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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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  • FuckAHero

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

    19 Sep 4:51pm Reply
  • ChanandlerBong1

    I miss the 90's.

    19 Sep 3:09am 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 5:49am Reply
  • alessandraolsen

    This song is too good.

    8 Sep 7:05pm 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 3:33am Reply
  • dorothydorothy

    the end of rock innovation?

    27 Aug 5:27pm Reply
  • KoromoAmae

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

    3 Aug 4:06pm 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 6:25am Reply
  • nf13

    this song definitely changed my life [∞]

    3 Jul 2:14am Reply
  • heroine-pretend

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

    1 Jul 7:12am Reply
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  • Nettacki

    Gran Turismo 5 Ending Movie

    31 May 1:41am Reply
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  • mwterp87

    Was there a better hit single in the 1990s than this song? I don't think so. "1979" is also one of the rare cases where a band's biggest hit also happens to be one of the best songs they ever wrote.

    3 May 9:56pm Reply
  • hugoatease

    Lovely song, one of the album's finest.

    18 Apr 9:22pm Reply
  • Gui_Lennon

    Musica boa para ver as estrelas com uma garota :3

    18 Apr 4:05pm Reply
  • nitty_look

    Born in 1979. Great tune!

    9 Apr 12:48pm Reply
  • ChestersBest12

    technically it's "1979" :PPP

    28 Mar 1:07am Reply
  • quentin_L4

    Best song of the 90's in my opinion. [2]

    17 Mar 3:36pm Reply
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