The Top Ten Songs THIS WEEK in 1979

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bee gees The Top Ten Songs THIS WEEK in 1979

Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images -- surviving members of the Bee Gees, Robin (L) and Barry, receive just one of many awards -- 2006

It’s late January, 1979 and, in a nail-biter, The Pittsburgh Steelers have just beaten the Dallas Cowboys 35-31 to become the first NFL team to win THREE Super Bowls.

“Superman — The Movie,” starring Christopher Reeve, is a huge hit at the box office this week.

(Last week’s position in brackets)

1.   LE FREAK/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Chic [/lastfm](1) — this is an R&B disco group that was formed in New York City.  “Good Times” would be their second and final #1 song this upcoming summer.  By the end of 1979, their chart success would fade.  They’d end up with a total of 4 top ten tunes and a good two year run, dating back to the fall of 1977.  “Le Freak” would spend a total of FIVE WEEKS at #1, but not consecutively.  This is one of the very few times, if not the ONLY time in chart history, that a song would drop out of the number one spot, return to the top, drop out again, and then RETURN yet again to the pole position!!

2.   TOO MUCH HEAVEN/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Bee Gees[/lastfm] (2) — the group maintained their incredible popularity even AFTER their “Saturday Night Fever” run of hits.  This was their 7th of NINE NUMBER ONE SONGS.  It spent two weeks on top during the first two weeks of January.

3.   Y.M.C.A./[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Village People[/lastfm] (4) — this will peak at #2 next week and stay in the runner-up position for three straight weeks.  Like Chic, this was also a disco group formed in New York City.  Their next hit will follow, “In The Navy,” and then their brief chart success will quickly fade, seemingly lasting just a New York minute!!

rodinyellow The Top Ten Songs THIS WEEK in 1979

Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images -- Rod performs in Vegas at Caesar's Palace

4.   DO YOU THINK I’M SEXY?/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Rod Stewart [/lastfm](10) — this is Roderick Stewart’s third NUMBER ONE song.  It was his third biggest hit of all-time, following “Tonight’s The Night” and “Maggie May.”  “Do You Think I’m Sexy?” would be the last time Rod would hit #1 as a solo artist, though he’d score an incredible ELEVEN MORE Top Ten Tunes as a solo act.  His song with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bryan Adams[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Sting[/lastfm] in late ’93 and early ’94, “All For Love,” will reach the top of the charts for three weeks.

5.   MY LIFE/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Billy Joel[/lastfm] (3) — this is spending its 8th week in the top ten.  It peaked at #3 and stayed there for three straight weeks.  It’s his second top ten hit.  He’ll have ELEVEN more, including THREE #1’s.   [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Peter Cetera[/lastfm] of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Chicago[/lastfm] fame provides backing vocal on this.

6.   A LITTLE MORE LOVE/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Olivia Newton-John[/lastfm] (8) — just like the Bee Gees, Olivia was born in England but relocated to Australia.  This is her last top ten hit of the 70’s, peaking at #3 in mid February, but she’ll score two more #1 songs in the early 80’s, her biggest hit will be “Physical” in late ’81, which will be on top of the charts for an incredible TEN WEEKS!

7.   OOH BABY BABY/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Linda Ronstadt[/lastfm] (7) — her third MOTOWN REMAKE (following “Heat Wave” and “Tracks Of My Tears”), Linda recorded a great number of “other people’s” hits and did very well on the charts with her “re-workings” of previous tunes by artists such as [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]the Everly Brothers[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Betty Everett[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Little Anthony and the Imperials[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Roy Orbison[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Buddy Holly[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Smokey Robinson and the Miracles[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Martha and the Vandellas[/lastfm]; in fact, she probably holds the record for most number of HIT REMAKES.  Linda’s biggest all-time success was early 1975’s “You’re No Good,” a song originally recorded by Betty Everett, which was Linda’s only #1 tune.

lindarrecent The Top Ten Songs THIS WEEK in 1979

Photo: Douglas Mason/Getty Images -- Linda Ronstadt in 2007

8.   HOLD THE LINE/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Toto [/lastfm](5) —  formed in Los Angeles, Toto is enjoying their first hit with this one.  It peaked at #4.  Before becoming popular in their own right, the group was prominent as session musicians, and backed up [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Boz Scaggs[/lastfm].  Toto would go on to score a few more hits;  most notably, their #1 song “Africa,” in early 1983.

9.   EVERY 1’s A WINNER/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Hot Chocolate [/lastfm](11) — one of two newcomers to this week’s top ten, this will peak at #6 in mid-February.  Hot Chocolate was a rock-soul group that formed in London, England.  They had 3 hits during their music career.  “Emma” was their first in 1975, “You Sexy Thing” was their biggest in early ’76, staying on the top 100 for a very impressive 21 weeks and peaking at #3.

10.  SEPTEMBER/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Earth, Wind & Fire[/lastfm] (12) — they formed in Los Angeles.  EW&F’s two main members were Maurice White and Philip Bailey.  Maurice was a member of the Ramsey Lewis Trio.  FYI, The group [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Young-Holt Unlimited[/lastfm] (of “Soulful Strut” fame) was also from the trio!  Earth, Wind & Fire had 11 top 20 hits.  Their biggest success was “Shining Star,” a NUMBER ONE song in 1975.

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