In the 80s - Top Ten Lists of Eighties Songs

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

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By: Nazabel
  • 10. Duel by Propaganda
    Alemania no sólo tiene su oktober fest
  • 9. Down Under by Men At Work
    Más que canguros
  • 8. Every Breath You Take by The Police
    Sí mis flemáticos amigos tenían q estar
  • 7. Heaven by Bryan Adams
    He looks like an old man, Yes he is.
  • 6. Don't Dreams It's Over by Crowded House
    NO me hagan llorar
  • 5. A Little Respect by Erasure
    Vivan los gays
  • 4. Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears
    Vuelvan a juntarse
  • 3. Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns
    Axel, no cambies
  • 2. How Soon Is Now by The Smiths
    Me gusta mucho CHarmed por esta canción
  • 1. The One I Love by R.E.M
By: musicman
  • 10. Freeway Of Love by Aretha Franklin
    great song
  • 9. Glory Of Love by Peter Cetera
    great love song
  • 8. Lights Out by Peter Wolf
    great song
  • 7. Bruce by Rick Springfeild
    just great song
  • 6. Always by Atlantic Starr
    great wedding song
  • 5. Angel by Madonna
    great long distance dedication song
  • 4. We Are The World by Usa For Africa
    because we are a part of gods family
  • 3. I Wanna Know What Love Is by Forigner
    great love song
  • 2. Somewhere Out There by Linda Ronstadt
    great love song
  • 1. Living On A Prayer by Bon Jovi
    i just love that song
i love the 80's
By: maRk
  • 10. I Melt With You by Modern English
  • 9. The Promise by When In Rome
  • 8. Here Comes The Rain Again by Eurythmics
  • 7. Friday I'm In Love by The Cure
    boys don't cry :(
  • 6. German Girl by Lotus Eaters
  • 5. Under The Milky Way by The Church
  • 4. Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division
    JD is very good :)
  • 3. More To Lose by Seona Dancing
    nice voice! hahaha.
  • 2. Regret by New Order
    nice nice :)
  • 1. Total Recall by The Sound (!!!)
    really cool song...
By: Jenna
  • 10. I ran by Flock Of Seaguls
    This song makes me think of Fez from that 70's show when he sings it and has the flock of seaguls hair
  • 9. I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight by Cutting Crew
    when I hear this song I think of the eps on saturday night live when Horatio sans sings this song
  • 8. Centerfold by J Giles
    Why not! it's a super cool song
  • 7. Get Out Of My Dreams And Into My Car by Billy Ocean
    this song is great as well
  • 6. Don't You Want Me by Human Leauge
    This song I always hear on the radio now and it never gets old
  • 5. Wake Me Up Before You Go-go by Wham!
    It wouldn't be 80's without Wham!, this song is soo incredibly cheesy but it works
  • 4. Call Me by Blondie
    This song is great! I love the beats and Blondie is great
  • 3. Saftey Dance by Men With Hats
    this song is soo crazy and it makes you want to dance, the video is wicked crazy
  • 2. 867-5309/Jenny by Tommy Tutone
    This song is soo great! I wanted to try to call the number and see if Jenny's there lol
  • 1. Come On Eileen by Dexy Midnight Runners
    I Love this song! It's soo catchy and upbeat and it's guarenteed to put you in a good mood when your feeling down. Gotta love the beginning with the bagpipes/Violin
of course I have alot more faves like Maneater-HALL and Oates Girls-Dwight Twilly, Everybody have fun tonight-wang chung and any songs from Men at work and Duran Duran and the clash and some u2
By: Thom
I may not be the first to say it, but it's just about impossible to narrow the list down to just 10 songs! So I'll list a few more faves here, as well as concentrating on songs that other people haven't really listed so I've really had to leave some deserving tracks out ... but here goes ... A Secret Wish - Propaganda, Yes He Ran - Skinny Puppy, Unguarded Moment - The Church, Stripped - Depeche Mode, Goodbye Tonsils - Severed Heads, Love in Motion - Icehouse, Six Pack - Black Flag, Talking to a Stranger - Hunters and Collectors, Cattle and Cane - Go-Betweens, Power and the Passion - Midnight Oil, Wrong - Nomeansno, Slow Train to Dawn - The The, My Heart's on Fire - Machinations, No Tears - Tuxedomoon, Drill - Wire ... Cuz it's Hot - My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Caustic Grip by Front Line Assembly and 99% by Meat Beat Manifesto would all have made my list except they're just past the cutoff date... what a killer decade was the 80s :-)
By: Peter Dekeyser
  • 10. Child in Time by Deep Purple
    great song written by Deep purple.
  • 9. Oh Fortuna by Carmina Burana
    ...simply awsome...Carmina Burana
  • 8. Chariots Of Fire by Vangelis
    Another great song by Vangelis
  • 7. Conquest of Paradise by Vangelis
    such a great Vangelis
  • 6. Elle A, Elle L'a by France Gall
    great Ballad in French by France Gall.
  • 5. Hotel California by The Eagles
    The Eagles...
  • 4. Amadeus by Falco
    Great song written by Falco, an austrian songwriter who sadly enough already passed away.
  • 3. Hijo De La Luna by Mecano
    One of the most melodious songs ever written.
  • 2. I Did It My Way by Frank Sinatra
    An old song by Frank Sinatra but still, nevertheless, quite moving.
  • 1. Piano Man by Billy Joel
    This song by Billy joel is a great song as well that was not mentioned in previous lists.
By: Sabotage
  • 10. I Ran by Flock of Seagulls
    (1982) YES! The haircuts were weird. The song was weird. I loved it.
  • 9. Wanted Dead of Alive by Bon Jovi
    (1987) "Its all the same. Only the names will change....."
  • 8. Once In A Lifetime (Same as it Ever Was) by Talking Heads
    (1981) Greatness. David Byrne at his best.
  • 7. Buffalo Stance by Neneh Cherry
    (1989) This song came out when I was a kid. I think it was about a pimp pimpin' hoes.
  • 6. Shout by Tears for Fears
    (1985) Tears for Fears were one of the greatest 80s bands ever. They had mega hits. Love them guys.
  • 5. Come on Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners
  • 4. Hold Me Now by Thompson Twins
    (1983) This was a great love song.....before I knew what the hell love was. Odd, huh?
  • 3. Love is a Battlefield by Pat Benetar
    (1983 This song was very powerful.....the video was cool, too.
  • 2. Pleasure Principle by Janet Jackson
    (1987)The song was hot with a matching video, portraying a grown up Janet. I love this song.
  • 1. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
    (1983)This song was mos def ILL from the lyrics to the beat and most important, Mike was still BLACK.
By: Melissa P.
  • 10. Don't Leave Me Now by Supertramp
    This is the saddest song ever! But I happen to love sad songs... :)
  • 9. Man In The Mirror by Michael Jackson
    Couldn't walk past Michael... King of Pop, and definitely king of the 80s. Whatever you think about the guy, his songs are goooood.
  • 8. You're The Inspiration by Chicago
    Is it from the 80s? I'm pretty sure it is...
  • 7. Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You by Glenn Mendeiros
    Not so sure about the last name... But it was one of my favorite song ever. I was 3 or 4 years old...
  • 6. You Give Me All I Need by Scorpions
    Told you I liked them.
  • 5. Don't Stand So Close To Me by The Police
    Wow, that song is good... It doesn't get out of my head when I hear it.
  • 4. Into The Night by Benny Mardones
    Great voice, great man. The song has a sentimental value...
  • 3. In Trance by Scorpions
    Second favorite band... not far behind.
  • 2. Where The Streets Have No Name by U2
    My favorite band. What can I say? They rock!
  • 1. Sign Your Name Across My Heart by Terrence Trent D'Arby
    This is my favorite song of all time. I can't get enough of it. Plus,it brings me luck.
*sigh* I wish music was still that good nowadays... The 80s were the best of times.
By: huicho nacho enciso
  • 10. Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears
  • 9. Someday by Glasstiger
  • 8. Logical Song by Supertramp
  • 7. Heat At The Moment by Asia
  • 6. Something About You by Level 42
  • 5. I Can Dream About You by Dan Hartman
  • 4. Alive And Kicking by Simple Minds
  • 3. She Drives Me Crazy by Fine Young Canibals
  • 2. West End Girls by Pet Shop Boys
  • 1. Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
By: Tammi
  • 10. Like A Prayer by Madonna
    I'm not a big Madonna fan but this along with Rain are my favourite songs of hers.
  • 9. I Love Rock 'n Roll by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
    One of the best rock chicks ever!
  • 8. Eternal Flame by Bangles
    A really beautiful song.
  • 7. Living On A Prayer by Bon Jovi
    Bon Jovi kick ass!
  • 6. Heaven by Bryan Adams
    This is a brillant song from a cool artist.
  • 5. We're Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister
    Great song, Twisted Sister rock!
  • 4. Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper
    Cyndi always looked like she was high on something;)but she's great.
  • 3. Fade to Black by Metallica
    Metallica are Gods.
  • 2. Vacation by Go-Go's
    An awesome band, they proved that girls can rock too!
  • 1. Heaven Is A Place On Earth by Belinda Carlisle
    I love Belinda Carlisle! And this song is nothing less than absolute magic! A great video too.
Special mentions go to: Tracy Chapman-Fast Car, The Pretenders-Hymn to Her The Police-Every Breath You Take.
By: mc
  • 10. In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins
    First time i heard this was on 'Miami Vice'.....Fantastic
  • 9. Herbie Hankcock by Rockit
    Top 80's tune
  • 8. Being Boiled by Human League
    Early Human League stuff.....Superb
  • 7. Queen by Radio GaGa
    Top Band
  • 6. Mad World by Tears For Fears
    Just tops 'Pale shelter'
  • 5. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, & Melle Mel by White Lines
    Top tune
  • 4. The Cutter by Echo & The Bunnymen
    McCulloch at his best
  • 3. Reward by Teardrop Explodes
    Classic 80's
  • 2. Blue Monday by New Order
    Cult tune
  • 1. Bad by U2
    possibly my favourite song of all time, the perfomance of this song at Live Aid still give me a buzz!!!!
11. TC Curtis..Slave to love 12. Timex Social Club..Rumours
By: Feanor
  • 10. Enter Sandman by Metallica
    1991 Best of Mettalica. Defines metal.
  • 9. Brass Monkey by Beastie Boys
    1987 First song of the 90s.
  • 8. Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
    1984 great song
  • 7. Shake it Up by The Cars
    1982 Catchy and great. Very 80s.
  • 6. Everybody Have Fun Tonight by Wang Chung
    1986 great song even if Wang Chung aren't Chinese.
  • 5. Der Kommissar by After the Fire
    1982 Pinnacle of pointlessness.
  • 4. U Cant Touch This by M.C. Hammer
    1990 Sure its 1990, but half the pop culture from that year is '80s stuff so what the heck?
  • 3. About A Girl by Nirvana
    1989 Not really an 80s song, but it was made in 1989.
  • 2. Mr. Roboto by Styx
    1983 Funny song. Catchy.
  • 1. Whip It by Devo
    1980 Pinnacle of synth-pop. Marvelous silliness. Very 80s.
By: Sam
  • 10. All I Want Is You by U2
    This is for Kate my sweetheart
  • 9. Charlotte Sometimes by The Cure
    Great gothicy song from these pop mavericks.
  • 8. Shipbuilding by Elvis Costello and The Attractions
    Stands out as a really speacial performance of this song. I love this.
  • 7. Rock The Casbah by The Clash
    This was their Indian Summer.
  • 6. A New England by Billy Bragg
    The best social commentator in pop during the 80s. But who cares? This is a beautiful song.
  • 5. Alphabet Street by Prince
    Again, I could have chosen many apart from this. Prince was amazing.
  • 4. This Charming Man by The Smiths
    Where to start? They were benchmark weren't they? This is one of many you could choose.
  • 3. When Love Breaks Down by Prefab Sprout
    They were very poppy but 'deep' with it. This is something else
  • 2. Love My Way by Psychedelic Furs
    one of the coolest songs i know
  • 1. Rip It Up by Orange Juice
    great party song, really catchy
  • 10. Mujer Contra Mujer by Mecano
  • 9. Love Train by Holly Johnson
  • 8. Something Gotten Hold Of My Heart by Marc Almond & Gine Pitney
  • 7. Eloise by Tino Casal
    Es Un Cover De Un Tema De Barry Ryan.tino Casal Es Un Cantante Español Que Fue Nº1 En España En 1988.estuvo 36 Semanas En La Lista De Ventas.
  • 6. We Are Detective by Thompson Twins
  • 5. Go Deh Yaka by Monyaka
  • 4. The Power Of Love by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
  • 3. Brillant Disguise by Bruce Springsteen
  • 2. Don´t Go by Yazoo
  • 1. Moonlight Shadow by Mike Oldfield
By: Eva
  • 10. Borderline by Madonna
    Madonna is my favourite pop diva, and this song i my favourite from her, followed by "Open your heart to me"
  • 9. Karma Chameleon by Cultue Club
    This song makes me laugh (The video)
  • 8. Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears for Fears
    I love it...COS MY BEST FRIEND LOVES IT!!!!!!!! I'M IN LOVE WITH HIM!!!!!!!!
  • 7. I Want To Break Free by Queen
    I like this song, 'cos queen is one of my favourite groups!!!!
  • 6. Tainted love by Soft Cell
    That would vbe sung by a boyfriend rotten by his girlfriend
  • 5. We Built This City by Starship
    That identifies me!!!!
  • 4. Walk Like An Egyptian by Bangles
    The fisrt son I've herad from Bangles
  • 3. Livin´on A Prayer by Bon Jovi
    I Fell In Love With It Since I Listened To It In Charlie's Angels 2!!!!!!!!!!! My Favourite Bon Jovi Songs!!!!!
  • 2. Shout by Tears for Fears
    That´s a pop rock classic!!!
  • 1. 99 Luft Ballons by Nena
    SUCHA A ROCKER SONG!!!!!!!!!!I LOVE IT!!!!! SINCE I WAS 5!!!!!!
I LOVE 80'S!!!!!!!!!(Though I'm 13-14) But theses are my favourites!!!!!!
By: Isela Santa Cruz
  • 10. Enjoy The Silence by Depeche Mode
  • 9. How Soon Is Now by The Smiths
  • 8. The One I Love by REM
  • 7. Under Milky Way by The Church
  • 6. West End Girls by Pet Shop Boys
  • 5. Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears
  • 4. Captain Of Her Heart by Double
  • 3. With Or Without You by U2
  • 2. If You Leave by OMD
    I remember 86's soccer championship
  • 1. Duel by Propaganda
    Simply, I love it
Also The Cure, moody blues, erasure, Wham, Eurythmics, Prince...
By: Ramiro from Argentina
  • 10. Cradle Of Love by Billy Idol
    Another one from Idol... that girl of the video ... I was I think 14 or 15 when I first saw the Video... That jackass, what I would have thone in HIS place ( I was 14!!!)
  • 9. Rebel Yell by Bily Idol
    Billy Come back, we miss you... I must say that in those days I were afraid of two things... My cousins KISS cards and ... Billys Angry face... I was a little kid (I was BORN IN THE 80's!) )1980
  • 8. I Don't Like Mondays by Boomtown Rats
    Tell me why... I'll tell you why...
  • 7. Nothing But A Good Time by Poison
    It was a very good band, I remember yje bad girls of my classroom liking it, too bad the guy looks exactly like a lady!
  • 6. War Song by Culture Club
    People are stupid... SO TRUE! ...means nothing... nanananannanananna!
  • 5. All The Things She Said by Simple Minds
    Too bad that they are known just by Don't You (don't get me wrong is a great song), but they have a wonderfull and almost unique sound, very Rock AND ROLL!!!!
  • 4. You are the Best by Joe Sposito
    Karate Kid, what a movie... A very good friend of mine found the soundtrak record (the old vinil LP) on the street and that same day he made a contest in his birthday party, and a friend GOT IT...Lucky bastard.
  • 3. The Reflex by Duran Duran
    They were the 80's beatles! (mmm... maybe I´m pushing it too much)
  • 2. Com on Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners
    I went through the list, and i Think i saw this one in every page!
  • 1. It's My Life by Talk Talk
    It was great, and I must say that I "revisted" this song from No Doubt that has a great version very "respectfull"
Check Another list of my own a cuple of previous pages behind. Tell me the name of that movie please! And say anithing you like to (I LUV THE 80's)
By: Marcus
  • 10. You Spin Me Right Round by Dead or alive
    Very catchy!
  • 9. A View To A Kill by Duran Duran
    Sound effects are awesome, especially the mid-song interlude that sounds like a cartoon.
  • 8. Axel F by Harold Faltermeyer.
    Sooooo cool. One of the most catchy tunes of all all time which everyone was whistling back in 1985, and I still do today!
  • 7. Gold by Spandau Ballet
    Just love it.......
  • 6. There Must Be An Angel by Eurythmics
    Annie Lenox's famous little tune sang at the beginning and end of the song is just spine-tingling. Surely one of the most beautiful sounds of the 80s.
  • 5. Kick by INXS
    Lively and cool. Great audio hits at 0:45 and 02:05. I love this band. New Senation is good too.
  • 4. The Final Countdown by Europe
    An awful cheesey. But it's just so damned epic-sounding it's amazing.
  • 3. Blue Monday by New Order
    Amazing synth sounds. Such a funky beat. I like the long version which includes bits of electric guitar. Great mix between electronic music and electric guitar.
  • 2. Highway To The Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins
    Not a big hit, but I love it. Just sounds so epic. Those were the days...
  • 1. The Heat is On by Glenn Frey
    The theme tune to Beverly Hills Cop, this, for me, repesents the ultimate 80s song. Brilliant driving lyrics and typical big saxaphone sounds in every chorus. Great.
By: carlitos juarez
By: Katja Uribarri Morales
  • 10. Glory Of Love by Peter Cetera
    a romantic song, for teens, adults for everyone, easy to enjoy.
  • 9. Yngwie Malmsteen by Heaven Tonight
    a very good 80's song taste like 80's smell like 80's is very 80's.
  • 8. Boys Don't Cry by The Cure
    good song, good band.
  • 7. Sweet Child Of Mine by Guns N Roses
    maybe the best song olong long time, i think has a lot of feeling, axel made it for his girlfriend, the best way to say I LOVE YOU to your partner, this song most be the ONE.
  • 6. The Outfield by Your Love
    like it a lot, one of the best songs of this decade,very representative of the 80's
  • 5. Part Time Lover by Steve Wonder
    very good song exelent for those trained lovers.
  • 4. Take On Me by A-ha
    its a very 80's song with a very representative video about this decade.
  • 3. Calling On You by Stryper
    grat song who knew that was a cristian song(a cristian church) son listen like a love song and was inspired on god.
  • 2. Heaven Is A Place On Earth by Belinda Carlisle
    this song is very 80's, i guess when you listen this song you been involve for a beautiful feeling and make you back to the decade of the 80's
  • 1. Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship
    i guess taste like 80's, smell like 80's, is the 80's inself, is too much 80's, this song is the 80's.
is good to remember those beatiful times that bring to me remembers of, persons and places, costumes and celebrities that ones's were part of our diary life, and whenn we remembered it is live again throught this amazing songs.

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