1975 Rock Music Timeline
Jan '75
Elton John's greatest hits released. The first  of three #1 albums for John in 1975.
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Elton John on the cover of Time Magazine
Disco hit Fire by the Ohio Players
Linda Ronstadt
Average White Band album cover
Bob Dylan album Blood on the Tracks
Hard rock band Led Zeppelin
10cc hit I'm Not In Love
Frankie Valli
Labell single Lady Marmalade
Joan Baez album Diamonds and Rust
Rock band Nazareth album Hair of the Dog
Aerosmith album Toys In The Attic
The Tubes single White Punks On Dope
Bee Gees single Jive Talkin'
Fleetwood Mac at number one
Wings album Venus and Mars
Bruce Springsteen hit album and single Born To Run
The Eagles single One Of These Nights
Donna Summers single Love To Love You Baby
David Bowie number one single Fame
Kiss Alive album cover
Janis Ian hit At Seventeen
The Isley Brothers single Fight The Power
Jefferson Starship single Miracles
Hard rock band Foghat hit with Slowride
Pink Floyd album Wish You Were Here
Patti Smith debut album Horses
Queen single Bohemian Rhapsody
KC and The Sunshine Band disco hit Get Down Tonight
Paul Simon album Still Crazy After All These Years
Parliament bring the funk
Bob Marley and the Wailers live album
Feb '75
Scottish funk and R&B band The Average White Band release their second album which goes to #1 with the #1 single  "Pick Up The Pieces".
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Feb '75
Linda Ronstadt has a commercial breakthrough with her fifth album "Heart Like A Wheel" a #1 album with a #1 single "You're No Good".  (more)
Feb '75
Disco reigns as the Ohio Players score a #1 album and #1 single with "Fire". (more) 
Mar '75
Led Zeppelin release their double album Physical Graffiti on their own Swan Song record label.   (more)

Mar '75
Bob Dylan has a #1 album with Blood On The Tracks, The single "Tangled Up In Blue" hits #31 US.  (more)
Mar '75
Labelle go to #1 with their single "Lady Marmalade".
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Mar '75
UK band 10cc have a #1 single in the UK with "I'm Not In Love" (#2 US).
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"My Eyes Adored You" is a #1 comeback hit for Frankie Valli, his first since 1967.
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Mar '75
Apr '75
The Joan Baez album Diamonds & Rust goes to #11 driven by the title track written about her relationship with Bob Dylan.  (more)
Apr '75
Aerosmith release their album Toys In The Attic, with their first top 40 hit  "Sweet Emotion" #36 US. They follow with a re-release of the single "Dream On" which charts at #6.
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Apr '75
Scottish band Nazareth release their album Hair of the Dog and score a top ten hit with "Love Hurts" along with the AOR hit title track.
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Jun '75
The Bee Gees release the LP Main Course with a dance oriented sound and deliver three hit singles incl. "Jive Talkin" #1 US. (more)
Jun '75
The Tubes release their debut album containing the cult hit "White Punks On Dope".  (more)
Jul '75
Fleetwood Mac add americans Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks and have a #1 album.
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Jul '75
Wings release the album Venus and Mars, have a #1 album, a #1 single and begin a US tour, Paul McCartneys first live appearances in the US since the Beatles in 1966. (more)
Aug'75
The Eagles fourth album goes to #1 and has three top five singles incl. the #1 title track "One Of These Nights".
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Aug '75
Bruce Springsteen is featured on the cover of Time magazine and Born to Run becomes his breakthrough album reaching #3 US. (more)
Aug '75
Aug '75
Sep '75
Donna Summers disco single "Love to Love You Baby" goes to #2 with a great beat and a feigned orgasm.  (more)
David Bowie switches to Philly Soul on the LP Young Americans and has a #1 single with "Fame" cowritten with John Lennon.
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Alive! is a two record live album that goes to #9 for Kiss. The single "Rock & Roll All Night" goes to #12.
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Sep '75
Janis Ian makes a comeback wtih the hit single "At 17". In 1967 Ian had a #14 hit with "Society's Child".(more)
The Isley Brothers have a #1 album, The Heat Is On, driven by the #4 single "Fight The Power".  (more)
Sep '75
Sep '75
Sixties band the Jefferson Airplane, rebranded as Jefferson Starship, have a #1 album and #3 MOR single with "Miracles".  (more)
Nov '75
Coming from the same NYC club scene as the Ramones and Blondie, Patti Smith releases her debut album Horses, with a cover of Van Morrison's "Gloria".
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Sep '75
Oct '75
UK rock band Foghat have a top 20 hit with "Slowride" from the album Fool for the City.  (more)
Pink Floyd release their follow up to Dark Side of the Moon. The album Wish You Were Here goes to #1 in the US and the UK. (more)
Sep '75
The second album from Miami's KC & The Sunshine Band yields two #1 singles leading 1975's disco explosion.  (more)
Dec '75
Nov '75
Dec '75
Dec '75
Queens fourth album is a worldwide smash with the single "Bohemian Rhapsody" going #1 UK, #4 US.  (more)
Parliament's fourth LP,  Mothership Connection is released and later breaks into the top 20.  (more) 
Bob Marley and the Wailers release their Live album recorded at two concerts in London in July. (more)
Paul Simon has a #1 album with Still Crazy After All These Years. The album produces four top forty hits.
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Earth, Wind and Fire hit single Shining Star
May '75
Chicago band Earth, Wind and Fire have a #1 album and a #1 single with "Shining Star".
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Blue Oyster Cult hit single Don't Fear The Reaper
May '75
Blue Oyster Cult release the album Agents of Fortune and have a #12 hit with "Don't Fear The Reaper".  (more)
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1975 Jukebox Hits


1975 Rock & Roll History

Stevie Wonder plays to a crowd of 125,000 at the Washington Monument for Human Kindness Day. Bruce Springsteen appears simultaneously on the covers of Time and Newsweek magazines. Disco hits the charts in a big way with #1 hits from The Average White Band, Ohio Players, Van McCoy, The Bee Gees, Earth Wind and Fire, and KC and the Sunshine Band.

Top 40 Singles of 1975
Worldwide:

  1   Billy Swan - I Can Help
  2   Abba - SOS
  3   10CC - I'm Not in Love
  4   The Sweet - Fox On the Run
  5   George Baker Selection
       Una Paloma Blanca
  6   Shirley & Company
       Shame, Shame, Shame
  7   Patti LaBelle - Lady Marmalade
  8   Rod Stewart - Sailing
  9   Silver Convention - Fly Robin Fly
10   Barry White - You're the First,                      the Last, My Everything
11   KC & The Sunshine Band
       That's the Way (I Like It)
12  Glen Campbell - Rhinestone Cowboy
13  Captain & Tennille
       Love Will Keep Us Together
14   Van McCoy - The Hustle
15   Abba - I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
16   The Carpenters - Please Mr Postman
17   David Bowie - Fame
18   Elton John - Philadelphia Freedom
19   KC & The Sunshine Band
       Get Down Tonight
20   Bee Gees - Jive Talkin'
21   Jean-Claude Borelly
       Dolannes-Melodie
22   Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
23   Minnie Riperton - Loving You
24   Gloria Gaynor
       Never Can Say Goodbye
25   Barry Manilow - Mandy
26   Morris Albert - Feelings
27   Eagles - One of These Nights
28   5000 Volts - I'm On Fire
29   Bob Marley - No Woman, No Cry
30   Status Quo - Down Down
31   Wings - Listen to What the Man Said
32   Elton John
       Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
33   Teach-In - Ding-A-Dong
34   Alain Barriere & Noelle Cordier
       Tu t'en vas
35   The Sweet - Action
36   Pilot - Magic
37   Earth, Wind & Fire - Shining Star
38   Frankie Valli - My Eyes Adored You
39   Elton John - Island Girl
40   Average White Band
       Pick Up the Pieces

Top 50 Albums of 1975
Worldwide:

  1   Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
  2   Queen - A Night At The Opera
  3   Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
  4   Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
  5   Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks
  6   Elton John - Captain Fantastic & The          Brown Dirt Cowboy
  7   Rod Stewart - Atlantic Crossing
  8   Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac
  9   Wings - Venus & Mars
10   Paul Simon - Still Crazy After All
       These Years
11   Abba - Abba
12   Eagles - One Of These Nights
13   Bob Dylan - The Basement Tapes
14   Elton John - Rock Of The Westies
15   Earth, Wind & Fire
       That's the Way of the World
16   Cat Stevens - Greatest Hits
17   John Lennon - Rock 'n' Roll
18   The Who - Tommy: The Movie
19  John Denver - Windsong
20   Linda Ronstadt - Heart Like a Wheel
21   Aerosmith - Toys In The Attic
22   The Who - The Who By Numbers
23   Roxy Music - Siren
24   John Lennon - Shaved Fish
25   Status Quo - On The Level
26   David Bowie - Young Americans
27   Earth, Wind & Fire - Gratitude
28   Bachman-Turner Overdrive
       Four Wheel Drive
29   Ringo Starr - Goodnight Vienna
30   Neil Young - Tonight's the Night
31   Patti Smith Group - Horses
32   Jethro Tull - Minstrel In The Gallery
33   George Baker Selection
       Paloma Blanca
34   The Carpenters - Horizon
35   Roger Whittaker - The Very Best Of
36   Janis Ian - Between The Lines
37   Bad Company - Straight Shooter
38   Yes - Relayer
39   Barry White
       Just Another Way To Say I Love You
40   Alice Cooper
       Welcome To My Nightmare
41   George Harrison - Dark Horse
42   The Bay City Rollers
       Once Upon A Star
43   Kiss - Alive!
44   Various Artists - Dynamite
45   America - America's Greatest Hits
46   Kraftwerk - Autobahn
47   Willie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger
48   Neil Young - Zuma
49  Jefferson Starship - Red Octopus
50   Elvis Presley - Elvis Forever


All chart information above is from Tsort and uses a formula based on splitting the world into four regions based on sales, the USA (about 35%), other English speaking countries (about 20%), the rest of Europe (about 25%) and the rest of the world (about 20%).  We feel this is the best methodology available to show the global impact of a song or album. More detailed chart info is available on the Tsort website. Actual US & UK charts are linked at the bottom of each year timeline on this site.


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