Up to 1977, already! You know the drill: 1977’s 11th thru 20th most popular songs based on the year-end Hot 100.
20 – Marvin Gaye, "Got To Give It Up": Berry Gordy wanted Marvin to do disco records because everyone else was doing them, and since Marvin was in the process of getting a divorce from Anna Gordy, he eventually agreed. He wrote the song as an answer to Johnny Taylor’s "Disco Lady" and as a parody of the genre. And it reached #1 on the Hot 100, the R&B chart, and the Disco/Dance chart.
19 – Eagles, "Hotel California": Title track from their 1976 album, released in February of 1977. It was written by Don Felder, Don Henley, and Glen Frey, and is considered the band’s signature song. In 1998, the readers of Guitarist magazine named the extended guitar solo between Felder and Joe Walsh at the end the best guitar solo of all time (even though it’s technically a duet). Reached #1 in both the US and Canada.
18 – Stevie Wonder, "Sir Duke": From 1976’s Songs In The Key Of Life, this is Stevie’s tribute to Duke Ellington, and it also mentions Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald. He had tried to recor with Wes Montgomery and Dinah Washington in the ’60’s but both artists died before they got the chance, so he wanted to record this tribute. It reached #1 on the Hot 100, the Black Singles chart, and in Canada and #2 in the UK.
17 – Peter McCann, "Do You Wanna Make Love": McCann wrote this and recorded it for his eponymous 1977 album. As a single, it reached #5 on the Hot 100 and #22 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It reached #10 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart. The flip side was "Right Time Of The Night," also written by McCann, with which Jennifer Warnes had a hit later in ’77. Some good yacht rock here…
16 – Pablo Cruise, "Whatcha Gonna Do?": More good yacht rock from Pablo Cruise, with a song that reached #6 in the US and #1 in Canada, and also reached #46 on the R&B chart. It was from the 1977 album A Place In The Sun and their first charting single.
15 – Electric Light Orchestra, "Telephone Line": From their 1977 album A New World Record, it reached #7 on the Hot 100, #10 in Australia, #8 in the UK, and #1 in Canada.
14 – Jimmy Buffett, "Margaritaville": Jimmy discovered the margarita at a restaurant in Austin, Texas, around the time tourists were arriving en masse in Key West. He recorded it for his 1977 album Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes. As a single, it reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the US and Canada (where the song reached #4). It’s a song that’s defined his career, and more good yacht rock.
13 – Leo Sayer, "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing": This was Leo’s first #1 single in the US and reached #2 on the UK singles chart. From his 1976 album Endless Flight, and won Leo and Vini Poncia the 1978 Grammy for Best R&B Song.
12 – ABBA, "Dancing Queen": Released in August 1977 from their 1976 album Arrival. Wikipedia tells us "It became ABBA’s only number one hit in the United States, and topped the charts in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Germany and Rhodesia."
11 – KC & The Sunshine Band, "I’m Your Boogie Man": From the band’s 1976 album Part 3, it reached #1 in the US and Canada.
And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for August 24, 2021.