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The Top Hits of 1977
Music from 1977
"Contrary to 1976, the top ranked Billboard hits for 1977 offered many songs with interesting lyrical hooks. Some of these are easy, some a little more challenging. Enjoy it and good luck!"
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The top ranked song for 1977 would prevail as the top ranked song for the entire decade... and for good reason. No other hit spent more weeks at Number One than this one did during the 1970s - 10. It won a Grammy award for Best Song and an Oscar for Best Original Song. Finally, its singer also won a Grammy for Best New Artist, this being the performer's debut to the charts. With these clues and the following lyrical hint, what song was it?
"So many nights I'd sit by my window
Waiting for someone to sing me his song
So many dreams I kept deep inside me
Alone in the dark but now you've come along"
Here You Come Again
You Light Up My Life
Best Of My Love
Ranked second for 1977 was a song that debuted on the Hot 100 on April 23rd and finally left the charts 31 weeks later on November 23rd. It peaked at Number One for four weeks and also topped the charts for eight weeks in Australia, three weeks in Canada. The best it could chart in the U.K. was Number 26. Written by Barry Gibb, what song featured these lines?
"Open up the heaven in your heart and let me be
The things you are to me and not some puppet on a string
Oh, if I stay here without you, darling, I will die
I want you laying in the love I have to bring"
How Deep Is Your Love
I Just Want To Be Your Everything
Islands In The Stream
The fourth ranked song for 1977 was a Number One hit for three weeks during its 25 week chart presence. I'm reticent about providing more information about the song or the artist since I think the lyrical hint will be ample enough. So, what mellow song was this?
"Love, soft as an easy chair
Love, fresh as the morning air
One love that is shared by two
I have found with you"
Sharing The Night Together
Love Is Alive
Love Theme From "A Star Is Born" (Evergreen)
Love So Right
A cross-over country hit captured fifth spot in 1977's rankings. It peaked at Number Two on the Hot 100 for three of its 26 week tenure on the charts while maintaining a Number One position on the Country chart for four weeks. What song featured these pleading lines?
"Tell me no secrets, tell me some lies
Give me no reasons, give me alibis
Tell me you love me and don't let me cry
Say anything but don't say goodbye"
Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Don't Leave Me This Way
Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue
Don't Give Up On Us
Ranked 12th for 1977 was a snappy Number One hit that contained these words:
"You've got a cute way of talkin'
You've got the better of me
Just snap your fingers and I'm walkin'
Like a dog hangin' on your lead"
The song peaked at Number Two in Great Britain, the singer's home and where he got his start earlier in the decade. What song was it?
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
I Go Crazy
I'm Your Boogie Man
Hot Child In The City
The hit ranked 14th for 1977 was a song that languished at Number Two for three weeks, unable to unseat the juggernaut at Number One and the top ranked song for the year. A careful reading of the accompanying lyric sample will provide an obvious clue to the answer of the song's title, but be forewarned to be very, very careful! Here we go!
"I wasn't lookin' but somehow you found me
I tried to hide from your love light
But like heaven above me, the spy who loved me
Is keepin' all my secrets safe tonight"
The Spy Who Loved Me
Nobody Does It Better
Sitting in the 15th ranked position for 1977 was a song that topped the charts for two weeks and was performed by an artist long forgotten today. Thinking about it some, I think the same could be said for the song! Nevertheless, two week chart toppers deserve recognition and that's what we'll do. Once again, a careful reading of the lyric snippet I provide together with a wise interpretation makes the answer evident. What chestnut was this?
"There's been another man that I've needed and I've loved
But that doesn't mean I love you less
And he knows you can't possess me and he knows he never will
There's just this empty place inside of me that only he can fill"
You Needed Me
Torn Between Two Lovers
If I Can't Have You
Sometimes When We Touch
Another Number One song for one week ended the year ranked 17th for 1977. It was also the debut hit for the group that recorded it. Let's sample the lyric.
"You might not ever get rich
But let me tell ya it's better than diggin' a ditch
There ain't no tellin' who you might meet
A movie star or maybe even an Indian chief"
What song was it?
The Main Event / Fight
In The Navy
"Young and sweet, only seventeen
Feel the beat from the tambourine
You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life
See that girl, watch that scene"
This lyric sample, only slightly edited to remove the title, represents the song ranked 18th for 1977. Saying that this would be the only Billboard Number One hit for a group that had astounding success elsewhere around the world should be sufficient clue for you to nail the answer. What song was it?
I Love The Nightlife
I Love Rock & Roll
With one week at Number One, the song with the following lyric scrambled to make the top 20 for 1977 year end rankings. It just missed, finishing 21st. These words sound familiar - perhaps because they've been played about a trillion times on classic rock FM radio stations. What was it?
"How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget
So I called up the Captain, 'Please bring me my wine'
He said, 'We haven't had that spirit here since 1969'"
Bottle Of Wine
Sometimes only one line from a song is enough to identify it. I hope that's the case for you with the 22nd ranked hit of 1977, 'cause that's all you're getting. It peaked at Number Two on the Billboard charts for two weeks. Here's that one line, you name the song.
"Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future"
Time In A Bottle
Slip Slidin' Away
Fly Like An Eagle
Days Of Future Past
Ranked 32nd for 1977 was a Number One hit that marked the return for a group that had been absent from the Top 40 charts for almost nine years. It also featured a line within the lyric that was undoubtedly the most misinterpreted ever in the annals of rock music! That line will be your lyrical clue. What song was this?
"Revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night"
Little Deuce Coupe
Blinded By The Light
Paradise By The Dashboard Light
Ranked 33rd for 1977 was a tribute song although I'm not sure that most listeners were aware of it at the time. In the lyric sample to follow, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and Louis Armstrong are noted as is Ella Fitzgerald later within the verse. But who did the song pay homage to? It was a three week chart topper.
"Music knows it is and always will be
One of the things that life just won't quit
But here are some of music's pioneers
That time will not allow us to forget
For there's Basie, Miller, Satchmo"
Number One for two weeks, the 35th ranked hit for 1977 was the first chart topper for a recording act that would ravage the charts for the next dozen years. What song is represented by this slice of lyric?
"You've gone too far 'cause you know it don't matter anyway
You can rely on the old man's money"
Money For Nothing
The 41st ranked Billboard hit of 1977 did not crack the Top 10, peaking just outside at Number 11. However, it was a presence on the Hot 100 for seven months and peaked at Number Two on the Adult Contemporary chart. A pleasant little ballad with a hint of a calypso beat, I'll cite the first stanza and let's see if you remember it.
"Down in Jamaica they got lots of pretty women
Steal your money then they break your heart
Lonesome Sue, she's in love with ol'Sam
Take him from the fire into the frying pan"
On And On
Swayin' To The Music
Whatcha Gonna Do
I Go To Rio
Although it only peaked at Number Eight on the Billboard charts, our next hit earned enough charting points to find its way into a 45th place ranking for 1977. More than that, it personified a lifestyle! Here's some of the lyric, you name the song.
"Don't know the reason that I stayed here all season
With nothing to show but this brand new tattoo
But it's a real beauty, a Mexican cutie
How it got here I haven't a clue"
Cheeseburger In Paradise
Come Sail Away
Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes
"Thunder only happens when it's raining
Players only love you when they're playing
Say...women...they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean...you'll know"
These lines were culled from a Number One hit and the 48th ranked song from 1977. It would be the only chart topper for one of the most popular groups of the era. What was it's title?
You Make Loving Fun
Go Your Own Way
The 60th ranked song for 1977 was the second biggest hit for a group that only had three Top 40 Billboard appearances. This one peaked at Number Five while their bigger hit, the 36th ranked song for 1975, charted at Number Two for three weeks. What song was this?
"Like walking in the rain and the snow
When there's nowhere to go
When you're feeling like a part of you is dying
And you're looking for the answer in her eyes
You think you're gonna break up
Then she says she wants to make up"
The Things We Do For Love
Strawberry Letter 23
The Breakup Song
Couldn't Get It Right
An artist who hadn't had a Top 40 hit on the pop charts for seven years re-emerged in 1977 with a Number Five hit and it finished the year ranked in 63rd position. For the following seven years, he would become a dominating presence on the Hot 100, Adult Contemporary and Country charts. What song featured these lines?
"I've had some bad times lived through some sad times
But this time your hurting won't heal
You picked a fine time to leave me"
After The Lovin'
Straying from the formula, this quiz entry was not one of the 100 top-ranked songs for 1977. On this occasion only, we're invoking the Maddogrick's lifetime achievement category. This song first charted in 1975 at Number 36, was reissued in 1977 and worked its way up the chart to Number 19. In the interim, it won a Grammy Award in 1976 for "Song of the Year". It was first performed on February 25, 1973 in the opening night performance of the Broadway production "A Little Night Music". Here's a small segment of the lyric - what song was this?
"Isn't it rich
Isn't it queer
Losing my timing this late in my career"
Poor, Poor Pitiful Me
Just A Song Before I Go
Send In The Clowns
We Just Disagree
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