The Gist

The Year of Travolta

In 1978, even the Rolling Stones had a disco hit. We discuss the year the center of culture slipped away from the rockers.

In 1978, John Travolta was a huge star.


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On The Gist, our regular guest Chris Molanphy tells us how disco music swallowed up rock in 1978. We’ll discuss Billboard chart hits from 1978, and just about all of them have a disco beat. He writes Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” column. For the Spiel, a belated Lobstar of the Antentwig.

Do check out this Spotify playlist to hear the songs mentioned in today’s show one more time. It’s got groove, it’s got meaning!

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