Friday, April 1, 2016

Counting down the Top 76 of '76: Singles #10 - 1

A breakdown of my top singles from 1976

You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
Lou Rawls
Weeks in Hot 100: 21
Peaked: September 4
Album: All Things in Time (Philadelphia International)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1002
 Adult Contemporary1

Got to Get You Into My Life
The Beatles
Weeks in Hot 100: 16
Peaked: July 24
Album: Rock 'n' Roll Music (Capitol)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1007
 Adult Contemporary9

A Fifth of Beethoven
Walter Murphy and The Big Apple Band
Weeks in Hot 100: 28
Peaked: October 9
Album: A Fifth of Beethoven (Private Stock)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1002
 Adult Contemporary13

If You Leave Me Now
Weeks in Hot 100: 21
Peaked: October 23
Album: Chicago X (Columbia)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1001
 Adult Contemporary1

December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)
The Four Seasons
Weeks in Hot 100: 27
Peaked: March 13
Album: Who Loves You (Warner Bros.)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1001
 Adult Contemporary18

Sara Smile
Daryl Hall & John Oates
Weeks in Hot 100: 28
Peaked: June 26

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1004
 Adult Contemporary18

Kiss and Say Goodbye
The Manhattans
Weeks in Hot 100: 26
Peaked: July 24
Album: The Manhattans (Columbia)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1001
 Adult Contemporary12

Silly Love Songs
Weeks in Hot 100: 19
Peaked: May 22
Album: Wings at the Speed of Sound (Capitol)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1001
 Adult Contemporary1

Boogie Fever
The Sylvers
Weeks in Hot 100: 21
Peaked: May 15
Album: Showcase (Capitol)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1005

Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Elton John with Kiki Dee
Weeks in Hot 100: 20
Peaked: August 7
Album: none, single release (MCA)

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1001
 Adult Contemporary1

These are my personal top 76 singles of those that peaked on the Billboard charts in 1976.  The list is solely my opinion.  Using Joel Whitburn's book, Pop Annual 1955-1999, I started with the 527 singles that charted on Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 chart in 1976. An initial pass through that list narrowed it down to about 140 tunes.  The list was then narrowed to 95, then listening, ranking, and editing began.  The top 76 are presented here, in order.


  1. Mark, three of your top 10 were also in mine, and we matched exactly on our number 2 picks!!!

  2. Banner list there, Kid™... I particularly like your #10 and #8 selections! :)

  3. Looks like I'm late to the party but traffic on the Ten was a mess.

    Now that Mark has taken the wrapper off his Top 10, I can fold Señor Dirk's picks into the mix. (He was so moved by our undertaking that he offered up his own Top 12 off the top off his head on the Twitter #DirkysDozen.)

    There are six songs that appear on each of our four lists:
    A Fifth Of Beethoven
    Moonlight Feels Right
    More, More, More
    The Boys Are Back In Town
    Welcome Back
    You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine

    Our individual rankings of each of those songs was a wide spread and there were no unanimous agreements anywhere to be found. Four guys, four lists, 263 songs. Full rankings coming soon - hoping SRK drops a list of honorable mentions.

    1. You asked for honorable mentions, you got 'em. We aim to please. In no particular order (accuracy not guaranteed):

      Disco Lady - Johnnie Taylor
      Disco Duck - Rick Dees
      Convoy - CW McCall
      I Love Music - O'Jays
      Rock and Roll Music - Beach Boys
      You are the Woman - Firefall
      Nights Are Forever Without You - England Dan & John Ford Coley
      That'll Be the Day - Linda Ronstadt
      With Your Love - Jefferson Starship
      Baby I Love Your Way - Peter Frampton
      There's a Kind of Hush - Carpenters
      Over My Head - Fleetwood Mac
      Shout It Out Loud - KISS
      It's Over - Boz Scaggs
      What Can I Say - Boz Scaggs
      Fool for the City - Foghat
      Harvest for the World - Isley Bros
      Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - The Beatles
      Just to Be Close to You - Commodores

  4. 1976 is the year I discovered the radio. So many great songs made it hard to rank them!
    This is my top ten:
    1. Don't Go Breaking My Heart
    2. Silly Love Songs
    3. Rhiannon
    4. More Than A Feeling
    5. December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)
    6. Play That Funky Music
    7. She's Gone
    8. Love Is Alive
    9. You're My Best Friend
    10. I'd Really Love To See You Tonight

  5. No comments from the "SoftRockKid"?