EVERY Billboard #1 hit discussion thread 1958-Present

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

  1. Dougd

    Dougd Forum Resident

    US Top 40 Singles For Week Ending January 12, 1980
    TW LW TITLE Artist (Label)-Weeks on Chart (Peak To Date)

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    1 2 ESCAPE (The Pina Colada Song) –•– Rupert Holmes (Infinity)-13 (3 weeks at #1) (1)
    2 3 ROCK WITH YOU –•– Michael Jackson (Epic)-11 (2)
    3 5 DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME –•– The Captain and Tennille (Casablanca)-13 (3)
    4 4 SEND ONE YOUR LOVE –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-11 (4)
    5 1 PLEASE DON’T GO –•– K.C. and the Sunshine Band (T.K.)-21 (1)
    6 7 STILL –•– The Commodores (Motown)-16 (1)
    7 8 COWARD OF THE COUNTY –•– Kenny Rogers (United Artists)-9 (7)
    8 9 LADIES NIGHT –•– Kool and the Gang (De-Lite)-15 (8)
    9 10 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE –•– Cliff Richard (EMI-America)-13 (9)
    10 6 BABE –•– Styx (A&M)-15 (1)

    11 11 COOL CHANGE –•– Little River Band (Capitol)-13 (11)
    12 12 CRUISIN’ –•– Smokey Robinson (Tamla)-15 (12)
    13 13 THE LONG RUN –•– Eagles (Asylum)-6 (13)
    14 15 BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME –•– Dr. Hook (Capitol)-14 (14)
    15 16 JANE –•– Jefferson Starship (Grunt)-11 (15)
    16 17 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER –•– Prince (Warner Brothers)-8 (16)
    17 18 THIS IS IT –•– Kenny Loggins (Columbia)-13 (17)
    18 14 HEAD GAMES –•– Foreigner (Atlantic)-10 (14)
    19 22 DON’T DO ME LIKE THAT –•– Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Backstreet)-9 (19)
    20 25 SARA –•– Fleetwood Mac (Warner Brothers)-5 (20)

    21 23 WAIT FOR ME –•– Daryl Hall and John Oates (RCA)-12 (21)
    22 24 DON’T LET GO –•– Isaac Hayes (Polydor)-12 (22)
    23 20 YOU’RE ONLY LONELY –•– J.D. Souther (Columbia)-19 (7)
    24 21 NO MORE TEARS (Enough Is Enough) –•– Barbra Streisand / Donna Summer (Columbia / Casablanca)-13 (1)
    25 19 I WANT YOU TONIGHT –•– Pablo Cruise (A&M)-14 (19)
    26 28 THIRD TIME LUCKY (First Time I Was a Fool) –•– Foghat (Bearsville)-9 (26)
    27 29 DEJA VU –•– Dionne Warwick (Arista)-10 (27)
    28 31 YES, I’M READY –•– Teri DeSario with K.C. (Casablanca)-9 (28)
    29 30 CHIQUITITA –•– Abba (Atlantic)-10 (29)
    30 43 CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE –•– Queen (Elektra)-4 (30)

    31 35 ROMEO’S TUNE –•– Steve Forbert (Nemperor)-7 (31)
    32 36 ROTATION –•– Herb Alpert (A&M)-9 (32)
    33 59 AN AMERICAN DREAM –•– The Dirt Band (United Artists)-6 (33)
    34 41 SAVANNAH NIGHTS –•– Tom Johnston (Warner Brothers)-9 (34)
    35 26 TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME –•– Supertramp (A&M)-14 (10)
    36 37 RAPPER’S DELIGHT –•– Sugarhill Gang (Sugar Hill)-10 (36)
    37 40 FOREVER MINE –•– The O’Jays (Philadelphia International)-8 (37)
    38 39 I’D RATHER LEAVE WHILE I’M IN LOVE –•– Rita Coolidge (A&M)-9 (38)
    39 38 TRAIN, TRAIN –•– Blackfoot (Atco)-13 (38)
    40 42 FOOL IN THE RAIN –•– Led Zeppelin (Swan Song)-4 (40)


    47 27 DAMNED IF I DO –•– The Alan Parsons Project (Arista)-16 (27)
    59 32 POP MUZIK –•– M (Sire)-23 (1)
    85 33 HALF THE WAY –•– Crystal Gayle (Columbia)-16 (15)
    99 34 HEARTACHE TONIGHT –•– Eagles (Asylum)-15 (1)


    41 44 VOICES –•– Cheap Trick (Epic)-6 (41)
    42 45 WHY ME –•– Styx (A&M)-5 (42)
    43 46 YOU KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU –•– Santana (Columbia)-8 (43)
    44 48 DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL –•– Rufus and Chaka (MCA)-8 (44)
    45 47 SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU –•– Suzi Quatro (RSO)-8 (45)
    46 56 DAYDREAM BELIEVER –•– Anne Murray (Capitol)-4 (46)
    48 50 LONELY EYES –•– Robert John (EMI-America)-6 (48)
    49 51 LOST HER IN THE SUN –•– John Stewart (RSO)-6 (49)
    50 53 LAST TRAIN TO LONDON –•– Electric Light Orchestra (Jet)-6 (50)


    81 — TOO LATE –•– Journey (Columbia)-1 (81)
    82 — LET ME GO, LOVE –•– Nicolette Larson (with Michael McDonald) (Warner Brothers)-1 (82)
    84 — REMEMBER (Walking In the Sand) –•– Aerosmith (Columbia)-1 (84)
    86 — ON THE RADIO –•– Donna Summer (Casablanca)-1 (86)
    90 — KISS ME IN THE RAIN –•– Barbra Streisand (Columbia)-1 (90)
    93 — TRUST ME –•– Cindy Bullens (Casablanca)-1 (93)
    96 — TAKIN’ IT BACK –•– Breathless (EMI-America)-1 (96)
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  2. Dougd

    Dougd Forum Resident

    A short summary of Pina Colada's rise. I won't post it's fall.
    The single was No. 1 for its second time for only a week. Don't want to reveal the next No. 1.

    US Top 40 Singles For The Week Ending December 22, 1979

    Note – the chart was “frozen” next week (For December 29, 1979). The next new chart was dated January 5, 1980.

    TW LW TITLE Artist (Label)-Weeks on Chart (Peak to Date)

    1 4 ESCAPE (The Pina Colada Song) –•– Rupert Holmes (Infinity)-10 (1 week at #1) (1)
    2 3 PLEASE DON’T GO –•– K.C. and the Sunshine Band (T.K.)-18 (2)
    3 1 BABE –•– Styx (A&M)-12 (1)

    US Top 40 Singles For Week Ending January 5, 1980
    TW LW TITLE Artist (Label)-Weeks on Chart (Peak To Date)

    1 2 PLEASE DON’T GO –•– K.C. and the Sunshine Band (T.K.)-20 (1 week at #1) (1)
    2 1 ESCAPE (The Pina Colada Song) –•– Rupert Holmes (Infinity)-12 (1)

    US Top 40 Singles For Week Ending January 12, 1980
    TW LW TITLE Artist (Label)-Weeks on Chart (Peak To Date)

    1 2 ESCAPE (The Pina Colada Song) –•– Rupert Holmes (Infinity)-13 (3 weeks at #1) (1)
    2 3
    3 5
    4 4 SEND ONE YOUR LOVE –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-11 (4)
    5 1 PLEASE DON’T GO –•– K.C. and the Sunshine Band (T.K.)-21 (1)
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  3. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

    New York, NY, USA
    Of this batch, I'd have . . .
  4. Grant

    Grant Senior Member

    United States
    The reason you think he was stoned is because you don't like it.

    I like it, but also don't like hearing it ad nauseam.
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  5. The Slug Man

    The Slug Man Forum Resident

    North Carolina
    January 12, 1980...one day after I turned 8 years old. :D

    "Jane" is the first hit of the Jefferson Starship with their new singer, Mickey Thomas (ex-Elvin Bishop band). A word of warning: We will be hearing more from them. "Jane" itself is a pretty good AOR song not unlike what Journey was doing. I'm not crazy about the "disco" sections of the song, though.

    "Third Time Lucky" must have seemed like a surprise hit for Foghat, who are best known for "Slow Ride," which had come out 5 years earlier.

    "Train Train" by Blackfoot is the heaviest tune on this top 40. Lynyrd Skynyrd was gone, but in 79/80 there was a popular third wave of Southern Rock gearing up (think Blackfoot, .38 Special, and Molly Hatchet), with crunchier guitars than the Allmans/Skynyrd/Wet Willie or even Black Oak Arkansas.

    At this point, I was listening to top 40 when being driven around by my parents in the car, but at home, it was all about KISS. My friends and I were beyond obsessed with them. In a few months, KISS will hit a brick wall in the US in terms of sales, when they put out Unmasked.
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  6. Oh !I don't know...
    I like it and I always think he's high when recording. Whether that' s high on life or something else is another matter.
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  7. smorrison

    smorrison His Master's Voice

    The very best #1 records of 1979:

    "My Sharona" - The Knack

    "Pop Muzik" - M (I have this weird fantasy that every time Troy Aikman - or any other bumbling sports announcer - utters the phrase "You talk about [this]" "You talk about [that]" "You talk about [redundancy #88]", that it gets bleeped out and replaced with "TALK ABOUT - POP MUZIK". [/end rant])

    "Heart Of Glass" - Blondie

    "Too Much Heaven" - Bee Gees

    "Reunited" - Peaches & Herb (At the time I thought it just another wimpy slow-dance number, but this well-produced, pure ear candy has really grown on me of late.)

    "Hot Stuff" - Donna Summer

    "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" - Michael Jackson

    "Tragedy" - Bee Gees

    "Love You Inside Out" - Bee Gees

    Others that I really like:

    "I Will Survive" - Gloria Gaynor
    "What A Fool Believes" - Doobie Brothers
    "Heartache Tonight" - Eagles
    "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" - Rupert Holmes (still gets a lot of oldies airplay around here)
    "Babe" - Styx

    For other 'songs that should have been #1', my top pick is "Y.M.C.A.", a dumb-fun iconic hit that perhaps should be the record of the year, which should have been #1 the first three weeks of February. Billy Joel's "My Life" should have topped the week of January 20. "Fire" by the Pointer Sisters should have given the Boss his second penned #1 cover hit for February 24. My favorite record of the year, "Sultans Of Swing" by Dire Straits (#4) should have hit the summit in mid-April. Sister Sledge should have topped the charts the last two weeks of June with "We Are Family" (Pirates win an exciting World Series in seven games with this song!). Maybe a bit of a stretch, but I'd have "The Logical Song" for the week of July 7. And then Cheap Trick the last week of July with "I Want You To Want Me".

    Also worthy of mention are "Hold The Line" by Toto (#5), "Bicycle Race/Fat Bottomed Girls" by Queen (#24), "Promises" by Eric Clapton (#9), "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire (#8), "A Little More Love" by Olivia Newton-John (#3), "Take Me To The River" by Talking Heads (#26), "Blue Morning, Blue Day" by Foreigner (#15), "Goodnight Tonight" by Wings (#5), "Blow Away" by George Harrison (#16), "Renegade" by Styx (#16), "One Way Or Another" by Blondie (#24), "Gold" by John Stewart (#5), "I Was Made For Lovin' You" by Kiss (#11), "Let's Go" by The Cars (#14), "Goodbye Stranger" by Supertramp (#15), "Driver's Seat" by Sniff 'n' The Tears (#15), "Don't Bring Me Down" by Electric Light Orchestra (#4), "Cruel To Be Kind" by Nick Lowe (#12), "Gotta Serve Somebody" by Bob Dylan (#24), "Tusk" by Fleetwood Mac (#8), "Dreaming" by Blondie (#27),
    "Take The Long Way Home" by Supertramp (#10), "I Need A Love" by John Cougar (#28), and "Damned If I Do" by The Alan Parsons Project.

    Another great year for pop music muzik!
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  8. Hoover Factory

    Hoover Factory Old Dude Who Knows Things

    Spokane, WA
    One of my favorite singles from 1979 - “Life Begins at the Hop” by XTC.

    XTC never broke through with a mainstream US audience, but they would have cult/niche success in the mid 1980s with the rise of US alternative & modern rock radio.

    Love the video, btw - it’s like a time machine that takes me back to my college days. Hard to believe it’s been 4o years (!)

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  9. Hoover Factory

    Hoover Factory Old Dude Who Knows Things

    Spokane, WA
    Another favorite from 1979 - “The Girl of My Dreams” by Bram Tchaikovsky.

    Power Pop at its finest!

  10. Dougd

    Dougd Forum Resident

    Great one. Should've been a much bigger hit.
  11. smorrison

    smorrison His Master's Voice

    Best #1s of the 1970s:

    1. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Simon & Garfunkel. Art just owns this song.
    2. "Let It Be" - Beatles. I wish George had recorded fifty solos for this; I'd love them all.
    3. "Hotel California" - Eagles. Best guitar duet/trading solos ever!
    4. "American Pie" - Don McLean. That''ll be the day.
    5. "Superstition" - Stevie Wonder. Funkiest groove.
    6. "Bennie And The Jets" - Elton John. Electric boots/mohair suits.
    7. "Band On The Run" - Paul McCartney & Wings. All I need is a pint a day.
    8. "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" - Jim Croce. I lived on the south side of Chicago in 1968.
    9. "Stayin' Alive" - Bee Gees. The CPR theme song.
    10. "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" - Paul & Linda McCartney. I think RAM is now my most-played album of the 70s.
    11. "Sundown" - Gordon Lightfoot. As good as anything in the top ten.
    12. "American Woman" - Guess Who. That Randy Bachman guitar tone!
    13. "My Sweet Lord" - George Harrison. Cuz the pope owns 51% of GM.
    14. "Me And Bobby McGee" - Janis Joplin. Windshield wipers slappin' time.
    15. "Dreams" - Fleetwood Mac. Hard to believe this was their only #1 single.
    16. "Rich Girl" - Hall & Oates. Love Daryl's voice.
    17. "Miss You" - Rolling Stones. What's the matter man?
    18. "Song Sung Blue" - Neil Diamond. My favorite song when I was in kindergarten.
    19. "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" - Paul Simon. Stevie Gadd!
    20. "The Joker" - Steve Miller Band. Peaches.

    Honorable Mention:

    "Cat's In The Cradle" - Harry Chapin
    "Cracklin' Rosie" - Neil Diamond
    "You're The One That I Want" - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
    "Pop Muzik" - M
    "Blinded By The Light" - Manfred Mann's Earth Band
    "Grease" - Frankie Valli
    "Too Much Heaven" - Bee Gees
    "Fame" - David Bowie
    "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" - BJ Thomas
    "Angie" - Rolling Stones

    Best non-#1s of the 1970s:

    "The City Of New Orleans" - Arlo Guthrie. Steve Goodman's anthem for the heartland.
    "Piano Man" - Billy Joel. An anthem for Saturday night. Tonic 'n gin.
    "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" - Elton John. Couple of vodker 'n tonics.
    "Kodachrome" - Paul Simon. Nice bright colors.
    "Lyin' Eyes" - Eagles. Truer words rarely sung so sweetly.
    "It Don't Come Easy" - Ringo Starr. Got to pay your dues.
    "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" - Gordon Lightfoot. The legend lives on.
    "What's Going On" - Marvin Gaye. Preach.
    "Lookin' Out My Back Door" - Creedence Clearwater Revival. John deserved a #1 somewhere out of all those #2s!
    "Levon" - Elton John. My favorite Elton song.
    "Baker Street" - Gerry Rafferty.
    "Instant Karma!" - John Lennon. We all shine on. Could list "Imagine" too.
    "Dream On" - Aerosmith. Sentimental.
    "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions" - Queen. And "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Killer Queen".
    "Day After Day" - Badfinger. Such sweet guitar.
    "YMCA" - Village People. Silly fun is ok.
    "Go All The Way" - Raspberries. Power pop.
    "Black Magic Woman" - Santana.
    "Miracles" - Jefferson Starship.
    "Slip Slidin' Away" - Paul Simon. And many others, like "American Tune", "Me & Julio..."...
    "Sultans Of Swing" - Dire Straits. This Knopfler guy should produce Dylan.
    "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" - Bob Dylan. And "Tangled Up In Blue" too.
    "Driver's Seat" - Sniff 'n' The Tears. Little driving on a Saturday night.
    "The Bitch Is Back" - Elton John. Artist of the decade?
    "Maybe I'm Amazed" - Paul McCartney & Wings. Live from WOA.
    "Rock Steady" - Aretha Franklin. Move your hips.
    "Magic Man" - Heart.
    "Radar Love" - Golden Earring. Brenda Lee, comin' on strong.
    "More Than A Feeling" - Boston.
    "Do It Again" - Steely Dan. "Reelin' In The Years".
    "Night Moves" - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band. Autumn's closin' in.
    "25 Or 6 To 4" - Chicago. And I'm going to be up until that time if I don't stop this list now.
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  12. Hey Vinyl Man

    Hey Vinyl Man Another bloody Yank down under...

    That's an attractive label. Very 1979, but attractive. I don't think I've ever seen it before.
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  13. MielR


    Georgia, USA
    Here's a "live" performance of Please Don't Go from when the song was released. Their last tour as the classic "sunshine band", sadly.
  14. AppleBonker

    AppleBonker Forum Resident

    Agreed. Then there's George's Ding Dong Ding Dong, which almost never gets played (didn't help that his voice was a bit shot when he recorded it, and it isn't exactly the most compelling thing he ever wrote). Did Ringo ever do an Xmas tune?

    Here's a pretty funny video for the song. George rummaged through his closet for his costumes in this one!

  15. AppleBonker

    AppleBonker Forum Resident

    Yup, Ringo DID do a Christmas song. He re-recorded the Beatles fan club number 'Christmas Time is Here Again' in 1999. Considering how, uh, rudimentary that song is, I wondered how he managed to make it go on for four+ minutes. If you want to know how he did it, click below!

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  16. AppleBonker

    AppleBonker Forum Resident

    I was surprised to discover that Video Killed The Radio Star was released in late 1979. The song by the Buggles is famous as the first video ever played on MTV, which would not start up for a couple of years yet, so I assumed that it was released closer to that time.

    The song was a super smash hit in much of the world. In Australia, it was the biggest selling single for 27 years. It also topped the charts in the UK in October, 1979, and reached number one in Japan and Italy as well. But it only got to 40 in the US, which is really stunning considering how often I heard it on the radio (and saw it on MTV).

    Here's the iconic video (for some reason including about 30 seconds of blank padding at the end; perhaps this is the point when video had in fact killed the radio star).

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  17. smorrison

    smorrison His Master's Voice

    "Please Don't Go" always gives me the impression that it's pining for the fjords of the 70s. Yeah, on the surface it's pleading with a lover not to go, but as the #1 song at the transition of the decades it is also lamenting the passage of that time. And it works! Its lover Piña Colada returns for another week! And we are treated to a redux on the charts for a few years until the "real" 80s sound arrives.

    At the end of the 1940s, Frankie Laine's #1 hits "That Lucky Old Sun" and "Mule Train" (get along!) usher out the decade that ended the world war and the depression. Transition to the boomer-childhood-glorified 50s with "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer".

    The 50s come to an end with Frankie Avalon's "Why" at #1. "I'll never let you go. Why? Because I love you...". Then the gunslinger West arrives in 1960 with "El Paso".

    The last 'real' :D #1 of the 60s is the Beatles with "Come Together/Something". Then in December we get three 'Goodbye' #1 hits: Steam's "NaNa Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"; Peter, Paul & Mary's "Leaving On A Jet Plane"; and the Supremes' "Someday We'll Be Together". Transition to the 70s - can't shake the gloom - BJ Thomas with "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head".

    p.s. - I like "Please Don't Go", and don't mind "Escape", both nice-sounding tunes whose shallow lyrics occupy that space in time.
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  18. Geee!

    Geee! Senior Member

    I have been a silent observer of this thread & love it. Great commentary.

    I will take a look at different angle, I hope it's okay. As a strength trainer for teen athletes, I have music playing almost all day & it's interesting which songs maybe didn't hit #1 but yet are known by young people today.

    In that category from 1979 (& thanks to movies, commercials & pop culture in general) which come to mind:
    "My Sharona"
    "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough"
    "Bad Girls"
    "London Calling"
    "Hot Stuff"
    "I Will Survive"
    "The Logical Song"
    "I Want You To Want Me"
    "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"
    "Rock Lobster"

    I'd say the top 3-4 are know by the vast majority, yet the top 2 never hit #1.
  19. smorrison

    smorrison His Master's Voice

    Yeah, "September" has been really popular with our high school students here the last few years.
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  20. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

    San Francisco
    Oh yeah, I loved this one as a kid. Always reminds me of a Greyhound trip I took with my aunt from our hometown of Superior down to her place in Phoenix, circa the winter of '72/'73, on a grey wet day.

    One of the great hits of the decade. Co-written by Allee Willis, who also co-wrote the Pet Shop Boys / Dusty Springfield duet "What Have I Done To Deserve This".
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  21. alphanguy

    alphanguy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Next is "Rock With You" by Michael Jackson, #1 from January 13 - February 9, 1980.

  22. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

    San Francisco
    OK, now we're getting a real glimpse of what the '80s were gonna sound like (minus the disco strings).

    Michael & Quincy were a dynamite combo.
  23. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

    New York, NY, USA
    I much prefer the mix as on the (edited) 45 and on later pressings of the Off The Wall album - with handclaps on the chorus, and claves heard during the bridge and instrumental break. Some 'round here prefer the mix with neither, which was on first-pressings of the LP (and Japanese-made CD's from when they were first introduced in late '82).
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  24. tommy-thewho

    tommy-thewho Forum Resident

    detroit, mi
    Love Rock With You!!

    Love Off the Wall.
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  25. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus

    Pretty hard not to love "Rock With You".
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