Saturday, July 9, 2022

K's 1977 SPECIAL VA - The 150 Best Singles of 1977 (45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) [2022] (8 x CD's)


K's  1977 SPECIAL          VA - The 150 Best Singles of 1977 (45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) [2022] (8 x CD's)

In celebration of the Sex Pistols' 'God Save the Queen' finally reaching number one after 45 years of being denied the top spot, here is my newly updated and expanded 150 Best Singles of 1977 compilation.  Expanded from 125 to 150 tracks with many replaced with newer better sounding remasters, plus many hard to find original 7" and 12" single versions, mixes and edits.  Rights holder UMC re-released the record for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in 2022, with 1,977 vinyl copies having the same tracks as the original A&M version and the rest labelled as a Virgin release.  The record sold 5,712 vinyl copies and became the number one single on the UK Official Physical Singles Chart Top 100 of 10 June 2022 to 16 June 2022.

1977 was a pivotal year for music and completely turned the music industry and the charts on its head with the emergence of punk.  

Truly, the year of punk, although it was still the year of flares. Keith Richards' arrest at Toronto airport on drugs charges seemed to symbolize the bewilderment of the rock dinosaurs - he was so out of it, he thought arresting officers were record company reps helping him with his luggage.

Album of the year: Never Mind the Bollocks - Here’s the Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols

Single of the year: God Save the Queen - Sex Pistols

Band/artist of the year: Sex Pistols

1977 belongs to: Showaddywaddy - sorry, the Sex Pistols

Elvis Costello, The Jam, Tom Robinson and The Stranglers all charted in 1977 but the truly rampant force were tabloid bete noirs the Sex Pistols. Dropped by EMI, then A&M before Virgin picked them up, Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious brought to rock a huge, authentic dose of insolence and delinquency it had been lacking for years. The release of ‘God Save the Queen’ coincided with the actual Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations and was duly banned by the BBC, lyrics such as “The Fascist regime . . . they made you a moron/potential H-Bomb” deemed an uncouth contribution to the flag-waving festivities. The single nonetheless soared all the way to number two, the album Never Mind the Bollocks‘ followed, and British rock’s greatest adventure since Beatlemania was under way.

The Eagles‘ Hotel California and Paul McCartney‘s ‘Mull of Kintyre’ both sold in record-breaking amounts. Donna Summer‘s ‘I Feel Love’, with its Giorgio Moroder sequencer-driven backdrop, meanwhile, was as radical as The Pistols in its own way.  1977 is a year that tends to be associated with either disco or punk, but this ignores a shocking amount of great music from a whole mess of genres.

Here are just a few of the highlights of 1977:

The Good-Byes:

Elvis Presley passed away. His final album, Moody Blue, came out this year. A minor work by the King’s regal standards, it still includes a great single, “Way Down.” 1977 also saw the last Lynyrd Skynyrd album to feature lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, who died in a plane crash days after the release of Street Survivor.

The Hellos:

England unleashed three of their most celebrated artists on the world, as the Clash, the Sex Pistols, and Elvis Costello put out their debut albums. Meanwhile on the U.S. side of the pond, Talking Heads released their first album, Talking Heads: 77, featuring the single “Psycho Killer.”

Those Taking It to Insane New Levels:

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, sold 45 million albums and counting. This year the Piano Man also officially established himself as a superstar. Coming off 1976’s Turnstiles, which didn’t even reach the Top 100, Billy Joel did just a little bit better with The Stranger. With singles “Just the Way You Are,” “Only the Good Die Young,” “Movin’ Out,” and “She’s Always a Woman to Me,” it was essentially a Greatest Hits volume in a convenient album form.

Still Going Strong:

What’s better than a year with a brilliant new David Bowie album? How about one when he releases two: Low and Heroes. The Ramones put out arguably their masterpiece with their third record, Rocket to Russia.

Around the Globe:

The legendary Jamaican trio the Wailers broke up back in 1974, but that just led to the release this year of three strong solo albums: Peter Tosh’s Equal Rights, Bunny Wailer’s Protest, and Bob Marley’s Exodus. Even Germany got in on the act with Kraftwerk’s Trans-Europe Express album, which helped shape pop and even hip-hop thanks to being sampled on tracks like “Planet Rock.”


Okay, now that everyone’s had time to calm down, let’s admit it: this movement produced a lot of enduring music. Saturday Night Fever featured only six songs performed by the Bee Gees, but to this day they’re known by most of the planet: “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “More Than a Woman,” “Jive Talkin’,” and “You Should Be Dancing.” Yet disco’s highpoint likely came from a different artist that year, with Donna Summer’s hypnotic single, “I Feel Love.” (Its fans included Bowie and Brian Eno, who described it as “the sound of the future.”)

UPDATED TODAY to include up until now, two extremely hard to find Bob Marley tracks 'Exodus' and 'Jamming' in their very rare 7" 45 single mixes which have never been released on CD or digitally until YESTERDAY for the very first time on the Exodus 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition.




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Track lists


01 Elvis Costello Alison 3:24

02 The Jam All Around the World 2:22

03 Poet and the Roots All Wi Doin' Is Defendin' (Original 1977 12" Single Version) 5:32

04 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers American Girl 3:32

05 Elvis Costello (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes 2:48

06 Player Baby Come Back (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 3:38

07 Gladys Knight & the Pips Baby, Don't Change Your Mind 3:10

08 Heart Barracuda 4:23

09 Frankie Miller Be Good to Yourself 3:01

10 The Emotions Best of My Love 3:37

11 Ram Jam Black Betty (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 2:30

12 La Belle Epoque Black Is Black (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 4:09

13 Richard Hell & the Voidoids Blank Generation 2:44

14 Heatwave Boogie Nights (Original 1977 7" Single Edit) 3:37

15 Buzzcocks Boredom 2:53

16 Dr. Alimantado Born for a Purpose (Original 1977 12" Single Version) 5:52

17 Buzzcocks Breakdown 1:58

18 The Carpenters Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (The Recognized Anthem of World Contact Day) (Original 1977 7" Single Edit) 4:08

19 Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers Chinese Rocks 2:56

20 The Clash Complete Control 3:15


21 The Congos Congo Man (Original 1977 12" Single Version) 6:15

22 The Rah Band The Crunch (Part 1) (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 3:39

23 Chic Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) (Original 1977 12" Single Version) 8:23

24 Thin Lizzy Dancing in the Moonlight (It's Caught Me in Its Spotlight) 3:25

25 The Motors Dancing the Night Away (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 3:15

26 Lee Perry and the Full Experience Disco Devil (Original 1977 12" Jamaican Discomix) 7:51

27 The Trammps Disco Inferno (Original 1977 7" Single Edit) 3:34

28 Eddie and the Hot Rods Do Anything You Wanna Do 4:03

29 Thin Lizzy Don't Believe a Word 2:18

30 Crystal Gayle Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue 2:36

31 Thelma Houston Don't Leave Me This Way (Original 12" Mix) 5:37

32 Fleetwood Mac Don't Stop 3:13

33 Donna Summer Down Deep Inside (Theme from 'The Deep') 4:24

34 Fleetwood Mac Dreams 4:17

35 Barbra Streisand Evergreen (Love Theme from 'A Star Is Born') 3:06

36 Bob Marley & the Wailers Exodus 7:40


37 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Fanfare for the Common Man (Original 1977 7" Single Edit) 2:58

38 Elizabeth Archer & The Equators Feel Like Makin' Love 3:30

39 Rod Stewart The First Cut Is the Deepest 4:31

40 The Boys First Time 2:19

41 The Congos Fisherman (Original 1977 12" Single Version) 6:05

42 The Floaters Float On (Original 1977 7" Single Edit) 4:09

43 Deniece Williams Free (Original 1977 12" Special Disco Version) 5:55

44 The Adverts Gary Gilmore's Eyes (Original 1977 Anchor Records 7" Single Version) 2:14

45 The Stranglers (Get A) Grip (On Yourself) (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 4:02

46 Supertramp Give a Little Bit 4:08

47 Fleetwood Mac Go Your Own Way 3:43

48 Sex Pistols God Save the Queen 3:19

49 Yes Going for the One (Original 1977 7" Single Edit) 3:26

50 Queen Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy 2:53

51 David Bowie Heroes (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 3:35

52 Graham Parker & the Rumour Hold Back the Night 3:03

53 Sex Pistols Holidays in the Sun 3:23

54 Eagles Hotel California 6:31


55 Bee Gees How Deep Is Your Love 4:02

56 Joe Tex I Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman) (Original 1977 12" Full Version) 6:42

57 The Rezillos I Can't Stand My Baby (Original 1977 Sensible Records 7" Version) 2:38

58 Rod Stewart I Don't Want to Talk About It 4:49

59 Donna Summer I Feel Love (Original 1977 GTO UK 7" Single Version) 5:52

60 Dave Edmunds I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock 'n' Roll) (Original 1977 Swan Song 7" Single Version) 2:55

61 Eddie and the Hot Rods I Might Be Lying (Original 1977 7" Single Edit) 2:58

62 Ruby Winters I Will 3:30

63 Marcia Aitken and the Mighty Two I'm Still In Love (With You Boy) (Original 1977 12" Extended Single Version) 6:35

64 KC and the Sunshine Band I'm Your Boogie Man 4:01

65 Yvonne Elliman If I Can't Have You (Original 1977 7" Single Edit) 3:00

66 The Jam In the City 2:18

67 Blondie In the Flesh (Original 1977 Chrysalis 7" Single Version) 2:33

68 The Babys Isn't It Time (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 3:24

69 The Moments Jack in the Box (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 3:57

70 Bob Marley & the Wailers Jamming 3:32

71 KC and the Sunshine Band Keep It Comin' Love (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 3:51

72 ABBA Knowing Me, Knowing You 4:02


73 Michael Zager Band Let's All Chant (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 3:02

74 Neil Young Like a Hurricane (Original 1977 7" Single Edit) 5:30

75 The Banned Little Girl 2:19

76 The Boomtown Rats Lookin' After No. 1 3:08

77 Donna Summer Love's Unkind 4:26

78 Iggy Pop Lust for Life 5:12

79 Boney M. Ma Baker (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 4:35

80 Space Magic Fly (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 4:19

81 Television Marquee Moon (Original 1977 7" Single Edit) 4:31

82 The Boomtown Rats Mary of the 4th Form (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 3:48

83 Genesis Match of the Day 3:23

84 The Jam The Modern World (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 2:31

85 Motörhead Motörhead 3:10

86 Gregory Isaacs Mr. Cop (Original 1977 12" Extended Mix) 7:54

87 The Rezillos (My Baby Does) Good Sculptures (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 2:53

88 Gregory Isaacs My Number One 3:30

89 ABBA The Name of the Game 4:54


90 Odyssey Native New Yorker (Original 1977 12" Disco Version) 5:36

91 The Damned Neat Neat Neat 2:40

92 The Stranglers No More Heroes 3:27

93 Carly Simon Nobody Does It Better (Theme song to the James Bond film 'The Spy Who Loved Me') 3:28

94 X-Ray Spex Oh! Bondage Up Yours! 2:49

95 Bob Marley & the Wailers One Love / People Get Ready 2:51

96 Jean-Michel Jarre Oxygène (Part IV) 4:05

97 The Stranglers Peaches (Original 1977 Unedited United Artists Records 7" Single Version) 4:04

98 Elkie Brooks Pearl's a Singer 3:41

99 Larry Wallis Police Car 3:19

100 Sex Pistols Pretty Vacant 3:17

101 Television Prove It 5:05

102 Talking Heads Psycho Killer (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 4:20

103 Eddie and the Hot Rods Quit This Town 2:28

104 John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett Really Free 2:34

105 The Clash Remote Control 3:02

106 Marlene Webber Right Track (Original 1977 12" Single Version) 5:51

107 Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers Roadrunner (Twice) (Original UK Beserkley BZZ 1 1977 7" Single Version) 4:04

108 Electric Light Orchestra Rockaria! 3:13

109 Ramones Rockaway Beach 2:06


110 Status Quo Rockin' All Over the World 3:33

111 XTC Science Friction 3:14

112 Culture See Them a Come 3:21

113 Ian Dury Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll 3:04

114 The Lurkers Shadow (Original 1977 Beggars Banquet 7" Single Version) 2:30

115 Ramones Sheena Is a Punk Rocker (Original 1977 ABC 7" Single Version) 2:47

116 Kraftwerk Showroom Dummies (Original 1977 7" Single Edit) 2:38

117 The Users Sick of You 3:23

118 Stevie Wonder Sir Duke 3:54

119 John Miles Slow Down 4:14

120 Dr. Feelgood Sneakin' Suspicion 3:50

121 Hot Chocolate So You Win Again (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 4:03

122 Peter Gabriel Solsbury Hill 4:23

123 The Stranglers Something Better Change 3:36

124 David Bowie Sound and Vision 3:03

125 Mink DeVille Spanish Stroll 3:39

126 Yachts Suffice to Say 3:14

127 Ramones Swallow My Pride 2:06

128 Electric Light Orchestra Telephone Line 4:41

129 The Radiators from Space Television Screen (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 1:52


130 The Saints This Perfect Day (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 2:12

131 Queen Tie Your Mother Down (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 3:47

132 Kraftwerk Trans-Europe Express (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 3:55

133 The Steve Gibbons Band Tulane 2:57

134 Tom Robinson Band 2-4-6-8 Motorway 3:15

135 Culture Two Sevens Clash 3:29

136 Judge Dread Up With the Cock! (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 2:57

137 Bob Marley & the Wailers Waiting in Vain 4:16

138 Elvis Costello Watching the Detectives 3:46

139 Queen We Will Rock You 2:02

140 Queen We Are the Champions 3:03

141 Slaughter and the Dogs Where Have All the Boot Boys Gone? 3:10

142 The Tubes White Punks on Dope (Original 1977 7" Promo Single Edit) 3:29

143 The Clash White Riot 2:00

144 AC/DC Whole Lotta Rosie 5:24

145 Wreckless Eric Whole Wide World 2:54

146 Glenroy Richards Wicked Can't Run Away (Original 1977 Grove Music 7" Single Version) 6:24

146 Generation X Wild Youth 2:50

148 Yes Wonderous Stories 3:49

149 Baccara Yes Sir, I Can Boogie (Original 1977 7" Single Version) 4:33

150 Generation X Your Generation 3:17




  1. once again thanks for these great k-tels

  2. Excellent series. I like it a lot.

  3. Another excellent series with a great variety of tunes. Love these compilations. Thank you!

  4. Well, you have come to the right spot, eelcat.

  5. The 10 year old me is in musical heaven here. More memories of Top of the Pops and the BBC Radio 1 Top 30 countdowns. Hoping for a 1978 set at some point! Thanks as ever K & BB! SPx

  6. I love these series from all the same year! Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Mark L.
      Glad you are enjoying these. Lots of great tunes to be had.

  7. The eclectic mix of the 70's......truely wonderful


    1. Hi Stephen,
      You could put this on at a party and all would enjoy it.

  8. Fantastic, eclectic compilation and great sound quality. Like every single other compilation of yours. Just wondering about the absence of 'Way Down' - a great single indeed after a pivotal cultural moment.

  9. There is one track on here that I take issue with and that's Roadrunner Twice by Jonathan Richman. That was the B Side "fast" version the slower A side version is far superior in my opinion. And the slow one is what got the radio play on Capital Radio and on the hitline. Now every punk compilation features the fast version and not the correct UK single version.

    1. Well, it was really a double ‘A’ side single because both sides were played at the time. I think the fact that ‘Twice’ features on just about every punk collection known to man (and it’s a lot) proves it’s the most loved and version of choice amongst compilers and fans.
      BBC Radio 1 and John Peel played the fast ‘Twice’ version - I know because I still have tapes of his shows where this was featured.
      Honestly, I much prefer the faster ‘Twice’ version mainly because it feels a little more punky and has a more aggression and power and why I included it on this compilation, plus I’m pretty sure this was the version played on Top of the Pops.