The Essential Songs: 1979

Written by | November 30, 2012 0:13 am | No Comments

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It has long been my contention that 1979 was one of popular music’s best years ever.  Punk rock energy seeped into the mainstream with under the “new wave” umbrella, while bands like Blondie, the B-52s, and the Talking Heads were cross pollinating dance beats/rhythms into a traditional rock context.  Pink Floyd built the wall, Cheap Trick brought Budokan to the States, and AC/DC paved the highway to hell.  1979 – the year is gone but it’s not forgotten.

Ain’t No Stopping Us Now, McFadden & Whitehead
 
After the Love Has Gone, Earth, Wind, & Fire
 
Boogie Wonderland, Earth, Wind, & Fire
 
Boys Don’t Cry, The Cure
 
Bright Side of the Road, Van Morrison
 
Bustin’ Loose (Part 1), Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers
 
Cars, Gary Numan
 
Comfortably Numb, Pink Floyd
 
Cool for Cats, Squeeze
 
Cruel to Be Kind, Nick Lowe
 
Cruisin’, Smokey Robinson
 
Dance This Mess Around, B-52s
 
The Devil Went Down to Georgia, The Charlie Daniels Band
 
Discovering Japan, Graham Parker & The Rumour
 
Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough, Michael Jackson
 
Dream Police, Cheap Trick
 
Dreaming, Blondie
 
Even the Losers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
 
Everytime I Think of You, The Babys
 
Fool in the Rain, Led Zeppelin
 
Good Times, Chic
 
Harmony in My Head, Buzzcocks
 
Heart of Glass, Blondie
 
Heartbreaker, Pat Benatar
 
Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black), Neil Young
 
Highway to Hell, AC/DC
 
Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, Ian Dury and the Blockheads
 
Hot Stuff, Donna Summer
 
I Don’t Like Mondays, The Boomtown Rats
 
I Want You to Want Me, Cheap Trick
 
I Wanna Be Your Lover, Prince
 
I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor
 
I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide, ZZ Top
 
Is She Really Going Out With Him?, Joe Jackson
 
Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight, The Oak Ridge Boys
 
Let’s Go, The Cars
Life Begins at the Hop, XTC
 
Life During Wartime, Talking Heads
 
Like a Hurricane (“Live Rust” version), Neil Young
 
London Calling, The Clash
 
Message in a Bottle, The Police
 
A Message to You, Rudy, The Specials
 
My Sharona, The Knack
 
Oliver’s Army, Elvis Costello
 
Pop Muzik, M
 
Powderfinger, Neil Young
 
Rainbow Connection, Kermit the Frog
 
Rapper’s Delight, The Sugarhill Gang
 
Reunited, Peaches and Herb
 
Rock Lobster, B-52s
 
Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy, Bad Company
 
Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground), The Jackson 5
 
Starry Eyes, The Records
 
Sultans of Swing, Dire Straits
 
Train, Train, Blackfoot
 
Up the Junction, Squeeze
 
Video Killed the Radio Star, The Buggles
 
We Are Family, Sister Sledge
 
What A Fool Believes, Doobie Brothers
 
 (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding, Elvis Costello
 
You Can’t Change That, Raydio

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