John Peel Festive Fifty 1978

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In the first proper Festive 50 since punk arrived and Peel started championing it, it is no great surprise that the genre hit the chart. It actually struck it with the force of a sledgehammer. Gone are all but six of the 1976 chart entries, to be replaced with the short sharp shock of guitars struck in anger. Peel was very satisfied with this chart saying "And I must say, I thought you chose very well indeed. I was knocked out with it all myself” - also indicating that if he chose his own top 20 songs of all time then the top 6 would all be in there.

Perhaps it was no surprise that the Sex Pistols had five chart entries and the Clash four, but the representation of Siouxsie & The Banshees with seven entries, six of them from debut album "The Scream" is very impressive, and is the highest number of tracks from one LP in any Festive 50. A little more surprising were the first and indeed final chart entries from Dire Straits and The Motors (although Peel was certainly a fan of the latter).

The "FM" column in the list below shows the format the tracks can be collected in. Our preference is always to display the 7" if that version is available, with a 12" single as a second choice. "LP" will appear if the track is LP only. Click any band name to see our full stock list by that artist, or the "In Stock" button to view that specific item.

1Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The UK7"In Stock
2Clash - Complete Control7"In Stock
3Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen7"In Stock
4Stiff Little Fingers - Suspect Device7"In Stock
5Magazine - Shot By Both Sides7"In Stock
6Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant7"In Stock
7Clash - White Man In Hammersmith Palais7"
8Buzzcocks - What Do I Get?7"In Stock
9PIL - Public Image7"In Stock
10Undertones - Teenage Kicks7"In Stock
11Stiff Little Fingers - Alternative Ulster7"In Stock
12Buzzcocks - Boredom7"B-Side of: Spiral Scratch EP
13Damned - New Rose7"In Stock
14Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven7"
15Clash - White Riot7"In Stock
16David Bowie - Heroes7"In Stock
17Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet7"In Stock
18Sex Pistols - Holidays In The Sun7"In Stock
19Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird7"
20Rezillos - I Can't Stand My Baby7"In Stock
21Van Morrison - Madame GeorgeLPOn Album: Astral WeeksIn Stock
22Siouxsie & The Banshees - Hong Kong Garden7"In Stock
23Clash - Police & ThievesLPOn Album: The Clash
24Jam - Down In The Tube Station At Midnight7"In Stock
25Elvis Costello - Watching The Detectives7"In Stock
26Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run7"
27Ian Dury - Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll7"
28Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing7"In Stock
29Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond7"
30Buzzcocks - Moving Away From The Pulsebeat12"I Am The Amazing Buzzcocks 12" Clear Vinyl Maxi Single
31Derek & The Dominos - Layla7"In Stock
32Stranglers - Hanging Around7"B-Side of: The Stranglers EP
33Stranglers - No More Heroes7"In Stock
34Siouxsie & The Banshees - Helter SkelterLPOn Album: The Scream
35Motors - Dancing The Night Away7"In Stock
36Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone7"In Stock
37Elvis Costello - Alison7"In Stock
38Siouxsie & The Banshees - Overground7"In Stock
39Who - My Generation7"In Stock
40Stranglers - London Lady7"B-Side of: (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
41Siouxsie & The Banshees - SwitchLPOn Album: The Scream
42Siouxsie & The Banshees - MirageLPOn Album: The Scream
43Siouxsie & The Banshees - Jigsaw FeelingLPOn Album: The Scream
44Jam - In The City7"In Stock
45Sex Pistols - EMILPOn Album: Never Mind The BollocksIn Stock
46Bob Dylan - Desolation RowLPOn Album: Highway 61 RevisitedIn Stock
47Flying Lizards - Summertime Blues7"In Stock
48Neil Young - Like A Hurricane7"
49Thin Lizzy - Emerald7"B-Side of: The Boys Are Back In TownIn Stock
50Siouxsie & The Banshees - Metal Postcard7"Called "Mittageisen" on 7"
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