UK Album Charts 1977 Poll

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I'm in the middle of the 33-1/3 book on Television's Marquee Moon and thought it kind of remarkable that Marquee Moon made the top 30 in the UK album charts. Thanks to Official Charts you can see the top 60 from each week - This mainly doesn't include compilations or soundtracks (The Muppet Show was an exception since I was amused to see one of my childhood albums was so wildly successful).

Poll Results

28 13 Television - Marquee Moon 7
5 10 Steely Dan - Aja 6
1 675 Fleetwood Mac - Rumours 5
2 29 David Bowie - Low 4
4 108 Electric Light Orchestra - Out Of The Blue 3
8 15 Leo Sayer - Thunder In My Heart 2
3 32 David Bowie - Heroes 2
9 22 Darts - Darts 2
12 16 The Clash - The Clash 2
23 6 Judas Priest - Sin After Sin 1
20 8 Camel - Rain Dances 1
20 19 The Jam - In The City 1
8 58 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Exodus 1
7 19 Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel 1
18 8 Derek And Clive - Come Again 1
5 15 Status Quo - Rockin' All Over The World 1
17 1 Neil Young - American Stars 'N' Bars 1
1 34 The Muppets - The Muppet Show 1
1 28 Yes - Going For The One 1
2 35 Pink Floyd - Animals 1
2 24 Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene 1
4 34 The Stranglers - IV Rattus Norvegicus 1
27 6 Utopia - RA 0
18 11 The Boomtown Rats - The Boomtown Rats 0
28 5 Iggy Pop - Lust For Life 0
19 5 Graham Parker And The Rumour - Stick To Me 0
26 8 The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot 0
24 13 Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 0
26 3 T Rex - Dandy In The Underworld 0
22 6 Rush - A Farewell To Kings 0
27 3 Eddie And Hot Rods - Life On The Line 0
24 40 Billy Joel - The Stranger 0
25 2 Roy Harper – Bullinamingvase 0
17 5 AC/DC - Let There Be Rock 0
1 48 Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols 0
2 18 The Stranglers - No More Heroes 0
3 21 10cc - Deceptive Bends 0
4 20 Queen - News Of The World 0
4 9 Thin Lizzy - Bad Reputation 0
5 89 Ian Dury And The Blockheads - New Boots And Panties 0
7 27 Santana - Moonflower 0
9 521 Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell 0
10 54 Blondie - Plastic Letters 0
10 6 Dr Feelgood - Sneakin' Suspicion 0
12 22 Supertramp - Even In The Quietest Moments 0
12 14 The Steve Miller Band - Book Of Dreams 0
12 9 Steve Winwood - Steve Winwood 0
13 4 Lynyrd Skynyrd - Street Survivors 0
14 12 Elvis Costello And The Attractions - My Aim Is True 0
1 61 ABBA - The Album 0

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 17 April 2017 13:07 (one year ago) Permalink

First number is peak chart position, second is number of weeks spent on the charts. Some albums that missed this list of 50:

28 5 Ted Nugent - Cat Scratch Fever
30 7 Barclay James Harvest - Gone To Earth
30 6 Hawkwind - Quark Strangeness And Charm
30 3 Iggy Pop - The Idiot
31 4 Wishbone Ash - Front Page News
34 10 The Damned - Damned Damned Damned
34 4 Heart - Little Queen
35 5 Leonard Cohen - Death Of A Ladies' Man
43 6 Weather Report - Heavy Weather
43 5 Motorhead - Motorhead
46 4 The Motors - The Motors
49 7 Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express
49 4 The Vibrators - The Vibrators
50 3 Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - Rock 'N' Roll With The Modern Lovers
50 1 The Boys - The Boys
52 1 Godley & Creme - Consequences
54 2 UFO - Lights Out
55 3 Dr Feelgood - Be Seeing You
55 1 Heartbreakers - L.A.M.F.
57 3 The Pirates - Out Of Their Skulls
60 2 The Ramones - Rocket To Russia
60 1 Kiss - Alive II
60 1 Blue Öyster Cult – Spectres
60 1 Culture - Two Sevens Clash
60 1 Talking Heads - Talking Heads '77

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 17 April 2017 13:10 (one year ago) Permalink

Going For the One, Low, and My Aim is True are my favorites here. Might vote for RA though just for the hell of it

frogbs, Monday, 17 April 2017 13:12 (one year ago) Permalink

As you guys can all see, punk clearly dudn't kill prog rock and old-guard rock dead. The charts are absolutely useless now, but these historical charts are wonderful for debunking stupid myths. music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Monday, 17 April 2017 13:22 (one year ago) Permalink

As to what to vote for here, I'm totally stumped... there's at least 20 albums on here in serious contention. music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Monday, 17 April 2017 13:24 (one year ago) Permalink

idk man '78 was when the Tormatos and Love Beaches started coming out. Even the Midwest late-bloomers didn't last much beyond that.

frogbs, Monday, 17 April 2017 13:31 (one year ago) Permalink

I made a playlist with some of the albums that I hadn't listened to much in the past 40 years, and am enjoying everything to an extent. ABBA's original "I'm A Marionette" just as weirdly wonderful as Ghost's cover. I gotta say it's pretty jarring when it transitions from a The Muppets track to Derek And Clive, which is Peter Cook and Dudley Moore doing drunken stream-of-consciousness comedy, peppered with the C-word. Wikipedia says they were "far too crude for a mainstream audience." Yet 8 weeks on the top albums chart shows otherwise. Also, people who complained about the Muppet Show reboot a couple years ago because it was too "adult" clearly missed the adult humor subtexts in the original. Check out "Lydia the Tattooed Lady." Or is it just my own warped mind?

What other myths are busted here? While the Sex Pistols album did well, and both Stranglers albums did better than I would have expected, (as Turrican said before I posted this) punk hardly slayed prog. People were buying the sh*t out of Yes and Pink Floyd albums. Even Camel and Utopia made the top 30! The live Genesis album also reached number 4 and charted for 17 weeks, before they went pop.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 17 April 2017 13:34 (one year ago) Permalink

True, prog did fade, but it was a pretty natural decade-long lifespan, better than a lot of other subgenres, and I don't think really had anything to do with punk.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 17 April 2017 13:35 (one year ago) Permalink

No, prog dying had more to do with the fact that the bands were naturally running out of steam and putting out shit material and making crap decisions. music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Monday, 17 April 2017 13:58 (one year ago) Permalink

Steely Dan vs. Rush vs. Television. All classic.

(Listening to classic rock radio for an hour would dispel the myth that punk killed off prog, obv.)

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Monday, 17 April 2017 14:12 (one year ago) Permalink

I voted for Rattus Norvegicus, which is still a great record. music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Monday, 17 April 2017 14:16 (one year ago) Permalink

Finally listened to Darts. I thought it was gonna be power pop, but they're like a 50s revival doo-wop thing. Leo Sayer sounds like stuff that would have been on the radio, but I don't recognize any of the songs. Maybe it was more on the AM stations my mom listened to, while my FM ones were playing Foreigner, Boston, Styx and Queen. The Dr. Feelgood album is solid, nearly is good as earlier stuff. I've listened to Eddie and the Hot Rods off and on for 25 years, and they sound okay, but none of the songs have stuck. Listening to The Pirates on Spotify -- the first half is live and second studio I guess.

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 18:12 (one year ago) Permalink

This week 40 years ago, Rattus Norvegicus was released, and the week before, The Clash.

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 22:56 (one year ago) Permalink

Punk was much more of a singles thing rather than albums especially in 1977. Although tbh that list demonstrates punk quite handily slaying prog in albums also. There's a handful of proggy stuff but double the amount of punk-related albums.

everything, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:00 (one year ago) Permalink

Well, if we're counting 'prog-related' AOR albums, I easily count nine. About 11 punk/new wave/punk-related albums, trying to define this very broadly and including stuff like Blondie, Television, Elvis Costello, and the Boomtown Rats.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:25 (one year ago) Permalink

'prog-related' AOR albums

I didn't include Bowie, Jarre, or Gabriel here.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:27 (one year ago) Permalink

The masses got this one right. Fleetwood Mac over about 20 other worthy contenders.

Lee626, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:39 (one year ago) Permalink


Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:47 (one year ago) Permalink

That bass in "Dreams" is like being swaddled in black velvet. I get flashbacks to my childhood of laying in the backseat of my grandfather's Lincoln Continental hearing that song and gazing at blue sky and white clouds through the window. However aside from "You Make Loving Fun" and "Gold Dust Woman," the rest of Rumours leaves me cold. I'd argue that artists like Fleetwood Mac made less consistent albums than some of the punk/art rock crowd.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:25 (one year ago) Permalink

It's interesting how Jean Michel Jarre was so much more popular, even though Oxygene is arguably not as accessible as Kraftwerk's Trans-Europe Express. I have the album but don't know much about his story or how his electronic stuff got so popular.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:36 (one year ago) Permalink

If there was a similar piece done in 1977 about music from 40 years previously, that would be 1937. Yikes.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 17:22 (one year ago) Permalink

I own so many of these. '77 was Peak LP. Even for punk*

*not punk

Jeff W, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 19:36 (one year ago) Permalink

This is hard. Animals or Low? Two amazing albums. I think I'll go for Animals which I listened to at the time. Low which was more modern and more innovative I discovered much later. Both are my fave albums by the artists.

Alex in Spree-Athen (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 20:16 (one year ago) Permalink

My two most-played at that time were probably Rumours and Plastic Letters, but is the latter really 1977? Wiki says it was released in February, 1978. Was it released earlier in Britain?

I don't really like any of these albums (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 20:32 (one year ago) Permalink

Sorry, a couple sources like Trouserpress said 1977, which is what I thought for the past 30 years -- a few of the 1977 releases didn't chart until '78, and I thought that was the case for Plastic Letters. My bad.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:38 (one year ago) Permalink

I only remembered because I had the Plastic Letters poster on my wall in summer of '78. Crazy that they released Plastic Letters and Parallel Lines about a half year apart.

I don't really like any of these albums (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:52 (one year ago) Permalink

One of these, leaning towards Bowie, but Elvis is making a push.

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
David Bowie - Low
Steely Dan - Aja
The Clash - The Clash
Elvis Costello And The Attractions - My Aim Is True

human music...I like it! (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:57 (one year ago) Permalink

At the time, Out of the Blue and News of the World were my jams, especially "It's Late."

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 22:25 (one year ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Voted for Television in the end.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:11 (one year ago) Permalink


Mark G, Thursday, 20 April 2017 06:45 (one year ago) Permalink

"Heroes" (my favourite Bowie album), narrowly over Aja. This is a really good list although it's badly in need of some disco and reggae (and the first two Cheap Trick albums).

Gavin, Leeds, Thursday, 20 April 2017 12:20 (one year ago) Permalink

Apologies, I missed Chic's Dance Dance Dance, which did peak at #6 in 1978. I think I caught all the reggae that made the charts.

It's a testament to how good 1977 was in that it's hard to argue against even mainstream favorites, and there's a lot of good stuff in there despite not including most of my favorites (The Congos, Fela Kuti, Wire, George Faith, The Saints, Culture, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Pere Ubu, Junior Murvin, The Heptones, Peter Tosh, The Damned, Dennis Brown, Third World, Radio Birdman, Augustus Pablo, Bob Andy, Horace Andy).

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 20 April 2017 15:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 21 April 2017 00:01 (one year ago) Permalink

"Out of the Blue" is my pick of these, an album I discovered through the ILM '70s poll.

o. nate, Friday, 21 April 2017 01:23 (one year ago) Permalink

voted exodus, it's his best album imo

a but (brimstead), Friday, 21 April 2017 02:43 (one year ago) Permalink

or my favorite, whatever

a but (brimstead), Friday, 21 April 2017 02:43 (one year ago) Permalink

Wow, Out of the Blue in fifth! And even a bigger surprise, Leo Sayer in sixth. Very interesting, would love to hear from the voters talk about him.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 21 April 2017 04:46 (one year ago) Permalink

High five to the other Darts voter

Jeff W, Friday, 21 April 2017 09:11 (one year ago) Permalink

High five!

Brexterminate all the brutes (Noodle Vague), Friday, 21 April 2017 09:12 (one year ago) Permalink

Heh, correction, it's a four-way tie for 6th between Darts, Sayer, Heroes and The Clash. "Boy From New York City" gives me flashbacks to Manhattan Transfer's version, which I kind of enjoyed, and then kind of hated.

Also, I was wrong, "Dance Dance Dance" was on the singles chart. Chic's self-titled debut album did not chart. C'Est Chic, however, did peak at #2 and spent 24 weeks on the chart in 1979. Giorgio Moroder's groundbreaking From Here To Eternity did not make the charts. John Martyn's interesting One World just peeked into 54 for one week in 1978.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 21 April 2017 13:44 (one year ago) Permalink

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