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The Top Hits of 1979

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The Top Hits of 1979 game quiz
"Let's review the top Billboard hits that brought not only the 1970s to a close but will also signal the final quiz in this series. It's been a gas! Hope you've enjoyed them."

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1. The top ranked song for 1979, numero uno, defined one of the new directions popular music was headed as the next decade beckoned. A quasi punk song and Number One for six weeks, it was as far removed from disco as one could imagine. For your lyrical clue, we provide three lines repeated at the end of each of the three verses. You can't ask for more than that! What hit was it?

"Never gonna stop, give it up, such a dirty mind
I always get it up for the touch of the younger kind
My, my, my, aye-aye, whoa!"
    My, My, My
    Younger Girl
    Dirty Diana
    My Sharona


2. Ranked third for 1978 was a disco oriented number with a show-tune motif that was the surprise sensation of the year. It never reached the top of the Billboard charts, stymied at Number Two for three weeks behind the hit that would ultimately rank 6th for the year. It did, however, make Number One in Canada, the U.K. and Australia and probably many other places around the globe. Let's see if you get it, and I'm sure you will, from this slice of the lyric.

"Young man, there's no need to feel down
I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground
I said, young man, 'cause you're in a new town
There's no need to be unhappy"
    Makin' It
    In The Navy
    Y.M.C.A.
    Macho Man


3. A song that spent three weeks atop the Hot 100 earned the 4th position in 1979's year end rankings. The only song to win a Grammy award for Best Disco Recording, here's a few lines of the lyric. What song was it?

"At first I was afraid, I was petrified
Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side
But then I spent so many nights thinking how you did me wrong
And I grew strong and I learned how to get along"
    I Will Survive
    Gonna Get Along Without You Now
    Knock On Wood
    No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)


4. The 6th ranked hit from 1979 featured these lines:

"If you really need me
Just reach out and touch me
Come on honey tell me so"

The song spent four of its 21 weeks on the Hot 100 at Number One and was something of a change in style for the artist who recorded it. What song are we discussing?
    Touch Me In The Morning
    Da Ya Think I'm Sexy
    Touch Me (I Want Your Body)
    Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'


5. With 21 weeks on the Hot 100, three of them at Number One, this frolicking, disco style dance hit managed to rank 8th for 1979. What song was it that exclaimed:

"Lookin' for a lover who needs another
Don't want another night on my own
Wanna share my love with a warm blooded lover
Wanna bring a wild man back home"
    Good Times
    Bad Girls
    Hot Stuff
    Ring My Bell


6. Ranked 15th for 1979 was a two-week Number One hit that charted on the Hot 100 for 21 weeks. One of only three Top 40 charting hits this artist would have, it was a narrative of sorts with a surprising climax. Name the song with help from this lyrical hint.

"So I waited with high hopes and she walked in the place
I knew her smile in an instant, I knew the curve of her face
It was my own lovely lady and she said, 'Oh it's you'
Then we laughed for a moment and I said, 'I never knew'"
    Babe
    Just The Two Of Us
    Reunited
    Escape (The Pina Colada Song)


7. Although it never topped the charts, a song that spent 23 weeks on the Hot 100 and peaking at Number Two for a couple of weeks earned sufficient charting points to rank 19th for 1979. Here's your lyrical clue, you name the song.

"Well, Romeo and Juliet, Samson and Delilah
Baby you can bet a love they couldn't deny
My words say split, but my words they lie"
    Lead Me On
    Lost In Love
    Romeo And Juliet
    Fire


8. Ranked 22nd for 1979 was a song that peaked at Number Three for three weeks during a chart presence of 19 weeks. Here's a segment of the lyric.

"They will tell you you can't sleep alone in a strange place
Then they'll tell you can't sleep with somebody else
Ah, but sooner or later you sleep in your own space
Either way it's okay, you wake up with yourself"

What song was it?
    I'll Never Love This Way Again
    Stumblin' In
    Please Don't Go
    My Life


9. A Number One song and multiple Grammy Award winner for 1979 finished the year ranked 23rd. Let's see if you can identify it with help from this slice of the lyric.

"She had a place in his life
He never made her think twice
As he rises to her apology
Anybody else would surely know
He's watching her go"
    What's Love Got To Do With It
    What A Fool Believes
    While You See A Chance
    You're Only Lonely


10. Another hit that announced the arrival of "the new wave" of musical thinking wound up ranked 29th for 1979. It was a Number One song for one of its 21 charting weeks. What hit was this?

"Once I had a love and it was divine
Soon found out I was losing my mind
It seemed like the real thing but I was so blind
Mucho mistrust, love's gone behind"
    Hit Me With Your Best Shot
    I Want You To Want Me
    Heart Of Glass
    I Almost Lost My Mind


11. Most of the artists producing the highest ranked songs of 1979 were U.S. based acts. One of the few alien acts to crack the rankings was a British group that had been creating some interesting albums for five years but had yet to chart a significant single on the Hot 100. That all changed with a Number Six hit that finished the year ranked 37th. What song featured these lyrics?

"Now watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical
Liberal, fanatical, criminal
Won't you sign up your name, we'd like to feel you're acceptable
Respectable, presentable, a vegetable"
    The Logical Song
    Lonesome Loser
    Bloody Well Right
    Crime Of The Century


12. Ranked 43rd for 1979 was a Number One hit that failed to move further up in the rankings when it only maintained a position on the Hot 100 for just 15 weeks. Here's the entire first stanza to help you out. What song was it?

"Somebody's gonna hurt someone before the night is through
Somebody's gonna come undone there's nothing we can do
Everybody wants to touch somebody if it takes all night
Everybody wants to take a little chance and make it come out right"
    The Long Run
    Heartbreaker
    Heartache Tonight
    It's A Heartache


13. A song that could only peak at Number Four on the Hot 100 secured enough ranking points to finish the year ranked 64th. Seemingly more popular than its chart position and ranking would suggest, what song is represented by this lyric sample?

"And a crowd of young boys they're fooling around in the corner
Drunk and dressed in their best brown baggies and their platform soles
They don't give a damn about any trumpet playing band
It ain't what they call rock and roll"
    Sultans Of Swing
    Lowdown
    Baker Street
    Rock And Roll Music


14. The song ranked 65th for 1979 was a funky little number that peaked at Number Four on the Hot 100. Part jazz, part pop, the song promised a bright future for the artist that composed and sang it but that promise was never really fulfilled. Here's a healthy segment of the lyric that personifies the tenor of the song... a kind of free floating association of random thoughts.

"Well I tell you what, I saw him
He was sittin' behind us down at the Pantages
And whatever it is that he's got up his sleeve
Well, I hope it isn't contagious
What's her name? Is that her there?
Oh Christ, I think he's even combed his hair!"
    He's So Shy
    Every 1's A Winner
    Chuck E.'s In Love
    What You Won't Do For Love


15. Thus far, we've highlighted just 14 songs that were among the top 100 ranked for 1979. I diligently previewed the other 86 to find just one more hit that would prove a suitable entry for this quiz and every one of them was found wanting for one reason or another. I decided to invoke quiz crafter license! This hit did not enter the Billboard Hot 100 until March of 1980. It went on to become a four-week Number One hit and the 6th ranked song for 1980. However, it did hit Number One on the British chart in December 1979 and on that basis, I'm including it here. Name this song!

"We don't need no education
We don't need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave those kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone"
    Teacher Teacher
    Another One Bites The Dust
    Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)
    Brass In Pocket


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