This was not as successful a year for Canadian music as the year before and after. Because Dan Hill’s huge hit “Sometimes When We Touch” was launched towards the end of the year, its chart performance was split between 1977 and 1978. It was the biggest Anglo song by a Canadian in 1977 appearing on the RPM year-end chart at #72, while it was #4 on the 1978 year-end chart. Paul Piché’s “Heureux d’un printemps” was the biggest Franco hit by a Canuck according to the year-end CKOI chart. The top song of 1977 in Canada was “You Light Up My Life” by the United States’ Debby Boone. We have also included below all songs by Canadians that made RPM’s weekly Top 40 throughout the year, listing their peak position on the charts. Bear in mind, that this is a picture of cross-Canada success. Songs may have charted much higher or lower in various cities as radio stations tend to give local artists more support. Below the list, check out some cool trivia about the year’s hits.
YE= Year-End chart position.
WP = Weekly chart peak position.
1977 FRANCO HITS
|Heureux d’un printemps||Paul Piché||12|
|Loin d’ici||Boule Noire||29|
|Méfiez-vous du grand amour||Michel Rivard||35|
|Hollywood Freak||Diane Dufresne||37|
|Essaye donc pas||Paul Piché||43|
|1254 Rue stanley||Boule Noire||48|
1977 ANGLO HITS
|Sometimes When We Touch||Dan Hill||72‡||6‡|
|You Won’t Dance with Me||April Wine||74||6|
|Fly at Night||Chilliwack||76||7|
|Que Sera Sera||The Raes||92||9|
|Sugar Daddy||Patsy Gallant||94||9|
|Fightin’ on the Side of Love||THP Orchestra||14|
|Heaven on the Seventh Floor||Mighty Pope||14|
|Are You Ready For Love||Patsy Gallant||16|
|Race Among the Ruins||Gordon Lightfoot||30|
|Make It Up to Me in Love||Paul Anka & Odia Coates||34|
|My Own Way to Rock||Burton Cummings||38|
|Once in a Long Time||Christopher Ward||38|
|It Always Happens This Way||Toulouse||39|
|Your Love Gets Me Around||Ronney Abramson||39|
‡ Peaked at a higher position on the weekly charts in 1978 and was the 4th biggest song of 1978.
* Part Canadian.