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Updated on February 10, 2011

Welcome to the Baby Boomer Chronicles, the other BBC. I created this as I have a sentimental and nostalgic side to my nature. While my focus is on the Baby Boomer generation, born during 1946-1964. If you come either late or early to the party, welcome all the same. For me, like many others, great songs mark milestones in time’s passage as a part of life’s journey. When ever a song appeared at the ‘top of the charts’, I usually knew what going on in the world and in my life for during that particular time period. I put up a classic music nugget or two and hope that your memory is jogged in such a way, as mine always is. We will focus on music from year 1960-1989. For me, much earlier, I do not remember well, and after about 1990, my feelings about popular music were akin to those of my parents about the rock and roll era. They still look for that ‘Doggie in the Window’. This focuses primarily on popular music. In any case, let your tastes and imagination take you to ever greater heights. This may well be your catalyst.

"You see, we can move freely within the first 3 dimensions, but within the 4thdimension, time, we are all prisoners".


“The Time Machine” H.G. Wells

Who says that we can’t observe and enjoy the changing landscape while imprisoned?

I found a couple of great songs here that help me define the year 1979. Yes, its personal, like a fingerprint. You may well find a different path, see table of "Top 100 Pop Songs for 1979". As we move backwards into time, may you find your way as pleasant.....


"Rock and Roll Fantasy" by Bad Company

"Video Killed the Radio Star" by Buggles

 This was a little quirky, could it be a sign of the "New Wave" movement just around the corner?

Top Pop 1979


1. Y.M.C.A. - Village People
2. I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
3. Don't Stop Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson
4. We Are Family - Sister Sledge
5. Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger
6. Hot Stuff/Bad Girls – Donna Summer
7. Good Times - Chic
8. Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes
9. Aint No Stoppin Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead
10. September - Earth, Wind and Fire
11. Born To Be Alive - Patrick Hernadez
12. My Sharona - the Knack
13. Heart Of Glass - Blondie
14. Knock On Wood - Amii Stewart
15. After The Love Has Gone - Earth, Wind and Fire
16. Shake Your Body Down To The Ground - Jacksons
17. The Rainbow Connection - Kermit (the Frog)
18. Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin' - Journey
19. The Devil Went Down To Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
20. One Way or Another - Blondie
21. Ooh Baby Baby - Linda Ronstadt
22. Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? - Rod Stewart
23. Boogie Wonderland - Earth, Wind and Fire
24. Love Ballad - George Benson
25. Rise - Herb Alpert


26. In The Navy - Village People
27. Ring My Bell - Anita Ward
28. Got To Be Real - Cheyl Lynn
29. Shake Your Goove Thing - Peaches and Herb
30. Take The Long Way Home - Supertramp
31. We've Got Tonight - Bob Seger
32. Babe - Styx
33. Fins - Jimmy Buffett
34. You Decorated My Life - Kenny Rogers
35. Sultans Of Swing - Dire Straites
36. Disco Nights (Rock Freak) - G.Q.
37. Heatache Tonight - Eagles
38. She Believes In Me - Kenny Rogers
39. Video Killed The Radio Star - the Buggles
40. Pop Muzic - M
41. Hold The Line - Toto
42. H.A.P.P.Y. Radio - Edwin Starr
43. Crazy Love - Allman Brothers Band
44. Highway To Hell - AC/DC
45. Street Life - Crusaders
46. Don't Bring Me Down - ELO
47. My Life - Billy Joel
48. You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth - Meatloaf
49. Roxanne - Police
50. Good Girls Don't - the Knack


51. Honesty - Billy Joel
52. Take Me To The River - Talking Heads
53. At Midnight - T-Connection
54. Good Times Roll - The Cars
55. I Go To Rio - Pablo Cruise
56. Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights) - Pat Travers Band
57. Livin It Up (Friday Night) - Bell & James
58. Contact - Edwin Starr
59. Rubber Biscuit - Blues Brothers
60 Message In A Bottle - The Police
61. There But For The Grace Of God Go I - Machine
62. Heaven Must Have Sent You - Bonnie Pointer
63. Life During Wartime - Talking Heads
64. Soul Man - Blues Brothers
65. Voulez-Vous - Abba
66. I Want You To Want Me - Cheap Trick
67. The Logical Song - Supertramp
68. Rust Never Sleeps (Into The Black) - Neil Young
69. Lay It On The Line - Triumph
70. Cruel To Be Kind - Nick Lowe
71. Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
72. The Gambler - Kenny Rogers
73. Hey, St. Peter - Flash and The Pan
74. What A Fool Believes - Doobie Brothers
75. Makin It - David Naughton


76. Crazy Love - Poco
77. Chase - Giorgia Moroder
78. Instant Replay - Dan Hartman
79. Minute By Minute - The Doobie Brothers
80. You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) - Sylvester
81. Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy - Bad Company
82. I Need A Lover - John Cougar
83. Dirty White Boy - Foreignor
84. Goodbye Stranger - Supertramp
85. Dance The Night Away - Van Halen
86. Morning Dance - Spyro Gyra
87. Beautiful Girls - Van Halen
88. Long Live Rock - The Who
89. Let's Go - The Cars
90. Is She Really Going Out With Him? - Joe Jackson
91. Just The Same Way - Journey
92. 5:15 - The Who
93. Girls Talk - Dave Edmunds
94. Shattered - Rolling Stones
95. New YorkGoove - Ace Frehley
96. I Do The Rock - Tim Curry
97. The Man With The Child In His Eyes - Kate Bush
98. Since You Been Gone _ Rainbow
99. Just Another Night - Ian Hunter
100. Frederick - Patti Smith Group

Was that 1979 thingy good for you?

You have to think about 1979, Without looking it up in Wikipedia, which events do you remember?

I know the news stories that got my attention:

. Iran Hostage Crisis, November 1979


I was anxiously waiting the release of Star Trek-The Motion Picture, which hit the theatres in late 1979. I am also quite the trekkie, don't you know?




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    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Hi, Ginger, thanks for dropping in on the 'chronicles'. Each of us has a launch point where it all begins, 1979 was as good a year as any to be from and to call home. No doubt that the music was great. Billy Joel had recently ('78) released the album '52nd Street' which was one of my favorites, you could have done worse. That song from Bad Company brought back a lot of memories. While we can never return to that place, it still exists in our fond memories and its fun to visit every now and then.

      Come again and come often, thanks...

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      Ginger Ruffles 

      7 years ago

      Just found you yesterday Credence. I read and enjoyed your latest hub and decided to follow you because it looked like you had a lot of other hubs I would enjoy. This caught my eye on my first return to check out your other hubs since it was the year I graduated...what a trip! Yes your list jogs my memory and I remember most of the songs. I could swear YMCA came out much earlier in the 70's though. Definately songs on that list that define slices in time or events for me.

      Jealous that Marcoujor got EWF/Fantasy for her prom though. We got a weenie Billy Joel song...ack hairball!

    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      For some reason Alastar, I missed this one. You seem to already be on a great start with cinema of "our generation" I look forward to checking in....

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      Alastar Packer 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Your doing with music what I've tried to do with movies Cred2, by all means continue with them, you had some that were forgotten and you have a grand series going. We do have our interest in the past in snych- will be reading more of them too.

    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Alstar, you have made my day. This encourages me to continue the series. While all this music is available on line, this was my personal take on the songs that moved me the most during any one year. I hope that you will check out other years in the series and let me know what songs rang your chimes. I am honored to be welcomed as member of your team and I look forward to reading even more. I have an infatuation with the past and I hope that you enjoy some of my articles. Cred2

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      Alastar Packer 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow- these songs really brought back the memories. Your BBC looks like fun Credence2.

    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Hey, marcoujor, 1979 Rocked!! It was a fun and memorable year.

      This Baby Boomer Chronicles thing was a focus on the things that got my attention that year including the music. I hoped that it would stimulate all those that lived and loved that year to fondly recall those things that made the year a great one for you. Thanks for taking the tour!!

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I appreciated the traipse down my HS Graduation year lane in music! I knew all but 5 songs on the list and probably know 5 songs on the radio today! My Prom theme was EWF (Fantasy) so I will need to give a "shout out" to that but NOT my date...!!


    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Thanks for the Kudos, David, glad that you like it!!

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      8 years ago

      I love "Rock and Roll Fantasy!" Thanks for the nostalgic experience! Long live the '70's!!:)


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