My Favorite Songs of 1977

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Meat Loaf was always a curiosity to me. And I don’t mean his non-traditional rock look (i.e. not skinny and scraggly).

He comes out with an album that is one of the better albums in, well, history. Then he decides not to make anymore? I mean, Bat Out Of Hell was an album that stayed on the charts for nine years. NINE! To this day it still sells 200,000 copies per year. It was released 43 years ago. It sounds like he had a difficult time getting his next albums recorded, but he came out with four underwhelming efforts between 1981 and 1986. Then after a seven-year break he releases Bat Out Of Hell two? This is 16 years after Bat Out Of Hell and it was his next huge hit. I can’t think of another example of such a large gap between hit albums.

I think this year, at least for my tastes, had several really great songs led by Meat Loaf, Fleetwood Mac and Steve Miller. Two of the most amazing albums in history (Fleetwood Mac Rumours the biggest selling album of all time). But the quantity of good songs was low. Too much disco influence. I don’t even mind the disco sound, but I think this was overkill. I was only three years old at the time, but I can imagine what the radio was flooded with and I can’t imagine that being good. Perhaps that allowed albums like Bat Out Of Hell and Rumours to get so many great songs to air – because it was a refreshing change? I can’t say for sure, as I was only three!

Unlike most rankings, I won’t be simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because I know better than anybody that on some days, some songs kick more ass than other songs. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow, if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment. So I’ll group them:
Awesome
Great
Solid
Not Bad
…with inter-group splitting.

First, some audio/video of my favorites from that year…

18 Great Songs from 1977

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad – Meat Loaf

Black Betty  – Ram Jam

Gold Dust Woman  – Fleetwood Mac

Great album, top to bottom. There is a reason why it’s the best-selling album.

Cocaine  – Eric Clapton

I appreciated Clapton because of Time Pieces. Back in high school I pretty much bought every ‘Greatest Hits’ CD I could get my hands on and that’s primarily how I was introduced to all the greats. Another great example of this is Foreigner (next song below).

Cold As Ice  – Foreigner

Helpless  – Neil Young

It’s a Heartache  – Bonnie Tyler

Lay Down Sally  – Eric Clapton

Star Wars (Main Theme)  – John Williams

Yes, this counts as a song released in 1977! And any red-blooded rock fan (or music fan) will still perk right up when the song kicks on. This song played during the cutting of the cake at my wedding 😉

Three Little Birds  – Bob Marley and the Wailers

Easy – The Commodores

You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth – Meat Loaf

Go Your Own Way  – Fleetwood Mac

I Don’t Want To Know – Fleetwood Mac

True Fine Love – Steve Miller Band

Waiting In Vain – Bob Marley and the Wailers

Anarchy In The U.K.  – The Sex Pistols

One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – George Thorogood and the Destroyers

17 Truly Awesome Songs from 1977

Bat Out Of Hell  – Meat Loaf

Closer To The Heart  – Rush

Come Sail Away  – Styx

Give A Little Bit  – Supertramp

Love this song. It was a real highlight when this came on over the speakers at Zellers when I was working shifts as a stock boy. In fact, I bought Supertramp’s Greatest Hits because of hearing this song, The Logical Song and Dreamer so often at work. The buildup in this song that begins at 1:46 through 2:15 is my favorite.

Never Going Back Again  – Fleetwood Mac

I remember buying Rumours because of several songs. This was not one of them. I played the CD, I was 15 or 16, and heard this song for the first time and right off the bat I was like “whoa”. A lot of songs on this album got that reaction.

One Love  – Bob Marley and the Wailers

This may not be the first video I ever saw on the newly-launched Much Music channel, but it’s definitely the first video I remember seeing.

Unfortunately, the one version on Youtube of this video that exists – they won’t allow me to play in this blog. So here is…just the song.

Paradise By the Dashboard Light  – Meat Loaf

Stayin’ Alive  – Bee Gees

Take A Chance On Me  – ABBA

We Will Rock You  – Queen

Wonderful Tonight  – Eric Clapton

We’re Here For A Good Time (Not A Long Time) – Trooper

Don’t Stop  – Fleetwood Mac

Jet Airliner  – Steve Miller Band

The Chain  – Fleetwood Mac

We Are The Champions  – Queen

You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)  – Rod Stewart

Silver Springs – Fleetwood Mac

Rumours was such a great album that this song – which would probably make my personal Top 500 songs of all time – didn’t even make the cut. It wasn’t on the album! Instead, it became a B-side to the single Go Your Own Way, and wasn’t “really” released until 1997 when it received a Grammy nomination! Here is that 1997 version.

All of the above songs are put together in a Best of 1977 playlist on YouTube here.

Here is the complete list of songs that I enjoy from 1977…

Awesome – 1 Closer To The Heart Rush
Awesome – 1 Come Sail Away Styx
Awesome – 1 Give A Little Bit Supertramp
Awesome – 1 Never Going Back Again Fleetwood Mac
Awesome – 1 One Love Bob Marley and the Wailers
Awesome – 1 Paradise By the Dashboard Light Meat Loaf
Awesome – 1 Stayin’ Alive Bee Gees
Awesome – 1 Take A Chance On Me ABBA
Awesome – 1 We Will Rock You Queen
Awesome – 1 Wonderful Tonight Eric Clapton
Awesome – 1 Silver Springs Fleetwood Mac
Awesome – 1 We’re Here For A Good Time (Not A Long Time) Trooper
Awesome – 12 Don’t Stop Fleetwood Mac
Awesome – 12 Jet Airliner Steve Miller Band
Awesome – 12 The Chain Fleetwood Mac
Awesome – 12 We Are The Champions Queen
Awesome – 12 You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim) Rod Stewart
Awesome – 12 Bat Out Of Hell Meat Loaf
Great – 18 Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad Meat Loaf
Great – 18 Black Betty Ram Jam
Great – 18 Gold Dust Woman Fleetwood Mac
Great – 18 Cocaine Eric Clapton
Great – 18 Cold As Ice Foreigner
Great – 18 Helpless Neil Young
Great – 18 It’s a Heartache Bonnie Tyler
Great – 18 Lay Down Sally Eric Clapton
Great – 18 Star Wars (Main Theme) John Williams
Great – 18 Three Little Birds Bob Marley and the Wailers
Great – 18 Easy The Commodores
Great – 18 You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth Meat Loaf
Great – 30 Go Your Own Way Fleetwood Mac
Great – 30 I Don’t Want To Know Fleetwood Mac
Great – 30 True Fine Love Steve Miller Band
Great – 30 Waiting In Vain Bob Marley and the Wailers
Great – 30 Anarchy In The U.K. The Sex Pistols
Great – 30 One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer George Thorogood and the Destroyers
Solid – 36 Dreams Fleetwood Mac
Solid – 36 I Want You To Want Me Cheap Trick
Solid – 36 Lucille Kenny Rogers
Solid – 36 Only The Good Die Young Billy Joel
Solid – 36 God Save The Queen The Sex Pistols
Solid – 36 Lust For Life Iggy Pop
Solid – 36 The Name Of The Game ABBA
Solid – 36 Fly at Night Chilliwack
Solid – 36 The Passenger Iggy Pop
Solid – 45 Barracuda Heart
Solid – 45 Because The Night Patti Smith
Solid – 45 Dust In The Wind Kansas
Solid – 45 Heroes David Bowie
Solid – 45 Jungle Love Steve Miller Band
Solid – 45 Night Fever Bee Gees
Solid – 45 Solsbury Hill Peter Gabriel
Solid – 45 That Smell Lynyrd Skynyrd
Solid – 45 What’s Your Name Lynyrd Skynyrd
Solid – 45 Second Hand News Fleetwood Mac
Solid – 45 Jamming Bob Marley and the Wailers
Solid – 45 More Than a Woman Bee Gees
Not Bad – 57 Two Tickets To Paradise Eddie Money
Not Bad – 57 Hot Legs Rod Stewart
Not Bad – 57 Movin’ Out Billy Joel
Not Bad – 57 How Deep Is Your Love Bee Gees
Not Bad – 57 It’s So Easy Linda Ronstadt
Not Bad – 57 Swing Town Steve Miller Band
Not Bad – 57 Feels Like The First Time Foreigner
Not Bad – 57 Running On Empty Jackson Browne
Not Bad – 57 Sometimes When We Touch Dan Hill
Not Bad – 57 You Make Loving Fun Fleetwood Mac
Not Bad – 67 American Girl Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Not Bad – 67 Baby Hold On Eddie Money
Not Bad – 67 Breakdown Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Not Bad – 67 Cinderella Man Rush
Not Bad – 67 Just The Way You Are Billy Joel
Not Bad – 67 Mainstreet Bob Seger
Not Bad – 67 Margaritaville Jimmy Buffett
Not Bad – 67 Mr. Blue Sky Electric Light Orchestra
Not Bad – 67 Nobody Does It Better Carly Simon
Not Bad – 67 Oh Daddy Fleetwood Mac
Not Bad – 67 Peg Steely Dan
Not Bad – 67 Psycho Killer Talking Heads
Not Bad – 67 Songbird Fleetwood Mac
Not Bad – 67 Star Wars Theme / Cantina Band Meco
Not Bad – 67 Watching The Detectives Elvis Costello
Not Bad – 67 Fool’s Overture Supertramp
Not Bad – 67 Winter Time Steve Miller Band
Not Bad – 67 The Stake Steve Miller Band
Not Bad – 67 All Revved Up With No Place To Go Meat Loaf
Not Bad – 67 Baby What A Big Surprise Chicago
Not Bad – 67 Like A Hurricanes Neil Young
Not Bad – 67 Lovely Day Bill Withers

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