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
2. Go Your Own Way
Fleetwood Mac
3. More Than A Feeling
4. Anarchy In The UK
Sex Pistols
5. Dancing Queen
6. (Don't Fear) The Reaper
Blue Öyster Cult
7. Night Moves
Bob Seger
8. Blitzkrieg Bop
9. The Boys Are Back In Town
Thin Lizzy
10. Play That Funky Music
Wild Cherry
11. Kiss And Say Goodbye
12. Disco Inferno
13. Tonight's The Night
Rod Stewart
14. Always And Forever
15. Fly Like An Eagle
Steve Miller Band
16. I Wish
Stevie Wonder
17. Carry On Wayward Son
18. Life In The Fast Lane
19. Turn The Page (live)
Bob Seger
20. Long Time
21. If You Leave Me Now
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
30. Knowing Me, Knowing You
31. Love Hangover
Diana Ross
32. American Girl
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
33. Silly Love Songs
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
39. Rich Girl
Daryl Hall & John Oates
40. Take the Money and Run
Steve Miller Band
41. Fernando
42. Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel
43. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
44. Baby I Love Your Way (live)
Peter Frampton
45. New Kid In Town
46. Boogie Nights
47. Rock'n Me
Steve Miller Band
48. Peace Of Mind
49. The Wreck Of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Gordon Lightfoot
50. Turn the Beat Around
Vicki Sue Robinson

51. Dazz
52. Detroit Rock City
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
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
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
68. Police and Thieves
Junior Murvin
69. Fool To Cry
Rolling Stones
70. Young Hearts Run Free
Candi Staton
71. Beth
72. Telephone Line
Electric Light Orchestra
73. You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
Lou Rawls
74. Cherry Bomb
75. Money, Money, Money
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
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
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'
95. Let 'Em In
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
105. Just To Be Close To You
106. Summer
107. Rock 'n' Roll Band
108. Enjoy Yourself
109. Shout It Out Loud
110. Something He Can Feel
Aretha Franklin
111. Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser (live)
Bob Seger
112. 2112
113. Last Child
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
Adam's choice:
* Zion's Blood
Brett's choice:
* James
Billy Joel
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Last Updated: 2021-02-27