In the 80s - Top Ten Lists of Eighties Songs
What are your top ten favorite songs from the 80s?
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- 10. Material Girl by Madonna
- 9. The Final Countdown by Europe
- 8. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
- 7. Rock Me Amadeus by Falco
- 6. Hungry like a wolf by Duran Duran
- 5. Rebel Yell by Billy Idol
- 4. Pride (in the name of love) by U2
- 3. Just Like Heaven by The Cure
The Cure... as great as always!
- 2. Venus by Bananarama
- 1. Take On Me by A-ha
For me, they're the best in the 80's and still actually! And in concert.. just amazing
GREAT SITE! I LOVE THE 80'S!
- 10. Mamma Mia! by Abba
The Original Is Always Better Than The Imitations
- 9. When Doves Cry by Prince
Interesting Song, He Said It Was Inspired On His Childhood...
- 8. Take On Me by Aha
A White Boy With A Deep Voice Is Interesting....i Loved The Video Too.
- 7. Reflex by Duran Duran
Duran Duran Embodies The Whole 80s Retro Era Spunk....... And This Song Is One Of My Favorites!
- 6. Boys Dont Cry by The Cure
A Boy Begging For Forgiveness Is Always Good...hehehe At Least To The Straight Chickadees!
- 5. Tainted Love by Soft Cell
The Catchy Beat And The Lazy Voice.........
- 4. Dancing With Myself by Billy Idol
I Love This Song!!!!!!!!!
- 3. Call Me by Blondie
It's So Fun To Sing Along To And Deborah Harry Is The Hottest Leading Lady Ever !!!!!!!!!!!!
- 2. Love Is A Battlefeild by Pat Benatar
Because Love Truely Is A Battlefeild?
- 1. Lovesong by The Cure
This Song Is So Powerful, You Can Feel The Heartache In The Voice Of Sadness. It's Heartbreaking........
Im Obsessed With The 80s!!!!!!! It Is The Best Era And It's A Shame That Those Years Are Gone......
By: The Raygun
- 10. Wang Chung by Let's Go
Easily forgotten track among Dance Hall Days & Everbody Have Fun.
- 9. UB40 by Red Red Wine
The greatest cover band of all time.
- 8. U2 by With or Without You
Never loses its impact.
- 7. No One is To Blame by Howard Jones
"And you want her, and she wants you."
- 6. Romeo & Juliet by Dire Straits
The subtle guitar solo just does it for me.
- 5. Holding Back the Years by Simply Red
- 4. The Flame by Cheap Trick
- 3. In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel
...say anything. Need I say more?
- 2. Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears
- 1. Don't Dream It's Over by Crowded House
Great emotion, great music.
By: Merv Ransom
- 10. Tarzan Boy by Baltimora
Always puts me in high spirits.
- 9. One Night in Bangkok by Murray Head
So perverse, yet so...excellent.
- 8. Faithfully by Journey
Love the intenseness of this song. Steve Perry is my hero for this song.
- 7. Out of Touch by Hall n' Oates
Hall's mullet along with Oates' porn 'stache combine to make a mighty musical duo.
- 6. Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil
- 5. Innocence by Harlequin
I'm a sucker for the synth. Always have been, always will be.
- 4. Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes
No interesting comments here, just a really good song. Never get tired of it.
- 3. Alone by Heart
Intense and powerful ballad right here.
- 2. John Waite by Missing You
The best one hit wonder ever. JW will always have a place in my heart.
- 1. Foriegner by Yesterday
I love the sythesizing action right here...not to mention the song that inspired the CP-Squared. Props to Whisk on that one.
Nothing can compare to the 80s in music quality.
By: Michael Clark
This is the best 80's Top Ten list of All Time!!
- 10. Birthday by Sugarcubes
Late 80's song....most intriguing sound since the Smiths.
- 9. Only You by Yaz
Vince Clark starts his amazing career here
- 8. Always Something There to Remind Me by Naked Eyes
Best cover of a song probably ever..
- 7. Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
What is the 80's without rambunctious hair and attitude?
- 6. Take On Me by A-ha
Funnest (yeah funnest) song around
- 5. Hungry Like The Wolf by Duran Duran
Their best song and a groundbreaking tune for new wave music
- 4. How Soon Is Now? by The Smiths
Ultimate downer song of the 80's. The Smiths at their best.
- 3. 99 Luftballons by Nena
Incredible and powerful 80's tune that just kicks butt
- 2. Pride (In The Name of Love) by U2
U2 at it's best - music just doesn't get much better than this
- 1. Forever Young by Alphaville
The dance version of this song is clearly the greatest song ever created. It's the 80's in every way
- 10. Take Me With You by Prince and the Revolution
- 9. One Night in Bangkok by Murray Head
- 8. Putting on the Ritz by Taco
- 7. We Belong by Pat Benetar
- 6. In my Room by Yaz
The year was 1981, but the song takes you to another time and place. Very stark and sparse, and hauntingly beautiful.
- 5. Running up That Hill by Kate Bush
- 4. Girlfriend is Better by Talking Heads
Nice Futuristic sound
- 3. Save it for Later by The English Beat
This song absolutely embodies the sound of the 80's-- quirky lyrics, an upbeat tempo, catchy chorus and horns!
- 2. But Not Tonight by Depeche Mode
Classic Mode from their album Black Celebration
- 1. No Promises by Icehouse
A moody dance masterpiece!
- 10. Jukebox (Don't Put Another Dime in the Jukebox) by The Flirts
Ultimate 80's chick song...maybe that why I love it!!!
- 9. Love My Way by Psychadelic Furs
Beautiful 80's love song.
- 8. I feel love by Bronski Beat
Great dance music for the 80's and now...
- 7. The Metro by Berlin
I will never forget the video...
- 6. Pass the Dutchie by Musical Youth
These kids had the right idea, just that society didn't catch on to them.
- 5. Just Can't Get Enough by Depeche Mode
Can't have an 80's list without Depeche Mode
- 4. My Sharona by Knack
Oh my little pretty one, my pretty one...when are you gonna give some time sharona...oh you make my motor run...MY, MY, MY SHARONA!!!
- 3. Life in A Northern Town by Dream Academy
- 2. I Eat Cannibals by Total Coelo
Classic, I will never forget it!!
- 1. Strip by Adam Ant
By: Jeff Yanagi
- 10. Little Red Corvette by Prince
Anything he writes is golden!
- 9. His Eyes by Pseudo Echo
a song by a great band that has been underrated and underplayed. Give it a shot and you shall see how great it really is!
- 8. Your Love by The Outfield
- 7. Tenderness by General Public
- 6. The Warrior by Scandal
Shootin at the walls of Heartache BANG BANG! :)
- 5. Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams
- 4. We Built This City by Jefferson Starship
Great song to dance to. 'WE BUILT THIS CITY ON ROCK AND ROLL!'
- 3. Take Me Home Tonight by Eddie Money
the song speaks for itself.
- 2. Will you still love me? by Chicago
One of the greatest love ballads to this day!
- 1. Just Like Heaven by The Cure
how can you not like this song? it's stellar
By: Paul McWeeney
- 10. Dear Prudence by Siouxsie and the Banshees
Its beautiful and so are you dear prudence won't you come out tonight..................LOOK AROUND..AROUND..AROUND...1983
- 9. Baby Love by Regina
Boy theres no one home tonight the timing could be right to forget the rules were out of school until tomorrow.........Baby Love(you are my)...1986
- 8. Prove your Love by Taylor Dayne
Prove your love..........got to prove your love.........1988
- 7. Don't break my heart by UB40
Don't break my heart you make me love alot and buy you silly things i would rather be with you than anyone else.......1985
- 6. Him by Ruppert Holmes
Over by the window theres a pack of cigarettes not my brand you understand sometimes the girl forgets.......1980
- 5. Slow Hand by The pointer sisters
I need a lover with a slow hand.......i need somebody who would spend some time........1981
- 4. Rock the Casbar by The Clash
The crazy casbar sings......WOY......Someday you will join them........Rock the Casbar, Rock the Casbar......1982
- 3. The politics of Dancing by Reflex
We got the message i heard it on the airwaves the politications are now DJ'S.............1984
- 2. Room in your heart by Living in a box
There could be..........Room in your heart.....1989
- 1. Town to Town by Microdisney
Shes nervous and her best friend is waiting she is trying to pronounce my name............1987
Top ten songs from 1980-89 how freaky is that-i guess im just an 80s freak like the rest of us, some songs may catch you out though...........
By: Shaun Reid
- 10. Coming Home by Falco
- 9. Jeanny by Falco
Goes together with song no. 10
- 8. Everything Counts by Depeche Mode
- 7. I Treni Di Tozeur by Alice & Franco Battiato
Best Eurovision song of the 80's
- 6. The First Picture Of You by The Lotus Eaters
Wy this song wasn't huge is a mystery
- 5. The look of love by ABC
- 4. Crazy by Icehouse
The best Australian band ever
- 3. Ich will Spass by Markus
- 2. Major Tom by Peter Schilling
This one has to be the German version as well:-)
- 1. 99 Luftballons by Nena
Just forget about the English version....
By: Jordan Kenney
- 10. Forever Young by Alphaville
Most people remember 'Big in Japan.' This band isn't big anywhere anymore. I'd have to say 'Forever Young' is their best single. This band is still playing shows and releasing albums. I've seen Alphaville once (2001)
- 9. Shout by Tears for Fears
Let it all out! Who doesn't know this song?
- 8. Space Age Love Song by Flock of Seagulls
Everyone loves 'I Ran.' This Seagulls single is much better.
- 7. Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order
Choosing between this, Blue Monday and True Faith is no easy feat. That's a love triangle.
- 6. How Soon is Now? by The Smiths
Now who hasn't felt this way? They're the only band that could get vulgar to rhyme with heir.
- 5. Rio by Duran Duran
Is Rio a woman's name?
- 4. Save a Prayer by Duran Duran
The most romantic one night stand I ever had. Haven't seen Duran Duran despite a few attempts
- 3. Pride(In the Name of Love) by U2
Probably their most recognized song, followed closely by With or Without you. This song still carries the same emotional weight today. Seen U2 once (2001)
- 2. Pictures of You by The Cure
My favorite break-up song ever. Seen the Cure once (2000)
- 1. Stripped by Depeche Mode
Not a very well known 80s song, this was probably the best single Depeche Mode put out in the 80s. And since Depeche Mode is the best band ever... I've seen Depeche Mode twice ('98 and 2001) and Dave Gahan once(2003)
I was so tempted to write Depeche Mode songs in every slot but that wouldn't be fair. Of Course I couldn't put in all the bands I wanted, but I tried to spread it out. These may not be the most well known songs of the 80s but they're, in my opinion, some of the best.
- 10. Dont Go by Pseudo Echo
- 9. Computer One by Dear Enemy
- 8. So Long by Fisher Z
- 7. Shadows of the night by Pat Benetar
- 6. Industrial Disease by Dire Straits
- 5. To Look At You by INXS
- 4. Take the L (out of lover) by The Motels
- 3. Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi
- 2. Take on me by a ha
- 1. Feed the World by Band Aid
- 10. Tarzan Boy by Baltimora
- 9. Unforgettable Fire by U2
- 8. Your Love by The Outfield
- 7. Fading like a flower by Roxette
- 6. I ran by Flock of Seagulls
- 5. Where the Streets Have no name by U2
- 4. It must have been love by Roxette
- 3. Every Breath You Take by The Police
- 2. Bad by U2
- 1. With or Without you by U2
I never thought it would be sooo hard to choose only 10. Although I'm not from the 80's, I just love it, U2 is my favourite band. Also like the songs: Roxette - Listen to your Heart ... Devo - That's Good ... Guns n Roses - Sweet Child of Mine ... The Smiths - How soon is now ... REM - losing my religion ... toto - africa ... ok I should stop now
By: sam alaam
i think the star that i mentioned where the best in the world,not only in uk or usa.
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