In the 80s - Top Ten Lists of Eighties Songs
What are your top ten favorite songs from the 80s?
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- 10. The Break up Song by Greg Kihn Band
Great sing along....
- 9. Turn up the Radio by Autograph
Just another good song from another OHW...
- 8. Fantasy by Aldo Nova
Great guitar riff, this is a great song to get stuck in your head..
- 7. Don't Dream it's over by Crowded House
I love this song...still makes me cry...
- 6. If You leave by Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark
I think this is a classic '80's' song, typical..the keyboards, synth drums, no guitar...plus it was to another classic movie from the eighties..(or 2)
- 5. Lunatic Fringe by Red Ryder
This was on the soundtrack to 'Vision Quest' one of best movies from the 80's..Does anyone know who the lead singer was...remember that life is a highway!
- 4. Freeze Frame by J Geils Band
This is a good song to sing along to..drive with the windows down, etc..
- 3. Don't Forget Me (when I'm Gone) by Glass Tiger
A good sing along..Who is that singing backing vocals?
- 2. Union of the Snake by Duran Duran
This is one of the best videos from the eighties...
- 1. Election Day by Arcadia
This is a great song from the only album by this band (So Red the Rose), which consisted of the remnants of one of the best bands of the 80's. Hint: The original band has since regrouped. Do you know who it is? I highly recommend this album
I'm leaving out so many..Level 42, air supply, Asia, Bullet boys, christopher cross, cinderella, cool and the gang, Coverdale-Paige, CS&N, the cult, dan fogelberg, dead or alive, eddie money, elton john, europe, extreme, fine young cannibals, the fixx, foreigner, peter gabriel, genesis, the honeydrippers, the hooters, hewy lewis and the news, human league, j geils band, jackson browne, judas priest, little river band, etc...i can keep going but there isn't enough room here...i love music
By: Richard Rodriguez
- 10. Y.M.C.A by The Village People
Everyone knows how to move there arms when they hear this song.
- 9. Beat It by Michael Jackson
he may be weird but he is still the king of pop.
- 8. With Or With Out You by U2
I remember siging this song to my girl friend in high school.
- 7. TNT by AC/DC
Wow this song made me explode when i first heard it.
- 6. Jump by Van Halen
I remember playing this song over and over again in my car.
- 5. Down Under by Men At Work
I just love the beat of this song.
- 4. Africa by Toto
a great 80s song.
- 3. Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi
My favorite Bon Jovi song,awesome song.
- 2. Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison
I love to sing this song, it gets to you.
- 1. Every Breath You Take by The Police
This song touches my heart when i hear it.
I LOVE THE 80s
- 10. Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple
Greatest. Intro. Ever.
- 9. Jadded by Aerosmith
Feel good, somewhat eerie tune
- 8. TNT by AC/DC
- 7. Iron Man by Black Sabbath
He will get you.....
- 6. Enter Sandman by Metalica
It still cares Me!
- 5. Immagrint Song by Led Zeppelin
Oh we come fom the land of the ice and snow....
- 4. Eruption by Van Halen
It will get into your brains and fill them with loud face-melting guitar!!!
- 3. Growing on me by The Darkness
Is this an eighties song?
- 2. its a Long Way to The Top by AC/DC
high Voltage rock at its best
- 1. Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin
Never gets boring... Listen to it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- 10. World Shut Your Mouth by Julian Cope
- 9. New song by Howard Jones
Now an old song.
- 8. Tainted love by Soft Cell
Isn't all love?
- 7. Jungle life by Tarzan Boys
Makes you want to grab a vine and yell.
- 6. Senses working overtime by XTC
A fun song.
- 5. King For A Day by Thompson Twins
It feels very 80's
- 4. Owner of a lonely heart by Yes
What a song! What a group!
- 3. Jet-fighter by Three o'clock
A tank is too slow I want to be a Jetfighter!
- 2. Another Holiday by The Other Ones
I want to party!
- 1. Sausalito Summer Night by Diesel
A quintessential driving song!
- 10. Some Like You by The Fountainhead
- 9. Ours To Kills by Sad Lovers And Giants
- 8. Saturdays In Silesia by Rational Youth
- 7. Enjoy The Silence (Hands And Feet) by Depeche Mode
- 6. Beds Are Burning by Midnight Oil
- 5. Souvernir by O.M.D.
- 4. Forever Young by Alphaville
- 3. The Riddle by Nik Kershaw
- 2. Summer Spies by Fatal Charm
- 1. That´s When I Think Of You by 1927
- 10. Fascination by Human League
Going to jack up to no#1
- 9. Do They Know It's Christmas? by BandAid
Perfect no#1 christmas song
- 8. House Of Fun by Madness
- 7. Ace Of Spades by Motorhead
- 6. Poison Arrow by ABC
- 5. Thank You For The Music by ABBA
Whatever happened to ABBA? (Editor: They got divorced)
- 4. Take On Me by A-Ha
- 3. Careless Whisper by George Micheal
- 2. Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley
One of the best songs in the world
- 1. Karma Chameleon by Culture Club
Perfect, no#1 song
These songs are in no particular order. Have to pay credit to Michael Jackson for writing so many top songs during the late seventies and eighties Cheers Guys
By: George Rigden
- 10. A New England by Kirsty MacColl
Brilliant version of the classic Billy Bragg track!
- 9. Vienna by Ultravox
Midge Ure is a legend - and this is possibly one of the best songs never to reach number one!
- 8. Stop the Cavalry by Jona Lewie
a Christmas Classic - sounds like it was recorded at christmas with a real wintery feel!
- 7. Come on Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners
a Great record. this is the one where everyone gets up and Drunkenly amble around the dance floor while Kevin Rowland semi-slurs the words. classic!
- 6. Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division
This is an AMAZING song - and I think the story behind it is brilliant as well - Ian Curtis' longing for love from his partner while still having an affair with a dutch woman. recorded 2 months before his sucide and released a month after.
- 5. Letters from America by The Proclaimers
this came 4th in the charts in christmas 1987, kep out of the top three by Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones' version of Rockin around the xmas tree and the wonderful Fairytale of New York. This is the Proclaimers best song, but not there most well known.
- 4. Whole Of The Moon by Waterboys
a true classic of the 80's, one of the most underrated songs of that decade, I think the emotion just soars on every note!
- 3. Caravan Of Love by The Housemartins
The Housemartins were arguably the Best band of the 80's. Featuring Fatboy Slim on Bass, this OUTSTANDING accapella was christmas number 1 in 1986, and was the in my opinion the Best Christmas number one of that decade.
- 2. Don't Dream its Over by Crowded House
Beautiful track - Neil Finn is a songwriting genius and I really think this is the best Record never the reach the top 10 Ever made.
- 1. Fairytale of New York by The Pogues
This is THE greatest christmas song ever made - if not the greatest SONG ever made! forget band aid, this is one of those few songs that has stood the test of time. Shane MacGowan and Jem Finer should both be VERY proud! somehow kept off the top by The Pet Shop Boys for the Christmas Number one...... I think thats a travesty!
I have a very different taste in 80's music to alot of people, so I hpe this has provided as few surprises!
- 10. Is This Love? by Whitesnake
- 9. Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns 'n' Roses
- 8. Just A Friend by Biz Markie
- 7. House Of Pain by Faster Pussycat
- 6. Wild Side by Mötley Crüe
- 5. Here I Go Again by Whitesnake
- 4. Take My Breathe Away by Berlin
- 3. Patience by Guns 'n' Roses
- 2. Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For by U2
- 1. Angel by Aerosmith
By: Ian Kearns
- 10. Listen to the Radio by The Members
A great track & a great Video.
- 9. Six Months In A Leaky Boat by Split Enz
Before there was Crowded House, there was the ENZ. A great Kiwi band, us Aussies adopted and took to our hearts.
- 8. Here I go again by Whitesnake
Always liked the '82 version better.
- 7. Working For The Weekend by Loverboy
Back then I worked for the weekend, now I work to feed the kids and pay the mortgage.
- 6. Dancing in Berlin by Berlin
Saw them live at the Venue in '84, a great gig
- 5. Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again by The Angels
Loved this song in the late 70s, on its first release, But it come of age in the pubs in the mid 80s in its second incarnation.
- 4. Bow River by Cold Chisel
CHISEL epitomised Oz Pub rock.
- 3. Separate Ways by Journey
Frontiers - Great Album.
- 2. Only Time Will Tell by Asia
One of the best ballads of the 80's.
- 1. Who Can It Be Now? by Men At Work
I used to see Men at Work at the Cricketers Arms before they were famous. This was they're best song.
Honourable mentions to:- Only for Sheep - The Bureau,Heartbreak beat - Psychadelic Furs London Calling - The Clash, Listen to the Radio - The Members, For those about to Rock - Acca Dacca And about 500 songs I had no room to mention.
By: Mariano Garcia Salgado
- 10. Woodpeckers From Space by Video Kids
- 9. Jack To The Sound Of The Underground by Hithouse
- 8. Touch In The Night by Silent Circle
Italo Disco is great !
- 7. Crockett´s Theme by Jan Hammer
- 6. New York by Microchip League
- 5. Okey by OK
- 4. Cross The Border by Icehouse
- 3. The Great Commandment by Camouflage
- 2. Ella Elle l´a by France Gall
- 1. Big In Japan by Alphaville
These are my fav songs of the 80s
By: Malvin Mallari
- 10. German Girl by The Lotus Eaters
- 9. About You by Pleasure Thieves
Another unknown band
- 8. Exploding Boy by The Cure
The least but one of the best appreciated B-side song from The Cure
- 7. Pure by The Lightning Seeds
- 6. The Worst Year Of My Life by The Wild Swans
- 5. State Of The Nation by Industry
- 4. Michael by Secession
- 3. State Of Art by Friends Again
Has one of the best new wave music video in the 80's
- 2. Typical by Frazier Chorus
Just plain classic new wave
- 1. More To Lose by Seona Dancing
Scratched and all but still the best of all time.
LONG LIVE NEW WAVE !!! (Editor: This is funny, I didn't know any of these songs)
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