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The Smashing Pumpkins

1979 (4:22)

"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…

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  • Perfect song for getting drunk with your friends one summer's night and just going out and doing stupid shit
  • One of my favorite songs of all time. The lyrics are so poetic. This isn't really a happy song for me personally, although I completely understand where everyone is coming from.
  • Uuuia's horrid brother was born then
  • it's sunny-&-perfect-weather-driving-down-the-hwy-windows-rolled-down song
  • epic
  • Yeah, memories-I love it!
  • a perfect 90s anthem :)
  • 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.
  • So good
  • 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

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