EVERY Billboard #1 hit discussion thread 1958-Present

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by alphanguy, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. HGN2001

    HGN2001 Mystery Picture Member

    I have no particular love for "This Is It" by Kenny Loggins, probably do not own a copy, and haven't ever played it if I do, and I haven't listened to AC radio very much in over twenty years. YET, this song pops into my head as an earworm, unannounced and unwelcome, with great regularity.
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  2. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

    San Francisco
    The intro pops into my head occasionally still, 40 years on.
  3. SITKOL'76

    SITKOL'76 Forum Resident

    Colombia, SC
    It most certainly was a bizarre record. Not necessarily bad though, one of Stevie's best albums came out the following year.
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  4. bartels76

    bartels76 Forum Hall Of Fame

    Since the year is almost out, here is some of my favorite singles we didn't really talk about (if we did I apologize) that didn't make # 1 or even maybe Top 40 in some instances.

    Foreigner- Head Games #14
    AC/DC- Highway To Hell #47
    Kiss- Sure Know Something #47
    The Who- 5:15 #45
    Elton John- Mama Can't Buy You Love # 9
    Bob Dylan- Gotta Serve Somebody #24
    Sister Sledge- Got To Love Somebody #64
    Neily Young- Hey Hey My My #79
    Muppets- Rainbow Connection #25
    Rickie Lee Jones- Chuck E's In Love #4
    Hall & Oates- Wait For Me #18
  5. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

    New York, NY, USA
    Won't say anymore about that particular phase of Dylan's career, except here he seemed to go out of his way to sound vocally like Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler.
  6. AppleBonker

    AppleBonker Forum Resident



    (uh, sorry, wrong Babe...)

    I was aware of Styx at the time Babe came out, and liked Come Sail Away and (especially) Renegade. But I didn't like them enough to buy anything by them. What changed that for me was when Roboto came out a few years later. At that point I snapped up that stupid concept album (did the story actually make sense? If it did, I'm not sure I got the point) as well as several of their past records.

    I never considered Styx cool, and I don't think anyone I knew did, either, even in an ironic 'so bad they're good' sense. We considered Tommy Shaw to be the Davy Jones of the seventies/eighties (worse dancer, better guitarist than Mr. Jones), and Dennis DeYoung always seemed like the Bill Shatner of prog rock. I sooner admitted loving the Archies than Styx at the time. And yet, and yet... I can't deny that I played Kilroy to death, and Grand Illusion as well (I can't actually recall the third album of theirs I owned, that's how rarely I have played it since 1982).


    What might have snapped me out of my spell was when DeYoung tried to go solo and released that horrible song Desert Moon. MTV played it over and over, and it was so unapologetically cheesy that I found it hard to forgive him for it.

    BUT, now back to Babe. I actually think it's a decent ballad. The reason I like it is that it seems to go somewhere, unlike the tripe Lionel R was dishing out contemporaneously. It even rocks a little (OK, very little). It was never one of my favorite songs of theirs, but I would take it over anything Christopher Cross ever did any time (but not over Bang Shang a Lang... hey, you gotta have standards!).

    Secret confession: a girl I had a massive crush on in high school was a big Styx fan, which just might have contributed to my liking them. :shake::love:
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  7. Grant

    Grant Senior Member

    United States
    Excellent song! It's one of my favorite Foreigner songs, and the only really good song on the album.

    I like this one a lot more than "I Was Made For Loving You".

    He got a lot of mainstream media attention with this song. Then he would later abandon christianity and go to something else.

    I think you've jumped the gun on this a bit.

    White wimmin doing jazzy pop was a new thing. Mellow rock, easy listening, adult contemporary, whatever you call it, was still the trend in 1979, and I loved it. Kenny Loggins is part of that. Well, Loggins ain't no woman! :D
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  8. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

    San Francisco
    Amazing this wasn't even a Top 40 single. It's still getting referenced by other artists to this day (Lana Del Rey on 2017's Lust For Life), was famously quoted in Kurt Cobain's suicide note, and is probably one of Young's 2 or 3 best-known solo cuts by contemporary audiences.

    I have friends - most of them children of the '80s and '90s that first encountered the song on VHS - who love this one. I have only the barest memory of it from the time.

    Loved this one. Was sure she'd be a huge star, but this was pretty much it for Jones on the pop charts.
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  9. Grant

    Grant Senior Member

    United States
    I thought Nicolette Larson would be bigger.
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  10. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

    San Francisco
    Yeah, her too. She had the connections and everything. Not sure where it all went wrong, although I played the rest of the album that "Lotta Love" came off of on Spotify, and nothing grabbed me quite the way that single did. So it could have been down to song selection.

    A big problem for all of these women singers operating broadly in what we'd now call the Yacht Rock genre is that Linda Ronstadt was like the female Godzilla of Yacht Rock. It became almost impossible for other acts to gain the space needed to forge a broadly-successful career, given that Ronstadt was a) prolific, b) an almost-unbeatable vocalist and c) gorgeous. Apart from Stevie Nicks, I can't think of anybody else who even came close over on that side of the rock fence.

    However, there was room for women in other genres. Donna Summer had already proven it in disco, Heart in hard rock, Grace Slick was still plugging away with Jefferson Whatever in whatever genre they'd morphed into by this point, and Debbie Harry was about to carve out a niche with very un-Yacht Rock New Wave.

    Meanwhile, a certain woman would debut on the pop charts in December of '79 with her third single (and one of the first singles I ever bought). Her fusion of hard rock and New Wave would come to help define the sound of the early '80s, and for a time in late '80 thru roughly '83 she'd be one of the biggest solo acts in rock, male or female. Never an enormous presence on the singles charts, she was a rock Godzilla on the album charts and on rock radio, a reflection of how the singles charts increasingly didn't represent what people were actually listening to and buying.

  11. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

    San Francisco
    I decided to look it up. Toto are not on it, but Paulinho da Costa is, which probably explains why that intro is freaking phenomenal.

    Paulinho da Costa - Wikipedia
  12. Wild Horse

    Wild Horse Forum Resident


    Hallmark card lyrics, helium voices, and tinkle-tinkle keyboards.

    This is no Come Sail Away.

    I like Come Sail Away.
  13. ChrisScooter1

    ChrisScooter1 Forum Resident

    Athens, GA
    No members of Toto on this or the album, Keep the Fire. There are other YR personnel...Paulinho De Costa, Richard Page and some Brecker brothers. Kenny's rhythm section was a killer Toto-esque group...George Hawkins on bass (and would do credible impressions of both McDonald and Stevie Nicks when they would play this and "Whenever I call you Friend" live) and Tris Imboden on drums.

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  14. ChrisScooter1

    ChrisScooter1 Forum Resident

    Athens, GA
    Pat Benatar along with the requisite "corporate rock" the dominated the mid-west became increasingly more important to my listening habits. Those "high screechy" male voices were big for me as I could move from my disco tastes to a more adolescent "rocking," could still sing along before my voice changed, yet appealed to my more mature and burgeoning hormones! Rik Emmett, Dennis DeYoung, Steve Walsh, Steve Perry, Geddy Lee...I was totally in. And, ohhhhhh, did Benatar hit the right note for me...aside from her stunning good looks and vampish attitude, man could she sing and had a KILLER band. I loved (and still love) Neil Giraldo's guitar playing and Myron Grombaucher's animated drumming (no doubt influenced by Clem Burke) were a great arena rock/new wave hybrid.
  15. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

    San Francisco
    Yeah, it's interesting to me how quickly Benatar and her band hit upon that arena rock / New Wave hybrid. There wasn't much of that actually, which is odd in hindsight. Who was the male Pat Benatar? Was there such a thing?

    I wasn't big on hard rock - at all - but "Heartbreaker" blew my socks off. It's still an awesome single, with that driving beat, killer guitar work and her incredible vocals - few acts multitrack better than Pat Benatar.
  16. Dougd

    Dougd Forum Resident

    One of my favorite H&O songs, along with It's a Laugh.
    These singles, along with their She's Gone and Sara Smile gems, are heads and tails above most of their 80s material, when they went in a completely different direction.
  17. Dougd

    Dougd Forum Resident

  18. Dougd

    Dougd Forum Resident

    Back to my chart postings....

    Look at the the No. 2, which was stalled at that spot FOR WEEKS, while The Knack hogged the top spot.

    US Top 40 Singles For The Week Ending September 22, 1979
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    TW LW TITLE Artist (Label)-Weeks on Chart (Peak to Date)

    1 1 MY SHARONA –•– The Knack (Capitol)-14 (5 weeks at #1) (1)
    2 2 AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE –•– Earth, Wind and Fire (ARC)-12 (2)
    3 3 THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA –•– The Charlie Daniels Band (Epic)-14 (3)
    4 12 RISE –•– Herb Alpert (A&M)-9 (4)
    5 5 LEAD ME ON –•– Maxine Nightingale (Windsong)-18 (5)
    6 6 SAD EYES –•– Robert John (EMI-America)-19 (6)
    7 7 LONESOME LOSER –•– Little River Band (Capitol)-10 (7)
    8 8 I’LL NEVER LOVE THIS WAY AGAIN –•– Dionne Warwick (Arista)-14 (8)
    9 10 SAIL ON –•– The Commodores (Motown)-7 (9)
    10 4 DON’T BRING ME DOWN –•– Electric Light Orchestra (Jet)-8 (4)

    11 9 GOOD TIMES –•– Chic (Atlantic)-15 (1)
    12 28 DON’T STOP ‘TIL YOU GET ENOUGH –•– Michael Jackson (Epic)-9 (12)
    13 21 CRUEL TO BE KIND –•– Nick Lowe (Columbia)-9 (13)
    14 16 HEAVEN MUST HAVE SENT YOU –•– Bonnie Pointer (Motown)-15 (14)
    15 17 BAD CASE OF LOVING YOU (Doctor, Doctor) –•– Robert Palmer (Island)-10 (15)
    16 18 DRIVER’S SEAT –•– Sniff ‘n’ the Tears (Atlantic)-10 (16)
    17 19 POP MUZIK –•– M (Sire)-7 (17)

    18 20 BORN TO BE ALIVE –•– Patrick Hernandez (Columbia)-14 (18)
    19 11 THE MAIN EVENT / FIGHT –•– Barbra Streisand (Columbia)-15 (3)
    20 22 I DO LOVE YOU –•– GQ (Arista)-13 (20)

    21 23 DIFFERENT WORLDS –•– Maureen McGovern (Warner Brothers / Curb)-12 (21)
    22 25 THE BOSS –•– Diana Ross (Motown)-11 (22)
    23 27 WHAT CHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’ –•– Stephanie Mills (20th Century)-10 (23)
    24 26 LOVIN’, TOUCHIN’, SQUEEZIN’ –•– Journey (Columbia)-10 (24)
    25 15 GOODBYE STRANGER –•– Supertramp (A&M)-12 (15)

    26 30 SPOOKY –•– The Atlanta Rhythm Section (Polydor)-7 (26)
    27 39 DIM ALL THE LIGHTS –•– Donna Summer (Casablanca)-5 (27)
    28 32 GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME –•– Gerry Rafferty (United Artists)-7 (28)
    29 14 LET’S GO –•– The Cars (Elektra)-13 (14)

    30 37 DEPENDIN’ ON YOU –•– The Doobie Brothers (Warner Brothers)-7 (30)

    31 49 GOOD GIRLS DON’T –•– The Knack (Capitol)-4 (31)
    33 24 HOT SUMMER NIGHTS –•– Night (Planet)-13 (18)
    34 13 MAMA CAN’T BUY YOU LOVE –•– Elton John (MCA)-16 (9)
    35 50 DIRTY WHITE BOY –•– Foreigner (Atlantic)-3 (35)
    36 38 AIN’T THAT A SHAME –•– Cheap Trick (Epic)-8 (36)
    37 60 YOU DECORATED MY LIFE –•– Kenny Rogers (United Artists)-3 (37)
    38 42 ROLENE –•– Moon Martin (Capitol)-6 (38)
    39 56 ARROW THROUGH ME –•– Wings (Columbia)-5 (39)
    40 43 I KNOW A HEARTACHE WHEN I SEE ONE –•– Jennifer Warnes (Arista)-13 (40)


    52 31 BAD GIRLS –•– Donna Summer (Casablanca)-18 (1)
    53 29 SUSPICIONS –•– Eddie Rabbitt (Elektra)-16 (13)
    55 33 WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN –•– Dr. Hook (Capitol)-24 (6)
    75 34 MORNING DANCE –•– Spyro Gyra (Infinity)-15 (24)
    77 40 OH WELL –•– The Rockets (RSO)-12 (30)
    94 35 SATURDAYNIGHT –•– Herman Brood (Ariola America)-11 (35)


    41 41 CHILDREN OF THE SUN –•– Billy Thorpe (Capricorn / Polydor)-9 (41)
    42 46 THIS NIGHT WON’T LAST FOREVER –•– Michael Johnson (EMI-America)-8 (42)

    43 44 FIRECRACKER –•– Mass Production (Cotillion)-8 (43)
    44 47 GOOD FRIEND –•– Mary MacGregor (RSO)-7 (44)
    45 48 MIDNIGHT WIND –•– John Stewart (RSO)-5 (45)
    46 51 REMEMBER (Walking In the Sand) –•– Louise Goffin (Asylum)-6 (46)
    47 52 FOUND A CURE –•– Ashford and Simpson (Warner Brothers)-6 (47)
    48 53 GET A MOVE ON –•– Eddie Money (Columbia)-5 (48)
    49 58 PLEASE DON’T GO –•– K.C. and the Sunshine Band (T.K.)-5 (49)
    50 55 SO GOOD, SO RIGHT –•– Brenda Russell (Horizon)-6 (50)


    76 — BROKEN HEARTED ME –•– Anne Murray (Capitol)-1 (76)
    80 — PLEASE DON’T LEAVE –•– Lauren Wood (Warner Brothers)-1 (80)
    81 — LET ME KNOW (I Have a Right) –•– Gloria Gaynor (Polydor)-1 (81)
    82 — I’M SO ANXIOUS –•– Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (Mercury)-1 (82)
    84 — DANCIN’ ‘ROUND AND ‘ROUND / TOTALLY HOT –•– Olivia Newton-John (MCA)-7 (52)
    88 — DO YOU THINK I’M DISCO –•– Steve Dahl and Teenage Radiation (Ovation)-1 (88)
    89 — HOLD ON TO THE NIGHT –•– Hotel (MCA)-1 (89)
  19. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

    San Francisco
    New Wave was starting to expand its footprint on the charts in the wake of Blondie's and The Knack's successes. Absolutely adored this song and always assumed we'd be hearing a lot more from him. While Lowe himself never became a mainstream superstar, this sound certainly rocked the early '80s, straight thru the start of the MTV era:

  20. The Slug Man

    The Slug Man Forum Resident

    North Carolina
    For me, "Dirty White Boy" is better than "Head Games."

    Maybe Billy Squier?

    "Children of the Sun" is one of my guilty pleasures. I heard it some time on the radio in the '80s and thought "who is this Ronnie James Dio wannabe?" because even though they're voices aren't that similar, lyrically and musically it reminded me of Dio.
  21. Dougd

    Dougd Forum Resident

    I've always loved that song and recall hearing it (briefly) on the radio in high school.
  22. Grant

    Grant Senior Member

    United States
    The first time I heard "Dirty White Boy" on the radio I was thinking that someone was going to get offended. Maybe that's why you never hear it on oldies radio today.

  23. Grant

    Grant Senior Member

    United States
    Heart were still in the game, but were starting to fall from grace with their "Be Be LeStrange" album.
  24. John54

    John54 Forum Resident

    The Grand IllusionT is the only Styx LP I ever bought, and Fooling Yourself is the track I liked best.
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  25. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

    New York, NY, USA
    Since you mentioned "high screechy" . . . how many who complained about Barry Gibb's falsetto were "into" Rush, for example, both "before" and "after" The Day Disco "Died"?

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