Blondie - Call Me on Blockbuster Movie Hits (1980)

"Call Me" is a song by the American new wave band Blondie and the theme to the 1980 film American Gigolo. Released in the US in early 1980 as a single, "Call Me" was number one for six consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it became the band's biggest single and second #1. It also hit #1 in the UK and Canada, where it became their fourth and second chart-topper respectively. In the year-end charts of 1980 it was Billboard's #1 hit, and according to Billboard magazine, was the top-selling single of the year in the United States in 1980 and RPM's #3.



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The single was released in the United States in February 1980. It peaked at No. 1 for six consecutive weeks, (until it was replaced by Lipps, Inc.'s worldwide smash hit "Funkytown") and was certified Gold (for one million copies sold) by the RIAA. It also spent four weeks at No. 2 on the US dance chart. The single was also No. 1 on Billboard magazine's 1980 year-end chart. The song lists at No. 44 on Billboard's All Time Top 100. It was released in the UK two months later, where it became Blondie's fourth UK No. 1 single in little over a year. The song was also played on a British Telecom advert in the 1980s. 25 years after its original release, "Call Me" was ranked at No. 283 on the list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1981, The Village Voice ranked "Call Me" as the third-best song of the year 1980 on their annual year-end critics' poll, Pazz & Jop.

In 1981, the song was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

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Kenny Loggins - This Is It on Keep The Fire (1980)

Kenny Loggins - This Is It on Keep The Fire (1980)
"This Is It" is a song by American musician Kenny Loggins. It was released in 1979 as the lead single from his 1979 album Keep the Fire. It reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 17 on the Adult Contemporary chart. "This Is It" was also successful on the Hot Soul Singles chart, reaching number 19, it was one of two entries on this chart.

The song features additional vocals by Michael McDonald, who co-wrote the song with Loggins. The song won a Grammy Award in 1981 for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male.



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Kool & The Gang - Too Hot on Celebration: The Best Of Kool & The Gang 1979-1987 (1980)

Kool & The Gang - Too Hot on Celebration: The Best Of Kool & The Gang 1979-1987
"Too Hot" is a R&B/Soul song recorded by the American band Kool & the Gang for their 1979 album, Ladies' Night. It was written by George Brown and Kool & the Gang, and produced by Eumir Deodato and Kool & the Gang. The song reached number five on the US Billboard Hot 100.



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The Babys - Everytime I Think Of You on Millennium 1975 - 1979 (1979)

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"Every Time I Think of You" is a song written by Jack Conrad and Ray Kennedy. It was a worldwide hit single for The Babys in 1979.

Released as the lead single from the Head First album in January 1979, "Every Time I Think of You" ascended to a Billboard Hot 100 peak of number 13 that April. The Babys' previous Top 40 hit "Isn't It Time" had also peaked at number 13; like "Isn't It Time" – which was also a Jack Conrad/Ray Kennedy composition – "Every Time I Think of You" augmented the vocal of Babys' frontman John Waite with prominent female vocals: whereas "Isn't It Time" had featured a female chorale, "Every Time I Think of You" featured a vocal solo by Myrna Matthews, Pat Henderson and Marti McCall although Annie Bertucci features on video clips as the sole backup vocalist. Jimmie Haskell arranged and conducted the string section heard on the track.



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"Every Time I Think of You" rose as high as number 8 on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles chart. "Isn't It Time" also peaked at number 8 on Cash Box in December 1977. "Every Time I Think of You" afforded the Babys a hit in Australia, Canada and the Netherlands, with respective peaks of number 6, number 8 and number 11; the track also reached number 41 in New Zealand.

The track which had served as B-side to "Every Time I Think of You": "Head First", was issued as the A-side of the Babys' next single with another track from the Head First album: "California", as B-side. The "Head First" single peaked at number 77 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Babys would have a third and final Top 40 charting in 1980 with "Back on My Feet Again" (number 33).

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Olivia Newton-John - A Little More Love on Gold: Olivia Newton-John (1979)

Olivia Newton-John - A Little More Love
"A Little More Love" was the lead single by Australian singer Olivia Newton-John from her 1978 album Totally Hot. It was a worldwide Top 10 hit single, peaking at #4 in the UK and #3 in the US. In Canada, it spent three weeks at #2 during February and March 1979, and was the seventh biggest Canadian hit of that year.

In the US, Billboard magazine ranked "A Little More Love" as the 17th most popular song of 1979, and Cash Box ranked it as 23rd for the year, where it had peaked at #4.



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Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio - You Can't Change That on You Can't Change That (1979)

Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio - You Can't Change That
"You Can't Change That" is a song by Raydio from their album Rock On. Released as a single in 1979, it reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and number three on the R&B chart.



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The Pointer Sisters - Fire on Fire - The Very Best Of (1979)

The Pointer Sisters - Fire on Fire - The Very Best Of
"Fire" is a song written by Bruce Springsteen in 1977 which had its highest profile as a 1978 single release by the Pointer Sisters.

The inaugural single by the Pointer Sisters as the trio of Anita, June and Ruth Pointer, "Fire" was recorded for the group's November 1978 album release Energy. The lead vocal on the track was by Anita Pointer: on hearing the song's demo, which featured a deep Elvis Presley-type vocal, Anita Pointer had told producer Richard Perry: "It's too low for me: I guess you want Ruthie to sing it" to which Perry replied: "No - I want you to sing it."  Knight Ridder music critic Christine Arnold cited "Fire" as Energy 's highlight": Arnold - "Springsteen has created a song that might well have been done by the Ronettes in the '60s, and the Pointers inherit and develop the legacy nicely. Lyrically it's a simple song, but one that captures the indecision of a woman who wants and does not want a man all at the same time. And when the Pointers sing fire it's enough to sear your turntable."



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Little River Band - Lonesome Loser on Greatest Hits (1979)

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First Under the Wire is the fifth album by Australian group, Little River Band, which was released in July 1979 by Capitol Records. It peaked at No. 2 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart. It was the band's only United States top ten album and was certified platinum status according to RIAA. The album included two top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits in "Lonesome Loser" and "Cool Change".



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Barry Manilow - Somewhere In The Night on Beautiful Ballads & Love Songs (1979)

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"Somewhere in the Night" is a ballad written by Richard Kerr and lyricist Will Jennings which was a US Top 20 hit for both Helen Reddy and Barry Manilow.

Barry Manilow, whose breakout hit "Mandy" had been written by Scott English and Richard Kerr who had later reached #1 with the Kerr/Jennings composition "Looks Like We Made It", recorded "Somewhere in the Night" for his 1978 album Even Now. In July 1978 Manilow's version of "Somewhere in the Night" was issued as the flip of Manilow's single "Copacabana" for its release in the UK where both sides of the single received airplay although the single only reached a UK chart peak of #42. In December 1978 "Somewhere in the Night" became the fourth track from Even Now to be given single release in the US, reaching #9 on Billboard's Hot 100 in early-1979: Manilow's follow-up single would also have a Hot 100 peak of #9 after which Manilow would return to the US Top Ten for one final time with "I Made It Through the Rain" - #10 in 1980.



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Chic - I Want Your Love on C'est Chic (1979)

Chic - I Want Your Love on C'est Chic
"I Want Your Love" is a song by American band Chic from their second album C'est Chic (1978). Featuring a solo lead vocal by Alfa Anderson, the song went on to become a very successful follow-up to their iconic "Le Freak".

In the United States, "I Want Your Love" peaked at #7 (#5 soul) on the Billboard pop chart in May 1979. The song remained on the charts for 19 weeks. In United Kingdom the song reached #4 (the highest position of any Chic singles) and spent 11 weeks on the charts.



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Dionne Warwick - I'll Never Love This Way Again on Dionne (1979)

Dionne Warwick - I'll Never Love This Way Again
"I'll Never Love This Way Again" is a Grammy Award-winning, Gold-certified 1979 hit recorded by American singer Dionne Warwick. The song was composed by Richard Kerr (music) and Will Jennings (lyrics) and produced by Arista labelmate Barry Manilow. The hit song was recorded for Warwick's first Arista label album titled Dionne (1979).



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The song was Warwick's first single release on Arista after an unsuccessful tenure at Warner Bros. Records. The song brought Warwick renewed popularity when it reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #13 on the Billboard R&B Chart. In Canada, "I'll Never Love This Way Again" peaked at #6. The song won Warwick a 1980 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The tune was certified by the RIAA as Gold for sales of over 1 million copies and helped her Arista debut album, Dionne, be certified by the RIAA as Platinum for album sales of over 1 million copies.

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Andy Gibb - (Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away on 20th Century Masters - The Best Of Andy Gibb (1979)

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"(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away" is a song penned by Barry Gibb and Blue Weaver and recorded by the Bee Gees in 1977 on the Saturday Night Fever sessions but was not released until Bee Gees Greatest (1979). It was released as a single by Andy Gibb on his version from his second studio album Shadow Dancing.



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"(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away" was released as the third single from Andy Gibb's Shadow Dancing album, but only in the United States, in September 1978. The song was also his fifth single to reach the US Top 10; the single reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart. When Andy Gibb was going to record it, Barry reworked on the song adding the middle eight that was not on the original Bee Gees' version, as Blue Weaver recalls, "When Andy actually went to record it, Barry listened to it [the original version] again and thought, 'Oh, it's not finished', so Barry wrote the whole of the middle-eight.

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Elton John - Mama Can't Buy You Love on Greatest Hits 1976-1986 (1979)

Elton John - Mama Can't Buy You Love
"Mama Can't Buy You Love" is a hit single for British singer/songwriter Elton John from the EP The Thom Bell Sessions. The song was written by LeRoy Bell and Casey James (of Bell and James fame). Bowing at number 69 on the Hot 100 on 9 June 1979, the track became John's first US top ten hit in almost three years when it peaked at number 9 on 25 August 1979. "Mama Can't Buy You Love" also spent one week at number 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. In the US, it was certified gold on 17 August 1979 by the RIAA.



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The chord structure of the opening instrumental of "Mama Can't Buy You Love" bears a strong resemblance to the chord structure of the opening instrumental of Ronnie Dyson's "One Man Band (Plays All Alone)" (after the site's short instrumental section). According to the Hot 100, Thom Bell produced both records.

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Earth, Wind & Fire - Boogie Wonderland on I Am (1979)

Earth, Wind & Fire - Boogie Wonderland
"Boogie Wonderland" is a song by American R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire, featuring The Emotions. Released as a single on March 20, 1979 by The American Record Company and Columbia Records, The song was certified Gold by the RIAA on May 29, 1979. "Boogie Wonderland" was written by Allee Willis and Jon Lind, and recorded by Earth, Wind & Fire. It was included on the album I Am. It is regarded as a classic of the disco era, peaking at number 14 on the disco chart. On other US charts, "Boogie Wonderland" peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 on the Hot Soul Singles chart.



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Firefall - Strange Way on Greatest Hits (1979)

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Jock Bartley experienced much success in the 1970s when his band, Firefall, topped the charts with a string of hits including "Thats a Strange Way” and “Just Remember I Love You.” But it was “You Are the Woman” that made the biggest connection with fans. “Every female between the ages of 18 and 24 wanted to be the woman portrayed in that song, and that caused their boyfriends and spouses to call radio stations and subsequently flood the airwaves with dedications of the song and the sentiment,” explains Bartley. “The message was simple and sincere, and the song was easy to sing. It was like our fans let us be a singing version of the Hallmark card that said what they weren’t quite sure how to express.”



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Patrick Hernandez - Born To Be Alive on The Best Of Patrick Hernandez (1979)

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"Born to Be Alive" is a song written by French singer Patrick Hernandez. It became a worldwide smash hit and reached number one on the US Disco chart. It was first conceived as a hard rock song.

"Born to Be Alive" first became a hit in France, and has become one of the biggest singles in that country. The song also gained gold status in the USA. After this single hit record, Hernandez dropped out of the music business, making occasional TV appearances.



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Paul McCartney - Goodnight Tonight on All The Best (1979)

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"Goodnight Tonight" is a single by the band Wings notable for its disco-inflected sound and spirited flamenco guitar break. It peaked at number five in both the United Kingdom and United States during 1979.

The track did not appear on Wings' then-current album Back to the Egg (from which sessions this song was recorded); it was later included on the McCartney compilations All the Best! (1987) and Wingspan: Hits and History (2001). The 7" version was released as a bonus track on the 1993 remastered CD of McCartney II, as part of The Paul McCartney Collection. The B-side of this single was "Daytime Nighttime Suffering". An extended version of the song appears on a digital iTunes re-issue of Back to the Egg.



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The Jacksons - Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) on The Ultimate Collection (1979)

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"Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" is a song recorded by The Jacksons for their 1978 album Destiny, and released as a single in 1979. It peaked at no. 7 in the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1979.

The most successful of the Jacksons' recordings for Epic, "Shake Your Body" (originally demoed as "Shake a Body") was produced by the Jackson brothers, written by Randy and Michael, and featured Michael on lead vocals.



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Released to radio in a single edit of three minutes and forty-five seconds (and played in its full eight-minute album version by clubs), the single reached no. 3 in Cash Box magazine and peaked at no. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also peaked at no. 3 on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart. The ensuing 12" Disco Single Remix featured a more focused drum and rhythm track, as well as the new synthesizer-voiced three octave climbing glissando that was not heard on the album version. "Shake Your Body" sold over two million copies, attaining double-platinum status from the Recording Industry Association of America.

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Rex Smith - You Take My Breath Away on Sooner Or Later (1979)

Rex Smith - You Take My Breath Away on Sooner Or Later
"You Take My Breath Away" is the 1979 debut single by singer-actor Rex Smith and the first release from his third studio album Sooner or Later which is also featured in the 1979 made-for-television film of the same title starring Smith and Denise Miller. It was produced by Charles Calello and Stephen Lawrence, and written by Lawrence and Bruce Hart.



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The song reached number ten on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1979 for two weeks (dated on June 23) and spent two weeks at number seven on the Cash Box Top 100. The song was certified Gold. In Canada, "You Take My Breath Away" reached as high as number three.

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