1977 in music

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Bohemian Rhapsody is named 'The Best Single Of The Last 25 Years' by BPI.

In this year, the St. Magnus Festival was founded in Orkney by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. The Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe began its annual festival based on the music of George Frideric Handel.

The soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever was an enormous hit that established the Bee Gees (who had composed most of the tracks) as the most popular artists in the world, and the best-selling artist since the Beatles. Saturday Night Fever also moved disco music into the mainstream, and it dominated the charts for the next few years.

1977 marked the first year since his debut, Empty Sky that Elton John does not release a studio album.

Jimmy Buffett's Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes is also especially notable in its inclusion of "Margaritaville", the biggest single of his career. This album helped establish Buffett as a popular artist, and earned him much of the rabid fanbase ("Parrotheads") for which he eventually became known.

Billy Joel's The Stranger was enormously popular, and includes his hits, "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)", "Just the Way You Are", "Only the Good Die Young", and his beloved medley "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant".

Fleetwood Mac's Rumours is the most popular and critically acclaimed LP of the band's career; it is one of the best-selling albums of all time.

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