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Throwback Thursday: The top 10 songs this week in 1978 [Videos]

Robin GibbGrease (movie)Music IndustryJohnny MathisJohn TravoltaHoward University

I'm under the impression that people really liked disco in the late 1970s. Who would have guessed? Here's your top 10, 36 years ago, via Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.

10. "Night Fever," the Bee Gees

This one appeared, of course, on the soundtrack to 1977 film "Saturday Night Fever." The song actually contributed to the film's eventual title (it was originally just going to be "Saturday Night."). The soundtrack was No. 1 for 24 weeks. "Night Fever" was the No. 1 song for more than two months in 1978.

9. "Imaginary Lover," Atlanta Rhythm Section

Southern rock + romantic loneliness = hit!

8. "Count on Me," Jefferson Starship

Ah, the end of 1970s Jefferson Starship. Well, at least we have this song to fondly remember that lineup by.

7. "Feels So Good," Chuck Mangione

The album version of this hummable track was almost 10 minutes long. 1970s people were super patient.

6. "Shadow Dancing," Andy Gibb

Nope, not done with disco yet. This song, which eventually hit No. 1, is perhaps the only good thing to come from the awful-beyond-words film "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." During filming, Andy Gibb wrote this with his brothers, Barry, Maurice and Robin, the Bee Gees.

5. "If I Can't Have You," Yvonne Elliman

Can you guess who wrote this? Yup, Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb. Again.

4. "You're the One That I Want," John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

"You're the One That I Want" was the second single released from the "Grease" soundtrack and the second to hit No. 1. The first No. 1 off the album was the first single, "Grease," sung by Frankie Valli and written by ... Barry Gibb. Those Gibbs apparently didn't sleep in 1978.

3. "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late," Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams

 

Good to see Johnny Mathis still making an impact in the late 1970s (it was Mathis' first No. 1 since the 1950s). Deniece Williams, of course, went on to sing "Let's Hear It for the Boy."

2. "The Closer I Get To You," Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway

Roberta Flack and Donny Hathway were friends from their college days at Howard University and had recorded together many times before. Hathaway died the following year.

1. "With a Little Luck," Wings

Paul McCartney goes synthpop and the world rejoices.

 

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