In the 80s - Top Ten Lists of Eighties Songs
What are your top ten favorite songs from the 80s?
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By: simon from adelaide australia
electric blue by icehouse i cant dance by genesis in a big country by big country change in moods by kids in the kitchen modern love by david bowie hungry like the wolf by duran duran africa by toto i got my mind set on you by george harrison tuckers daughter by ian moss young years by dragon i want it all by queen danger zone by kenny loggins (and every other top gun song) all U2 songs all madonna's songs all bon jovi songs all talking heads songs all noiseworks songs the 80's kicks ass
By: DJ TOLGA
- 10. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) by Dead Or Alive
not only mine but also BANANARAMA's favourite song of the 80's
- 9. Blue Monday by NEW ORDER
what can I say more? a masterpice from Bernard sumner and friends........
- 8. Life's What You Make It by TALK TALK
all the songs of the band are beautiful but I had to choose one...
- 7. Here Comes The Rain Again by Eurythmics
song is perfect, besides it has an extraordinary video.....
- 6. Disco Band by Scotch
This is one of the songs that directed me listening to synth-pop.
- 5. The Great Commandment by Camouflage
If these boys weren't from GERMANY, they would have been so popular than ever...I believe!
- 4. Do or Die by The Human League
The song contains an ultimate synthesizer solo such as Steve Harris' but this is much better.
- 3. Dance With Me by Alphaville
this may be strange but I have been murmuring this song everyday for years..thanks boys..
- 2. Smalltown Boy by Bronski Beat
I have tried to record the video of this song for many years and finally I have succeeded.Exactly the greatest song of the 80's.....
- 1. Blasphemous Rumors by Depeche Mode
I am still thinking of how Martin felt himself while writing the lyrics of this song?
By: Jaymz Boykin
- 10. One by Metallica
I don't really like it,but it was popular.
- 9. Breakin' The Law by Judas Priest
I love this song, represents me in so many different ways.
- 8. Everybody wants to rule the world by Tears for Fears
This is the only song I liked of there's. So I feel I should mention them since they were a big part of the eighties.
- 7. Jump In The Fire by Metallica
Maybe not mainstream, but they had a big impact.
- 6. Is This Love by Whitesnake
I love this song.
- 5. Battery by Metallica
Metallica started the metal era, screw the new Metallica. I love the old Metallica but they sold out so to hell with them.
- 4. We Belong Together by Joan Jett
It has meaning.
- 3. Baby You're All That I Want by Bryan Adams
This song reminds me of my first and only love.
- 2. Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes
The voice will always be associated with the 80's.
- 1. Cars by Gary Newman
This song came out in 1980 and started the sound that was the 80's, for the most part.
I am a fan of metal and death metal, but I am well rounded. I would like to have mentioned more metal, but oh well. I am right so don't argue.
By: grand master sexay
- 10. Shoot To Thrill by Ac/dc
- 9. Who Made Who by Ac/dc
- 8. The Jack by Ac/dc
- 7. Whole Lotta Rosie by Ac/dc
- 6. Money Talks by Ac/dc
- 5. T.n.t. by Ac/dc
- 4. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap by Ac/dc
- 3. Thunderstruck by Ac/dc
- 2. Hells Bells by Ac/dc
- 1. Back In Black by Ac/dc
By: Steve Schimsky
- 10. Hanging On A Heartbeat by Hooters
- 9. Our Lips Are Sealed by GoGos
- 8. Head Over Heals by Tears For Fears
- 7. Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears
- 6. Borderline by Madonna
- 5. Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel
- 4. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cindy Lauper
- 3. Life In A Northern Town by Dream Acadamy
- 2. Take On Me by Aha
- 1. Don't Dream It's Over by Crowded House
By: Rick Miles
- 10. Scared by Dangerous Toys
Not too many people remember this song. Hey man I think I like being Scared, and I wish you all were there. Man I really really think really think, yeah I think, I like being Scared.
- 9. Runaway by Bon Jovi
Hot girls. Video. Say no more.
- 8. Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners
The last time a violin in a song was this cool, it had Charlie Daniels attached to it.
- 7. Rock Me Amadeus by Falco
Never have I liked a song so much, that I didn't fucking understand the words to.
- 6. Somebody's Baby by Jackson Browne
Jennifer Jason Leigh loses her virginity in the dugout in "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" to this song.
- 5. Is She Really Going Out With Him by Joe Jackson
We all have said this once in a while.
- 4. Seperate Ways (Worlds Apart) by Journey
Just a great beat. Hard driving guitar. Keyboards cool, too.
- 3. When You Close Your Eyes by Night Ranger
Cool "do you dig me" song
- 2. Funky Little Beat by Connie
All skate in the opposite direction.
- 1. Give Me Tonight by Shannon
I switched my allegiance so many times during the 80's between rock, metal, pop, etc. Two honorable mentions are definitely Prince and the Revolution, and of course, the King of Pop. Check out some of those old Thriller videos. Funny stuff.
- 10. Utopia (road to) by Utopia
old Todd R. fan
- 9. Sleepless by King Crimson
freeking bass line !!
- 8. Scary Monsters(and supercreeps) by David Bowie
David blows the competition away
- 7. Senses Working Overtime by XTC
was really torn between these two songs.
- 6. No Thugs In Our House by XTC
- 5. London Calling by Clash
- 4. Third Uncle by Brian Eno
taking tiger mountain was a great example of what music could have been in the 80's
- 3. Rain In The Summertime by Alarm
im not sure if this song made a 80's release but what the hell...the band was 80's sound until it's eventual demise. and this song just pumps out the emotion like there's no tomorrow
- 2. New Years Day by U2
- 1. Big Country by Big Country
Those scotsmen really whooped it up
By: David Wilde
Hi everybody! PLEASE watch the movie "Weird Science" (L.I.S.A. Der helle Wahnsinn) !!!! It´s the best 80´s movie of all!!! Also great: "No retreat, no surrender" (Karate Tiger) "Mannequin 1 + 2" "The Goonies" "Rocky IV"
By: Joel Smith
- 10. Touch by Noiseworks
Loved the sound....
- 9. Great Southern Land by Ice House
Beginning of a wacky Aussie film "Young Einstien" with some great visuals... very cool song.
- 8. Hey Little Girl by Ice House
First concert ever as a 9 year old at EXPO 88 in Brisbane (strangely special song).
- 7. Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again? (Live) by The Angels
... NO WAY GET F*%KED, F&$K OFF! A true Aussie classic known by all for the controversial answer to the song title as displayed above.
- 6. Mainstream by Bob Segar
Don't laugh! This song is really beautiful.
- 5. Telegraph Road by Dire Straits
All 12 minutes of this track is great... What a fine narrative it is.
- 4. With or Without You by U2
Special song, unreal harmony. Still listen to it today (only in MP3 form these days)
- 3. Don't Give Up by Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
So unique and great sounds... Kate's addition is fabulous
- 2. Don't Dream It's Over by Crowded House
Do I have to say anything? THE most beautiful song ever...
- 1. Eyes Without A Face by Billy Idol
First ever record as a youngster, still love the harmony of this song... Billy was a cool dude :)
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By: Ken Bui
Chris Cuevas - You Are the One, Air Supply - Making Love Out Of Nothing At All, Howard Jones - Everlasting Love, Johnny Hates Jazz - Turn Back The Clock, Corey Hart - Never Surrender, Toto - I'll Be Over You.
- 10. Tarzan Boy by Baltimora
- 9. Living In A Prayer by Bon Jovi
First BJ hit! Energy!
- 8. When Will I Be Famous by Bros
- 7. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? by Culture Club
Great Boy George
- 6. Walk Of Life by Dire Straits
- 5. The Final Countdown by Europe
- 4. What Is Love? by Howard Jones
I like it
- 3. We Are The World by Usa for Africa
We can help!
- 2. Power Of Love by Huey lewis
Back from the future!
- 1. Holyday by Madonna
What a sexy girl
- 10. We Will Together by The Eurythmics
- 9. Dreamin by Cliff Richard
- 8. Shattered Dreams by Johnny Hates Jazz
- 7. Slice Of Heaven by Dave Dobin
Came from the movie 'Footrot Flats' in 86.
- 6. Sunglasses At Night by Corey Hart
Songs like this one makes me wish I was a teen around this time.
- 5. Broken Wings by Mr Mister
- 4. All I Need Is A Miracle by Mike & The Mechanics
- 3. When The Going Gets Tough by Billy Ocean
A song to sing when you've got a tough task ahead of you.
- 2. Karma Chameleon by Culture Club
- 1. Close To Me by The Cure
Just a groovy song, I still love today! Since I first heard it 1 year ago.
Being born in 81, I wasn't really old enough to appreciate the 80s until I was about 16-17, (a bit late isn't it?). Since then I've built up my 80s music collection, and hearing some songs I've never heard before, suddenly they become as good to me as a great new song altogether. Almost like it came out the year I first heard it. There's a song by Stevie Nicks I like, but I don't know the name of it. I'm constantly searching around for songs I don't know the names of.
- 10. Voices Carry by Til' Tuesday
- 9. She's a Beauty by The Tubes
- 8. Kyrie by Mr. Mister
- 7. We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off by Jermaine Stewart
- 6. Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper
- 5. Eye in the Sky by Alan Parsons Project
- 4. Africa by Toto
- 3. Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears
- 2. No More Tears (Enough is Enough) by Babs and Donna Summer
- 1. I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues by Elton John
- 10. Save a Prayer by Duran Duran
The ultimate song for unrequited love...
- 9. Cities in Dust by Souxie and the Banshees
The song your mother would complain about. "What's she screaming about it there!?"
- 8. Tarzan Boy by Baltimora
A guilty pleasure - this song was *so* cheezy! When they made it into a toothpaste ad I just had to laugh.
- 7. No-one is to Blame by Howard Jones
Some days it just isn't going to work out right no matter how hard you try. This song helps me remember that.
- 6. One Night in Bangkok by from the Broadway musical Chess
Former ABBA members make good!
- 5. Go Insane by Lindsey Buckingham
I always loved the music, now after a few love affairs gone sour I understand the lyrics so much more...
- 4. In Between Days by The Cure
A definite song to turn up loud and drive to.
- 3. Headhunter by Front 182
First you lock the target. This song still gets me pumped up after a bad day at work LOL!
- 2. Perfect Way by Scritti Politti
Catchy catchy song - and wasn't Green a cutie!?
- 1. The Working Hour by Tears for Fears
Absolutely my all time favorite song ever. Hands down, no question.
I'm leaving SO much out! I always liked more obscure stuff - Tears for Fears gets a lot of talk for "Shout" for instance, but I've always thought "The Working Hour" was far superior. All of the big 80's bands have done stuff that was better than what actually got played on the radio! Somebody by Depeche Mode is another fave... 10 just isn't enough!
By: Jackie Dean
- 10. Africa by ToTo
Who doesnt like this song
- 9. High on You by Survivor
- 8. Endless Love by Lionel Richie
- 7. Rock Steady by I'm not sure who sang this
This song went with a dance I learned in 5th grade called the bus stop
- 6. You Belong To The City by Glenn Fry
another nice and mellow
- 5. Harden my Heart by Quarter Flash
- 4. Pop Music by Devo
yeah, uh huh
- 3. Total Eclipse of the Heart by Belinda Carlisle
Awesome song, even when it was redone
- 2. We Built this City by Jefferson Starship
Every radio station put in thier own staion call numbers
- 1. Say You Say Me by Lionel Richie
good mellow song
I've looked at all the "you might be an 80's child if" tests, and I am definatly an 80's child, and.............proud to be. The 80's we're fun. Can't wait until EVERYTHING makes a comeback!!!LOL
By: Andrea Ogletree
- 10. Any song fromLicensed to Ill by Beastie Boys
Kudos to: Paul Revere, Girls, Brass Monkey...I know, it's almost 90's music huh?
- 9. OH Yeah! by Yello
Ferris Bueler's Day Off!!--Everyone busted up when she kicked the principal in the face.........Too funny.
- 8. You Spin Me Round-like A Record by Dead or Alive
"It had a great beat, and it was fun to dance to"-- :)
- 7. One Night In Bangkok by Murray Head
- 6. If You Leave by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
If it played on the radio, and you were mad at the one you love, you had to cry, and call them. You know you DID.
- 5. Hungry Like The Wolf by Duran Duran
Perfect "animal" bedtime tune. :)
- 4. Turning Japanese by The Vapors
- 3. Pretty in Pink by The Psychedelic Furs
C'mon........everyone loved Ducky...am I right?
- 2. West End Girls by Pet Shop Boys
They had a great sound.
- 1. 99 Luftballoons by Nena
"The" best song EVER!! And you KNOW you STILL jam everytime you hear it!!
The song "Diamond Girl"-----No one knows who sings it.........If you know, list it please, WITH the artist.
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