The Year in Music: 1977

The Year in Music: 1977

With the Decades series we honor the legacy of music history 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and even 60 years back in time. Join us for a deep musical dive into the best songs, biggest hits, album favorites and forgotten gems from each year. In 2017 we look at the music of 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2007. Each playlist – a carefully curated mix of approximately 100 hits, singles and album cuts we’ve found worthy of inclusion – gives you a historical snapshot of a 12-month window in popular music. For the sake of historical coherence, these do not necessarily reflect the top charts of the year, but rather the official release dates. Bring on the nostalgia!

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Two major music trends clashed into the year 1977: The pinnacle of punk rock and the rise of disco.

The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, The Stranglers, Buzzcocks and The Clash all released important punk albums this year, marking the biggest year for punk since it’s arrival merely a year before and its vanishing into post-punk a year or so later.

On the other side of the spectrum, the funky and groovy disco beats continued to increase in popularity in the night clubs of New York and L.A. Bee Gees’ soundtrack to the blockbuster Saturday Night Fever fully realized the transition from the underground to mainstream.

Outside and in between these to extremities, there was surely plenty of room for more classic sounding pop and rock. 1977 was not only punk and disco, but also a major year for names like Fleetwood Mac, Queen, AC/DC and Kiss. And hey, Elvis died. This playlist takes you through the highs of a year full of them.

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