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The Top 10 Songs of 1979 in the UK

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The UK's Top 10 Best Selling Songs of 1979

The UK's Top 10 best selling songs of 1979 certainly made for strange bedfellows considering what music was on offer during this particular year.

You probably could not create a list of ten songs as diverse as those that captured the attention of the record buying public during 1979. Who would have thought that Art Garfunkel, The Boomtown Rats and Lena Martell could end up appearing on the same countdown? But, that is exactly what happened.

Note that these songs have not been picked as my favourites of this year, but to show which records sold the most during 1979.

1. Art Garfunkel: Bright Eyes

Included on the soundtrack of the movie Watership Down, this is Art Garfunkel's second and final UK Number 1 single. A UK million seller.

2. Blondie: Heart of Glass

The first of Blondie's six UK Number 1 songs also topped the US music charts and became a million seller on both sides of the Atlantic.

3. Cliff Richard: We Don't Talk Anymore

A return to form for Cliff Richard as this track became his only Number 1 of the 1970s. However, he holds the unique achievement of a UK Number 1 song in five different decades.

4. Boomtown Rats: I Don't Like Mondays

The Boomtown Rats achieved two UK Number 1 hits during the 1970s and this is the second of them, following hot on the heels of the previous single, Rat Trap.

5. Dr. Hook: When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman

The only time that Dr. Hook managed to get to Number 1 in the UK was with this, although the band came close to topping the charts earlier in the decade.

6. Gloria Gaynor: I Will Survive

Gloria Gaynor's only UK Number 1 was this classic disco track that became a feminist anthem, as well as a favourite at your local karaoke bar.

7. Tubeway Army: Are 'Friends' Electric?

Tubeway Army was really a nom de plume for singer Gary Numan, who as a solo artist would go on to enjoy a successful chart career in his own right.

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8. Blondie: Sunday Girl

Blondie's second Number 1 song of 1979 was this breezy little number that had her horde of fans rushing to grab their own personal copy.

9. Roxy Music: Dance Away

Although Dance Away peaked at Number 2, it sold enough copies during the year to register in this countdown. It was the band's first hit in some years, having shed its glam rock beginnings and morphing into this smooth, laid back group.

10. Lena Martell: One Day At A Time

Totally out of step with what was happening in music during 1979 came this oddball Number 1 song.

A favourite of mums and grandmas everywhere, Lena Martell remains a true One Hit Wonder: one Number 1 hit and nothing else...ever.

The 1979 Poll

Meanwhile, the Top 10 in the United States...

The Top 10 Best Selling Songs in the USA: 1979


1. The Knack

My Sharona

2. Donna Summer

Bad Girls

3. Chic

Le Freak

4. Rod Stewart

Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?

5. Peaches and Herb


6. Gloria Gaynor

I Will Survive

7. Donna Summer

Hot Stuff

8. The Village People


9. Anita Ward

Ring My Bell

10. Robert John

Sad Eyes

And the Grammy Goes to...

  • Record and Song of the Year: What A Fool Believes - Doobie Brothers
  • Album of the Year: 52nd Street - Billy Joel
  • Best New Artist: Rickie Lee Jones

© 2007 Richard

Did You Enjoy the Top Songs of 1979?

ananimoss2 on October 05, 2011:

Gloria Gaynor! Always has been my favorite (although I have too many favorites)!

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on September 30, 2011:

God yes! I really loved Dr. Hook, Blondie and Gloria Gaynor. It's very interesting to see other artists that were popular in England during 1979. I love your lenses, they're always so full of knowledge of your subject. Thanks for sharing.

Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on April 09, 2011:

Hey, the music of my youth. Blondie still my favourite!

Missmerfaery444 on March 27, 2011:

I was born in 1979 so this was a fascinating read (and listen!) for me. Now I know what was number one when I was born in the November of that year! Fabulous!

outsource123 on January 30, 2011:

I love this lens, since I like music and really very useful for me.

Holley Web on September 13, 2009:

Wow! The Knack! My Sharona.. amazing I know the words. Heart of Glass brought back a lot of memories too! Love it!

clouda9 lm on August 26, 2009:

Oh I love trips down memory lane...this was one of my best yet this week! Dr. Hook...yea baby! And all the rest too. Nicley done my angel ;)

Andy-Po on January 28, 2009:

I remember most of these. I was almost a teenager and just getting into music. Excellent

rewards4life info on January 11, 2009:

This is the year I was born and what a great year, obviously I was not of age to appreciate them then but I have grown fond of them through the years, and Watership Down is one of my favorite films, what a moving piece of music. 5* and a favorite, I will keep this lens close.

CleanerLife on September 11, 2008:

What a year!

This was the year I discovered Pink Floyd. Near the end of 1979, I went from listening to "pop" music such as Gary Numan and Blondie to listening to "album" rock.

At the time, it didn't seem like there was room for both types of music in my life(the music we listened to was connected the groups we hung around with in school), today I embrace them both, along with many others!

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