Top  songs of the 70's

  1. Dancing queen Abba: 1976
  2. Take a chance of me Abba: 1977
  3. Walk this way Aerosmith: 1977
  4. School’s Out Alice Cooper: 1972
  5. Knock On Wood Amii Stewart: 1979
  6. Ring my bell Anita Ward: 1979
  7. Hold your head up Argent: 1973
  8. Taking care of business B.T.O.: 1973
  9. Rock N Roll Fantasy Bad Company: 1979
  10. Copacabana Barry Manalo: 1978
  11. Saturday night Bay City Rollers: 1974
  12. Rock and Roll Music Beach Boys: 1976
  13. Stayin’ alive Bee Gees: 1977
  14. Heart of glass Blonde: 1978
  15. Old time rock and roll Bob Seger: 1978
  16. It’s A heartache Bonnie Tyler: 1978
  17. Love will keep us together Captain & Tennille: 1975
  18. I want you to want me Cheap Trick: 1979
  19. Good times Chic: 1979
  20. Le Freak Chic: 1979
  21. My ding-a-ling Chuck Berry: 1972
  22. Feels so good Chuck Mangione: 1978
  23. Brick house Commodores: 1977
  24. Smoke on the water Deep Purple: 1973
  25. Cover of the rolling stone Dr. Hook: 1973


Top Songs of the 80's 

 1. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
  2. Every Breath You Take - The Police
  3. When Doves Cry - Prince
  4. Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
  5. I Love Rock 'N' Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  6. Don't You Want Me? - The Human League
  7. Tainted Love - Soft Cell
  8. Like a Virgin - Madonna
  9. The Message - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
10. Beat It - Michael Jackson
11. Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
12. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
13. Call Me - Blondie
14. Celebration - Kool & The Gang
15. Super Freak Part I - Rick James
16. Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
17. You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
18. Walk This Way - Run-D.M.C.
19. Whip It - Devo
20. Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
21. Planet Rock - Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force
22. What's Love Got To Do With It? - Tina Turner
23. Born In the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen
24. With Or Without You - U2
25. Purple Rain - Prince



Despite common opinion, boomboxes can be traced back to a humble start in the mid-70s, when the idea of a "personal" stereo experience was a bit of a novelty. Panasonic, Sony, Marantz and GE were quick to debut this hybrid stereo--not quite a home stere console, but more than a portable combination radio-cassette. The models were small, heavy and black--sound quality and AM/FM tuning was quite good. The pinnacle in functionality was an array of input and output jacks, so the stereo could be integrated with other audio equipment, like microphones and turntables. Obviously, these systems filled a niche, and when the '80s arrived, other companies entered the portable stereo arena, while the trendsetters released more models. And so began the "boombox boom."

Marantz Superscope. Few style points, but great quality from a leader in magnetic tape technology. AM/FM tuner, cassette recorder, "stereo matrix" (wide effect) through its 2-way, 4 speaker system. There were one-speaker mono predecessors, but this is the earliest we found to fit the configuration of what we now know as the boombox. Sold for over $200 in 1976.

Panasonic Portable FM/AM Stereo Cassette Recorder. Fluid design improves slightly upon the Marantz, but an otherwise insipid format. As you'll soon see, it wouldn't take long for Panasonic to come into their own. The Japanese giant's first offering featured 3 1/2" speakers, twin volume controls, mic mixing, built-in stereo condenser mics and VU/battery meter. Approx. $150 by 1977.

1978 Sony CF-520. One of Sony's first boomboxes with most of the same features of the above, but certainly improved aesthetics. Arguably, Sony enlightened the industry with cool styling causing the boombox trend to catch fire in the late 70s and early 80s.

Panasonic clearly dominated the boombox market around the turn of the decade; quality and performance were the benchmark for other companies to match. This is one of their earliest models, the RQ-4040.

This boombox weighed in at a whopping 12lbs, not including batteries. Despite its weight, it was small when compared to models released a few years later--less than one foot in height. We notice that this was par for the course for the early systems, very heavy and solid, in a not-so-large package. These radios were durable, and we've had good luck finding them recently in working condition.

Panasonic's top of the heap in the late '70s was RX-5040. This was one of the first systems that included an led meter for signal & battery strength. A sure sign of quality was the array of inputs and outputs included. This stereo was made for true integration into a home stereo. For some reason, these functions seemed to disappear as the years progressed.
Conic wasn't exactly a symbol of electronics excellence, but this multi-band is pretty neat. It may very well be the first boombox featuring detachable speakers and it boasted AM/FM/SW/LW reception. Sound quality probably wasn't too great with those 2 1/2" speakers, but who cares!

We were just happy to find this 20+ year-old Sanyo M9980 "in the wild" and in super shape. Notice the twin meters; the little yellow button above on the left controls a light for them.

Panasonic's RS-466S, a hip model from 1979. Boomboxes were becoming mainstream at this point. Here's a shot from a 1979 deodorant commercial featuring the very same model to prove it.

GE was one of the few companies offering a solid portable stereo cassette recorder for an affordable price. While is wasn't particularly rich in features, it did have all the basics: separate left & volume controls; stereo switch; "digital" tape counter; signal strength/record level/battery meter; the forgotten neon orange square to aid in marking tape position.

This is what could be had for $430 in 1979--the ultimate portable recording stereo, the Sanyo M9998. Amazing looks and features, and so ahead of its time. We all know Sanyo is very good at pushing crummy consumer electronics to the masses, but just look at what they're capable of...