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I Love the Nightlife (Disco ‘Round) – Alicia Bridges

I Love the Nightlife (Disco ‘Round) – Alicia Bridges

Alicia Bridges has only a single hit; a single trip to the Billboard Top 40. But what a hit “I Love the Nightlife” was. It’s a party anthem. A disco classic. I always enjoyed listening to Casey Kasem’s “American Top 40” in the 1970s and I remember this song slowly inching its way up the survey, finally peaking at No. 5 in December 1978. But that was the only time Alicia Bridges ever saw … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Got to be Real – Cheryl Lynn

Got to be Real – Cheryl Lynn

Editor’s note: This assessment of Cheryl Lynn’s “Got to be Real” reflects the opinion of Jim Barton and not toponehitwonders.com. Some of us here actually like this song…but definitely not Jim. Long before American Idol, there was The Gong Show, where amateur singers, dancers and so forth showcased their talents (or lack thereof) for three celebrities. A huge gong dangled behind the celebrities and if one or more of them didn’t like the act, he … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Change – A Lover’s Holiday

Change – A Lover’s Holiday

The last dying breaths of disco are clearly heard in “A Lover’s Holiday” by Change. There is nothing wrong with the song. In fact, it’s a wonderfully produced disco gem that features all the disco trademarks including: Dual-tracked female singers A consistent disco beat Vocal references to roller skates Soaring strings at all the right moments “A Lover’s Holiday” should have been a hit. Instead it only reached number 40 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1980. Here’s the problem: the song … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

What is Love – Haddaway

What is Love – Haddaway

If you were Haddaway, do you think you would be embarassed that your song became the centerpiece to a Saturday Night Live sketch that was so popular that it was expanded into a nearly unwatchable movie titled Night at the Roxbury? Or would you be proud? If I’m Haddaway, I’m completely content to have unleashed a pop song that is so relentless, it enters your brain, sits down on the couch, makes a ham sandwich, orders … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

Movin’ – Brass Construction

Movin’ – Brass Construction

Disco is the greatest form of music in really tiny doses. Or the most disposable. A song like “Movin'” by Brass Construction is exhibit A in that argument. When people first heard this song on the dance floors of disco clubs, they lapped it up like a starving kitten snarfs Meow Mix. Then they let it settle in, percolate a bit, and discovered they liked it. A lot. Movin’ by Brass Construction reached #14 on the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Livin’ It Up (Friday Night) – Bell and James

Livin’ It Up (Friday Night) – Bell and James

Today’s hit is a completely forgotten one-hit wonder that should be resurrected in a movie soundtrack or remade by Lady Gaga or Black Eyed Peas. “Livin’ It Up (Friday Night)” by Bell and James is a quintessential party song. It’s about nothing more than busting out this Friday night. This song could have been recorded by The SOS Band who gave the world “Take Your Time (Do it Right).” It’s another song with unnecessary … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop