See also: 1976 in music, other events of 1977, 1978 in music, 1970s in music and the list of 'years in music'

Table of contents
1 Events
2 Albums released
3 Top hits on record
4 Published popular music
5 Musical theatre
6 Musical films
7 Births
8 Deaths
9 Awards


Of the events in music in 1977, a few bear closer scrutiny. Perhaps most important is the release of several pivotal albums in the development of punk music. Widely-acknowledged as masterpieces and among the earliest first full-length purely punk albums, the Ramones' Rocket to Russia, the Jam's In the City, Iggy Pop's Lust for Life, Richard Hell & the Voidoids' Blank Generation, Elvis Costello's My Aim Is True, the Sex Pistols' Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols, U.F.O's Lights Out and Television's Marquee Moon are usually considered their respective masterpieces, and kickstarted punk music as the musical genre it eventually became.

The soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever was an enormous hit that established the Bee Gees (who had composed most of the tracks) as the most popular artists in the world, and the best-selling artist since the Beatles. Saturday Night Fever also moved disco music into the mainstream, and it dominated the charts for the next few years.

Jimmy Buffett's Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Atitudes is also especially notable in its inclusion of "Margaritaville", the biggest single of his career. This album helped establish Buffett as a popular artist, and earned him much of the rabid fanbase ("Parrotheads") that he eventually became known for. Billy Joel's The Stranger was enormously popular, and included one of his most beloved songs today, "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant". Lastly, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours is the most popular and critically acclaimed LP of the band's career; it is one of the best-selling albums of all time.

Albums released

Top hits on record

Published popular music

  • "Candle on the Water" w.m. Al Kasha & Joel Hirschhorn
  • "Child In A Universe" w.m. Laura Nyro
  • "Come In From The Rain"     w.m. Melissa Manchester & Carole Bayer Sager
  • "The Greatest Love Of All"     w. Linda Creed m. Michael Masser
  • "Here You Come Again"     w.m. Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
  • "Love Is In The Air"     w.m. George Young & Harry Vanda
  • "New York, New York"     w.m. Fred Ebb & John Kander
  • "Nobody Does It Better"     w. Carole Bayer Sager m. Marvin Hamlisch
  • "Stayin' Alive"     w.m. Barry, Maurice & Robin Gibb
  • "Thank You For The Music"     w.m. Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus
  • "Tomorrow"     w. Martin Charnin m. Charles Strouse
  • "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile"     w. Martin Charnin m. Charles Strouse

Musical theatre

Musical films




Grammy Awards

Country Music Association Awards

Eurovision Song Contest