1979 (song)

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"1979"
Single by The Smashing Pumpkins
from the album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Released January 23, 1996
Format Vinyl record (7" and 12"), CD and cassette
Recorded 1995
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:24
Label Virgin Records
Writer(s) Billy Corgan
Producer Flood, Alan Moulder and Billy Corgan
Certification Gold (RIAA)
The Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology
"Bullet with Butterfly Wings"
(1995)
"1979"
(1996)
"Zero"
(1996)

"1979" is a song by the American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. It was released as the second single from their third studio album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. "1979" was written by frontman Billy Corgan, and features loops and samples that were not like previous Smashing Pumpkins songs.[1] The song was popular with critics and fans; Allmusic's Amy Hanson called it a "somewhat surprising hit".[2] The song was nominated for the Record of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the Grammy Awards. They won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Alternative Video.

Chart positions[change | change source]

Chart[3][4] Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 16
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart 37
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart 21
Canadian Singles Chart 2
Canadian ‘’RPM’’ Rock/Alternative Chart 1
Dutch Top 40 29
Finnish Singles Chart 11
French Singles Chart 38
Irish Singles Chart 6
New Zealand Singles Chart 9
UK Singles Chart 16
US Billboard Hot 100 12
US Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
US Modern Rock Tracks 1
US Top 40 Mainstream 10
US Hot Dance Music/Club Play 17
US Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 47
US Adult Top 40 30


Preceded by
"Wonderwall" by Oasis
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
March 2, 1996
Succeeded by
"Wonderwall" by Oasis
Preceded by
"The World I Know" by Collective Soul
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
March 2 – March 9, 1996
Succeeded by
"Santa Monica" by Everclear
Preceded by
Brain Stew by Green Day
Canadian RPM Rock/Alternative 30 number-one single
February 19, 1996
Succeeded by
"Peaches" by The Presidents of the United States of America

References[change | change source]

  1. Kot, Greg. "A Long Strange Trip To 1979", Chicago Tribune. (available online).
  2. Hanson, Amy. "Song Review". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/song/t1316130. Retrieved 2007-02-10.
  3. "The Smashing Pumpkins Artist Chart History". Billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/retrieve_chart_history.do?model.vnuArtistId=5700&model.vnuAlbumId=177262. Retrieved 2007-02-10.
  4. "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Billboard Singles". Allmusic.com. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r226567. Retrieved 2007-02-19.