We got a little bloated, a little overboard over the past few episodes of Hall of Songs. So, let’s clear the room and bring in the fun.
Submitted for your approval are our top-12 songs from 1978, a year where studio artistry was at an absolute peak, artists were crossing genres once again, and ultimately, the best songs were just plain fun. We have party jams, feel-good tunes, and rip-roaring rock. You’ll enjoy this one.
After listening to Tim and Chris, VOTE for the greatest songs of all time! Songs from 1978, plus tunes from 1977, ’76, ’71 and ’69 are up for a shot to make the Hall of Songs! Vote now at hallofsongs.com and come back on March 25, 2022, to find out which song or songs get in!
Our 1978 nominees:
- “Wuthering Heights” as performed by Kate Bush
- Written by Kate Bush; recorded summer 1977; released January 1978
- “Rock Lobster” as performed by The B-52s
- Written by Fred Schneider and Ricky Wilson; recorded February 1978; released April 1978
- “Surrender” as performed by Cheap Trick
- Written by Rick Nielsen; recorded late 1977; released April 1978
- “Just What I Needed” as performed by The Cars
- Written by Ric Ocasek; recorded February 1978; released May 1978
- “Le Freak” as performed by Chic
- Written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers; recorded January 1978; released August 1978
- “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)” as performed by Buzzcocks
- Written by Pete Shelley; recorded August 1978; released August 1978
- “Heart of Glass” as performed by Blondie
- Written by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein; recorded June 1978; released September 1978
- “Teenage Kicks” as performed by The Undertones
- Written by John O’Neill; recorded June 1978; released October 1978
- “I Will Survive” as performed by Gloria Gaynor
- Written by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris; recorded summer 1978; released October 1978
- “Don’t Stop Me Now” as performed by Queen
- Written by Freddie Mercury; recorded August 1978; released November 1978
- “September” as performed by Earth, Wind & Fire
- Written by Maurice White, Al McKay and Allee Willis; recorded September 1978; released November 1978
- “What a Fool Believes” as performed by The Doobie Brothers
- Written by Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins; recorded August 1978; released December 1978
Listen to the full episode for more, and then vote for the songs that you think are the greatest of all-time. Scroll down to vote. Then, come back on March 25, 2022 to find out the voting results, and March 27, 2022 for our discussion on 1979.