My mum's year suggestion was 1978, so here are my top ten favourite tracks of the year...
(Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Öyster Cult
Amazing track which peaked at #16 on the UK singles chart.
Top of the Pops - The Rezillos
#17 hit for The Rezillos and one of my favourite early new wave tracks.
Cold As Ice - Foreigner
After taking the US by storm in 1977 the song peaked at #24 in the UK a year later.
Gordon is a Moron - Jilted John
I can never resist a good novelty song. This one went to #4 and continues to haunt Gordon's everywhere, as well as inspiring Julie and Gordon to release their own rebuttal.
You're The One That I Want - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
It spent nine weeks at #1 in the summer of 1978 - despite the fact the film wasn't released in the UK until the middle of September.
You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) - Sylvester
Unlike most of the tracks on this list, You Make Me Feel had real international appeal - it was a hit in the US, Australia, and most of western Europe.
Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush
Originally slated for a November 1977 release, Kate Bush wasn't happy with the sleeve for her debut single and - though a few copies slipped through - the launch was pushed back to January 1978. It didn't do the track any harm; Wuthering Heights spent four weeks at #1 in the UK, in addition to reaching the top ten in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, and Sweden.
Ever Fallen In Love - The Buzzcocks
One of my favourite songs ever, this one peaked at #12 on the UK singles charts as well as making #14 in Ireland.
I Lost My Heart To a Starship Trooper - Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
As a self confessed geek I can't help but love a song with lines like: "Fighting for the Federation, hand in hand we'll conquer space!"
22.214.171.124 - City Boy
I always thought City Boy were American, but they were actually home grown. 126.96.36.199 peaked at #8 in the UK and #28 in the USA, making it their best performing single.
What was your favourite hit of 1978? Let me know in the comments. :)
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