AMERICAN TOP 40- WEEK OF MARCH 17, 1979

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The American Top 40 replay this week is from the week of March 17, 1979.

1 1 I WILL SURVIVE –•– Gloria Gaynor (Polydor)-14 (2 weeks at #1) (1) A-
2 3 TRAGEDY –•– Bee Gees (RSO)-6 (2) A
3 2 DA YA THINK I’M SEXY? –•– Rod Stewart (Warner Brothers)-13 (1) F
4 5 HEAVEN KNOWS –•– Donna Summer with Brooklyn Dreams (Casablanca)-10 (4) A
5 7 SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING –•– Peaches and Herb (Polydor)-13 (5) B-
6 8 WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES –•– The Doobie Brothers (Warner Brothers)-9 (6) A
7 4 FIRE –•– The Pointer Sisters (Planet)-19 (2) A
8 10 SULTANS OF SWING –•– Dire Straits (Warner Brothers)-6 (8) A+
9 6 A LITTLE MORE LOVE –•– Olivia Newton-John (MCA)-17 (3) B-
10 15 WHAT YOU WON’T DO FOR LOVE –•– Bobby Caldwell (Clouds)-13 (10) A-

11 14 DON’T CRY OUT LOUD –•– Melissa Manchester (Arista)-18 (11) D
12 9 Y.M.C.A. –•– The Village People (Casablanca)-22 (2) A
13 16 EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU –•– The Babys (Chrysalis)-11 (13) A-
14 19 LADY –•– Little River Band (Harvest)-11 (14) B-
15 11 LE FREAK –•– Chic (Atlantic)-21 (1) A
16 21 BIG SHOT –•– Billy Joel (Columbia)-6 (16) B
17 22 KNOCK ON WOOD –•– Amii Stewart (Ariola America)-8 (17) B
18 20 I JUST FALL IN LOVE AGAIN –•– Anne Murray (Capitol)-8 (18) B
19 23 CRAZY LOVE –•– Poco (ABC)-9 (19) B
20 18 DANCIN’ SHOES –•– Nigel Olsson (Bang)-14 (18) B-

21 24 FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS –•– Neil Diamond (Columbia)-8 (21) C
22 25 STUMBLIN’ IN –•– Suzi Quatro and Chris Norman (RSO)-8 (22) B
23 30 MUSIC BOX DANCER –•– Frank Mills (Polydor)-8 (23) F
24 12 LOTTA LOVE –•– Nicolette Larson (Warner Brothers)-17 (8) B
25 13 GOT TO BE REAL –•– Cheryl Lynn (Columbia)-16 (12) B
26 47 HEART OF GLASS –•– Blondie (Chrysalis)-5 (26) A+
27 17 THE GAMBLER –•– Kenny Rogers (United Artists)-20 (16) A
28 39 I WANT YOUR LOVE –•– Chic (Atlantic)-6 (28) B+
29 33 MAYBE I’M A FOOL –•– Eddie Money (Columbia)-8 (29) B
30 34 I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S RIGHT –•– Evelyn “Champagne” King (RCA)-11 (30) B

31 35 EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE –•– Eddie Rabbitt (Elektra)-9 (31) C
32 37 LIVIN’ IT UP (Friday Night) –•– Bell and James (A&M)-8 (32) C
33 38 HE’S THE GREATEST DANCER –•– Sister Sledge (Cotillion)-6 (33) C
34 31 I WAS MADE FOR DANCIN’ –•– Leif Garrett (Scotti Brothers)-19 (10) D-
35 40 CHASE –•– Giorgio Moroder (Casablanca)-9 (35) C
36 46 PRECIOUS LOVE –•– Bob Welch (Capitol)-6 (36) B+
37 41 SUPERMAN –•– Herbie Mann (Atlantic)-10 (37) C-
38 42 DOG AND BUTTERFLY –•– Heart (Portrait)-7 (38) B
39 43 BUSTIN’ LOOSE (Part 1) –•– Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers (Source)-7 (39) C+
40 44 TAKE ME HOME –•– Cher (Casablanca)-6 (40) C+

7 responses to “AMERICAN TOP 40- WEEK OF MARCH 17, 1979

  1. Is it just me or does the Sultans of Swing seem out of place with the other songs in the top ten? It’s the best one no doubt…imo
    It really starts going down at the end of the chart.

    I just found out about Rogers. He had an interesting ever-changing career.

  2. I agree with Max, the chart really fizzles at the end. I like Eddie Rabbitt’s Every Which Way But Loose better than you do. I remember when the Clint Eastwood (and Clyde) movie came out, which was a big hit. It’s a good movie, even with “Miss Big Eyes” Sondra Locke in it.

  3. Yup. It’s a C list. My favorite is “What a Fool Believes” followed by “Bustin’ Loose cuz I live in the DC area where Chuck Brown was a GoGo legend.

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