The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1979

The 70s ended with a bang, for better and for worse. The disco bubble finally burst in July with the infamous “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park in Chicago, and in its wake a massive power vacuum formed in the pop world as labels scrambled to abandon the genre in favor of something, anything else,Continue reading “The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1979”

The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1978

‘78 may have been the disco-iest year in music history, but the rogue’s gallery for the year nonetheless managed to wind up fairly diverse. Rock still offered up a few bottom-of-the-barrel misfires, Grease gave us a whopping three worst list entries, and a melange of other stinkers managed to fill out the remainder in aContinue reading “The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1978”

The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1978

In the larger music world, 1978 was a strong and incredibly diverse year for music. From heavy metal and punk beginning to properly gain traction in the underground and beyond, to experimental oddballs like The Residents and Sun-Ra flourishing in the even-deeper-underground, to art school heroes like Kate Bush, Devo and Kraftwerk gaining or strengtheningContinue reading “The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1978”

The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1977

Finally, eight years in, it feels like we’re really, truly in the thick of the seventies, and this year’s worst list plays out like a greatest hits compilation of all the most unpleasant musical impulses the decade produced. From songs drowning in seas of goopy strings to empty-headed dancefloor filler to even emptier-headed rock, everythingContinue reading “The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1977”

The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1975

In sharp contrast with the best songs of the year, I feel like anyone who has been following this series would be able to accurately guess the contents of at least half of this year’s worst list. There are not a ton of surprises here: plenty of returning worst-list entrants and a lot of musicContinue reading “The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1975”

The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1975

Bouncing back from the relative doldrums of ‘74, ‘75 was largely a return to the quality I’ve come to expect from the charts of this era. Oddly, as disco fever began sweeping the nation, I found that most of the best music of this year came from unexpected places, possibly as a function of beingContinue reading “The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1975”