By Jack Sharkey, October 13, 2017

 

1978

Disco was everywhere, but the few non-disco hits that made it through turned out to have some incredible staying power.

 

Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett Interested in building an empire? Never underestimate the power of a hit and a little busines savvy.      

 

Just What I Needed - The Cars One of the great mysteries of rock and roll is why The Cars just kind of got dated and never enjoyed a rekindling of interest by the general music public. They were far ahead of their time and a great band (at least for the first three records minus the third record). And, they played live when they were on television.    

 

September - Earth, Wind & Fire Released in November, September was a monster hit that unfortunately got lumped in with the disco hits of the day, but the song's R&B and funk roots span the breadth of American music.  

 

Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel Joel's genius peaked with the 1977 release of The Stranger, and it stayed peaked for the next eight years.

 

Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon In movies and music, lycantropy was the Zombie Apocalypse of the day, but the line "a little old lady got mutilated late last night" the greatest syncopated line in the entire history of music. Enjoy every sandwich indeed.

 

 

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