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“1979” is a song by the American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. Released in 1996 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 uncharacteristic of previous Smashing Pumpkins songs. The song was popular with critics and fans; Allmusic’s Amy Hanson called it a “somewhat surprising hit”. 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, and won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Alternative Video.

“1979” was the Smashing Pumpkins’ highest-charting single, reaching number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and on the Modern Rock Tracks charts. It peaked at number fifty-four on the U.S. Hot Digital Songs in 2005, nine years after first being released. 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.

In a 1996 Spin interview, Corgan indicated that “1979” was probably the only indication he had for what the next Pumpkins album would sound like, “something that combines technology, and a rock sensibility, and pop, and whatever, and hopefully clicks. Between [“Bullet with Butterfly Wings”] and “1979” you have the bookends of . You’ve literally the end of the rock thing, and the beginning of the new thing”.

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  • girlfrom3floor

    Yeah, memories-I love it!

    11 Jul 7:42am Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    a perfect 90s anthem :)

    22 Apr 3:25pm Reply
  • deathsdemise123

    That riff from 2:30, when you think it's going to suddenly erupt, you're going to get that typical Pumpkins towering riff, and the whole song's gonna take off...and then it goes back to the main riff... One of the best moments on the entire album.

    13 Apr 7:19pm Reply
  • CarlosRomanMtz

    So good

    3 Apr 7:08am Reply
  • TangoTSierra

    1979 has that summer evening feel to it. The song you listen to when you're driving somewhere in a car ride with your best friend. Perfect song. [2] Spot fucking on

    13 Feb 3:37am Reply
  • redmosquito1975

    When I was young...

    6 Feb 7:13pm Reply
  • lzcool

    A melhor!

    29 Jan 7:12pm Reply
  • anirez

    Al' nešto je ne mogu slušat.

    1 Jan 2:21pm Reply
  • anirez

    Eeeeeeee...

    1 Jan 2:19pm Reply
  • antonijover

    Heard it so many times now it's kinda boring, but always brings good memories

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • FuckAHero

    this voice! I just can't stop listening to this, so adorable!

    19 Sep 2014 Reply
  • ChanandlerBong1

    I miss the 90's.

    19 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Kyrx

    1979 has that summer evening feel to it. The song you listen to when you're driving somewhere in a car ride with your best friend. Perfect song.

    9 Sep 2014 Reply
  • alessandraolsen

    This song is too good.

    8 Sep 2014 Reply
  • gokunirvana

    One of the best songs ever. This song alone evokes so many feelings at the same time. And the music fits perfectly with the lyrics. It's funny to say it, as it's supposed to be that way, or the other way around, but this track does it in such an epic manner that it's worth mentioning.

    1 Sep 2014 Reply
  • dorothydorothy

    the end of rock innovation?

    27 Aug 2014 Reply
  • KoromoAmae

    On a beach in the evening, looking out towards the horizon...

    3 Aug 2014 Reply
  • samiskywalker

    "And we don't know just where our bones will rest To dust I guess Forgotten and absorbed into the earth below"

    29 Jul 2014 Reply
  • nf13

    this song definitely changed my life [∞]

    3 Jul 2014 Reply
  • heroine-pretend

    I was only a month old when the single came out and I have it now. I'm happy.

    1 Jul 2014 Reply
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