Top Ten Tuesday: 1979, The Next 10

We finish the ’70’s this week with 1979.

20 – Chic, "Good Times": Chic was at #20 last week, and I had to check to make sure I wasn’t redoing anything. This is from their 1979 Risqué album, and reached the top of the Hot 100 and R&B charts, #3 on the Dance Club Singles chart, #2 in Canada, #1 on the Canadian disco singles chart, and was a Top Ten hit in the UK and New Zealand. It was an influential song besides.

19 – The Doobie Brothers, "What A Fool Believes": A song by Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins from The Doobies’ 1978 album Minute By Minute. The song reached #1 for one week in April and won Grammys in 1980 for Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

18 – Blondie, "Heart Of Glass": Appeared on their 1978 album Parallel Lines, of which it was the third single release. It reached #1 in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland and the Top Ten in much of the rest of the world.

17 – Olivia Newton-John, "A Little More Love": Released in November 1978 as the lead single for her album Totally Hot. it didn’t reach #1 anywhere but was a Top Ten hit in most of the world, including #3 in the US, #2 in Canada, #4 in the UK, and #9 in Australia.

16 – The Bee Gees, "Tragedy": From their 1979 album Spirits Having Flown, it reached #1 in the UK in March 1979 and in the US a month later. They wrote this during a break in the filming of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, writing baby brother Andy’s "Shadow Dancing" on the same afternoon.

15 – The Pointer Sisters, "Fire": A 1977 song by Bruce Springsteen that The Pointer Sisters released in late 1978 in the US, where it reached #2, stuck behind Rod Stewart’s "Do Ya Think I’m Sexy," which now has me thinking about Mike Myers…

14 – David Naughton, "Makin’ It": The theme song for his TV series of the same name, it reached #5 in the US and #11 in Canada, not bad for a guy whose previous musical success was "I’m a Pepper, you’re a Pepper, he’s a Pepper, she’s a Pepper, wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper, too?"

13 – Dr. Hook, "When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman": Even Stevens, who wrote the song, apparently followed producer Ron Haffkine into the bathroom to pitch this song, and he thought it was good enough to record. It reached #1 in the UK and Ireland, #6 in the US and #4 in Canada.

12 – Donna Summer, "MacArthur Park": Jimmy Webb’s magnum opus was first done by Richard Harris in 1968, reaching #2 on the Hot 100. Ten years later, Donna Summer reached #1 on the Hot 100 with the song, which sold several million copies worldwide.

11 – The Bee Gees, "Too Much Heaven": The Brothers Gibbs’ contribution to the "Music for UNICEF" fund, and was also on their Spirits Having Flown album. It reached #1 in the US and Canada and managed to knock Chic’s "Le Freak" out of the #1 spot temporarily.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for September 7, 2021.

12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 1979, The Next 10

  1. Another round of great songs. Love Blondie and Tragedy is one of my favourite of the Bee Gees when Barry sings like he got hit with a ball in the nether regions. This brings back memories of dancing at a disco on a Sunday for under-age kids.It was called Charlie Chans.

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    1. Named after the detective, I would guess. WGN used to show the old “Charlie Chan” and “Sherlock Holmes” movies on Sunday afternoons during the baseball offseason. I think I’ve seen all of them…

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  2. the good times song by Chic made my day just now! such an upbeat jam!
    and the dr pepper commercial was a nice throwback and reminds us that artists have to do work to help get their real
    career going

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    1. I watch a lot of vintage TV and alwys like seeing some of the people who became famous playing minor roles in the old shows. I never knew Gavin MacLeod until Mary Tyler Moore, but made a lot of appearances before then in episodes of Perry Mason, Hogan’s Heroes, and even The Andy Griffith show. Robert Redford’s first real part was on an episode of Perry Mason. You don’t just show up at a movie studio and have them hand you a starring role…

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      1. Oh John you are so right !
        And I saw that when I watched Columbo this year (seasons one thru seven) saw a young illy Sheehan and I guess Spielberg even directed the second episode (before ET)
        And so you are so right about the many small
        Parts the actors have before they make it big

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