Van Halen All Mod Cons Parallel Lines Some Girls
The Man-Machine Chairs Missing Give 'Em Enough Rope More Songs About Buildings and Food

It's fair to call 1978 the culmination of many trends. Disco hit the mainstream, punk exploded and, along with it, so did new wave and power pop, with the Cars marking the spot where the two roads intersected. Heavy metal was redefined thanks to the elephantine guitar of Van Halen, Bruce Springsteen and Warren Zevon dug deep and dark on their landmark albums, while Saturday Night Fever ruled the charts and the Rolling Stones found a way to cop from it all on their creative comeback Some Girls. But that's not all: punk got arty (Wire's Chairs Missing) as art-rockers got kind of punky (Eno and Gabriel both), country began easing out of outlaw, yacht rock set sail, and there were novelties as glorious as Jilted John. All of this and more gives us reason to love 1978.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine [Spotify]
I'm sure that other years were equally as difficult to trim down as 1978 -- 1984 pops to mind as a possibility -- but 1978 was a true beast for me. Often, it seemed like all my favorite albums and singles were released this year, not just the obvious (Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, the Jam, Stones, etc.) but tons of cult classics, including more power pop and soft rock than can possibly make it into a tidy list. My accompanying Spotify list is not tidy -- there are lots of albums that didn't show up -- but it gives a hint at how great this year was.

Nick Lowe - Jesus of Cool
The Jam - All Mod Cons
Todd Rundgren - Hermit of Mink Hollow
The Rolling Stones - Some Girls
Cheap Trick - Heaven Tonight
Dave Edmunds - Tracks on Wax 4
Elvis Costello & the Attractions - This Year's Model
Billy Joel - 52nd Street
Little Feat - Waiting for Columbus
Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy
The Clash - Give 'Em Enough Rope
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band - Stranger In Town
Wreckless Eric - Wreckless Eric
The Cars - The Cars
Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town
Van Halen - Van Halen
Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel (2)
Big Star - Third/Sister Lovers
Wire - Chairs Missing
Led Zeppelin - In Through the Out Door

The Only Ones - "Another Girl, Another Planet"
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - "Listen to Her Heart"
Johnny Thunders - "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory"
Buzzcocks - "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldnt've)"
Peter Gabriel - "DIY"
Jilted John - "Jilted John"
Don Williams - "Tulsa Time"
Gerry Rafferty - "Baker Street"
David Gates - "Goodbye Girl"
Al Stewart - "Time Passages"
Wreckless Eric - "Take the Cash (KASH)"
The Records - "Starry Eyes"
Queen - "Fat Bottomed Girls"
Rodney Crowell - "Elvira"
The Police - "So Lonely"
Eddie Money - "Two Tickets to Paradise"
Jay Ferguson - "Thunder Island"
Bee Gees - "Night Fever"
Squeeze - "Take Me I'm Yours"
Walter Egan - "Magnet and Steel"

John Bush
Brian Eno - Music for Airports
XTC - Go 2
Wire - Chairs Missing
Van Halen - Van Halen
Kraftwerk - The Man-Machine
Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Scream
The Jam - All Mod Cons
Magazine - Real Life
The Cars - The Cars
Cheap Trick - Heaven Tonight
Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel (2)
Pere Ubu - The Modern Dance
Buzzcocks - Another Music in a Different Kitchen
The Clash - Give 'Em Enough Rope
Althea and Donna - Uptown Top Ranking
The Rolling Stones - Some Girls
The Doobie Brothers - Minute by Minute
Michael Franks - Burchfield Nines
Giorgio Moroder - Midnight Express [Original Soundtrack]
Various Artists - Grease [Original Soundtrack]

Joy Division - "Warsaw"
Magazine - "Shot by Both Sides"
Mekons - "Where Were You?"
Nick Lowe - "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass"
The Only Ones - "Another Girl, Another Planet"
Public Image Ltd. - "Public Image"
The Human League - "Being Boiled"
Wire - "I Am the Fly"
Siouxsie and the Banshees - "Jigsaw Feeling"
Buzzcocks - "Noise Annoys"
Stiff Little Fingers - "Suspect Device"
Sham - "If the Kids Are United"
Black Flag - "Fix Me"
Alternative TV - "Action Time Vision"
The Undertones - "Teenage Kicks"
Big in Japan - "Suicide a Go-Go"
Rich Kids - "Ghosts of Princes in Towers"
Chris Bell - "I Am the Cosmos"
The Homosexuals - "Hearts in Exile"
Instant Funk - "I Got My Mind Made Up"

Tim Sendra
Althea and Donna - Uptown Top Ranking
The Cars - The Cars
Cheap Trick - Heaven Tonight
The Clash - Give 'Em Enough Rope
Elvis Costello & the Attractions - This Year's Model
Mink DeVille - Return to Magenta
Flamin' Groovies - Flamin' Groovies Now
Dan Hartman - Instant Replay
The Jam - All Mod Cons
Kraftwerk - The Man-Machine
NRBQ - NRBQ at Yankee Stadium
Ramones - Road to Ruin
REO Speedwagon - You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can't Tuna Fish
The Saints - Eternally Yours
Johnny Thunders - So Alone
Van Halen - Van Halen

Jonathan Ball [Spotify]
Van Halen - Van Halen
Willie Nelson - Stardust
Buzzcocks - Love Bites
Buzzcocks - Another Music in a Different Kitchen
Jimmy Buffett - Son of a Son of a Sailor
The Clash - Give 'Em Enough Rope
The Rolling Stones - Some Girls
Cheap Trick - Heaven Tonight
The Who - Who Are You
Various Artists - Grease [Original Soundtrack]
Wire - Chairs Missing
Brian Eno - Music for Airports
AC/DC - If You Want Blood You've Got It
Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food
Camel - Breathless
Bryan Ferry - The Bride Stripped Bare
Klaus Schulze - X
Heart - Dog & Butterfly
UFO - Obsession
AC/DC - Powerage

Public Image Ltd. - "Public Image"
Buzzcocks - "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)"
Van Halen - "Runnin' with the Devil"
The Police - "So Lonely"
David Bowie - "Beauty and the Beast"
Black Flag - "Wasted"
The Who - "Who Are You"
AC/DC - "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation"
Gerry Rafferty - "Baker Street"
Squeeze - "Take Me I'm Yours"
Bee Gees - "Stayin' Alive"
Bee Gees - "Night Fever"
Samantha Sang - "If I Can't Have You"
Barry Manilow - "Copacabana"
ABBA - "Take a Chance on Me"
Joe Jackson - "Is She Really Going Out with Him?"
The Rolling Stones - "Shattered"
UFO - "Only You Can Rock Me"
The Kinks - "A Rock 'N Roll Fantasy"

Matt Collar
AC/DC - If You Want Blood You’ve Got It
Big Star - Third/Sister Lovers
Blondie - Parallel Lines
The Cars - The Cars
Chic - C’est Chic
Elvis Costello & the Attractions - This Year’s Model
Foreigner - Double Vision
David Gates - Goodbye Girl
Andy Gibb - Shadow Dancing
Nick Lowe - Jesus of Cool
The Police - Outlandos d’Amour
Queen - Jazz
Ramones - Road To Ruin
The Rolling Stones - Some Girls
Rufus & Chaka Khan - Street Player
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band - Stranger in Town
Woody Shaw - Woody III
Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food
Van Halen - Van Halen
The Who - Who Are You

Thom Jurek
Bob Dylan - Street Legal
Patti Smith - Easter
Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town
Public Image Ltd. - Public Image: First Issue
Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Scream
Kate Bush - The Kick Inside
Marvin Gaye - Here, My Dear
Burning Spear - Social Living
Professor Longhair - Live on the Queen Mary
Funkadelic - One Nation Under a Groove
Brian Eno - Music for Airports
Pat Metheny Group - Pat Metheny Group
Sun Ra - Lanquidity
James Blood Ulmer - Tales of Captain Black
Alice Coltrane - Transfiguration
Wire - Chairs Missing
Kraftwerk - The Man-Machine
Nick Lowe - Jesus of Cool
Magazine - Real Life
Pere Ubu - The Modern Dance

Joy Division - An Ideal for Living
Black Flag - Nervous Breakdown
The Fall - Bingo-Master's Break-Out!
Ian Dury and the Blockheads - "Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick"
The Human League - "Being Boiled"
Cabaret Voltaire - Extended Play
Chic - "Le Freak"
Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson - "Angel Dust"
Throbbing Gristle - "United"
Weirdos - "We Got the Neutron Bomb"
Van Morrison - "Wavelength"
Pere Ubu - Datapanik in the Year Zero
The Middle Class - "Out of Vogue"
The Normal - "Warm Leatherette"
Buzzcocks - "What Do I Get?"
Germs - Lexicon Devil
Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated"
Dave Edmunds -"Deborah"
X - "Adult Books"/"We're Desperate"

Andy Kellman [Spotify]
Kraftwerk - The Man-Machine
Magazine - Real Life
Funkadelic - One Nation Under a Groove
Chic - C'est Chic
Marvin Gaye - Here, My Dear
Wire - Chairs Missing
Public Image Ltd. - First Issue
Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food
Parliament - The Motor Booty Affair
Pere Ubu - The Modern Dance
This Heat - This Heat
Ultravox - Systems of Romance
Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Scream
X-Ray Spex - Germ Free Adolescents
Annette Peacock - X-Dreams
Kate Bush - The Kick Inside
Woody Shaw - Rosewood
Teddy Pendergrass - Life Is a Song Worth Singing
Mass Production - Three Miles High
Eno Moebius Roedelius - After the Heat

Instant Funk - "I Got My Mind Made Up"
Giorgio Moroder - "The Chase"
Essential Logic - "Aerosol Burns"
Parliament - "Flash Light"
The Human League - "Being Boiled"
The Normal - "Warm Leatherette"
Ashford & Simpson - "It Seems to Hang On"
The Only Ones - "Another Girl, Another Planet"
Scritti Politti - "Skank Bloc Bologna"
Lenny Williams - "Cause I Love You"
Bohannon - "Let's Start the Dance"
Melba Moore - "You Stepped into My Life"
Blondie - "Hanging on the Telephone"
Musique - "Keep on Jumpin'"
Cheryl Lynn - "You Saved My Day"
Love Committee - "Just as Long as I Got You"
The Walker Brothers - "The Electrician"
Thomas Leer - "Private Plane"
Throbbing Gristle - "United"
Joy Division - "Leaders of Men"

James Christopher Monger
The Walker Brothers - Nite Flights
Milton Nascimento - Clube da Esquina, Vol. 2
Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town
Big Star - Third/Sister Lovers
Journey - Infinity
Magazine - Real Life
XTC - White Music
Blondie - Parallel Lines
Rush - Hemispheres
Judas Priest - Killing Machine/Hell Bent for Leather
Queen - Jazz
Van Halen - Van Halen
The Cars - The Cars
The Jam - All Mod Cons
Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy
Cheap Trick - Heaven Tonight
The Motors - Approved by the Motors
John Williams - Superman: The Movie
Elvis Costello & the Attractions - This Year's Model

Gerry Rafferty - "Baker Street"
The Clash - "Safe European Home"
Wreckless Eric - "Whole Wide World"
The Police - "Can't Stand Losing You"
Dire Straits - "Sultans of Swing"
Nick Lowe - "So It Goes"
The Doobie Brothers - "What a Fool Believes"
Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated"
Kate Bush - "Wuthering Heights"
Talking Heads - "Take me to the River"
Wings - "With a Little Luck"
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band - "Hollywood Nights"
Waylon & Willie - "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys"
Joe Walsh - "Life's Been Good"
Tubeway Army - "Jo the Waiter"
The Who - "Who Are You"
Hot Chocolate - "Everyone's a Winner"
Buzzcocks - "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shoudn't've)
Kenny Rogers - "The Gambler"
Bonnie Tyler - "It's Heartache"

Matthew Garbutt [Spotify]
Alternative TV - The Image Has Cracked
Blondie - Parallel Lines
Buzzcocks - Another Music in a Different Kitchen
Chic - C'est Chic
Dr. Alimantado - Best Dressed Chicken in Town
Elvis Costello & the Attractions - This Year's Model
Gregory Isaacs - Cool Ruler
Horace Andy - Natty Dread a Weh She Want
Hugh Mundell - Africa Must be Free by 1983
Jacob Miller - Wanted
Kraftwerk - The Man-Machine
Magazine - Real Life
Prince Far-I - Message from the King
Public Image Ltd. - First Issue
Steel Pulse - Handsworth Revolution
Sugar Minott - Black Roots
The Adverts - Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts
The Jam - All Mod Cons
Wire - Chairs Missing
X-Ray Spex - Germ Free Adolescents

ABBA - "Take a Chance on me"
Barry Brown - "Step It Up Youthman"
Black Uhuru - "Plastic Smile"
Gang of Four - "Damaged Goods"
Hugh Mundell - "Jah Say the Time Has Come"
Ian Dury and the Blockheads - "Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick"
Johnny Clarke - "Every Knee Shall Bow"
Lene Lovich - "Lucky Number"
Sham 69 - "If the Kids are United"
Siouxsie and the Banshees - "Hong Kong Garden"
Stiff Little Fingers - "Suspect Device"
Subway Sect - "Ambition"
The B-52s - "Rock Lobster"
The Cramps - "Human Fly"
The Fall - "Psycho Mafia"
The Gladiators - "Dreadlocks the Time Is Now"
The Human League - "Being Boiled"
The Stranglers - "Walk on By"
The Twinkle Brothers - "Jahoviah"
The Undertones - "Teenage Kicks"

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