#17 – Barry Manilow – “Copacabana (At the Copa)” – (1978)

I think the parenthetical title on this song is the stupidest thing. Does anyone really think this song is called “At The Copa?” No. This is a straight disco tune that Barry Manilow co-wrote after visiting the Copacabana Hotel in Rio de Janeiro. If you listen to the lyrics, it clearly says that the Copacabana is “the hottest spot north of Havana.” Now, Barry might be really bad at geography, as Rio is far south of Havana, but the song is ostensibly about the Copacabana club in New York City. I will say that the music in this song makes you want to think it’s about somewhere much more tropical than New York, but oh well. Oh, and the lyrics about “have a banana” really make the song seem like it was written by a child. It was a top ten hit in the U.S.

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