Every December Billboard publishes a chart listing the top songs of the year. The number of songs listed on the chart varied in the early years before becoming a top 100 chart in 1956. Select a year to see the list of most popular hit songs.

Number One Song of 1979: Knack - My Sharona Go to year: 
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Position  Artist Song Title
« 1978 1979 1980 »
1 Knack My Sharona
2 Donna Summer Bad Girls
3 Chic Le Freak
4 Rod Stewart Da Ya Think I'm Sexy
5 Peaches and Herb Reunited
6 Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive
7 Donna Summer Hot Stuff
8 Village People Y.M.C.A.
9 Anita Ward Ring My Bell
10 Robert John Sad Eyes
11 Bee Gees Too Much Heaven
12 Donna Summer MacArthur Park
13 Dr. Hook When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman
14 David Naughton Makin' It
15 Pointer Sisters Fire
16 Bee Gees Tragedy
17 Olivia Newton-John A Little More Love
18 Blondie Heart Of Glass
19 Doobie Brothers What A Fool Believes
20 Chic Good Times
21 Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond You Don't Bring Me Flowers
22 Amii Stewart Knock On Wood
23 Suzi Quatro and Chris Norman Stumblin' In
24 Maxine Nightingale Lead Me On
25 Jacksons Shake Your Body
26 Melissa Manchester Don't Cry Out Loud
27 Supertramp The Logical Song
28 Billy Joel My Life
29 Randy Vanwarmer Just When I Needed You Most
30 Raydio You Can't Change That
31 Peaches and Herb Shake Your Groove Thing
32 Dionne Warwick I'll Never Love This Way Again
33 Bee Gees Love You Inside Out
34 Cheap Trick I Want You To Want Me
35 Barbra Streisand The Main Event (Fight)
36 Elton John Mama Can't Buy You Love
37 Leif Garrett I Was Made For Dancin'
38 Earth, Wind and Fire After The Love Has Gone
39 Donna Summer and Brooklyn Dreams Heaven Knows
40 Kenny Rogers The Gambler
41 Nicolette Larson Lotta Love
42 Little River Band Lady
43 Bonnie Pointer Heaven Must Have Sent You
44 Toto Hold The Line
45 Sister Sledge He's The Greatest Dancer
46 Dr. Hook Sharing The Night Together
47 Kenny Rogers She Believes In Me
48 Village People In The Navy
49 Frank Mills Music Box Dancer
50 Charlie Daniels Band The Devil Went Down To Georgia
51 John Stewart Gold
52 Wings Goodnight Tonight
53 Sister Sledge We Are Family
54 Bad Company Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy
55 Hot Chocolate Every 1's A Winner
56 Cher Take Me Home
57 Earth, Wind and Fire Boogie Wonderland
58 Andy Gibb (Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away
59 Bobby Caldwell What You Won't Do For Love
60 Ace Frehley New York Groove
61 Dire Straits Sultans Of Swing
62 Chic I Want Your Love
63 Rickie Lee Jones Chuck E's In Love
64 Alicia Bridges I Love The Night Life
65 McFadden and Whitehead Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
66 Little River Band Lonesome Loser
67 Styx Renegade
68 England Dan and John Ford Coley Love Is The Answer
69 Cheryl Lynn Got To Be Real
70 Patrick Hernandez Born To Be Alive
71 Electric Light Orchestra Shine A Little Love
72 Anne Murray I Just Fall In Love Again
73 Ian Matthews Shake It
74 Kiss I Was Made For Lovin' You
75 Gino Vannelli I Just Wanna Stop
76 G.Q. Disco Nights
77 Linda Ronstadt Ooh Baby Baby
78 Earth, Wind and Fire September
79 Al Stewart Time Passages
80 Herb Alpert Rise
81 Electric Light Orchestra Don't Bring Me Down
82 Eric Clapton Promises
83 Roger Voudouris Get Used To It
84 Ambrosia How Much I Feel
85 Eddie Rabbitt Suspicions
86 Rex Smith You Take My Breath Away
87 Alice Cooper How You Gonna See Me Now
88 Foreigner Double Vision
89 Babys Every Time I Think Of You
90 Instant Funk I Got My Mind Made Up
91 Michael Jackson Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
92 Robert Palmer Bad Case Of Lovin' You
93 Barry Manilow Somewhere In The Night
94 Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band We've Got Tonight
95 Van Halen Dance The Night Away
96 Nigel Olsson Dancing Shoes
97 Diana Ross The Boss
98 Commodores Sail On
99 G.Q. I Do Love You
100 Firefall Strange Way