This week 39 years ago, the A's traded Reggie Jackson to the Orioles, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer, Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" 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. "Golden Years," David Bowie
"Golden Years" was from Bowie's "Station to Station" album, the follow-up to 1975's "Young Americans" and one that delved more into funk. It was also, by the way, when Bowie was reportedly at the peak of his cocaine addiction.
9. "Sweet Love," the Commodores
"Sweet Love" was the Commodores' first top 10 hit. God bless you, Lionel Richie.
8. "Only Sixteen," Dr. Hook
One of Dr. Hook's biggest hits, "Only Sixteen" was supposedly written by Sam Cooke, but that's still disputed. Because it needs to be a controversy.
7. "Boogie Fever," the Sylvers
According to the NIH, boogie fever is still an issue in some European countries and Australia.
6. "Dream On," Aerosmith
This power ballad has a long history, as it was originally released on Aerosmith's debut album in 1973. It did fairly well then, but didn't explode until its re-release three years later. Steven Tyler said the chords from the song came from memories of his childhood listening to his father play the piano.
5. "Right Back Where We Started From," Maxine Nightingale
The British singer's biggest hit, "Right Back Where We Started From," has a weird connection to ice hockey. It was featured in the 1977 hockey classic film "Slap Shot" and HBO used it for their series "24/7: The 2011 NHL Winter Classic."
4. "Let Your Love Flow," Bellamy Brothers
Songwriter Larry E. Williams was a former roadie for Willie Nelson, which makes perfect sense.
3. "Lonely Night (Angel Face)," Captain & Tennille
Can someone who was around in 1976 explain Captain & Tennille to me?
2. "Dream Weaver," Gary Wright
It's a travesty that this song stalled at No. 2. Well, it was No. 1 in Canada, but we all know that doesn't count.
1. "Disco Lady," Johnnie Taylor
Wright's biggest hit (and the first ever single to be certified platinum), spent four weeks at No. 1. Don Davis, the song's co-writer and producer, played the guitar on early Motown hits. Taylor also boasted one of the best nicknames in music: The Philosopher of Soul.