- Black Betty - Ram Jam: Peaked at #18 in September 1977. Based on a 19th century folk/work song, this thing's got hella wicked riff. Catchy as all get out. Reminds me of the Johnny Depp movie Blow.
- Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band - Meco: Peaked at #1 in October 1977. This cheesy crap is exactly the kind of thing that appealed to me when I was 11. Loved it back then and looked forward to hearing the R2D2 sounds. Now, however, it is painful to get through. May the disco be with you.
- Baby Come Back - Player: Peaked at #1 in January 1978. Ah, that's the stuff. This Hall & Oates knock-off has a great bass line and chorus hook. Wikipedia says that Player is not a one-hit wonder because their follow-up hit, This Time I'm In It For Love, went to #10, but I choose not to believe that.
- Telephone Man - Meri Wilson: Peaked at #18 in August 1977. Hated this novelty song in '77. Nothing's changed. Some of the weakest double entendres I've ever heard. The best feature of this song is its brevity.
- Thunder Island - Jay Ferguson: Peaked at #9 in April 1978. Don't know much about Ferguson other than this song, but I always liked this song, particularly the funky half-time groove during the verses and the lyricless chorus.
- Sometimes When We Touch - Dan Hill: Peaked at #3 in March 1978.Yes, this song is a big sissyfest, but when it came on the radio, my 11 year old self would sing along earnestly. I took it so seriously back then that I have to laugh at myself now. Not surprisingly, this song has been rated #9 on the list of the worst 75 songs on the Pop Culture Madness website and #40 on the list of AOL Radio's 100 Worst Songs Ever.
- Werewolves Of London - Warren Zevon: Peaked at #21 in May 1978. In which Zevon has his biggest hit by howling over a piano riff shamelessly lifted from Sweet Home Alabama.
- Goodbye Girl - David Gates: Peaked at #15 in April 1978. Gates was the lead singer of Bread if that explains anything. Never saw the movie this song was attached to, but I still think this is a catchy tune. My family moved in August 1978 and I thought this song perfectly captured the spirit of the relationship between me and my girlfriend that would soon be a long-distance girlfriend. Nowadays, I can't even remember her name. Let's go with Kim.
- It's A Heartache - Bonnie Tyler: Peaked at #3 in June 1978. Ah, that voice. There's just something about it. I much prefer this country rock song to the Jim Steinman stuff she would later record. (Did you hear about the new Bonnie Tyler GPS? Don't purchase one - it keeps telling me to turn around and every now and then it falls apart.)
- Bluer Than Blue - Michael Johnson: Peaked at #12 in July 1978. Simply put, this is one of my all time favorite soft rock songs.
- Kiss You All Over - Exile: Peaked at #1 in September 1978. Not very subtle and, to be honest, not very catchy. I can take it or leave it. After this hit, the group switched to country music.
- Magnet And Steel - Walter Egan: Peaked at #8 in August 1978. That's Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham on the track, insuring that the song sounds like something from Fleetwood Mac. I don't understand the use of a toy piano under the chorus. Magnet and steel is strained metaphor, for sure. When I was young, I thought Egan was singing "man" instead of "magnet" and couldn't understand why he was singing a love song to another man. Now it all makes sense.
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