Chart Analysis: Top 100 of 1979, LG73, Vancouver

1979When you grow up listening to a radio station in your city, the most requested songs and the weekly countdown become your reality. Later on, you meet people who remember a song being a big hit but you have never heard of it, and vice versa. Charts on local radio stations can be quite different from those nationwide, as stations (hopefully) support local artists and have different preferences along with the city’s demographic. We stumbled across the year-end top 100 of 1979 from hit radio station LG73 (CKLG AM) in Vancouver. It is interesting comparing this chart with the corresponding RPM national chart which likely was influenced more by what was going on in Toronto. A total of 23 songs on the LG73 chart did not appear on the RPM one, and some did not even make the weekly Top 100 RPM charts. Here are notes on a few of them.

#19. “All My Love” by Led Zeppelin. This big hit in Vancouver which never appeared on the RPM charts may have been relegated to airplay on the album oriented rock FM stations in the rest of Canada rather than the hit single AM stations. It was a #1 hit on the weekly countdown in Vancouver.

#21 & #53. “The Boys in the Bright White Sports Car” and “3 Dressed Up As a 9” by Trooper. These songs did not make the RPM year-end chart, though did the weekly Top 30. As the band is a Vancouver one, the songs were more popular on the west coast. The group’s nationwide album sales, though, were record breaking.

#46. “Let Me Take You Dancing” by Bryan Adams. The North Vancouver boy was no doubt embraced first by Vancouver radio. This was his first single and first big hit.

#54. “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” by Long John Baldry. This singer was English but ended up settling in Vancouver and became a Canadian citizen. This fabulous cover of the song by The Righteous Brothers featured American blues singer Kathi McDonald. Apparently Bill Medley of The Righteous Bros. said he preferred this to his band’s original. It reached only #45 at RPM weekly, #89 in The States, but was a massive hit in Australia at #2.

#55. “Here Comes the Night” by Nick Gilder. This was the followup to the Vancouver singer’s smash “Hot Child In the City” from 1978. It made it to #21 at RPM weekly.

#62. “Here Comes the Night” by Streetheart. This is a cover of the Van Morrison song and different from Gilder’s of the same title. Streetheart was originally from Winnipeg but launched from Regina. The band was perhaps best known for its cover of “Under My Thumb” the following year.

#98. “Bang a Gong” by Witch Queen. You won’t find much info on Witch Queen on the net, because it is a Canadian studio band assembled by Verdun, Quebec producer Gino Soccio. The track is a club remake of the old T. Rex song. Gino Soccio’s own “Dancer” appeared on the RPM year-end chart.

The year 1979 saw an impressive variety of genres on the radio: from popular rock to dance music, the beginnings of new wave, a sprinkling of R&B, adult contemporary, and even country. Below is the year-end Top 100 of 1979 at Vancouver’s LG73. You can compare it with the RPM chart here.

RANK TITLE ARTIST
1 Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? Rod Stewart
2 Heart of Glass Blondie
3 My Sharona The Knack
4 The Logical Song Supertramp
5 Pop Muzik M
6 Heartache Tonight The Eagles
7 Born to Be Alive Patrick Hernandez
8 Tragedy Bee Gees
9 YMCA The Village People
10 Reunited Peaches & Herb
11 Hot Stuff Donna Summer
12 Chuck E’s In Love Rickie Lee Jones
13 Too Much Heaven Bee Gees
14 My Life Billy Joel
15 Le Freak Chic
16 Don’t Bring Me Down Electric Light Orchestra
17 You Take My Breath Away Rex Smith
18 Lonesome Loser Little River Band
19 All My Love Led Zeppelin
20 Fire The Pointer Sisters
21 The Boys in the Bright White… Trooper
22 Knock on Wood Amii Stewart
23 Sultans of Swing Dire Straits
24 Ring My Bell Anita Ward
25 Does Your Mother Know? ABBA
26 Stumblin’ In Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman
27 Lead Me On Maxine Nightingale
28 Bad Case of Loving You Robert Palmer
29 Goodbye Stranger Supertramp
30 Goodnight Tonight Wings
31 Every 1’s a Winner Hot Chocolate
32 Love You Inside Out Bee Gees
33 Good Girls Don’t The Knack
34 Rasputin Boney M
35 Lotta Love Nicolette Larson
36 (Our Love) Don’t Throw It Away Andy Gibb
37 I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor
38 Got to Be Real Cheryl Lynn
39 Tusk Fleetwood Mac
40 Rise Herb Alpert
41 Ain’t Love a Bitch Rod Stewart
42 What a Fool Believes Doobie Brothers
43 Bad Girls Donna Summer
44 After the Love Is Gone Earth, Wind, and Fire
45 Gold John Stewart
46 Let Me Take You Dancing Bryan Adams
47 In the Navy Village People
48 Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough Michael Jackson
49 We Are Family Sister Sledge
50 September Earth, Wind, and Fire
51 She Believes in Me Kenny Rogers
52 Hold the Line Toto
53 3 Dressed Up as a Nine Trooper
54 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling Long John Baldry
55 Here Comes the Night Nick Gilder
56 Lovein’ Touchin’ Squeezin’ Journey
57 Driver’s Seat Sniff and the Tears
58 Shine a Little Love Electric Light Orchestra
59 I Want You to Want Me Cheap Trick
60 Heaven Knows Donna Summer
61 Part Time Love Elton John
62 Here Comes the Night Streetheart
63 I’ll Never Love This Way Again Dionne Warwick
64 The Main Event Barbra Streisand
65 Still Commodores
66 We’ve Got Tonight Bob Seger
67 Just When I Needed You Most Randy Vanwarmer
68 Don’t Cry Out Loud Melissa Manchester
69 Dim All the Lights Donna Summer
70 Shake Your Groove Thing Peaches & Herb
71 Is She Really Going Out… Joe Jackson
72 Sad Eyes Robert John
73 Promises Eric Clapton
74 I Want Your Love Chic
75 Devil Went Down to Georgia Charlie Daniels Band
76 Shake Your Body The Jacksons
77 Cruel to Be Kind Nick Lowe
78 Mama Can’t Buy You Love Elton John
79 Heaven Must Have Sent You Bonnie Pointer
80 Precious Love Bob Welch
81 Shake It Ian Matthews
82 Sail On Commodores
83 A Little More Love Olivia Newton-John
84 Minute by Minute Doobie Brothers
85 Ooh Baby Baby Linda Ronstadt
86 Boogie Wonderland Earth, Wind, and Fire
87 Lady Little River Band
88 Honesty Billy Joel
89 Good Times Chic
90 Soul Man Blues Brothers
91 Blow Away George Harrison
92 Forever in Blue Jeans Neil Diamond
93 When You’re In Love with… Dr. Hook
94 He’s the Greatest Dancer Sister Sledge
95 I Just Fall in Love Again Anne Murray
96 Everytime I Think of You The Babys
97 Love Takes Time Orleans
98 Bang a Gong Witch Queen
99 I Was Made For Loving You Kiss
100 Days Gone Down Gerry Rafferty
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