|1||1||12||Baker Street||–||Gerry Rafferty|
|2||2||9||Thank You for the Music||–||ABBA|
|3||3||12||You’re the One That I Want||–||John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John|
|4||4||9||Dancing in the City||–||Marshall, Hain|
|5||8||6||Shadow Dancing||–||Andy Gibb|
|6||7||7||No Hollywood Movie||–||Lesley Hamilton|
|7||5||10||You’re My Best Friend||–||Don Williams|
|8||6||18||Rivers of Babylon||–||Boney M|
|9||12||5||(You’re Such a) Fabulous Dancer||–||Wha-koo|
|10||10||11||My Life’s in Good Hands (Jesus, Sweet Jesus)||–||Gene Rockwell|
|11||11||7||Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)||–||Amanda Lear|
|12||9||14||Love is in the Air||–||John Paul Young|
|14||13||11||Just the Way You Are||–||Billy Joel|
|16||17||3||You’ve Got All of Me||–||Clout|
|17||20||2||Hoeka Toeka||–||Carike Keuzenkamp|
|18||15||18||So You Win Again||–||Copperfield|
|19||New||1||Place in Your Heart||–||Nazareth|
|20||New||1||The Race is On||–||Suzi Quatro|
Gerry Rafferty’s ‘Baker Street’ joined 52 other songs in having spent at least 5 weeks at the top of the charts as it clung on to the number 1 spot to make it 5 weeks at 1 in a row. Abba’s ‘Thank You For The Music’ spent a second consecutive week at 2 and a 3rd week there overall.
A 3 place jump would have bagged you a biggest climber award this week and 3 songs managed this. The first of these was Andy Gibb’s ‘Shadow Dancing’ which moved up from 8 to 5. Gibb’s hit had been a star rater for the past 2 weeks, but not the climber of the week so it was somewhat ironic that when he did not manage a star rater climb (i.e. 4 or more places), he took the climber award. Wha-Koo’s ‘(You’re Such a) Fabulous Dancer’ moved up from 12 to 9 and Carike Keuzenkamp’s ‘Hoeka Toeka’ climbed from 20 to 17 to be the other 2 climbers.
Like the climber, the faller of the week was also a 3 place move and there were 2 songs that dropped 3. The first of these was Copperfield’s ‘So You Win Again’ which dropped from 15 to 18 while John Paul Young’s ‘Love Is In The Air’ fell from 9 to 12. It was John Paul Young’s 6th time with the award and he was the 30th act overall to see this many fallers and the 4th from a non-big 3 nation.
Boney M’s ‘Rivers Of Babylon’ and Copperfield’s ‘So You Win Again’ enjoyed a 7th week as the oldest on the charts. They were on 18 weeks each.
‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ by Sweet Promise did not fare nearly as well as Jessica Jones’ version had. Where Jones had spent 26 weeks on the charts and gone to number 1, Sweet Promises version only managed 3 weeks and a peak of 19. As mentioned in last week’s entry, the song sat 4th for weeks by a song charting in more than 1 version. Sweet Promise would only manage this 1 hit.
We also bid farewell to Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘Fantasy’ which had lasted 13 weeks and peaked at 7. This had been their first SA chart hit and they would have a good few more.
Nazareth returned to the charts with their 3rd hit to date, ‘Place In Your Heart’. The song was written by band member Manny Charlton and would go to number 70 in the UK. It appeared on the band’s 1977 album ‘Expect No Mercy’.
Suzi Quatro returned to the charts with her second hit, ‘The Race Is On’ which followed up her recent hit, ‘If You Can’t Give Me Love’. Like her previous hit, her new one was written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn and this was their 18th hit as song writers. They moved into tied 3rd place on the list of number of hits by a song writer joining Robin Gibb, Les Reed, Roger Greenaway and Jeff Barry there. They were 2 behind Barry Gibb who was in second place and 8 behind leader Terry Dempsey who was on 25. ‘The Race Is On’ would give Suzi a number 10 hit in Austria, a number 15 hit in Germany and would go to 18 in Sweden and 39 in The Netherlands as well as managing to get to 43 in the UK.
After 2 weeks with 10 in the charts, the groups dropped back to only having 9.
Both Copperfield and Amanda Lear were celebrating their 20th week in the chart while Olivia Newton-John and Gene Rockwell saw their weeks count move on to 70. They were the 34th and 35th acts to manage this many with Rockwell being the 9th local act to get to 70 and Newton-John being the 3rd woman. Rockwell was now tied 8th with John Edmonds on the local weeks count list.
Boney M saw their points total pass the 800 mark. They sat 32nd overall for points.