The Gist

And We Never Looked at Music the Same Way Again

The year of MTV’s launch brought us aerobic-chic, urban cowboys, and the one song you hear at every wedding.

Olivia Newton-John.

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On The Gist, disco is out, MTV is in, and we’re getting buns of steel with Olivia Newton-John. We harken back to the Billboard hits of 1981 with our regular guest Chris Molanphy. He writes Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” column.

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