1978 — Missed It By That Much! Top Ten Hits That Never Made It To #1!
As much as people love #1 hits, people also love to see which familiar songs didn't make it to #1. So, this list features songs from 1978 that made it into the Top 10 but never reached #1. After each artist's name, you'll see the song's peak position in the Billboard Top 40 Pop Charts.
Some here were likely #1 hits on gerrymandered charts like Top Radio Dance Hits Covered by Payola, Top Hard Rock Songs on FM AOR Stations Who Play the Same 20 Artists To Death and Mall Record Store's Top Singles with White Kids in the Suburbs.
Let's see where this day takes us! The songs are listed chronologically as they first appeared on charts in 1978. Artists with two songs are entered by the appearance of their first hit of the year.
25) We Will Rock You / We Are The Champions -- Queen (#4): You wouldn't know it from all the footstompin' at sports stadiums throughout the land that have 'Rocked' us over the years. If you don't sing "We Are The Champions" after winning a card game with your neighbors, you're letting them off too easy.
24) Come Sail Away -- Styx (#8): I'm not saying any of these songs either deserved or didn't deserve to move up to the prestigious top slot, except maybe in this case. This song deserves to come sail away to a Potter's Field for excretious tuneage.
23) Just The Way You Are -- Billy Joel (#3), My Life -- Billy Joel (#3): One faithful reader said I showed signs of 'Stockholm Syndrome' when I forgave Billy Joel for some of his past transgressions against society. Faithful Reader has a point. The fact that I'm not allowed to listen to music anymore and must strictly make comments based on album covers alone has brightened my worldview quite a bit. Dave "New This Week" DiMartino and I loved the new Miley Cyrus album cover! We're really looking forward to Lady Gaga's promotional photos even more!
22) Sometimes When We Touch -- Dan Hill (#3): Songs about static electricity just don't get the respect they deserve.