wall" by Pink Floyd.
#6 – Rupert Holmes, "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)": The final #1 song of the ’70’s, from his album Partners In Crime. It also reached #1 in Canada. I think this is the only song I’ve ever heard about attempted adultery…
#5 – Foreigner, "Head Games": Title track from Foreigner’s third album, it reached #14 in both the US and Canada.
#4 – Fleetwood Mac, "Sara": Written by Stevie Nicks, who said it was about the end of her romantic relationship with Mick Fleetwood, it reached #7 on the Hot 100, #12 in Canada, #11 in Australia, and #37 in the UK.
#3 – Cliff Richard, "We Don’t Talk Anymore": Cliff Richard typically hasn’t done well in the US, but it went to #7 in the US. In the UK, it topped the chart for a couple of weeks, and it was a Top Ten song in most of the rest of the world.
#2 – Jefferson Starship, "Jane": I didn’t remember this record until I played it, and then I remember thinking it was by Heart. Reached #14 in the US, #13 in Canada, and #21 in the UK.
#1 – Eagles, "The Long Run": Title track from their 1979 album, it reached #8 in the US and #9 in Canada.
Back with R tomorrow!