1978 in music

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





Also in 1978[edit]

Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Albums released[edit]


18Excitable BoyWarren Zevon-
19PasticheThe Manhattan Transfer-
20City to CityGerry Rafferty-
White MusicXTC-
27Bootsy? Player of the YearBootsy's Rubber Band-
Attention Shoppers!Starz-
Double Live Gonzo!Ted NugentLive
Endless WireGordon Lightfoot-
I Love My MusicWild Cherry-
I'm ReadyMuddy Waters-
Level HeadedSweet-
Open FireRonnie Montrose-
Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent TownEmmylou Harris-
Ten Years of GoldKenny RogersCompilation
Waylon & WillieWaylon Jennings and Willie Nelson-
Weekend in L.A.George BensonLive
White HotAngel-


6EarthJefferson Starship-
10It Begins AgainDusty Springfield-
Stained ClassJudas Priest-
Van HalenVan Halen-
17Crossing the Red Sea with The AdvertsThe Adverts-
The Kick InsideKate Bush-
18Tell Us the TruthSham 69-
24WatchManfred Mann's Earth Band-
25CasinoAl Di Meola-
27Macho ManVillage People-
Adolescent SexJapan-
All This and Heaven TooAndrew Gold-
Animal GamesLondon-
Bring It Back AliveOutlawsLive
Drastic PlasticBe-Bop Deluxe-
Easter IslandKris Kristofferson-
Even NowBarry Manilow-
Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush – LiveMahogany RushLive
It Happened One BiteDan Hicks-
Let's Keep It That WayAnne Murray-
Street ActionBachman–Turner Overdrive-
Street HassleLou Reed-
What Do You Want from LiveThe TubesLive


3EasterPatti Smith Group-
Southern WindsMaria Muldaur-
Zappa in New YorkFrank ZappaLive
6A BiographyJohn Mellencampas Johnny Cougar
10Another Music in a Different KitchenBuzzcocks-
NorthwindsDavid Coverdale-
13Double DoseHot TunaLive
Gettin' the SpiritRoberta Kelly-
Guilty Until Proven InsaneSkyhooks-
16You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can't Tuna FishREO Speedwagon-
17Generation XGeneration X-
This Year's ModelElvis Costello and the Attractions-
23KayaBob Marley & The Wailers-
31London TownPaul McCartney & Wings-
Champagne JamAtlanta Rhythm Section-
Double FunRobert Palmer-
Hope & Anchor Front Row FestivalVarious ArtistsLive
Jesus of CoolNick Lowetitled Pure Pop for Now People in US
The RutlesThe RutlesSoundtrack
Some Things Don't Come EasyEngland Dan & John Ford Coley-
A Song for All SeasonsRenaissance-
Son of a Son of a SailorJimmy Buffett-
Waiting for ColumbusLittle FeatLive
Warmer CommunicationsAverage White Band-
What IfDixie Dregs-


7...And Then There Were Three...Genesis-
For YouPrince-
Hermit of Mink HollowTodd Rundgren-
9Long Live Rock 'n' RollRainbow-
10Heavy HorsesJethro Tull-
13Almighty FireAretha Franklin-
16The Last WaltzThe BandSoundtrack
20Come Get It!Rick James-
21Bad BoyRingo Starr-
Boys in the TreesCarly Simon-
Cats Under the StarsJerry Garcia Band-
Double PlatinumKissRemix
Final ExamLoudon Wainwright III-
FMVarious ArtistsSoundtrack
Future BoundTavares-
Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion PictureVarious ArtistsSoundtrack
I Would Like to See You AgainJohnny Cash-
A Live RecordCamelLive
MagazineHeartRe-issue with re-recordings
The Only OnesThe Only Ones-
Rainbow TakeawayKevin Ayers-
Real LifeMagazine-
Shadow DancingAndy Gibb-
ShowdownThe Isley Brothers-
So Full of LoveThe O'Jays-
StardustWillie Nelson-
Thank God It's FridayVarious ArtistsSoundtrack
V2The Vibrators-


2You're Gonna Get It!Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers-
5Stranger in TownBob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band-
8Return to MagentaMink DeVille-
12Black and WhiteThe Stranglers-
16But Seriously, Folks...Joe Walsh-
LivetimeHall & OatesLive
19MisfitsThe Kinks-
25David GilmourDavid Gilmour-
28Meanwhile Back In ParisStreetheart-
Eternally YoursThe Saints-
Heaven TonightCheap Trick-
Love Me AgainRita Coolidge-
The Man-MachineKraftwerk-
Natural HighCommodores-
The ParkerillaGraham Parker and The RumourLive
Please Don't TouchSteve Hackett-
Sleeper CatcherLittle River Band-
SongbirdBarbra Streisand-
Stone BlueFoghat-
A Taste of HoneyA Taste of Honey-
Welcome HomeCarole King-
Worlds AwayPablo Cruise-


2Darkness on the Edge of TownBruce Springsteen-
Live and DangerousThin LizzyLive
3Peter GabrielPeter Gabrielsecond album
6The CarsThe Cars-
9Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the WorldsJeff Wayne-
OctaveThe Moody Blues-
Some GirlsThe Rolling Stones-
15Street LegalBob Dylan-
19Thick as ThievesTrooper-
20Double VisionForeigner-
Face to FaceThe Angels-
First GlanceApril Wine-
If I Weren't So Romantic I'd Shoot YouDerringer-
Living Room SuiteHarry Chapin-
NestedLaura Nyro-
PyramidThe Alan Parsons Project-
Snakebite EPWhitesnakeEP
Struck DownYesterday and Today-
A Tonic for the TroopsThe Boomtown Rats-
We Have Come for Your ChildrenDead Boys-


12NightwatchKenny Loggins-
21More Songs About Buildings and FoodTalking Heads-
23Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandVarious ArtistsSoundtrack
All Night LongSammy HagarLive
AmericanaLeon Russell-
Blam!The Brothers Johnson-
Can't Stand the RezillosThe Rezillos-
Dream of a ChildBurton Cummings-
FameGrace Jones-
HeartbreakerDolly Parton-
Hobo with a GrinSteve Harley-
Lights from the ValleyChilliwack-
Love or Something Like ItKenny Rogers-
MidstreamDebby Boone-
Nightflight to VenusBoney M-
Norma JeanNorma Jean Wright-
Under WrapsShaun Cassidy-
We'll Sing in the SunshineHelen Reddy-
Who Do Ya LoveKC and the Sunshine Band-


2Don't Look BackBoston-
7Roberta FlackRoberta Flack-
11C'est ChicChic-
18Who Are YouThe Who-
28Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!Devo-
31Live and MoreDonna SummerDouble LP; 3 sides live, 1 side studio
National Lampoon's Animal HouseVarious ArtistsSoundtrack
Chairs MissingWire-
Danger ZonePlayer-
Do It All NightCurtis Mayfield-
Frozen in the NightDan Hill-
A Funky SituationWilson Pickett-
Is It Still Good To YaAshford & Simpson-
Jass-Ay-Lay-DeeOhio Players-
Kingdom of MadnessMagnum-
Luxury You Can AffordJoe Cocker-
Molly HatchetMolly Hatchet-
Rose Royce III: Strikes Again!Rose Royce-
Sir Army SuitKlaatu-
Twin Sons of Different MothersDan Fogelberg and Tim Weisberg-
Well Kept SecretJuice Newton-
White, Hot and BlueJohnny Winter-
With Luv'Luv'-


1Bloody Tourists10cc-
The Bride Stripped BareBryan Ferry-
3RossDiana Ross-
8Pieces of EightStyx-
StageDavid BowieLive
Systems of RomanceUltravox-
Tracks on Wax 4Dave Edmunds-
15Studio TanFrank Zappa-
Wet DreamRick Wright-
18Ace FrehleyAce Frehley-
Along the Red LedgeHall & Oates-
Gene SimmonsGene Simmons-
Paul StanleyPaul Stanley-
Peter CrissPeter Criss-
19All Fly HomeAl Jarreau-
Living in the USALinda Ronstadt-
Bursting OutJethro TullLive
Love BitesBuzzcocks-
Road to RuinRamones-
23Parallel LinesBlondie-
25Cruisin'Village People-
28Never Say Die!Black Sabbath-
29Giant for a DayGentle Giant-
Green LightCliff Richard-
30Back on the StreetsGary Moore-
Blue ValentineTom Waits-
Dog and ButterflyHeart-
Fallen AngelUriah Heep-
Leo SayerLeo Sayer-
One Nation Under a GrooveFunkadelic-
RoughTina Turner-
Skynyrd's First and... LastLynyrd SkynyrdRecorded 1971–'72
Some Enchanted EveningBlue Öyster CultLive
Strangers in the WindBay City Rollers-
Time PassagesAl Stewart-
To the LimitJoan Armatrading-
WavelengthVan Morrison-
Weekend WarriorsTed Nugent-
XKlaus Schulze-


2ChakaChaka Khan-
Comes a TimeNeil Young-
Hot StreetsChicago-
M.I.U. AlbumThe Beach Boys-
625 Years OnHawkwindas Hawklords
So AloneJohnny Thunders-
7Dire StraitsDire Straits-
12ChakaChaka Khan-
13Christmas PortraitThe CarpentersChristmas
52nd StreetBilly Joel-
If You Want Blood You've Got ItAC/DCLive
16A Single ManElton John-
27Slade Alive, Vol. 2SladeLive
2 HotPeaches & Herb-
Against the GrainPhoebe Snow-
Brass Construction IVBrass Construction-
Coliseum RockStarz-
Don't Cry Out LoudMelissa Manchester-
Fool AroundRachel Sweet-
If You Can't Stand the Heat...Status Quo-
Inner SecretsSantana-
Killing MachineJudas Priest-
Live! BootlegAerosmithLive
Cheryl LynnCheryl Lynn-
The ManBarry White-
Money TalksThe Bar-Kays-
Music For FilmsBrian Eno-
Nervous BreakdownBlack FlagEP
New DimensionsThe Three Degrees-
Not AvailableThe Residents-
Obscure AlternativesJapan-
Pain KillerKrokus-
Photo-FinishRory Gallagher-
Playin' to WinOutlaws-
Pleasure and PainDr. Hook-
Prehistoric SoundsThe Saints-
Private PracticeDr. Feelgood-
Two for the ShowKansasLive
You Had to Be ThereJimmy BuffettLive


2Outlandos d'AmourThe Police-
Wings GreatestWingsCompilation
3All Mod ConsThe Jam-
10Babylon by BusBob Marley & The WailersLive
Give 'Em Enough RopeThe Clash-
13LionheartKate Bush-
The ScreamSiouxsie and the Banshees-
14Tubeway ArmyTubeway Army-
15Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits Vol. 2Barbra StreisandCompilation
Shakedown StreetGrateful Dead-
18Love BeachEmerson, Lake & Palmer-
24Blondes Have More FunRod Stewart-
IncantationsMike Oldfield-
27Love TracksGloria Gaynor-
28Briefcase Full of BluesThe Blues Brothers-
BacklessEric Clapton-
Crazy MoonCrazy Horse-
CrosswindsPeabo Bryson-
Dub HousingPere Ubu-
Duck Stab/Buster & GlenThe Residents-
From the InsideAlice Cooper-
The GamblerKenny Rogers-
Germ Free AdolescentsX-Ray Spex-
Greatest Hits 1974-78Steve Miller BandCompilation
Live: Take No PrisonersLou ReedLive
Midnight OilMidnight Oil-
Profile: Best of Emmylou HarrisEmmylou HarrisCompilation
Move It On OverGeorge Thorogood & The Destroyers-
Rose TattooRose Tattoo-
SanctuaryThe J. Geils Band-
TNTTanya Tucker-
Totally HotOlivia Newton-John-


1Minute by MinuteThe Doobie Brothers-
2DirectstepHerbie Hancock-
3Back to EarthCat Stevens-
8First IssuePublic Image Ltd-
9American DreamsJesse Colin Young-
15Here, My DearMarvin Gaye-
16You Don't Bring Me FlowersNeil Diamond-
17DestinyThe Jacksons-
Back to the BarsTodd RundgrenLive
The Best of Top of the Pops '78Top of the PoppersCompilation
D.o.A: The Third and Final Report of Throbbing GristleThrobbing Gristle-
EquinoxeJean Michel Jarre-
Motor Booty AffairParliament-
Natural ActKris 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.

#ArtistTitleYearCountryChart entries
1Bee GeesStayin' Alive1978Australia / United KingdomUS 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
2John Travolta & Olivia Newton-JohnYou're the One That I Want1978United States / AustraliaUK 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
3The Village PeopleY.M.C.A.1978United StatesUK 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
4Boney MRivers of Babylon1978GermanyUK 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
5Bee GeesNight Fever1978Australia / United KingdomUK 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]



Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]




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

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