In the 80s - Top Ten Lists of Eighties Songs
What are your top ten favorite songs from the 80s?
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By: Luis Martin
- 10. All In One Day by Ultravox
Never the modern music was so near of the classic music.
- 9. Lament by Ultravox
The piano is fantastic
- 8. Wester Promise by Ultravox
Innovative song, The banks of Keyboards are incredible
- 7. Man Of Two World by Ultravox
Whats song as beautiful
- 6. The Voice by Ultravox
Midge seems a singer of opera, hight sound
- 5. The Thin Wall by Ultravox
It is a trip to the heaven
- 4. White China by Ultravox
This song have a incredible drums, percusion and Keyboards
- 3. I Remember Death In The Afternoon by Ultravox.
This song have a unique sound, great voice of Midge Ure
- 2. VIenna by Ultravox
It is like the clasic musi
- 1. Heart Of The Country by Ultravox
Impressive, marvellous intrumentation, innovative percussion
By: girl with 80s in her soul
- 10. Domino Dancing by Petshop Boys
this song screams 80's... a little on the cheesy side but hey, isn't that what the whole decade was about? it's actually a pretty sexy fun song. bust a move!
- 9. Hold Me Now by Thompson Twins
if you're feeling masochistic after a breakup, listen to this song on repeat. good way to make your heart bleed.
- 8. Ordinary World by Duran Duran
dreamy, full of emotion
- 7. Hey Now by Crowded House
dark, melancholy, damn good.
- 6. Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears
i always start to sway subconsciously and the lyrics are pretty thought-provoking.
- 5. Living In Oblivion by Anything Box
reminscent of depeche mode, his voice is oh so beautiful!
- 4. Come Undone by Duran Duran
it's absolutely perfect. it's so distinctly 80's, yet timeless. this song is good for introspection on a breezy day alone in the car.
- 3. Tainted Love by Soft Cell
yes, such a predictable choice but it's disgustingly infectious and hard not to like no matter how much you try.
- 2. Don't Get Me Wrong by The Pretenders
Chrissie Hynde has a voice that could soothe a swarm of angry killer bees. this song is so happy it's hard not to smile!
- 1. Just Like Heaven by The Cure
this song makes my heart sing...
there are so many others i haven't mentioned--my top ten list is about 50 songs long... i won't even try to start.
- 10. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
- 9. Little Lies by Fleetwood Mac
No song interchanges vocals as effectively as this one does.
- 8. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For by U2
I think a lot of people can relate to this song.
- 7. Dancing In The Dark by Bruce Springsteen
- 6. The Reflex by Duran Duran
This is as classic as 80's songs get. They're getting back together! YAY!
- 5. Pride (In the Name of Love) by U2
A great tribute to a great person.
- 4. Beds Are Burning by Midnight Oil
How can I leave while this song is playing?
- 3. We Didn't Start The Fire by Billy Joel
40 years of American History. One song. Wow.
- 2. Somebody by Bryan Adams
Talk about a gifted singing voice. Sorry, no one will ever come this close. This song also contains my favourite quote from a song: Starting with "Another night....."
- 1. I'm On Fire by Bruce Springsteen
How could he not put this on his "Greatest Hits" album?!
- 10. Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
- 9. We're Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister
- 8. Funkytown by Lipps Inc.
- 7. Don't Dream Its Over by Crowded House
- 6. Always Something There To Remind Me by Naked Eyes
- 5. Don't You Forget About Me by Simple Minds
- 4. Take On Me by A-ha
- 3. Walk Like An Egyptian by The Bangels
- 2. Every Breath You Take by The Police
- 1. I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight by Cutting Crew
- 10. Thriller by Michael Jackson
Who could ever forget this filclip and eddie Van Halens, led zep rip off guitar riff!!
- 9. Sometimes She Cries by Warrant
A great song from one of the 80's "hair" bands
- 8. Underneath The Radar by Underground
just a really cool song
- 7. Sweet Child Of Mine by Guns N' Roses
Slash's guitar riff would be the most easily recognised riff in history - great song,from a great album
- 6. Back In Black by AC/DC
Their biggest album ever, by one of the biggest bands ever.So many great songs on this album it was hard to choose just one
- 5. Heaven's On Fire by Kiss
unmasked - but still rocking into the 80's
- 4. No More Tears by Ozzy Osbourne
From the man who spawned metal, probably the greatest masterpeice of rock ever - every song on this album, including the title cut rocked
- 3. Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2
one of u2's great songs - they had many - The joshua tree album comes too mind - great band!
- 2. Ride The Lightning by Metallica
The masters of thrash in their prime - long before they sold out to the mass market
- 1. Home Sweet Home by Motley Crue
A power ballad that totally rocked
Big hair, bright colours, and lots of drugs - the 80's had it all. Cross dressing rock stars, white rappers, soft metal, hard metal ,thrash,lip syncing - - the list of great music goes on.
By: Craig Waller
- 10. Two Hearts by Phil Collins
Ahh that Collins. Knows how to sing a number and tell a great tale at the same time. And for that reason, there will always be a little bit of Collins in my heart.
- 9. Dance To The Shears by That Red Haired/Bearded Muppet On Sesame Street
Fun lovin bee bop sing-a-long number off my favourite show back in the day.
- 8. Mr. Brownstone by Guns N' Roses
The tune that first got me into playing guitar. Slash loves his rockin...and so do i. Love my Gunners.
- 7. Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car by Billy Ocean
Typical 80s movie theme song (could be wrong). Not a single boring part in this song. Ocean has money/girls, why not write an uplifting song like this i say. He loves it.
- 6. Dr. Feelgood by Motley Crue
First taste of hard rock i ever tasted as a youngster. And sweet taste it was mind you. Gotta love Nikki Sixx's goggles and the dude who plays axe's monster voice part. Classic.
- 5. Batdance by Prince
When i was a whipper snapper i was addicted to this number. So many different parts in the song which are all wicked.
- 4. Money For Nothing by Dire Straits
When i first heard this song, my first reaction was "This is a guy who knows how to play the axe". Knoppfler knows what he's talkin about.
- 3. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
Stompin groove which carries throughout the song. Love it. How can you not love it?
- 2. Angel Of Death by Slayer
Best metal song of all time.
- 1. Beat It by Michael Jackson
Best MJ song ever. Sings the chorus with such a burning passion, you can't not love it.
After all my years of listening to tunes, always thought the 80s was the cheesiest. But at the end of the day, gotta love your cheese. Now i've grwn to appreciate the certain flavour of cheese which was the 80s.....and love it.
By: Richard Bohm
- 10. Jump by Van Halen
Probably the greatest hard rock song to hit on the popular market.
- 9. Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order
The first time I heard that song, god knows hom much I hate it for that stupid sound at the beginning and the non ending beat, but now the more I hear from it the more I appreciate it!
- 8. Girl Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
So much joy and energie put in here by Cindy. And the video even thought the clothe looks ugly, it reminds of how things were in those years!
- 7. Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners
The most inguine song of the decade using a great variety of instrument, sound cracky but still it still make people groove when hearing it!
- 6. Faith by George Michael
God that song was popular when it came out, using the sound of the church organ at the beginning was something special if you consider the subject used.
- 5. Karma Chameleon by Culture Club
Man I was only three when that song came out and even thought I did knew a single lyric of it, I could sing the "kama kama kama kamilia" in my french accent.
- 4. Like A Virgin by Madonna
This song don't need any explanation. The title itself says it all. If you remember the way Madona was moving in that video, gee!
- 3. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
That song kept playing day after day for a long period of time, probably the biggest hit of Mickael Jackson (event thought everyone has in mind Thrillers) it is the song that established MJ reputation
- 2. With Or Without You by U2
How desasparated this song his, when Bono shout the "I can live...." I think that everyone who had broken up with their (boy or girlfriend) and realise that their relation could not continue must have sing this song and cry, over and over...
- 1. Every Breath You Take by The Police
Wow! what can we say about this song, great lyrics, great beat, sting as great as usual, everything was there to make that song work and keep on playing on radio. Probably the only song of the eigthies that does'nt sound old. And I don't know anybody who is tired hearing it!
When the music was na´ve and people were experimenting electronic, gees I miss that spirit!
By: Chris Lewis
- 10. Red Hill Mining Town by U2
Kind of an odd one I know, but a great song off the Joshua Tree
- 9. Burning Down The House by Talking Heads
- 8. Africa by Toto
- 7. Shout by Tears For Fears
- 6. Down Under by Men At Work
Never get tired of this one.
- 5. Shock The Monkey by Peter Gabriel
Classic 80's song by the former Genesis front man.
- 4. Owner Of A Lonely Heart by Yes
- 3. King Of Pain by The Police
Ok, in reality I could have put many songs by the Police- Synchronicity 2, Every Breath.., Every Little Thing..., etc. The Police ruled.
- 2. Epic by Faith No More
One of the most underrated bands of the 80's - great CD.
- 1. Your Love by The Outfield
Played this one over and over and well you get the point. Defines the 80's for me.
By: Lauren Tchalabi
- 10. The Circle by Max Carl
nice love song!
- 9. Goonies R' Good Enough by Cyndi Lauper
gotta love cyndi!!
- 8. Take On Me by A-ha
i can still remember the music video!! awesome song!
- 7. It's In His Kiss by Cher
great song to sing to. this is one of my favorite cher songs...
- 6. Power Of Love by Huey Lewis
a nice pop beat to it...makes you wanna get up sing and dance!
- 5. Don't You Forget About Me by Simple Minds
The Breakfast Club is the best movie ever! and this song just adds to that!
- 4. What Does It Take by Honeymoon Suite
Another one of my favorite songs!!
- 3. If You Leave by O.M.D.
One of my favorite songs of all time!!
- 2. Storybook Love by Mark Knopfler
a fantastic "once upon a time" love song.
- 1. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship
one of the all time best movie theme songs i've ever heard! gotta love mannequin!
The 80's has got to be the best decade in music and movies! I don't think anything today even compares to back then. It was definitely the best time of my life!
- 10. Murderous by Nitzer Ebb
The best speed dance acid house club music. Other song titles include: Fitness to Purpose, Join in the Chant, Control, Family Man.
- 9. Headhunter by Front 242
The ultimate industrial house music. Other songs: En Rythmus Bleiben, Paradise.
- 8. Underneath The Radar by Underworld
These guys were either 1989 or 1990. Can't quite remember.
- 7. Cuts You Up by Peter Murphy
One hit wonder. May have had other song titles, but, don't know them. This song was great, lots of energy.
- 6. This Corrosion by Sisters Of Mercy
Dark and morbid Goth music. They also sang the theme song to The Lost Boys entitled Cry Little Sister
- 5. Music Non-Stop by Kraftwerk
PING Boom Chuck! Great house music.
- 4. Rock Lobster by B52's
Great party music.
- 3. So Alive by Love And Rockets
Cool hanging out, drink beer music before going out to the night clubs.
- 2. The Globe by Big Audio Dynamite
Great party music. Other great hits included: Rush, E=MC2, Medicine Show.
- 1. We Care A Lot by Faith No More
This song never made it big. They are more famous for their song Epic.
I used to love Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Lords of Acid, and Nine Inch Nails. But only a few of their songs did I actually enjoy. They seem to have gotten pretty morbid and dark after awhile.
I was brought up in the eighties and these are songs I remembered liking the best.
Berlin - Take My Breath Away
- 10. Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2
- 9. Always Something There To Remind Me by Naked Eyes
- 8. 99 Red Balloons by Nena
- 7. Manic Monday by Bangles
- 6. Shout by Tears For Fears
- 5. I Touch Myself by Divinyls
- 4. Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles
- 3. Pump Up The Volume by Marrs
- 2. Living On A Prayer by Bon Jovi
- 1. Heart Of Glass by Blondie
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