Listed below are the nine albums that hung to the #1 spot in 1978 in chronological order, based on the first week the album hit #1, with the (#) indicating the weeks it remained there consecutively. A ‘+’ indicates a break.
9) Rumours— Fleetwood Mac (2): Rumours spent 29 previous non-consecutive weeks at #1 in 1977, meaning these two weeks in January were the final ‘hurrah’ for this album and that they should start thinking about recording a two-record set with the USC Trojan Marching Band.
8) Soundtrack — Saturday Night Fever (24): The clear star of the movie was the breathtaking Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the double-decker suspension bridge that connects the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn in NYC, and which currently costs $15 cash when riding westbound, but the movie soundtrack is known for the eight Bee Gees songs (six performed by the group), The Tramps’ “Disco Inferno” and a “version” of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
6) Some Girls — The Rolling Stones (2): Back when teenagers respected their elders, the Rolling Stones were guaranteed a symbolic few weeks at #1. This time around they deserved it.
4) Don’t Look Back — Boston (1) + (1): Boston’s second album was “rushed” into the marketplace after Tom Scholz had only two years to finish. He would take a more Boston-appropriate eight years to complete the third album.
2) Live and More — Donna Summer (1): Fistfights have broken out when music critics discuss the value of Jimmy Webb’s “Mac Arthur Park.” Imagine what happens when they contemplate the 17-1/2 minute “Mac Arthur Park Suite” that ends this double-LP live set.
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