In the 80s - Top Ten Lists of Eighties Songs
What are your top ten favorite songs from the 80s?
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- 10. Karma Chameleon by Culture Club
- 9. Take On Me by A-ha
- 8. Love Is A Battlefield by Pet Benetar
i loved this song it made me strong in relationship
- 7. Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics
- 6. I Wear My Sunglasses At Night by Corey Heart
started people wearing glasses in the clubs
- 5. Material Girl by Madonna
- 4. Beat It by Michael Jackson
i think everybody had that jacket he wore on this song
- 3. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham
uuh what a hottie!
- 2. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
who can forget lou albano in this song,getting beat by skinny little cyndi :)
- 1. What's Love Got To Do With It by Tina Turner
these are the top ten for me that i remember all the time,there are others that i can remember but these i'll never forget
By: Cheryl Rudd
- 10. Every song by Duran Duran by Duran Duran
My ultimate 80's band. I loved these guys!!
- 9. Take it Easy by Andy Taylor
Only hit by the former Duran Duran Member from the gymnastics movie with Mitch Gaylord and Janet Jones (a.k.a. Mrs. Wayne Gretzky)
- 8. Get it on, Bang a Gong by The Power Station
- 7. Parents Just Don't Understand by Dj Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince
This was a cool song. Before Will Smith was a big star!! How can anyone forget this one?
- 6. Fight For Your Right by The Beastie Boys
My theme song in High School. It totally Rocked.
- 5. I wanna be sedated by The Ramones
- 4. Joey by Concrete Blond
- 3. White Wedding by Billy Idol
- 2. Rock Myself To Sleep by April Wine
- 1. Wild Wild West by The Escape Club
I have not seen this one yet. Awesome dance song.
By: Linn Brekke
It's good to see that i'm not alone to LOVE the 80's :)
- 10. Pictures Of You by The Cure
This is one of the best written song by Robert Smith. And I really the album version the best then the single version. Cuase the onrignal plays it longer then the single version.
- 9. In Between Days by The Cure
A year before this song came out. I become to like THE CURE and ever since I have been a CURE fan and bought ever album and cd's. And I saw Them three times in concert.
- 8. Lips Like Sugar by Echo & The Bunnymen
This pictualr song is a well crafted song with great lyrics by far. On the Bunnymen's catalouge
- 7. The Killing Moon by Echo & The Bunnymen
Probaly one of the best BUNNYMEN's song ever
- 6. I Melt With You by Modern English
I have 8 differnt version of this song but the onrignal stands out the best.
- 5. Every Breathe You Take by The Police
I can't believe that Sting wrote this song in ten mintues and became a classic hit. I find that amazing.
- 4. The Killing Jar by Siouxsie & The Banshees
I like the remix version of this song and including the 12" version. This song is about taking herion. Look at the lyrics and see why. Awesome guitar licks and a amazing vocal style by old Siouxsie.
- 3. Red Barchetta by Rush
This is Niel Peart's best written song ever made!!!!!!
- 2. Spellbound/That's Entertainment by Siouxsie And The Banshees/The Jam
This song rocks and the best song by Siouxsie And The Banshees. And for That's Entertainment by The Jam is the best Jam song ever love the sound quality
- 1. Save It For Later by The English Beat
One of the best Ska songs ever written. And also glad that I got to meet Dave Wakeling. At one of his concert just recently.
I like to say that THE CURE & SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHES are my all time favorite bands that hails from London, England. And I like other bands too. To name a few. ENGLISH BEAT RUSH THE SPECAILS MADNESS THE CULT THE CLASH SEX PISTOLS THE WHO DEVO THOMPSON TWINS THE ALARM DEPECHE MODE MODERN ENGLISH DURAN DURAN THE JAM AND INXS AND LOTS MORE
- 10. Pass the Dutchie by Musical Youth
- 9. Red red wine by UB40
Talk about high unemployment rate
- 8. Girls just wanna have fun by Cyndi Lauper
Need I say more
- 7. Vienna by Ultravox
Remember the video?
- 6. Behind the Wheel by Depeche Mode
Actually all songs by DM are excellent.
- 5. Love and Pride by King
- 4. 99 Luftballons by Nena
Not the English version!
- 3. Come on Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners
- 2. Wild Horses by Gino Vanelli
- 1. Forbidden Colours by David Sylvian
ONE OF THOSE FORGOTTEN BEAUTIES. LISTEN AND GET GOOSEBUMPS!
11. True - Spandau Ballet, 12. Take on me - A-ha, 13. Too Shy - Kajagoogoo, 14. White Wedding - Billy Idol, 15. Don't Go - Yazoo, 16. Holiday - Madonna, 17. Lessons in Love - Level 42, 18. Running up that hill - Kate Bush, 19. Somewhere in my heart - Aztec Camera, 20. Don't dream it's over - Crowded House. Can't we make a top 100?
- 10. Big In Japan by Alphaville
- 9. Sleeper In Metropolis by Anne Clarke
- 8. Quite Unusual by Front 242
- 7. Let Me Go by Heaven 17
- 6. Life In Tokyo by Japan
- 5. Blue Monday by New Order
- 4. Images Of Heaven by Peter Goodwin
- 3. P Machinery by Propaganda
- 2. Murderous by Nitzer Ebb
- 1. Perfect by The The
the 80s rock my worldd
By: Ashley Blair
- 10. Situation by Yazoo
Techno New Wave At It's Best
- 9. Take On Me by A-ha
Great Song From 1985.
- 8. How Soon Is Now? by The Smiths
The Best Song They Ever Recorded, Really Moody.
- 7. The Message by Grandmaster Flash
Great Hip Hop From 1982
- 6. Someone, Somewhere In Summertime by Simple Minds
Great Song From A Great Album In 1982
- 5. True by Spandau Ballet
Another Great Song From A Great Album In 1982
- 4. The Tide Is High by Blondie
Another #1 Song By Blondie, Also From "autoamerican" Album. In The Top 100 Best Charted Songs Of The 1980's.
- 3. Moments In Love by The Art Of Noise
Released In 1982, Awesome Instrumental.
- 2. Call Me by Blondie
#1 Charted Song Of 1980 And 8th Of The Decade.......totally Awesome Song.
- 1. Rapture by Blondie
The first ever #1 Rap song EVER!!! Blondie were and are so cutting edge. Released on the Blondie album "AutoAmerican" in November 1980.
BLONDIE above all other artists in the 1980's are the best. Their music acheievements are above all others in the 80's. First Rap and Reggae #1 songs, first artist to have the #1 Song of the Decade....ETC
By: Paul Voorhies
- 10. Papa Don't Preach by Madonna
The Queen of Pop turns in a record---of substance. Controversial tune about teen pregnancy showed that Madonna was here to stay, and stay, and stay, and stay!!
- 9. Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran
Raw and primal, the most important hit from D2 remains today a fun, sexy, and downright naughty little ditty.
- 8. Call Me by Blondie
Debbie and company strike again with the perfectly rocky, hard-driving, sex anthem from "American Gigolo."
- 7. Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners
The most important One Hit Wonder of the decade, in my opinion, chronicles the yearnings of "taboo" teen sex. So they were never heard from again. Better to have hit a homerun than to never have batted at all!! =)~~
- 6. When Doves Cry by Prince
It's hard to come up with a better R&B/pop anthem from the decade. Far and away Prince's best contribution to the world of music.
- 5. Our House by Madness
A wacky ode to family life, British purveyors of ska pop's only major U.S. hit is truly remarkable.
- 4. Back On The Chain Gang by The Pretenders
Another great rock group in the Blondie vein, Chrissie and Company yield their finest pop/rock effort to date with this upbeat yet pensive '83 gem.
- 3. Don't Dream It's Over by Crowded House
Beautiful, haunting, post-apocalyptic tune puts the boys from down under near the top.
- 2. The Tide Is High by Blondie
The best band of the early '80s hit its apex with this calypso-flavored classic!
- 1. Like a Prayer by Madonna
The perfect blend of rock and funk, the sacred and the profane. Madonna's finest '80s tune has stood the test of time.
By: Jessica Jones
Debbie Harry's "French Kissin and Backfired" The GoGos, Expose, Duran Duran and B'52's
- 10. New Song by Howard Jones
This dude epitomizes the 80's and this song epitomizes the dude
- 9. Steppin' Out by Joe Jackson
- 8. Tender Love by Force MDs
One of the prettiest tunes I can think of
- 7. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic by The Police
Hard to believe this band was only around for 6 years, so many great tunes
- 6. Bad by U2
Perhaps the greatest live moment ever when U2 played this at Live Aid
- 5. Limelight by Rush
Rock and roll wasn't completely dead in the 80's thanks to these Canucks
- 4. Blue Monday by New Order
Another club classic
- 3. True by Spandau Ballet
Practically catapults me back into the 80's whenever I hear it
- 2. Hanging On A String by Loose Ends
Pure ear candy
- 1. Erotic City by Prince
Best Club Tune all-time by one of the great artists all-time.
I could do about 10 more lists like this to truly capture the diversity in music that was the 80's
By: Sean Moran
- 10. Don't Tell Me by Shona Laing
Only thing I've ever heard by her - must follow my own advice above and buy her today, except I can never find her stuff. Great end of a romance song which I heard as an 18 year old when I'd just been dumped by my first love. Played it so many times back then that my parents probably know the lyrics backwards.
- 9. Thinking of You by The Colourfield
Take 20 or 30 cliches, add a tune that's catchier than treacle-coated barbed wire (and just as bitter-sweet), and you've got this pop classic. Terry Hall seems to get less commercial success with each outing, even though his talent just keeps growing. BUY HIM TODAY.
- 8. This Charming Man/Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now by The Smiths
The lyrics, that guitar work, and those gladioli. Truly iconic, and these are the two singles I loved the best.
- 7. What's She Like? by Dexys Midnight Runners
Third incarnation Dexys from Don't Stand Me Down. Not their most accessible album and with the full version running to about 12 minutes this track didn't get a huge amount of airplay. It should have done. They're touring in the UK in November 2003 - see them if you get the chance.
- 6. I Want You by Elvis Costello
Look, this might surprise you but I'm not from Merseyside, despite the provenance of so many of my choices. Quality songwriter with more strings to his bow than most. This one's a dark twisted piece of neurotic longing and low self-esteem. Makes Every Breath You Take sound like a Xmas Carol.
- 5. Jean's Not Happening by The Pale Fountains
Yup, that's three Liverpool bands on the trot. Vastly under-rated group who fused guitar-based Indie with a penchant for Bacharach and came up with a killer combination. Check out successor bands Shack, and The Strands for more evidence of Mick Head's talents.
- 4. Kolly Kibber's Birthday/Passionate Friend by Julian Cope/The Teardrop Explodes
Erratic genius. If he was a footballer (soccer doesn't exist - join the world, America) he'd be out on the left wing doing nothing for 89 minutes and still manage to win the game in an instant's brilliance.
- 3. 7 Minutes to Midnight by Wah!
My favourite version is on the flip of the Story of the Blues 12". Pete Wylie is an incredible talent who had to make it onto the list. Washington's bass line meant choosing this over the A-side. Close call though.
- 2. Release by Aztec Camera
Nearly went for their cover of Jump, (which widdles all over the Van Halen version), but then I thought it would be more pure to have one of Roddy's own songs. This one is from High Land, Hard Rain, possible the finest album ever.
- 1. Beat Surrender/Shout to the Top by The Jam/The Style Council
Paul Weller at his finest, although there were dozens of other examples I could have chosen. Beat Surrender because it showed how to break up the band at their peak and not degenerate into something less vital (are you reading this M Jagger?). And Shout to the Top because it was out during the Miners Strike in the UK and was about making your voice heard, no matter how small you were and how low you felt. Keep the faith.
The top 10 were in no particular order. I was also going to have Spanish Bombs by The Clash until I realised it was released 14 December 1979. Now here's some others that got away. Queen/Bowie - Under Pressure; The Alarm - 68 Guns; Icicle Works - Love is a Wonderful Colour; Lotus Eaters - First Picture of You; Mari Wilson - Beat the Beat; Echo and the Bunnymen - My Kingdom ; New Order - Blue Monday; JoBoxers - Just Got Lucky; Prefab Sprout - Little Green Isaac; Pretenders - Talk of the Town; Everything But The Girl - When All's Well; Furniture - Brilliant Mind; The Housemartins - Happy Hour. Which is an apt place to stop, as I've had a very happy hour (or more) compiling this.
By: joanna gay sigue
- 10. Sailing by Christoffer Cross/'N sync
This song was revived by 'n sync.this is included on their 1st album.i like this song.the revival of 'nsync to this song is great!
- 9. If by Bread
i sang this song when i attended my former classmates debut.i was accompanied by my father who was playing the guitar.
- 8. Aubrey by Bread
This was the favorite song of my mom.I also find it nice to listen to.
- 7. Through the years by Kenny Rogers
I always hear this song whenever my cousin is sound tripping.This song was always #1 on the list.
- 6. Betcha by Golly Wow by Prince
This song was revived by Prince.i dont know who originally sang it.this song was popular way back when i was in highschool.we sang it all the time.
- 5. Think of Laura by Christoffer Cross
The voice of the singer fits the song.Its soothing when you hear this song.It makes me feel sleepy.
- 4. Honesty by Billy Joel
This song became my piece when i joined a singing contest.Luckily i won!!!
- 3. Through the Fire by Chaka Kahn
"love is in the air!"
- 2. Always by Atlantic Starr
This song is really nice,the blending of the voice is fantastic!I love it!
- 1. Overjoyed by Stevie Wonder
I love this song coz its really romantic!This song makes me feel in love!
Its really nice to mesmerize sometimes!!!!!! :)
- 10. I Remember You by Skid Row
- 9. Give to live by Sammy Hagar
- 8. Fallen Angel by Poison
- 7. Jack and Dian by John mellancamp
- 6. High Enough by Damn Yankees
- 5. Bang Bang by Danger Danger
- 4. Livin On A Prayer by Bon Jovi
- 3. Take It On The Run by REO Speedwagon
- 2. Dont Stop Believing by Journey
- 1. Sweet Child by GNR
I have to be the biggest 80's rock person there is and im only 17, i prolly know more shit then the poeple who lived in the 80's
- 10. We Belong by Pat Benatar
- 9. High On You by Survivor
- 8. Into The Night by Benny Mardones
- 7. Land Of Confusion by Genesis
- 6. It's My Life by Talk Talk
The extended version of this song is a must.
- 5. Hard Habit To Break by Chicago
- 4. Self Control by Laura Branigan
- 3. You Can Do Magic by America
- 2. Rhythm Of The Night by El Debarge
I dare you to try and feel down while listening to this song.
- 1. Waiting For A Star To Fall by Boy Meets Girl
Boy Meets Girl - By far the greatest one hit wonder band of all time.
By: Simon Cope
- 10. Vienna Calling by Falco
Yes, not many people remember but he did have another hit. Shame really, it was almost as good as the original. RIP Falco
- 9. The Chicken song by Spitting Image
By it's own admission - it nausiates in a million different ways. But also, if you hear it once "you'll be humming it for weeks"!
- 8. Big in Japan by Alphaville
Another great one hit wonder - were they really big in Japan?
- 7. Boys (Summertime love) by Sabrina
I liked the video!
- 6. The Last Film by Kissing the Pink
I had early aspirations to become a drummer which amounted to nothing but I loved this because they had at least 3 on TOPT
- 5. Tarzan Boy by Baltimora
- 4. Doctorin' the Tardis by The Timelords
The best TV theme ever, mixed with various samples to create a new song. Ahead of it's time (or a year before black box)
- 3. Living on Video by Trans-x
Sadly forgotten, but it's fab! And they are still touring somewhere, apparently.
- 2. The Evil That Men Do by Iron Maiden
Well don't laugh,at the end of the day it's true isn't it?
- 1. Rock Me Amadeus by Falco
Ausrtia's finest! I won't hear a word said against this. Number 1 all over the world and quite deservedly so!
By: 80's critic
- 10. Tainted Love by Soft Cell
This song is very catchy. 10th spot.
- 9. TNT by ACDC
A top aussi song truely awesome
- 8. Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
1 hit wonder, but how cool is this song.
- 7. With or without you by U2
U2 are one of the most memorable bands of the 80's. you couldnt give them a miss in the top ten and with or without you is just a classic.
- 6. Tiny Dancer by Elton John
sir eltons best effort in my opinion. great beat and cool lyrics.
- 5. Billie jean by Michael jackson
a classic of the 80's. this was huge and it still is surely one of the most played songs in the world. keep up the good work MJ.
- 4. Back in Black by ACDC
Yet another great ACDC song. This band is good...very good.
- 3. Paradise City by Guns And Roses
This song is alot of fun. I never get tired of it.
- 2. One by Metallica
Only in 2nd spot because metallica are a metal band and i feel it unfair to give a metal band top stop. Metallicas best song, this song is awesome. I've been listening to it for years and i'm still not sick of it. and i dont think i ever will be.
- 1. Thunderstruck by ACDC
This song mind blowingly good. A great riff, solo, vocals. it embodies everything acdc do best. Thats why this song is the best song to come out of the 80's
Why does noone else put any metallica or acdc in their lists. Sure 2 of the best 80's bands.
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