tri-state throwbacks

Know what's awesome about being down the hall from the two big top 40 stations of the '70s, '80s and '90s?  You happen upon some pretty cool stuff...and recently, we stumbled across a huge collection of WDBQ and K-Live 105 music surveys that counted down the biggest hits in the area every week.  Instead of just geeking out on them ourselves, we thought we'd share them with you!  So here's the top 5 songs from May 12, 1978:

5. Kool & The Gang/"Fresh"
It's not only one of Kool & The Gang's last big's also their freshest!

4. Sade/"Smooth Operator"
And thus began years and years of people pronouncing her name incorrectly.

3. Murray Head/"One Night In Bangkok"
Yeah, this one's weird.  Backstory: this is actually a song from the Broadway musical "Chess," written by Tim Rice ("Jesus Christ Superstar") and the guys from Abba.  Seriously.  Murray Head played the lead in the original cast...but is probably better known for being the older brother of Anthony Stewart Head, who played Giles on the TV version of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer."

2. Simple Minds/"Don't You (Forget About Me)"
If you've ever heard this song and not lifted a fist in triumph, have you even really lived?

1. Wham!/"Everything She Wants"
I was today years old when I learned that despite all their hits, Wham! only made three albums.  The first one nobody remembers, but that middle one was the biggie -- and this was the final single from that very album.

Hope you dug today's Tri-State Throwbacks.  Make sure you check back Monday through Friday for a new countdown!

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