It’s time for a Chart Flashback! This being almost-Thanksgiving, let’s eye the best-selling LPs for Thanksgiving time, 1977.
Chart info: New York’s Top 40 radio station WABC collected “Weekly Surveys” in the Seventies which charted “the record sales of local record stores in New York City” and “are an accurate reflection of what songs were played each week…”
Here are the Top 10 albums for the week of 11/22/77 – 40 years ago. We’ll discuss and listen in on a few entries below the chart.
WABC: NOVEMBER 22, 1977
1. Simple Dreams – Linda Ronstadt (Asylum)
2. Rumours – Fleetwood Mac (Warner Brothers)
3. The Stranger – Billy Joel (Columbia)
4. Aja – Steely Dan (ABC)
5. Chicago XI – Chicago (Columbia)
6. News of the World – Queen (Elektra)
7. Kiss Alive II – Kiss (Casablanca)
8. Elvis In Concert – Elvis Presley (RCA)
9. Odyssey – Odyssey (RCA)
10. Barry White Sings for Someone You Love – Barry White (20th Century)
The artist on the above chart most likely to raise a question today would have to be Odyssey. Odyssey scored a big hit with “Native New Yorker” which charted at #21 on the US Hot 100 and #5 in the UK. It’s not surprising that a New York-based audience would show the band some extra love.
Previously on Chart Flashback: Top Songs For Nov. 10, 1970