We’re up to 1976, and while we’re still pretty heavy into disco, there are still some pretty good songs. You be the judge.
20 – The Sylvers, "Boogie Fever": From their 1975 album Showcase, this song reached #1 on the Hot 100 and the R&B chart in the US and #1 in Canada, achieved Gold status, and was The Sylvers’ first Top 40 hit.
19 – Dorothy Moore, "Misty Blue": A song by Bob Montgomery that was a hit for country artists Wilma Burgess and Eddy Arnold. Blues singer Joe Simon covered it, which is how Malaco Records owner Tommy Couch became familiar with it, and he had Dorothy Moore cover it in 1973 based on Simon’s version. It sat unreleased until late 1975, and eventually reached #3 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B chart. And I don’t remember it…
18 – Queen, "Bohemian Rhapsody": By far Queen’s most popular song and one of the few progressive rock songs to achieve commercial success, it reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #1 in Canada in 1976. It was re-released in 1992 after it was used in the movie Wayne’s World and reached #2 on the Hot 100.
17 – Andrea True Connection, "More More More": Disco queen and former pornstar Andrea True had a #4 hit with this Gregg Diamond song, which was originally only released to discos. It’s one of the most popular disco songs of all time.
16 – Seals & Crofts, "Get Closer": Title track of their eighth album, it reached #2 on the US Easy Listening chart and #1 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.
15 – Diana Ross, "Love Hangover": The song reached #1 around Memorial Day 1976, giving Miss Ross her fourth #1 hit, which at the time was a record.
14 – Silver Connection, "Fly Robin Fly": A #1 hit in the US and Canada for this German disco group, even though it only had six words.
13 – Barry Manilow, "I Write The Songs": Written by Briuce Johnston of The Beach Boys and originally done by The Captain & Tennille, the old trouper reached #1 on the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary chart and #2 in Canada.
12 – Starland Vocal Band, "Afternoon Delight": If you’re only going to have one hit, make it a big one. This reached #1 in the US and Canada and earned The Starland Vocal Band a summer replacement show. A year later, no one heard of them.
11 – Hall & Oates, "Sara Smile": This was the first (of many) Top 10 hit for Hall & Oates, reaqching #4 on the Hot 100.
And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for August 17, 2021.