In the 80s - Top Ten Lists of Eighties Songs
What are your top ten favorite songs from the 80s?
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By: will wilson
- 10. Pretty in Pink by Psychedelic Brain
- 9. Behind the Wheel by Depeche Mode
Has similarities to Route 66
- 8. Practicing First Aid by Horizontal Brain
- 7. How Soon Is Now by Smiths
- 6. Quit by Waitresses
- 5. My City Was Gone by Pretenders
A justly deserved condemnation of urban blight, very appropo.
- 4. Do You Wanna Hold Me by Bow Wow Wow
Practically everything by this group is hot, but this has the catchiest beat.
- 3. Suddenly Last Summer by Motels
Just as good as the movie, if not better.
- 2. Queen of Las Vegas by B-52s
This is a good song to listen to while cruising the Las Vegas Strip.
- 1. Walking In LA by Missing Persons
As one who did just that, can truly say LA without a car sucks.
By: David Home
- 10. She's In Parties by Bauhaus
- 9. The Pale Fountains by Thank you
- 8. All Of My Heart by ABC
- 7. You Have by Marc Almond
- 6. Flaming Sword by The Care
- 5. This Charming Man by The Smiths
- 4. The Killing Moon by Echo and the Bunnymen
- 3. Walk Out To Winter by Aztec Camera
- 2. Blue Monday by New Order
- 1. This Is The Day by The The
Bring us back those times ...
- 10. Reach Out For Me by Olivia Newton-John
Nice change for Olivia as it proves Olivia voice can sing EVERYTHING
- 9. Tied Up by Olivia Newton-John
Excellent song with flute instrumentation in the middle
- 8. Landslide by Olivia Newton-John
Yes this was a single and it was GREAT
- 7. The Best Of Me by Olivia Newton-John and David Foster
Good mix and the voices blend so well together
- 6. Magic by Olivia Newton-John
Another good song
- 5. Xanadu by Olivia Newton-John and ELO
Good sounding mix of vocals
- 4. Suddenly by Olivia Newton-John and Cliff Richard
Very romantic song
- 3. Heart Attack by Olivia Newton-John
Good follow-up single from a woman who never sounds behind the times
- 2. Twist Of Fate by Olivia Newton-John
Came from a very funny film
- 1. Physical by Olivia Newton-John
Best song of the year
Any album tracks that weren't singles released from Olivia's 1980s LPs. She just a GREAT singer....never get tired of her.
By: Kelley Dodd
- 10. Don't Dream It's Over by Crowded House
I wish the eighties weren't. I was so sad in 1990.
- 9. What's Love Got to Do With It? by Tina Turner
- 8. Drive by The Cars
- 7. Centerfold by J. Geils Band
Even though this song came out when I was three, I can still remember it as brand new.
- 6. Missing You by John Waite
- 5. Let's Hear it For the Boy by Denece Williams
So perky and fun, it makes you want to puff paint your shoes, wear your hair in a side ponytail and giggle.
- 4. Something About You by Level 42
The lyrics to this song are so well written!
- 3. Life in a Northern Town by Dream Academy
Puts you in a serene mood.
- 2. Cruel Summer by Bananarama
Does anyone else think of The Karate Kid?
- 1. With or Without You by U2
This brings chills everytime I hear it.
It was my childhood...I miss the '80s.
By: J Bramble
British '80s was the best!
- 10. People are People by Depeche Mode
I actually like Somebody and Enjoy the Silence more, but I had to put a Depeche Mode song on the list and this one got me interested in the amazing band.
- 9. Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order
Best song from alternative electronic band IMO, brings back memories!
- 8. Head On by Jesus and Mary Chain
Don't like the band much, but it is a damn good song.
- 7. Tempted by Squeeze
Just a great song from a great group. Check out Squeeze, the Singles.
- 6. Centerfold by J Geils Band
I was a young hormone-filled boy on the cusp of puberty when this song came out; thinking about "seeing her in that negligee" really was "just too much"!!
- 5. It's the End of the World (and I Feel Fine) by REM
Certainly the most fun song with the words "Ed of the World" of all time. LOL
- 4. Tainted Love by Soft Cell
The only one on my list that is a duplicate of a song from another list, but I had to do it, it could have been #1, it blew my mind when I first heard it.
- 3. Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
A song that made me begin to realize that I love dancing!
- 2. Pride (In the Name of Love) by U2
Should be number 1, but so timeless, it is easy to forget it is an Eighties song. But, wow...
- 1. Come on Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners
We are talking about the eighties and no mentions this song! Pure fun, pure Eighties!
I tried to mention songs not on other list on this page, other greats: My Sherona - the Knack, 867-5309 - Tommy Tutone, I get Frightened - Split Enz, Your Love (Josie on a Vacation) - The Outfield, many more
- 10. Peace Sells...But Whose Buying by MegaDeth
What, you think I was gonna have all MetallicA songs, this songs to good to leave out of the list.
- 9. Harvestor of Sorrow by MetallicA
This song talks about.........I dont know, James lyrics are too complicated in this song, listen to it and you"ll undeerstand.
- 8. Seek and Destroy by MetallicA
Cool song about hunting die a guy and killing them.
- 7. Four Hoarseman by MetallicA
Sweet song about death and other dieing jugdment day things.
- 6. For Whom The Bell Tolls by MetallicA
Awsome song. Heavy beat but lacks a Solo...hmmmmmm.
- 5. Creeping Death by MetallicA
Best song about the Acient times in Egypt with the pharohs and slaves and what not. Oh yea that Mosses fellow.
- 4. Battery by MetallicA
Fast pace speed metal type song. Awsome solo.
- 3. Disposable heroes by MetallicA
My favorite MetallicA song of all time. A real rocker.
- 2. Master of Puppets by Metallica
The most hardcore MetallicA song out there. Theres nothing better.
- 1. One by MetallicA
Best song on "...And justice for all" and the best video ever!
MetallicA for ever Baby!
- 10. Jimmy Sommerville by You Make Me Feel
- 9. Soft Cell by Bedsitter
- 8. Human League by Don't You Want Me
- 7. The Communards by Don't Leave Me This Way
- 6. Jimmy Sommerville/Bronski Beat/Marc Almond by I Feel Love (medley)
- 5. Tears For Fears by Shout
- 4. Bronski Beat by Why?
- 3. Mad World by Tears For Fears
- 2. Smalltown Boy by Bronski Beat
- 1. Tainted Love by Soft Cell
By: David M.
- 10. Unforgettable Fire by U2
- 9. Into The Fire by Bryan Adams
Bryans dark album.
- 8. Red Rain by Peter Gabriel
Very powerful song.
- 7. (I Just) Died In Your Arms by Cutting Crew
First song heard in my buddies "new" '86 Camaro.
- 6. Feel It Again by Honeymoon Suite
Great song from 1985.
- 5. Secret Seperation by The Fixx
Wonderful 7 min. extended version found on vinyl only.
- 4. How Soon Is Now? by The Smiths
Memories of being out late on the weekend clubbing.
- 3. Don't Need A Gun by Billy Idol
Are some of the lyrics in this song done in French? Still can't find the words to this. Excellent keyboard work by Harold Faltermeyer.
- 2. Still Of The Night by Whitesnake
Remember the summer of '87 well!!!
- 1. Subdivisions by Rush
My absolute all time favorite song!!!
Honorable Mentions: "Isn't It Midnight" Fleetwood Mac "Notorious" Loverboy "Family Man" Hall & Oates "Disappointed" Public Image Ltd. "She Shelia" The Producers "Working On It" Chris Rea "Showdown At Big Sky" Robbie Robertson "Young Thing Wild Dreams" Red Rider "Rooms On Fire" Stevie Nicks "Justice In Ontario" Steve Earle
By: robyn k
- 10. We Are The World by USA for Africa
sniff, sniff. Don't you just want to sing along and guess all the voices?
- 9. The Search Is Over by Survivor
the best love song...so romantic
- 8. Pump Up The Volume by M.a.r.r.s.
turn those radios up!!
- 7. Who's Johnny by De Barge
can listen to it over and over and over...
- 6. Like A Prayer by Madonna
hail to the goddess of pop
- 5. Mr. Brownstone by Guns N Roses
no comment necessary. an amazing song from an amazing album
- 4. Safety Dance (extended Remix) by Men Without Hats
i almost broke my bed jumping up and down to this song
- 3. Just Like Heaven by The Cure
this is to be played at my wedding, so i can spin around the dance floor
- 2. Africa by Toto
calms me down when i'm raging
- 1. Take On Me by A-ha
i noticed that this song made many people's countdowns.
- 10. You Sexy Thang by Hot Chocolate
i dunno if this was in the 80s either, but its cool
- 9. Play That Funky Music by i dont know
i dunno if this was in the 80s, but this has a really good sound to it and i luv it
- 8. Karma Chameleon by Kulcha Klub
i luv this song coz i used to sing it and it really annoyed my friend, boy george sounds really good in it
- 7. Funky Town by Pseudo Echo
im really into these fun, boppy songs
- 6. Venus by Bananarama
this deserves a mention because i used to think it was "im your penis"
- 5. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham
this is another totally boppy song that makes u wanna have fun
- 4. Locomotion by Kylie Minogue
this is just a really fun, happy song, that makes u wanna dance
- 3. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cindy Lauper
what can i say about this song??? she rocks
- 2. Down Under by Men At Work
How could u not like this song?
- 1. Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles
its the best song because its easy to sing along to, but also tells of the changing of a generation
i was born in the late eighties, so i didnt really get to hear a lot of these sweet songs, but it shows a tie where basically anything went, and i think that is totally great
By: emily tattrie
- 10. Hold Me Now by Thompson Twins
- 9. Take On Me by A-ha
great song and video
- 8. Don't Stand So Close To Me by The Police
- 7. You Make My Dreams by Hall And Oates
one of my faves
- 6. Careless Whispers by Wham
- 5. Dont Dream It's Over (hey Now) by Crowded House
this used to be my favorite song, it still is one of them
- 4. Circles In The Sand by Belinda Carlisle
what can i say, she's the best
- 3. Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard
makes me want to dance
- 2. Always Something There To Remind Me by Naked Eye
how can i.......forget you girl
- 1. In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel
Best song, not just in the 80's , all-together, i love his voice
80's was the best decade in music in my opinion, everything about it was fun and the beat of every 80's song is the best, i wish new songs had the beat of 80's songs, it's all i listen to
- 10. The Gap by Thompson Twins
- 9. Sounds Like A Melody by Alphaville
- 8. A Sort of Homecoming by U2
If I could I would choose the entire Unforgettable Fire album
- 7. See You by Depeche Mode
- 6. If You Leave by OMD
- 5. Heartbreak Beat by Psychadelic Furs
- 4. More Than This by Roxy Music
- 3. Tea In the Sahara by Police
Invisible Sun is a close second
- 2. You're Just What I Needed by Cars
Hard to pick one - this is my favorite this minute
- 1. Head Over Heels by Go-Go's
First real "Girl Band" They are awesome.
This was hard.
By: gal hermoni
- 10. Hide And Seek by Howard Jones
the synth intro make u wonna cry when u hear it , and jones's voice to
- 9. Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2
raw , rough and crispy : great poewr from up north
- 8. Tainted Love by Soft Cell
dark , sexy , cool , deviant !!!
- 7. Save A Prayer by Duran Duran
the best love song a teenager coould get in the new wave era
- 6. Fade To Gray by Visage
the coolest song of the coolest jannre : the electro new romantics. great song, great beat and great sounds !!!
- 5. Rent by Pet Shop Boys
underminning lyrics in a perfect pop costume
- 4. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
the first time i fell in love with pop music was when i first heard that song when i was 10 years old
- 3. When Doves Cry by Prince
the minimalism of pop in its best !!! in song writting and in production and arrangment
- 2. Bigmouth Strikes Again by The Smiths
such a groove !! such a guitar sound !! and great melody and singing as well
- 1. True Faith by New Order
great melody from a perfect pop band
- 10. Dust In The Wind by Kansas
There's just something about this song...
- 9. The Safety Dance by Men Without Hats
This song is just too cool!
- 8. Every Breath You Take by The Police
The re-do of this song by Puff Daddy sucks...hats off to the Police.
- 7. Melt With You by Modern English
This song is so cool also!
- 6. Africa by Toto
I don't know what it is about this song...but it's so addicting..you can't get it out of your head!
- 5. In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel
- 4. Every Rose Has It's Thorn by Poison
Cool song...and Keanu Reeves quoted it in a movie..so it's gotta be cool!
- 3. Love Is On The Way by Saigon Kick
This song is awesome!
- 2. November Rain by Guns 'N' Roses
It's so pretty!
- 1. Take On Me by A-ha
KICK @$$ SONG! This song deserves any awards it can get!
There were too many cool songs to pick from...tough choice!
By: len brown
- 10. Nothing But A Good Time by Poison
this track rocks, particuarly liked this with a few bourbons under the belt and out with boys.
- 9. Push It by Salt N Pepa
ok ok your probaly thinking this was not real 80s music , but it was a big turning point in a change in accepted music styles, its a funky track though
- 8. When You Were Mine by Prince
song always brings back wonderful memories , this person is a genius.
- 7. Dont You Forget About Me by Simple Minds
great song (if you look up 80s music in the dictionary you'll probally find this song title!!!!!!!!!!)
- 6. Love Walks In / 5150 by Van Halen
ive added the two songs from the 5150 set purely because i cant separate which is my favourite!!!
- 5. Dont Change by INXS
this song was from the finest album INXS released "Shabooh Shoobah" and by far there standout song (far as im concerned)
- 4. Your A Friend Of Mine by Jackson Browne & Clarence Clemons
very uplifting song !!!
- 3. Take On Me by A-ha
this song also boasts one of the all time great music clips.
- 2. Do You Believe In Love by Huey Lewis And The News
this is the only song from this artist i like , its wonderful
- 1. We Built This City by Starship
this song shaped the decade of the greatest music of all time !!!
By: Johnny Ceb
los 80's una decada única en música, que nuestros oídos no dejen nunca de escuchar eso que nos da vitalidad....la música
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