1978 in music

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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1978.

Events[edit]

January–April[edit]

May–July[edit]

August–December[edit]

Also in 1978[edit]

  • Kenny Rogers continues his highly successful solo career with the single (and album) "The Gambler" and will go on to star in no less than 5 movies based around the song.
  • In the UK, singles sales are at their all-time high this year, boosted by the simultaneous peak of the disco and punk phenomena and the success of singles from the movie Grease.
  • Mozambique holds its first National Dance Festival, involving half a million people.

Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Albums released[edit]

January[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
18 Excitable Boy Warren Zevon -
19 Pastiche The Manhattan Transfer -
20 City to City Gerry Rafferty -
Infinity Journey -
White Music XTC -
27 Bootsy? Player of the Year Bootsy's Rubber Band -
Attention Shoppers! Starz -
Double Live Gonzo! Ted Nugent Live
Endless Wire Gordon Lightfoot -
I Love My Music Wild Cherry -
I'm Ready Muddy Waters -
Level Headed Sweet -
Open Fire Ronnie Montrose -
Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town Emmylou Harris -
Ten Years of Gold Kenny Rogers Compilation
Waylon & Willie Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson -
Weekend in L.A. George Benson Live
White Hot Angel -

February[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
6 Earth Jefferson Starship -
10 It Begins Again Dusty Springfield -
Stained Class Judas Priest -
Van Halen Van Halen -
17 Crossing the Red Sea with The Adverts The Adverts -
The Kick Inside Kate Bush -
18 Tell Us the Truth Sham 69 -
24 Watch Manfred Mann's Earth Band -
25 Casino Al Di Meola -
27 Macho Man Village People -
Adolescent Sex Japan -
All This and Heaven Too Andrew Gold -
Animal Games London -
Bring It Back Alive Outlaws Live
Drastic Plastic Be-Bop Deluxe -
Easter Island Kris Kristofferson -
Even Now Barry Manilow -
Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush – Live Mahogany Rush Live
Impeckable Budgie -
It Happened One Bite Dan Hicks -
Let's Keep It That Way Anne Murray -
Street Action Bachman–Turner Overdrive -
Street Hassle Lou Reed -
What Do You Want from Live The Tubes Live

March[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Easter Patti Smith Group -
Southern Winds Maria Muldaur -
Zappa in New York Frank Zappa Live
6 A Biography John Mellencamp as Johnny Cougar
10 Another Music in a Different Kitchen Buzzcocks -
Northwinds David Coverdale -
13 Double Dose Hot Tuna Live
Gettin' the Spirit Roberta Kelly -
Guilty Until Proven Insane Skyhooks -
16 You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can't Tuna Fish REO Speedwagon -
17 Generation X Generation X -
This Year's Model Elvis Costello and the Attractions -
23 Kaya Bob Marley & The Wailers -
31 London Town Paul McCartney & Wings -
Champagne Jam Atlanta Rhythm Section -
Double Fun Robert Palmer -
Hope & Anchor Front Row Festival Various Artists Live
Jesus of Cool Nick Lowe titled Pure Pop for Now People in US
The Rutles The Rutles Soundtrack
Some Things Don't Come Easy England Dan & John Ford Coley -
A Song for All Seasons Renaissance -
Son of a Son of a Sailor Jimmy Buffett -
Squeeze Squeeze -
U.K. U.K. -
Waiting for Columbus Little Feat Live
Warmer Communications Average White Band -
What If Dixie Dregs -

April[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
7 ...And Then There Were Three... Genesis -
For You Prince -
Hermit of Mink Hollow Todd Rundgren -
9 Long Live Rock 'n' Roll Rainbow -
10 Heavy Horses Jethro Tull -
13 Almighty Fire Aretha Franklin -
16 The Last Waltz The Band Soundtrack
20 Come Get It! Rick James -
21 Bad Boy Ringo Starr -
Adventure Television -
Boys in the Trees Carly Simon -
Cats Under the Stars Jerry Garcia Band -
Double Platinum Kiss Remix
Final Exam Loudon Wainwright III -
FM Various Artists Soundtrack
Future Bound Tavares -
Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture Various Artists Soundtrack
I Would Like to See You Again Johnny Cash -
A Live Record Camel Live
Magazine Heart Re-issue with re-recordings
The Only Ones The Only Ones -
Rainbow Takeaway Kevin Ayers -
Real Life Magazine -
Shadow Dancing Andy Gibb -
Showdown The Isley Brothers -
So Full of Love The O'Jays -
Stardust Willie Nelson -
Thank God It's Friday Various Artists Soundtrack
V2 The Vibrators -

May[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 You're Gonna Get It! Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers -
5 Stranger in Town Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band -
8 Return to Magenta Mink DeVille -
12 Black and White The Stranglers -
16 But Seriously, Folks... Joe Walsh -
Livetime Hall & Oates Live
19 Misfits The Kinks -
25 David Gilmour David Gilmour -
Powerage AC/DC -
28 Meanwhile Back In Paris Streetheart -
Eternally Yours The Saints -
Heaven Tonight Cheap Trick -
Love Me Again Rita Coolidge -
The Man-Machine Kraftwerk -
Natural High Commodores -
The Parkerilla Graham Parker and The Rumour Live
Please Don't Touch Steve Hackett -
Sleeper Catcher Little River Band -
Songbird Barbra Streisand -
Stone Blue Foghat -
A Taste of Honey A Taste of Honey -
Welcome Home Carole King -
Worlds Away Pablo Cruise -

June[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Darkness on the Edge of Town Bruce Springsteen -
Live and Dangerous Thin Lizzy Live
3 Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel second album
6 The Cars The Cars -
9 Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds Jeff Wayne -
Octave The Moody Blues -
Some Girls The Rolling Stones -
15 Street Legal Bob Dylan -
19 Thick as Thieves Trooper -
20 Double Vision Foreigner -
Face to Face The Angels -
First Glance April Wine -
If I Weren't So Romantic I'd Shoot You Derringer -
Living Room Suite Harry Chapin -
Obsession UFO -
Nested Laura Nyro -
Pyramid The Alan Parsons Project -
Snakebite EP Whitesnake EP
Struck Down Yesterday and Today -
A Tonic for the Troops The Boomtown Rats -
We Have Come for Your Children Dead Boys -

July[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
12 Nightwatch Kenny Loggins -
21 More Songs About Buildings and Food Talking Heads -
23 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Various Artists Soundtrack
All Night Long Sammy Hagar Live
Americana Leon Russell -
Blam! The Brothers Johnson -
Can't Stand the Rezillos The Rezillos -
Dream of a Child Burton Cummings -
Fame Grace Jones -
Heartbreaker Dolly Parton -
Hobo with a Grin Steve Harley -
Lights from the Valley Chilliwack -
Love or Something Like It Kenny Rogers -
Midstream Debby Boone -
Nightflight to Venus Boney M -
Norma Jean Norma Jean Wright -
Under Wraps Shaun Cassidy -
We'll Sing in the Sunshine Helen Reddy -
Who Do Ya Love KC and the Sunshine Band -

August[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Don't Look Back Boston -
7 Roberta Flack Roberta Flack -
11 C'est Chic Chic -
18 Who Are You The Who -
28 Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! Devo -
31 Live and More Donna Summer Double LP; 3 sides live, 1 side studio
National Lampoon's Animal House Various Artists Soundtrack
Chairs Missing Wire -
Danger Zone Player -
Do It All Night Curtis Mayfield -
Frozen in the Night Dan Hill -
A Funky Situation Wilson Pickett -
Is It Still Good To Ya Ashford & Simpson -
Jass-Ay-Lay-Dee Ohio Players -
Kingdom of Madness Magnum -
Luxury You Can Afford Joe Cocker -
Molly Hatchet Molly Hatchet -
Rose Royce III: Strikes Again! Rose Royce -
Sir Army Suit Klaatu -
Twin Sons of Different Mothers Dan Fogelberg and Tim Weisberg -
Well Kept Secret Juice Newton -
White, Hot and Blue Johnny Winter -
With Luv' Luv' -

September[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Bloody Tourists 10cc -
The Bride Stripped Bare Bryan Ferry -
3 Ross Diana Ross -
8 Pieces of Eight Styx -
Stage David Bowie Live
Systems of Romance Ultravox -
Tracks on Wax 4 Dave Edmunds -
15 Studio Tan Frank Zappa -
Wet Dream Rick Wright -
18 Ace Frehley Ace Frehley -
Along the Red Ledge Hall & Oates -
Gene Simmons Gene Simmons -
Paul Stanley Paul Stanley -
Peter Criss Peter Criss -
19 All Fly Home Al Jarreau -
Living in the USA Linda Ronstadt -
20 Tormato Yes -
22 Breathless Camel -
Bursting Out Jethro Tull Live
Love Bites Buzzcocks -
Road to Ruin Ramones -
23 Parallel Lines Blondie -
25 Cruisin' Village People -
28 Never Say Die! Black Sabbath -
29 Giant for a Day Gentle Giant -
Green Light Cliff Richard -
30 Back on the Streets Gary Moore -
Blue Valentine Tom Waits -
Dog and Butterfly Heart -
Fallen Angel Uriah Heep -
Gillan Gillan -
Leo Sayer Leo Sayer -
One Nation Under a Groove Funkadelic -
Rough Tina Turner -
Skynyrd's First and... Last Lynyrd Skynyrd Recorded 1971–'72
Some Enchanted Evening Blue Öyster Cult Live
Strangers in the Wind Bay City Rollers -
Time Passages Al Stewart -
To the Limit Joan Armatrading -
Wavelength Van Morrison -
Weekend Warriors Ted Nugent -
X Klaus Schulze -

October[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Chaka Chaka Khan -
Comes a Time Neil Young -
Hot Streets Chicago -
M.I.U. Album The Beach Boys -
6 25 Years On Hawkwind as Hawklords
So Alone Johnny Thunders -
7 Dire Straits Dire Straits -
12 Chaka Chaka Khan -
13 Christmas Portrait The Carpenters Christmas
52nd Street Billy Joel -
If You Want Blood You've Got It AC/DC Live
15 Toto Toto -
16 A Single Man Elton John -
27 Slade Alive, Vol. 2 Slade Live
29 Hemispheres Rush -
2 Hot Peaches & Herb -
Against the Grain Phoebe Snow -
Brass Construction IV Brass Construction -
Coliseum Rock Starz -
Don't Cry Out Loud Melissa Manchester -
Fool Around Rachel Sweet -
If You Can't Stand the Heat... Status Quo -
Inner Secrets Santana -
Killing Machine Judas Priest -
Live! Bootleg Aerosmith Live
Cheryl Lynn Cheryl Lynn -
The Man Barry White -
Money Talks The Bar-Kays -
Music For Films Brian Eno -
Nervous Breakdown Black Flag EP
New Dimensions The Three Degrees -
Not Available The Residents -
Obscure Alternatives Japan -
Pain Killer Krokus -
Photo-Finish Rory Gallagher -
Playin' to Win Outlaws -
Pleasure and Pain Dr. Hook -
Prehistoric Sounds The Saints -
Private Practice Dr. Feelgood -
Trouble Whitesnake -
Two for the Show Kansas Live
You Had to Be There Jimmy Buffett Live

November[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Outlandos d'Amour The Police -
Wings Greatest Wings Compilation
3 All Mod Cons The Jam -
10 Babylon by Bus Bob Marley & The Wailers Live
Give 'Em Enough Rope The Clash -
Jazz Queen -
13 Lionheart Kate Bush -
The Scream Siouxsie and the Banshees -
14 Tubeway Army Tubeway Army -
15 Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits Vol. 2 Barbra Streisand Compilation
Shakedown Street Grateful Dead -
18 Love Beach Emerson, Lake & Palmer -
24 Blondes Have More Fun Rod Stewart -
Incantations Mike Oldfield -
27 Love Tracks Gloria Gaynor -
28 Briefcase Full of Blues The Blues Brothers -
Backless Eric Clapton -
Crazy Moon Crazy Horse -
Crosswinds Peabo Bryson -
Dub Housing Pere Ubu -
Duck Stab/Buster & Glen The Residents -
From the Inside Alice Cooper -
The Gambler Kenny Rogers -
Germ Free Adolescents X-Ray Spex -
Greatest Hits 1974-78 Steve Miller Band Compilation
Legend Poco -
Live: Take No Prisoners Lou Reed Live
Midnight Oil Midnight Oil -
Profile: Best of Emmylou Harris Emmylou Harris Compilation
Move It On Over George Thorogood & The Destroyers -
Rose Tattoo Rose Tattoo -
Sanctuary The J. Geils Band -
TNT Tanya Tucker -
Totally Hot Olivia Newton-John -

December[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Minute by Minute The Doobie Brothers -
2 Directstep Herbie Hancock -
3 Back to Earth Cat Stevens -
8 First Issue Public Image Ltd -
9 American Dreams Jesse Colin Young -
15 Here, My Dear Marvin Gaye -
16 You Don't Bring Me Flowers Neil Diamond -
17 Destiny The Jacksons -
Back to the Bars Todd Rundgren Live
The Best of Top of the Pops '78 Top of the Poppers Compilation
D.o.A: The Third and Final Report of Throbbing Gristle Throbbing Gristle -
Equinoxe Jean Michel Jarre -
Motor Booty Affair Parliament -
Natural Act Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge -

Release Date Unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1978.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1 Bee Gees Stayin' Alive 1978 Australia / United Kingdom US BB 1 – Dec 1977, Canada 1 – Jan 1978, Netherlands 1 – Feb 1978, France 1 – Feb 1978, Italy 1 of 1978, Australia 1 for 7 weeks Jan 1979, US CashBox 2 of 1978, Austria 2 – Apr 1978, Switzerland 2 – Mar 1978, Germany 2 – Mar 1978, Scrobulate 2 of disco, Sweden (alt) 3 – Mar 1978, UK 4 – Feb 1978, Norway 4 – Mar 1978, Australia 4 of 1978, South Africa 4 of 1978, US BB 8 of 1978, POP 8 of 1978, AFI 9, OzNet 9, Party 13 of 2007, RYM 34 of 1977, Europe 36 of the 1970s, 80 in 2FM list, RIAA 94, Acclaimed 98, Germany 100 of the 1970s, Rolling Stone 189
2 John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John You're the One That I Want 1978 United States / Australia UK 1 – May 1978, US BB 1 – Apr 1978, Canada 1 – Apr 1978, Netherlands 1 – May 1978, Sweden (alt) 1 – Jul 1978, Switzerland 1 – Jul 1978, Norway 1 – Jul 1978, Australia 1 of 1978, Germany 1 – Jun 1978, Éire 1 – Jun 1978, Australia 1 for 2 weeks Apr 1979, Austria 2 – Jul 1978, France 5 – May 1978, US CashBox 9 of 1978, Italy 12 of 1978, POP 15 of 1978, US BB 17 of 1978, Germany 17 of the 1970s, South Africa 17 of 1978, TOTP 20, Poland 26 – Jul 1998, Global 33 (5 M sold) – 1978, Europe 72 of the 1970s, RYM 153 of 1978
3 The Village People Y.M.C.A. 1978 United States UK 1 – Nov 1978, Netherlands 1 – Dec 1978, Sweden (alt) 1 – Dec 1978, Austria 1 – Jan 1979, Switzerland 1 – Dec 1978, Germany 1 – Jan 1979, Éire 1 – Jan 1979, Australia 1 for 5 weeks Oct 1979, POP 1 of 1979, US BB 2 – Nov 1978, Canada 2 – Dec 1978, Norway 2 – Jan 1979, US BB 3 of 1979, France 3 – Dec 1978, Party 03 of 1999, US CashBox 4 of 1979, Global 7 (10 M sold) – 1978, Australia 15 of 1979, Germany 23 of the 1970s, Scrobulate 38 of disco, Europe 86 of the 1970s, RIAA 86, RYM 95 of 1978, Acclaimed 1662
4 Boney M Rivers of Babylon 1978 Germany UK 1 – Apr 1978, Netherlands 1 – Apr 1978, Sweden (alt) 1 – May 1978, France 1 – May 1978, Austria 1 – May 1978, Switzerland 1 – Apr 1978, Norway 1 – May 1978, Germany 1 – Apr 1978, Éire 1 – May 1978, Australia 1 for 6 weeks Apr 1979, South Africa 1 of 1978, Australia 3 of 1978, Germany 3 of the 1970s, TOTP 8, US BB 30 – Jul 1978, Italy 36 of 1978, RYM 77 of 1978, Global 100 (5 M sold) – 1978, OzNet 867
5 Bee Gees Night Fever 1978 Australia / United Kingdom UK 1 – Apr 1978, US BB 1 – Feb 1978, US CashBox 1 of 1978, Canada 1 – Feb 1978, France 1 – Apr 1978, Éire 1 – Apr 1978, Norway 2 – May 1978, Germany 2 – May 1978, Netherlands 3 – Apr 1978, Switzerland 3 – May 1978, Austria 4 – Jun 1978, Sweden (alt) 5 – May 1978, US BB 10 of 1978, POP 11 of 1978, South Africa 12 of 1978, Italy 29 of 1978, Scrobulate 39 of 70s, RYM 59 of 1978, Party 77 of 1999, Germany 94 of the 1970s, Europe 96 of the 1970s, OzNet 894, Acclaimed 2046

Chronological table of US and UK number one hit singles[edit]


Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Ballet[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Flippo, Chet (November 30, 1978). "Keith Richards Guilty - But Free". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 

External links[edit]