1978 in Music

From The Peoples History

Major News Stories include:

Space Invaders Launches Craze for Computer Video Games, Gold reaches $200.00 per ounce, Roman Polanski flees to France, First Test Tube Baby is born, Cult leader Jim Jones tells 900 members of his church, “People’s Temple”, to commit suicide in Guyana, Susan B. Anthony Dollar is minted, following an oil crisis Japanese car Imports account for half the US import market. The first first ever Cellular Mobile Phone History of Mobile Phones is introduced in Illinois. Sweden is the first country in the world to recognize the effect of aerosol sprays on the Ozone Layer and bans the sale. The Serial killer David Berkowitz, “Son of Sam,” is convicted of murder after terrorizing New York for 12 months. 1978 is also a great year for movies with Grease summer opening on June 16th , Saturday Night Fever and Close Encounters of the Third Kind all showing in Movie Theatres around the world.

Popular TV Programmes

  • Happy Days
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • The Rockford Files
  • Good Morning America
  • Jim’ll Fix It (UK)
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Charlie’s Angels
  • Quincy, M.E.
  • The Muppet Show
  • CHiPs
  • The Love Boat
  • Three’s Company


Here are Billboards top twenty songs of that year in the U.S, with the top three videos added:

1 “Shadow Dancing” Andy Gibb

2 “Night Fever” Bee Gees

3 “You Light Up My Life” Debby Boone

4 “Stayin’ Alive” Bee Gees
5 “Kiss You All Over” Exile
6 “How Deep Is Your Love” Bee Gees
7 “Baby Come Back” Player
8 “(Love Is) Thicker Than Water” Andy Gibb
9 “Boogie Oogie Oogie” A Taste of Honey
10 “Three Times a Lady” Commodores
11 “Grease” Frankie Valli
12 “I Go Crazy” Paul Davis
13 “You’re the One That I Want” John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
14 “Emotion” Samantha Sang
15 “Lay Down Sally” Eric Clapton
16 “Miss You” The Rolling Stones
17 “Just the Way You Are” Billy Joel
18 “With a Little Luck” Wings
19 “If I Can’t Have You” Yvonne Elliman
20 “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” Chic


An added bonus: Top Books in 1978

(according to Publisher’s Weekly)
1. Chesapeake by James A. Michener
2. War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk
3. Fools Die by Mario Puzo
4. Bloodlines by Sidney Sheldon
5. Scruples by Judith Krantz
6. Evergreen by Belva Plain
7. Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach
8. The Holcroft Covenant by Robert Ludlum
9. Second Generation by Howard Fast
10. Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett

2 Comments on “1978 in Music

  1. Such a GREAT year for music. I loved the Bee Gees!

    • Nia Markos

      I am rediscovering some amazing music!! Thanks for your comments Jan.

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