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]


3White HotAngel
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'm ReadyMuddy Waters
Level HeadedSweet
The Modern DancePere Ubu
Open FireRonnie Montrose
Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent TownEmmylou Harris
Street PlayerRufus
Ten Years of GoldKenny RogersCompilation
Waylon & WillieWaylon Jennings and Willie Nelson


6EarthJefferson Starship
10It Begins AgainDusty Springfield
Stained ClassJudas Priest
Van HalenVan Halen
11Natural ForceBonnie Tyler
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
All This and Heaven TooAndrew Gold
Animal GamesLondon
Bring It Back AliveOutlawsLive
British LionsMott the Hoople-
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
Plastic LettersBlondie
Street ActionBachman–Turner Overdrive
Street HassleLou Reed
What Do You Want from LiveThe TubesLive


1NorthwindsDavid Coverdale
3EasterPatti Smith Group
Southern WindsMaria Muldaur
Zappa in New YorkFrank ZappaLive
6A BiographyJohn Mellencampas Johnny Cougar
10Another Music in a Different KitchenBuzzcocks
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 TownWings
Adolescent SexJapan
Champagne JamAtlanta Rhythm Section
Double FunRobert Palmer
First GlanceApril Wine
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


2Double PlatinumKissRemix
7...And Then There Were Three...Genesis
For YouPrince
Hermit of Mink HollowTodd Rundgren
The Last WaltzThe BandSoundtrack
9Long Live Rock 'n' RollRainbow
10Heavy HorsesJethro Tull
13Almighty FireAretha Franklin
14Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion PictureVarious ArtistsSoundtrack
15Mutiny Up My SleeveMax Webster-
20Come Get It!Rick James
21Bad BoyRingo Starr
22MagazineHeartRe-issue with re-recordings
25ShowdownThe Isley Brothers
Boys in the TreesCarly Simon
Cats Under the StarsJerry Garcia Band
FMVarious ArtistsSoundtrack
Future BoundTavares
I Would Like to See You AgainJohnny Cash
A Live RecordCamelLive
The Only OnesThe Only Ones
Please Don't TouchSteve Hackett
Rainbow TakeawayKevin Ayers
Shadow DancingAndy Gibb
StardustWillie Nelson
V2The Vibrators


2You're Gonna Get It!Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Stranger in TownBob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
12Black and WhiteThe Stranglers
16But Seriously, Folks...Joe Walsh
LivetimeHall & OatesLive
19MisfitsThe Kinks
25David GilmourDavid Gilmour
Eternally YoursThe Saints
Heaven TonightCheap Trick
Love Me AgainRita Coolidge
The Man-MachineKraftwerk
Natural HighCommodores
The ParkerillaGraham Parker and The RumourLive
SongbirdBarbra Streisand
Stone BlueFoghat
Welcome HomeCarole King


2Darkness on the Edge of TownBruce Springsteen
Live and DangerousThin LizzyLive
Peter GabrielPeter Gabrielsecond album
6The CarsThe Cars
7FameGrace Jones
9OctaveThe Moody Blues
Some GirlsThe Rolling Stones
15Street-LegalBob Dylan
19Thick as ThievesTrooper
20Double VisionForeigner
Face to FaceThe Angels
If I Weren't So Romantic I'd Shoot YouDerringer
Living Room SuiteHarry Chapin
NestedLaura Nyro
PyramidThe Alan Parsons Project
Real LifeMagazine
Struck DownYesterday and Today
A Tonic for the TroopsThe Boomtown Rats
We Have Come for Your ChildrenDead Boys


1Under WrapsShaun Cassidy
12NightwatchKenny Loggins
17Cheryl LynnCheryl Lynn
16HeartbreakerDolly Parton
20TouchdownBob James
21Can't Stand the RezillosThe Rezillos
More Songs About Buildings and FoodTalking Heads
23Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandVarious ArtistsSoundtrack
AmericanaLeon Russell
Dream of a ChildBurton Cummings
Hobo with a GrinSteve Harley
Love or Something Like ItKenny Rogers
Nightflight to VenusBoney M
Nina Hagen BandNina Hagen Band
Norma JeanNorma Jean Wright
Out of ReachCan
We'll Sing in the SunshineHelen Reddy


2Don't Look BackBoston
7Roberta FlackRoberta Flack
11C'est ChicChic
18Who Are YouThe Who
21Along the Red LedgeHall & Oates
28Are We Not Men? We Are Devo!Devo
31Live and MoreDonna SummerDouble LP; 3 sides live, 1 side studio
Chairs MissingWire
Danger ZonePlayer
Do It All NightCurtis Mayfield
Frozen in the NightDan Hill
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
Tokyo TapesScorpions
Twin Sons of Different MothersDan Fogelberg and Tim Weisberg
Well Kept SecretJuice Newton
White, Hot and BlueJohnny Winter
Who Do Ya (Love)KC and the Sunshine Band
With Luv'Luv'


1Bloody Tourists10cc
The Bride Stripped BareBryan Ferry
Pieces of EightStyx
3RossDiana Ross
5Skynyrd's First and... LastLynyrd SkynyrdRecorded 1971–'72
6Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the WorldsJeff Wayne
8StageDavid BowieLive
Systems of RomanceUltravox
Tracks on Wax 4Dave Edmunds
11Giant for a DayGentle Giant
One Nation Under a GrooveFunkadelic
15Studio TanFrank Zappa
Wet DreamRick Wright
18Ace FrehleyAce Frehley
Gene SimmonsGene Simmons
Paul StanleyPaul Stanley
Peter CrissPeter Criss
19All Fly HomeAl Jarreau
Living in the USALinda Ronstadt
21Funk or WalkThe Brides of Funkenstein
Road to RuinRamones
Bursting OutJethro TullLive
Love BitesBuzzcocks
The ManBarry White
25Cruisin'Village People
28Never Say Die!Black Sabbath
29Green LightCliff Richard
30Back on the StreetsGary Moore
Blue ValentineTom Waits
Fallen AngelUriah Heep
Leo SayerLeo Sayer
Parallel LinesBlondie
RoughTina Turner
Some Enchanted EveningBlue Öyster CultLive
Time PassagesAl Stewart
WavelengthVan Morrison
Weekend WarriorsTed Nugent
XKlaus Schulze


1Photo-FinishRory Gallagher
2Comes a TimeNeil Young
Hot StreetsChicago
M.I.U. AlbumThe Beach Boys
625 Years OnHawkwindas Hawklords
So AloneJohnny Thunders
7Dire StraitsDire Straits
Dog & ButterflyHeart
9Killing MachineJudas Priest
12ChakaChaka Khan
1352nd StreetBilly Joel
Christmas PortraitThe CarpentersChristmas
If You Want Blood You've Got ItAC/DCLive
16A Single ManElton John
21Pleasure TrainTeri Desario
27Slade Alive, Vol. 2SladeLive
Brass Construction IVBrass Construction
Coliseum RockStarz
Don't Cry Out LoudMelissa Manchester
If You Can't Stand the Heat...Status Quo
Inner SecretsSantana
Live! BootlegAerosmithLive
Money TalksThe Bar-Kays
Music for FilmsBrian Eno
Nervous BreakdownBlack FlagEP
New DimensionsThe Three Degrees
Not AvailableThe Residents
Obscure AlternativesJapan
Pain KillerKrokus
Playin' to WinOutlaws
Pleasure and PainDr. Hook
Prehistoric SoundsThe Saints
Private PracticeDr. Feelgood
Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)Captain Beefheart
Two for the ShowKansasLive
You Had to Be ThereJimmy BuffettLive


1Midnight OilMidnight Oil
2Outlandos d'AmourThe Police
Wings GreatestWingsCompilation
3All Mod ConsThe Jam
10Babylon by BusBob Marley & The WailersLive
Germ Free AdolescentsX-Ray Spex
Give 'Em Enough RopeThe Clash
LionheartKate Bush
11Motor Booty AffairParliament
13The ScreamSiouxsie and the Banshees
15Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits Vol. 2Barbra StreisandCompilation
Shakedown StreetGrateful Dead
18Love BeachEmerson, Lake & Palmer
22VariationsAndrew Lloyd Webber
24Blondes Have More FunRod Stewart
IncantationsMike Oldfield
Tubeway ArmyTubeway Army
27Love TracksGloria Gaynor
28Briefcase Full of BluesThe Blues Brothers
BacklessEric Clapton
Crazy MoonCrazy Horse
CrosswindsPeabo Bryson
Dub HousingPere Ubu
Duck Stab/Buster & GlenThe Residents
EnergyThe Pointer Sisters-
From the InsideAlice Cooper
The GamblerKenny Rogers
Greatest HitsBarry Manilow-
Greatest Hits 1974–78Steve Miller BandCompilation
Live: Take No PrisonersLou ReedLive
Move It On OverGeorge Thorogood & The Destroyers
Profile: Best of Emmylou HarrisEmmylou HarrisCompilation
Rose TattooRose Tattoo
SanctuaryThe J. Geils Band
TNTTanya Tucker


1Minute by MinuteThe Doobie Brothers
2DirectstepHerbie Hancock
3Back to EarthCat Stevens
4D.o.A: The Third and Final Report of Throbbing GristleThrobbing Gristle
8Public Image: First IssuePublic Image Ltd
9American DreamsJesse Colin Young
15Here, My DearMarvin Gaye
17DestinyThe Jacksons
Back to the BarsTodd RundgrenLive
The Best of Top of the Pops '78Top of the PoppersCompilation
ÉquinoxeJean Michel Jarre
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]

Other significant 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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