In 1979, earlier than anybody had provide you with the idea of actuality TV, dwelling fixer-upper TV present, This Outdated Home, had its debut on PBS.

It was an enormous yr for debuts: Children in all places rejoiced as McDonald’s launched the Blissful Meal; the moveable cassette participant, the Sony Walkman was launched; and ESPN launched to its 1.Four million viewers.

The U.S. Embassy in Iran was invaded starting a hostage disaster that may final 444 days. Pink Floyd launched The Wall.

And on Chicago’s High 40 powerhouse, basic rock and disco had been sharing the airwaves on the yr’s largest hits, as we depend down.

Singer Nicolette Larson‘s first single, a canopy of Neil Younger’s “Lotta Love,” was additionally her largest hit. Though it solely reached #Eight within the U.S., it was WLS’ #40 largest music of the yr.

Van Halen‘s first huge pop hit, “Dance the Evening Away,” reached #15 and would stay the most important pop music that they wrote till 5 years later after they scored with 1984’s #1 smash, “Bounce.” “Dance” was the yr’s #35 largest.

Of all of Unhealthy Firm‘s pop radio hits, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy” is their third largest, peaking at #13, and trailing solely “Can’t Get Sufficient” (#5) and “Really feel Like Makin’ Love” (#10).

Australia’s Little River Band had been a ubiquitous presence on the Scorching 100 with 10 U.S. High 20 singles from 1977 to 1982. “Girl” was WLS’ 26th-biggest hit of the yr.

Jeff Lynne churned out hit singles in addition to anybody. Do you know 1979’s “Don’t Convey Me Down” was the Electrical Gentle Orchestra‘s highest-charting U.S. single? It reached #Four and was #24 general for the yr.

Toto loved three High 5 U.S. hits together with their first, “Maintain the Line,” at #21.

The Bee Gees had two huge hits this yr: “Tragedy,” at #32 and “Too A lot Heaven” (#19). Much more spectacular? The 2 songs had been a part of a streak of six straight #1 U.S. pop singles for the trio.

Then simply 29 years outdated, Billy Joel launched “My Life,” the primary single from 52nd Avenue. The music was solely the second of his 13 High 10 hits.

Earth, Wind & Fireplace launched “September” in November 1978. The smash turned one of many group’s eight #1 R&B hits and #18 on WLS for all of 1979.

“Heartache Tonight” turned the Eagles fifth (and closing) #1 hit. The music was the primary of three singles launched from The Lengthy Run.

The Pointer Sisters tied for the most important hit of their profession with their cowl of Bruce Springsteen’s “Fireplace.” The music reached #2 and was the yr’s 16th-biggest.

The primary of 12 Journey singles to succeed in the High 20 was “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’.” Though it solely reached #16 nationally, WLS had it as their #15 music of the yr.

Stylish scored two of the yr’s largest: “Good Occasions” and “Le Freak” had been each #1 pop and R&B smashes. The previous was the yr’s 28th-biggest; the latter, with Bernard Edwards’ killer bass line, was #14.

By some means the Automobiles‘ “Let’s Go” solely reached #14 on the weekly chart. Not so at WLS, which had the primary single from the band’s Sweet-O album at #13 for the yr.

In the event you knew Blondie earned 4 #1 pop singles, increase your hand. The memorable “Coronary heart of Glass” was the primary.

Supertramp‘s largest U.S. hit was “The Logical Track,” #9 for the yr and the primary of three huge singles from 1979’s Breakfast in America.

Associated: Our Album Rewind of Breakfast in America

Styx had been within the midst of a severe roll. Their “Renegade” was #27 for the yr. “Babe,” their solely chart topper, was the yr’s Sixth-biggest.

We will’t ignore Donna Summer time, who was as huge a recording artist as there was in 1979. “Unhealthy Ladies” and “Scorching Stuff” had been two of right here three #1 singles launched that yr, and WLS’ #25 and #5 for the yr.

Low-cost Trick loved their largest hit up till this level with the reside (at Budokan) model of “I Need You to Need Me.” Although the music reached “simply” #7 nationally in its largest week, WLS wore the only out by the Illinois natives, because it was the yr’s 4th-biggest.

With Michael McDonald taking on for Tom Johnston because the Doobie Brothers‘ lead vocalist, the band loved a resurgence on the charts. “What a Idiot Believes” earned them their second #1 single and was #Three general for the yr.

The customarily mispelled “Da Ya Assume I’m Horny” proved that radio listeners couldn’t get sufficient of Rod Stewart. The dance ground smash was #2 for the yr and stays one of many songs most intently related to the star.

At #1? The Knack had the type of debut that almost all bands can solely dream about. That they had the yr’s #33 music with “Good Ladies Don’t.” However it was their debut single, “My Sharona,” that put the facility pop group on the prime. They couldn’t survive the hype, nevertheless: their Get the Knack debut album was designed to resemble a sure Capitol Data labelmates’ cowl. They even adopted within the Beatles’ footsteps by enjoying New York Metropolis’s Carnegie Corridor. Sadly, it was the start of the tip for the Los Angeles band.

40. “Lotta Love” – Nicolette Larson (Warner Bros.)

39. “We Are Household” – Sister Sledge

38. “Escape (The Pina Colada Track)” – Rupert Holmes (Infinity)

37. “A Little Extra Love” – Olivia Newton-John (MCA)

36. “Makin’ It” – David Naughton

35. “Dance the Evening Away” – Van Halen (Warner Bros.)

34. “Shake Your Physique” – The Jacksons (Epic)

33. “Good Ladies Don’t” – The Knack (Capitol)

32. “Tragedy” – The Bee Gees (RSO)

31. “Knock on Wooden” – Amii Stewart

30. “Shake Your Groove Factor” – Peaches & Herb

29. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy” – Unhealthy Firm (Swan Track)

28. “Good Occasions” – Stylish (Atlantic)

27. “Renegade” – Styx (A&M)

26. “Girl” – Little River Band (Capitol)

25. “Unhealthy Ladies” – Donna Summer time (Casablanca)

24. “Don’t Convey Me Down” – Electrical Gentle Orchestra (Jet)

23. “The Satan Went All the way down to Georgia” – Charlie Daniels Band (Epic)

22. “Y.M.C.A.” – Village Folks (Casablanca)

21. “Maintain the Line” – Toto (Columbia)

20. “Too A lot Heaven” – The Bee Gees (RSO)

19. “My Life” – Billy Joel (Columbia)

18. “September” – Earth, Wind & Fireplace (ARC/Columbia)

17. “Heartache Tonight” – Eagles (Asylum)

16. “Fireplace” – Pointer Sisters (Planet)

15. “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’” – Journey (Columbia)

14. “Le Freak” – Stylish (Atlantic)

13. “Let’s Go” – The Automobiles (Elektra)

12. “Rise” – Herb Alpert (A&M)

11. “Coronary heart of Glass” – Blondie (Chrysalis)

10. “Reunited” – Peaches & Herb

9. “The Logical Track” – Supertramp (A&M)

8. “Unhappy Eyes” – Robert John

7. “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor

6. “Babe” – Styx (A&M)

5. “Scorching Stuff” – Donna Summer time (Casablanca)

4. “I Need You to Need Me” – Low-cost Trick (Epic)

3. “What a Idiot Believes” – Doobie Brothers (Warner Bros.)

2. “Da Ya Assume I’m Horny” – Rod Stewart (Warner Bros.)

1. “My Sharona” – The Knack (Capitol)

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