Top Ten Tuesday: 1978, The Next 10

We still have a year before Disco Demolition, so a few of 1978’s next 10 songs are still dance records. Still, there are some notable exceptions.

20 – Chic, "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)": Chic’s first single was released in 1977, but didn’t peak at #6 in the US, Canada, and the UK until early 1978.

19 – Yvonne Elliman, "If I Can’t Have You": Rock chanteuse turned disco queen Yvonne Elliman had a #1 hit in the US and Canada with this song from the sountrack from Saturday Night Fever..

18 – Paul McCartney & Wings, "With A Little Luck": From their 1978 album London Town, this reached #1 in the US and Canada.

17 – Billy Joel, "Just The Way You Are": From Billy’s 1977 album The Stranger, "Just The Way You Are" was Billy’s first Top 10 single (#3) in the US and first Top 20 single (#19) in the UK. It won Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1979.

16 – The Rolling Stones, "Miss You": Released in 1978 one month ahead of its album, Some Girls, it peaked at #1 in the US and Canada and #3 in the UK, and was their first 12" "Special Disco Version." Billy Preston had a hand on this a well.

15 – Eric Clapton, "Lay Down Sally": A song from Clapton’s 1977 album Slowhand, heavily influenced by J. J. Cale, it reached #3 on the Hot 100. Yvonne Elliman provided bacground vocals.

14 – Samantha Sang with The Bee Gees, "Emotion": Samantha recorded as a teen artist in Australia under the name Cheryl Gray and adopted her adult stage name in 1969. She moved to the UK that year and worked with the Bee Gees, moved back to Australia in 1975 but reconnected with the Bee Gees again in 1977, when she recorded "Emotion." It reached #3 in the US, #2 in Australia, and #11 in the UK. It was the title track from her 1977 album, which reached the top 30 on the Hot 200 albums.

13 – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, "You’re The One That I Want": One of two songs from the 1977 movie Grease that was written for Olivia Newton-John that did not appear in the original score. It’s one of the best-selling singles in history with over 6 million sales. It reached #1 in the US and #2 in Canada, and was a top 10 single in most of the world.

12 – Paul Davis, "I Go Crazy": Funny thing: I woke up this morning singing one of Paul’s other hits, "Cool Nigt"… anyway, this is from his 1977 album Singer of Songs, Teller of Tales and was released in late 1977, reaching #7 on the Hot 100 and #4 in Canada, spending 40 weeks in the Hot 100.

11 – Frankie Valli, "Grease": Written by Barry Gibb, Frankie Valli’s original was the title song for the movie. Topped the chart in the US and Canada.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for August 31, 2021.

13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 1978, The Next 10

  1. ‘I Go Crazy’ had an incredible run in the Hot 100- you mentioned it spent 40 weeks there- it seemed to just inch its way up the charts- one notch at a time- some weeks it would stay the same- and then resume climbing. It was also a song which really grew on you.

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    1. It was a case of everybody knew the song, very few knew the artist. They heard this, “Cool Night” and “’65 Love Affair” and thought they were all done by different people. I think if people realized they were all done by the same guy, he would have been more popular. It also shows that the year-end Hot 100 does a better job of showing the popularity of a song than the week-to-week Hot 100, because it takes into consideration how long the song lasted. It’s how a song that only reached #7 ended up at #12 in the year-end survey. Like you say, it was a song that grew on you. A lot of people didn’t buy it until it had been out for 20 weeks. I think, for that matter, Paul Davis was an artist that grew on people.

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      1. Agree with you on Paul Davis. That is kind of an incredible stat- a song which topped off at #7 being #12 on the year. .. I did a post years ago on the charting of ‘I Go Crazy’- I am sure there hasn’t been another single like it as far as charting. I don’t know why he wasn’t bigger than he was.

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