I Love 1978: My Top 40 Albums of 1978

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I have just finished re-editing my list for 1978 because of the depth of great music. Of course, this is not a 1977-type year, but those seismic years are few and far between. Yet, this year remains something of a milestone year in rock music for this writer.

During the Summer of 1978, while the movie Grease was packing teens in the movie theaters, I was running with a couple of high school teammates and another runner from another school in a 1600-meter relay team in the old AAU state tournament. I was doing this in preparation for my running in a national track meet to be held in Fort Collins, Colorado, at Colorado State University. And, I was doing all of that running workouts while playing Babe Ruth baseball, where I made the All-Star team but turned down the honor in order to run in the AAU State Championships before my trip out west. Just for giggles, I was playing basketball in our high school basketball summer open gym workouts. Yet, for some reason, the basketball coach was very upset that I was running in those two big meets at the time. I mean, come on! I had a chance to run in a couple of meets that most kids would never get the opportunity to do just to remain at home for two weeks so I could be playing basketball. Little did Coach know, but I ran my race early in the week, then played basketball with high school and college players from all around the United States. In other words, I was playing against better competition out in the Rockies than back home. Plus, I actually met and shook hands with the great Jesse Owens while at this event. And, that, my friends, is the greatest non-family event to have occurred in my life. I have never been able to describe what is different in the person that makes them able to achieve greatness, but whatever it is, Mr. Owens had it oozing from every pore in his body; yet, he was the most humble and down-to-earth gentleman. And, it was my honor to have met him. And, that happened in 1978!

5.2 Roadmaster - Sweet Music

Additionally, in 1978, I made one of the greatest album purchases in my high school days. I remember going to the local independent record store called The Browser. This place sold music, of course, but also young men’s clothing. Still, I walked in the store after cashing my paycheck from detassling corn, and walked out with three terrific albums, all that remain as favorites to this day. The albums were The Rolling Stones’ Some Girls, Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf AND REO Speedwagon’s You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can’t Tuna Fish. To this day, it remains one of my greatest days of purchasing music.

5.2 Van_Halen_album

1978 will be remembered for disco music reaching its peak in popularity, while punk was morphing into a more accessible form known as new wave. And soundtracks were everywhere: Grease, Sgt. Pepper, Thank God It’s Friday, FM, to list a few. Arena rock was beginning to ascend in popularity. In many ways, 1978 was a transition year. Regardless, it was a solid year with much diversity.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the 40 albums that I still enjoy today. Start the countdown!

5.2 Rolling Stones - Some Girls

  1. The Rolling Stones – Some Girls
  2. Van Halen – Van Halen
  3. Cheap Trick – Heaven Tonight
  4. Ramones – Road to Ruin
  5. The Cars – The Cars
  6. Blondie – Parallel Lines
  7. Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town
  8. Queen – Jazz
  9. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – You’re Gonna Get It!
  10. Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings and Food
  11. The Jam – All Mod Cons
  12. Elvis Costello – This Year’s Model
  13. The Band – The Last Waltz
  14. Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
  15. Nick Lowe – Jesus of Cool
  16. The Police – Outlandos d’Amour
  17. Jackson Browne – Running on Empty
  18. Funkadelic – One Nation Under a Groove
  19. Chic – C’est Chic
  20. Kraftwerk – The Man Machine
  21. AC/DC – If You Want Blood You’ve Got It
  22. Todd Rundgren – Hermit of Mink Hollow
  23. Doobie Brothers – Minute by Minute
  24. Ace Frehley – Ace Frehley
  25. Styx – Pieces of Eight
  26. Roadmaster – Sweet Music
  27. Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous
  28. Daryl Hall & John Oates – Along the Red Ledge
  29. Neil Young – Comes a Time
  30. Big Star – Third/Sister Lovers
  31. REO Speedwagon – You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can’t Tuna Fish
  32. The J. Geils Band – Sanctuary
  33. Patti Smith Group – Easter
  34. Little Feat – Waiting for Columbus
  35. The Jacksons – Destiny
  36. Warren Zevon – Excitable Boy
  37. Fotomaker – Fotomaker
  38. Bob Seger – Stranger in Town
  39. Dire Straits – Dire Straits
  40. Commodores – Natural High

5.2 Funkadelic - One Nation Under a Groove5.2 The Band - The Last Waltz

I really do feel bad for the artists whose albums were left off this list. Besides the many soundtracks that I listed earlier, The Clash, Boston, Parliament, Faith Band, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Foreigner, Willie Nelson and Wings. However, I stand by my list, and I hope you found it a little bit interesting.

Author: ifmyalbumscouldtalk

I am just a long-time music fan who used to be a high school science teacher and a varsity coach of several high school athletic teams. Before that, I worked as a medical technologist at three hospitals in their labs, mainly as a microbiologist. I am retired/disabled (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), and this is my attempt to remain a human. Additionally, I am a serious vinyl aficionado, with a CD addiction and a love of reading about rock history. Finally, I am a fan of Prince, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Springsteen, Paul Weller & his bands and Power Pop music.

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