Billboard #1 Hits: #386: “I Write The Songs”- Barry Manilow. January 17, 1976. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: “I Write The Songs”- Barry Manilow
- Record Company-Arista
- Genre: Pop
- Written by Bruce Johnston
- Time: 3:43
- B-side:”A Nice Boy Like Me”
- Album- Tryin’ To Get The Feeling
- Grade: C
- Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.
“I Write The Songs” was written by Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys. It was first recorded by one of the worst acts in history- Captain and Tennille who had worked with Johnston with The Beach Boys earlier in the decade. David Cassidy then recorded it and had a #11 hit with it in the UK. Barry Manilow is the one who took it big time- to #1- the song would go on to win a Grammy for Song of the Year and was nominated for Record Of The Year- again this tells you a lot about how lame the Grammy Awards were in the 1970’s.