1977 was a year that most rock historians look upon fondly. It was packed with music that would help define a diverse generation and inspire some of the most important musicians of the last three decades. '77 saw important albums in the genres of soul, funk, disco, reggae, blues, country and pop, as well as the continued expansion of rock and roll, including the further development of heavy metal, progressive rock, soft rock and the punk rock explosion.
Most agree that punk rock, as we know it today, started as an anti-establishment movement around 1974, however in 1977 the doors were blown wide open with some milestone albums. Namely, Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols by the Sex Pistols, Rocket To Russia by the Ramones, and the self-titled debut by The Clash. 1977 also saw artists like David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello, Devo and The Talking Heads pave the way for what would later be called modern or alternative rock, but these were not the only new branches budding from the rock and roll tree circa 1977.
It was also a big year for the country rock of the Eagles, the folk rock of Crosby, Stills & Nash, the soft rock of bands like Bread and 10cc, the southern stylings of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band and stadium rockers like Queen, Elton John, Rush, Eric Clapton and Bad Company. Disco was also at it's peak with the release of the film Saturday Night Fever, funk saw classics from Parliament, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, The Ohio Players and KC & The Sunshine Band. And soul was going strong with Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and others. It was really a fantasic year for music and this playlist cherry picks from the whole lot of them. In the end, it's almost 7 hours of music that is the perfect time capsule for one of the best years the 70s had to offer.
The Best of 1977 Playlist:
16. Hotel California - Eagles