This week 39 years ago, Ronald Reagan entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination (he'd lose to incumbent Gerald Ford), Bob Thomas of the Chicago Bears kicked a 55-yard field goal, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" debuted at No. 1 at the box office and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "Who Loves You," the Four Seasons
After a five year absence from the Hot 100 chart, the Four Seasons came roaring back with this track, which spent 20 weeks in the Hot 100, all the way into 1976.
9. "Nights on Broadway," Bee Gees
The Bee Gees' follow-up to "Jive Talkin'" is also the lead-in song (with different lyrics) to the "Saturday Night Live" sketch "The Barry Gibb Talk Show."
8. "This Will Be," Natalie Cole
Cole's debut single won her a Grammy (and is used in those eHarmony TV commercials).
7. "Low Rider," War
"Low Rider" is still widely known for its extensive use in movies and TV, everything from "Dazed and Confused" and "The Simpsons" to "Beverly Hills Chihuahua."
6. "Sky High," Jigsaw
The British pop group (that you probably don't remember) had an even bigger success with this song in Japan. It hit No. 1 there (for some reason).
5. "Let's Do It Again," the Staple Singers
The Curtis Mayfield-penned song, the last big hit for the Staple Singers, eventually hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart.
4. "The Way I Want To Touch You," Captain & Tennille
3. "Island Girl," Elton John
For the record, my favorite song about a Jamaican prostitute.
2. "That's the Way (I Like It)," KC and the Sunshine Band
The songwriting team behind this landmark 1970s track, Harry Casey (KC) and Richard Finch, also penned "Shake Your Booty," "Get Down Tonight" and "Boogie Shoes," so basically you have them to thank for 50 percent of the disco era.
1. "Fly, Robin, Fly," Silver Convention
Wordiness? Not a problem here. By the way, the band is German. Maybe that explains it? Either way: Really, 1975?Copyright © 2020, The Baltimore Sun