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1979 Historical Events

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39th President:
Jimmy Carter

Served from January 20, 1977 to January 20, 1981 (4 years)
World Series Winner:
New York Yankees (AL)

Defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers (NL) with a record of 4-2
Super Bowl XIII Winner:
Pittsburgh Steelers

Defeated the Dallas Cowboys with a score of 35-31
Time Magazine's
Person of the Year:
Ayatollah Khomeini

From Iran
Nuclear power plant accident at Three Mile Island, Pa., releases radiation
(March 28, 1979)


For 1979 movies, Kramer vs. Kramer came out on top. It grossed over $106,260,000 to make it the most popular movie of 1979. Among 1979 TV shows, Laverne & Shirley was the most popular for the year.


Top Movies from 1979

  • Kramer vs. Kramer
  • The Muppet Movie
  • The Electric Horseman
  • The China Syndrome
  • Love at First Bite
  • The Main Event
  • Manhattan
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Top Songs from 1979

  • My Sharona, The Knack
  • Bad Girls, Donna Summer
  • Le Freak, Chic
  • Da Ya Think I'm Sexy, Rod Stewart
  • Reunited, Peaches and Herb
  • I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor
  • Hot Stuff, Donna Summer
  • Y.M.C.A., Village People
  • Ring My Bell, Anita Ward
  • Sad Eyes, Robert John

Billboard Top Songs from 1979

All of the 1979 hits below topped the 1979 Billboard Top 100 charts. Can you remember the lyrics of any of these 1979 top songs?

1.KnackMy Sharona
2.Donna SummerBad Girls
3.ChicLe Freak
4.Rod StewartDa Ya Think I'm Sexy
5.Peaches and HerbReunited
6.Gloria GaynorI Will Survive
7.Donna SummerHot Stuff
8.Village PeopleY.M.C.A.
9.Anita WardRing My Bell
10.Robert JohnSad Eyes
11.Bee GeesToo Much Heaven
12.Donna SummerMacArthur Park
13.Dr. HookWhen You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman
14.David NaughtonMakin' It
15.Pointer SistersFire
16.Bee GeesTragedy
17.Olivia Newton-JohnA Little More Love
18.BlondieHeart Of Glass
19.Doobie BrothersWhat A Fool Believes
20.ChicGood Times
21.Barbra Streisand and Neil DiamondYou Don't Bring Me Flowers
22.Amii StewartKnock On Wood
23.Suzi Quatro and Chris NormanStumblin' In
24.Maxine NightingaleLead Me On
25.JacksonsShake Your Body
26.Melissa ManchesterDon't Cry Out Loud
27.SupertrampThe Logical Song
28.Billy JoelMy Life
29.Randy VanwarmerJust When I Needed You Most
30.RaydioYou Can't Change That
31.Peaches and HerbShake Your Groove Thing
32.Dionne WarwickI'll Never Love This Way Again
33.Bee GeesLove You Inside Out
34.Cheap TrickI Want You To Want Me
35.Barbra StreisandThe Main Event (Fight)
36.Elton JohnMama Can't Buy You Love
37.Leif GarrettI Was Made For Dancin'
38.Earth, Wind and FireAfter The Love Has Gone
39.Donna Summer and Brooklyn DreamsHeaven Knows
40.Kenny RogersThe Gambler
41.Nicolette LarsonLotta Love
42.Little River BandLady
43.Bonnie PointerHeaven Must Have Sent You
44.TotoHold The Line
45.Sister SledgeHe's The Greatest Dancer
46.Dr. HookSharing The Night Together
47.Kenny RogersShe Believes In Me
48.Village PeopleIn The Navy
49.Frank MillsMusic Box Dancer
50.Charlie Daniels BandThe Devil Went Down To Georgia
51.John StewartGold
52.WingsGoodnight Tonight
53.Sister SledgeWe Are Family
54.Bad CompanyRock 'N' Roll Fantasy
55.Hot ChocolateEvery 1's A Winner
56.CherTake Me Home
57.Earth, Wind and FireBoogie Wonderland
58.Andy Gibb(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away
59.Bobby CaldwellWhat You Won't Do For Love
60.Ace FrehleyNew York Groove
61.Dire StraitsSultans Of Swing
62.ChicI Want Your Love
63.Rickie Lee JonesChuck E's In Love
64.Alicia BridgesI Love The Night Life
65.McFadden and WhiteheadAin't No Stoppin' Us Now
66.Little River BandLonesome Loser
68.England Dan and John Ford ColeyLove Is The Answer
69.Cheryl LynnGot To Be Real
70.Patrick HernandezBorn To Be Alive
71.Electric Light OrchestraShine A Little Love
72.Anne MurrayI Just Fall In Love Again
73.Ian MatthewsShake It
74.KissI Was Made For Lovin' You
75.Gino VannelliI Just Wanna Stop
76.G.Q.Disco Nights
77.Linda RonstadtOoh Baby Baby
78.Earth, Wind and FireSeptember
79.Al StewartTime Passages
80.Herb AlpertRise
81.Electric Light OrchestraDon't Bring Me Down
82.Eric ClaptonPromises
83.Roger VoudourisGet Used To It
84.AmbrosiaHow Much I Feel
85.Eddie RabbittSuspicions
86.Rex SmithYou Take My Breath Away
87.Alice CooperHow You Gonna See Me Now
88.ForeignerDouble Vision
89.BabysEvery Time I Think Of You
90.Instant FunkI Got My Mind Made Up
91.Michael JacksonDon't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
92.Robert PalmerBad Case Of Lovin' You
93.Barry ManilowSomewhere In The Night
94.Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet BandWe've Got Tonight
95.Van HalenDance The Night Away
96.Nigel OlssonDancing Shoes
97.Diana RossThe Boss
98.CommodoresSail On
99.G.Q.I Do Love You
100.FirefallStrange Way

Most Popular Names for People Who Graduated in 1979


  1. Mary
  2. Lisa
  3. Susan
  4. Linda
  5. Karen


  1. Michael
  2. David
  3. John
  4. James
  5. Robert

Class of 1979 Yearbook

Class of 1979 Reunion

Your 50 year reunion is only 6 years away!

Class of 1979: If are part of the 1979 graduating class, we hope you enjoy thinking about the historical events, remembering the lyrics to the best songs, and thinking back to some of your best high school friends. Be sure to visit® to find old friends from the class of 1979 and reconnect with fellow class of '79 graduates. They have tools to help you plan a class of 1979 reunion, see yearbook photos from 1979, and use the graduates list to get in touch with old friends.

If you did not graduate in the class of 1979, try the Class of 1978 or the Class of 1980.