7: Reminiscing – Little River Band

NeilTop 30 - Australian Songs

Entered Charts: 16 August 1978
Entry Point: 39
Highest Chart: 28
Weeks In: 10
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Little River Band were one of the first Australian acts to make it “big time” in the USA and this song was their biggest US hit. Frank Sinatra said it was the best song written in the 1970’s and John Lennon had plans to record it on a future album. Such was Reminiscing’s impact in America that the Broadcasting Music Industry (BMI – the equivalent to APRA in Australia) awarded it six “Millionaire Awards” – one for each time the song had been played one million times on radio in the US. To put that in context, the most any song has received is eight – “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers – followed by only three songs that have been played over seven million times.

And yet, for all of its success on the other side of the world, Reminiscing only reached number 39 on the Australia charts, leaving the top for 40 after only two weeks.

Written by Graeham Goble, Reminiscing is a great song that captures the sound of LRB better than any of their other hits. They had 12 other hits that charted higher here than Reminiscing but in my mind, none that were as good.