Rhino's SUPER HITS OF THE 70s: HAVE A NICE DAY Series Vols. 13-15 [HERC'S M!X]

Much has been written, debated and discussed about Rhino's beloved Super Hits Of The 70s: Have A Nice Day series (HAND) of compact discs and cassettes since their introduction in 1990.  Volume by volume, song by song sound quality analysis has been performed by Ron "Boogiemonster" Gerber (HERE) and suitably nostalgic reviews have been written by the soft rock kid­™ (HERE) yet one issue fans frequently mention about HAND is the lack of a true chronological running order to each album as most of them are ordered by when a song peaked rather than when it was released and later albums in the series seem to be the results of some late in the game licensing deals.  Another grumble from fans is the inclusion of just a dozen songs per CD; for the majority of the albums in the series less than half the disc's capacity was utilized.  Well, your boy HERC took both matters into his own hands and is proud to announce his personal preferred mix of the venerable series.  Owing to the noted K-Tel album influence and inspiration for the series, each volume now has 20 songs, which means there are just fifteen albums in the newly envisioned collection instead of twenty-five as in the original HAND.  And each of those albums will be arranged in strict chronological order based on a song's debut on the Hot 100 (or in one case, The Bubbling Under The Hot 100 chart as the song failed to make the bigs) with ties broken by debut position on chart with lower debuts preceding higher ones, countdown style.  This is the fifth and final installment in which HERC spotlights three albums from his newly sequenced playlists along with his usual A/V embellishments.

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20-1013-01After The Lovin'Engelbert Humperdinck10/23/1976858
19-0513-02I Like Dreamin'Kenny Nolan11/6/1976893
19-0413-03Torn Between Two LoversMary MacGregor11/20/1976871
20-0813-04Living Next Door To AliceSmokie12/4/19768425
19-0913-05The Things We Do For Love10cc1/8/1977865
19-0613-06Don't Give Up On UsDavid Soul1/29/1977741
19-1013-07Couldn't Get It RightClimax Blues Band2/19/1977943
20-0713-08Angel In Your ArmsHot2/19/1977906
19-0813-09Lonely BoyAndrew Gold3/19/1977837
19-1113-10Undercover AngelAlan O'Day4/2/1977981
20-1113-11ArielDean Friedman4/16/19778626
24-1013-12Everybody Be Dancin'Starbuck4/16/19778538
19-1213-13Gonna Fly Now (Theme From ROCKY)Bill Conti4/23/1977851
20-0913-14Do You Wanna Make LovePeter McCann4/23/1977845
21-0413-15Telephone ManMeri Wilson6/4/19778518
21-0113-16Black BettyRam Jam6/11/19779218
20-1213-17Smoke From A Distant FireSanford-Townsend Band6/18/1977829
21-0213-18Star Wars Theme/Cantina BandMeco8/6/1977711
24-0213-19Heaven On The 7th FloorPaul Nicholas8/20/1977796
24-0513-20The King Is GoneRonnie McDowell9/10/19778913

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21-0314-01Baby Come BackPlayer10/1/1977901
25-0414-02FallingLeBlanc & Carr10/15/19778713
24-0114-03Hey DeanieShaun Cassidy11/12/1977877
24-0814-04EmotionSamantha Sang11/19/1977863
21-0614-05Sometimes When We TouchDan Hill11/26/1977863
24-1214-06Steet Corner SerenadeWet Willie12/3/19778730
21-0814-07Goodbye GirlDavid Gates12/17/19779315
21-0514-08Thunder IslandJay Ferguson12/17/1977889
24-0714-09Feels So GoodChuck Mangione2/11/1978874
24-0314-10Thank You For Being A FriendAndrew Gold2/11/19787325
25-0114-11Love Is Like OxygenSweet2/18/1978818
23-1114-12This Time I'm In It For LovePlayer3/11/19787910
21-0914-13It's A HeartacheBonnie Tyler3/25/1978783
21-0714-14Werewolves Of LondonWarren Zevon3/25/19787621
21-1014-15Bluer Than BlueMichael Johnson4/22/19789412
21-1214-16Magnet And SteelWalter Egan5/27/1978878
25-0814-17My Angel BabyToby Beau6/3/19786913
22-0214-18Hot Child In The CityNick Gilder6/10/1978881
21-1114-19Kiss You All OverExile7/8/1978851
22-0314-20Love Is In The AirJohn Paul Young7/15/1978787

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25-0615- Boy8/12/19788127
25-0215-02How Much I FeelAmbrosia9/2/1978903
25-0515-03I Just Wanna StopGino Vannelli9/9/1978874
25-0715-04New York GrooveAce Frehley10/14/19788713
22-0115-05Every 1's A WinnerHot Chocolate11/11/1978756
25-0315-06Shake ItIan Matthews11/18/19789013
22-0415-07Lotta LoveNicolette Larson11/25/1978868
22-0515-08Dancin' ShoesNigel Olsson12/16/19787918
22-0615-09Stumblin' InSuzi Quatro & Chris Norman1/27/1979894
25-1015-10Get Used To ItRoger Voudouris3/17/19799021
25-0915-11Love Takes TimeOrleans3/24/19798911
24-0415-12Makin' ItDavid Naughton3/31/1979895
22-0915-13You Take My Breath AwayRex Smith4/21/19798410
22-1115-14Sad EyesRobert John5/19/1979851
22-0815-15GoldJohn Stewart5/19/1979785
25-1115-16Lead Me OnMaxine Nightingale5/26/1979895
22-0715-17My SharonaThe Knack6/23/1979861
25-1215-18Oh WellThe Rockets7/7/19798430
22-1015-19Driver's SeatSniff 'n' the Tears7/21/19798215
22-1215-20Hold OnIan Gomm9/1/19798118

Many of the songs featured on the playlists from this post can be found on the following five vintage K-Tel albums, all of which have been profiled over at HERC's K-TEL KOLLECTION:


  1. These three have to be my favorites as they fall smack dab into my heavy Top 40 radio listening days as a kid. Good job on this re-alignment, Herc!

    1. These three are my favorites of the series as well. All of these songs bring back fond memories of hearing them on WLS-AM, WLRW-FM, the respective jukeboxes at Pizza Hut, Garcia's Pizza (and later, our high school cafeteria) as well as the local skating rink. Good times, my friend, good times.