8/6/14

Summer Chart Flashback: Summer Singles 1979


Eighty-three singles came and went from WLS's weekly surveys during the fifteen weeks of Summer 1979 (May 26th - September 1st).  Eight of those singles ran for distance, staying on the list of WLS's Top Forty-fives all fifteen weeks. Five singles ran for speed, each topping the list.  Only one single ran for both distance and speed and that is the #1 single.  The biggest surprise is the single at #2.  It spent all fifteen weeks in the Top 45 and 13 of those weeks in the Top 10  though it never climbed higher than the penultimate spot.  On the Billboard Hot 100 however, it spent just six weeks in the Top 10, never rising higher than #5.  Using the Billboard stats instead of the WLS survey numbers, the song would have ended up at #26 on today's countdown.  The Billboard numbers will be used soon enough; HERC's family left the Midwest in the Summer of 1981.

weeks @
Top 45Top 10#1rank
945TShake Your Groove Thing - Peaches & Herb
745TStar Love - Cheryl Lynn
844Mama Can't Buy You Love - Elton John
943I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
1042(He's The) Greatest Dancer - Sister Sledge
6241When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman - Dr. Hook
940Do It Or Die - Atlanta Rhythm Section
1139Minute By Minute - Doobie Brothers
1138Blow Away - George Harrison*
1037Getting Closer - Paul McCartney & Wings
6336Main Event / Fight - Barbra Streisand
8235Music Box Dancer - Frank Mills
834You Can't Change That - Raydio
1033Lady - Little River Band
64332My Sharona - The Knack
1131Stumblin' In - Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman
10330TTake Me Home - Cher
1229TDisco Nights (Rock Freak) - G.Q.
1328TAin't No Stoppin' Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead
1027TShine A Little Love - Electric Light Orchestra
1026TI Was Made For Loving You - Kiss
1025Gold - John Stewart
1124Dance The Night Away - Van Halen
12223In The Navy - Village People
9422Good Times - Chic
11121Goodnight Tonight - Paul McCartney & WIngs
13320What A Fool Believes - Doobie Brothers
12119Love You Inside Out - Bee Gees
1218Boogie Wonderland - Earth Wind & Fire with The Emotions
13117Chuck E's In Love - Ricky Lee Jones
13516Knock On Wood - Amii Stewart
1515Just When I Needed You Most - Randy Van Warmer
136314Reunited - Peaches & Herb
13513You Take My Breath Away - Rex Smith
13712She Believes In Me - Kenny Rogers
14311Rock & Roll Fantasy - Bad Company
119110Bad Girls - Donna Summer
1579Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) - The Jacksons
1588We Are Family - Sister Sledge
1567Renegade - Styx
131036Ring My Bell - Anita Ward
1575Heart Of Glass - Blondie
1594The Logical Song - Supertramp
14113I Want You To Want Me (live) - Cheap Trick
15132Makin' It - David Naughton*
151451Hot Stuff - Donna Summer

*as they are not yet available in Spotify's library, these two songs not in playlist above
WLS survey scans courtesy of the dedicated collectors at ARSA
WLS survey raw data courtesy of Doug Schener



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