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The Top 10 Songs of 1979 in the UK
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The UK's Top 10 Best Selling Songs of 1979
The UK's Top 10 best selling songs of 1979 certainly made for strange bedfellows considering what music was on offer during this particular year.
You probably could not create a list of ten songs as diverse as those that captured the attention of the record buying public during 1979. Who would have thought that Art Garfunkel, The Boomtown Rats and Lena Martell could end up appearing on the same countdown? But, that is exactly what happened.
Note that these songs have not been picked as my favourites of this year, but to show which records sold the most during 1979.
1. Art Garfunkel: Bright Eyes
Included on the soundtrack of the movie Watership Down, this is Art Garfunkel's second and final UK Number 1 single. A UK million seller.
Art Garfunkel on Video
2. Blondie: Heart of Glass
The first of Blondie's six UK Number 1 songs also topped the US music charts and became a million seller on both sides of the Atlantic.
Blondie on Video
3. Cliff Richard: We Don't Talk Anymore
A return to form for Cliff Richard as this track became his only Number 1 of the 1970s. However, he holds the unique achievement of a UK Number 1 song in five different decades.
Cliff Richard on Video
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4. Boomtown Rats: I Don't Like Mondays
The Boomtown Rats achieved two UK Number 1 hits during the 1970s and this is the second of them, following hot on the heels of the previous single, Rat Trap.
Boomtown Rats on Video
5. Dr. Hook: When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman
The only time that Dr. Hook managed to get to Number 1 in the UK was with this, although the band came close to topping the charts earlier in the decade.
Dr. Hook on Video
6. Gloria Gaynor: I Will Survive
Gloria Gaynor's only UK Number 1 was this classic disco track that became a feminist anthem, as well as a favourite at your local karaoke bar.
Gloria Gaynor on Video
7. Tubeway Army: Are 'Friends' Electric?
Tubeway Army was really a nom de plume for singer Gary Numan, who as a solo artist would go on to enjoy a successful chart career in his own right.
Tubeway Army on Video
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8. Blondie: Sunday Girl
Blondie's second Number 1 song of 1979 was this breezy little number that had her horde of fans rushing to grab their own personal copy.
Blondie on Video
9. Roxy Music: Dance Away
Although Dance Away peaked at Number 2, it sold enough copies during the year to register in this countdown. It was the band's first hit in some years, having shed its glam rock beginnings and morphing into this smooth, laid back group.
Roxy Music on Video
10. Lena Martell: One Day At A Time
Totally out of step with what was happening in music during 1979 came this oddball Number 1 song.
A favourite of mums and grandmas everywhere, Lena Martell remains a true One Hit Wonder: one Number 1 hit and nothing else...ever.
Lena Martell on Video
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Meanwhile, the Top 10 in the United States...
1. The Knack
2. Donna Summer
4. Rod Stewart
Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?
5. Peaches and Herb
6. Gloria Gaynor
I Will Survive
7. Donna Summer
8. The Village People
9. Anita Ward
Ring My Bell
10. Robert John
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