In the 80s - Top Ten Lists of Eighties Songs

What are your top ten favorite songs from the 80s?

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By: Mauricio From Argentina
  • 10. Ghost Town by Cheap Trick
    First Song That I Dance Whit My Girlfriend !!!
  • 9. I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That by Elton John
    The Maxi Version Is The Best Remix In The World !!
  • 8. The Beds Are Burning by Midnight Oil
    One Of The First Songs From Eighties That I Hear !!
  • 7. In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins
    Good Soft.
  • 6. Vanessa Paradise by joe le taxi
    Good Memories.
  • 5. I Call your Name by Roxette
    Make Me Dance !!!
  • 4. Sahara Nights by Fr David
    Remember That ??? jajaja Very Good Song
  • 3. Build by The Housemartins
    Soo Much Feeling !!!
  • 2. When I Needed You by Erasure
    So Much Memories !!!
  • 1. ayla by Flash & The Pan
    The Best Track From The History , jeje
ok , i got to mention that my english is not the best , i'm from argentina and i find tis page in google , and the 80's music is the best music , i 26 years old , and the music from todays is so bad . this page is a very good way to see that the eighties still are here !!!!! HASTA LA VISTA AMIGOS MAURICIO,RIO GRANDE (TIERRA DEL FUEGO )ARGENTINA
By: Derek Shaw
  • 10. Love My Way by The Psychedelic Furs
    Good Song
  • 9. Owner Of A Lonely Heart by YES
    WONDERFUL SONG but not a #1....
  • 8. Bryan Adams by Run To You
    Good Song
  • 7. Dance Hall Days by Wang Chung
  • 6. Stuck With You by Huey Lewis
    Its good>....
  • 5. Time After Time by Cyndi Laupher
    Its Good
  • 4. The Message by Grand Master Flash
    its Great....
  • 3. Hyperactive! by Thomas Dolby
    Its Great....
  • 2. Shout by Tears for Fears
    Its good.........
  • 1. Head over Hills by Tears for Fears
    Its Good....
Well whoever doesnt like my list oh well if you dont then you dont understand music
By: Callum Marks
  • 10. Disenchanted by The Communards
    Great voice, great song...
  • 9. Howard Jones by Assault & Battery
    Track taken from Dream into Action album, good song, although too heavy on the preaching..
  • 8. That joke isn't funny any more by The Smiths
    no comment except to say - it was dark as i drove the point home
  • 7. Hymn by Ultravox
    Song speaks for itself
  • 6. I second that emotion by Japan
    hey, so what if was a cover, it was (dare I say it?) better than the original
  • 5. Land of Confusion by Genesis
    Great track, great band, fantastic video (remember the spitting image puppets?)
  • 4. Trick of the Night by Bananarama
    Wasn't overly popular when released, still it's the best one they recorded.
  • 3. Stevie Wonder by Master Blaster
    This one justs squeezes it (released 1980) but only one of the best from this incredible talent.
  • 2. Our House by Madness
    I agree with everyone who added this, Madness at their VERY best.
  • 1. One Tree Hill by U2
    Taken from the Joshua Tree, this HAS to be the best track they ever produced (they went too commercial and poppy after this album)
By: Lisa D'Amato
  • 10. Misfits by Curiousity Killed the Cat
    Cool and catchy
  • 9. Your Latest Trick by Dire Straits
    A very romantic tune especially the sax intro
  • 8. No tengo dinero by Righeira
    It's not as popular as Vamos a la Playa, but I prefer No tengo dinero
  • 7. To be with You Again by Level 42
    Pity that this group aren't around anymore
  • 6. Living Daylights by A-Ha
    Another Bond theme song - and equally brilliant
  • 5. A View to a Kill by Duran Duran
    One of the best tracks by Duran Duran
  • 4. Ai No Corrida by Quincy Jones
    An excellent tune- Quincy is a genius!
  • 3. Survivor by Mike Francis
    A very catchy song and another 80s classic
  • 2. Purple Rain by Prince
    A gem!
  • 1. Street Dance by Break Machine (1984)
    It epitomises the 80s!
By: will
  • 10. Lunatic Fringe by Red Rider
  • 9. Learning to Fly by Pink Floyd
  • 8. Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams
  • 7. Don't Come Around Here No More by Tom Petty
  • 6. Livin on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
  • 5. Welcome to the Jungle by Guns n Roses
  • 4. Crazy Train by Ozzy Osborne
  • 3. With or Without You by U2
  • 2. Jump by Van Halen
  • 1. Tom Sawyer by Rush
By: Nick Ryan
  • 10. Pink Floyd by Young Lust
  • 9. ELO by Rock And Roll Is KIng
  • 8. Kansas by Carry On My Wayward Son
  • 7. Rolling Stones by Dirty Work
  • 6. Chris De Burgh by Ship To Shore
  • 5. Bruce Springsteen by Murder Inc.
  • 4. Neil Young by Long May You Run
  • 3. Platinum Blonde by It Doesn't Really Matter
  • 2. The Clash by London Calling
  • 1. You Might Think by The Cars
These Aare just a few of the great bands out there, there are lots and lots more like Supertramp, Journey, and Styx etc.
By: Angelo
  • 10. Psycho Killer by Talking Heads
    Psycho Killer, kiss and say...
  • 9. Dancing With Myself by Billy Idol
    One of the most energetic songs that i´ve ever heard.
  • 8. Inbetween Days by The Cure
    Great Band, great music.
  • 7. Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears
    Great for a road travelling in a big car, in a sunny day...
  • 6. Our House by Madness
    Time travell again, very nice.
  • 5. Come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners
    Great music, great video...
  • 4. Uptown Girl by Billy Joel
    Same comment of 3
  • 3. Down under by Men at Work
    Every time i see the video clip, i feel great. Its like a time tavell...
  • 2. Private Idaho by B52´s
    My favorite New Wave music
  • 1. Bizarre Love Triangle by New order
    The best Band of dance music: Perfect Kiss, True Faith, Thieve like us.....
The Smiths, Iron Maiden, Deff Leppard, Scorpions, Dio, Ozzy, Echo & The Bunnymen, Siouxie, BAD, PIL, Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, Dio, DEVO,
By: Chris Wenzler
  • 10. Like a Prayer by Madonna
    Her best song by far
  • 9. Policy of Truth by Depeche Mode
    Of all their songs, the best mix of their early 80's style with their late 80's more layered sound
  • 8. Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper
    No shame ... great song. Simplistic yet touches many chords.
  • 7. When Doves Cry by Prince
    Still so original 20 years later
  • 6. Brilliant Disguise by Bruce Springsteen
    After all the bravado of Born in the USA, this was the most honest song on an emotional level I heard for many years
  • 5. Fight the Power by Public Enemy
    If Run DMC opened the door for rap to get into the mainstream, this song bum rushed the show
  • 4. New Year's Day by U2
    When I first heard this, I remember thinking, "Okay, we may have something here". Turns out we did.
  • 3. In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel
    Best pure love song of the decade
  • 2. No One Is To Blame (original) by Howard Jones
    Solitary piano makes this a haunting song
  • 1. Don't You Forget About Me by Simple Minds
    The defining song of a generation (mine) from a defining movie
By: Jay
  • 10. Tainted Love by Soft Cell
    I had to throw this in some where.
  • 9. With Or Without You by U2
    I hear it atleast once a day, on most any given radio station.
  • 8. Beat It by Michael Jackson
    Prince of Pop made his bones, and bridged the gap between Pop and Rock in the 80's (note: Its yet to be achieved again.)
  • 7. Sweet Dreams by The Eurythmics
    Goth Electronica? This would be before its time if it was released tomorrow.
  • 6. In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel
    Definative Love Song
  • 5. Foreigner by I've Been Waiting
    I'm a sappy dude, I like it.
  • 4. Sweet Child o' Mine by Guns and Roses
    I'm still waiting for the right girl to dedicate this song to.
  • 3. Tainted by Squeeze
    Tainted, Squeeze, 'nuff said.
  • 2. Faith by George Michael
    Ditto here, Music still doesnt get much better.
  • 1. When Doves Cry by Prince
    I'm still listening to this track...
I was Born in '84, so i like to think I know what I'm talking about. LMAO
By: Lindsey
By: Roy Mccoy
  • 10. Ghost in You by Psychedelic Furs
    Haunting song. Has a lot of feeling for a synthesizer song.
  • 9. Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles
    This song got me listening to "80's" music.
  • 8. Life is so Strange by Missing Persons
    C'mon! Great 80's song!
  • 7. Our Lips are Sealed by Go-go's
    One word...Jane Wiedlin!
  • 6. Everlasting Love by Howard Jones
    Real good 80's song
  • 5. Fascination by Human League
    Man o' man....the synthesizers!
  • 4. Perfect Wave by Scriti Politi
    Had a good groove....good band
  • 3. Waiting for a Star to Fall by Boy Meets Girl
    Neat hook.....good 80's song
  • 2. King for just one day by Thompson Twins
    Another song that takes me back to the 80's
  • 1. Mary's Prayer by Danny Wilson
    Just had a great 80's sound...this song takes me back when I hear it.
As you can tell, I picked mostly synthesizer bands because I think that they most represent the 80's sound.
By: Charlie
By: Jesse
  • 10. Don't Stop Believin' by Journey
    Good one to end off on.
  • 9. Don't Shed a Tear by Paul Carrack
    Reminds me of old times.
  • 8. Things Can Only Get Better by Howard Jones
  • 7. Human by Human League
    Classic 80s.
  • 6. Wild Horses by Gino Vanelli
    Fast beat...good song.
  • 5. Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode
  • 4. In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel
    Can I listen to this song any more.....ok....once more.
  • 3. In the House of Stone and Light by Martin Page
    Melodies in this song are amazing.
  • 2. Africa by Toto
    Always been one of my favs.
  • 1. Great Southern Land by Icehouse
    I love this band.....their whole album "Man of Colours" rocks. Crazy, Electric Blue, My Obsession, Kingdom
The 80s are attached to a time, a place in different points in my life. They are integrated into the memories. Gotta love em. Cheers.
By: Matthew Haist
  • 10. Every Metal Band by Crue Gnr Ratt All The Hair Bands
  • 9. Here I Go Again by White Snake
    After watching this video i go do what song #3 is all
  • 8. Dont You Forget About Me by Simple Minds
    Go Rent the Breakfast Club NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 7. Pump Up The Volume by MARRS
    This was TECNO then
  • 6. Shot Through The Heart by Bon Jovi
    Come on you have to agree with me........
  • 5. Open Arms/ Keep On Loving You by Journey/ R.E.O Speedwagon
    Rember the movie Last Amearicain Vergin? It is out on DVD now, these gsongs got me to 3rd base :)
  • 4. Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison
    going to see them with Vince Neil on 3 weeks, this is a great song.
  • 3. Stroking by Clarence Carter
    what was a young boy to do..........................
  • 2. Pour Dome Suger On Me by Def Lepord
    Going to see them in one week, rember the power of on of the best stadium bands around.
  • 1. Girls Girls Girls by Motley Crue
    Come one this is waht everyone wanted, Fast Bikes And Fast Girls
the 80s rocked the cartoons were better and the movies kicked!!!
By: Natasha
  • 10. Burning Love by Honeymoon Suite
    its one of the good ones
  • 9. Home Bound Train by Bon Jovi
  • 8. If Looks Could Kill by Heart
  • 7. Hungry Like A Wolf by Duran Duran
  • 6. Girls Just Want To Have Fun by cindy lopper
  • 5. Kung Fu Fighting by Som Yong Guy
  • 4. Bad Attitude by Honey Moon Suite
  • 3. Moon Light Desire by Gowan
    nice song
  • 2. Strange Amimal by Gowan
    he is cool!
  • 1. Stay In The Light by Honeymoon Suite
    They my not be very known now but they were the best I'm 12 and i love them!
get lyrics for all the honeymoon suite songs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
By: Karwin
  • 10. Geburt einer Nation by Laibach
    Nazi or not nazi? Amazing how much the idea of Queen's "One nation" changes when translated into german.
  • 9. After the fall by Klaus Nomi
    The first opera singer on rock'n'roll. Unfortunately the first AIDS victim on music scene, & Nina Hagen got all the credits on this genre.
  • 8. Me and my dad by Wall Of Voodoo
    Hypnotic synth anthem.
  • 7. Romy Haag by Data
    After Sailor seventies, Georg Kajanus continued with brilliant melodies.
  • 6. Dead heart by Midnight Oil
    ...Getting more serious.
  • 5. Europe after the rain by John Foxx
    Neu romantik politica...
  • 4. I like by Men Without Hats
    Another tune like a virus.
  • 3. Dentaku by Kraftwerk
    Simple but beautiful.
  • 2. New life by Depeche Mode
    An anthem for the 80's.
  • 1. Peek-a-boo by Devo
    Listened this robotrock for years. Then I saw the video & continued for more.
By: Jimmy Parker
  • 10. Miss Me Blind by Culture Club
  • 9. True by Spandoux Ballet
  • 8. Careless Whispers by WHAM
  • 7. The World Don't Need Another Lover by Giant Steps
  • 6. She Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby
  • 5. Love Will Lead You Back by Taylor Dayne
  • 4. Here I Go Again by Whitesnake
  • 3. I Can't Wait by Nu Shooz
  • 2. Something About You by Level 42
  • 1. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
By: Lissie
  • 10. Should I Stay or Should I Go? by The Clash
    Always gets people up and dancing ... and if you're really unfortunate, they'll even sing .......
  • 9. Mickey by Toni Basil
    I know, daggy song ... but nearly every guy I know has put on a cheerleader outfit and did the whole lipsinc thing at their football functions.
  • 8. What's My Scene by Hoodoo Gurus
    Classic Aussie 80's band
  • 7. Angel of the Morning by Juice Newton
    Because I am
  • 6. Turning Japanese by The Vapors
    Just cause it's a damn funny song
  • 5. And She Was by Talking Heads
  • 4. Patience by Guns n Roses
    Many great songs from this band, but this one is by far my favourite
  • 3. Hurts so good by John Cougar Mellencamp
    What more can you say?
  • 2. Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles
    Remade by many .... definitely a classic
  • 1. Baby I don't Care by Transvision Vamp
    Come on! This is one of those songs where you can jump around your living room like a complete maniac.
When the 80's were here, I didn't particularly like them, but as I grow older, I love the music more .... my god! I think I'm turning into my parents ... quick! Where's the nearest rave?
By: stéphanie
  • 10. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship
    very good love song
  • 9. True Blue by Madonna
    no 80's without madonna, i love "papa don't preach", "spanish eyes", "shoo-bee-doo", "into the groove" (well in fact, i love all her songs)
  • 8. Woman In Love by Barbra Streisand
    i love the intro of this song and the video is...well, very kitch, sorry barbra !
  • 7. Living On Video by Trans X
    "living on video....sur un faisceau lumière" yeahhhhhh we have the feeling to be on a starship when we listen it !
  • 6. L'aventurier by Indochine
    very good french song, very 80's. I went to their concert last year in le havre (france), nicola t'es le meilleur !
  • 5. Still Loving You by Scorpions
    yes, I stay again in germany, but this song is certainly the most beautiful love song of all the times !
  • 4. We'll Be Together by Sandra
    we can't talk about 80's without the fabulous german singer Sandra. when i was 7, i was already fan ! my favourite songs are : "loreen", "hiroshima", "heaven can wait", don't cry" and "maria magdalena"
  • 3. Enola Gay by OMD
    very 80's, very electronic i love omd especially "souvenir", "secret", "forever live and die", "tesla girl", "electricity" and "so in love"
  • 2. Always On My Mind by Pet Shop Boys
    i love this song, there's also "it's a sin" from them, so good !!!
  • 1. Moonlight Shadow by Mike Oldfield & Maggie Reilly
    perfect song, perfect voice ! sounds very country song there's also "to france" from them which sounds very celtic song
the 80's were my childhood, i remember that i was terrified the first time i see the video of thriller (I was only 5). Eh, salut leslie grangier, alors ça te fait quoi d'avoir ton nom dans un site américain ?
By: J-Mello
  • 10. Sign Your Name by Terrence Trent D'Arby
  • 9. Purple Rain by Prince and the Revolution
  • 8. I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner
  • 7. Walk This Way by Run DMC
  • 6. Word Up by Cameo
  • 5. Total Eclipse Of The Heart by Bonnie Tyler
  • 4. Africa by Toto
  • 3. Careless Whisper by Wham!
  • 2. Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This by Eurythmics
  • 1. Rock Me Amadeus by Falco
Soooo many songs to choose from...I just thought about the FIRST TEN that i used to wear out my record player or cassette player with.

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