Throwback Thursday: The top 10 songs this week in 1979

This week 36 years ago, the first extraterrestrial volcano was discovered on Jupiter's satellite, Io, the compact disc was demonstrated for the first time by Phillips, "The Deer Hunter" topped the box office and the following songs were the most popular in the United States according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.

10. "Sultans of Swing," Dire Straits"

"Sultans of Swing" was the debut single from the British rockers, who actually first released the song in 1978. Guitar World magazine dubbed it the No. 22 "Greatest Guitar Solo" ever.

9. "Y.M.C.A.," Village People

Whether you love it as a sporting event mainstay, a reason to force your arms into letter patterns, or as a gay anthem of sorts (though it reportedly was not written as one), "Y.M.C.A." will never not be popular. Apparently not fond of sly double entendres, the actual YMCA threatened to sue over the song, but the lawsuit was dropped.

8. "What a Fool Believes," the Doobie Brothers

Written by the dynamic duo of Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins! It doesn't get more 1970s than that.

7. "Shake Your Groove Thing," Peaches & Herb

I get the distinct feeling people in 1979 were not sure whether to still love disco or not. Doobie Brothers followed by Peaches & Herb? Sure.

6. "A Little More Love," Olivia Newton-John

Will a little more love make it right? Good question, Olivia. P.S.: Songwriter John Farrar also wrote Newton-John showcases "You're the One That I Want," "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "Magic."

5. "Heaven Knows," Donna Summer with Brooklyn Dreams

Summer released this song between "MacArthur Park" and "Hot Stuff," so this is prime Summer. Not sure if this is prime Brooklyn Dreams.

4. "Fire," the Pointer Sisters

Written by Bruce Springsteen (originally for Elvis Presley), Springsteen later recorded and released his own version of the song in 1987 after the Pointer Sisters' version was such a big hit. He still regularly performs it in concert.

3. "Tragedy," Bee Gees

The brothers Gibb eventually hit No. 1 with this single, their fifth consecutive track (of six) to top the U.S. charts. And it was apparently recorded during a break while making the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" movie, so at least something good came out of that.

2. "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" Rod Stewart

Royalties from the song were donated to UNICEF. Because that makes sense.

1. "I Will Survive," Gloria Gaynor

Yeah, so 1979 was definitely not ready to give up disco. And this one has longevity, whether as a relatable break-up song or a gay anthem. In 2013, Gaynor released a new remix of this song that was featured on her album "We Will Survive."Copyright © 2017, The Baltimore Sun

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