1977 in music

See also: 1976 in music, other events of 1977, 1978 in music, 1970s in music and the list of 'years in music'



In this year, the St. Magnus Festival was founded in Orkney by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

Perhaps most important is the release of several pivotal albums in the development of punk music. Widely-acknowledged as masterpieces and among the earliest first full-length purely punk albums, the Ramones' Rocket to Russia, the Jam's In the City, Iggy Pop's Lust for Life, the debut by the Clash, The Clash, Richard Hell & the Voidoids' Blank Generation, Elvis Costello's My Aim Is True, the Sex Pistols' Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols, and Television's Marquee Moon are usually considered their respective masterpieces, and kickstarted punk music as the musical genre it eventually became.

The soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever was an enormous hit that established the Bee Gees (who had composed most of the tracks) as the most popular artists in the world, and the best-selling artist since the Beatles. Saturday Night Fever also moved disco music into the mainstream, and it dominated the charts for the next few years.

Jimmy Buffett's Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Atitudes is also especially notable in its inclusion of "Margaritaville", the biggest single of his career. This album helped establish Buffett as a popular artist, and earned him much of the rabid fanbase ("Parrotheads") that he eventually became known for. Billy Joel's The Stranger was enormously popular, and included one of his most beloved songs today, "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant". Lastly, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours is the most popular and critically acclaimed LP of the band's career; it is one of the best-selling albums of all time.

Albums released

Chronological Table of US and UK Number One Hit Singles

US Number One Singles and Artist
(Weeks at Number One)
UK Number One Singles and Artist
(Weeks at Number One)
"Tonight's The Night" - Rod Stewart (7 weeks in 1976 + 1 week in 1977)

"You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)"- Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr (1)
"You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" - Leo Sayer (1)
"I Wish" - Stevie Wonder (1)
"Car Wash" - Rose Royce (1)
"Torn Between Two Lovers" - Mary McGregor (2)
"Blinded By The Light" - Manfred Mann's Earth Band (1)
"New Kid In Town" - The Eagles (1)
"Love Theme From A Star Is Born (Evergreen)" - Barbra Streisand (3)
"Rich Girl" - Hall & Oates (2)
"Dancing Queen" - ABBA (1)
"Don't Give Up On Us" - David Soul (1)
"Don't Leave Me This Way" - Thelma Houston (1)
"Southern Nights" - Glen Campbell (1)
"Hotel California" - The Eagles (1)
"When I Need You" - Leo Sayer (1)
"Sir Duke" - Stevie Wonder (3)
"I'm Your Boogie Man" - KC & The Sunshine Band (1)
"Dreams" - Fleetwood Mac (1)
"Got To Give It Up" - Marvin Gaye (1)
"Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky) - Bill Conti (1)
"Undercover Angel" - Alan O'Day (1)
"Da Do Ron Ron" - Shaun Cassidy (1)
"Looks Like We Made It" - Barry Manilow (1)
"I Just Want To Be Your Everything" - Andy Gibb (4)
"Best Of My Love" - Emotions (5)
"Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" - Meco (2)
"You Light Up My Life" - Debby Boone (10), best selling single of the year
"How Deep Is Your Love" - Bee Gees (2 weeks in 1977 + 1 week in 1978)

"When A Child Is Born" - Johnny Mathis (1 week in 1976 + 2 weeks in 1977)
"Don't Give Up On Us" - David Soul (4)
"Don't Cry For Me Argentina" - Julie Covington (1)
"When I Need You" - Leo Sayer (3)
"Chanson D'Amour" - The Manhattan Transfer (3)
"Knowing Me, Knowing You" - ABBA (5)
"Free" - Deniece Williams (2)
"God Save the Queen" - The Sex Pistols (0)
"I Don't Want To Talk About It/The First Cut Is The Deepest" - Rod Stewart (4)
"Lucille" - Kenny Rogers (1)
"Show You The Way To Go" - The Jacksons (1)
"So You Win Again" - Hot Chocolate (3)
"I Feel Love" - Donna Summer (4)
"Angelo" - Brotherhood of Man (1)
"Float On - Floaters (1)
"Way Down" - Elvis Presley (5)
"Silver Lady" - David Soul (3)
"Yes Sir, I Can Boogie" - Baccara (1)
"The Name Of The Game" - ABBA (4)
"Mull Of Kintyre/Girl's School" - Paul McCartney & Wings, (5 weeks in 1977 + 4 weeks in 1978), best selling single of the year

Other significant singles and major hits

Published popular music

Classical music


Musical theatre

Musical films




Grammy Awards

Country Music Association Awards

Eurovision Song Contest


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