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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.
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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.
No.
Song
Artist

Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2 - Pink Floyd single cover
London Calling - The Clash single cover
Good Times - Chic single cover
We Are Family - Sister Sledge single cover
Message in a Bottle - The Police single cover
Cars - Gary Numan single cover
My Sharona - The Knack single cover
Rock With You - Michael Jackson single cover
Refugee - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers single cover
The Logical Song - Supertramp single cover
Boogie Wonderland - single cover
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
The 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
Since You've Been Gone
Rainbow
100
I Call Your Name
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101
Run Like Hell
Pink Floyd
102
Rock 'n' Roll High School
Ramones
103
Please Don't Go
KC & the Sunshine Band
104
I Can't Tell You Why
Eagles
105
Wonderful Christmastime
Paul McCartney
106
My Girl
Madness
107
The Ballad of Lucy Jordan
Marianne Faithfull
108
Too Hot
Kool and the Gang
109
We Don't Talk Anymore
Cliff Richard
110
Turn Off The Lights
Teddy Pendergrass
111
The Long Run
Eagles
112
Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'
Journey
113
Here Comes My Girl
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
114
Cheap Sunglasses
ZZ Top
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
Brian's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1979
*
Discovering Japan
Graham Parker & the Rumour
Lew's Choice:
*
Gold
John Stewart
Bruce's Choice:
*
We Were Both Wrong
Dave Edmunds
Adam's Choice:
*
Stay In Time
Off Broadway USA
Brett's Choice:
*
Daytime Nighttime Suffering
Paul McCartney & Wings




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