The best songs 1976-1979

Dancin’. Dancin’. Dancin’. As dialogue, courtship, sex, release, dancing dominated the late seventies.


1. Chic – My Feet Keep Dancing
2. Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
3. Donna Summer – Hot Stuff
4. Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
5. David Bowie – Sound and Vision
6. Public Image Ltd – Public Image
7. Roxy Music – Dance Away
8. The Clash – White Man in Hammersmith Palais
9. Funkadelic – (Not Just) Knee Deep
10. ABBA – Knowing Me, Knowing You
11. Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express
12. Funkadelic – One Nation Under a Groove
13. Aerosmith – Walk This Way
14. The Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet
15. Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman
16. The Sex Pistols – Anarchy in the UK
17. Tubeway Army – Are ‘Friends’ Electric?
18. David Bowie – Golden Years
19. Pere Ubu – Final Solution
20. Elvis Costello – Oliver’s Army
21. The Ramones – Sheena is a Punk Rocker
22. Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band – Cherchez La Femme
23. Doobie Brothers – What a Fool Believes
24. X-Ray Spex – Oh Bondage Up Yours!
25. Willie Nelson – Blue Skies
26. Commodores – Easy
27. John Stewart – Gold
28. Spinners – The Rubberband Man
29. Earth Wind & Fire – September
30. Don Williams – Til the Rivers All Run Dry
31. Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
32. The Cars – Let’s Go
33. Steely Dan – Deacon Blues
34. Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
35. Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover
36. ABBA – Voulez-Vous
37. Wings – Arrow Through Me
38. Merle Haggard – Red Bandana
39. Rolling Stones – Miss You
40. Thelma Houston – Don’t Leave Me This Way
41. Pointer Sisters – Fire
42. Conway Twitty – I’ve Already Loved You in My Mind
43. ABBA – Take a Chance On Me
44. Raydio – You Can’t Change That
45. George Harrison – Blow Away
46. Waylon Jennings – Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)
47. The Clash – Safe European Homes
48. Blondie – Dreaming
49. Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
50. Van Halen – Dance the Night Away
51. Elton John – I Feel LIke a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford)
52. The Cars – Just What I Needed
53. Rick James – You & I
54. Ashford & Simpson – Stay Free
55. Dolly Parton – Baby I’m Burnin’
56. Cheap Trick – Surrender
57. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Listen to Her Heart
58. Foreigner – Head Games
59. The Police – Message in a Bottle
60. Sweet – Fox on the Run
61. Al Stewart – Time Passages
62. Evelyn “Champagne” King – Shame
63. Buzzcocks – Everybody’s Happy Nowadays
64. The Isley Brothers – Take Me to the Next Phase (Part 1)
65. Talking Heads – Take Me to the River
66. Linda Ronstadt – It’s So Easy
67. Sister Sledge – He’s the Greatest Dancer
68. L.T.D. – Holding On (When Love Is Gone)
69. Nick Lowe – Cruel to Be Kind
70. Bruce Springsteen – Badlands
71. Eddie Rabbit – Suspicions
72. Bee Gees – Tragedy
73. Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight
74. Rickie Lee Jones – Chuck E’s in Love
75. The Brothers Johnson – Strawberry Letter 23
76. Gary Stewart – Your Place or Mine
77. Smokey Robinson – Cruisin’
78. The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
79. Dolly Parton – It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right
80. Machine – There But For the Grace of God Go I

5 thoughts on “The best songs 1976-1979

  1. Incredibly, 90% of these I dig and in my list. Loving this!! Although, come one, “Philadelphia Freedom” over “Robert Ford”. You like to tease with out of left field choices, don’t you?.That was even a hit?
    Also, I found out “Safe Europeans Homes” was not released as a single anywhere, which I don’t mind cause it’s awesome. Great list!!

    The day I understood “Aserejé” was a balearic tale of hard drugs taken while dancing and “interpreting” Rapper’s Delight’s “The hip hip a hop, a you don’t stop the rockin’
    To the bang bang boogie. Say up jump the boogie to the rhythm of the boogie the beat” to Splangish “Aserejé, ja deje tejebe tude jebere Sebiunouba majabi an de bugui an de buididipí”, I stopped mocking that song as “silly novelty”. It’s terrifying.

  2. That list makes a compelling case for the period. Any era when punk and disco were both young and vigorous was bound to put in a good showing. It’s also when the consensus began to splinter of course and audiences started to coalesce around genres. You can feel the ’80s forming just reading it.

  3. The Don Willimas song is absolutely beautiful, Alfred. As I was surprised by Rabbit’s (more blue eyed sould than country)
    I tried with Gary Stewart. Great songwriter. But his tremolo turns me off every time. At some point I can see why that was his trademark but also his “gimmick”. It’s useless to qualify what voices we like and why or viceversa. Stewart’s crippled songbirdy gets on my nerves also as much as Janis Ian’s. Not really. Hers wants me to commit suicide on self-defense, basically.

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