(Day 25) 1978 – Best Year in Rock/Pop Ever?

Turn Table Needle
Yes, I still have vinyl in the house


Possibly the best year in Rock/Pop music. I’m open to other years if you want to argue, but man this is a good one.

As I’ve been doing my daily Covid-19 photowalks, I listen to music. Sometimes a podcast, but there is so much information out there recently that I needed a break from all of it. Because of that, I’ve stayed a way from podcasts on my walks. I’ve been hooked on 1978 playlists the last few days.

I was 12 years old for most of 1978. I spent hours upon hours upon hours listening to music. I had the huge 70’s headphones, sat at the radio, used the turntable, had cassettes, an 8 track player, and a reel to reel tape deck . . . hours and hours on end. I had started this habit of listening for hours much earlier in my life. I don’t remember time when I did not feel like I was studying music.

But – 1978. Come on.

In no particular order, and not at all a comprehensive list, are some of the releases. Just a few off the top of my head:

  • The Cars first Album
  • Billy Joel – 52nd Street
  • The Who – Who Are You
  • Styx – Pieces of Eight
  • Van Halen’s first album
  • Rolling Stone’s Some Girls – my favorite of theirs
  • Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town
  • Talking Heads – More Songs about Buildings and Food
  • Blondie – Parallel Lines
  • Genesis – And Then There Were Three
  • Bob Seger – Stranger in Town
  • Devo – Are We Not Men
  • Boston – Don’t Look Back
  • Queen – Jazz
  • Journey – Infinity
  • Foreigner – Double Vision
  • Peter Gabriel – “Scratch” (common name – not actual name)
  • The Police’s first album – Outlandos d’Amour (I remember the day and time and place I was where I first heard 2 songs off this one – it was 2-for-Tuesday on WRIF in Detroit and I was delivering the Detroit News)
  • Dire Straits – Dire Straits
  • Andy Gibb- Shadow Dancing / Ever Lasting Love / You’re My Everything
  • Bee Gee’s – Saturday Night Fever
  • Commodores – Three Times a Lady
  • Grease (hated it at the time, but it has grown on me)
  • Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
  • ABBA – Take a Chance on Me
  • Kansas – Dust in the Wind
  • Paul Simon – Slip Sliding Away
  • The Tramps – Disco Inferno
  • Steely Dan – Aja (This is a true masterpiece)
  • Barry Manilow – Copacabana
  • Earth Wind and Fire – Serpentine Fire
  • Jackson Brown – Running On Empty
  • Joe Walsh – Life’s Been Good
  • ELO – Turned to Stone

So much more . . . Come on – try to top that for a Rock/Pop year.

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