Tuesday, January 10, 2023

45 Years Ago in Music

 I decided to have some fun here at the beginning of the year looking back in time at music.  Waiting for new releases this time of year and so it's always fun to listen to older stuff.  I thought I would do something to countdown the last 45 years by fives.

So 45 years ago it was 1978.  I didn't go back to 50 years because I really don't know what I was doing that much at 5 in terms of listening to music, but by 1978 I had bought my first album and was buying singles and was starting to build an album collection.  

According to Best Albums of 1978 : Best Ever Albums the top 10 albums of 1978 were:

  1. Darkness on the Edge of Town by Bruce Springsteen
  2. Parallel Lines by Blondie
  3. The Cars by The Cars
  4. This Year's Model by Elvis Costello
  5. Van Halen by Van Halen
  6. Die Mensch-Maschine by Kraftwerk
  7. Some Girls by The Rolling Stones
  8. The Kick Inside by Kate Bush
  9. More Songs About Buildings and Food by Talking Heads
  10. Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich

It's hard to find a list of the top selling albums of 1978, at least I haven't had much luck.  I keep finding information on the best selling album all time that came out in 1978.  but I do know the top seller that years was the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.  Here are the albums that spent at least two weeksat Billboard number 1 in 1978

  1. Saturday Night Fever (23 weeks)
  2. Grease (12 weeks)
  3. 52nd Street (7 weeks)
  4. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac (2 weeks)
  5. Some Girls by The Rolling Stones (2 weeks)
  6. Don't Look Back by Boston (2 weeks)

The top Bilboard singles of 1978 were:

  1. Shadow Dancing by Andy Gibb
  2. Night Fever by Bee Gees
  3. You Light Up My Life by Debby Boone
  4. Stayin Alive by Bee Gees
  5. Kiss You All Over by Exile
  6. How Deep Is Your Love by Bee Gees
  7. Baby Come Back by Player
  8. Thicker Than Water by Andy Gibb
  9. Boogie Oogie Oogie by A Tast of Honey
  10. Three Times a Lady by Commodores

I'll finish this off with playlist for you all from 1978.  Some of the music I still listen to today.  


  1. 1978 is one of my favorite years for music, and almost always generates the best countdowns on Casey Kasem.

    1. I have a very strong memory of listening to a Casey Kasem countdown for the whole 1970s (presumably on the first Saturday of 1980) and "You Light Up My Life" coming in at No. 1. That said, I have plenty of strong memories that end up being obliterated by facts.

  2. Music for 18 Musicians is incredible. If it's the kind of music you like, you will love it.

    1. I'm interested in hearing it. I don't believe I had ever heard of it.

  3. Thanks for this playlist. "Sultans of Swing" is almost always a welcome listen for me.

  4. In the 1980s, I knew a teen-ager over whose too-loud earphones I was introduced to the Kate Bush catalog, and, now in the 2020s, I know a teen-ager over whose too-loud earphones I have been re-introduced to the Kate Bush catalog. I like her music OK. She's always interesting--that's for sure.

  5. I guess "Dog & Butterfly" is my favorite Heart song.

    1. I wonder what this song is about. I've heard it about 500 times in my life and never paid a lick of attention to the lyrics, and I'm listening to it right now and not paying a lick of attention to the lyrics. I do know some female had to try something, and I hope it's something happy involving a nice dog and beautiful butterfly.

  6. 1970s HP me has been introduced to Gloria Gaynor beyond "I Will Survive," and she's quite a good singer.

  7. Saga's "How Long" reminds me of the clean and calm of Feather's house.

  8. Well, I actually did one time drunkenly sing the pair-uh-DIIIIIIIIICE! background to "Cheeseburgers in Paradise" with a beautiful woman and a cover band on a bar stage on 13th Street in Bowling Green. But I probably did go back to my apartment that night and play with my baseball cards, lest you think I'm trying to brag here. I'm just noting that it did actually happen.

  9. I loved "Feels So Good" in 1978, and I love it today.

    1. That Chuck Mangione record was among my first nine-for-a-penny-or-whatever, record-club orders.

    2. One of the underrated parts of this song is the first bit when Chuck Mangione is not playing his horn.

      All of the parts where Chuck Mangione is playing his horn ... they're also all underrated.

    3. This is just a lovely piece of art.

    4. I had not heard it in years and it did not disappoint.

  10. Rob Lowe's Billy in St. Elmo's Fire must've been strongly influenced by the saxophonist in the "Baker Street" video, which makes sense.

  11. Maybe "Use Ta Be My Girl" is the best one ever.

    1. Here are my favorite 24 songs that I heard from Jan. 9 through 15, 2023:

      1. Used Ta Be My Girl, O’Jays
      2. Here You Come Again, Dolly Parton
      3. Feels So Good, Chuck Mansion
      4. Suddenly Last Summer, Motels
      5. You Are, Lionel Richie
      6. Back on the Chain Gang, Pretenders
      7. Age of Consent, New Order
      8. Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Electric Light Orchestra
      9. Afternoon Delight, Starland Vocal Band
      10. Allentown, Billy Joel
      11. Mr. Blue Sky, Electric Light Orchestra
      12. Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher, Martha Reeves with Harold Shaw and His Band of Angels live on Saturday Night Live 12/20/1975
      13. Gloria, Laura Branigan
      14. Everyday I Write the Book, Elvis Costello and the Attractions
      15. Always Something There To Remind Me, Naked Eyes
      16. Photograph, Def Leppard
      17. Reminiscing, Little River Band
      18. Baker Street, Gerry Rafferty
      19. Steppin’ Out, Joe Jackson
      20. Too Shy, Kajagoogoo
      21. Sultans of Swing, Dire Straits
      22. It Might Be You, Stephen Bishop
      23. Dog & Butterfly, Heart
      24. One Day, Church

  12. Oh, my word ... "Feels So Good," "Use Ta Be My Girl" and "Here You Come Again" all in the same year. Oh, my word!

    1. The best part of this song is when Dolly Parton sings "and here I go!" That was a great idea, and she is amazing.

    2. It's a rich man's game
      No matter what they call it
      And you spend your life
      Putting money in his wallet

  13. The Little River Band singer--Glenn "André L'Escargot"/"Sharky" Shorrock of Chatham, Kent, England--is really great.

  14. I liked ELO in 1978, and I love them now.