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1979 in music

See also: 1978 in music, other events of 1979, 1980 in music, 1970s in music and the list of 'years in music'

Table of contents
1 Events
2 Albums released
3 Top hits
4 Published popular music
5 Musical theater
6 Musical films
7 Births
8 Deaths
9 Awards


Disco reigned supreme in 1979, with several #1 hits from The Bee Gees and Donna Summer that year. Even the New Wave band Blondie's biggest hit was "Heart of Glass", a song which could only be categorized as disco.

When The Knack's song "My Sharona" hit Billboard's #1 for six weeks, many rock critics gushed that the band was "the next Beatles" and celebrated the beginning of the end for disco music. While it may have marked the climax of disco, it was also the beginning of the end for The Knack, who quickly faded into obscurity.

One event of 1979 which would have later significance was the success of the single "Rapper's Delight" by The Sugarhill Gang, which marked the commercial emergence of hip hop.

Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers' Bustin' Loose was released; this is the first go go record.

Albums released

Top hits

Published popular music

Musical theater

Musical films




Grammy Awards

Country Music Association Awards

Eurovision Song Contest