Some here were likely #1 hits on gerrymandered charts like Top Radio Dance Hits Covered by Payola, Top Hard Rock Songs on FM AOR Stations Who Play the Same 20 Artists To Death and Mall Record Store's Top Singles with White Kids in the Suburbs.
Let's see where this day takes us! The songs are listed chronologically as they first appeared on charts in 1978. Artists with two songs are entered by the appearance of their first hit of the year.
24) Come Sail Away -- Styx (#8): I'm not saying any of these songs either deserved or didn't deserve to move up to the prestigious top slot, except maybe in this case. This song deserves to come sail away to a Potter's Field for excretious tuneage.
22) Sometimes When We Touch -- Dan Hill (#3): Songs about static electricity just don't get the respect they deserve.
20) Lay Down Sally -- Eric Clapton (#3): Here's an artist who's done far better than he should thanks to gerrymandering. Pop people know he's kinda dull, but FM AOR DJs call him "Mr. Eric Clapton" and automatically bump him up a few rungs for being in the Yardbirds (who they never play) and Cream (who they do).
18) Can't Smile Without You -- Barry Manilow (#3), Copacabana (At the Copa) -- Barry Manilow (#8): Since old people didn't have the internet back in 1978 to make their music purchases and had to find someone to bring them to the mall and because a music purchase by gay folks only counted as 2/5ths of a purchase, well, Barry had some difficult math to overcome to have a bonafide hit. These days, he'd outsell Slim Whitman, Boxcar Willie and the Beatles combined!
16) Dust In the Wind -- Kansas (#6): It's always a good idea to turn off the ceiling fan when cleaning your home. Just another Helpful Housekeeping Hint from Y! Music.
15) Feels So Good -- Chuck Mangione (#4): It's long been debated if it was the singing on the record or the word "Hurts" that got John Cougar Mellencamp another two positions higher on the charts in 1982.
14) This Time I'm In It For Love -- Player (#10): I'm getting a clearer idea of why these clods had to beg 'Baby' to "come back." 'Those last couple of times we fooled around, hon? Yeah, that was mostly me showing off to my friends that I could do ya! This time...'
12) It's A Heartache -- Bonnie Tyler (#3): This and "Bette Davis' Eyes" remain my two favorite Rod Stewart songs.
11) Love Is Like Oxygen -- Sweet (#8): I appreciate the simile. But I think it short-changes carbon dioxide.
10) Last Dance -- Donna Summer (#3): Can't we just factor in all the proms and weddings where this song played a key role in the evening and give the song an 'honorary #1"?
9) Hot Blooded -- Foreigner (#3), Double Vision -- Foreigner (#2): I must admit I felt a little weird when I heard these songs on "Classic Rock" stations. Maybe I need to accept the idea that 1978 was a long time ago and that 'Oldies' are really anything that's ten years old. So, "In da Club" by 50 Cent and "When I'm Gone" by 3 Doors Down are both 'Oldies But Goodies' at this point and when your son turns 40, you have every right to kick him out of the house.
8) An Everlasting Love -- Andy Gibb (#5): I don't like the word 'Everlasting.' It makes it sound like I'm getting a deal on Radial Tires or something.
6) Reminiscing -- Little River Band (#3): As far as I'm concerned, Will Ferrell can have this song.
4) I Love the Nightlife (Disco 'Round) -- Alicia Bridges (#5): This is what I've been maintaining all along. There's a silent majority in this country who do not LOVE the nightlife and prefer to stay home and watch television and WE never have our lifestyles choices reaffirmed in song.
2) Y.M.C.A. -- Village People (#2): Had the song included the Y.W.C.A. and the Y.M. and Y.F.H.A. it might have moved to #1. Exclusionary politics hurt everyone!
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