In the 80s - Top Ten Lists of Eighties Songs

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

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By: Audrey Elmaleh
11.Girl I'm Going To Miss You-Milli Vanilli 12.Straight Up-Paula Abdul 13.Stand-REM 14.You Spin Me Round-Dead Or Alive 15.Karma Chameleon-Culture Club 16.Take On Me-A Ha 17.Heaven Is A Place On Earth-Belinda Carlise 18.Vacation-The Go-Go's 19.I Get Weak-Belinda Carlise 20.Eternal Flame-The Bangles 21.Stacey Q-Two Of Hearts 22.No One Is To Blame-Howard Jones 23.Addicted To Love-Robert Palmer 24.Material Girl-Madonna 25.Pride-U2 26.Sunday Bloody Sunday-U2 27.I Can't Go For That-Hall & Oates 28.Do They Know It's Christmas-Band Aid 29.We Are The World-USA For Africa 30.Summer Of 69'-Brian Adams
By: Luke
  • 10. I Wear My Sunglasses At Night by Corey Hart three cousins (sporting headbands, bad sunglasses, and poofy hair) had a real crush on this pouty lipped guy in the mid eighties.
  • 9. Our House by Madness
    ...couldn't get it out of my head after having this song pumped real loud at the rollerskating rink...
  • 8. Send Me An Angel by Real Life starts off, and you're kind of like... what song is this?... and you don't know what to do, don't know what to do. That is until you get to the chorus line.
  • 7. Rio by Duran Duran
    ...i hated the reflex!... i almost put 'Notorious' here instead... for the memories
  • 6. Another One Bites The Dust by Queen
    ... this is one of those songs that had so much air play here in the 80s
  • 5. Don't You Forget About Me by Simple Minds
    ... Billy Idol missed the opportunity to record this hit back then... the breakfast club still
  • 4. Relax, Don't Do It by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
    ... makes me want to lace up my rollerskates again.
  • 3. Rock It by Herbie Hancock
    ... strange video... anyone who was a wanna be breakdancer in the 80s should know this song.
  • 2. Take On Me by Aha
    ...that synth melody line is just so recognizeably 80s
  • 1. Eyes Without A Face by Billy Idol
    Les yeux sans visage... eyes without a face... got no human grace your eyes without a face. Such a human waste your eyes without a face, and now it's getting worse...
other mentionables: George Harrison's, 'Got My Mind Set On You', Billy Idol's, 'Got To Be A Lover', and 'White Wedding', Depeche Mode's 'People Are People', and 'Just Can't Get Enough' (anyone truly from the eighties connects anything from 'Violator' more with the 90s, like 'Personal Jesus') New Order's, 'Blue Monday', Eurhythmics', 'Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This', Love & Rocket's cover of,'Ball Of Confusion'(think cold war)... and David Bowie's, 'Let's Dance'... i'm sure i've missed some.
By: Ree
  • 10. The Boys of Summer/New York Minute by Don Henley
  • 9. New Year's Day/Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2
  • 8. Early In The Morning/Addicted To Love by Robert Palmer
  • 7. Magic/Make A Move On Me by Olivia Newton-John
  • 6. Waiting For A Girl Like You/Urgent by Foreigner
  • 5. Foolin'/Photograph by Def Leppard
  • 4. Dress You Up/Papa Don't Preach by Madonna
  • 3. Edge of Seventeen/I Can't Wait by Stevie Nicks
  • 2. Who's Crying Now/Don't Stop Believin' by Journey
  • 1. Out of Touch/Adult Education by Daryl Hall & John Oates
By: Louis
  • 10. My Dreams Of You by The Box
  • 9. Betty Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes
  • 8. In A Big Country by Big Country
  • 7. Safety Dance by Men Without Hats
  • 6. Take On Me by A-ha
  • 5. My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone...) by Chilliwack
  • 4. Only You by The Flying Pickets
  • 3. Every Breath You Take by The Police
  • 2. Africa by Toto
  • 1. Eye in the Sky by Alan Parson's Project
By: Todd Stallone
  • 10. Magic by Olivia Newton-John
    she was good in Xanadu too (did i spell it right)
  • 9. Perogative by Bobby Brown
  • 8. All Night Long by Lionel Richie
    The 80's wouldn't be complete without him
  • 7. Don't Dream It's Over by Crowded House
    Hey now Hey now.
  • 6. Borderline by Madonna
    I should rate this higher i like it so much
  • 5. Hold me Now by Thompson Twins
    Good song....
  • 4. She Bop by Cyndi Lauper
    A tune that isn't easy to get out of your head
  • 3. Baby what a big Surprise by Chicago
    What else is there to say ?
  • 2. Karma Chameleon by Culture Club
    karma karma karma karma chameleon you come and go! awesome tune!
  • 1. Down Under by Men at work
Oh, and all the songs david bowie did on Labyrinth!!! Come visit 80s music trivia by opening any client and connect to 6667 then just join #Rave !!!!!!
By: Sandra P
  • 10. I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner
  • 9. Waiting For a Girl Like You by Foreigner
  • 8. Wicked Game by Chris Isaak
    It came out in 1989 and simply amazing. Chris Isaak is one sexy man.
  • 7. Sort of Homecoming by U2
    The Unforgettable Fire is one of my fave albums
  • 6. Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore by REO Speedwagon
  • 5. Send Me An Angel by Real Life
    Many people can relate to this song
  • 4. Maria Magdalena by Sandra
    A great one hit wonder (I think???)
  • 3. Drive by The Cars
    really gets me in the 80s mood
  • 2. Tainted Love by Soft Cell
    Catchy tune, especially the Extended Verison!
  • 1. La Isla Bonita by Madonna
    hence my email address :) An amazing song!!!
I loved the 80s :) drop me a line!
By: Lloyd Christmas
  • 10. When I'm With You by Sheriff
  • 9. Take Me Home Tonight by Eddie Money
  • 8. Jesse's Girl by Rick Springfield
  • 7. More Than A Feeling by Boston
  • 6. Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard
  • 5. Make Me Lose Control by Eric Carmen
  • 4. Power Of Love by Huey Lewis & The News
    Back To The Future Baby
  • 3. Jack & Diane by John Mellencamp
    "Small Town" "Hurt So Good" "I Fight Authority" They're all good.
  • 2. Boys Of Summer by Don Henley
  • 1. To Be WithYou by Mr Big
By: Tracy
These are not my favorite songs of the 80's...but the definately remind me of the decade
By: Kris
  • 10. Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners
    This song really sums up the 80's for me. It's just fun, silly, catchy...I love it.
  • 9. I Want You To Want Me by Cheap Trick
    I want want...ME...
  • 8. Should I Stay Or Should I Go? by The Clash
    When I hear this song, I can't help but sing along.
  • 7. One Way Or Another by Blondie
    This has always been my favourite Blondie song.
  • 6. You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC
    Actually, "Back In Black" in its entirety could be on this list because I love that album so much.
  • 5. Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
    Cyndi Lauper is the epitome of the 80's, in my opinion. She was sort of like the "alternative" to Madonna. The girls who were more "quirky" than "sexual" could relate to her more, I think. I know I sure did. And this song is just one of those songs that makes you feel good.
  • 4. I Melt With You by Modern English
    I can listen to this song over and over and not tire of it. It's classic.
  • 3. Whip It by Devo
    I love Devo. I love this song.
  • 2. What I Like About You by The Romantics
    It's just such a fun, upbeat song. Whenever I make mix CDs, this song goes on there.
  • 1. In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel
    Besides the fact that Peter Gabriel is a musical mastermind, I love the fact that every time I hear this song I think of John Cusack.
Picking just ten songs was very difficult...I had to leave out so many!
By: Gerald Witte
  • 10. Eternal Flame by Bangles
    The Atomic Kitten Version is absolutely horrible. Listen to the sound and the voice of Susannah Hoffs and you know what I mean.
  • 9. She's A Beauty by Tubes
    Yes, she is!
  • 8. I Love Rock'n Roll by Joan Jett
    Woooooooooooooooahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Makes me feel good.
  • 7. New England by Kirsty McColl
  • 6. Cambodia by Kim Wilde
    Makes me cry...
  • 5. Swords of a thousand man by Tenpole Tudor
    Drives me crazy...
  • 4. Biko by Peter Gabriel
    Great song for a great man!!!
  • 3. The Man With The Child In His Eyes by Kate Bush
  • 2. Are Friends Electric? by Gary Numan
  • 1. Poison by Alice Cooper
    Reminds me of my girlfriend. I can't resist!!!
A decade with lots of great music ... still listen to it today!
By: Robert
By: John Tryfonas
  • 10. Blue Monday by New Order
    Another ultimate club anthem in the traces of Joy Division.
  • 9. Take On Me by A-Ha
    The best 80's synth pop song in my recollection.
  • 8. The Robots by Kraftwerk
    The cornerstone of the mordern electronica.
  • 7. Paradise City by Guns 'n' Roses
    The ultimate hard boogie rock song which made thousands heads banging with no mercy!
  • 6. Never Let Me Down Again by Depeche Mode
    The best psycho song...
  • 5. Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
    The ultimate gay anthem for the nightclubs.
  • 4. Fight For Your Right by Beastie Boys
    The best party song.
  • 3. The Final Countdown by Europe
    The ultimate hard rock track those years.
  • 2. Like A Virgin by Madonna
    The most kitch and scandalous song of that decade.
  • 1. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
    The undisputable best song from the 80's.
Another top tunes for me are "broken wings " by mr. mister, "Big In Japan" by Alphaville and "take my breath away " from berlin.
By: Winona
  • 10. Hunting high and low by A-ha
    Cute Trio!
  • 9. Never by Heart
    Great Rockin' tune!
  • 8. Heaven by
    great spiritual message
  • 7. Nothing Can Come Between Us by Sade
    Classic r&b and soul all in one.
  • 6. Perfect by Fairground Attraction
    A great 'falling in love' fun song.
  • 5. Lovecats by The Cure
    Robert Smith and his hair!!
  • 4. I Don't Like Mondays by Boomtown Rats
    Great theme song for a workday
  • 3. Ghost In You by Psychedelic Furs
    Amazing voice on the record!
  • 2. True Colors by Cyndi Lauper
    Very spiritual
  • 1. True by Spandau Ballet
    A classic what more can I say? My favourtie band of all time.
Can you tell I may not like the obvious songs?
By: Perjlita
By: Paula
  • 10. Burning In Love by Honeymoon Suite
  • 9. Keep On Living You by Areo Speedwagon
  • 8. Jezebel by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  • 7. Wishing(If I Had A Photograph Of You) by Flock of seaguls
  • 6. Stand Back by Stevie Nicks
  • 5. Each Time You Break My Heart by Nick Kamen
  • 4. Misunderstanding by Phil Colins
  • 3. Breaking Us In Two by Jackson Brown
  • 2. Let's Go by The Cars
  • 1. Do You Wanna Touch Me (oh Yeah) by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
    Joan Jett is the last Rock n' roll star!
By: Ty
  • 10. Two Tickets To Paradise by Eddie Money
  • 9. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham!
  • 8. Slade by Runaway
  • 7. Photograph by Def Leppard
  • 6. She's a Beauty by Tubes
  • 5. Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears for Fears
  • 4. Talking In Your Sleep by Romantics
  • 3. Let's Groove Tonight by Earth Wind and Fire
  • 2. Waiting For A Star To Fall by Boy meets girl
  • 1. Something About You by Level 42
By: Tatoet
  • 10. Through The Barricades by Spandau Ballet
    Much, much "asyik" than True!
  • 9. She's Like The Wind by Patrick Swayze
    Can he just singing instead of acting at pre-Dirty Dancing movies?
  • 8. Save A Parayer by Duran Duran
    Wow, I love them!
  • 7. Borderline by Madonna
    Another "asyik" dance-song
  • 6. With Or Without You by U2
    What would the music scene be without them?
  • 5. How Will I Know by Whitney Houston
    I'm her die hard fan, and this one is just so catchy and danceable
  • 4. Giving You The Best That I've Got by Anita Baker
    One of the best voice of 80's
  • 3. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship
    Everytime I wake up with this song blasting from my stereo, I feel like ready to do anything impossible that day!!!
  • 2. Take On Me by A-Ha
    Their greatest!
  • 1. She's Out Of My Life by Michael Jackson
    Did he really cry at the end of the song? Heck, the song is just so great. If only jacko stick to this kinda songs
Ever since my frined tole me about this site, I can't help it but scrolling down the entire list all the week!!!!!
By: tony
these are all cool songs who put something in the 80's
By: Dustin
  • 10. Sweet Dreams (are Made Of These) by Eurithmics
  • 9. Thriller by Michael Jackson
  • 8. Borderline by Madonna
  • 7. Edge Of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks
  • 6. Call Me by Blondie
  • 5. She Bop by Cyndi Lauper
  • 4. When Doves Cry by Prince
  • 3. Manic Monday by The Bangles
  • 2. Welcome To The Jungle by Guns And Roses
  • 1. Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
    come on shes the queen of the 80s gotta lover her hair and wild style
I didnt grow up in the 80S I was born in 88 so I didnt get to experience the whole thing I like cyndi lauper the most out of the 80S her wacky style cloths and hair and mtv was I think the biggest thing to happen to music scince woodstock!!!
By: Dr. Winston O'Boogie
  • 10. Stop The Cavalry by Jona Lewie
  • 9. Being Boiled by Human League
  • 8. Underpass by John Foxx
  • 7. Johnny And Mary by Robert Palmer
  • 6. Joan Of Arc by Orchestral Manouevres In The Dark
  • 5. Money by The Flying Lizard
  • 4. Pop Muzik by M
  • 3. Vienna by Ultravox
  • 2. Fade To Grey by Visage
  • 1. (Just Like) Startin' Over by John Lennon
The 80ies were such a great time (musically)! There was also the "Neue Deutsche Welle" (= New German Wave) her in Germany, a kind of German "New Wave" (sic!) with such acts like Nena, TRIO, UNITED BALLS, UKW, RHEINGOLD, KRAFTWERK... But sadly the times they are a changing....

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