100 Greatest Songs From 1978

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. I Will Survive
Gloria Gaynor
2. Roxanne
3. Sultans Of Swing
Dire Straits
4. Heart Of Glass
5. One Nation Under a Groove
6. I Wanna Be Sedated
7. Miss You
Rolling Stones
8. Le Freak
9. Old Time Rock and Roll
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
10. Rock Lobster
11. YMCA
Village People
12. Just What I Needed
13. Because the Night
Patti Smith Group
14. Werewolves Of London
Warren Zevon
15. September
Earth, Wind & Fire
16. Runnin' With the Devil
Van Halen
17. Who Are You
The Who
18. Surrender
Cheap Trick
19. One Way or Another
20. Baker Street
Gerry Rafferty
21. What a Fool Believes
Doobie Brothers
22. Boogie Oogie Oogie
A Taste of Honey
23. Pump It Up
Elvis Costello
24. You're the One That I Want
John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
25. Wuthering Heights
Kate Bush
26. Reunited
Peaches & Herb
27. Beast Of Burden
Rolling Stones
28. Is She Really Going Out With Him?
Joe Jackson
29. You Really Got Me
Van Halen
30. Got To Be Real
Cheryl Lynn
31. Do Ya Think I'm Sexy
Rod Stewart
32. I Want You To Want Me (live)
Cheap Trick
33. Das Model
34. Hold the Line
35. Last Dance
Donna Summer
36. Don't Stop Me Now
37. Ever Fallen In Love?
38. Three Times a Lady
39. Is This Love
Bob Marley & the Wailers
40. He's the Greatest Dancer
Sister Sledge
41. Life's Been Good
Joe Walsh
42. My Life
Billy Joel
43. Can't Stand Losing You
44. You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
45. Teenage Kicks
46. Shake Your Body (Down To the Ground)
47. My Best Friend's Girl
48. Too Much Heaven
Bee Gees
49. I Want Your Love
50. Grease
Frankie Valli

51. Knock On Wood
Amii Stewart
52. Fat Bottomed Girls
53. Blame It on the Boogie
54. White Man In Hammersmith Palais
The Clash
55. What You Won't Do For Love
Bobby Caldwell
56. Dreadlock Holiday
57. Renegade
58. I'm Every Woman
Chaka Khan
59. Wheel In the Sky
60. Rivers Of Babylon
Boney M
61. So Lonely
62. Stumblin' In
Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman
63. Follow You, Follow Me
64. Take Me To the River
Talking Heads
65. I Love the Night Life
Alicia Bridges
66. Hot Blooded
67. Mary Jane
Rick James
68. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
Van Halen
69. Don't Look Back
70. MacArthur Park
Donna Summer
71. Badlands
Bruce Springsteen
72. Sunday Girl
73. Driver's Seat
Sniff 'n' the Tears
74. Love Don't Live Here Anymore
Rose Royce
75. Kiss You All Over
76. Shattered
Rolling Stones
77. Every 1's a Winner
Hot Chocolate
78. Hopelessly Devoted To You
Olivia Newton-John
79. Eruption
Van Halen
80. Summer Nights
John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
81. Love Is Like Oxygen
82. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding
Elvis Costello
83. Fire
Pointer Sisters
84. Honesty
Billy Joel
85. Use Ta Be My Girl
86. Hanging On the Telephone
87. Lights
88. Hollywood Nights
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
89. Good Times Roll
90. Close the Door
Teddy Pendergrass
91. Damaged Goods
Gang of Four
92. The Groove Line
93. Radio Radio
Elvis Costello
94. Soul Man
Blues Brothers
95. Tonight Is the Night (live)
Betty Wright
96. When Somebody Loves You Back
Teddy Pendergrass
97. Still the Same
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
98. Killing an Arab
The Cure
99. Double Vision
100. Macho Man
Village People
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Another Girl, Another Planet
Only Ones
102. Racing in the Street
Bruce Springsteen
103. Shout
Otis Day & the Knights
104. Down In the Tube Station At Midnight
The Jam
105. We've Got Tonite
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
106. Shake Your Groove Thing
Peaches & Herb
107. How Much I Feel
108. Time Passages
Al Stewart
109. Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
Ian Dury & the Blockheads
110. The Closer I Get To You
Roberta Flack with Donnie Hathaway
111. When You're In Love With Beautiful Woman
Dr. Hook
112. Reminiscing
Little River Band
113. Hot Child In the City
Nick Gilder
114. Shadow Dancing
Andy Gibb
115. Big Shot
Billy Joel
116. Get Off
117. Cheeseburger In Paradise
Jimmy Buffett
118. You and I
Rick James
119. Who Do You Love
George Thorogood & the Destroyers
120. Heaven Knows
Donna Summer
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1978
An unheralded great record from 1978
Brian's choice:
* Starry Eyes
Lew's choice:
* Forever Autumn
Justin Hayward
Bruce's choice:
* Funky But Chic
David Johansen
Brett's choice:
* Lee Remick
Adam's choice:
* Substitute
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Last Updated: 2018-08-11