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Lady (Kenny Rogers song)

“Lady” is a song written by Lionel Richie and first recorded by American country artist Kenny Rogers. It was released in September 1980 on the album Kenny Rogers’ Greatest Hits.

It is listed at #47 on Billboard’s All Time Top 100.[1]

The song was written and produced by Lionel Richie, recorded in 1980, and ranks among Kenny Rogers’s biggest hits. Rogers once told an interviewer, “The idea was that Lionel would come from R&B and I’d come from country, and we’d meet somewhere in pop.”

The success of “Lady” also boosted Richie’s career. The production work on the song was his first outside the Commodores and foreshadowed his success as a solo act during the 1980s. Rogers was also a featured vocalist on “We Are the World”, co-written by Richie. Richie performed the song himself on his 1998 album, Time, and he and Rogers performed the song as a duet on Richie’s 2012 release “Tuskegee”.

Woman in Love

“Woman in Love” is a song performed by Barbra Streisand and taken from her 1980 album, Guilty. The song was written by Barry and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, who received the 1980 Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.[2] It is her fourth of four Platinum records, and is considered her greatest international hit.[3]

After the success enjoyed by the Bee Gees in the late 1970s, the band was asked to participate in musical endeavors for other artists, and Streisand asked Barry Gibb to write an album for her.[4] This album ultimately became Guilty. “Woman in Love”, as the lead single, became one of the most successful songs of Streisand’s music career. It reached the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Streisand’s fifth (and last to date) number one hit on that chart. It notably replaced Queen’s mega smash hit “Another One Bites the Dust”, spent three weeks at number one, and was itself replaced by “Lady” by country singer Kenny Rogers. It also spent five weeks atop the adult contemporary chart, her sixth number one on that tally.[5] The song also proved very popular internationally, reaching number one in many countries, including in the UK Singles Chart.[6] The song sold more than 2.5 millions till December 1981, according to Billboard.[7] The lyrics refer to Streisand’s eternal devotion to her lover. No matter the obstacles they face, they will always be in love with one another.

About midway through the song, Streisand holds a note for 11.1 seconds while singing the line: I stumble and fall / But I give you it all (the word “all” is the one held for that duration). During the chart run of “Woman In Love”, Casey Kasem claimed in an edition of the radio program American Top 40 that this was the longest unaltered note held by a soloist in a number-one song[citation needed]. However, this was corrected a few weeks later as at the time, “All Out Of Love” by Air Supply (16.2 seconds) and “Dim All The Lights” by Donna Summer (16 seconds) had longer notes held (though neither one of these songs reached number one on the charts, but “Woman in Love” did). Streisand, though, held the record at this time for her performance on a duet with Summer, “Enough Is Enough (No More Tears)”, holding the note “tears” at about the 1:44 mark for 16.3 seconds. It was also determined that “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers held the Rock Era record for the longest-held note of any song on the Billboard Hot 100. At about the 3:05 mark, Withers held the note “day” for 18.3 seconds.

All those chart records were broken by lead singer Freddy Curci of Sheriff on the song “When I’m With You”, originally released in 1983 and re-released in 1988. Curci began the last note “you” at the 3:19 mark, before settling on the final note at 3:26, which he held for held for 19.4 seconds.

Streisand has openly stated that she doesn’t like “Woman In Love” because she doesn’t believe in the meaning of the lyrics. She has rarely performed the song live; she did, however, sing it on a couple of dates on her 2013 European tour and the Barbra: The Music, The Mem’ries, The Magic.

Another One Bites the Dust

“Another One Bites the Dust” is a 1980 song by the British rock band Queen. Written by bass guitarist John Deacon, the song featured on the group’s eighth studio album The Game (1980). The song was a worldwide hit, charting number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, from October 4 to October 18 (their second number-one single in the country). The song spent fifteen weeks in the Billboard top ten (the longest running top ten song of 1980) and 31 weeks total on the chart (more than any other song in 1980). It reached number two on the Hot Soul Singles chart and the Disco Top 100 chart, and number seven on the UK Singles Chart.[4][5] The song is credited as Queen’s best-selling single, with sales of over 7 million copies.[6] This version was ranked at number 34 on Billboard’s All-Time Top Songs.[7]

The song won an American Music Award for Favorite Rock Single and also garnered a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.[8][9]

Upside Down

“Upside Down” is a song written and produced by Chic members Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. It was recorded by American singer Diana Ross. The song was issued as a single through the Motown label in 1980, as the lead single from her self-titled tenth studio album, diana. “Upside Down” hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on September 6, 1980. It also hit number one on the Billboard Disco and Soul charts. The single was released a full four weeks after the album was released. It held down the number one spot for four weeks.

“Upside Down” was also a big hit internationally, topping the singles charts in Sweden, Italy, Norway, and Switzerland, while reaching number five in Canada. It also rose to number two on the UK Singles Chart, marking the highest peak performance from Ross as a solo artist since “I’m Still Waiting” in 1971. It also earned her a British Phonographic Industry silver disc award for sales in excess of 250,000 copies.

“Upside Down” is listed at number 62 on Billboard’s “Greatest Songs of All Time.”[5]

Sailing (Christopher Cross song)

“Sailing” is a song written and recorded by American artist Christopher Cross. It was released in June 1980 as the second single from his eponymous debut album. The song was a success in the USA, winning Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Arrangement of the Year, and helping Cross win the Best New Artist award. VH1 named this the greatest “softsational soft rock” song of all time.[1]

It was a number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, reaching that position on August 30, 1980, for one week.[2] Since its debut, it has been covered by many artists, including Avant, Barry Manilow, Greenskeepers, N’Sync, Phajja, Patrick Yandall and, as a duo, Moya Brennan & Cormac de Barra. Recorded in 1979, the song was one of the first digitally recorded songs to chart, utilizing the 3M Digital Recording System.[3] In his Grammy acceptance speech, Cross acknowledged “Sailing” as his favorite song on the album and that originally it was not meant to be a single.[4]

The song is also played frequently at Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts.[citation needed]

Magic (Olivia Newton-John song)

“Magic” is a 1980 song performed by Olivia Newton-John, from the soundtrack to the film Xanadu. The song was number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks beginning on August 2, 1980. It was her 25th American chart hit, and her 10th of 12 records which went Gold or higher.

“Magic” was also her biggest pop hit until “Physical” ruled the Hot 100 for ten weeks beginning in November 1981. Billboard magazine ranked “Magic” as the third most popular single of 1980, behind only “Call Me” by Blondie and “Another Brick in the Wall, Part II” by Pink Floyd. In Canada, the song spent two weeks at number one. It also reached number 4 in Australia and number 32 in the UK.

The song became Newton-John’s biggest Adult Contemporary hit to date, spending five weeks at the top of the American chart, and also topped the Canadian AC chart for a week.[2]

John Lennon commented about “Magic” shortly before his death in the “complete Newsweek interview from September 1980”. The only 2 songs he specifically mentions that he likes are “Magic” and “All Over the World” both on the album Xanadu.[3]

The B-sides vary, depending on the label: “Fool Country” (also from Xanadu but not on the OST) is the B-side of the MCA release; “Whenever You’re Away from Me” (with Gene Kelly) is the B-side of the Jet release.[citation needed]

It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me

“It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” is a hit 1980 song performed by Billy Joel, from the hit album Glass Houses. The song was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for two weeks, from July 19 through August 1, 1980. The song spent 11 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and was the 7th biggest hit of 1980 according to American Top 40. The song is an examination of the themes of a musician’s degrading fame and public tastes that were expressed in his 1975 hit “The Entertainer”.

The single eventually reached Platinum status from the RIAA for sales of over 2 million copies in the United States.

Coming Up (song)

“Coming Up” is a song written and performed by Paul McCartney. It is the opening track on his second solo album McCartney II, which was released in 1980. Like the rest of the album, the song has a minimalist synthesised feel to it. It featured vocals sped up by using a vari-speed tape machine. McCartney played all the instruments and shared vocal harmonies with wife Linda McCartney.

The single was a major chart hit in Britain, peaking at number 2 on the charts. In the United States and Canada, the live version of the song performed by Paul McCartney and Wings (released as the B-side to the single) saw much greater success.

Funkytown

“Funkytown” is a song by American disco act Lipps Inc. from their debut album Mouth to Mouth (1979). It was released as the album’s lead single in 1980.

“Funkytown” held a unique record for reaching the number one spot in 28 countries, more than any other single release until Madonna’s “Hung Up” reached number one in 41 countries in 2005.[citation needed] It reached the top spot in the United States, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, the Netherlands, and Australia, among many others.[3][4]

Call Me (Blondie song)

“Call Me” is a song by the American new wave band Blondie and the theme to the 1980 film American Gigolo. Released in the US in early 1980 as a single, “Call Me” was number one for six consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it became the band’s biggest single and second #1.[1] It also hit #1 in the UK and Canada, where it became their fourth and second chart-topper respectively. In the year-end charts of 1980 it was Billboard’s #1 hit, and according to Billboard magazine, was the top-selling single of the year in the United States in 1980 and RPM’s #3.[4][5]

Another Brick in the Wall

“Another Brick in the Wall” is the title of three songs set to variations of the same basic theme, on Pink Floyd’s 1979 rock opera, The Wall, subtitled Part 1 (working title “Reminiscing”), Part 2 (working title “Education”), and Part 3 (working title “Drugs”). All parts were written by Pink Floyd’s bassist, Roger Waters. Part II is a protest song against rigid schooling in general and boarding schools in the UK in particular.[1] It was also released as a single and provided the band’s only number-one hit in the United Kingdom, the United States, West Germany and many other countries. In addition, in the US, along with the tracks, “Run Like Hell”, and “Don’t Leave Me Now”, “Another Brick in the Wall” reached number fifty-seven on the disco chart.[2]

In the UK, it was Pink Floyd’s first single since 1968’s “Point Me at the Sky”; the song was also the final number-one single of the 1970s. For Part II, Pink Floyd received a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Rock Duo or Group and lost to Bob Seger’s “Against the Wind”. In addition, Part II was number 375 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.[3] The single sold over 4 million copies worldwide.[4]

The single, as well as the album The Wall, were banned in South Africa in 1980 after the song was adopted by supporters of a nationwide school boycott protesting racial inequities in education under the apartheid regime.[5][6]

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” is a song by the rock band Queen. Written by Freddie Mercury in 1979, the track is featured on their 1980 album The Game, and also appears on the band’s compilation album, Greatest Hits. The song peaked at number two in the UK Singles Chart in 1979, and became the group’s first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. in 1980,[4] remaining there for four consecutive weeks; it would be the start of Queen’s popularity in America.[5][6] It topped the Australian ARIA Charts for seven weeks.[7]

Having composed “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” on guitar, Mercury played rhythm guitar while performing the song live, which was the first time he played guitar in concert with Queen.[8] Queen played the song live between 1979 and 1986, and a live performance of the song is recorded in the albums Queen Rock Montreal and Queen at Wembley.[9][10] Since its release, the song has been covered by a number of artists. The song was played live on 20 April 1992 during The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, performed by Robert Plant with Queen.[11] The style of the song was described by author Karl Coryat as rockabilly in his 1999 book titled The Bass Player Book.[12]

Do That to Me One More Time

“Do That to Me One More Time” is a song performed by the American pop duo Captain & Tennille. It was their 13th charting hit in the United States, and their second number 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was included on the duo’s 1979 studio album, Make Your Move, and was written by Toni Tennille. It features a Lyricon solo by saxophonist Tom Scott, though Captain mimed to this part on a descant recorder in the promotional video. Even though an edited version was released as a single, yet another version was created for their many TV performances promoting the song. This version contained a “natural” ending, opposed to the fade-out ending that was featured on the single and album versions. This version was mainly lip-synced by Tennille on such TV programs.

Rock with You

“Rock with You” is a song written by Rod Temperton, produced by Quincy Jones and recorded by Michael Jackson. It was released on November 3, 1979, as the second single from Jackson’s fifth album Off the Wall (1979). It was also the second number one hit of the 1980’s, a decade whose pop singles chart would soon be dominated by Jackson. Temperton, formerly of the group Heatwave, also wrote Jackson’s song “Thriller” (1984).

It reached number one on both the pop and R&B singles charts. On the former, “Rock With You” spent four consecutive weeks at number one starting January 19, 1980. According to Billboard, the song was the fourth biggest single of 1980.[1] It is also considered one of the last hits of the disco era.

It was re-released as a single on February 27, 2006, as part of the Visionary: The Video Singles box set.

Escape (The Piña Colada Song)

“Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” is a song written and recorded by British-born American singer Rupert Holmes for his album Partners in Crime. As the lead single for the album, the pop song was recommended by Billboard for radio broadcasters on September 29, 1979,[3] then added to prominent US radio playlists in October–November.[4] Rising in popularity, the song peaked at the end of December to become the last U.S. number one song of the 1970s.

Please Don’t Go (KC and the Sunshine Band song)

“Please Don’t Go” is a song recorded and released in 1979 on the KC and the Sunshine Band album Do You Wanna Go Party. Originally written in the key of D flat, the song was the band’s first love ballad, in which the subject pleads for a second chance. Shortly after the song’s one-week run at number one, the group broke up and Harry Wayne Casey went solo. The song was a number-one hit on the Australian ARIA Charts, the band’s fifth and final number-one hit on Billboard Hot 100 charts, and the first number-one hit of the 1980s.[1] As the band was known as a pioneer of the disco genre, the song was released, ironically, on the same day as Disco Demolition Night in Chicago, Illinois.

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