Throwback Thursday, the top 10 songs this week in 1979 [Videos]
By JORDAN BARTEL
The Baltimore Sun|
Jun 04, 2014 | 1:22 PM
See who ruled during disco's last big summer, via Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "She Believes in Me," Kenny Rogers
The Gambler? In 1979? At his peak. About as far from disco as one gets, "She Believes in Me" was a No. 1 country hit and written by Steve Gibb (unrelated to the Bee Gees Gibbs).
9. "Shake Your Body" (Down to the Ground)," the Jacksons
The Jacksons' best disco-era effort.
8. "Chuck E.'s In Love," Rickie Lee Jones
Jones' biggest hit (she would go on to win the Best New Artist Grammy in January 1980) is about songwriter Chuck E. Weiss, a friend of Jones and her boyfriend at the time, Tom Waits. Chuck apparently disappeared for awhile and then called the couple to explain why: he had fallen and love and ran off to be with the woman.
7. "The Logical Song," Supertramp
AKA: You can be creative and awesome as you want as a child before adults and the education system destroys you.
6. "Ring My Bell," Anita Ward
One of the best disco track was originally written for an 11-year-old singer, Stacy Lattisaw, and was to be about preteen friends calling each other up to talk. Slightly different meaning with Anita Ward's take.
5. "Just When I Needed You the Most," Randy Vanwarmer
The biggest hit for Vanwarmer, who gets my vote for best-named 1970s singer.
4. "Reunited," Peaches & Herb
In my fantasy, Beyonce and Jay Z will soon morph into a Peaches & Herb-esque duo.
3. "We Are Family," Sister Sledge
Making weddings rock, cliche-style, since 1979!
2. "Hot Stuff," Donna Summer
"Hot Stuff" actually ruled June 1979 (this was the odd week where it feel to No. 2 on the charts). Fun fact: Harold Faltermeyer, one the song's co-writers, is better known as the guy behind the uber-'80s synthy "Axel F" theme from "Beverly Hills Cop."
1. "Love You Inside Out," Bee Gees
This was the Bee Gee's six consecutive No. 1 hit. It's also, I believe, the only Bee Gees song sampled/covered by Feist, Snoop Dogg, R. Kelly and Jay Z.