Monday, 9 July 2012

The Best Of 1979 - part 2

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We're halfway through my top 10 favourite songs from 1979. Here's the rest of the countdown...


Number 5 is “Don’t Bring Me Down” by Electric Light Orchestra. You know how songs conjure up crystal clear mental images – a drive along the coast, a starry night, first love… Well, the memory I get when I hear this song is being in our laundry as a kid. Great, hey? Obviously, everyone loves the “Bruce” bit of the song (even though Jeff Lynne was singing something else entirely) – but for me it’s all about that driving beat (which has led to the song’s appearance on more than one of my road-trip playlists) and those unmistakable ELO harmonies.




One of the main reasons I re-embraced 1979 can be found at number 4: “Don’t Stop 'Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson, which remains my favourite single he ever released. From the moment Michael yelps and the beat kicks in, it’s a giddy ride that does not let up – just like any good pop song should be.




At number 3 is the ingenious “Knock On Wood” by Amii Stewart. I’ve always loved a cover version that completely revamps the original recording – especially if it shocks purists. (See also: Pet Shop Boys’ “Where The Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)”, Tori Amos’ “Smells Like Teen Spirit”). And Amii’s energetic take breathed new life into the soul standard.




Number 2 is “Goosebumps” by Christie Allen, a song I clearly remember from a K-Tel compilation tape that got played on long car trips to Newcastle. I don’t know that I ever saw the film clip at the time, although I do like the tricksy split screen effects. “Goosebumps” reached number three in the proper charts, and Christie had another massive hit the following year with “He’s My Number One”, but this is the song I prefer.




And at number 1, “Video Killed The Radio Star” by The Buggles. Famously the first song played on MTV when it launched in the US two years later, it also kick-started the careers of band member Trevor Horn, who’d go on to produce for the likes of ABC, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Seal, and video director Russell Mulcahy, who’d help turn Duran Duran into megastars. The best bit? Just when you think it’s all over, the “you are… the radio star” bit at the two-and-a-half minute mark leads into a final blast of the refrain.




My top 100 for 1979 in full:

1         VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
2         GOOSE BUMPS Christie Allen
3         KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
4         DON’T STOP ’TIL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
5         DON’T BRING ME DOWN ELO
6         DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW ABBA
7         BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
8         I WAS MADE FOR LOVIN’ YOU Kiss
9         BABY IT’S YOU Promises
10       GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) ABBA
11       GOOD TIMES Chic
12       ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
13       HEART OF GLASS Blondie
14       WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
15       THE BOSS Diana Ross
16       LIGHT MY FIRE/137 DISCO HEAVEN (MEDLEY) Amii Stewart
17       I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
18       HOT STUFF Donna Summer
19       STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judie Tzuke
20       DIM ALL THE LIGHTS Donna Summer
21       LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
22       BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
23       GOT TO BE REAL Cheryl Lynn
24       LOVE PAINS Yvonne Elliman
25       UNDER FIRE Jackie
26       THE SECOND TIME AROUND Shalamar
27       LE FREAK Chic
28       THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
29       TAKE ME HOME Cher
30       EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Babys
31       BABY I’M BURNIN’ Dolly Parton
32       SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
33       FEEL THE NEED Leif Garrett
34       HE’S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge
35       WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
36       HEAVEN KNOWS Donna Summer
37       DON’T HOLD BACK Chanson
38       LET’S GO The Cars
39       OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
40       WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’ Stephanie Mills
41       I WANNA MAKE IT WITH YOU TONIGHT Monalisa & Terry Young
42       COMPUTER GAMES Mi-Sex
43       POP MUZIK M
44       SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING Peaches & Herb
45       QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) Gibson Brothers
46       SPACER Sheila B. & Devotion
47       LADIES NIGHT Kool & The Gang
48       CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
49       NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer / Barbra Streisand
50       MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
51       AIN’T NO STOPPING US NOW McFadden & Whitehead
52       I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
53       DREAMING Blondie
54       WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES Doobie Brothers
55       SHINE A LITTLE LOVE ELO
56       DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain & Tennille
57       (BOOGIE WOOGIE) DANCIN’ SHOES Claudja Barry
58       HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzalez
59       99 Toto
60       WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston & Syreeta
61       IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM Joe Jackson
62       DREAM POLICE Cheap Trick
63       DON’T STOP ME NOW Queen
64       HONESTY Billy Joel
65       ANGEL EYES / VOULEZ VOUS ABBA
66       BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
67       I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
68       LONESOME LOSER Little River Band
69       I’LL SUPPLY THE LOVE Toto
70       DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears
71       SHAPE I’M IN Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons
72       HOT SUMMER NIGHTS Night
73       SOMETHING’S MISSING IN MY LIFE Marcia Hines
74       I’LL NEVER LOVE THIS WAY AGAIN Dionne Warwick
75       LOVE BALLAD George Benson
76       AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth, Wind & Fire
77       TRAGEDY Bee Gees
78       PLEASE DON’T GO KC & The Sunshine Band
79       MY SHARONA The Knack
80       MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic
81       DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
82       GEORGY PORGY Toto
83       ANGEL EYES Roxy Music
84       CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
85       CARS Gary Numan
86       COOL FOR CATS Squeeze
87       I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince
88       LAST TRAIN TO LONDON ELO
89       GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
90       LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
91       HEAVEN MUST HAVE SENT YOU Bonnie Pointer
92       ROXANNE The Police
93       IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
94       MAMA CAN’T BUY YOU LOVE Elton John
95       TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
96       YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson & The Partners
97       I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
98       SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
99       OLIVER’S ARMY Elvis Costello & The Attractions
100     BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders


Sidebar: as with most pre-Internet years, my list includes songs I knew from the time as well as a few I’ve discovered in the years since.



What were your favourites from 1979?


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7 comments:

  1. I was born in a distant 1983, but I heard all songs, which were in UK charts in 1979.

    My favourite song: Blondie - Sunday Girl

    Signature songs from 1979 for me:
    First time, it's all Blondie's singles from this year: Dreaming, Union City Blue, Heart Of Glass

    Anita Skorgan - Oliver
    Dana - Something's Cookin' In The Kitchen
    ABBA - Angeleyes
    ABBA - I Have A Dream
    Fiddler's Dram - Day Trip to Bangor
    Cats U.K. - Luton Airport
    Patricia Paay & Yvonne Keely - The Best Friend I Know
    Pussycat - Hey Joe

    Maybe also songs from Dollar, Nolans, Dooleys

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    1. Blondie could do no wrong then. Some titles I'm not familiar with on your list - will check them out! Thanks for reading.

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  2. I likey these ones from your list...

    1. VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
    3. KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
    4. DON’T STOP ’TIL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
    5. DON’T BRING ME DOWN ELO
    7. BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
    8. I WAS MADE FOR LOVIN’ YOU Kiss
    10. GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) ABBA
    13. ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
    14. HEART OF GLASS Blondie
    15. WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
    17. I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
    20. HOT STUFF Donna Summer
    21. MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
    23. GOT TO BE REAL Cheryl Lynn
    28. LET’S GO The Cars
    29. POP MUZIK M
    30. CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
    40. HE’S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge
    50. IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM Joe Jackson
    51. MY SHARONA The Knack
    53. TRAGEDY Bee Gees
    54. BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
    56. VOULEZ VOUS ABBA
    59. ROXANNE The Police
    64. WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
    68. WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES Doobie Brothers
    76. LADIES NIGHT Kool & The Gang
    78. CARS Gary Numan
    81. I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
    83. GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
    87. THE NIPS ARE GETTING BIGGER Mental As Anything
    88. HIT AND RUN Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons
    89. I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
    93. DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
    97. RING MY BELL Anita Ward

    Very much looking forward to your other EOY lists Gavin as there's a few songs I haven't even heard in this one. :)

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    1. I'll be putting them all on eventually!

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  3. Here's my favourites for 1979...

    #1 - BABE - Styx
    #2 - WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES - The Doobie Brothers
    #3 - EL LUTE - Boney M.
    #4 - HEARTACHE TONIGHT - Eagles
    #5 - GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) - ABBA
    #6 - SEPTEMBER - Earth, Wind & Fire
    #7 - HOLD THE LINE - Toto
    #8 - BORN TO BE ALIVE - Patrick Hernandez
    #9 - GOTTA GO HOME - Boney M.
    #10 - I WILL SURVIVE - Gloria Gaynor
    #11 - MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE - The Police
    #12 - LOST IN LOVE - Air Supply
    #13 - HOORAY! HOORAY! IT'S A HOLI-HOLIDAY - Boney M.
    #14 - SHAPE I'M IN - Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons
    #15 - VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR - Buggles
    #16 - DRIVER'S SEAT - Sniff 'n' The Tears
    #17 - THE LOGICAL SONG - Supertramp
    #18 - PAINTER MAN - Boney M.
    #19 - ROXANNE - The Police
    #20 - CHOIR GIRL - Cold Chisel

    #21 - BAD CASE OF LOVIN' YOU (DOCTOR, DOCTOR) - Robert Palmer
    #22 - I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE (DISCO 'ROUND) - Alicia Bridges
    #23 - COOL FOR CATS - U.K. Squeeze
    #24 - HEART OF GLASS - Blondie
    #25 - DON'T STOP 'TIL YOU GET ENOUGH - Michael Jackson
    #26 - KNOCK ON WOOD - Amii Stewart
    #27 - POP MUZIK - M
    #28 - HOT STUFF - Donna Summer
    #29 - BREAKFAST IN AMERICA - Supertramp
    #30 - MY SHARONA - The Knack
    #31 - DANCE AWAY - Roxy Music
    #32 - CAN'T STAND LOSING YOU - The Police
    #33 - LET'S GO - The Cars
    #34 - HIT AND RUN - Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons
    #35 - JUST WHAT I NEEDED - The Cars
    #36 - HE'S THE GREATEST DANCER - Sister Sledge
    #37 - TAKE ME TO THE RIVER - Talking Heads
    #38 - BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE - Australian Crawl
    #39 - I DON'T LIKE MONDAYS - The Boomtown Rats
    #40 - IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM? - Joe Jackson

    #41 - TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME - Supertramp
    #42 - DON'T BRING ME DOWN - Electric Light Orchestra
    #43 - BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE - The Jacksons
    #44 - TRAGEDY - Bee Gees
    #45 - LADIES' NIGHT - Kool & The Gang
    #46 - GOOD TIMES ROLL - The Cars
    #47 - THE LONG RUN - Eagles
    #48 - CHIQUITITA - ABBA
    #49 - LONESOME LOSER - Little River Band
    #50 - WE ARE FAMILY - Sister Sledge
    #51 - I'M EVERY WOMAN - Chaka Khan
    #52 - I WAS MADE FOR LOVIN' YOU - Kiss
    #53 - VOULEZ-VOUS - ABBA
    #54 - BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME - Dr. Hook
    #55 - DON'T DO ME LIKE THAT - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    #56 - YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) - Sylvester
    #57 - THE NIPS ARE GETTING BIGGER - Mental as Anything
    #58 - LOTTA LOVE - Nicolette Larson
    #59 - COOL CHANGE - Little River Band
    #60 - BLOW AWAY - George Harrison

    #61 - CARS - Gary Numan
    #62 - TAKE ME HOME - Cher
    #63 - WHEN YOU'RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN - Dr. Hook
    #64 - RING MY BELL - Anita Ward
    #65 - DREAM LOVER - Glenn Shorrock


    All of these songs you can listen to on my site :)

    http://top100singles.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-top-singles-of-1979.html

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    1. Thanks for that - some good ones to add to my collection.

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  4. So that's where Trevor Horn started. The things you learn. Finn

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