Top Ten Songs by Eric Clapton


The Top Ten

1 Layla

I was 13 years old when I first heard Cream's "Layla" and other love songs. I swore then that if I ever had a daughter, that would be her name. She just turned 22 last month. Love you Layla!

Layla is by Derek & the Dominos, not Cream. Cream made "Sunshine of Your Love" and "Tales of Great Ulysses"

This song simply rocks! Listen to the unplugged version. The parts where he sings "Laaaayla, you got me on my knees Layla" makes me pump my fists in frustration that I can't play it as well on my guitar!

This belongs in the top ten best rock songs. Clapton and Allman's guitar is beautiful. Definitely Clapton's best! (Poor George got his girl stolen because of this song)

The Best ever musical composition that exists. Clapton and Allman have created a riff that's so sweet to hear and is seriously 'music'. And piano coda by Jim Gordon is so classic and a real graceful exit to ever-graceful song. Last but not the least. Steve Ferrone gives the song deserved drums. This song's is the best ever I've heard. "Layla, you got me on my knees! " - hereisHorizon

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2 Tears in Heaven

I cried listening to this song... I still don't know what made me do it... My favorite song!

How is this on the list!? This is one of the worst songs ever. I hate it. - MrSnuffleupagus

This is real beauty of guitar soft, silence, sexy. Best lyrics like poem

Awesome song I'm only 14 and this was the song that introduced me to eric clapton I really appreciate when other people put info like this

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3 Wonderful Tonight

I hear this song on the radio now. Perfect for the evening. - Userguy44

Has the most emotion, and is an improvement on his love song for layla. Simply great.

Most probably the best old classic song I ever heard. Even bruno mars copied this song concept with his just the way you are song

Overplayed, definitely... But there's a reason you hear it everywhere... Amazing piece of music...

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4 Cocaine

best song ever nice solo at live performance!

great song of clapton
cocainnnnnnnnnn - stajo08

If you wanna get down, get down to the ground, cocaine. Enough said...

Such an amazing song I was surprised to find out it was a cover

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5 Sunshine of Your Love

A wonderful song! How come this is not in top 10 or at least within 20. This song has an amazing solo! One of the best solos of Eric Clapton. With a amazing background music and the whole song is based on the solo! How come this is not in TOP 10...

This song moves me. The BEST song he's ever recorded.

How is this not in top 10?! This is one of the greatest riffs in history!

All time classic song. Should be in top ten.

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6 Bell Bottom Blues

Very underrated song from album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs - obargl

Such a great song.

Should be higher on the list

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7 White Room

One of the best blues solos using Wah-wah

I don't know why I love this song so much but I do.

Absolute Tune

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8 Forever Man

Just simply a great song, can't believe old love isn't on here! It's definitely my favourite clapton song of all time!

Needs to be MUCH higher. So does After Midnight (the 1988 version).

This should be in the top ten, great drums and bass, great vocals and a stunning guitar 🎸!

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9 Crossroads

How is the song that elicited the phrase, "Clapton is God" not on the list? The "Live at Winterland" recording conveys some of the best riffs of his career.

This song wasn't even by Eric Clapton, he just sang the original.


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10 I Shot the Sheriff

Timeless record, great cover originally written by Bob Marley. -

Great cover. Made famous by Bob Marley, and actually it was written Bob Dylan.

Exceptional, The best cover I've ever heard next to : All along the watchtower with Jimi Hendrix

Bob Dylan did not write this...he wrote knockin on heavens door

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The Contenders

11 Let It Rain

I believe Steven Stills played the bridge on this tune, however it is in my top five Clapton songs. Yes, turn it up loud!

Best Clapton song of all time! He injects great riffs, effortlessly bends notes and makes the guitar sing as only he can do. I first heard this song in the early '70s and crank it up loud whenever I hear it playing today.

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13 Bad Love

Yeh its good, the overplayed ones are fine songs but someof the other tracks most people haven't heard are far better!

Great riff Phil Collins on the drums the album as a whole is one of his best

The song that made me buy a guitar and learn, the solo gives me chills to this day.

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14 Lay Down Sally

This song really rocks, great rhythm, great guitar solos.

Great song lay down sally and layla are by far my favorite song by M. Clapton amazing

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15 Change the World

This is a Clapton song. Many others on here are by Cream, etc.

Best song ever. special and melodic

Good song

I don't know what to say about this song.
If your music can make u cry, then its good music..
Guitar tune is so great, the lyrics feel so heart touching. And if u ever fell in (true) love, u can relate this song with u

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16 Little Wing

Sheryl crow is the man

With Duane allman on slide guitar

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17 Promises

There is so much expression of feelings in this song, Eric sings it and takes my blues away. I feel better when I hear this song every time.

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WHAT? Why isn’t this song in the top 10? Lay Down Sally should also be in top 10. Cocaine and Let It Rain are so overrated.

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21 Let It Grow

A beautiful melody when the very first second.

Always loved this song! Along with awesome to listen to, its almost intriguing! AAh. He is such an amazing musician, and truly brilliant person!

Top 5

Awesome song, lots of soul. I can't help singing this every time that I hear it. Beautiful... Last time I heard this I cried

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23 Old Love

George and Eric wrote this together, this friendship helped Eric stay alive I reckon. He didn't have family, and George was his best friend no matter what. They shared friendship, they shared a wife, they both broke up with their wife, they share their emotions and write this song about it. Simple

What guys? How isn't old love on the list? Clapton can't get any better than this. This song evokes so many emotions.. The best break up song!

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26 Blue Eyes Blue

It is one of the best ones I've ever heard, should be much higher up on the list, if not on the top at least!

This song should be inside the top 5. AMAzingly touching lyrics

Great song great lyrics

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27 Badge

Great bass part and terrific guitar work by both Clapton and George Harrison. The cream of Cream.

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28 Pretending

The best for me

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29 It's In the Way That You Use It

Love this song

One of his best. Needs to be much higher.

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31 My Father's Eyes

This song touches my heart... I love my father and in his eyes I find the answer to many things... I just love this song...

By very far the best Eric Clapton song. I'm not listening to any of his other songs

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33 Running on Faith

The 24 Night live version of this song, is just amazing

Just a complete song - reflective, mature and like most great EC songs it has recognisable "style".

How come this song is sp underrated. Its an awesome song, almost like tears in heavem

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35 Presence of the Lord

Such a powerful, emotional song

I love this one

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36 The Core

The greatest song ever

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37 Hey Hey
38 I Can't Stand It

I like this song I feel the emotions of this song

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39 River of Tears

This is by far his best. Saddest song I’ve ever heard, and by far the most moving.


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41 She's Waiting

Best song on Behind the Sun - conor8991


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44 Please Be with Me

What l am is in the song's lyrics. A fitting likeness for a soul who is trying to be free like a gypsy.

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45 Edge of Darkness


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46 Wanna Make Love to You
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49 Inside of Me

I am surprised that no one has included this song in the list.. Its one of his lesser known songs but a very good one..

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2. Wonderful Tonight
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