In the 80s - Top Ten Lists of Eighties Songs
What are your top ten favorite songs from the 80s?
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By: Dr. Jones
- 10. (I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight by Cutting Crew
Classic love song
- 9. Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield
For all of those who wish they had someone else's girl.
- 8. Sunglasses At Night by Corey Hart
Every time I hear this song I think of the music video and it makes me laugh.
- 7. 867-5309/Jenny by Tommy Tutone
Classic 80s song
- 6. Tainted Love by Soft Cell
I sing this after every breakup I have.
- 5. Major Tom (Coming Home) by Peter Schilling
- 4. Mr. Roboto by Styx
I think this song produced the robot dance step
- 3. Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly) by Icicle Works
I always liked this one for some reason
- 2. I Beg Your Pardon by Kon Kan
This song is always overlooked.
- 1. Dancing With Myself by Billy Idol
I don't know how anyone could listen to this and not get up and dance with themselves!
It's impossible to pick only ten, but I tried my best.
- 10. Down Under by Men At Work
This song is so weird but I love it!!
- 9. Take On Me by a-ha
- 8. Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield
- 7. Summer Of '69 by Bryan Adams
Good song to blast in my car!!
- 6. Head Over Heels by Tears For Fears
na na na na na naaaaaaaa That's what I sound like singing this song!! That's the best part :)
- 5. Love Is a Battlefield by Pat Benetar
Gotta love the video.......LOL
- 4. In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel
- 3. Enjoy The Silence by Depeche Mode
I always loved this song when I was younger but never knew who sang it or what it was called until just recently
- 2. Every Breath You Take by The Police
This is on alot of people's lists......and i so agree :)
- 1. Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears
There were way to many good songs from the 80's! Everything was better back then!!! I wish I could have spent my teenager years during the 80s instead of the 90's :)
- 10. Mirror Mirror by Def Leppard
One of my faves..before they sold out. The High n Dry album was a classic and considered "underground" at the time.
- 9. Night Train by Guns 'n' Roses
Ive rode the night train before.....
- 8. Missing You by HSAS
hagar,Schon,Aranson and Shrieve with a classic "love" song
- 7. Hot On Your Heels by Steeler
another underground classic that was tough to find in it's day.Great song and guitar work by malmsteen
- 6. Flying High Again by Ozzy/Randy Rhoades
Listen closely to the guitar work and you will realize why Rhodes was a legend.
- 5. Straight Through The Heart by Dio
Great guitar work by Vivian Campbell
- 4. Whiplash by Metallica
The hairs on my neck stood up when i first heard this...
- 3. Queen of the Reich by Queensryche
You were just too cool if you had this EP. Queensryche eventualy sold out, well almost instantly, but this proved they could rock with the best.
- 2. Hallowed Be Thy Name by Iron Maiden
One of my favorites by a group that eventualy sold out. When this album hit, they were still "underground"
- 1. 10 Seconds To Love by Motley Crue
Great song, Great Lyrics, great driving riff.
strange list but all my faves...........
- 10. She Drives Me Crazy by Fine Young Cannibals
80's music persongified.
- 9. The Message by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
- 8. Ask by The Smiths
Excellent, upbeat whining loner music.
- 7. Real Gone Kid by Deacon Blue
Good travelling music.
- 6. Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac
- 5. Live To Tell by Madonna
I don't know why I like this. I hate Madonna, she's a cockroach, she even said so herself.
- 4. Buffalo Stance by Neneh Cherry
Funky. Popular among 'retro' students.
- 3. I Would Die 4 U by Prince
- 2. Debaser by The Pixies
Good music, weird lyrics.
- 1. Fools Gold by The Stone Roses
Original sound. Ian Brown loks like a monkey. They're Mancunians.
I'm sure there's loads more I've forgotten to mention but this is a decent enough collection.
By: BYRON BENGUCHE
- 10. Radio Clash by The Clash
THE DRUM BEAT WAS JUST AWESOME AND JOE STRUMMER SINGING MADE THE SONG FUNKY.
- 9. Pass The Duchie by Musical Youth
THIS WAS THE FIRST SONG I EVER BOUGHT WITH MY ALLOWANCE ON 1982.I PLAYED THIS SONG SO MUCH MY MOTHER HID THIS RECORD FROM ME.
- 8. The Look Of Love by ABC
IT REMIND ME OF THE FIRST TIME I SAW MTV.
- 7. Don't You Want Me? by The Human League
BEST SYNTH POP SONG FROM THE EIGHTIES.IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN MY NUMBER ONE SONG.
- 6. Tenderness by General Public
THIS SONG WAS USED IN TWO GOOD MOVIES CLUELESS AND WEIRD SCIENCE.
- 5. Owner Of A Lonely Heart by Yes
I LOVE THE BEGANING OF THIS SONG BECAUSE OF THE GUITAR PART.
- 4. Sweetest Taboo by Sade
NOT ONLY THIS SONG IS SEXY BUT SO IS SADE.
- 3. Save It For Later by English Beat
THE GODFATHERS OF SKA.IF IT WASN'T FOR THEM THERE WOULDN'T BE NO GROUPS LIKE NO DOUBT AND 311.
- 2. Oh Sheila by Ready For The World
THE FIRST TIME I HEARD THIS SONG IT WAS AT MY JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL DANCE IN 1985 AND I STILL LOVE THIS SONG WHEN THEY PLAY IT.
- 1. Human by The Human League
IT'S A GREAT SONG!PERIOD
By: BYRON BENGUCHE
- 10. Foolish Beat by Debbie Gibson
NOW I REALLY DON'T LIKE DEBBIE GIBSON.BUT I LIKE THIS SONG AND SHE WAS A TALENTED SONG WRITER
- 9. Slave To Love by Bryan Ferry
I LIKE THIS SONG IT WAS USED IN THE MOVIE NINE1/2 WEEKS.
- 8. Union Of The Snake by Duran Duran
THIS IS ONE OF DURAN DURAN'S BEST SONG FROM THE 7 TH AND THE RAGGED TIGER ABLUM
- 7. Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush
KATE BUSH IS VERY UNDERATED ARTIST FROM EIGHTIES.THE FIRST TIME I HEARD THIS SONG WAS IN THE MOVIE THE CHOCOLATE WAR AND I SAW THE VIDEO ON MTV'S 100 MINUTES.
- 6. I Need Love by LL Cool J
THIS IS CLASSIC HIP HOP SONG PERIOD
- 5. My Prerogative by Bobby Brown
THIS WAS A GREAT SONG UNTIL BRITTNEY SPEARS MESSED IT UP.EVEN BOBBY BROWN AGREED SHE SCREW IT UP.
- 4. West End Girls by Pet Shop Boys
THIS IS A GREAT TECHNO SONG FROM EIGHTIES.IT WAS A CLUB HIT ON MTV.
- 3. Tender Love by Force MD's
THIS SONG IS VERY SPECIAL TO ME.I REMIND ME OF THIS GIRL I HAD CRUSH ON BUT I WAS TO SHY TO TELL HER ABOUT HOW I FEEL.
- 2. Back To Life by Soul II Soul
THE FIRST TIME I HEARD THIS SONG I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL MY SENIOR YEAR IN 1988 AND I DANCED TO THIS SONG AT MY PROM.
- 1. Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye
THIS IS ONE OF THE R&B SONG OF THE EIGHTIES.MARVIN WAS THE HEIGHT OF HIS COMEBACK AND WON A GRAMMY FOR THIS SONG BEFORE HE WAS TRAICALY KILLED IN 1984.
By: Stephany B
- 10. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic by The Police
- 9. Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi
- 8. Love Bites by Def Leppard
- 7. Heaven by Bryan Adams
- 6. Total Eclipse Of The Heart by Bonnie Tyler
- 5. Against All Odds by Phil Collins
- 4. Water Song / Janie's Got A Gun by Aerosmith
- 3. Shout by Tears for Fears
- 2. Here I Go Again by Whitesnake
this is definately one of the best songs of the 80's! I mean come on guys, would the 80's be the 80's without whitesnake? :-)
- 1. (I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight by Cutting Crew
this is my all time 80's favorite. there's so much feeling and such a great combination of words.
By: mike ford
- 10. One Good Woman by Peter Cetera
this is as good as pop music gets. can't hear this song without thinking 80's
- 9. Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car by Billy Ocean
allright. a bit of a guilty pleasure but one of the funnest songs of the 80's
- 8. The Living Years by Mike And The Mechanics
one of the most moving songs i have ever heard
- 7. All I Want Is You by U2
u2 and bono really hit a homerun with this classic
- 6. Poison by Alice Cooper
the comeback song for this hard rock icon
- 5. Never Tear Us Apart by INXS
unlike most ballads this song really has weight
- 4. Every Breath You Take by The Police
no list of the 80's would be complete without this masterpiece
- 3. One Step Up by Bruce Springsteen
probably the most underrated and overlooked song of his career and of the entire decade
- 2. Paradise City by Guns 'n' Roses
best song, from the best album, from the best hard rock band of the 80's
- 1. With Or Without You by U2
beautiful, eerie song that always gives me goosebumps
By: Ian Kenny
- 10. Teenland by The Northern Pikes
Man, this song brings back alot of memories.
- 9. St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion) by John Parr
Good movie, good song!
- 8. Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns 'n' Roses
This song introduced me to GNR!
- 7. The Flame by Cheap Trick
Brings back memories of a certain girl!
- 6. Midnight Blue by Lou Gramm
Reminds me of the teenage dances at the Lion's Hall.
- 5. Take It Easy by Andy Taylor
Much better than the Duran Duran stuff.
- 4. Tom Sawyer by Rush
Real 80's Tune.
- 3. Your Love by The Outfield
- 2. New Sensation by INXS
For me, the best INXS song.
- 1. Where The Streets Have No Name by U2
By: BYRON BENGUCHE
- 10. Digging Your Scene by The Blow Monkeys
THIS WAS A ONE HIT WONDER SONG FROM 1987 AND IT WAS USED IN THE POLICE ACADEMY MOVIE
- 9. Suddenly by Billy Ocean
THIS SONG REMIND ME ON THE FIRST TIME I SLOW DANCED WITH THIS GIRL AT MY EIGHT GRADE SOCK HOP
- 8. I.O.U. by Freeze
THIS WAS A GREAT TECHNO POP SONG FROM 1983.
- 7. Hanging On A String by Loose Ends
THIS UK R&B GROUP WAS A HEAD BEFORE THERE TIME.
- 6. Master Blaster by Steve Wonder
THIS WAS STEVE AT HIS BEST.
- 5. How You Like Me Now! by Kool Moe Dee
THIS IS A CLASSIC BATTLE JOINT PRODUCED BY TEDDY RIELEY
- 4. I Wonder If I Can Take You Home by Lias Lisa & Cult Jam feat. Full Force
THIS SONG WAS A JAM WHEN I WAS IN JUNIOR HIGH I USE TO BREAKDANCE TO THIS SONG.PLUS I HAD A CRUSH ON LISA LISA.
- 3. Ebony Eyes by Rick James & Smokey Robinson
THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL LOVE SONG.ONE OF THE BEST DUET SONG EVER DONE
- 2. Wild Thing by Tone Loc
THIS WAS MY FAVORITE SONG IN HIGH SCHOOL BACK IN 1987.
- 1. Don't Believe The Hype by Public Enemy
PUBLIC ENMEY WAS AND STILL IS THE GREATEST RAP GROUP OF ALL TIME.
HONERABLE MENTION.BLUE MOON ON MONDAY DURAN DURAN,HANDS TO HEAVEN BREATHE,AND MISFITS CURISOSITY KILLED THE CAT.
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