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30 years agoPosted Monday, June 7, 2010, at 6:11 PM
Thirty years ago, there were some remnants of disco still on the radio.
For example, the top song on Billboard charts for the week of June 7, 1980, was "Funkytown," by Lipps Inc.
Do you remember them? I don't, but I remember the song. Just a few years later, it was remade by a British pop band, whose name escapes me at the moment.
The weeks before, Blondie was at the top of the charts with "Call Me."
A quick glance at the top Billboard songs of 1980 didn't exactly make me nostalgic. But some of those songs are still being played on the radio today.
The first No. 1 of 1980 was Rupert Holmes' legendary, "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)," followed by KC and the Sunshine Band with "Please Don't Go."
Michael Jackson hit No. 1 that year with "Rock With You," followed by Captain and Tennille's "Do That To Me One More Time."
Queen topped the charts in February and March that year with "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," while Pink Floyd hit big with "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)."
Following Blondie and Lipps Inc., Paul McCartney and Wings topped the charts with "Coming Up (Live At Glasgow)," before Billy Joel hit No. 1 with "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me."
Other top songs that year included "Magic," by Olivia Newton-John, "Sailing," by Christopher Cross, "Upside Down," by Diana Ross, "Another One Bites the Dust," by Queen, "Woman in Love," by Barbra Streisand, "Lady" by Kenny Rogers, and "(Just Like) Starting Over," by John Lennon.
Ironic that two former Beatles hit the top of the charts in the same year 10 years after the band officially broke up.
Also ironic that Queen had two top songs that year. Two of their biggest hits.
I was 7 in 1980.
Even though I don't remember a lot of music from that year, I do remember the outrage when Christopher Cross won Record of the Year for "Sailing," and Album of the Year during the 23rd Grammy Awards in 1981, which recognized the best of 1980.
Cross also won Song of the Year and Best New Artist, accomplishing something no one has achieved since by winning all four General Field awards in the same evening. He is the only artist to ever accomplish this feat.
But he managed just one more No. 1 hit with "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)," in 1981.
He did hit No. 1 on the adult contemporary charts in 1983 with "Think of Laura," but hasn't had a top 10 hit since 1983.
But he had a great year 30 years ago.