Throwback Thursday: The top 10 songs this week in 1977

October 01, 2014|By Jordan Bartel | The Baltimore Sun

This week 37 years ago, three members of the band Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a plane crash in Mississippi, Reggie Jackson hit three consecutive home runs in a game, tying Babe Ruth's record and the following songs were the most popular in the United States, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.

10. "Swayin' to the Music (Slow Dancin')," Johnny Rivers

This simple song about, you know, slow dancing in the middle of the night, was Rivers' last big hit in America. The song's composer, Jack Tempchin, penned the similarly mellow Eagles hit "Peaceful Easy Feeling."

9. "Star Wars Theme/ Cantina Band," Meco

Nothing says 1977 quite like hitting the disco floor to a mash-up of songs from "Star Wars."

8. "I Feel Love," Donna Summer

One of Summer's trademarks, Rolling Stone ranked this song in the top 500 of all time. At the time, David Bowie called it "the sound of the future." And he was kind of right.

7. "Brick House," Commodores

It's kind of fitting that this celebration of a woman's body was actually written in part by a woman. After Commodores singer William King took home tapes from a jam session, his wife, Shirley Hanna-King, penned the lyrics for the riff.

6. "Cold as Ice," Foreigner

A very different ode to a woman.

5. "Boogie Nights," Heatwave

Ain't no doubt, Heatwave was here to party.

4. "Keep It Comin' Love," KC and the Sunshine Band

KC and the Double Entendres Band.

3. "That's Rock 'N' Roll," Shaun Cassidy

Uh, that's not really rock and roll, Shaun Cassidy. But still, this was Cassidy's longest-charting hit. P.S.: It was written by Eric "All By Myself" Carmen.

2. "Nobody Does It Better," Carly Simon

This one got an Oscar nomination, as it was the theme to the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me."

1. "You Light Up My Life," Debby Boone

This was written as a straight-forward love song, but Boone said she interpreted "you" as "God," as the rest is history. This was No. 1 for 10 consecutive weeks.

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