100 Greatest Songs From 1976

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.

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.

  1. Hotel California - Eagles
  2. Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
  3. More Than A Feeling - Boston
  4. Anarchy In The UK - Sex Pistols
  5. Dancing Queen - ABBA
  6. (Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Öyster Cult
  7. Night Moves - Bob Seger
  8. Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones
  9. The Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy
10. Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
11. Kiss And Say Goodbye - Manhattans
12. Disco Inferno - Trammps
13. Tonight's The Night - Rod Stewart
14. Always And Forever - Heatwave
15. Fly Like An Eagle - Steve Miller Band
16. I Wish - Stevie Wonder
17. Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
18. Life In The Fast Lane - Eagles
19. Turn The Page (live) - Bob Seger
20. Long Time - Boston
21. If You Leave Me Now - Chicago
22. Lowdown - Boz Scaggs
23. Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
24. Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee
25. Car Wash - Rose Royce
26. Show Me The Way (live) - Peter Frampton
27. Blinded By the Light - Manfred Mann's Earth Band
28. Don't Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston
29. Somebody To Love - Queen
30. Knowing Me, Knowing You - Abba
31. Love Hangover - Diana Ross
32. American Girl - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
33. Silly Love Songs - Wings
34. Year Of the Cat - Al Stewart
35. Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
36. You Should Be Dancing - Bee Gees
37. Livin' Thing - Electric Light Orchestra
38. The Rubberband Man - Spinners
39. Rich Girl - Daryl Hall & John Oates
40. Take the Money and Run - Steve Miller Band
41. Fernando - Abba
42. Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel - Tavares
43. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC
44. Baby I Love Your Way (live) - Peter Frampton
45. New Kid In Town - Eagles
46. Boogie Nights - Heatwave
47. Rock'n Me - Steve Miller Band
48. Peace Of Mind - Boston
49. The Wreck Of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot
50. Turn the Beat Around - Vicki Sue Robinson
51. Dazz - Brick
52. Detroit Rock City - Kiss
53. Do You Feel Like We Do (live) - Peter Frampton
54. Breakdown - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
55. Lido Shuffle - Boz Scaggs
56. I Wanna Get Next To You - Rose Royce
57. Still the One - Orleans
58. Shake Your Booty - KC & the Sunshine Band
59. I'd Really Love To See You Tonight - England Dan & John Ford Coley
60. Love Ballad - L.T.D.
61. More, More, More - Andrea True Connection
62. Mainstreet - Bob Seger
63. I'll Be Good To You - Brothers Johnson
64. Music - John Miles
65. Disco Lady - Johnnie Taylor
66. This Masquerade - George Benson
67. New Rose - Damned
68. Police and Thieves - Junior Murvin
69. Fool To Cry - Rolling Stones
70. Young Hearts Run Free - Candi Staton
71. Beth - Kiss
72. Telephone Line - Electric Light Orchestra
73. You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine - Lou Rawls
74. Cherry Bomb - Runaways
75. Money, Money, Money - ABBA
76. I'm Your Boogie Man - KC & the Sunshine Band
77. As - Stevie Wonder
78. You Make Me Feel Like Dancing - Leo Sayer
79. Gonna Fly Now - Bill Conti
80. The Things We Do For Love - 10cc
81. Chase the Devil - Max Romeo & The Upsetters
82. Get Up Offa That Thing - James Brown
83. New York State Of Mind - Billy Joel
84. Couldn't Get It Right - Climax Blues Band
85. When I Need You - Leo Sayer
86. The First Cut Is the Deepest - Rod Stewart
87. Keep It Comin' Love - KC & the Sunshine Band
88. Back In the Saddle - Aerosmith
89. Achilles Last Stand - Led Zeppelin
90. Devil Woman - Cliff Richard
91. Let's Stick Together - Bryan Ferry
92. You Don't Have To Be a Star - Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.
93. Takin' It To the Streets - Doobie Brothers
94. Smokin' - Boston
95. Let 'Em In - Wings
96. Getaway - Earth, Wind and Fire
97. Zombie - Fela and Afrika 70
98. So In To You - Atlanta Rhythm Section
99. Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band
100. Smoke From a Distant Fire - Sanford/Townsend Band
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Tom Traubert's Blues - Tom Waits
102. Get Up and Boogie - Silver Convention
103. Do Ya - Electric Light Orchestra
104. You Are the Woman - Firefall
105. Just To Be Close To You - Commodores
106. Summer - War
107. Rock 'n' Roll Band - Boston
108. Enjoy Yourself - Jacksons
109. Shout It Out Loud - Kiss
110. Something He Can Feel - Aretha Franklin
111. Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser (live) - Bob Seger
112. 2112 - Rush
113. Last Child - Aerosmith
114. The Pretender - Jackson Browne
115. Lonely Boy - Andrew Gold
116. Roots, Rock, Reggae - Bob Marley & the Wailers
117. Love So Right - Bee Gees
118. Get Closer - Seals & Crofts
119. Welcome Back - John Sebastian
120. Harvest For the World - Isley Brothers
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1976
An unheralded great record from 1976
Brian's choice:
* White Honey - Graham Parker & the Rumour
Lew's choice:
* Hello Old Friend - Eric Clapton
Bruce's choice:
* You're More Than A Number In My Little Red Book - Drifters
Adam's choice:
* Zion's Blood - Upsetters
Brett's choice:
* James - Billy Joel
Last Updated: 2021-02-27