Top Ten Tunes- 1979

Every Friday, I’m publishing my personal top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 1979.

For previous top ten tunes, please click on the year: 1976 1977 1978

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Margaret Thatcher, the first British female Prime Minister

So in 1979, Sid Vicious died of an overdose, an IRA bomb killed Lord Mountbatten, some bird called Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister and Alien was released. And yes, I celebrated my 3rd Birthday.

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I have to say this has been my favourite year so far and it features my favourite song of all time. And because I’m such a fascinating human being, I’m going to leave it to you to work out which one it might be…

[Spotify playlist at the end as per]

  1. One Step Beyond by Madness

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2. Rapper’s Delight by Sugarhill Gang

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3. I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor

4. Boys Don’t Cry by The Cure

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5. Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles

6. I Don’t Like Mondays by Boomtown Rats

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7. Cars by Gary Numan

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8. Since You’ve Been Gone by Rainbow

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9. Roxanne by The Police

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10. Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen

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So don’t be shy, tell me which one is your favourite from this 1979 list of absolute corkers.

See you next week for the beginning of…..THE EIGHTIES!

 

*Top image is the Cure in 1979

 

 

 

 

 

 

62 comments

  1. Simon · 8 Days Ago

    That seems so long ago… I was five that year. But such great things going on too. As usual tragedy too…

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    • thebeasley · 8 Days Ago

      Yes doing these lists, I’ve realised there was so much tragedy every year. It’s not just isolated to present times. It does seem like soooo long ago indeed.

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  2. rachaelstray · 8 Days Ago

    Another list of cracking songs! I still find myself singing lines from most of these songs!

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  3. I was nine that year, and yet these are still some of my favorite songs. How can time have flown by like this???

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  4. angelanoelauthor · 8 Days Ago

    It surprises me that The Cure was making music in the 70s. Since i listened to them in the 90s, of course I assumed they weren’t around then. These are some excellent choices! How is it that so much of this music is still so listenable? It’s amazing. Happy 3rd birthday to you! 🙂 I’m going to guess, “I Will Survive,” as your favorite.

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    • thebeasley · 8 Days Ago

      Such a strong year for music. Just amazing bands/artists. Now Angela, I Will Survive is by far one of the greatest pop songs ever written & probably in my top 20 songs of all time, it’s not my favourite. Excellent guess though xx

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  5. music2commute2 · 8 Days Ago

    Another great list! Again, I still forget that some of these were 79! If i’m honest I just can’t pick one.

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    • thebeasley · 8 Days Ago

      I know, I know. It’s a tough year to pick a favourite. If it wasn’t for my favourite song ever being there, I would’ve really struggled.

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  6. Shailaja V · 6 Days Ago

    THis is actually a great idea for a post! You whip up some nostalgia and share your personal favourites. Win-win 🙂

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  7. Gabe Burkhardt · 6 Days Ago

    “I will survive” sounds like the perfect song for today. I LOVE your playlists from the good ‘ol days. Thanks so much Hayley

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  8. Lucy Mitchell · 6 Days Ago

    When I saw Suzanne had opened up the SundayBlogShare I got excited about what year you would be doing. A great year for music, love the Police and Gloria Gaynor!

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    • thebeasley · 6 Days Ago

      Aah brilliant. So glad you’re enjoying these posts. I’ll be doing 1980 next week, but I won’t be promoting it on BUYB, but it’ll be here for your aural pleasure anyway. Cheers Lucy

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  9. weejars · 6 Days Ago

    Another ripper list! The 70s was a musical treasure trove. Very underrate! Thanks I enjoyed this

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  10. shelleywilson72 · 6 Days Ago

    What a great selection!! I was seven in 1979 and remember all of these – clearly significant at shaping my music tastes. I’m also a HUGE Alien fan so I guess my love of Sci-Fi started early too haha 😉

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  11. Midlife Smarts · 6 Days Ago

    Another great list. Brought back lots of memories of my school days and watching Top of the Pops. Loving this weekly trip down memory lane.

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  12. emfletche · 6 Days Ago

    Don’t Stop Me Now is the one song guaranteed to get Mr Fletche on the dancefloor and dancing like a lunatic – thanks for including this!

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  13. Monster Mermaid · 6 Days Ago

    One of my favourite years!Thanks for that Hayley! 🙂

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  14. noellekelly · 6 Days Ago

    What a fantastic list! There’s so many on it that I love! I think Video Killed the Radio Star is my fave!

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    • thebeasley · 6 Days Ago

      YES YES YES! This is my absolute favourite too and my all time favourite song ever. Cheers Noelle.

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  15. denzil@TheBookOwl · 6 Days Ago

    I love how you manage to get Margaret Thatcher and a horrendous extraterrestrial in the same sentence. Gee those kids look so young: Sting, Freddie, Bob, Suggs. As I was 21 that year, they weren’t much older than me. But I never looked as cool as them, unfortunately!

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    • thebeasley · 6 Days Ago

      Haha yes. There is a correlation there between Thatcher and Alien.
      I know they all look like babies.

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  16. Phil Taylor · 6 Days Ago

    This is definitely my favorite list so far. What a great year! I like every song on the list, but Roxanne by The Police has got to be my favorite.

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  18. Judy E Martin · 6 Days Ago

    I love every single one of these songs, what a brilliant year indeed! I’m guessing you like ‘The Cure’ the best? I can’t choose just one of this lot! 🙂

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    • thebeasley · 6 Days Ago

      Ooh good guess, but no. I bloody love the Cure though. It’s the Buggles for me. Cheers Judy.

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  19. Melissa · 6 Days Ago

    I was three this year too. I swear I knew the words to Roxanne before I understood what it was about or just how sexy Sting was…ah, the good ole days.

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  20. susielindau · 6 Days Ago

    One Step Beyond was my favorite! Ha! Loved the video…

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    • thebeasley · 6 Days Ago

      Madness were EVERYTHING when I was a kid and OSB is my favourite song of theirs.

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  21. hotmessmemoir · 6 Days Ago

    Yeah! I recognize many of these! I think my favorite from this list is I will survive.

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    • thebeasley · 6 Days Ago

      Absolute classic. Very good choice.

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      • hotmessmemoir · 6 Days Ago

        Do you know Diana Ross’s daughter is on a VERY popular sit com here? She looks just like her.

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      • thebeasley · 5 Days Ago

        I did not! Ha!

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      • hotmessmemoir · 5 Days Ago

        Yeah, she’s on one of my most favorite shows- Black-ish.

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      • thebeasley · 5 Days Ago

        I’ll see if I can check it out!

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      • hotmessmemoir · 5 Days Ago

        It is SO FUNNY!

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      • thebeasley · 5 Days Ago

        I’ve looked it up & think I’ve heard of it and I’ve definitely heard of the actress Tracee Ellis Ross before. Now bloody WordPress is telling me I don’t follow you again. This is total lies. I’ve followed you about 10 times now and I get your emails still and everything. Anyway, I’m going to click “Follow” again and I’ll probably have to do it again in a month’s time! So very weird.

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      • hotmessmemoir · 5 Days Ago

        WordPress needs to get their shit together. I’m sorry you are dealing with this. I’ll look into it this evening and see if this has happened to other people I screwed everything up I’m afraid by self hosting last year. Ugh!! Thank you for following me…again…and again….and again!

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      • thebeasley · 5 Days Ago

        Haha. No worries. It’s totally worth it x

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      • hotmessmemoir · 5 Days Ago

        Thank you so much for the compliment!

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  22. I love this walk down Memory Lane. And tweeted it!
    Carol

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  23. Martin · 6 Days Ago

    Well before my time I’m afraid but it’s gotta be Queen for me. Always been a fan!

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  24. Pam Avoledo · 6 Days Ago

    Gary Numan’s Cars is such a great song. The start of the new wave.

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