The Top Ten Songs This Week In 1978

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barryandrobingibb1 The Top Ten Songs This Week In 1978

Barry and Robin Gibb at the 25th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies last March (Photo: Jim Spellman/Getty Images)

Winners of the twentieth annual Grammy Awards for 1977 are announced this week, and the Southern California music scene is well represented. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Eagles[/lastfm] win for Best Record of the Year; “Hotel California” and Best Arrangement for Voices for “New Kid in Town.” [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Fleetwood Mac[/lastfm] wins Album of the Year for Rumours. Song of the Year is a tie between “Love Theme from A Star is Born (Evergreen),” by Paul Williams and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Barbra Sreisand[/lastfm], and Joe Brooks’ “You Light Up My Life,” the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Debby Boone[/lastfm] hit.

Best Engineered Nonclassical Recording goes to [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Steely Dan’s [/lastfm]Aja. Best Album Package is [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Linda Ronstadt’s [/lastfm]Simple Dreams. Best Male Pop Vocal Performance is [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]James Taylor’s [/lastfm]version of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jimmy Jones’[/lastfm] 1960 “Handyman.” Best Producer of the Year is Linda Ronstadt’s producer, Peter Asher (of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Peter and Gordon [/lastfm]fame). Best Pop Vocal Group Performance is the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bee Gees’[/lastfm] “How Deep Is Your Love.” Best R&B Group Vocal Performance is the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Emotions’ [/lastfm]“Best of My Love,” and THESE were the Top Ten Hits in the country in late February of 1978…

(last week’s position in brackets)

1.   STAYIN’ ALIVE/The Bee Gees (1) — spending its 4th and final week on top of the charts, this is from the gigantic album and movie smash, “Saturday Night Fever.”

2.   (LOVE IS) THICKER THAN WATER/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Andy Gibb [/lastfm](2) — The Bee Gees’ baby brother, Andy will reach #1 next week.

3.   JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Billy Joel[/lastfm] (3) — Billy’s first top ten hit, this will win a GRAMMY NEXT year for “Record of the Year!”

4.   SOMETIMES WHEN WE TOUCH/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Dan Hill [/lastfm](5) — from Toronto, Canada, Dan will have one more top ten hit ten years from now with “Can’t We Try?”  This is Dan’s first top ten hit.

5.   EMOTION/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Samantha Sang [/lastfm](6) — The Bee Gee brothers OWN the Top 5 in the country this week.  Barry, Robin and Maurice are #1, Andy Gibb is #2 and Barry wrote, produced and sang backing vocals on this, Samantha’s ONLY hit.

6.   DANCE, DANCE, DANCE/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Chic [/lastfm](7) — in its peak position on the top ten, this is the group’s first hit.  They’d have two #1 songs in their future with “Le Freak” and “Good Times.”

7.   WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Queen[/lastfm] (4) — this peaked at #4 last week and has since become an anthem for sports teams that win a title.

8.   NIGHT FEVER/The Bee Gees (17) — make that “The Bee Gees own the top TEN in the country this week.”  This is also from “Saturday Night Fever” and will become the Bee Gees’ BIGGEST HIT EVER, becoming #1 after Andy Gibb drops out and stay on top for EIGHT weeks!

9.   LAY DOWN SALLY/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Eric Clapton [/lastfm](11) — Marcy Levy, one of Eric’s backup singers, wrote this song with him and added supporting vocals.  It will peak at #3 and stay in the top ten for an incredible TEN MORE weeks!

10.  HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE/The Bee Gees (10) — the Gibb brothers are represented on FIVE of the TOP TEN hits this week.  This was #1 during the last week of December and just won the Bee Gees a Grammy for “Best Pop Vocal Group Performance”!

And…..there they are!  The TOP TEN HITS this week in 1978.  Where were YOU??? (Comments???)

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