Dancing is back as the Disco wave crests and the Dance chart debuts, with novelty hits and veteran Pop and Soul acts jumping on the bandwagon. Country crossover fades but Soft Rockers and Balladeers continue to score massive hits, and the intentional irony epitomized by New York’s emerging downtown Punk scene starts showing up on the Pop charts.

#1 Song of the Year   

  • Rod Stewart – Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)

Artists of the Year   

  1. The Bee Gees
  2. The Captain & Tennille
  3. Hall & Oates

Artist with Most Charting Songs   

  • 7-WAY TIE: Diana Ross/Electric Light Orchestra/Ohio Players/KISS/Olivia Newton-John/John Denver/Bachman-Turner Overdrive (4)

Average #1 Artist Age   

  • 32.0 years

#1 Songs on the Weekly Hot100   

  1. C.W. McCall – Convoy (January, 1 wk)
  2. Barry Manilow – I Write the Songs (January, 1 wk)
  3. Diana Ross – Theme from “Mahogany” (January, 1 wk)
  4. Ohio Players – Love Rollercoaster (January, 1 wk)
  5. Paul Simon – 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (February, 3 wks)
  6. Rhythm Heritage – Theme from “S.W.A.T.” (February, 1 wk)
  7. Miracles – Love Machine (Part 1) (March, 1 wk)
  8. Four Seasons – December 1963 (March, 3 wks)
  9. Johnnie Taylor – Disco Lady (April, 4 wks)
  10. Bellamy Brothers – Let Your Love Flow (May, 1 wk)
  11. John Sebastian – Welcome Back (May, 1 wk)
  12. Sylvers – Boogie Fever (May, 1 wk)
  13. Paul McCartney – Silly Love Songs (May, 5 wks)
  14. Diana Ross – Love Hangover (May, 2 wks)
  15. Starland Vocal Band – Afternoon Delight (July, 2 wks)
  16. Manhattans – Kiss and Say Goodbye (July, 2 wks)
  17. Elton John & Kiki Dee – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (August, 4 wks)
  18. Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing (September, 1 wk)
  19. KC & Sunshine Band – (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty (September, 1 wk)
  20. Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music (September, 3 wks)
  21. Walter Murphy – A Fifth of Beethoven (October, 1 wk)
  22. Rick Dees – Disco Duck (Part 1) (October, 1 wk)
  23. Chicago – If You Leave Me Now (October, 2 wks)
  24. Steve Miller Band – Rock’n Me (November, 1 wk)
  25. Rod Stewart – Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright) (November, 8 wks)
  26. Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. – You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show) (January ’77, 1 wk)
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