Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Hits of 1978

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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!" - City Boy

I always thought City Boy were American, but they were actually home grown. 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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