How Good Was The Year (in music) - 1977?

HGWTY’s latest year in review made such an impression on Ash that they named their debut album after it, but now it’s time for you to tell us what you think of the music of 1977.

A reminder of the premise of the thread

After a number of days of posting and reminiscing, we’ll be rating the music of the year out of ten, based on the albums, singles, gigs, whatever that stand out for you that year, and voting for our favourite nominated albums and songs.

Everyone can nominate one album and one song from the year which will then be collated into side-polls two days before the thread closes - please make it clear when you post a nomination for the poll (as opposed to just posting clips or lists of songs and albums you like, which are very welcome).

Rank Year Rating Top Album Top Song
1 1991 8.98 Slint - Spiderland Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
2 1997 8.60 Radiohead - OK Computer The Beta Band - Dry The Rain
3 1967 8.48 Love - Forever Changes Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood - Some Velvet Morning
4 1992 8.29 Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted Pulp - Babies
4 2013 8.29 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Jubilee Street
6 2019 8.14 Self Esteem - Compliments Please Big Thief - Not
7 1975 8.13 Neil Young - Tonight’s the Night / Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Cortez the Killer
7 2007 8.13 LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver / Radiohead - In Rainbows LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends / M.I.A. - Paper Planes
9 2004 8.10 Madvillain - Madvillainy / Arcade Fire - Funeral The Walkmen - The Rat
10 1981 8.06 The Cure - Faith New Order - Ceremony
11 1982 7.76 The Cure - Pornography / Kate Bush - The Dreaming Robert Wyatt - Shipbuilding / The Associates - Party Fears Two
12 2014 7.69 FKA Twigs - LP1 FKA Twigs - Two Weeks
13 2010 7.66 Kanye West - MBDTF / Joanna Newsom - Have One One Me / Beach House - Teen Dream Robyn - Dancing On My Own
14 1970 7.61 Neil Young - After the Goldrush Curtis Mayfield - Move on Up
15 1990 7.47 Sonic Youth - Goo The Cure - Pictures of You
15 1976 7.47 David Bowie - Station to Station Bob Dylan - Hurricane
17 1986 7.42 Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
18 2005 7.39 Sufjan Stevens - Illinois Amerie - 1 Thing
19 1965 7.38 The Beatles - Rubber Soul Frank Wilson - Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
20 1999 7.30 Mogwai - Come On Die Young Björk - All Is Full Of Love (Video Mix)
21 2009 7.10 Fever Ray - Fever Ray Animal Collective - My Girls
22 1974 6.95 Neil Young - On The Beach Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - The Bottle
23 1985 6.53 Tom Waits - Rain Dogs Prince and the Revolution - Raspberry Beret
24 1960 6. 00 Howlin’ Wolf - Howlin’ Wolf Dick Dale - Misirlou
25 1961 5.16 John Coltrane - My Favourite Things Roy Orbison - Crying

1977 was the year the Atari VCS brought video games into people’s homes, Pele played his last match for Brazil, the guillotine was used for the final time as means of capital punishment in France, Elvis Presley died and Star Wars premiered in cinemas.

We said goodbye to Elvis, Groucho Marx, Bing Crosby, Charlie Chaplin, Joan Crawford, Maria Callas and Marc Bolan, and hello to Kanye West, Shakira, Tom Hardy, Tom Brady, John Cena, Liv Tyler and Thierry Henry.

How good was the music?

You have until 31st October to nominate one album and one song which will then go into a poll along with a number rating poll for year overall out of 10, which will close a few days later.

Some lists for inspiration:

Best Albums of 1977 : Best Ever Albums
Best albums of 1977 - Rate Your Music
100 Greatest Songs From 1977
1977 Best Albums And Tracks Of The Year - NME
100 Greatest Songs From 1977

Nominations will be tallied here as the week goes on:

Album Nominations

Song Nominations


Unbelievably strong year. No idea how to settle on one album nomination.


^ I do


Their 2nd album is 1977 also and massively overlooked.


Holy shit what a year


Wire - Pink Flag


1977, but let’s forget about Punk, just briefly…


album is probably still in The Charts.

mf act like they forgot about Punk


album is probably still in the charts.


MF act like they forgot about DAFT PUNK

This is off the scale genius.


album probably is not in the charts.

Song Nomination: Neil Young - Like a Hurricane

Just listen to the emotion in those solos. Love how that one begins sort of stuck on a couple notes and then when the chords change it just erupts and becomes so fluid and massive. Remember frequently falling asleep on road trips when I was little and waking up in the back seat to this blasting and being blown away every time.


Fuse of the times. Not much comes close to this in my opinion.


There are a lot of big albums from this year that I’ve not actually listened to so I was going to make my way through some of those before I nominated anything (could only see two or three albums I know I’ve heard front to back if I’m honest).

However, I’m going to nominate the first album I’ve listened to because that is Heart of the Congos and wow, this is absolutely dynamite! Always been a very casual enjoyer of reggae so I haven’t got a good knowledge of the classics but think I should fix that as this Lee “Scratch” Pretty production is fantastic. Maybe there will be other albums I find that I want to talk about but this one is an immediate 10/10 that stopped me in my tracks and is firmly atop of my (for now) very short personal list of albums of the year.


I’m going to be completely predictable - best album of this year (perhaps any year)

Nominate album Television - ‘Marquee Moon’

I’m probably being hasty with my song but it has to be punk

Nominate song The Saints - ‘Stranded’


Pure joy this


Punk obviously the headline news, but was an absolutely incredible year for reggae and dub - Congos already been mentioned, but some other all time classics:



This is a gem from ‘77 I discovered not long ago when it was reissued.

Ffo soundtracks, ambient/drone/neo classical, even has a few folky elements I guess.

Reminds me of the soundtrack to The Deer Hunter - fairly gentle but with a haunting atmosphere and some quite dissonant sounds beneath the surface.

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Great year. I turned 1 in 1977. Memory’s a bit fuzzy, but I know I didn’t discover the good stuff till later.

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