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Updated on February 10, 2011

Welcome to the Baby Boomer Chronicles, the other BBC. I created this as I have a sentimental and nostalgic side to my nature. While my focus is on the Baby Boomer generation, born during 1946-1964. If you come either late or early to the party, welcome all the same. For me, like many others, great songs mark milestones in time’s passage as a part of life’s journey. When ever a song appeared at the ‘top of the charts’, I usually knew what going on in the world and in my life for during that particular time period. I put up a classic music nugget or two and hope that your memory is jogged in such a way, as mine always is. We will focus on music from year 1960-1989. For me, much earlier, I do not remember well, and after about 1990, my feelings about popular music were akin to those of my parents about the rock and roll era. They still look for that ‘Doggie in the Window’. This focuses primarily on popular music. In any case, let your tastes and imagination take you to ever greater heights. This may well be your catalyst.

"You see, we can move freely within the first 3 dimensions, but within the 4thdimension, time, we are all prisoners".


“The Time Machine” H.G. Wells

Who says that we can’t observe and enjoy the changing landscape while imprisoned?

I found a couple of great songs here that help me define the year 1978. Yes, its personal, like a fingerprint. You may well find a different path, see table of "Top 100 Pop Songs for 1978". As we move backwards into time, may you find your way as pleasant.....

'Ebony Eyes" by Bob Welch

"Let's All Chant" by the Michael Zager Band

 "Let's All Chant" was part of a music score for a popular film released in 1978, care to guess which one?

Top Pop 1978

We find ourselves at the heart of the Disco Era. Here are 100 winners

1. Last Dance - Donna Summer
2. Disco Inferno - Trammps
3. Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
4. Paradise By The Dashboard Light - Meatloaf
5. Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel
6. Summer Nights - Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta
7. We Are The Champions - Queen
8. Stayin Alive - Bee Gees
9. We Will Rock You - Queen
10. Copacabana - Barry Manilow
11. Night Fever - Bee Gees
12. Only The Good Die Young - Billy Joel
13. Greased Lightnin' - John Travolta
14. She's Always A Woman - Billy Joel
15. You're the One That I Want - Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta
16. Macho Man - Village People
17. You Needed Me - Anne Murray
18. Two Tickets To Paradise - Eddie Money
19. Dance (Disco Heat) - Sylvester
20. Always And Forever - Heatwave
21. Shaker Song- Spiro Gyra
22. My Best Friend's Girl - The Cars
23. Who Are You - The Who
24. Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) - Chic
25. Anytime - Journey 26. Le Freak - Chick
27. Deacon Blues - Steely Dan
28. You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim) - Rod Stewart
29. Follow You Follow Me - Genesis
30. Life's Been Good - Joe Walsh
31. Josie - Steely Dan
32. What's Your Name - Lynyrd Skynrd
33. Can't Smile Without You - Barry Manilow
34. Boogie Shoes - K.C. and the Sunshine Band
35. You Really Got Me - Van Halen
36. Just What I Needed - The Cars
37. Lights - Journey
38. Fantasy - Earth Wind and Fire
39. Blame It On The Boogie - Jacksons
40. Shame - Evelyn Champagne King
41. Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys - Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
42. Cheeseburger In Paradise - Jimmy Buffett
43. Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad - Meatloaf
44. Can We Still Be Friends - Todd Rundgren
45. Dust In The Wind - Kansas
46. Take A Chance On Me - Abba
47. Wheel In The Sky - Journey
48. Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb
49. Miss You - Rolling Stones
50. Ca Plane Pour Moi - Plastic Bertrand 51. Movin Out - Billy Joel
52. Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man) - Styx
53. Thank You For Being A Friend - Andrew Gold
54. More Than a Woman - Tavares
55. Lovely Day - Bill Withers 
56. Let's All Chant - Michael Zager Band
57. You Don't Bring Me Flowers - Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond
58. What A Difference You've Made In My Life - Ronnie Milsap
59. Werewolves Of London - Warren Zevon
60 Shout It Out Loud - Kiss
61. Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste Of Honey
62. Roll With The Changes - REO Speedwagon
63. Flash Light - Parliament
64. Portrait (He Knew) - Kansas
65. Three Times A Lady - Commodores
66. Hot Shot - Karen Young
67. In The Bush - Musique
68. You Got That Right - Lynyrd Skynyrd
69. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - Santa Esmeralda
70. # 1 Dee Jay - Goody Goody
71. Listen Too Her Heart - Tom Petty

72. Psycho Killer - Talking Heads

73. The Groove Line - Heatwave
74. Soft and Wet - Prince
75. Surrender - Cheap Trick

76. Anytime - Journey
77. Serpentine Fire - Earth Wind and Fire
78. Just What I Needed - The Cars
79. I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'round) - Alicia Bridges
80. Trans-Europe Express - Kraftwerk

81. Here You Come Again - Dolly parton
82. Get Off - Foxy
83. Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione
84. Come Sail Away - Styx
85. Come Together - Aerosmith
86. I Just Wanna Stop - Gino Vanelli
87. Hot Legs - Rod Stewart
88. I Was Only Joking - Rod Stewart
89. Don't Look Back - Boston
90. Slip Slidin' away - Paul Simon
91. Time For Me To Fly - REO Speedwagon
92. On Bradway - George Benson
93. Every Kinda People - Robert Palmer
94. Do You Wanna Dance - Ramones
95. Point of Know Return - Kansas
96. The House of the Rising Sun - Santa Esmeralda
97. Prove It All Night - Bruce Springsteen
98. I Need To Know - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
99. Don't Let It Show - Alan Parsons Project
100. Hot Summer Nights - Walter Egan

Was that 1978 thingy good for you?

You have to think about 1978, Without looking it up in Wikipedia, which events do you remember?

I know the news stories that got my attention:

1. Jonestown affair, November 1978

2. Assassination of Moscone and Milk, San Francisco, November 1978

Release of "Grease" the movie that year. It had one or two great songs that made the charts.


I was promoted to 1st Lt USAF, March AFB, California October 1978

First visit to the European continent during the month July 1978




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      Cristian 3 years ago

      12/03/12 Jessica, a 27 yr. old in Reno, had knee replacement srreguy the day before Thanksgiving please keep her in prayers, because she has to return to work Dec. 6 isn't back to 100%, but she is out of sick leave and cannot take leave without pay.

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      Credence2 6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Hi, Alastar, I always thought that Ebony Eyes was a great song full of the mood of the era. I think that Bob was a spinoff from "Fleetwood Mac". 1978 was the year I saw Werewolves of London, a comedy scream. I am glad that you enjoyed this trip back down memory lane.... Cred2

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      Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Ebony eyes- what a cool pre-MTV video. Forgotten all about that great song. Cred, there aren't too many things that stir the memories up like the Baby Boomer Chronicles do. Wasn't Bob Welch in a big rock band before he went solo? Macho Man Ha-ha. Hard to believe now- Werewolves of London. Remember people singin that one a lot. Thanks for the nostalgia trip Cred!