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 - Chic
  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 - AC/DC
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 - Supertramp
21. What I Like About You - Romantics
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 - KISS
25. Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
26. Video Killed the Radio Star - Buggles
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 - Whispers
35. Ladies Night - Kool and the Gang
36. Walking On the Moon - The Police
37. Atomic - Blondie
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 - Prince
43. Pop Muzik - M
44. Hey You - Pink Floyd
45. Gimme Gimme Gimme - Abba
46. Tusk - Fleetwood Mac
47. One Step Beyond - Madness
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 - GQ
55. Transmission - Joy Division
56. On the Radio - Donna Summer
57. Breakfast In America - Supertramp
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 - Spinners
63. All My Love - Led Zeppelin
64. Goodbye Stranger - Supertramp
65. I Fought the Law - The Clash
66. Mother - Pink Floyd
67. Bela Lugosi's Dead - Bauhaus
68. Making Plans For Nigel - XTC
69. Still - Commodores
70. Eton Rifles - The Jam
71. Chiquitita - Abba
72. Funkin' for Jamaica - Tom Browne
73. Dreaming - Blondie
74. Gangsters - Special A.K.A.
75. Sailing - Christopher Cross
76. Up the Junction - Squeeze
77. Let's Get Serious - Jermaine Jackson
78. Cruel To Be Kind - Nick Lowe
79. Take the Long Way Home - Supertramp
80. The Second Time Around - Shalamar
81. Does Your Mother Know - ABBA
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 - Eagles
88. Too Much Too Young - Specials
89. Knee Deep - Funkadelic
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 - GQ
94. Voulez-Vous - ABBA
95. Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll - Vaughan Mason & Crew
96. Let's Go - Cars
97. Special Lady - Ray, Goodman & Brown
98. Babe - Styx
99. Rise - Herb Alpert
100. I Call Your Name - Switch
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Since You've Been Gone - Rainbow
102. Run Like Hell - Pink Floyd
103. Rock 'n' Roll High School - Ramones
104. Please Don't Go - KC & the Sunshine Band
105. I Can't Tell You Why - Eagles
106. Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney
107. My Girl - Madness
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 - Eagles
113. Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin' - Journey
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 - Fatback
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
Last Updated: 2020-04-24