Pick: Which song would you listen to on the radio in 1979?

Imagine you're back in 1979. You've got the windows down on your Oldsmobile Cutlass and the radio is cranked up. But you can only listen to one station at a time, of course.

Below, you will find some of the biggest hits from 1979. Many of them went all the way to No. 1. You would have easily found them on the dial throughout the months of the year.

So, the big question is — which one would you listen to? See how your music taste compares to others!
  1. These three hits from January '79 are playing at the same time. Pick one:
  2. These three hits from February '79 are playing at the same time. Pick one:
  3. These three hits from March '79 are playing at the same time. Pick one:
  4. These three hits from April '79 are playing at the same time. Pick one:
  5. These three hits from May '79 are playing at the same time. Pick one:
  6. These three hits from June '79 are playing at the same time. Pick one:
  7. These three hits from July '79 are playing at the same time. Pick one:
  8. These three hits from August '79 are playing at the same time. Pick one:
  9. These three hits from September '79 are playing at the same time. Pick one:
  10. These three hits from October '79 are playing at the same time. Pick one:
  11. These three hits from November '79 are playing at the same time. Pick one:
  12. These three hits from December '79 are playing at the same time. Pick one:

Pick: Which song would you listen to on the radio in 1979?

Your Result...

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Bob 1 month ago
I would have preferred to be under 50%
Tony 1 month ago
Mostly good music, so tough choices. Played it two ways: What would 13-year-old Tony listen to? and What would 55-year-old Tony listen to? Still tough.
prettyuglymonster 1 month ago
Dang it, Prince beats Rupert Holmes and Styx by a million miles.Come on!
WILD 1 month ago
74% similar
74% similar to the most popular responses.

1979 was also my first concert. I saw KISS at The Montreal Forum (New England was the opening act). Tickets and T-shirts were $10.00 each. When I saw Judas Priest and Deep Purple (and some other band that I skipped. I still don't know who they were) 3 years ago the Ticket cost closer to $120. and T-shirts were $50.00 each.
ndebrabant 16 months ago
48% similar
48% similar to the most popular responses

Never listen to or heard of most of them.
idkwut2use 16 months ago
43% or something like that but it was IMPOSSIBLE because SO MANY of them are SO AWESOME...
Runeshaper 26 months ago
49% similar
49% similar to the most popular responses
RB 26 months ago
57% similar is more than I expected it to be. I have somewhat of an offbeat taste in music and don't usually go for the most popular stuff. Back then, I was usually listening to country. Since I was a teenager, NOBODY else my age was listening to it with me.
WILD 26 months ago
74% similar
74% similar to the most popular responses
Seagirl 28 months ago
I was a keyboard player in a cover band back in those days so I pretty much picked the songs we did. 82% What fun that was!
Lacey 33 months ago
I think what would be a more telling quiz is to ask what song you listened to more THEN and which one of the same group you would listen to NOW.
I cringe at the 45s of still have of some of these "hits."
Amalthea Lacey 1 month ago
Not me. I still love the songs now that I loved then. Heck; my all-time favorite song has been my all-time favorite song since I was about 2 years old, and STILL is! (To Sir, With Love by Lulu). I just enjoy finding new songs, too.
SheriHeffner 33 months ago
I would have gotten a higher number if I had put down Fleetwood Mac but I couldn't stand them.
Seagirl SheriHeffner 28 months ago
Tusk was not one of my faves either.
Amalthea Seagirl 16 months ago
Not their best album, but FM is my all-time favorite band (and I'm talking ALL versions, going back to Peter Green), so I picked "Tusk" by default.
kissoff 33 months ago
1979 was still a good year for music...of all genres. This was before MTV and rap/hip-hop came in and flushed the music scene down the toilet which is where it still is today!!
AllisonWunderland kissoff 33 months ago
You got that right
kissoff 33 months ago
1979 was still a good year for music...of all genres. This was before MTV and rap/hip-hop came in and flushed the music scene down the toilet which is where it still is today!!
JamesB 33 months ago
88%, mostly by voting against the type of songs people think of when they trash the late '70's. I still like Dire Straits' 1st album over the rest of their long run and anything Eagles. I didn't appreciate "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (and didn't vote for it here) until it was used for a Seinfeld montage! ;)
AllisonWunderland 33 months ago
Oh yeah! Class of '79....best days, best songs, best all around! Wouldn't trade those days for anything! Go 1970's!
GiorgioDemos 33 months ago
I got 56%. Obviously I was more into R&B and not so much into Rock. Don´t recall hearing those songs by Styx, Supertramp, Dire Straits, Cheap Trick, etc, as much as I heard songs by Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, etc.
JeffTanner 33 months ago
56% similar ---------56% similar to the most popular responses.
daDoctah 33 months ago
One thing is for certain: in 1979, I had stopped listening to what Elton John was doing, even though I'd still play his earlier albums. Likewise, Olivia Newton-John was in the process of reinventing herself from her earlier countrified stuff.

Mostly I was just waiting for disco to finish dying. Blondie and the Knack had showed us that it could be done, we just had to wait for everyone else to catch on.
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