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 - Police
  3. Sultans Of Swing - Dire Straits
  4. Heart Of Glass - Blondie
  5. One Nation Under a Groove - Funkadelic
  6. I Wanna Be Sedated - Ramones
  7. Miss You - Rolling Stones
  8. Le Freak - Chic
  9. Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
10. Rock Lobster - B-52's
11. YMCA - Village People
12. Just What I Needed - Cars
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 - Blondie
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 - Kraftwerk
34. Hold the Line - Toto
35. Last Dance - Donna Summer
36. Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
37. Ever Fallen In Love? - Buzzcocks
38. Three Times a Lady - Commodores
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 - Police
44. You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) - Sylvester
45. Teenage Kicks - Undertones
46. Shake Your Body (Down To the Ground) - Jacksons
47. My Best Friend's Girl - Cars
48. Too Much Heaven - Bee Gees
49. I Want Your Love - Chic
50. Grease - Frankie Valli
51. Knock On Wood - Amii Stewart
52. Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen
53. Blame It on the Boogie - Jacksons
54. White Man In Hammersmith Palais - The Clash
55. What You Won't Do For Love - Bobby Caldwell
56. Dreadlock Holiday - 10cc
57. Renegade - Styx
58. I'm Every Woman - Chaka Khan
59. Wheel In the Sky - Journey
60. Rivers Of Babylon - Boney M
61. So Lonely - Police
62. Stumblin' In - Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman
63. Follow You, Follow Me - Genesis
64. Take Me To the River - Talking Heads
65. I Love the Night Life - Alicia Bridges
66. Hot Blooded - Foreigner
67. Mary Jane - Rick James
68. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love - Van Halen
69. Don't Look Back - Boston
70. MacArthur Park - Donna Summer
71. Badlands - Bruce Springsteen
72. Sunday Girl - Blondie
73. Driver's Seat - Sniff 'n' the Tears
74. Love Don't Live Here Anymore - Rose Royce
75. Kiss You All Over - Exile
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 - Sweet
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 - O'Jays
86. Hanging On the Telephone - Blondie
87. Lights - Journey
88. Hollywood Nights - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
89. Good Times Roll - Cars
90. Close the Door - Teddy Pendergrass
91. Damaged Goods - Gang of Four
92. The Groove Line - Heatwave
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 - Foreigner
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 - Ambrosia
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 - Foxy
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 - Records
Lew's choice -
* Forever Autumn - Justin Hayward
Bruce's choice -
* Funky But Chic - David Johansen
Brett's choice -
* Lee Remick - Go-Betweens
Adam's choice -
* Substitute - Clout
Last Updated: 2018-08-11