This week 38 years ago, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to make an official visit to Israel; British Airways' regular London-to-New York City service began via the supersonic Concorde; Orioles first baseman Eddie Murray was named the American League Rookie of the Year; "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" topped the box office; and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "Nobody Does It Better," Carly Simon
Though a bit less dramatic than more recent James Bond movie theme songs (compare this easy-listening vibe to Adele's "Skyfall"), "Nobody Does It Better," from the film "The Spy Who Loved Me," was nominated for an Oscar, as well as song of the year at the Grammys.
9. "Blue Bayou," Linda Ronstadt
Ronstadt's instant-classic take on Roy Orbison's ballad also charted on the adult contemporary and country charts -- and she performed it on "The Muppet Show"!
8. "We're All Alone," Rita Coolidge
Boz Scaggs' easy-listening contribution to the 1970s has had a long shelf life. Along with Coolidge, other artists to record the track include Frankie Valli, the Three Degrees and LaCosta.
7. "Heaven on the 7th Floor," Paul Nicholas
British singer Paul Nicholas is better known for his acting than this disco track. He has starred on several British TV series, as well as on the stage in productions such as "Cats" and "Jesus Christ Superstar."
6. "How Deep is Your Love," the Bee Gees
The Bee Gees had a huge 1977, with the release of the film "Saturday Night Fever" and its soundtrack. "How Deep is Your Love" is the second track on the album and its second single.
5. "Baby, What a Big Surprise," Chicago
Props to Chicago for correctly using a comma in a song title. By the way, that's Beach Boys member Carl Wilson on backing vocals.
4. "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me," Barry White
If you were born in 1978, there's a 45 percent chance your parents were, um, listening to this song.
3. "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," Crystal Gayle
Jazzy country? Thanks, 1977! "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" was Gayle's biggest crossover success, written by frequent collaborator Richard Leigh, who has nine No. 1 country singles (including this one). Gayle's eyes, however, are actually blue.
2. "Boogie Nights," Heatwave
More British disco! "Boogie Nights" was Heatwave's debut single and was, somewhat oddly, not used in the 1997 movie of the same name.
1. "You Light Up My Life," Debby Boone
No. 1 for a remarkable 10 consecutive weeks, "You Light Up My Life" was written as a typical love song, but Boone said she reinterpreted "You" as "God," making it something of a contemporary Christian smash. Perry Como performed it on a 1977 Bob Hope TV special, and the following year, Johnny Mathis recorded "You Light Up My Life" and gave his album the same name. Wow, that was the most 1970s sentence ever written.