Category Archives: 1979

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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Rupert Holmes – Escape (The Pina Colada song)

First Hit #1: December 22, 1979 It’s appropriate that this song is called Escape, because it’s an odd kind of escapist fantasy. Never mind that the ending is a cute little thing about bored lovers discovering that they’re more perfect … Continue reading

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Styx – Babe

First Hit #1: December 8, 1979 Every so often, prog rock bands would need to buy some new synthesizers, so they’d turn out a power ballad in order to finance that. That’s not to disparage this song, though it kind … Continue reading

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Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer – No More Tears (Enough is Enough)

First Hit #1: November 24, 1979 Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer, in spite of both being commercially successful recording artists with strong voices, are not a combination that seems obvious. Summer’s recording career has favored big, complicated disco tracks, Streisand … Continue reading

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The Commodores – Still

First Hit #1: November 17, 1979 Lionel Richie knows his way around a ballad. Still is one of those songs that depends entirely on the singer, the arrangement is largely irrelevant – this version is relatively stripped down, even if … Continue reading

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Eagles – Heartache Tonight

First Hit #1: November 10, 1979 The thing about this project is that you notice that the pop charts will represent only a small portion of the record buying public. While some people might listen to The Eagles AND Pop … Continue reading

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M – Pop Muzik

First Hit #1: November 3, 1979 We are witnessing the beginning of the ’80s. Yes, it’s 1979, but it’s really late in the decade, and we don’t tend to follow specific dates too closely. New Wave is quickly getting increasingly … Continue reading

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