1979 in music

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Years in music:1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982
Centuries:19th century · 20th century · 21st century
Decades:1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Years:1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982

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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1979.

Events[edit]

January–February[edit]

March–April[edit]

May–August[edit]

September–December[edit]

Also in 1979[edit]

November 30, Pink Floyd released "The Wall" rising to top spot on the US charts for fifteen weeks.

Bands formed[edit]

See Musical groups established in 1979

Bands disbanded[edit]

See Musical groups disestablished in 1979

Albums released[edit]

January[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
5Armed ForcesElvis Costello & The Attractions-
Look Sharp!Joe Jackson-
19Sleep DirtFrank Zappa-
25Take Me HomeCher-
26Valley of the DollsGeneration X-
-AcceptAccept-
Bustin' Out of L SevenRick James-
The Def Leppard E.P.Def LeppardEP
John DenverJohn Denver-
Living Without Your LoveDusty Springfield-
Madam ButterflyTavares-
New Kind of FeelingAnne Murray-
No Mean CityNazareth-
Strangers in the NightUFOLive
We Are FamilySister Sledge-

February[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
2Inflammable MaterialStiff Little Fingers-
5Spirits Having FlownBee Gees-
19FrenzySplit Enz-
19George HarrisonGeorge Harrison-
21Live (X Cert)The StranglersLive
22If You Knew Suzi...Suzi Quatro-
25LovedriveScorpions-
26The Great Rock 'n' Roll SwindleSex PistolsSoundtrack
-At BudokanCheap TrickLive
Enlightened RoguesThe Allman Brothers Band-
Force MajeureTangerine Dream-
Hard Times for LoversJudy Collins-
SinfulAngel-
Under Heaven Over HellStreetheart-

March[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
1ManifestoRoxy Music-
3Sheik YerboutiFrank Zappa-
9Angel StationManfred Mann's Earth Band-
Cool for CatsSqueeze-
Even Serpents ShineThe Only Ones-
10Life in a DaySimple Minds-
16Bitanga i princezaBijelo dugme-
Live at the Witch TrialsThe Fall-
17Desolation AngelsBad Company-
19L.A. (Light Album)The Beach Boys-
23Van Halen IIVan Halen-
24OverkillMotörhead-
26Go WestVillage People-
27You're Never Alone with a SchizophrenicIan Hunter-
29Breakfast in AmericaSupertramp-
30Secondhand DaylightMagazine-
-AirwavesBadfinger-
Danger MoneyU.K.-
Fate for BreakfastArt Garfunkel-
Feel No FretAverage White Band-
I Love You SoNatalie Cole-
Just a GameTriumph-
Remote ControlThe Tubes-
Rickie Lee JonesRickie Lee Jones-
Rock n' Roll NightsBachman–Turner Overdrive-
Squeezing Out SparksGraham Parker and The Rumour-

April[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
5EvolutionJourney-
6Euroman ComethJean-Jacques Burnel-
13Black Rose: A Rock LegendThin Lizzy-
20Gimme Some NeckRon Wood-
My Father's EyesAmy Grant-
23Bob Dylan at BudokanBob DylanLive
Voulez-VousABBA-
25Bad GirlsDonna Summer-
-The BellsLou Reed-
It's AliveRamonesLive
The Message Is LoveBarry White-
A Million VacationsMax Webster-
Mission Accomplished But the Beat Goes OnThe RezillosLive
New EnglandNew England-
ReplicasGary Numan and Tubeway Army-
YThe Pop Group-

May[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
4Orchestral FavoritesFrank Zappa-
11Three Imaginary BoysThe Cure-
17WavePatti Smith Group-
18Do It YourselfIan Dury & The Blockheads-
LodgerDavid Bowie-
21SaxonSaxon-
22Where There's Smoke...Smokey Robinson-
23Diana RossDiana Ross-
DynastyKiss-
30Where I Should BePeter Frampton-
-DiscoveryElectric Light Orchestra-
FlagJames Taylor-
In the SkiesPeter Green-
Let Me Be Good to YouLou Rawls-
Lots Of Luv'Luv'-
MonolithKansas-
NaritaRiotJapan
RhapsodiesRick Wakeman-
Rock 'n' Roll High SchoolVarious ArtistsSoundtrack
Shot Through the HeartJennifer Warnes-
SkySky-
Spectral MorningsSteve Hackett-
State of ShockTed Nugent-
The UndertonesThe Undertones-

June[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
8Back to the EggWings-
The Kids Are AlrightThe WhoSoundtrack
Shades in BedThe Records-
9Labour of LustNick Lowe-
Repeat When NecessaryDave Edmunds-
11Get The KnackThe Knack-
13Candy-OThe Cars-
MingusJoni Mitchell-
14Unknown PleasuresJoy Division-
15CommuniquéDire Straits-
PXR5Hawkwind-
Silent LetterAmerica-
18John CougarJohn Cougar-
21Mick TaylorMick Taylor-
23No ExitThe Angels-
26Live KillersQueenLive
-Another TasteA Taste of Honey-
Best of the J. Geils BandThe J. Geils Band-
ExposureRobert Fripp-
I AmEarth, Wind & Fire-
MirrorsBlue Öyster Cult-
Life and LoveLeon Russell-
Night OwlGerry Rafferty-
One for the RoadWillie Nelson and Leon Russell-
SecretsRobert Palmer-
SpyCarly Simon-
Touch the SkyCarole King-
SurvivorSurvivor-

July[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
2Rust Never SleepsNeil Young and Crazy Horse-
6The B-52'sThe B-52's-
10Low BudgetThe Kinks-
17ExposedMike OldfieldLive
20Nine LivesREO Speedwagon-
27Highway to HellAC/DC-
28Down to EarthRainbow-
30RisquéChic-
-Bop till You DropRy Cooder-
Circles & SeasonsPete Seeger-
Duty Now for the FutureDevo-
First Under the WireLittle River Band-
Honest LullabyJoan Baez-
Midnight MagicCommodores-
No Promises...No DebtsGolden Earring-
The Original Disco ManJames Brown-
Shake Hands with the DevilKris Kristofferson-

August[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
3Fear of MusicTalking Heads-
Some Product: Carri on Sex PistolsSex PistolsInterview collage
10Off the WallMichael Jackson-
GhostownThe Radiators-
13Chicago 13Chicago-
15In Through the Out DoorLed Zeppelin-
17Drums and WiresXTC-
Street MachineSammy Hagar-
20Slow Train ComingBob Dylan-
27EveThe Alan Parsons Project-
-Born AgainRandy Newman-
5J.J. Cale-
Into the MusicVan Morrison-
VolcanoJimmy Buffett-

September[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
4Flying ColorsTrooper-
6Ladies' NightKool & the Gang-
7Join HandsSiouxsie and the Banshees-
New ValuesIggy Pop-
The Pleasure PrincipleGary Numan-
Rock 'n' Roll JuvenileCliff Richard-
11Head GamesForeigner-
Kost u grluRiblja Čorba-
14StormwatchJethro Tull-
16Top PriorityRory Gallagher-
17Joe's Garage, Act IFrank Zappa-
Unleashed in the EastJudas PriestLive
21Boogie MotelFoghat-
Dream PoliceCheap Trick-
The RavenThe Stranglers-
Uncle Jam Wants YouFunkadelic-
24The Long RunEagles-
25One VoiceBarry Manilow-
Solid State SurvivorYellow Magic Orchestra-
-CutThe Slits-
A Different Kind of TensionBuzzcocks-
Entertainment!Gang of Four-
The GlowBonnie Raitt-
KennyKenny Rogers-
La DivaAretha Franklin-
Live and SleazyVillage PeopleDouble LP; one disc live, one disc studio
MarathonSantana-
Night after NightU.K.Live
No. 1 In HeavenSparks-
Oceans of FantasyBoney M.-
154Wire-
Out of a DreamReba McEntire-
Recent SongsLeonard Cohen-
SatisfiedRita Coolidge-
Singles Going SteadyBuzzcocksCompilation
ThreeU2EP

October[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
1Return to Base....Slade-
2SurvivalBob Marley & The Wailers-
5I'm the ManJoe Jackson-
Partners in CrimeRupert Holmes-
Quadrophenia SoundtrackThe WhoSoundtrack
Reggatta de BlancThe Police-
9The Fine Art of SurfacingThe Boomtown Rats-
12Fire It UpRick James-
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1Rod StewartCompilation
TuskFleetwood Mac-
13Victim of LoveElton John-
19Damn the TorpedoesTom Petty & the Heartbreakers-
PrincePrince-
22PrisonerCher-
26DragnetThe Fall-
In the Heat of the NightPat Benatar-
27BomberMotörhead-
29Greatest Hits Volume 2ABBACompilation
30Journey through the Secret Life of PlantsStevie Wonder-
-Bee Gees GreatestBee GeesCompilation
Broken EnglishMarianne Faithfull-
CornerstoneStyx-
A Curious FeelingTony Banks-
Cut Above the RestSweet-
Demo EPOingo Boingo-
Eat to the BeatBlondie-
Flirtin' with DisasterMolly Hatchet-
HereLeo Sayer-
HydraToto-
I'll Always Love YouAnne Murray-
Keep the FireKenny Loggins-
LovehunterWhitesnake-
Magnum IIMagnum-
Mr. UniverseGillan-
Mix-UpCabaret Voltaire-
ReproductionThe Human League-
The SpecialsThe Specials-
SurvivorsSamson-
Thighs and WhispersBette Midler-
WetBarbra Streisand-
Whatever You WantStatus Quo-

November[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
9The Soundhouse TapesIron MaidenEP
17Setting SonsThe Jam-
18Emerson, Lake and Palmer in ConcertEmerson, Lake & PalmerLive
19Joe's Garage, Acts II & IIIFrank Zappa-
Live RustNeil Young & Crazy HorseLive
23Live! Coast to CoastTeddy PendergrassLive
Metal BoxPublic Image Ltd.-
PlatinumMike Oldfield-
30The WallPink Floyd-
-Brass Construction 5Brass Construction-
DegüelloZZ Top-
Down on the FarmLittle Feat-
ELO's Greatest HitsElectric Light OrchestraCompilation
Freedom at Point ZeroJefferson Starship-
Machine Gun EtiquetteThe Damned-
New York • London • Paris • MunichM-
Night in the RutsAerosmith-
No Nukes: The Muse Concerts for a Non-Nuclear FutureVarious ArtistsTriple Live LP
One Step Beyond...Madness-
PhoenixDan Fogelberg-
Pretty PaperWillie NelsonChristmas
Sometimes You WinDr. Hook-
We're the Best of FriendsNatalie Cole & Peabo Bryson-

December[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
8On ParoleMotörheadDebut
14London CallingThe Clash-
15Sid SingsSid Vicious-
27Adventures in UtopiaUtopia-
-The Best of Top of the Pops '79Top of the Poppers-
EarthquakeElectric Sun-
Les Plus Grands Succès De Chic: Chic's Greatest HitsChic-
Quiet LifeJapan-
Sabotage/LiveJohn CaleLive
True Luv'Luv'-
20 Jazz Funk GreatsThrobbing Gristle-

Release Date Unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1979.

#ArtistTitleYearCountryChart entries
1BlondieHeart of Glass1979United StatesUK 1 – Jan 1979, US BB 1 – Mar 1979, Canada 1 – Mar 1979, Austria 1 – Mar 1979, Switzerland 1 – Feb 1979, Germany 1 – Feb 1979, Australia 1 for 5 weeks Jan 1980, Sweden (alt) 3 – Mar 1979, France 3 – Feb 1979, Australia 3 of 1979, Netherlands 5 – Feb 1979, Norway 5 – Mar 1979, RYM 8 of 1979, US CashBox 11 of 1979, US BB 1 of 1979, POP 13 of 1979, South Africa 15 of 1979, Italy 29 of 1979, Virgin 29, OzNet 30, Scrobulate 46 of 80s, Germany 54 of the 1970s, RIAA 217, Acclaimed 241, Rolling Stone 255
2Gloria GaynorI Will Survive1979United StatesUK 1 – Feb 1979, US BB 1 – Jan 1979, US BB 1 of 1979, Canada 1 – Mar 1979, Éire 1 – Mar 1979, POP 2 of 1979, Sweden (alt) 3 – Apr 1979, Netherlands 4 – Mar 1979, Norway 4 – May 1979, Switzerland 7 – Apr 1979, Scrobulate 8 of disco, Germany 9 – Mar 1979, US CashBox 10 of 1979, France 10 – Mar 1979, South Africa 16 of 1979, Austria 17 – May 1979, Party 24 of 1999, Australia 25 of 1979, Italy 38 of 1979, Europe 66 of the 1970s, RYM 67 of 1978, RIAA 89, OzNet 155, Acclaimed 416, Rolling Stone 489
3MPop Muzik1979United KingdomUS BB 1 – Aug 1979, Sweden (alt) 1 – Jun 1979, Switzerland 1 – Jun 1979, Germany 1 – May 1979, Australia 1 for 3 weeks May 1980, UK 2 – Apr 1979, Austria 2 – Jul 1979, Netherlands 3 – May 1979, France 3 – Nov 1979, Norway 5 – Jun 1979, South Africa 5 of 1979, Canada 8 – Sep 1979, Australia 10 of 1979, US CashBox 15 of 1979, Italy 18 of 1979, US BB 40 of 1979, POP 40 of 1979, RYM 50 of 1979, Germany 59 of the 1970s, OzNet 888, Acclaimed 1691
4Donna SummerHot Stuff1979United StatesUS BB 1 – Apr 1979, Switzerland 1 – May 1979, Australia 1 for 1 weeks May 1980, Canada 2 – Apr 1979, Sweden (alt) 2 – May 1979, Norway 2 – Jun 1979, France 3 – May 1979, Austria 3 – Jun 1979, US BB 4 of 1979, Scrobulate 5 of disco, Germany 6 – May 1979, POP 6 of 1979, UK 11 – May 1979, US CashBox 14 of 1979, Netherlands 14 – May 1979, Australia 17 of 1979, Italy 24 of 1979, RYM 88 of 1979, Rolling Stone 103, OzNet 124, Party 210 of 1999, Germany 246 of the 1970s, Acclaimed 717
5Patrick HernandezBorn to Be Alive1979FranceSweden (alt) 1 – Jul 1979 (20 weeks), France (SNEP) 1 – Feb 1979 (5 months), France 1 – Mar 1979 (5 weeks), Austria 1 – Apr 1979 (6 weeks), Norway 1 – Jul 1979 (17 weeks), Belgium 1 – Jan 1979 (18 weeks), Germany 1 – Mar 1979 (6 months), Canada RPM 1 for 2 weeks – Aug 1979, New Zealand 1 for 2 weeks – Oct 1979, RIANZ 1 – Sep 1979 (14 weeks), Australia 1 for 5 weeks – Oct 1979, France 1 for 15 weeks – Mar 1979, Germany 1 for 5 weeks – May 1979, France (InfoDisc) 4 of the 1970s (peak 1, 30 weeks, 1,412k sales estimated, 1979), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Nov 1979), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1979), Netherlands 5 – Feb 1979 (18 weeks), Switzerland 5 – Feb 1979 (13 weeks), Australia 5 of 1979, Springbok 6 – Aug 1979 (11 weeks), Italy 7 of 1979, UK 10 – Jun 1979 (14 weeks), POP 11 of 1979, Canada 12 – Jul 1979 (6 weeks), US BB 15 of 1979, US Billboard 16 – Jun 1979 (19 weeks), Record World 19 – 1979, Germany 20 of the 1970s (peak 1 25 weeks), Brazil 32 of 1979, Scrobulate 68 of disco, US Radio 108 of 1979 (peak 16 5 weeks), RYM 200 of 1979, UK Silver (certified by BPI in Sep 1979), Global 7 (10 M sold) – 1979

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

US number one singles and artist
(weeks at number one)

UK number one singles and artist
(weeks at number one)

Other significant singles[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Japan Music Awards[edit]

Japan Record Awards[edit]