I love the Billboard charts. Love them! They are the mirror to my neverending cognitive development. I have subscribed to the publication for almost 30 years, and I continue to derive joy out of reading the physical copy — week after week. Look for more chart musings on this blog and on the wiki I’ll restart in a few weeks: Doctor Pundit Projects.
The attached PDF shows the Billboard Hot 100, dated 5/31/1980. I was in junior high, getting ready to trade my awesome seventh grade year for the ultimate stepping stone to senior high-dom (the all important Eighth Grade).
The summer of 1980 was priceless for many reasons, not the least of which was my Memphis Babe Ruth allstar baseball team,
the local sponsor of which was McDonalds, going all the way to the state championship game that year, only to be ousted by a team from Chattanooga.
This Billboard chart week was the soundtrack to the kickoff to that special summer. The #7 song of the week (“Stomp”, by The Bros Johnson, its eventual chart peak) underscored the electric mood I felt at the beginning of baseball season that year. Can’t say how I incorporated the week’s #1 track (“Funkytown”, Lipps Inc.) into my life, but it clicked.