1977 in British music

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This is a summary of 1977 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year.



Number-one singles[edit]

Date Song Artist Weeks
8 January When a Child is Born" Johnny Mathis 1
15 January "Don't Give Up on Us" David Soul 4
12 February "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" Julie Covington 1
19 February "When I Need You" Leo Sayer 3
12 March "Chanson D'Amour" The Manhattan Transfer 3
2 April "Knowing Me, Knowing You" ABBA 5
7 May "Free" Deniece Williams 2
21 May "I Don't Want to Talk About It" / "The First Cut Is the Deepest" Rod Stewart 4
18 June "Lucille" Kenny Rogers 1
25 June "Show You the Way to Go" The Jacksons 1
2 July "So You Win Again" Hot Chocolate 3
23 July "I Feel Love" Donna Summer 4
20 August "Angelo" Brotherhood of Man 1
27 August "Float On" Floaters 1
3 September "Way Down" Elvis Presley 5
8 October "Silver Lady" David Soul 3
29 October "Yes Sir I Can Boogie" Baccara 1
5 November "The Name of the Game" ABBA 4
3 December "Mull of Kintyre" / "Girls' School" Wings 5

Number-one albums[edit]

Date Album Artist Weeks
8 January A Day at the Races Queen 1
15 January Arrival ABBA 1
22 January Red River Valley Slim Whitman 4
19 February 20 Golden Greats The Shadows 6
2 April Portrait of Sinatra Frank Sinatra 2
16 April Arrival ABBA 9
18 June The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl The Beatles 1
25 June The Muppet Show The Muppets 1
2 July A Star is Born Original Soundtrack 2
16 July The Johnny Mathis Collection Johnny Mathis 4
13 August Going for the One Yes 2
27 August 20 All Time Greats Connie Francis 2
10 September 40 Greatest Hits Elvis Presley 1
17 September 20 Golden Greats Diana Ross and the Supremes 7
5 November 40 Golden Greats Cliff Richard 1
12 November Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols The Sex Pistols 2
26 November The Sound of Bread Bread 4
10 December Disco Fever Various Artists 4

Year-end charts[edit]

1977 is the first year for which "full year" UK year-end charts exist – in order to be published in the year's final issue of Music Week and to be broadcast on BBC Radio 1 on New Year's Eve, the collection of sales data had a cut-off point sometime in early December each year. This continued to be the case until 1983, when Gallup took over the compilation of the charts from the British Market Research Bureau (BMRB) and automated the data collection process, which meant that sales could be tabulated right up until the end of the year and still produced in time for the Radio 1 broadcast. However, from 1977 to 1982 (with the exception of 1979), BMRB produced updated charts a few months later which included the missing final weeks' sales for each year.

The tables below include sales between 1 January and 30 December 1977: the year-end charts reproduced in the issue of Music Week dated 24 December 1977 and played on Radio 1 on 1 January 1978 only include sales figures up until 10 December 1977.

Best-selling singles[edit]


No. Title Artist Peak
1 "Mull of Kintyre"/"Girls' School" Wings 1
2 "Don't Give Up on Us" Soul, DavidDavid Soul 1
3 "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" Covington, JulieJulie Covington 1
4 "When I Need You" Sayer, LeoLeo Sayer 1
5 "Silver Lady" Soul, DavidDavid Soul 1
6 "Knowing Me, Knowing You" ABBA 1
7 "I Feel Love" Summer, DonnaDonna Summer 1
8 "Way Down" Presley, ElvisElvis Presley 1
9 "So You Win Again" Hot Chocolate 1
10 "Angelo" Brotherhood of Man 1
11 "Chanson D'Amour" Manhattan Transfer, TheThe Manhattan Transfer 1
12 "Yes Sir, I Can Boogie" Baccara 1
13 "Black Is Black" Belle Epoque, LaLa Belle Epoque 2
14 "Fanfare for the Common Man" Emerson, Lake and Palmer 2
15 "Ma Baker" Boney M 2
16 "The Name of the Game" ABBA 1
17 "Rockin' All Over the World" Status Quo 3
18 "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand 3
19 "How Deep Is Your Love" Bee Gees 3
20 "Lucille" Rogers, KennyKenny Rogers 1
21 "The Floral Dance" Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band 2
22 "Magic Fly" Space 2
23 "We Are the Champions" Queen 2
24 "Boogie Nights" Heatwave 2
25 "You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)" Stewart, RodRod Stewart 3
26 "Sideshow" Biggs, BarryBarry Biggs 3
27 "Float On" Floaters, TheThe Floaters 1
28 "Show You the Way to Go" Jacksons, TheThe Jacksons 1
29 "Baby Don't Change Your Mind" Knight, GladysGladys Knight & the Pips 4
30 "Free" Williams, DenieceDeniece Williams 1
31 "Sound and Vision" Bowie, DavidDavid Bowie 3
32 "Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)" Tex, JoeJoe Tex 2
33dagger "I Don't Want to Talk About It"/"The First Cut Is the Deepest" Stewart, RodRod Stewart 1
34 "Going in with My Eyes Open" Soul, DavidDavid Soul 2
35 "Dancin' Party" Showaddywaddy 4
36 "When" Showaddywaddy 3
37 "You Got What It Takes" Showaddywaddy 2
38 "Oxygene Part IV" Jarre, Jean MichelJean Michel Jarre 4
39 "Daddy CoolThe Girl Can't Help It" Darts 6
40 "Best of My Love" Emotions, TheThe Emotions 4
41 "The Crunch" RAH Band, TheThe RAH Band 6
42 "I Will" Winters, RubyRuby Winters 4
43 "Black Betty" Ram Jam 7
44 "The Shuffle" McCoy, VanVan McCoy 4
45 "Nobody Does It Better" Simon, CarlyCarly Simon 7
46 "Down Deep Inside (Theme from The Deep)" Summer, DonnaDonna Summer 5
47 "Red Light Spells Danger" Ocean, BillyBilly Ocean 2
48 "2-4-6-8 Motorway" Tom Robinson Band 5
49 "Isn't She Lovely" Parton, DavidDavid Parton 4
50 "Nights on Broadway" Staton, CandiCandi Staton 6

dagger Despite spending four weeks at number one, Rod Stewart's "I Don't Want to Talk About It"/"The First Cut Is the Deepest" was only placed at number 33 on the year-end chart for 1977, the lowest ranked number one single of the year, and lower than another of Stewart's singles, "You're in My Heart", which only reached number three. Some chart-watchers claim to have evidence that an incorrect panel sale figure was applied to sales during the period that "I Don't Want to Talk About It"/"The First Cut Is the Deepest" was out, resulting in a lower estimation of the single's total sales, and that the single should actually be placed inside the top fifteen year-end positions. However, this claim has never been verified by BMRB or any of the subsequent chart compilers.

Best-selling albums[edit]

The list of the top fifty best-selling albums of 1977 were published in the third edition of the BPI Year Book in 1978. However, in 2007 the Official Charts Company published album chart histories for each year from 1956 to 1977, researched by historian Sharon Mawer, and included an updated list of the top ten best-selling albums for each year based on the new research. The updated top ten for 1977 is shown in the table below.[2]

No. Title Artist Peak
1 Arrival ABBA 1
2 20 Golden Greats Shadows, TheThe Shadows 1
3 20 Golden Greats Ross, DianaDiana Ross and the Supremes 1
4 Rumours Fleetwood Mac 3[a]
5 A Star Is Born Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand/Kris Kristofferson 1
6 Hotel California Eagles 2
7 The Sound of Bread Bread 1
8 The Johnny Mathis Collection Mathis, JohnnyJohnny Mathis 1
9 Greatest Hits ABBA 2[b]
10 Animals Pink Floyd 2


  1. ^ Reached number 1 in 1978
  2. ^ Reached number 1 in 1976

Classical music: new works[edit]


Film and Incidental music[edit]



Music awards[edit]

BRIT Awards[edit]

The 1977 BRIT Awards were to mark the Queen's Silver Jubilee and were for the previous 25 years of her reign. The winners were:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hunter, Nigel; Scaping, Peter, eds. (1978). "Top 100 Singles in 1977". BPI Year Book 1978 (3rd ed.). London, England: The British Phonographic Industry Ltd. pp. 216–17. ISBN 0-906154-01-4. 
  2. ^ Mawer, Sharon. "Album Chart History: 1977". Official UK Charts Company. Archived from the original on 17 December 2007. 
  3. ^ A day at the opera with Hitler: the secret agent who captured rare moments for MI5 | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited

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