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When The Top 40 Expanded! 1979!

 
When The Top 40 Expanded! 1979!
Posted February 11th, 2014 @ 2:39pm

1979, Casey Kasem expanded American Top 40 to 4 hours from 3, because songs were on average getting longer, and he needed more time to fit 40 songs in.  We only have three hours, so, this countdown from February 17th, 1979, will only have 30 songs in the countdown, but extras and long-distance dedications, too!

Chart Date: February 17, 1979

#30 “I JUST FALL IN LOVE AGAIN” – Anne Murray

#29 “TAKE ME TO THE RIVER” – Talking Heads

#28 “WHAT YOU WON'T DO FOR LOVE” – Bobby Caldwell

LongDistanceDedication: “CALIFORNIA NIGHTS” – Lesley Gore

#27 “WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES” – The Doobie Brothers

#26 “LADY” – The Little River Band

#25 “BABY I'M BURNIN'” – Dolly Parton

#24 “EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU” – The Babys

#23 “TOO MUCH HEAVEN” – The Bee Gees

#22 “DANCIN' SHOES” – Nigel Olsson

Extra: “GOT TO BE THERE” – Michael Jackson

#21 “SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING” – Peaches & Herb

#20 “DON'T CRY OUT LOUD” – Melissa Manchester

#19 “TRAGEDY” – The Bee Gees

#18 “THE GAMBLER” – Kenny Rogers

Extra: “ONE MAN WOMAN, ONE WOMAN MAN” – Paul Anka & Odia Coates

#17 “BLUE MORNING, BLUE DAY” – Foreigner

#16 “NO TELL LOVER” – Chicago

#15 “HEAVEN KNOWS” – Donna Summer

#14 “SOUL MAN” – The Blues Brothers

#13 “SHAKE IT” – Ian Matthews

#12 “GOT TO BE REAL” – Cheryl Lynn

#11 “SEPTEMBER” – Earth, Wind & Fire

Extra: “BABY, DON’T GET HOOKED ON ME” – Mac Davis

#10 “I WAS MADE FOR DANCING” – Leif Garrett

#9 “SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT” – Barry Manilow

#8 “LOTTA LOVE” – Nicolette Larson

LongDistanceDedication: “SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER” – Diana Ross & The Supremes

#7 “LE FREAK” – Chic

#6 “EVERY 1'S A WINNER” – Hot Chocolate

#5 “I WILL SURVIVE” – Gloria Gaynor

#4 “FIRE” – The Pointer Sisters

#3 “A LITTLE MORE LOVE” – Olivia Newton-John

#2 “Y.M.C.A” – The Village People

#1 “DA YA THINK I'M SEXY” – Rod Stewart

 

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