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.