This week 37 years ago, Philips demonstrated the compact disc for the first time; Maurice Bishop led a successful coup in Grenada, later overpowered with American intervention in 1983; Waldorf natives Benji and Joel Madden, of pop-punk band Good Charlotte, were born; sitcom "The Ropers" debuted on ABC; "The Deer Hunter" 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. "Sultans of Swing," Dire Straits
Aww, baby Dire Straits! "Sultans of Swing" was off the British rockers' debut album and was originally released in 1978. It only became a hit in the U.S. after it was re-released the following year. It was re-re-released in 1988.
9. "Y.M.C.A.," the Village People
A shoutout to the Young Men's Christian Association or a salute to gay culture? The song is off the group's 1978 album, "Cruisin'." So, uh, both?
8. "What a Fool Believes," the Doobie Brothers
If you believed in someone in 1979, it was probably Michael McDonald.
7. "Shake Your Groove Thing," Peaches & Herb
Co-writer Freddie Perren was a disco-era superstar. He also co-wrote "Boogie Fever," "Love Machine" and the No. 1 song on this list.
6. "A Little More Love," Olivia Newton-John
Fresh out of "Grease" — her previous single: "Hopelessly Devoted to You" — Newton-John decided to amp up the sex-appeal factor just a smidge. The album's title: "Totally Hot." Totally not joking with you.
5. "Heaven Knows," Donna Summer and Brooklyn Dreams
Little terrified of who or what Brooklyn Dreams is.
4. "Fire," the Pointer Sisters
Written by Bruce Springsteen for his 1978 album "Darkness on the Edge of Town," it was dropped from inclusion on that recording. The Pointer Sisters' cover eventually hit No. 2. Springsteen's own version was released in the late 1980s.
3. "Tragedy," Bee Gees
The brothers Bee Gee reportedly wrote this during down time while making the film "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." So at least something moderately good came out of that.
2. "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" Rod Stewart
Well, da ya? 'Cause Rod's all up in this 1979 disco club and you should let him know.
1. "I Will Survive," Gloria Gaynor
No. 1 for three non-consecutive weeks, Gaynor's anthem of strength remains a pop-culture fixture (remember Cake's cover?). There will never be a time when someone won't sing this at karaoke or shout with excitement when they hear it (you know who you are). Diana Ross even performed it during the 1996 Super Bowl.