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Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Top 50 Eric Clapton Songs

First posted 3/30/12. Updated 3/30/14.

Eric Clapton was born on March 30, 1945. In celebration of his birthday, Dave’s Music Database presents its list of his top songs as a solo artist and with The Yardbirds (Y), John Mayall’s Blues Breakers (M), Cream (C), Blind Faith (B), Delaney & Bonnie (DB), and Derek & the Dominos (DD). Dave’s Music Database compiles best-of lists into an aggregate and also factors in sales, chart data, and awards. In the case of a specialized list such as this, appearances on compilations and best-of lists focused specifically on Eric Clapton are figured in as well.

For Your Love (studio, 1965)

1. Layla (1970) DD
2. Tears in Heaven (1992)
3. Sunshine of Your Love (1968) C
4. Wonderful Tonight (1977)
5. Change the World (1996)

Rambling on My Mind/ Have You Ever Loved a Woman?
(live, 1983, but first performed with Mayall in 1966

6. I Shot the Sheriff (1974)
7. White Room (1968) C
8. Lay Down Sally (1977)
9. Cocaine (1977)
10. Layla (Unplugged, 1992)

Sunshine of Your Love (live, 1968)

11. Crossroads (live, 1968) C
12. Badge (1969) C
13. After Midnight (1970)
14. Bell Bottom Blues (1970) DD
15. For Your Love (1965) Y

White Room (live from 2005 Royal Albert Hall reunion)

16. Promises (1978)
17. Forever Man (1985)
18. My Father’s Eyes (1998)
19. Let It Rain (1970)
20. Bad Love (1989)

Presence of the Lord (live, 1969)

21. I Can’t Stand It (1981)
22. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (1975)
23. Pretending (1989)
24. I’ve Got a Rock and Roll Heart (1983)
25. It’s in the Way That You Use It (1986)

Layla (live, 1984; originally recorded in 1970)

26. Presence of the Lord (1969) B
27. I Feel Free (1966) C
28. She’s Waiting (1985)
29. Can’t Find My Way Home (1969) B
30. Strange Brew (1967) C

I Shot the Sheriff (live; original from 1974)

31. Blues Power (1970)
32. Running on Faith (1989)
33. Hello Old Friend (1976)
34. Before You Accuse Me (1989)
35. Let It Grow (1974)

Lay Down Sally (live with Mark Knopfler; original from 1977)

36. Have You Ever Loved a Woman? (1966) M
37. Riding with the King (with B.B. King, 2000)
38. Spoonful (1966) C
39. Tales of Brave Ulysses (1967) C
40. After Midnight (rerecording, 1988)

Wonderful Tonight (live, original from 1977)

41. Circus (1992)
42. Willie and the Hand Jive (1974)
43. Old Love (1989)
44. Tulsa Time (1978)
45. Little Wing (1970) DD

After Midnight (1988 rerecording, audio with photo montage)

46. I’m Tore Down (1994)
47. Swing Low Sweet Chariot (1975)
48. No Alibis (1989)
49. Anyone for Tennis? (1968) C
50. Good Morning Little School Girl (1964) Y

Tears in Heaven (1992)


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Layla (Unplugged, 1992)