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.

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. Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2
Pink Floyd
2. London Calling
The Clash
3. Rapper's Delight
The Sugarhill Gang
4. Good Times
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
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
21. What I Like About You
22. Hey Hey My My (Into the Black)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
23. Boogie Wonderland
Earth, Wind & Fire with the Emotions
24. I Was Made for Lovin' You
25. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
26. Video Killed the Radio Star
27. Ring My Bell
Anita Ward
28. After the Love Has Gone
Earth, Wind & Fire
29. The Devil Went Down to Georgia
Charlie Daniels Band
30. Born to Be Alive
Patrick Hernandez
31. Bad Girls
Donna Summer
32. Don't Bring Me Down
Electric Light Orchestra
33. Boys Don't Cry
The Cure
34. And the Beat Goes On
35. Ladies Night
Kool and the Gang
36. Walking On the Moon
The Police
37. Atomic
38. Off the Wall
Michael Jackson
39. Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
McFadden & Whitehead
40. Sara
Fleetwood Mac
41. She's Lost Control
Joy Division
42. I Wanna Be Your Lover
43. Pop Muzik
44. Hey You
Pink Floyd
45. Gimme Gimme Gimme
46. Tusk
Fleetwood Mac
47. One Step Beyond
48. I Don't Like Mondays
Boomtown Rats
49. Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
Rupert Holmes
50. Are Friends Electric?
Tubeway Army

51. Tragedy
Bee Gees
52. A Message To You Rudy
Specials featuring Rico
53. Life During Wartime
Talking Heads
54. I Do Love You
55. Transmission
Joy Division
56. On the Radio
Donna Summer
57. Breakfast In America
58. She's Out of My Life
Michael Jackson
59. In the Navy
Village People
60. The Guns of Brixton
The Clash
61. Don't Do Me Like That
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
62. Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl
63. All My Love
Led Zeppelin
64. Goodbye Stranger
65. I Fought the Law
The Clash
66. Mother
Pink Floyd
67. Bela Lugosi's Dead
68. Making Plans For Nigel
69. Still
70. Eton Rifles
The Jam
71. Chiquitita
72. Funkin' for Jamaica
Tom Browne
73. Dreaming
74. Gangsters
Special A.K.A.
75. Sailing
Christopher Cross
76. Up the Junction
77. Let's Get Serious
Jermaine Jackson
78. Cruel To Be Kind
Nick Lowe
79. Take the Long Way Home
80. The Second Time Around
81. Does Your Mother Know
82. Heartbreaker
Pat Benatar
83. Fool In the Rain
Led Zeppelin
84. No More Tears
Barbra Streisand/Donna Summer
85. Dance the Night Away
Van Halen
86. Oops Up Side Your Head
Gap Band
87. Heartache Tonight
88. Too Much Too Young
89. Knee Deep
90. I Got You
Split Enz
91. Ride Like the Wind
Christopher Cross
92. Chuck E's in Love
Rickie Lee Jones
93. Disco Nights
94. Voulez-Vous
95. Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll
Vaughan Mason & Crew
96. Let's Go
97. Special Lady
Ray, Goodman & Brown
98. Babe
99. Rise
Herb Alpert
100. I Call Your Name
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Since You've Been Gone
102. Run Like Hell
Pink Floyd
103. Rock 'n' Roll High School
104. Please Don't Go
KC & the Sunshine Band
105. I Can't Tell You Why
106. Wonderful Christmastime
Paul McCartney
107. My Girl
108. The Ballad of Lucy Jordan
Marianne Faithfull
109. Too Hot
Kool and the Gang
110. We Don't Talk Anymore
Cliff Richard
111. Turn Off the Lights
Teddy Pendergrass
112. The Long Run
113. Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'
114. Here Comes My Girl
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
115. Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy
Bad Company
116. Do You Love What You Feel
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
117. Flirtin' With Disaster
Molly Hatchet
118. Girls Talk
Dave Edmunds
119. Dim All the Lights
Donna Summer
120. King Tim III
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1979
An unheralded great record from 1979
Brian's choice:
* Discovering Japan
Graham Parker & the Rumour
Lew's choice:
* Gold
John Stewart
Bruce's choice:
* We Were Both Wrong
Dave Edmunds
Brett's choice:
* Daytime Nighttime Suffering
Paul McCartney & Wings
Adam's choice:
* Stay In Time
Off Broadway USA
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Last Updated: 2020-04-24