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100 Greatest Songs From 1979

Criteria: - Songs listed are from Rock 'n' Roll and related sub-genres. Rankings are based on initial and lasting popularity and on acclaim received from critics and musicians.
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1979
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Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release).
Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.
No.
Song
Artist



Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2 - Pink Floyd single cover


London Calling - The Clash single cover


Good Times - Chic single cover


We Are Family - Sister Sledge single cover


Message in a Bottle - The Police single cover


Cars - Gary Numan single cover


My Sharona - The Knack single cover


Rock With You - Michael Jackson single cover


Refugee - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers single cover


The Logical Song - Supertramp single cover


Boogie Wonderland - single cover
1
Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2
Pink Floyd
2
London Calling
The Clash
3
Rapper's Delight
The Sugarhill Gang
4
Good Times
Chic
5
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
Michael Jackson
6
We Are Family
Sister Sledge
7
Comfortably Numb
Pink Floyd
8
Hot Stuff
Donna Summer
9
Brass In Pocket
The Pretenders
10
Message in a Bottle
The Police
11
Train In Vain
The Clash
12
Highway To Hell
AC/DC
13
Cars
Gary Numan
14
Funkytown
Lipps, Inc.
15
My Sharona
The Knack
16
Rock With You
Michael Jackson
17
Cruisin'
Smokey Robinson
18
Refugee
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
19
Oliver's Army
Elvis Costello
20
The Logical Song
Supertramp
21
What I Like About You
Romantics
22
Hey Hey My My (Into the Black)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
23
Bad Girls
Donna Summer
24
Boogie Wonderland
Earth, Wind & Fire with the Emotions
25
After The Love Has Gone
Earth, Wind & Fire
26
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Queen
27
Don't Bring Me Down
Electric Light Orchestra
28
Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
McFadden & Whitehead
29
I Don't Like Mondays
Boomtown Rats
30
Life During Wartime
Talking Heads
31
I Was Made for Lovin' You
KISS
32
Up The Junction
Squeeze
33
Ladies Night
Kool and the Gang
34
Atomic
Blondie
35
I Do Love You
GQ
36
I Wanna Be Your Lover
Prince
37
Sara
Fleetwood Mac
38
Video Killed the Radio Star
Buggles
39
Boys Don't Cry
The Cure
40
Pop Muzik
M
41
Don't Do Me Like That
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
42
Ring My Bell
Anita Ward
43
The Devil Went Down To Georgia
Charlie Daniels Band
44
Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl
Spinners
45
Eton Rifles
The Jam
46
Walking On the Moon
The Police
47
Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll
Vaughan Mason & Crew
48
Tusk
Fleetwood Mac
49
And The Beat Goes On
Whispers
50
Are Friends Electric?
Tubeway Army
51
Breakfast In America
Supertramp
52
Special Lady
Ray, Goodman & Brown
53
Too Much Too Young
Specials
54
Forever Mine
O'Jays
55
Cruel To Be Kind
Nick Lowe
56
On The Radio
Donna Summer
57
Dreaming
Blondie
58
Gangsters
Special A.K.A.
59
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding
Elvis Costello
60
Take The Long Way Home
Supertramp
61
Fool In The Rain
Led Zeppelin
62
I Call Your Name
Switch
63
All My Love
Led Zeppelin
64
The Second Time Around
Shalamar
65
Chuck E's In Love
Rickie Lee Jones
66
Let's Go
Cars
67
One Step Beyond
Madness
68
Disco Nights
GQ
69
Making Plans For Nigel
XTC
70
Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
Rupert Holmes
71
Hey You
Pink Floyd
72
Off The Wall
Michael Jackson
73
Goodbye Stranger
Supertramp
74
Chiquitita
ABBA
75
Tragedy
The Bee Gees
76
Born To Be Alive
Patrick Hernandez
77
She's Lost Control
Joy Division
78
A Message To You Rudy
Specials (featuring Rico)
79
I Got You
Split Enz
80
Heartbreaker
Pat Benatar
81
Gimme Gimme Gimme
ABBA
82
Funkin' For Jamaica
Tom Browne
83
Heartache Tonight
Eagles
84
Still
Commodores
85
Ride Like The Wind
Christopher Cross
86
Rock 'n' Roll High School
Ramones
87
My Girl
Madness
88
Let's Get Serious
Jermaine Jackson
89
Since You've Been Gone
Rainbow
90
Dance The Night Away
Van Halen
91
Knee Deep
Funkadelic
92
Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'
Journey
93
Bela Lugosi's Dead
Bauhaus
94
Sailing
Christopher Cross
95
Too Hot
Kool and the Gang
96
Young Lust
Pink Floyd
97
Turn Off The Lights
Teddy Pendergrass
98
Babe
Styx
99
The Long Run
Eagles
100
Wonderful Christmastime
Paul McCartney
20 more worth mentioning.
101
Cheap Sunglasses
ZZ Top
102
Cool For Cats
Squeeze
103
Flirtin' With Disaster
Molly Hatchet
104
Dim All The Lights
Donna Summer
105
Run Like Hell
Pink Floyd
106
In The Navy
Village People
107
Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy
Bad Company
108
Here Comes My Girl
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
109
Do You Love What You Feel
Rufus (featuring Chaka Khan)
110
Bright Side Of The Road
Van Morrison
111
Jane
Jefferson Starship
112
We Don't Talk Anymore
Cliff Richard
113
No More Tears
Barbra Streisand/Donna Summer
114
Please Don't Go
KC & the Sunshine Band
115
Money
Flying Lizards
116
Dance Away
Roxy Music
117
Just A Touch Of Love
Slave
118
Girls Talk
Dave Edmunds
119
Sad Eyes
Robert John
120
King Tim III
Fatback
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1979
Brian's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1979
*
Discovering Japan
Graham Parker & the Rumour
Lew's Choice:
*
Gold
John Stewart
Bruce's Choice:
*
We Were Both Wrong
Dave Edmunds
Adam's Choice:
*
Behind The Mask
Yellow Magic Orchestra
Brett's Choice:
*
Daytime Nighttime Suffering
Paul McCartney & Wings

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