Barbara Mandrell, "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed"
Barbara Mandrell may have started her country career as a 12-year-old steel-guitar prodigy sharing a room on the road with Patsy Cline, but by the late Seventies her sound was slick as snot on a doorknob – listen to this Number One country hit from her 1978 album Moods. "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed" inverts that classic disco trope of starting off slow with a ballad feel before kicking into a zippy disco beat. Barbara jumps right into the extra-peppy chorus at the top of the song and brings you back down for the verse. The lyrics about drinking over a lost love are definitely country, but that beat and "La La La" background vocals are late Seventies pop gold. For more proof Barbara had her finger on the pulse of the R&B and pop worlds, check out her smooth 1980 cover of Michael Jackson's Off the Wall ballad "She's Out of My Life," recast as "He's Out of My Life." H.K.