1977: A Magical Musical Year & My 100 Favorite Songs


Personally, 1977 was a pretty dark year for me. My parents’ divorce was finalized which happened to be the second tragedy in my life, chronologically speaking. In all honesty, despite that, my life has been pretty charmed. But, it has never been perfect, but has anyone’s? I don’t think so. But, when you look at 1977 from a historical point of view as far a music is concerned, the world was downright magical. Take a look at what happened. Punk rock broke out of New York City and raised its head in the U.K. Landmark albums such as Rumours, Hotel California, Songs in the Key of Life, My Aim Is True, Saturday Night Fever, Cheap Trick, “Heroes”, The Idiot, The Stranger, Bat Out of Hell and Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols were all released during 1977.

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By this time, I was still hooked on AT40, to which I would remain loyal until when I started to hear rap songs being edited out of the broadcast when the Beastie Boys, Run-DMC and other great artists began to hit the Top 40 in the mid-Eighties. Now, I understand that was a racist a move by radio executives in Cincinnati, around where I lived at the time. Additionally, I was still reading primarily Creem magazine in my quest to learn more about rock music from the past and present. Of course, I was keeping my nose clean, doing the right thing, staying focused…uh…I was a teenage boy. Although I had not yet really delved into the party scene (that came more in college), but I did love to disrupt classes in an effort to inject some “fun” into them.

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But, 1977 was the year when my musical tastes were beginning to change to what they are today. How could you NOT be moved after seeing Elvis Costello on Saturday Night Live. Did you know that Elvis was booked only after the Sex Pistols could not get a visa to play on that show? Can you imagine how history would have changed if the original plan had happened? Well, let’s not dwell on that alternative timeline, but it is fun to dream.

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Anyway, let’s take a look at my 100 favorite songs of 1977. It was just so very difficult to trim this list to 100 songs. Yet, I anticipate the lists for 1979, 1983 and 1984 to be absolute hell for me. Let the countdown begin!

100. “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” – Elton John

99. “I’m in You” – Peter Frampton

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98. “Whatcha Gonna Do” – Pablo Cruise

97. “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” – Electric Light Orchestra

96. “That Smell” – Lynyrd Skynyrd

95. “I’ve Got Love on My Mind” – Natalie Cole

94. “You’re in My Heart” – Rod Stewart

93. “She’s Not There” – Santana

92. “The Load-Out/Stay” – Jackson Browne

91. “Fantasy” – Earth, Wind & Fire

90. “Wonderful Tonight” – Eric Clapton

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89. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” – Pezband

88. “Lonely Boy” – Andrew Gold

87. “Nobody Does It Better” – Carly Simon

86. “Your Smiling Face” – James Taylor

85. “More Than a Woman” – Tavares

84. “Blue Bayou” – Linda Ronstadt

83. “Jet Airliner” – Steve Miller Band

82. “Cold as Ice” – Foreigner

81. “How Deep Is Your Love” – Bee Gees

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80. “Our Love” – Natalie Cole

79. “Baby, What a Big Surprise” – Chicago

78. “Trans Europe Express” – Kraftwerk

77. “Serpentine Fire” – Earth, Wind & Fire

76. “Two Tickets to Paradise” – Eddie Money

75. “Feels like the First Time” – Foreigner

74. “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” – Andy Gibb

73. “Margaritaville” – Jimmy Buffett

72. “Hot Legs” – Rod Stewart

71. “Baby Hold On” – Eddie Money

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70. “Isn’t It Time” – The Babys

69. “One Love” – Bob Marley & the Wailers

68. “Barracuda” – Heart

67. “You Make Lovin’ Fun” – Fleetwood Mac

66. “It Keeps You Runnin'” – The Doobie Brothers

65. “Jungle Love” – Steve Miller Band

64. “It’s a Heartache” – Bonnie Tyler

63. “Baby Come Back” – Player

62. “She’s Always a Woman” – Billy Joel

61. “Two Out of Three” – Meat Loaf

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60. “Dance, Dance, Dance” – Chic

59. “It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me” – Barry White

58. “Emotion” – Samantha Sang

57. “Lovely Day” – Bill Withers

56. “Dust in the Wind” – Kansas

55. “Just a Song Before I Go” – Crosby, Stills & Nash

54. “If I Can’t Have You” – Yvonne Elliman

53. “Don’t Stop” – Fleetwood Mac

52. “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker” – Ramones

51. “Just the Way You Are” – Billy Joel

50. “Watching the Detectives” – Elvis Costello

49. “Southern Girls” – Cheap Trick

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48. “Angel in Your Arms” – Hot

47. “Holidays in the Sun” – Sex Pistols

46. “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” – Billy Joel

45. “Jack and Jill” – Raydio

44. “Black Betty” – Ram Jam

43. “Peg” – Steely Dan

42. “What’s Your Name” – Lynyrd Skynyrd

41. “Running on Empty” – Jackson Browne

40. “Come Sail Away” – Styx

39. “Cocaine” – Eric Clapton

38. “Stayin’ Alive” – Bee Gees

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37. “Float On” – The Floaters

36. “Short People” – Randy Newman

35. “Heard It in a Love Song” – Marshall Tucker Band

34. “Movin’ Out” – Billy Joel

33. “Take a Chance on Me” – ABBA

32. “Closer to the Heart” – Rush

31. “Christine Sixteen” – KISS

30. “God Save the Queen” – Sex Pistols

29. “Deacon Blues” – Steely Dan

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28. “Solsbury Hill” – Peter Gabriel

27. “Only the Good Die Young” – Billy Joel

26. “Gold Dust Woman” – Fleetwood Mac

25. “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” – Santa Esmeralda

24. “Night Fever” – Bee Gees

23. “Jamming” – Bob Marley & the Wailers

22. “In the City” – The Jam

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21. “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” – The Rubinoos

20. “Do Anything You Want to Do” – Eddie & the Hot Rods

19. “Got to Give It Up” – Marvin Gaye

18. “Oh Candy” – Cheap Trick

17. “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” – Meat Loaf

16. “Brick House” – The Commodores

15. “Give a Little Bit” – Supertramp

14. “Easy” – The Commodores

13. “Best of My Love” – The Emotions

12. “Disco Inferno” – The Trammps

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11. “Lust for Life” – Iggy Pop

10. “Heroes” – David Bowie

9. “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions” – Queen

8. “Dreams” – Fleetwood Mac

7. “The Chain” – Fleetwood Mac

6. “Psycho Killer” – Talking Heads

5. “Mr. Blue Sky” – Electric Light Orchestra

4. “Alison” – Elvis Costello

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3. “Strawberry Letter 23” – The Brothers Johnson

2. “I Feel Love” – Donna Summer

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1. “Flash Light” – Parliament

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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