A ticket on the last train home tonight: the best songs of 1979

New York Disco, 1979 (4)

In the first half of 1979, disco still ruled. The phenomenon had a salutary effect: even Neil Diamond thought about four on the floor arrangements. As usual I wouldn’t take the ranking too seriously.

1. Chic – My Feet Keep Dancing
2. Donna Summer – Hot Stuff
3. Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
4. The Isley Brothers – I Wanna Be With You (Part 1)
5. Roxy Music – Dance Away
6. Funkadelic – (Not Just) Knee Deep
7. John Stewart – Gold
8. Tubeway Army – Are ‘Friends’ Electric?
9. Doobie Brothers – What a Fool Believes
10. Earth Wind & Fire – September
11. The Cars – Let’s Go
12. Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover
13. Graham Parker – Discovering Japan
14. ABBA – Voulez-Vous
15. Wings – Arrow Through Me
16. Stevie Wonder – Send One Your Love
17. Merle Haggard – Red Bandana
18. Pointer Sisters – Fire
19. Raydio – You Can’t Change That
20. Van Morrison – Wavelength
21. The Knack – My Sharona
22. George Harrison – Blow Away
23. Pretenders – Kid
24. Blondie – Dreaming
25. Van Halen – Dance the Night Away
26. Ashford & Simpson – Stay Free
27. The Clash – Groovy Times
28. David Bowie – DJ
29. Dolly Parton – Baby I’m Burnin’
30. Foreigner – Head Games
31. The Police – Walking on the Moon
32. Al Stewart – Time Passages
33. Cher – Take Me Home
34. Buzzcocks – Everybody’s Happy Nowadays
35. Talking Heads – Take Me to the River
36. Sister Sledge – He’s the Greatest Dancer
37. Nick Lowe – Cruel to Be Kind
38. Eddie Rabbit – Suspicions
39. Bee Gees – Tragedy
40. Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight
41. Rickie Lee Jones – Chuck E’s in Love
42. Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy
43. Electric Light Orchestra – Don’t Bring Me Down
44. Dionne Warwick – Déjà Vu
45. Donna Summer – Heaven Knows
46. Smokey Robinson – Cruisin’
47. Public Image Ltd – Death Disco
48. Machine – There But For the Grace of God Go I
49. The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
50. Elvis Costello – Oliver’s Army

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