1975 Rock Music Timeline
Jan '75
Elton John's first Greatest Hits album hits #1 in the US and UK. He would release two other albums in '75 both topping the US Albums Charts and going Top Ten in the UK. (more) 

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 group, The Average White Band, top the US charts (#6 UK) with the single "Pick Up The Pieces" from their second album which also goes to #1 US, #6 UK.
Feb '75
Tuscon, AZ native Linda Ronstadt's fifth album "Heart Like A Wheel" hits #1 US along with the #1 US single "You're No Good". The album fails to chart in the UK.  (more)
Feb '75
Dayton, OH funk and R&B band The Ohio Players hit #1 for the first time in the US with both the album and single "Fire". (more) 
Mar '75
UK rock band Led Zeppelin release their sixth album Physical Graffiti. The two record set charts at #1 in both the US & UK.  (more)

Jan '75
Bob Dylan has his second #1 album in a row in the US (#4 UK) with Blood On The Tracks.  The single "Tangled Up In Blue" hits #31 US.  (more)
Mar '75
R&B vocal group veterans Patti Labelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash of The Blue Belles, rename their group Labelle and score a # 1 hit in both the US & UK with their single "Lady Marmalade". (more)
Mar '75
Manchester, UK art rock band 10cc have a #1 single in the UK with "I'm Not In Love" (#2 US) from their third album. (more)
"My Eyes Adored You" is a #1 US, #5 UK comeback hit for Frankie Valli, his first since 1967. Valli had previously scored numerous hits in the sixties as the lead singer for The Four Seasons. (more)
Mar '75
Apr '75
Folk singer Joan Baez releases her 15th album, Diamonds & Rust, which reaches #11 US driven by the title track written about her relationship with Bob Dylan.  (more)
Apr '75
Boston hard rock band Aerosmith release their third album, Toys In The Attic, which charts at #11 US. They also have their first US Top 40 hit with "Sweet Emotion" #36 US. They follow later in the year with a re-release of the single "Dream On" which charts at #6 US.
Apr '75
Scottish band Nazareth release their sixth album, Hair of the Dog, and score a Top Ten US hit, #15 UK with their cover of "Love Hurts". The title track also becomes a successful album radio hit. (more)
Jun '75
The Bee Gees debut a new dance oriented sound and deliver three hit singles in the US including #1 "Jive Talkin". The album, Main Course, charts at US #14 their highest position since 1968. (more)
Jun '75
San Francisco band The Tubes release their debut album containing the cult hit "White Punks On Dope". The album hits #113 on the US charts and fails to chart at all in the UK. (more)
Jul '75
UK band Fleetwood Mac add Americans Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, after the departure of singer Bob Welch, and chart at US #1 (#23 UK) with their self-titled tenth album. (more)
Jul '75
Wings release the album Venus and Mars, have a #1 US & UK album and a #1 US, #6 UK single with "Listen To What The Man Said". Wings tours the US, Paul McCartney's first live appearances in the US since the Beatles in 1966. (more)
California country rock band The Eagles fourth album is their first #1 in the US, #8 UK and has three top five singles including the #1 US title track "One Of These Nights". (more)
Aug '75
Bruce Springsteen releases his third album Born To Run. In October he is featured on the covers of both Time and Newsweek magazines. Publicity, touring and steady FM radio airplay help the album reach #3 US, #36 UK. (more)
Aug '75
Aug '75
Sep '75
Boston native and Germany based vocalist Donna Summers disco single "Love to Love You Baby" goes to #2 US, #4 UK with erotic moans and a dance beat. (more)
UK rocker David Bowie switches to Philly Soul on the album Young Americans and has a #1 US, #17 UK single with "Fame" cowritten with John Lennon and Carlos Alomar. (more)
Alive! is a two record live album that goes to #9 US, #49 UK for New York hard rock band Kiss. The single "Rock & Roll All Night" goes to #12 US. (more)
Sep '75
60's singer / songwriter Janis Ian makes a comeback with a #3 US single "At 17" and a #1 US album Between The Lines. In 1967 Ian had a #14 US hit with "Society's Child".(more)
Long time R&B group The Isley Brothers switch to a more funk sound and have a #1 US album, The Heat Is On, driven by the #4 US single "Fight The Power". The album doesn't chart in the UK. (more)
Sep '75
Sep '75
Sixties rock band Jefferson Airplane, rebranded as Jefferson Starship, move to a more mellow, middle of the road sound and have #1 US, #13 UK album and #3 US single with "Miracles". (more)
Nov '75
Coming from the same New York City club scene as the Ramones and Blondie, poet Patti Smith releases her debut album Horses, including a cover of Van Morrison's "Gloria". The album charts at #47 US, #157 UK. (more)
Sep '75
Oct '75
UK blues rock band Foghat have a Top 20 US hit with the single "Slowride" from their fifth album Fool for the City.  (more)
UK progressive rock band Pink Floyd release their ninth album and follow up to mega-selling Dark Side of the Moon. The album, Wish You Were Here, goes to #1 in both the US and UK. (more)
Sep '75
The second album from Miami funk/disco band KC & The Sunshine Band yields two #1 singles in the US "Get Down Tonight" and "That's The Way (I Like It)" helping to ignite 1975's disco explosion. (more)
Dec '75
Nov '75
Dec '75
Dec '75
UK rock band Queen release their fourth album and have a worldwide smash with the single "Bohemian Rhapsody" going #1 UK, #4 US. (more)
American funk / soul group Parliament's fourth album, Mothership Connection, is released and reaches #13 on the US album charts.  (more) 
Bob Marley and the Wailers release their Live album recorded at two concerts in London in July. (more)
Paul Simon's third solo album, Still Crazy After All These Years, reaches #1 US, #6 UK . The single "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" hits #1 US, #23 UK. (more)
Earth, Wind and Fire hit single Shining Star
May '75
Chicago funk and R&B band Earth, Wind and Fire have a US #1 album and a #1 US single with "Shining Star" from their sixth album -That's The Way Of The World. (more)
1975 in 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

  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
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

  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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