1979 in music


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Contents

See also:

  • Record labels established in 1979
  • 1979 in music (UK)

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1979.

Events

January–February

March–April

May–August

September–December

Also in 1979

Bands formed

See Musical groups established in 1979

Bands disbanded

See Musical groups disestablished in 1979

Albums released

Contents: TopJanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember

January

Day Album Artist Notes
5 Armed Forces Elvis Costello & The Attractions -
Look Sharp! Joe Jackson -
19 Sleep Dirt Frank Zappa -
25 Take Me Home Cher -
26 Valley of the Dolls Generation X -
- Accept Accept -
Bustin' Out of L Seven Rick James -
The Def Leppard E.P. Def Leppard EP
John Denver John Denver -
Living Without Your Love Dusty Springfield -
New Kind of Feeling Anne Murray -
No Mean City Nazareth -
Strangers in the Night UFO Live
We Are Family Sister Sledge -

February

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Inflammable Material Stiff Little Fingers -
5 Spirits Having Flown Bee Gees -
19 Frenzy Split Enz -
19 George Harrison George Harrison -
21 Live (X Cert) The Stranglers Live
22 If You Knew Suzi Suzi Quatro -
25 Lovedrive Scorpions -
26 The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle Sex Pistols Soundtrack
- At Budokan Cheap Trick Live
Enlightened Rogues The Allman Brothers Band -
Force Majeure Tangerine Dream -
Hard Times for Lovers Judy Collins -
Sinful Angel -
Under Heaven Over Hell Streetheart -

March

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Manifesto Roxy Music -
3 Sheik Yerbouti Frank Zappa -
9 Angel Station Manfred Mann's Earth Band -
Cool for Cats Squeeze -
Even Serpents Shine The Only Ones -
10 Life in a Day Simple Minds -
16 Bitanga i princeza Bijelo dugme -
Live at the Witch Trials The Fall -
17 Desolation Angels Bad Company -
19 L.A. (Light Album) The Beach Boys -
23 Van Halen II Van Halen -
24 Overkill Motörhead -
26 Go West Village People -
27 You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic Ian Hunter -
29 Breakfast in America Supertramp -
30 Secondhand Daylight Magazine -
- Airwaves Badfinger -
Danger Money U.K. -
Fate for Breakfast Art Garfunkel -
Feel No Fret Average White Band -
I Love You So Natalie Cole -
Just a Game Triumph -
Remote Control The Tubes -
Rickie Lee Jones Rickie Lee Jones -
Rock n' Roll Nights Bachman–Turner Overdrive -
Squeezing Out Sparks Graham Parker and The Rumour -

April

Day Album Artist Notes
5 Evolution Journey -
6 Euroman Cometh Jean-Jacques Burnel -
13 Black Rose: A Rock Legend Thin Lizzy -
20 Gimme Some Neck Ron Wood -
My Father's Eyes Amy Grant -
23 Bob Dylan at Budokan Bob Dylan Live
Voulez-Vous ABBA -
25 Bad Girls Donna Summer -
- The Bells Lou Reed -
It's Alive Ramones Live
The Message Is Love Barry White -
A Million Vacations Max Webster -
Mission Accomplished But the Beat Goes On The Rezillos Live
New England New England -
Replicas Gary Numan and Tubeway Army -
Y The Pop Group -

May

Day Album Artist Notes
4 Orchestral Favorites Frank Zappa -
11 Three Imaginary Boys The Cure -
17 Wave Patti Smith Group -
18 Do It Yourself Ian Dury & The Blockheads -
Lodger David Bowie -
21 Saxon Saxon -
22 Where There's Smoke... Smokey Robinson -
23 Diana Ross Diana Ross -
Dynasty Kiss -
30 Where I Should Be Peter Frampton -
- Discovery Electric Light Orchestra -
Flag James Taylor -
Let Me Be Good to You Lou Rawls -
Lots Of Luv' Luv' -
Monolith Kansas -
Narita Riot Japan
Rhapsodies Rick Wakeman -
Rock 'n' Roll High School Various Artists Soundtrack
Shot Through the Heart Jennifer Warnes -
Spectral Mornings Steve Hackett -
State of Shock Ted Nugent -
The Undertones The Undertones -

June

Day Album Artist Notes
8 Back to the Egg Wings -
The Kids Are Alright The Who Soundtrack
Shades in Bed The Records -
9 Labour of Lust Nick Lowe -
Repeat When Necessary Dave Edmunds -
11 Get The Knack The Knack -
13 Candy-O The Cars -
Mingus Joni Mitchell -
14 Unknown Pleasures Joy Division -
15 Communiqué Dire Straits -
PXR5 Hawkwind -
Silent Letter America -
18 John Cougar John Cougar -
21 Mick Taylor Mick Taylor -
23 No Exit The Angels -
26 Live Killers Queen Live
- Another Taste A Taste of Honey -
Best of the J. Geils Band The J. Geils Band -
Exposure Robert Fripp -
I Am Earth, Wind & Fire -
Mirrors Blue Öyster Cult -
Life and Love Leon Russell -
One for the Road Willie Nelson and Leon Russell -
Spy Carly Simon -
Touch the Sky Carole King -

July

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Rust Never Sleeps Neil Young and Crazy Horse -
6 The B-52's The B-52's -
10 Low Budget The Kinks -
17 Exposed Mike Oldfield Live
20 Nine Lives REO Speedwagon -
27 Highway to Hell AC/DC -
28 Down to Earth Rainbow -
30 Risqué Chic -
- Bop till You Drop Ry Cooder -
Circles & Seasons Pete Seeger -
Duty Now for the Future Devo -
First Under the Wire Little River Band -
Honest Lullaby Joan Baez -
Midnight Magic Commodores -
No Promises...No Debts Golden Earring -
The Original Disco Man James Brown -
Shake Hands with the Devil Kris Kristofferson -

August

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Fear of Music Talking Heads -
Some Product: Carri on Sex Pistols Sex Pistols Interview collage
10 Off the Wall Michael Jackson -
13 Chicago 13 Chicago -
15 In Through the Out Door Led Zeppelin -
17 Drums and Wires XTC -
Street Machine Sammy Hagar -
20 Slow Train Coming Bob Dylan -
27 Eve The Alan Parsons Project -
- Born Again Randy Newman -
5 J.J. Cale -
Into the Music Van Morrison -
Volcano Jimmy Buffett -

September

Day Album Artist Notes
4 Flying Colors Trooper -
6 Ladies' Night Kool & the Gang -
7 Join Hands Siouxsie and the Banshees -
New Values Iggy Pop -
11 Head Games Foreigner -
Kost u grlu Riblja Čorba -
14 Stormwatch Jethro Tull -
16 Top Priority Rory Gallagher -
17 Joe's Garage, Act I Frank Zappa -
Unleashed in the East Judas Priest Live
21 Dream Police Cheap Trick -
The Raven The Stranglers -
Uncle Jam Wants You Funkadelic -
24 The Long Run Eagles -
25 One Voice Barry Manilow -
Solid State Survivor Yellow Magic Orchestra -
- Boogie Motel Foghat -
Cut The Slits -
A Different Kind of Tension Buzzcocks -
Entertainment! Gang of Four -
The Glow Bonnie Raitt -
Kenny Kenny Rogers -
La Diva Aretha Franklin -
Live and Sleazy Village People Double LP; one disc live, one disc studio
Marathon Santana -
Night after Night U.K. Live
No. 1 In Heaven Sparks -
Oceans of Fantasy Boney M. -
154 Wire -
Out of a Dream Reba McEntire -
The Pleasure Principle Gary Numan -
Recent Songs Leonard Cohen -
Satisfied Rita Coolidge -
Singles Going Steady Buzzcocks Compilation
Three U2 EP

October

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Return to Base.... Slade -
2 Survival Bob Marley & The Wailers -
5 I'm the Man Joe Jackson -
Partners in Crime Rupert Holmes -
Quadrophenia Soundtrack The Who Soundtrack
Reggatta de Blanc The Police -
9 The Fine Art of Surfacing The Boomtown Rats -
12 Fire It Up Rick James -
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 Rod Stewart Compilation
Tusk Fleetwood Mac -
13 Victim of Love Elton John -
19 Damn the Torpedoes Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers -
Prince Prince -
22 Prisoner Cher -
26 Dragnet The Fall -
In the Heat of the Night Pat Benatar -
27 Bomber Motörhead -
29 Greatest Hits Volume 2 ABBA Compilation
30 Journey through the Secret Life of Plants Stevie Wonder -
- Bee Gees Greatest Bee Gees Compilation
Broken English Marianne Faithfull -
Cornerstone Styx -
A Curious Feeling Tony Banks -
Cut Above the Rest Sweet -
Eat to the Beat Blondie -
Flirtin' with Disaster Molly Hatchet -
Here Leo Sayer -
Hydra Toto -
I'll Always Love You Anne Murray -
Keep the Fire Kenny Loggins -
Lovehunter Whitesnake -
Magnum II Magnum -
Mr. Universe Gillan -
Mix-Up Cabaret Voltaire -
Reproduction The Human League -
Specials The Specials -
Survivors Samson -
Thighs and Whispers Bette Midler -
Wet Barbra Streisand -
Whatever You Want Status Quo -

November

Day Album Artist Notes
9 The Soundhouse Tapes Iron Maiden EP
17 Setting Sons The Jam -
18 Emerson, Lake and Palmer in Concert Emerson, Lake & Palmer Live
19 Joe's Garage, Acts II & III Frank Zappa -
Live Rust Neil Young & Crazy Horse Live
23 Live! Coast to Coast Teddy Pendergrass Live
Metal Box Public Image Ltd. -
Platinum Mike Oldfield -
30 The Wall Pink Floyd -
- Brass Construction 5 Brass Construction -
Degüello ZZ Top -
Down on the Farm Little Feat -
ELO's Greatest Hits Electric Light Orchestra Compilation
Freedom at Point Zero Jefferson Starship -
Machine Gun Etiquette The Damned -
New York • London • Paris • Munich M -
Night in the Ruts Aerosmith -
No Nukes: The Muse Concerts for a Non-Nuclear Future Various Artists Triple Live LP
One Step Beyond... Madness -
Phoenix Dan Fogelberg -
Pretty Paper Willie Nelson Christmas
Sometimes You Win Dr. Hook -
We're the Best of Friends Natalie Cole & Peabo Bryson -

December

Day Album Artist Notes
14 London Calling The Clash -
15 Sid Sings Sid Vicious -
- The Best of Top of the Pops '79 Top of the Poppers -
Earthquake Electric Sun -
Les Plus Grands Succès De Chic: Chic's Greatest Hits Chic -
Quiet Life Japan -
Sabotage/Live John Cale Live
True Luv' Luv' -
20 Jazz Funk Greats Throbbing Gristle -

Release Date Unknown

Biggest hit singles

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1979.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1 Blondie Heart of Glass 1979 United States UK 1 – Jan 1979, US BB 1 – Mar 1979, Canada 1 – Mar 1979, Austria 1 – Mar 1979, Switzerland 1 – Feb 1979, Germany 1 – Feb 1979, Australia 1 for 5 weeks Jan 1980, Sweden (alt) 3 – Mar 1979, France 3 – Feb 1979, Australia 3 of 1979, Holland 5 – Feb 1979, Norway 5 – Mar 1979, RYM 8 of 1979, US CashBox 11 of 1979, US BB 1 of 1979, POP 13 of 1979, South Africa 15 of 1979, Italy 29 of 1979, Virgin 29, OzNet 30, Scrobulate 46 of 80s, Germany 54 of the 1970s, RIAA 217, Acclaimed 241, Rolling Stone 255
2 Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive 1979 United States UK 1 – Feb 1979, US BB 1 – Jan 1979, US BB 1 of 1979, Canada 1 – Mar 1979, Éire 1 – Mar 1979, POP 2 of 1979, Sweden (alt) 3 – Apr 1979, Holland 4 – Mar 1979, Norway 4 – May 1979, Switzerland 7 – Apr 1979, Scrobulate 8 of disco, Germany 9 – Mar 1979, US CashBox 10 of 1979, France 10 – Mar 1979, South Africa 16 of 1979, Austria 17 – May 1979, Party 24 of 1999, Australia 25 of 1979, Italy 38 of 1979, Europe 66 of the 1970s, RYM 67 of 1978, RIAA 89, OzNet 155, Acclaimed 416, Rolling Stone 489
3 M Pop Muzik 1979 United Kingdom US BB 1 – Aug 1979, Sweden (alt) 1 – Jun 1979, Switzerland 1 – Jun 1979, Germany 1 – May 1979, Australia 1 for 3 weeks May 1980, UK 2 – Apr 1979, Austria 2 – Jul 1979, Holland 3 – May 1979, France 3 – Nov 1979, Norway 5 – Jun 1979, South Africa 5 of 1979, Canada 8 – Sep 1979, Australia 10 of 1979, US CashBox 15 of 1979, Italy 18 of 1979, US BB 40 of 1979, POP 40 of 1979, RYM 50 of 1979, Germany 59 of the 1970s, OzNet 888, Acclaimed 1691
4 Donna Summer Hot Stuff 1979 United States US BB 1 – Apr 1979, Switzerland 1 – May 1979, Australia 1 for 1 weeks May 1980, Canada 2 – Apr 1979, Sweden (alt) 2 – May 1979, Norway 2 – Jun 1979, France 3 – May 1979, Austria 3 – Jun 1979, US BB 4 of 1979, Scrobulate 5 of disco, Germany 6 – May 1979, POP 6 of 1979, UK 11 – May 1979, US CashBox 14 of 1979, Holland 14 – May 1979, Australia 17 of 1979, Italy 24 of 1979, RYM 88 of 1979, Rolling Stone 103, OzNet 124, Party 210 of 1999, Germany 246 of the 1970s, Acclaimed 717
5 Patrick Hernandez Born to Be Alive 1979 France Sweden (alt) 1 – Jul 1979 (20 weeks), France (SNEP) 1 – Feb 1979 (5 months), France 1 – Mar 1979 (5 weeks), Austria 1 – Apr 1979 (6 weeks), Norway 1 – Jul 1979 (17 weeks), Belgium 1 – Jan 1979 (18 weeks), Germany 1 – Mar 1979 (6 months), Canada RPM 1 for 2 weeks – Aug 1979, New Zealand 1 for 2 weeks – Oct 1979, RIANZ 1 – Sep 1979 (14 weeks), Australia 1 for 5 weeks – Oct 1979, France 1 for 15 weeks – Mar 1979, Germany 1 for 5 weeks – May 1979, France (InfoDisc) 4 of the 1970s (peak 1, 30 weeks, 1,412k sales estimated, 1979), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Nov 1979), Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1979), Holland 5 – Feb 1979 (18 weeks), Switzerland 5 – Feb 1979 (13 weeks), Australia 5 of 1979, Springbok 6 – Aug 1979 (11 weeks), Italy 7 of 1979, UK 10 – Jun 1979 (14 weeks), POP 11 of 1979, Canada 12 – Jul 1979 (6 weeks), US BB 15 of 1979, US Billboard 16 – Jun 1979 (19 weeks), Record World 19 – 1979, Germany 20 of the 1970s (peak 1 25 weeks), Brazil 32 of 1979, Scrobulate 68 of disco, US Radio 108 of 1979 (peak 16 5 weeks), RYM 200 of 1979, UK Silver (certified by BPI in Sep 1979), Global 7 (10 M sold) – 1979

Chronological table of US and UK number one hit singles

US number one singles and artist
(weeks at number one)
UK number one singles and artist
(weeks at number one)


"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" – Rod Stewart (2 weeks in 1978 + 4 weeks in 1979)
"Too Much Heaven" – Bee Gees (2)
"Le Freak" – Chic (4)
"I Will Survive" – Gloria Gaynor (3)
"Tragedy" – Bee Gees (2)
"What a Fool Believes" – The Doobie Brothers (1)
"Knock on Wood" – Amii Stewart (1)
"Heart of Glass" – Blondie (1)
"Reunited" – Peaches & Herb (4)
"Hot Stuff" – Donna Summer (3)
"Love You Inside Out" – Bee Gees (1)
"Ring My Bell" – Anita Ward (2)
"Bad Girls" – Donna Summer (5)
"Good Times" – Chic (1)
"My Sharona" – The Knack (6)
"Sad Eyes" – Robert John (1)
"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" – Michael Jackson (1)
"Rise" – Herb Alpert (2)
"Pop Muzik" – M (1)
"Heartache Tonight" – The Eagles (1)
"Still" – Commodores (1)
"No More Tears (Enough is Enough)" – Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer (2)
"Babe" – Styx (2)
"Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" – Rupert Holmes (2 weeks in 1979 + 1 week in 1980)
Also see: Hot 100 No. 1 Hits of 1979


"Y.M.C.A." – Village People (3) best selling single of the year
"Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" – Ian Dury and The Blockheads (1)
"Heart of Glass" – Blondie (4)
"Tragedy" – Bee Gees (2)
"I Will Survive" – Gloria Gaynor (4)
"Bright Eyes" – Art Garfunkel (6)
"Sunday Girl" – Blondie (3)
"Ring My Bell" – Anita Ward (2)
"Are 'Friends' Electric?" – Tubeway Army (4)
"I Don't Like Mondays" – The Boomtown Rats (4)
"We Don't Talk Anymore" – Cliff Richard (4)
"Cars" – Gary Numan (1)
"Message in a Bottle" – The Police (3)
"Video Killed the Radio Star" – The Buggles (1)
"One Day at a Time" – Lena Martell (3)
"When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman" – Dr. Hook (3)
"Walking on the Moon" – The Police (1)
"Another Brick in the Wall, Part II" – Pink Floyd (3 weeks in 1979 + 2 weeks in 1980)

Other significant singles

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