In chapter 12 of The Smart Kid, Matthew and Charleen listen to the entire Eagle’s album The Long Run, which had just been released in September of 1979.
Here’s a list of every song that is mentioned in The Smart Kid:
Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas. Chapter 6.
Too Late by Journey. Chapter 8.
Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis. Chapter 11.
Blue Moon by Elvis. Chapter 11.
The Long Run album by the Eagles. Chapter 11.
What a Fool Believes by The Doobie Brothers. Chapter 13.
Only the Lonely by Roy Orbison. Chapter 23.
Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues by Bob Dylan. Chapter 29.
Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan. Chapter 29.
I used the songs to help give a feeling for the era of the novel.