Can you complete the names of the top songs from 1979?

Do you have the "Hot Stuff" to remember the "Good Times"?


Pop music was perhaps never so diverse as 1979. Everything from disco and country to punk and funk filled the charts. The biggest song of the year was a new-wave rocker. Toss in yacht rock, prog, soul, and soft rock and you have the most eclectic Billboard Top 100.


We picked some of the most familiar songs from the Top 50 of '79. Then we removed some words. See if you can fill the blanks!

  1. The Knack had the top song of the year with their power-pop smash "My _______."
  2. In the No. 4 song of 1979, Rod Stewart asked, "Do Ya Think I'm ______?"
  3. Peaches & Herb had two smashes with "Reunited" and "Shake Your _______ Thing."
  4. Gloria Gaynor declared, "I Will _______."
  5. When the Village People weren't staying at the "Y.M.C.A." they were "In the _______."
  6. Blondie soon found out he had a "Heart of ______."
  7. The Doobie Brothers and Michael McDonald pondered "What a _______ Believes."
  8. Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand teamed up to sing "You Don't Bring Me ________."
  9. Not only did Billy Joel have the No. 28 hit of the year with "My ______," it became the theme song to 'Bosom Buddies.'
  10. Cheap Trick begged "I Want You to _____ Me"
  11. Kenny Rogers knew when to hold 'em in "The _________."
  12. The Charlie Daniels Band fiddled through its country crossover hit "The Devil Went Down to _______."
  13. Before the band went to "Africa," Toto scored a huge rock hit with "Hold the _______."
  14. Supertramp scored the biggest hit of the band's career with "The ________ Song." Paul McCartney said it was his favorite song of the 1979.
  15. The Jacksons boogied up the charts with their dance hit "Shake Your Body (Down to the _______)."
  16. In the No. 22 song of 1979, Amii Stewart scored a disco hit with her cover of Eddie Floyd's "Knock on _______."

Can you complete the names of the top songs from 1979?

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JeffK 49 months ago
The Logical Song was my favorite from this list followed by Heart Of Glass.

CaroleThorpe 49 months ago
You got 16 out of 16
As Donna Summer sang in her 1979 smash, you're "Hot Stuff"!
Rickey 59 months ago
You got 13 out of 16
As Donna Summer sang in her 1979 smash, you're "Hot Stuff"!
AllisonWunderland 66 months ago
Aced this one, 10/10, in record time too! Zipped right thru with no pausing to even think, those 70's!!!
MichaelSkaggs 66 months ago
The songs that bring back the late summer and early autumn, 1979, were "Refugee", Tom Petty, "Don't Bring Me Down", ELO, and "I Know A Heartache When I See One", Jennifer Warnes.
Absolutely agree, they should have been included in the quiz also!
Dave MichaelSkaggs 66 months ago
I remember and love every one of these songs, and also "Refugee" by Tom Petty (and also his late '79 hits "Don't Do Me Like That" and "Here Comes My Girl"), and ELO's "Don't Bring Me Down" (and "Shine A Little Love"), but I just do not remember the Jennifer Warnes song. I remember her spring of 1977 hit "Right Time Of The Night", but not "I Know A Heartache When I See One". I just don't remember that one, and I thought I knew and remembered ALL the songs of 1979! (I DID get 16/16 on this quiz just now). Other cool songs of 1979 that they didn't include here are "Gold" and "Midnight Wind" by John Stewart (remember those?), "Dance The Night Away" and "Beautiful Girls", by Van Halen, "Children Of The Sun" by Billy Thorpe, "Rolene", by Moon Martin, "Doctor Doctor (Bad Case of Loving You)", by Robert Palmer (written by Moon Martin), "Sultans of Swing", by Dire Straits, and "Let's Go", by The Cars, and just so many others! It REALLY DOES seem like it was just YESTERDAY, for SURE!
Geronimo 66 months ago
I'm hot stuff...........................13/16
CatMomWanda 66 months ago
16/16. It doesn't seem like it could have been that long ago.
I still listen to those songs today and always will...maybe that's why it doesn't seem that long ago to us!
Dave AllisonWunderland 66 months ago
I don't know, but it REALLY DOESN'T seem like that long ago! Here I thought I was the only one who thought 1979 seems like just yesterday!
Tresix 66 months ago
16/16. Didn't really like too many of these songs.
cperrynaples 66 months ago
Let me add a few comments on 14: "Favorite song of the 1979" makes no sense, although millennials might say they have a favorite song from The 1975 or prefer the Smashing Pumpkins song "1979". Also, while I have respect for Paul McCartney, he was so wrong here! This is one of those songs that sticks in your head like an earwig!!
cperrynaples 66 months ago
16/16! a few observations: Toyota actually turned 1 into a jingle. Also, am I the only one who thinks 5 should really be called "In The Butthole"...LOL!!
Yeah, it appears you are the only one. But, the good news is, if you can laugh at your own jokes, you'll always have someone laughing at them. Grow up.
Oh come on, we all knew what the Village people were into. We also knew what happens at the YMCA when you stay overnight!
MrsPhilHarris 66 months ago
15/16 Missed The Jacksons.
cperrynaples MrsPhilHarris 66 months ago
Actually, MeTV was wrong about that question. That song was recorded by Michael Jackson alone, not his brothers. It was on his first big solo album, Off The Wall.
Tresix cperrynaples 66 months ago
No, that was The Jacksons as a group. Whenever they performed the song on "Soul Train" or "American Bandstand", they would do a bit where the show's dancers would get onstage and dance with The Jackson. A cop would come up to get the people off the stage, and then HE would start to dance as well.
Dave Tresix 66 months ago
Yeah, "Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)" was by The Jacksons. Michael Jackson's hit LP "Off The Wall", which came out in late 1979, had four big hits, "Don't Stop (Till You Get Enough)", "Rock With You (All Night)", "She's Out Of My Life", and the title cut, "Off The Wall".
teire 66 months ago
15/16, it was a very good year.
harlow1313 66 months ago
I love "The Logical Song." "Shake Your Groove Thing" makes me twitch like a worm on a hot rock. By the way, what is this "groove thing" of which they sing?
UnicornPrincess harlow1313 66 months ago
"By the way, what is this "groove thing" of which they sing?!"
LOL!!! :() :)
I was wondering the same thing.
cperrynaples MrsPhilHarris 66 months ago
Well, anyone who grew up in the 70's knows what a groove thing was. After all, it was the disco era!
I know, right? Lol
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