Andre Gardner

On September 29, 1980, the Phillies routed the Cubs, 14-2, in their last home game before beginning the playoff season that would bag them a World Series championship. That same day, these were the top 10 rock albums we were listening to:

  • 10. Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel

    The third self-titled album for Peter Gabriel was the one that got him noticed as a solo artist. The album, ironically, featured Phil Collins on drums on five tracks. Peter Gabriel is the #10 rock album on this week’s countdown, and here is one song on which Phil did NOT play.

  • 9. Against The Wind - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

    It’s amazing that this was Bob Seger’s only #1 album, considering his body of quality work. That said, Against The Wind was #9 on September 29, 1980, after peaking at the top spot.

  • 8. Glass Houses - Billy Joel

    He’s our featured artist this weekend on MGK, and his seventh album was #8 on September 29, 1980, after spending a cool six weeks at #1.  Speaking of #1, this song was his first #1 single.

  • 7. Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere - Rossington-Collins Band

    Three years after the tragedy that claimed the lives of members and crew from Lynyrd Skynyrd, four of the surviving band members formed The Rossington-Collins Band, after Skynyrd guitarists Gary Rossington and Allen Collins.  To separate their sound from that of Skynyrd, they brought in Dale Krantz on vocals and, while they only lasted for three years and put out two albums, their debut, Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere was an excellent work, and hit #7 on this week’s Thursday Top 10 Countdown.


  • 6. Back In Black - AC/DC

    After peaking at #4, AC/DC’s crown jewel, Back In Black, stayed in the top 10 for the next four months!  On September 29, 1980 it was #6.

  • 5. Crimes Of Passion - Pat Benatar

    The former bank teller, now Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame member, hit #2 with her sophomore release, Crimes Of Passion. On its way to hitting #2, and staying there for five weeks, it’s #5 this week.

  • 4. Panorama - The Cars

    For their third album, The Cars dabbled in a more sparse and experimental direction.  It’s certainly evident on the first single released from Panorama, “Touch And Go.”  The album peaked here at #4 on 9/29/80.

  • 3. Emotional Rescue - The Rolling Stones

    The Stones spent the better part of 1979 working on the followup to Some Girls, and the result was another album full of rock and roll, rhythm and blues, soul and even disco, called Emotional Rescue.  It spent seven weeks at #1 in the U.S. and, on September 29, 1980, it slips to #3.

  • 2. Hold Out - Jackson Browne

    It was three years between Jackson Browne’s breakthrough album, Running On Empty, and its followup, Hold Out, a lot in those days, but the wait was worth it as Browne got his first and only #1 with this one.  After spending a week there, it dropped to #2 on the chart this week.

  • 1. The Game - Queen

    At the top of the charts this week is the eighth album by one of classic rock’s most beloved bands.  While their first seven albums proudly displayed the message “no synthesizers” on the back covers,  this album marked the first time they did use them.  This was their only chart topping album in the U.S., it produced two #1 singles and went on to sell more than four million copies.   The #1 rock album on September 29, 1980 was The Game by Queen.


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