In the 80s - Top Ten Lists of Eighties Songs
What are your top ten favorite songs from the 80s?
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- 10. Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners
a good foot stamper never dies
- 9. Wild Boys by Duran Duran
good lads tune and another good video
- 8. Love 'N Pride by King
- 7. Shattered Dreams by Johnny Hates Jazz
cool album not one poor song
- 6. Don't Dream It's Over by Crowded House
- 5. Purple Rain by Prince
a good memory song
- 4. Tainted Love by Soft Cell
school disco's say no more.
- 3. Kiss Me by Stephen Tin-tin Duffy
12" version great for driving your parents mad
- 2. Don't You Forget About Me by Simple Minds
- 1. Take On Me by A-ha
all time classic song and video to match.
you could have a top 100 and the hits would still keep coming great music era especially 82,85,86,87
- 10. The Sun Always Shine On TV by A-ha
- 9. China Girl by David Bowie
- 8. Final Countdown by Europe
The countdown of the 80's, the end of the syntheseizer-era.
- 7. Manhattan Skyline by A-ha
- 6. Kokomo by Beach Boys
Summer in the 80's.
- 5. High On Emotion by Chris de Burgh
- 4. We Didn't Start The Fire by Billy Joel
- 3. A View To A Kill by Duran Duran
- 2. I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight by Cutting Crew
So typical for the 80's.
- 1. Walk Of Life by Dire Straits
Can't say why they were so popular because they made very boring slow-moving music, but this song is a classic.
By: Beamrider X
- 10. Satisfied by Richard Marx
Because 80's were 80's in America too: the Revenge of the Nerds, Street Hawk, Porky's... and Corey Hart, Richard Marx, early Bryan Adams... :)
- 9. Don't You Want Me? by Human League
Avantgarde and luxury, keyboards, great production (Martin Rushent) and nice girls. Two H17-to-be behind the glamour. Great mix.
- 8. Just Can't Get Enough by Depeche Mode
You can say: why a Clarke song? Because that is more early 80-ish than Gore's. And because I have no space left for Erasure :)))
- 7. Always On My Mind by Pet Shop Boys
Elvis Presley 80-ized. What more can I say?
- 6. Take On Me by A-Ha
I was in doubt between this and "The Sun Always Shines on TV". Well. they're quite the same formula: stupid lyrics, nice looks, great arrangement, wonderful music, stunning videoclip.
- 5. Right On Track by Breakfast Club
Do you recognize Madonna's early albums sound? Yeah... this is the band leaded by Steve Bray, Madonna's producer-fiancee (we're talking of 80's...;))
- 4. Future Brain by Den Harrow
Italo Disco has to have its prize, and this is one of the best Spaghetti-dance tracks from mighty 1984.
- 3. The Riddle by Nik Kershaw
Another side of 80's philosophy: a tune which you will never forget, strange lyrics, a stunning cold nosey voice.
- 2. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) by Dead Or Alive
A tribute to easy-listening music and the best ever done by the SAW Hit Factory. Plus, the glam-o-gynic style of Pete Burns. What more?
- 1. True Faith by New Order
The 80's in a song: HI-NRG rhythm, clear keyboard and sequencer harmony, sad lyrics. The best ever written.
- 10. Take On Me by A-Ha
This video stirred my little hormones to no end (my first crush!), and I enjoyed singing along to the chorus just to annoy my parents.
- 9. Stand And Deliver by Adam Ant & The Ants
Hearing this song, I realized I'd end up a little punker. Plus, I began to fashion myself a female-Adam from then on.
- 8. The Milkman Of Human Kindness by Billy Bragg
To this day, one of the most romantic songs ever.
- 7. I Wanna Be A Lifeguard by Blotto
When I realized I was a weirdo... and a great summer song!
- 6. The Blood by Cure
One of their most underrated.
- 5. She-Bop by Cyndi Lauper
Infectious. I also emulated her, as most girls did back in the day.
- 4. Jocko Homo by Devo
When I realized I was strange part 2...
- 3. Rescue by Echo & The Bunnymen
Another underrated song by a brilliant band.
- 2. One Step Beyond by Madness
My intro to ska.
- 1. Electricity by OMD
And finally, my intro into electronica-new-wave angst...
Alphabetical order, and subject to change.
By: colin green
- 10. Rescue Me by Zerra One
- 9. Levi Stubbs Tears by Billy Bragg
- 8. In Between Days by The Cure
- 7. Get The Balance Right by Depeche mode
- 6. Just Who Is The 5 Oclock Hero by The Jam
- 5. Club Country by The Associates
- 4. Speed Your Love To Me by Simple Minds
- 3. Perfect Skin by Lloyd Cole
- 2. Dum Dum Girl by Talk Talk
- 1. Tinseltown In The Rain by The Blue Nile
- 10. Jump by Van Halen
- 9. Touch Me by Samantha Fox
- 8. Tainted Love by Soft Cell
- 7. Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears
- 6. Our Lips Are Sealed by The Go-Go's
The second best song from the Go-Go's!
- 5. We Got The Beat by The Go-Go's
The best song from the Go-Go's! It's also on the beginning of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High".
- 4. Don't You Forget About Me by Simple Minds
Cool song from "The Breakfast Club".
- 3. Come On, Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners
- 2. Grey Day by Madness
The second best song from Madness!
- 1. Our House by Madness
The best song from Madness!
80's songs are awesome!
- 10. You're My Heart, You're My Soul by Modern Talking
I hated MT (although I looked a little like them....) but they are 80s - definetely.
- 9. Living On Video by Trans-X
Just 80s dance music
- 8. Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
They have to be in this list.
- 7. Nineteen by Paul Hardcastle
I remember laying in a park with friends, a ghettoblaster on each corner, maximum volume and they crucified me for two hours with this song. Now I can't live without it...
- 6. Smalltown Boy by Bronski Beat
- 5. Like A Prayer by Madonna
The material girl! (sounds like the beginning of the 90s)
- 4. Wake Me Up (Before You Go-go) by Wham!
reminescence of cool holidays in greece - six weeks - just fun
- 3. The Wild Boys by Duran Duran
That's what we were...
- 2. Everything Counts (In Large Amounts) by Depeche Mode
They have so many excellent songs... hard to choose one
- 1. Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid
All Stars together... Thanks Bob Geldof
It was so hard to choose only 10 songs! Thanks for the chance for honorable mentions: Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure, ABC – The Look of Love; Falco – Amadeus; Bonnie Tyler - Hero; Culture Club – Karma Chameleon. Just a tip when some of you guys come to Berlin – every Friday is an excellent 80s party in the Knaack-Club. It’s fun & more. Check it out. CU there.
By: Guillermo Ramírez
- 10. Mamá by Los Amantes de Lola
a dark pop/rock 80's song, a good mexican band
- 9. Triste Canción by El Tri
It's only rock & roll, but I like it
- 8. Estrechez De Corazón by Los Prisioneros
some latin electronic/pop song, a Chilean group
- 7. Escuela De Calor by Radio Futura
- 6. Mala Vida by Mano Negra
A ska/punk/latin song , this band sings in spanish, but they are from France
- 5. Los Enanitos Verdes by La Muralla Verde
I remember my school days with this song
- 4. Lobo-Hombre En París by La Unión
Beautiful song...a band from Spain
- 3. Viento by Caifanes
Sounds influenced from the british dark...excelent Mexican band, sounds too 80's
- 2. El Final by Rostros Ocultos
A classic in the mexican retro...a good 80's rock song
- 1. Persiana Americana by Soda Stereo
Great song, powerful argentinan band
Of course I know there's a lot of great songs in english, but something different I think is cool, In Latin America we spend a great times with this songs, I hope you'll get (in the internet you can find it)
- 10. Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O'Connor
I loved the song from the first time I heard it (on VH1's pop-up video) and the video expresses the emotion in the song so well. It's deep and beautiful and perfectly heart-wrenching, and as a fan of sap, I practically eat that stuff up with a spoon. Despite (and partially because of) her beliefs, Sineade just rocks.
- 9. Heaven Is A Place On Earth by Belinda Carlisle
Yeah, my tastes run from the Alternative scene to the pop scene. I really like this song 'cause it's one of those great, poppy, cute love songs. It's catchy, and everyone's heard it at least once (if not more), and everyone knows the chorus.
- 8. Boy by Book of Love
When I first heard this song, I hated it. I thought it dragged and it annoyed me to no end. Then I forced myself to look for something good in it--and found quite a bit, to my surprise. It's a fun song (I think it's listed as one of the honorable mentions in the 'top 5 songs about masturbation' section), and the sexy whispers are so much fun to sing along with. As soon as I adjusted to the feel of the song, I realized I was very much a Book of Love fan.
- 7. Oblivious by Aztec Camera
I love this song. It sounds like an 80s song--there's really no other description for it. And the line "I see you crying and I want to kill your friends" makes me giggle every time.
- 6. Don't You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds
Oh, wow! I've always held a penchant for 80s movies ('cause the ones from the 90s are dull and the ones from the 70s are vulgar), and the soundtracks are usually just there, but almost immediately after I first saw The Breakfast Club, I fell in love with it. This song is exactly what I've always seen the 80s to be--conscious, yet ubertrendy and chic, with a powerful current of emotion just beneath its poppy, upbeat surface.
- 5. Anything by Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper is really amazing. The freedom with which she did everything she did is just stunning. Really, who other than Cyndi could proudly proclaim that she masturbated without turning red in the face? To the entire country no less? She's wicked cool, really, and when she's not being silly, her music doesn't suffer (picture Weird Al singing a serious song). To tell the truth, I like her better than Madonna, half because Cyndi was who she was and didn't let society change her (unlike Madonna, who's still making music, most of which sounds just like everything else playing on the radio today--simple, trite, and unimaginative).
- 4. Dead Man's Party by Oingo Boingo
Ah, what a kinda creepy song... Don't get me wrong--it's a great song. It wouldn't be here if it weren't. It's got a great beat and the words show a depth that almost no songs these days tend to show. It must've been something in the water, but the lyrics and music of the 80s is more often than not twice as good if not better than anything I've heard recently.
- 3. Our House by Madness
The beat on this one is just great. It's a fun song to sing along to, and it kinda reminds me of life at my house--everyone's so busy that it's hard to keep track of us.
- 2. Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) by A Flock Of Seagulls
Ooh...what a pretty, pretty song. I'm a sucker for sap, and I already liked A Flock of Seagulls a little before I'd heard it, but as soon as I did I was hooked. A luvly song, really.
- 1. Love Song by The Cure
This was the first 80s song that I really fell in love with. It's amazing, and the vocals are just so heartfelt. It really made me wish I'd been born about 15 years earlier, just so I wouldn't have missed the decade with the worst reputation but the best music!
By: Sarah Thatcher
- 10. I Wish It Would Rain Down by Phil Collins
Star of the eighties
- 9. Since Yesterday by Strawberry Switchblade
- 8. Jump by Van Halen
- 7. Woman In Love by Barbra Streisand
Can't believe this is her only No.1
- 6. Xanadu by Olivia Newton John
Great movie song
- 5. Sign Of The Times by Belle Stars
- 4. I Feel For You by Chaka Khan
Great dance track
- 3. Through The Barricades by Spandau Ballet
Their best song
- 2. The Winner Takes It All by Abba
The best band ever - split up too early
- 1. Careless Whisper by George Michael
The most beautiful song ever
The eighties were great and had a far more diverse amount of music than any other decade.
By: John Z.
- 10. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) by AC/DC
These guys are my all time favorite band. This song not only rocks, but they use it most for their encore song at concerts. The cannons blasting in the song make this tune just incredible. AC/DC will rock forever!!
- 9. Money For Nothing by Dire Straits
I still remember the first time I ever heard this song. I was standing guard at an Air Force base all alone with just me and my radio. This song came on and actually gave me goosebumps. I knew after I heard it, it was going to be a huge hit.
- 8. Hungry Like The Wolf by Duran Duran
Even though I truly prefer heavier sounding music, this song by these pretty boys was really good. Guess we all sometimes have to get a little soft here and there huh!
- 7. Train In Vain by The Clash
Stand by me or not at all!!! Had to be the best cruising song ever! I know me and my friends played this until the tape wore out!
- 6. New Years Day by U2
This was U2 rocking at its best!! These guys got a little soft after this heavy tune, but their music will definitely stand the test of time.
- 5. Owner Of A Lonely Heart by Yes
This tune was awesome!! Hard to believe these guys rocked in the early 70's and kind of died out. Then came back with a strong song like this!! Thank God for MTV!
- 4. I Melt With You by Modern English
I never really liked this song until way after it came out. Guess it just took me a while to realize that this song was cool, and had a great beat to it.
- 3. Tom Sawyer by Rush
Not the best somg from Rush, but this tune had an awesome sound with booming drums. These guys can still do it even in 2002!!
- 2. Cars by Gary Numan
An absolute classic!!
- 1. This Beat Goes On by The Kings
Definitely a one hit wonder here. But this tune will always be one of my favorites from the 80's. I bought this when it first came out on 8 track!!
The 80's was a decade of all kinds of music...we had punk,pop,glam metal,rap, and heavy metal. Most of the music in the 80's became what it did because of MTV, I think half of the hits from the 80's would never have if not for MTV. I loved the 80's music, and seen most of the bigger rock bands during this time. It's great to still see kids of this generation still enjoying some of this music.
By: Larry Griffin
- 10. In Too Deep by Genesis
I love this song every time I play it. It's a sad and touching song.
- 9. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling by Daryl Hall and John Oates
Their version is better than the original from the Righteous Brothers.
- 8. It's The Lover (Not The Love) by Tiffany
Another great love song by Tiffany.
- 7. Anything Is Possible by Debbie Gibson
- 6. Don't Stand So Close To Me '86 by The Police
Better than the original.
- 5. Shake Your Love by Debbie Gibson
Another dance tune by the pop princess herself, Debbie Gibson.
- 4. View To A Kill by Duran Duran
A good theme to a great James Bond movie!
- 3. Feelings Of Forever by Tiffany
It's not one of her #1 hits, but it's a great love song.
- 2. Out of Touch by Daryl Hall and John Oates
Hall and Oates had awesome hits in the 70s, and better hits in the 80s!
- 1. Electric Youth by Debbie Gibson
One of Debbie's many hits, this is a catchy tune about the children of the future.
I know what you're thinking, and you're right. I'm a Debbie Gibson fanatic. I'm also a 18 year old male. Hey, guys can like Debbie, too!
- 10. Land Of Confusion by Genesis
I don't know if the song is really as great as the music video with the puppet-like Ronald Reagan dressed as Superman doing battle with the evil-doers such as the Ayatollah and Khadaffi.
- 9. The Power Of Love by Huey Lewis & The News
I saw him in concert in October 2001, and yes, he's still got it.
- 8. Addicted To Love by Robert Palmer
Cool song. Cool music video.
- 7. White Wedding by Billy Idol
Maybe this should be higher on the list. His Wedding Singer appearance made everyone remember him again.
- 6. Call Me by Blondie
It's Blondie. Do I need another reason?
- 5. What I Like About You by The Romantics
Of all of the songs from the 80s used during pitching changes in Major League Baseball in the late 80s, this is the only tune that stands out in my mind.
- 4. The Safety Dance by Men Without Hats
I think this is the most played song on 80s stations or on 80s shows. This is for a good reason... it is a damn cool song.
- 3. Ah Leah by Donnie Iris
Here comes my Pittsburgh bias. He may appear to be a wirey nerd in the Buddy Holly glasses, but he proves his worth with this tune, followed closely by Love Is Like A Rock.
- 2. Born In The USA by Bruce Springsteen
If any one song from the 1980s is going to be played 200 years from now, it is going to be this one. In fact, if we ever have replace the Star Spangled Banner, I'd be willing to bet that we replace it with The Boss.
- 1. Pink Houses by John Mellencamp
Ain't that America? Mellencamp's ballad of life for middle America still is a favorite today.
Host of the Nathan Shrader Experience on WTGP radio, 88.1fm Greenville, PA, known for its dedication to keeping the 80s alive and well!
- 10. Two Of Hearts by Stacey Q.
- 9. One Way Love by TKA
- 8. Love Letter by Giggles
- 7. Dreamboy, Dreamgirl by Cynthia & Johnny O.
- 6. A,E,I,O,U by Freeze
- 5. Diamond Girl by Stevie B.
- 4. Can You Feel The Beat by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam w/ Full Force
- 3. Summertime, Summertime by Corina
- 2. Party Your Body by Stevie B.
- 1. When I Hear Music by Debbie Deb
Was I the only roller-rink-rat throughout the 80's????? Well... everyone else has the Rock lists and the mainstream lists.... So... here are some of my faves that were played. Honorable Mentions: Hooked on You - Sweet Sensation, Lovergirl - Teena Marie
By: Mike Ferens
Hon Mentions: The Reflex-Duran Duran, Some Kind of Lover-Jodi Whatley, Sugar Walls-Sheena Easton, oh so many more!
By: John Beatrez
- 10. Break My Stride by Matthew Wilder
This Song Is one everyone has heard but does not know the name to.
- 9. Red Red Wine by UB40
Red Red Wine Is a classic beacause the 80's was a time when several types of musioc where surfacing that had not currently been popular in america, This is a great song Besides That.
- 8. Video Killed The Radio Star by Buggles
This song can be listened to Forever.
- 7. Whip It by Devo
Devo was one of the most colorfull bands of the 80's and this song is proof of it.
- 6. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
Queen was just good. This is the first song I ever heard that I liked. When I was like 6 and was listening to my dad's Records.
- 5. Wake Me Up (Before You Go Go) by Wham!
The Song is a Classic and When you hear it you can't get it out of your head.
- 4. I Want You To Want Me by Cheap Trick
Many a movie contains this song. But what makes it good is the fact you can listen to it for a long time.
- 3. Mr. Roboto by Styx
This song is Styx's own version of Orwells "1984". (Appropiate for the 80's.) No? Styx was known for a good variety of musical subjects ranging from aliens (Come Sail Away) to The Future Where music is Outlawed (Mr. Roboto)
- 2. Safety Dance by Men Without Hats
Give it a listen Thats why its Number 2. "We can dance if we want to. We can leave our cares behind."
- 1. We Didn't Start The Fire by Billy Joel
A Summation of a Century and the definition of a decade in one song.
Some of you might not Like my selection of tracks. But I believe that music can be good or bad liked by all or few. I have chosen songs that everyone I know loves to listen to.
By: raf schoiers
- 10. Changes by Yes
- 9. Imagination by Belouis Some
- 8. Kyrie by Mr.Mister
- 7. Out Of Touch by Hall & Oates
- 6. Duel by Propaganda
- 5. Learning To Fly by P ink Floyd
- 4. Who's Crying Now by Journey
- 3. Wish I Had A Photgraph Of You by A Flock Of Seagulls
- 2. Carmen by Toto
- 1. The Promise You Made by Cock Robin
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