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Atari 2600 Video Game Release Dates for 1978

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Information compiled by Duane Alan Hahn.

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January

 

February

 

March

 

April

 

May

Hangman (Atari) EBG

Space War (Atari) EBG

 

June

Codebreaker (Atari) EBG

Home Run (Atari) EBG

Hunt & Score (Atari) EBG

Outlaw (Atari) EBG

 

July

Slot Racers (Atari) EBG

 

August

Brain Games (Atari) EBG

Flag Capture (Atari) EBG

 

September

 

October

 

November

Breakout (Atari) EBG

 

December

Basketball (Atari) EBG

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Below is an incomplete list of Atari 2600 video game release dates by month in the USA for the year 1978 along with lists of top 100 music, movies, and TV shows to help summon your treasured memories of the Atari 2600 and the 1970s with the bonus of recreating the magical feelings of that special time.

 

If you were too young or not even born yet, play the songs in the order they are listed and watch short video clips or commercials for the movies and TV shows (in order) and you might start to feel what it was like back then in 1978. There were no smartphones or an Internet full of knowledge and entertainment at your fingertips. If you wanted to know something, you had to go to the library and try to find the information in a book. If you were lucky, you had an encyclopedia set at home, but it would probably be many decades out of date.

 

 

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Links that jump to other places on this page are blue. Links that lead to other pages online are red.

 

 

Quick List and Index

For those who only want release dates and nothing else, there is a Release Date Quick List. This page also has an Index.

 

 

Not Set in Stone

Most of the release dates below are not set in stone. Games will be moved as better information is found, so be sure to check back once in a while.

 

 

Best Guess

Many games are marked as a best guess. Some guesses are worse than others. Below is a list of the types of guesses that can be on this page.

 

Best Guess (BG): At least one magazine or newsletter mentioned the month a game was released or supposed to be released.

 

Extreme Best Guess (EBG): A vague mention of the release month in a magazine or newsletter.

 

Super Extreme Best Guess (SEBG): The Video Game Update newsletter only had a review for the game (no release month mentioned), so it's a semi-educated wild guess. The review could have happened the same month the game was released or the review could have been published a month or more later.

 

Desperate Super Extreme Best Guess (DSEBG): There might be an ad in a magazine to go on if we're lucky. It's a desperate semi-educated wild guess.

 

 

Copyright Date

Remember, the date on the box, cartridge, manual, and copyright screen can be different from the actual release date. For example, Atari 2600 Pac-Man was released in March/April of 1982, but the box, cart, manual, and copyright screen have 1981 as the copyright date. It usually took around 6 months for a programmer to make an Atari VCS game back then and that's not counting the time it took to make the manuals, boxes, and cartridges.

 

 

YouTube

To help make your experience even more enjoyable, most items have a link next to them that will lead you to related search results at YouTube where you might find video game commercials, gameplay footage, music videos, and clips from TV shows or movies.

 

 

You Can Help

If you find a mistake, or have more information to add, such as month/year release dates for games, please contact me. Every little bit of credible information helps, no matter how insignificant you think it might be. Thanks for your help.

 

 

 

 

January 1978

January 1978

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Lay Down Sally” by Eric Clapton  (Jan 7)   YouTube

“Always And Forever” by Heatwave  (Jan 7)   YouTube

“Theme From Close Encounters” by Meco  (Jan 7)   YouTube

“Jack And Jill” by Raydio  (Jan 14)   YouTube   70%

“(What A) Wonderful World” by Art Garfunkel with James Taylor & Paul Simon  (Jan 21)   YouTube

“Lady Love” by Lou Rawls  (Jan 21)   YouTube

“Shout It Out Loud (Live)” by Kiss  (Jan 21)   YouTube

“If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne Elliman  (Jan 28)   YouTube   65%

“Dust In The Wind” by Kansas  (Jan 28)   YouTube

“Ebony Eyes” by Bob Welch  (Jan 28)   YouTube

“Theme Song From ‘Which Way Is Up’” by Stargard  (Jan 28)   YouTube

“You Really Got Me” by Van Halen  (Jan 28)   YouTube

“Never Had A Love” by Pablo Cruise  (Jan 28)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for February >

January 1978

 

New on TV

Fantasy Island  ABC  (Jan 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Super Bowl XII [sports]  CBS  (Jan 15)   YouTube   Wikipedia

Roots: One Year Later [special]  ABC  (Jan 23)   YouTube   Google

New on Top 100 Radio for February >

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February 1978

February 1978

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Night Fever” by Bee Gees  (Feb 4)   YouTube   65%

“Can’t Smile Without You” by Barry Manilow  (Feb 4)   YouTube   65%

“Sweet, Sweet Smile” by Carpenters  (Feb 4)   YouTube

“Feels So Good” by Chuck Mangione  (Feb 11)   YouTube  68%

“Running On Empty” by Jackson Browne  (Feb 11)   YouTube   65%

“Flash Light” by Parliament  (Feb 11)   YouTube   65%

“Thank You For Being A Friend” by Andrew Gold  (Feb 11)   YouTube

“Hot Legs” by Rod Stewart  (Feb 11)   YouTube

“Boogie Shoes” by KC and the Sunshine Band  (Feb 11)   YouTube   65%

“Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” by Waylon & Willie  (Feb 11)   YouTube

“The Closer I Get To You” by Roberta Flack with Donny Hathaway  (Feb 18)   YouTube

“Love Is Like Oxygen” by Sweet  (Feb 18)   YouTube   67%

“Disco Inferno” by The Trammps  (Feb 18)   YouTube

“Sweet Talkin’ Woman” by Electric Light Orchestra [ELO]  (Feb 18)   YouTube   75%

“Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)” by Styx  (Feb 18)   YouTube

“Psycho Killer” by Talking Heads  (Feb 18)   YouTube

“We’ll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again” by England Dan and John Ford Coley  (Feb 25)   YouTube   66%

“Baby Hold On” by Eddie Money  (Feb 25)   YouTube   65%

New on Top 100 Radio for March >

February 1978

 

New at the Movies

Remember My Name  (Feb ?)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Coma  (Feb 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Boys in Company C  (Feb 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The One and Only  (Feb 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Other Side of the Mountain Part 2  (Feb 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Blue Collar  (Feb 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

February 1978

 

New on TV

How the West Was Won  CBS  (Feb 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

King [miniseries]  NBC  (Feb 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Project Blue Book/Project U.F.O.  NBC  (Feb 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for March >

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March 1978

March 1978

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Imaginary Lover” by Atlanta Rhythm Section  (Mar 4)   YouTube

“Fantasy” by Earth, Wind & Fire  (Mar 4)   YouTube   65%

“Let’s All Chant” by Michael Zager Band  (Mar 4)   YouTube

“On Broadway” by George Benson  (Mar 11)   YouTube

“Count On Me” by Jefferson Starship  (Mar 11)   YouTube

“I Can’t Stand The Rain” by Eruption  (Mar 11)   YouTube

“Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad” by Meat Loaf  (Mar 18)   YouTube

“Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” by Billy Joel  (Mar 18)   YouTube

“Two Doors Down” by Dolly Parton  (Mar 18)   YouTube

“With A Little Luck” by Wings  (Mar 25)   YouTube   65%

“It’s A Heartache” by Bonnie Tyler  (Mar 25)   YouTube   55%

“Every Kinda People” by Robert Palmer  (Mar 25)   YouTube

“Werewolves Of London” by Warren Zevon  (Mar 25)   YouTube

“Do You Believe In Magic” by Shaun Cassidy  (Mar 25)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for April >

March 1978

 

New at the Movies

An Unmarried Woman  (Mar 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Return from Witch Mountain  (Mar 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Gray Lady Down  (Mar 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Fury  (Mar 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

House Calls  (Mar 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Casey’s Shadow  (Mar 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

March 1978

 

New on TV

The Incredible Hulk  CBS  (Mar 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

The Rutles in All You Need Is Cash [TV movie]  NBC  (Mar 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for April >

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April 1978

April 1978

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“You’re The One That I Want” by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John  (Apr 1)   YouTube

“Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” by Johnny Mathis/Deniece Williams  (Apr 1)   YouTube

“Deacon Blues” by Steely Dan  (Apr 1)   YouTube

“Dance Across The Floor” by Jimmy “Bo” Horne  (Apr 1)   YouTube

“Because The Night” by Patti Smith Group  (Apr 8)   YouTube

“Heartless” by Heart  (Apr 8)   YouTube

“Shadow Dancing” by Andy Gibb  (Apr 15)   YouTube   70%

“You Belong To Me” by Carly Simon  (Apr 15)   YouTube   65%

“Ego” by Elton John  (Apr 15)   YouTube

“Since You Been Gone” by Head East  (Apr 15)   YouTube

“Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty  (Apr 22)   YouTube   80%

“Take A Chance On Me” by ABBA  (Apr 22)   YouTube   75%

“Bluer Than Blue” by Michael Johnson  (Apr 22)   YouTube

“Follow You, Follow Me” by Genesis  (Apr 22)   YouTube

“Tumbling Dice” by Linda Ronstadt  (Apr 22)   YouTube

“Chattanooga Choo Choo” by Tuxedo Junction  (Apr 22)   YouTube

“I’m On My Way” by Captain and Tennille  (Apr 22)   YouTube

“Where Have You Been All My Life” by Fotomaker  (Apr 22)   YouTube

“Use Ta Be My Girl” by The O'Jays  (Apr 29)   YouTube

“Almost Summer” by Celebration Featuring Mike Love  (Apr 29)   YouTube

“Ca Plane Pour Moi” by Plastic Bertrand  (Apr 29)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for May >

April 1978

 

New at the Movies

Dawn of the Dead  (Apr 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

FM  (Apr 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

I Wanna Hold Your Hand  (Apr 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

April 1978

 

New on TV

Dallas  CBS  (Apr 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Pass the Buck [game show]  NBC  (Apr 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Ever Increasing Faith  Syndication  (Apr 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Amazing Spider-Man  CBS  (Apr 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   epguides   [Wed 8:00-9:00]

The Ted Knight Show  CBS  (Apr 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Another Day  CBS  (Apr 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Holocaust [miniseries]  NBC  (Apr 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Card Sharks [game show]  NBC  (Apr 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Vega$  ABC  (Apr 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Ringo [TV movie]  NBC  (Apr 26)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for May >

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May 1978

May 1978

 

Hangman (Atari)

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May 1978

 

Space War (Atari)

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May 1978

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“The Groove Line” by Heatwave  (May 6)   YouTube   80%

“Even Now” by Barry Manilow  (May 6)   YouTube

“Thank God It’s Friday” by Love and Kisses  (May 6)   YouTube

“Last Dance” by Donna Summer  (May 13)   YouTube

“Still The Same” by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band  (May 13)   YouTube

“Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton  (May 13)   YouTube

“Only The Good Die Young” by Billy Joel  (May 13)   YouTube

“Roll With The Changes” by REO Speedwagon  (May 13)   YouTube

“Grease” by Frankie Valli  (May 27)   YouTube   55%

“Miss You” by The Rolling Stones  (May 27)   YouTube

“Magnet And Steel” by Walter Egan  (May 27)   YouTube

“King Tut” by Steve Martin and the Toot Uncommons  (May 27)   YouTube   65%

“Can We Still Be Friends” by Todd Rundgren  (May 27)   YouTube

“This Night Won’t Last Forever” by Bill LaBounty  (May 27)   YouTube   68%

New on Top 100 Radio for June >

May 1978

 

New at the Movies

Warlords of Atlantis  (May ?)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

It Lives Again (It’s Alive II)  (May 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The End  (May 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Nunzio  (May 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Buddy Holly Story  (May 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Thank God It’s Friday  (May 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for June >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

June 1978

June 1978

 

Codebreaker (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess based on an article at gamasutra and A History of … Games.

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June 1978

 

Home Run (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess based on an article at gamasutra and A History of … Games.

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June 1978

 

Hunt & Score (Atari)   [name later changed to A Game Of Concentration]

Extreme Best Guess based on an article at gamasutra and A History of … Games.

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June 1978

 

Outlaw (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess based on a fuzzy mention at gamasutra and a question mark under June at A History of … Games.

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June 1978

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Love Will Find A Way” by Pablo Cruise  (Jun 3)   YouTube   65%

“My Angel Baby” by Toby Beau  (Jun 3)   YouTube

“FM (No Static At All)” by Steely Dan  (Jun 3)   YouTube   74%

“Hot Child In The City” by Nick Gilder  (Jun 10)   YouTube

“Copacabana (At The Copa)” by Barry Manilow  (Jun 10)   YouTube   60%

“Life’s Been Good” by Joe Walsh  (Jun 10)   YouTube   70%

“I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight” by Atlanta Rhythm Section  (Jun 10)   YouTube

“Three Times A Lady” by Commodores  (Jun 17)   YouTube   55%

“Shame topic” by Evelyn “Champagne” King  (Jun 17)   YouTube

“I’ve Had Enough” by Wings  (Jun 17)   YouTube

“Songbird” by Barbra Streisand  (Jun 17)   YouTube

“Just What I Needed” by The Cars  (Jun 17)   YouTube

“I Need To Know” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers  (Jun 17)   YouTube

“Never Let Her Slip Away” by Andrew Gold  (Jun 17)   YouTube   [Didn't hear it on the radio back then, but I would have liked it.]

“Boogie Oogie Oogie” by A Taste Of Honey  (Jun 24)   YouTube   60%

“Two Tickets To Paradise” by Eddie Money  (Jun 24)   YouTube

“Macho Man” by Village People  (Jun 24)   YouTube   55%

“Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra [ELO]  (Jun 24)   YouTube   [Didn't hear it on the radio back then, but I would have liked it.]

New on Top 100 Radio for July >

June 1978

 

New at the Movies

Corvette Summer  (Jun 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Damien: Omen II  (Jun 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Cat from Outer Space  (Jun 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Jungle Book [re-release]  (Jun 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Driver  (Jun 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Grease  (Jun 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Jaws 2  (Jun 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band  (Jun 21)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Cheap Detective  (Jun 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Heaven Can Wait  (Jun 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

June 1978

 

New on TV

20/20  ABC  (Jun 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for July >

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July 1978

July 1978

 

Slot Racers (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess based on an article at gamasutra and A History of … Games.

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July 1978

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Hot Blooded” by Foreigner  (Jul 1)   YouTube

“You And I” by Rick James  (Jul 1)   YouTube

“Kiss You All Over” by Exile  (Jul 8)   YouTube

“Hopelessly Devoted To You” by Olivia Newton-John  (Jul 8)   YouTube

“I Love The Nightlife (Disco Round)” by Alicia Bridges  (Jul 8)   YouTube

“Fool (If You Think It’s Over)” by Chris Rea  (Jul 8)   YouTube

“You Needed Me” by Anne Murray  (Jul 15)   YouTube

“An Everlasting Love” by Andy Gibb  (Jul 15)   YouTube   60%

“Love Is In The Air” by John Paul Young  (Jul 15)   YouTube

“Get Off” by Foxy  (Jul 22)   YouTube

“Got to Get You Into My Life” by Earth, Wind & Fire  (Jul 22)   YouTube   80%

“Think It Over” by Cheryl Ladd  (Jul 22)   YouTube

“Flyin’” by Prism  (Jul 22)   YouTube   [Didn't hear it on the radio back then, but I probably would have liked it.]

“Time For Me To Fly” by REO Speedwagon  (Jul 22)   YouTube

“Surrender” by Cheap Trick  (Jul 22)   YouTube   [Didn't hear it on the radio back then, but I would have liked it.]

“He’s So Fine” by Kristy and Jimmy McNichol  (Jul 22)   YouTube

“Reminiscing” by Little River Band  (Jul 29)   YouTube   75%

“Whenever I Call You ‘Friend’” by Kenny Loggins (with Stevie Nicks)  (Jul 29)   YouTube

“Talking In Your Sleep” by Crystal Gayle  (Jul 29)   YouTube

“Love Theme From ‘Eyes Of Laura Mars’ (Prisoner)” by Barbra Streisand  (Jul 29)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for August >

July 1978

 

New at the Movies

Hot Lead and Cold Feet  (Jul 5)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Revenge of the Pink Panther  (Jul 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

International Velvet  (Jul 19)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Hooper  (Jul 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Animal House  (Jul 28)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

July 1978

 

New on TV

Tic·Tac·Dough [game show]  CBS  (Jul 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

World News Tonight  ABC  (Jul 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for August >

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

August 1978

August 1978

 

Brain Games (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess based on an article at gamasutra and A History of … Games.

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August 1978

 

Flag Capture (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess based on an article at gamasutra and A History of … Games.

Info:

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August 1978

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Summer Nights” by John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and Cast  (Aug 5)   YouTube

“You Never Done It Like That” by Captain and Tennille  (Aug 5)   YouTube

“Come Together” by Aerosmith  (Aug 5)   YouTube

“Right Down The Line” by Gerry Rafferty  (Aug 12)   YouTube   75%

“Oh! Darling” by Robin Gibb  (Aug 12)   YouTube

“She’s Always A Woman” by Billy Joel  (Aug 12)   YouTube

“Took The Last Train” by David Gates  (Aug 12)   YouTube   60%

“Almost Like Being In Love” by Michael Johnson  (Aug 12)   YouTube

“Paradise By The Dashboard Light” by Meat Loaf (with Ellen Foley and Phil Rizzuto)  (Aug 12)   YouTube

“Blame It On The Boogie” by Mick Jackson  (Aug 12)   YouTube

“Don’t Look Back” by Boston  (Aug 19)   YouTube

“Back In The U.S.A.” by Linda Ronstadt  (Aug 19)   YouTube

“Dance (Disco Heat)” by Sylvester  (Aug 19)   YouTube

“Lights (Studio Version)” by Journey  (Aug 19)   YouTube   60%

“Who Are You” by The Who  (Aug 26)   YouTube

“Sweet Life” by Paul Davis  (Aug 26)   YouTube

“It’s A Laugh” by Daryl Hall & John Oates  (Aug 26)   YouTube

“Josie” by Steely Dan  (Aug 26)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for September >

August 1978

 

New at the Movies

Eyes of Laura Mars  (Aug 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for September >

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September 1978

September 1978

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“How Much I Feel” by Ambrosia  (Sep 2)   YouTube

“MacArthur Park” by Donna Summer  (Sep 9)   YouTube

“I Just Wanna Stop” by Gino Vannelli  (Sep 9)   YouTube   55%

“Beast Of Burden” by The Rolling Stones  (Sep 9)   YouTube

“Ease On Down The Road” by Diana Ross and Michael Jackson  (Sep 9)   YouTube   55%

“Sharing The Night Together” by Dr. Hook  (Sep 16)   YouTube

“Ready To Take A Chance Again” by Barry Manilow  (Sep 16)   YouTube

“Change Of Heart” by Eric Carmen  (Sep 16)   YouTube

“Don’t Want To Live Without It” by Pablo Cruise  (Sep 16)   YouTube

“Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)” by Styx  (Sep 16)   YouTube

“Everybody Needs Love” by Stephen Bishop  (Sep 16)   YouTube

“Double Vision” by Foreigner  (Sep 23)   YouTube

“Straight On” by Heart  (Sep 23)   YouTube

“Flying High” by Commodores  (Sep 23)   YouTube

“You Should Do It” by Peter Brown with Betty Wright  (Sep 23)   YouTube   [Didn't hear it on the radio back then, but I would have liked it. I got Disco Nights from K-TEL in 1979 and it was my favorite song on there.]

“Time Passages” by Al Stewart  (Sep 30)   YouTube   55%

“Strange Way” by Firefall  (Sep 30)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for October >

September 1978

 

New at the Movies

Almost Summer  (Sep 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Up in Smoke  (Sep 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Paradise Alley  (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Somebody Killed Her Husband  (Sep 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Death on the Nile  (Sep 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

September 1978

 

New on TV

Battle of the Planets  Syndication  (Sept 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Grandpa Goes to Washington  NBC  (Sep 7)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

The Eddie Capra Mysteries  NBC  (Sep 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Fabulous Funnies  NBC  (Sep 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

Fantastic Four  NBC  (Sep 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

Godzilla  NBC  (Sep 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

Yogi’s Space Race  NBC  (Sep 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

Fangface  ABC  (Sep 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

The Paper Chase  CBS  (Sep 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Tarzan and the Super 7  CBS  (Sep 9)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Saturday Morning Schedule

Kaz  CBS  (Sep 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Sword of Justice  NBC  (Sep 10)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Taxi  ABC  (Sep 12)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

W.E.B.  NBC  (Sep 13)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Mork & Mindy  ABC  (Sep 14)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Battlestar Galactica  ABC  (Sep 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   TV Obscurities   Schedule

Lifeline  NBC  (Sep 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

People [starring Phyllis George]  CBS  (Sep 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

WKRP in Cincinnati  CBS  (Sep 18)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Dick Clark’s Live Wednesday  NBC  (Sep 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   epguides   Schedule

In the Beginning  CBS  (Sep 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   epguides   Schedule

The Waverly Wonders  NBC  (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Who’s Watching the Kids  NBC  (Sep 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Apple Pie  ABC  (Sep 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

The American Girls  CBS  (Sep 23)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Mary  CBS  (Sep 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Flying High  CBS  (Sep 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

New on Top 100 Radio for October >

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October 1978

October 1978

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Hold The Line” by Toto  (Oct 7)   YouTube   60%

“I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan  (Oct 7)   YouTube

“On The Shelf” by Donny and Marie Osmond  (Oct 7)   YouTube   75%

“Do You Feel All Right” by KC and the Sunshine Band  (Oct 7)   YouTube   75%

“Promises” by Eric Clapton and his Band  (Oct 14)   YouTube

“New York Groove” by Ace Frehley  (Oct 14)   YouTube

“Instant Replay” by Dan Hartman  (Oct 14)   YouTube   60%

“(Our Love) Don’t Throw It All Away topic” by Andy Gibb  (Oct 14)   YouTube

“The Power Of Gold” by Dan Fogelberg & Tim Weisberg  (Oct 14)   YouTube

“Y.M.C.A.” by Village People  (Oct 21)   YouTube   65%

“How You Gonna See Me Now” by Alice Cooper  (Oct 21)   YouTube

“Alive Again” by Chicago  (Oct 21)   YouTube

“My Best Friend’s Girl” by The Cars  (Oct 21)   YouTube

“In The Bush” by Musique  (Oct 21)   YouTube

“We’ve Got Tonite” by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band  (Oct 28)   YouTube

“Le Freak” by Chic  (Oct 28)   YouTube

“You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” by Barbara Streisand Neil Diamond  (Oct 28)   YouTube

“Get Back” by Billy Preston  (Oct 28)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for November >

October 1978

 

New at the Movies

The Big Fix  (Oct 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Midnight Express  (Oct 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Goin’ South  (Oct 6)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Oliver’s Story  (Dec 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes  (Oct 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Wiz  (Oct 24)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Halloween  (Oct 25)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

October 1978

 

New on TV

Centennial [miniseries]  NBC  (Oct 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Little Women [miniseries]  NBC  (Oct 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

A.M. Weather  PBS  (Oct 30)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for November >

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November 1978

November 1978

 

Breakout (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess based on an article at gamasutra and A History of … Games.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

November 1978

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“My Life” by Billy Joel  (Nov 4)   YouTube   75%

“The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers  (Nov 4)   YouTube   55%

“Take Me To The River” by Talking Heads  (Nov 4)   YouTube

“Blame It On The Boogie” by The Jacksons  (Nov 4)   YouTube   [Didn't hear it on the radio back then, but I would have liked it.]

“Fire” by Pointer Sisters  (Nov 11)   YouTube

“Every 1’s A Winner” by Hot Chocolate  (Nov 11)   YouTube

“Ooh Baby Baby” by Linda Ronstadt  (Nov 11)   YouTube

“I Was Made For Dancin'” by Leif Garrett  (Nov 11)   YouTube

“Don’t Hold Back” by Chanson  (Nov 11)   YouTube

“Bicycle Race” by Queen  (Nov 11)   YouTube   75%

“Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen  (Nov 11)   YouTube

“You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth” by Meat Loaf  (Nov 11)   YouTube

“Part-Time Love” by Elton John  (Nov 11)   YouTube

“Too Much Heaven” by Bee Gees  (Nov 18)   YouTube   60%

“September” by Earth, Wind & Fire  (Nov 18)   YouTube   78%

“Don’t Cry Out Loud” by Melissa Manchester  (Nov 18)   YouTube

“Shake It” by Ian Matthews  (Nov 18)   YouTube

“A Little More Love” by Olivia Newton-John  (Nov 25)   YouTube

“Lotta Love” by Nicolette Larson  (Nov 25)   YouTube

New on Top 100 Radio for December >

November 1978

 

New at the Movies

Watership Down  (Nov 1)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Caravans  (Nov 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Lord of the Rings  (Nov 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Same Time, Next Year  (Nov 22)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

November 1978

 

New on TV

David Cassidy: Man Undercover  NBC  (Nov 2)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Diff’rent Strokes  NBC  (Nov 3)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Star Wars Holiday Special  CBS  (Nov 17)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   TV Obscurities

The White Shadow  CBS  (Nov 27)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia   Schedule

Someone's Watching Me! [TV movie]  NBC  (Nov 29)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

New on Top 100 Radio for December >

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December 1978

December 1978

 

Basketball (Atari)

Extreme Best Guess based on an article at gamasutra and A History of … Games.

Info:

YouTube

Atarimania

AtariAge

Catalog

December 1978

 

New on Top 100 Radio  [Selected Hits in the Order They Charted]

“Got To Be Real” by Cheryl Lynn  (Dec 2)   YouTube

“Home And Dry” by Gerry Rafferty  (Dec 2)   YouTube   60%

“Soul Man” by Blues Brothers  (Dec 9)   YouTube

“Please Come Home For Christmas” by Eagles  (Dec 9)   YouTube

“Baby I’m Burnin’” by Dolly Parton  (Dec 9)   YouTube

“I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor  (Dec 16)   YouTube

“Shake Your Groove Thing” by Peaches and Herb  (Dec 16)   YouTube   60%

“Somewhere In The Night” by Barry Manilow  (Dec 16)   YouTube

“Dancin’ Shoes” by Nigel Olsson  (Dec 16)   YouTube

“Shattered” by The Rolling Stones  (Dec 16)   YouTube

“Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” by Rod Stewart  (Dec 23)   YouTube

“What You Won’t Do For Love” by Bobby Caldwell  (Dec 23)   YouTube   80%

“No Tell Lover” by Chicago  (Dec 23)   YouTube

“Blue Morning, Blue Day” by Foreigner  (Dec 23)   YouTube   60%

“You Can Do It” by Dobie Gray  (Dec 23)   YouTube

Back to New on Top 100 Radio for January >

December 1978

 

New at the Movies

Force 10 from Navarone  (Dec 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

The Deer Hunter  (Dec 8)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

California Suite  (Dec 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Superman  (Dec 15)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Pinocchio [re-release]  (Dec 16)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Every Which Way but Loose  (Dec 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Invasion of the Body Snatchers  (Dec 20)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Ice Castles  (Dec 31)   YouTube   IMDb   Wikipedia

Back to New on Top 100 Radio for January >

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Pages in this Subsection

Atari 2600 Game History: 1977

Atari 2600 Game History: 1978

Atari 2600 Game History: 1979

Atari 2600 Game History: 1980

Atari 2600 Game History: 1981

Atari 2600 Game History: 1982

Atari 2600 Game History: 1983

Atari 2600 Game History: 1984

Atari 2600 Game History: 1985

Atari 2600 Game History: 1986

Atari 2600 Game List (NTSC)

 

 

 

 

Information Compiled From the Following Sources

Internet Archive

Digital Press Library

Atari Compendium Archives

The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers

I. C. When

Atari History Museum (Atari Historical Society)

AtariAge

Hot 100 Singles Chronology

Rock on the Net: The Ark Weekly Top 40 Archives

Internet Movie Database

Wikipedia: Wide-release Movies

Wikipedia: List of Years in Television

 

 

 

Index

Related Links

Atari Owners Club Bulletin / VCS Owners Club Bulletin

Find release dates for Atari 2600 games that were sold in the UK.

 

I. C. When

A chronological history of computers, video games, and related technologies (at archive.org).

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