In the 80s - Top Ten Lists of Eighties Songs

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

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By: aenimal1976
  • 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 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 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.
By: Tabatha
  • 10. Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd
  • 9. Faith by George Michael
  • 8. Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics
  • 7. The One I Love by REM
  • 6. Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues by Elton John
  • 5. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
  • 4. Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd
  • 3. Patience by Guns 'N' Roses
    Definitely a song you can get lost in.
  • 2. With or Without You by U2
  • 1. Gypsy by Fleetwood mac
    Fleetwood mac definitely takes #1 with quite a few of their songs. I love the rhythm.
By: Secret
  • 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
    Adrenaline Rush!!!!!!!
  • 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
80's RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By: Leroy
  • 10. World Shut Your Mouth by Julian Cope
    Great song!
  • 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!
By: Lindsay
By: Capo
  • 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
By: Chaz
  • 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
    Perfect song
  • 7. Ace Of Spades by Motorhead
    Excellent song
  • 6. Poison Arrow by ABC
    Timeless classic
  • 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
    Awesomest song
  • 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
By: Jennifer
By: Rick
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: Roby
  • 10. Don't Know What You Got by Cinderella
  • 9. Dance by Ratt
  • 8. Breaking the Law by Judas Priest
  • 7. Hot For Teacher by Van Halen
  • 6. 18 And Life by Skid Row
  • 5. Radar Love by White Lion
  • 4. I Saw Red by Warrant
  • 3. Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison
  • 2. Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard
    One of the best rock songs of the 80s
  • 1. Round 'n' Round by Ratt
    Cool rock band of the 80s
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!
By: Elaqua
  • 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: AJ
By: Trystan
By: Mariano Garcia Salgado
  • 10. Woodpeckers From Space by Video Kids
    (Editor: Thanks)
  • 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
By: Ernesto
By: Roby
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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