1976 in music

Specific locations

Specific genres

Events

January–February

March–April

May–June

July–August

September–October

November–December

Also in 1976

Bands formed

  • See Musical groups established in 1976

Bands reformed

Bands disbanded

  • See Musical groups disestablished in 1976

Albums released

January

Day Album Artist Notes
1 The Longhorn Jamboree Presents: Willie Nelson & His FriendsWillie Nelson-
Look into the FutureJourney-
2 Let the Music PlayBarry White-
5 DesireBob Dylan-
6 Frampton Comes Alive!Peter FramptonLive
8 Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 2Elvis PresleyCompilation
Songs for the New DepressionBette Midler-
9 M.U. – The Best of Jethro TullJethro TullCompilation
12 Wanted! The OutlawsWaylon Jennings, Willie Nelson,
Jessi Colter & Tompall Glaser
Compilation
19 Coney Island BabyLou Reed-
23 Station to StationDavid Bowie-
30 Futuristic DragonT.Rex-
- AftertonesJanis Ian-
Born to DieGrand Funk Railroad-
Chronicle, Vol. 1Creedence Clearwater RevivalCompilation
From Every StageJoan BaezLive
Havana Daydreamin'Jimmy Buffett-
How Dare You!10cc-
Inner WorldsMahavishnu Orchestra-
JessiJessi Colter-
Lovin' and Learnin'Tanya Tucker-
Native SonsLoggins and Messina-
ReleaseHenry Gross-
Run with the PackBad Company-
SandmanHarry Nilsson-
Second ChildhoodPhoebe Snow-
ThoroughbredCarole King-
To the HiltGolden Earring-

February

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Gimme Back My BulletsLynyrd Skynyrd-
A Trick of the TailGenesis-
7 Jesse Come HomeJames Gang-
10 Diana RossDiana Ross-
Smokey's Family RobinsonSmokey Robinson-
14 Dreamboat AnnieHeartUS; released in Canada Oct. '75
17 Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975)EaglesCompilation
29 Come On OverOlivia Newton-John-
- Classical BarbraBarbra Streisand-
Full of FireAl Green-
It's All in the MoviesMerle Haggard-
ReflectionsJerry Garcia-
SmileLaura Nyro-
The Sound in Your MindWillie Nelson-
StarcastleStarcastle-
Sunburst FinishBe-Bop Deluxe-
The Third Reich 'n RollThe Residents-

March

Day Album Artist Notes
5 A Love TrilogyDonna Summer-
Nobody's FoolsSlade-
10 Wings of LoveThe Temptations-
15 DestroyerKiss-
16 I Want YouMarvin Gaye-
19 Takin' It to the StreetsThe Doobie Brothers-
22 The Sun SessionsElvis PresleyRecorded 1954–'55
23 Sad Wings of DestinyJudas Priest-
25 Wings at the Speed of SoundWings-
26 AmigosSantana-
JailbreakThin Lizzy-
MoonmadnessCamel-
31 PresenceLed Zeppelin-
- American PastimeThree Dog Night-
Blue for YouStatus Quo-
Captured Live!Johnny WinterLive
Close Enough for Rock 'n' RollNazareth-
Give Us a WinkSweet-
Home Is Where the Heart IsDavid Cassidy -
Illegal StillsStephen Stills-
Just for the RecordRay Stevens-
KingfishKingfish-
Locked InWishbone Ash-
Love & UnderstandingKool & The Gang-
Mackintosh & T.J.Waylon Jennings & Willie NelsonSoundtrack
Silk DegreesBoz Scaggs-
You Can't Argue with a Sick MindJoe WalshLive

April

Day Album Artist Notes
1 2112Rush-
9 HideawayAmerica-
12 Live BulletBob Seger & The Silver Bullet BandLive
15 Steppin' OutNeil Sedaka-
Still LifeVan der Graaf Generator-
16 MoondawnKlaus Schulze-
19 Welcome BackJohn Sebastian-
22 Blow Your Face OutThe J. Geils BandLive
23 Black and BlueThe Rolling Stones-
Garvey's GhostBurning Spear-
Greatest Stories LiveHarry ChapinLive
If I Were Brittania I'd Waive the RulesBudgie-
InterviewGentle Giant-
RamonesRamones-
Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die!Jethro Tull-
25 Watashi no Koe ga KikoemasukaMiyuki Nakajima-
30 Here and ThereElton JohnLive
High VoltageAC/DCInternational debut
Rastaman VibrationBob Marley & The Wailers-
- FaithfulTodd Rundgren-
Let Your Love FlowThe Bellamy Brothers-
A Little Bit MoreDr. Hook & the Medicine Show-
Pat TraversPat Travers-
StingrayJoe Cocker-
Wedding AlbumLeon and Mary Russell-
Young and RichThe Tubes-

May

Day Album Artist Notes
1 From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, TennesseeElvis Presley-
3 RocksAerosmith-
4 Harvest for the WorldThe Isley Brothers-
6 1st RoundPino Presti-
17 RisingRainbow-
18 Warren ZevonWarren Zevon-
19 TurnstilesBilly Joel-
20 ChangesonebowieDavid BowieCompilation
21 Agents of FortuneBlue Öyster Cult-
27 SparkleAretha FranklinSoundtrack
29 Rose of CimarronPoco-
- Balls of FireBlack Oak Arkansas-
ContradictionOhio Players-
Fly Like an EagleSteve Miller Band-
I'm Nearly FamousCliff Richard-
A Kind of HushCarpenters-
Nine on a Ten ScaleSammy Hagar-
No Earthly ConnectionRick Wakeman-
No Heavy PettingUFO-
The Royal ScamSteely Dan-
Sky High!Tavares-
Slow Down WorldDonovan-
T ShirtLoudon Wainwright III-
Tales of Mystery and ImaginationThe Alan Parsons Project-
WiredJeff Beck-

June

Day Album Artist Notes
1 The RunawaysThe Runaways-
7 All Things in TimeLou Rawls-
Rock 'n' Roll MusicThe BeatlesCompilation
14 Chicago XChicago-
18 A Night on the TownRod Stewart-
Unorthodox BehaviourBrand X-
25 Alice Cooper Goes to HellAlice Cooper-
Whistling Down the WireCrosby & Nash-
26 Steal Your FaceGrateful DeadLive
Two for the ShowTrooper-
- AirborneThe Flying Burrito Brothers-
Another PassengerCarly Simon-
Are You Ready for the CountryWaylon Jennings-
Farther AlongSpirit-
High and MightyUriah Heep-
Hot on the TracksCommodores-
In the PocketJames Taylor-
Long Hard RideThe Marshall Tucker Band-
R.E.O.REO Speedwagon-
Shake Some ActionFlamin' Groovies-
Shouting and PointingMott-
SoftsSoft Machine-
SpitfireJefferson Starship-
StarzStarz-
Summertime DreamGordon Lightfoot-
Take the Heat off MeBoney M-
...That's the Way It IsHarry Nilsson-
Yes We Have No Mañanas (So Get Your Mañanas Today)Kevin Ayers-

July

Day Album Artist Notes
5 15 Big OnesThe Beach Boys-
20 The Clones of Dr. FunkensteinParliament-
I've Got YouGloria Gaynor-
21 The OriginalsKissCompilation
24 Olias of SunhillowJon Anderson-
- AnthologyThe Jackson 5Compilation
Best of BTO (So Far)Bachman–Turner OverdriveCompilation
Child in TimeIan Gillan Band-
DancePure Prairie League-
Diamond in the RoughJessi Colter-
Howlin' WindGraham Parker and the Rumour-
More Than EverBlood, Sweat & Tears-
Music, MusicHelen Reddy-
My Love Affair with TrainsMerle Haggard-
SincerelyDwight Twilley Band-
Surreal ThingKris Kristofferson-
Trick BagThe Meters-
Year of the CatAl Stewart-

August

Day Album Artist Notes
1 What a LemonGasolin'-
2 Good Singin', Good Playin'Grand Funk Railroad-
6 All I Can DoDolly Parton-
Stretchin' Out in Bootsy's Rubber BandBootsy's Rubber Band-
8 My Name Is JermaineJermaine Jackson-
18 Man in the HillsBurning Spear-
19 Coming OutThe Manhattan Transfer-
25 BostonBoston-
27 Astounding Sounds, Amazing MusicHawkwind-
No Reason to CryEric Clapton-
The Roaring SilenceManfred Mann's Earth Band-
- AmigoArlo Guthrie-
Bigger Than Both of UsHall & Oates-
Hasten Down the WindLinda Ronstadt-
Honor Among ThievesArtful Dodger-
Jaco PastoriusJaco Pastorius-
The Modern LoversThe Modern Lovers-
Second ThoughtsSplit Enz-
SecretsHerbie Hancock-
SpiritJohn Denver-
Super ApeThe Upsetters-
This One's for YouBarry Manilow-
Viva!Roxy Music-
Waking and DreamingOrleans-

September

Day Album Artist Notes
8 Blackheart ManBunny Wailer-
11 A New World RecordElectric Light Orchestra-
13 Car Wash: Original Motion Picture SoundtrackRose RoyceSoundtrack
Hard RainBob DylanLive
One More from the RoadLynyrd SkynyrdLive
17 Ringo's RotogravureRingo Starr-
20 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt CheapAC/DCAustralia
Long May You RunThe Stills-Young BandStephen Stills and Neil Young
21 Tales of Kidd FunkadelicFunkadelic-
25 Technical EcstasyBlack Sabbath-
28 Songs in the Key of LifeStevie Wonder-
29 All the World's a StageRushLive
- Barefoot BalletJohn Klemmer-
Children of the WorldBee Gees-
DedicationBay City Rollers-
Here's Some LoveTanya Tucker-
Joan ArmatradingJoan Armatrading-
Jump on ItMontrose-
Keeping in TouchAnne Murray-
Let's Stick TogetherBryan Ferry-
The Power of MusicThe Miracles-
Private EyesTommy Bolin-
Small ChangeTom Waits-
SpiritEarth, Wind & Fire-
StupidityDr. FeelgoodLive
TroubadourJJ Cale-
The TroublemakerWillie Nelson-
The Whole World's Goin' CrazyApril Wine-

October

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Chestnut Street IncidentJohnny Cougar-
Crystal BallStyx-
9 Virgin KillerScorpions-
11 ArrivalABBA-
Four Seasons of LoveDonna Summer-
HoppkorvHot Tuna-
13 TriumphTriumph-
16 Johnny the FoxThin Lizzy-
20 Zoot AlluresFrank Zappa-
22 Blue MovesElton John-
Night MovesBob Seger-
The Song Remains the SameLed ZeppelinLive 1973
23 On the Road to Kingdom ComeHarry Chapin-
24 Calling CardRory Gallagher-
25 Land of the Midnight SunAl Di Meola-
29 Hardcore JolliesFunkadelic-
- Big BeatSparks-
Burton CummingsBurton Cummings-
Deep CutsStrawbs-
Don't Stop Believin'Olivia Newton-John-
Flow MotionCan-
Free-for-AllTed Nugent-
GoldOhio PlayersCompilation + 2 new tracks
Heat TreatmentGraham Parker-
I'd Rather Believe in YouCher-
It Looks Like SnowPhoebe Snow-
LeftovertureKansas-
Long Misty DaysRobin Trower-
Love's a Prima DonnaSteve Harley & Cockney Rebel-
Made in EuropeDeep PurpleLive
New EnglandWishbone Ash-
Part 3KC and the Sunshine Band-
Radio EthiopiaPatti Smith Group-
Rock and Roll HeartLou Reed-
Some People Can Do What They LikeRobert Palmer-
World RecordVan der Graaf Generator-

November

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Greatest HitsJames TaylorCompilation
2 Water BabiesMiles DavisRecorded 1967–'68
3 Efter endnu en dagGasolin'-
4 Imaginary VoyageJean-Luc Ponty-
5 All This and World War IIVarious ArtistsSoundtrack
The JacksonsThe Jacksons-
8 The Best of George HarrisonGeorge HarrisonCompilation
9 Tom Petty and the HeartbreakersTom Petty and the Heartbreakers-
11 Rock and Roll OverKiss-
18 Have a Good TimeAl Green-
19 Thirty Three & 1/3George Harrison-
29 TejasZZ Top-
30 Is This Whatcha Wont?Barry White-
- A Star Is BornBarbra StreisandSoundtrack
Best of The DoobiesThe Doobie BrothersCompilation
Endless FlightLeo Sayer-
Getting It in the StreetDavid Cassidy-
Gulf WindsJoan Baez-
HejiraJoni Mitchell-
Love Is All AroundEric Burdon & War-
Night ShiftFoghat-
Open SesameKool & the Gang-
Play 'n' the GameNazareth-
The PretenderJackson Browne-
The Roots of My RaisingMerle Haggard-
Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar GasThe Allman Brothers BandLive

December

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Still Stills: The Best of Stephen StillsStephen StillsCompilation
5 OxygèneJean Michel JarreFrance
8 Hotel CaliforniaEagles-
10 A Day at the RacesQueen-
Wings over AmericaWingsLive
27 Wind & WutheringGenesis-
- Andy Irvine/Paul BradyAndy Irvine & Paul Brady-
BlondieBlondieDebut
Brass Construction IIBrass Construction-
DawnEloy-
FireflyUriah Heep-
Waylon LiveWaylon JenningsLive

Release date unknown

Biggest hit singles

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1976.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1ABBADancing Queen1976UK 1 – Aug 1976, US BB 1 – Jan 1977, Netherlands 1 – Aug 1976, Sweden (alt) 1 – Aug 1976, France 1 – Aug 1976, Norway 1 – Aug 1976, Republic of Ireland 1 – Sep 1976, Australia 1 for 8 weeks Apr 1977, POP 1 of 1977, US BB 2 of 1977, Germany 2 – Aug 1976, Party 2 of 2007, US CashBox 3 of 1977, Switzerland 3 – Aug 1976, Australia 3 of 1976, Austria 4 – Sep 1976, RYM 4 of 1976, Canada 6 – Jan 1977, South Africa 10 of 1976, Europe 14 of the 1970s, OzNet 31, Global 33 (5 M sold) – 1976, Italy 65 of 1976, Scrobulate 82 of pop, Germany 99 of the 1970s, Acclaimed 122, RIAA 148, Rolling Stone 171, Belgium 224 of all time, WXPN 847
2QueenBohemian Rhapsody1976UK 1 – Dec 1991, Canada 1 – Mar 1976, Netherlands 1 – Dec 1975, Republic of Ireland 1 – Dec 1975, Australia 1 for 2 weeks Oct 1976, Europe 1 of the 1970s, RYM 1 of 1975, US BB 2 of 1992, Australia 2 of 1976, Virgin 2, France 3 – Nov 1975, Belgium 3 of all time, Switzerland 4 – Feb 1976, Norway 4 – Jan 1976, Poland 4 of all time, TOTP 5, POP 5 of 1992, OzNet 6, 8 in 2FM list, Scrobulate 9 of rock, Germany 10 – Jan 1976, Austria 14 – Feb 1992, TheQ 16, Sweden (alt) 18 – Feb 1976, US CashBox 22 of 1992, US BB 33 of 1976, Acclaimed 63, WXPN 90, Rolling Stone 163
3ChicagoIf You Leave Me Now1976UK 1 – Oct 1976, US BB 1 – Aug 1976, Canada 1 – Sep 1976, Netherlands 1 – Oct 1976, Republic of Ireland 1 – Dec 1976, Australia 1 for 5 weeks Jul 1977, Sweden (alt) 2 – Nov 1976, France 3 – Oct 1976, Austria 3 – Jan 1977, Switzerland 3 – Jan 1977, Germany 3 – Jan 1977, Norway 4 – Nov 1976, Australia 10 of 1977, South Africa 11 of 1977, US CashBox 14 of 1976, POP 18 of 1976, Italy 25 of 1977, RYM 31 of 1976, Europe 41 of the 1970s, Germany 168 of the 1970s, OzNet 449
4ABBAFernando1976UK 1 – Mar 1976, Netherlands 1 – Mar 1976, Austria 1 – Apr 1976, Switzerland 1 – Mar 1976, Australia 1 of 1976, Germany 1 – Mar 1976, Australia 1 for 14 weeks Nov 1976, Sweden (alt) 2 – Apr 1976, Norway 2 – Apr 1976, South Africa 5 of 1976, Canada 7 – Sep 1976, Global 7 (10 M sold) – 1976, France 10 – Apr 1976, US BB 13 – Sep 1976, Germany 15 of the 1970s, Italy 23 of 1976, Scrobulate 33 of Swedish, POP 35 of 1976, RYM 36 of 1976
5Elton John Kiki DeeDon't Go Breaking My Heart1976UK 1 – Jul 1976, US BB 1 – Jul 1976, Canada 1 – Jun 1976, France 1 – Aug 1976, Republic of Ireland 1 – Aug 1976, Australia 1 for 1 weeks Apr 1977, Netherlands 2 – Aug 1976, Sweden (alt) 3 – Sep 1976, South Africa 3 of 1976, Switzerland 4 – Sep 1976, US CashBox 5 of 1976, Norway 5 – Aug 1976, Australia 5 of 1976, Germany 5 – Sep 1976, Austria 8 – Oct 1976, Italy 25 of 1976, RYM 50 of 1976, Germany 313 of the 1970s, OzNet 522

Chronological table of US and UK number one hit singles

US number one singles and artist
(weeks at number one)
UK number one singles and artist
(weeks at number one)
"Saturday Night" – Bay City Rollers (1)
"Convoy" – C. W. McCall (1)
"I Write the Songs" – Barry Manilow (1)
"Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" – Diana Ross (1)
"Love Rollercoaster" – Ohio Players (1)
"50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" – Paul Simon (3)
"Theme from S.W.A.T." – Rhythm Heritage (1)
"Love Machine" – The Miracles (1)
"December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)The Four Seasons (3)
"Disco Lady" – Johnnie Taylor (4)
"Let Your Love Flow" – The Bellamy Brothers (1)
"Welcome Back" – John Sebastian (1)
"Boogie Fever" – The Sylvers (1)
"Silly Love Songs" – Paul McCartney & Wings (5)
"Love Hangover" – Diana Ross (2)
"Afternoon Delight" – Starland Vocal Band (2)
"Kiss and Say Goodbye" – The Manhattans (2)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" – Elton John & Kiki Dee (4)
"You Should Be Dancing" – Bee Gees (1)
"(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" – KC and the Sunshine Band (1)
"Play That Funky Music" – Wild Cherry (3)
"A Fifth of Beethoven" – Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band (1)
"Disco Duck" – Rick Dees & His Cast Of Idiots (1)
"If You Leave Me Now" – Chicago (2)
"Rock'n Me" – Steve Miller Band (1)
"Tonight's The Night" – Rod Stewart (7 weeks 1976 + 1 week 1977), best seller of the year
"Bohemian Rhapsody" – Queen (5 weeks 1975 + 4 weeks 1976)
"Mamma Mia" – ABBA (2)
"Forever and Ever" – Slik (1)
"December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" – The Four Seasons (2)
"I Love to Love (But My Baby Loves to Dance)" – Tina Charles (3)
"Save Your Kisses for Me" – Brotherhood of Man (6), best seller of the year
"Fernando" – ABBA (4)
"No Charge" – J. J. Barrie (1)
"Combine Harvester (Brand New Key) " – The Wurzels (2)
"You to Me Are Everything" – The Real Thing (3)
"Forever and Ever" – Demis Roussos (1)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" – Elton John & Kiki Dee (6)
"Dancing Queen" – ABBA (6)
"Mississippi" – Pussycat (4)
"If You Leave Me Now" – Chicago (3)
"Under the Moon of Love" – Showaddywaddy (3)
"When a Child is Born" – Johnny Mathis (1 week 1976 + 2 weeks 1977)

Other hit singles

Most of these singles were top 20 in either the US or the UK.

Other notable songs

Classical music

Opera

Jazz

Musical theater

Musical films

Births

Deaths

Awards

Grammy Awards

Country Music Association Awards

Eurovision Song Contest

References

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  2. New York Media, LLC (March 22, 1976). New York Magazine. New York Media, LLC. p. 77. ISSN 0028-7369.
  3. Jon Schuppe (May 12, 2016). "After 36 Years in Prison, Tower of Power's Rick Stevens Returns to Sing". NBC News. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  4. "The Promotional Tour March 1976". ABBA Official Australian Fan Club. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  5. John Lennon Playboy interview, 1980
  6. Classic Rock magazine, July 2010, Issue 146.
  7. Fred Bronson (1997). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. Billboard Books. ISBN 978-0-8230-7641-3.
  8. "No. 46954". The London Gazette. July 6, 1976. p. 9295.
  9. Tony Fletcher (March 4, 2010). Dear Boy: The Life of Keith Moon. Omnibus Press. p. 523. ISBN 978-0-85712-222-3.
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