Billboard's 1976 year-end chart lists Wings' "Silly Love Songs" as the number one song of the year, followed by "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," by Sir Elton John and Kiki Dee, "Disco Lady," by Johnnie Taylor, "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)," by the Four Seasons and Wild Cherry's "Play that Funky Music." Billboard offers chart histories from the beginning of music-ranking, including top singles and top albums.Continue Reading
"Silly Love Songs" was written by Sir Paul McCartney as a rebuttal to his friend and former Beatles band mate, John Lennon, as well as music critics, who criticized him for writing too many love songs. Tim Riley, an author in the music industry, has said that McCartney also wrote the song for his audiences to have a laugh at his expense, just as Elvis Presley had been known to do.
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart," performed by Sir Elton John and Kiki Dee, was written by John and Bernie Taupin. It was the first number one single for the duo in the United Kingdom, topping the chart for six weeks in 1976. The song also became John's sixth number one single in the United States, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks.Learn more about Art & Literature