In the 80s - Top Ten Lists of Eighties Songs

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

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By: Hope Nielson
  • 10. Don't You Want Me by Human League
    I asked me this question with Josh and I still havent gotten an answer.
  • 9. Heaven by Bryan Adams
    The original is better than the new one that a chick sings.
  • 8. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
    Im a girl and All I wanna do is have fun
  • 7. Jump by The Pointer Sisters
    When I hear this song I just have to jump
  • 6. Cruel Summer by Bananarama
    All I can say is these girls can sing it.
  • 5. I Love Rock 'N Roll by Joan Jett
    I love Rock'n roll
  • 4. Blondes Have More Fun by Rod Stewart
    Im a blonde and its true we do have more fun
  • 3. Who's That Girl by Madonna
    Love it even more everytime I hear it.
  • 2. Walk Like An Egyptian by The Bangles
    Awesome song again. Have the record and wearing it out.
  • 1. Bad Reputation by Joan Jett And The Blackhearts
    Awesome song I just wish radio stations would play it.
By: Javier Batista
  • 10. Our House by Madness
    Great rythym.......
  • 9. Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns N' Roses
    Slash n Axl doing a ballad
  • 8. Wild Boys by Duran Duran
    Great use of those drums beat some video it has....
  • 7. Take On Me by A-ha
    this song built the 80's this song is how the 80's should be remember..
  • 6. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths
    I don't really care if morrisey is gay this song kick ass...
  • 5. With Or Without You by U2
    Great song.....
  • 4. Boys Don't Cry by The Cure
    My favorite maybe not their best...
  • 3. Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi
    The secret of this band through the years is they are very close and yet their music gets better like wine with the years...this song is their climax..
  • 2. Can't Stand Losing You by The Police
    Respect to the best band of th 80's
  • 1. Don't Dream It's Over by Crowded House
    One of the best songs ever, Neil Finn is a true maestro..
By: Kayla
By: Gio
  • 10. West End Girls by Pet Shop Boys
    Classic tune that still holds up today.
  • 9. I Ran by A Flock Of Seagulls
    This is one of those ultimate Eighties tunes. Driving beat, great lyrics... it rules.
  • 8. Burning Down The House by Talking Heads
    A Modern Classic, whenever it's on, people begin bobbing their heads in appreciation.
  • 7. Eye In The Sky by Alan Parsons Project
    Wow... the full six minute version of this track is killer. Highly recommended for when the party begins to chill.
  • 6. In The Name Of Love by The Thompson Twins
    It's got almost everything an Eighties tune needs... just missing the clap machine and a little cow bell.
  • 5. Go! by Tones On Tail
    This track rules!!! Moby sampled it in the ninties but this original still takes the cake!
  • 4. Six Months In A Leaky Boat by Split Enz
    Just a happy tune that gets people on the dance floor!
  • 3. Wouldn't It Be Good by Nik Kershaw
    Man I love this song. It was tough choosing this over a Paul Young or a howard Jones track but this one always brings a smile to my face.
  • 2. One Night In Bankok by Murray Head
    Fun, big band style song. Great lyrics and a great beat.
  • 1. Obsession by Animotion
    This song just screams Eighties, it's the anthem for the decade as far as I am concerned
I love disco, jazz, lounge, rock, techno... you name it, I enjoy it but no decade of music is more powerful than the Eighties! What a time to be alive!!!
By: anthony larr
  • 10. Right On Track by The Breakfast Club
    somewhat forgotten, yet this is a classic.
  • 9. Holiday by Madonna
    still her greatest, still her sexiest.
  • 8. Teardrops by Womack And Womack
    Just makes you want to move
  • 7. Our Lips Are Sealed by The Go-Gos
    How hot is Belinda
  • 6. Careless Whisper by George Michael
    Greatest love song of all time
  • 5. The Glamorous Life by Sheila E
    love that Prince sound
  • 4. I Feel For You by Chaka Khan
    so 80s, yet so disco
  • 3. Smooth Operator by Sade
    So smooth, so sexy, so house, so SEVEN
  • 2. Last Christmas by WHAM!
    Before Elton turned him, George turned us all.
  • 1. True by Spandau Ballet
    Defined the decade
By: dave
By: Wein
  • 10. One Night In Bangkok by Murray Head
    Only in the 80's could a song about chess be cool
  • 9. Rasberry Beret by Prince
    Prince had a lot of cool songs in the 80's but this one has always been my favorite
  • 8. Centerfold by J. Geils Band
    A song I never tire of hearing
  • 7. Land Down Under by Men At Work
    It's just a cool song
  • 6. Here Comes The Rain Again by Eurythmics
    Great song, Annie Lennox has one of the best voices. Sweet Dreams and Missionary Man are also great songs
  • 5. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For by U2
    Duran Duran may be the definitive band of the 80's but U2 was the best.
  • 4. Notorious by Duran Duran
    Probably the band of the 80's. I really don't care for their current stuff. I like most all their hits of the 80's but chose this one only because it has the best beat.
  • 3. Don't You Forget About Me by Simple Minds
  • 2. Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears
    Great song, by one of the best bands of the 80's. Shout is another great song.
  • 1. Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel
    When you think of this song, you think of that cool video that is still 10 times better than the crap they show on MTV today.
By: Mike
  • 10. The Look Of Love by ABC
    Disco did spill over a little into the 80's
  • 9. I Will Follow by U2
    I absolutely love their early stuff!
  • 8. Love My Way by Psychedelic Furs
    These guys are still touring!
  • 7. Life's What You Make It by Talk Talk
    Best 80's band nobody remembers!
  • 6. West End Girls by Pet Shop Boys
    I still remember all the words to this one.
  • 5. Melt With You by Modern English
    Best 80's one-hit wonder band!
  • 4. The Killing Moon by Echo & The Bunnymen
    There's just an aura surrounding this one!
  • 3. Avalon by Roxy Music
    Best 80's make out song!
  • 2. Never Let Me Down by Depeche Mode
    Best 80's band!!
  • 1. True Faith by New Order
    Not a better song with which to close out an 80's prom!
By: Matheus Fabricio
  • 10. Pretty Woman by Van Halen
    Great cover from Roy Orbison ...
  • 9. 5150 by Van Halen
    Perfect ... the music grows ...
  • 8. Fallen Angel by Poison
  • 7. Every Rose Has It's Thorn by Poison
    Great acoustic guitar solo
  • 6. Dance The Night Away by Van Halen
    Great backing vocals by Mike Anthony
  • 5. Panama by Van Halen
  • 4. You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC
  • 3. With Or Without You by U2
    Wonderful ...
  • 2. Jump by Van Halen
    Is there anyone who doesn´t like it?
  • 1. Dreams by Van Halen
    Perfect song, it gets better and better as the music goes on ... perfect introduction, great vocal and wonderful lyrics ...
As you can see, Van Halen is the best rock´n roll band ever!
By: ra....
  • 10. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
    is the only song of him that i like!a pregnant girl and he denies the baby?
  • 9. Papa Don't Preach by Madonna
    its a message to all the teenagers!use protection,if u dont wanna be punished from your parents=)
  • 8. Land Down Under by Men At Work
    a lot of fantasy in the lyrics...very original
  • 7. Heart Of Glass by Blondie
    i like it! very sensitive.....
  • 6. Total Eclipse Of The Heart by Bonnie Tyler
    one of the best song of the 80s!!it has to be mentioned
  • 5. Message In A Bottle by The Police
    good rythym...bob marley style...
  • 4. You're The Inspiration by Chicago
    so cute!
  • 3. True Colors by Cyndi Lauper
    it makes me so sad!u dont even know why!!!
  • 2. It's A Sin by Pet Shop Boys
    its sooooo 80s!so from the decade
  • 1. Friday I'm In Love by The Cure
    a great and inspiring love song from this excellent band!
of course people!!!!.......the mannequins song!!!!!
By: Laura S.
By: Allison
  • 10. Dude Looks Like A Lady by Aerosmith
    I heard this song on the "Rockin' Roller Coaster" in Disney World, and now when I heard this song, I think of my all-time favorite roller coaster!!!!
  • 9. Everybody Have Fun Tonight by Wang Chung
    Fun song--great "get up and dance" tune!
  • 8. I Wanna Know What Love Is by Foreigner
    Beautiful song--one of the ultimate love songs! When I heard this on "Quantum Leap," I had tears in my eyes.
  • 7. I've Got My Mind Set On You by George Harrison
    The corniest music video, but funny nevertheless, and I just LOVE the song. It's been a personal fave of mine since 1987.
  • 6. The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson
    I can improvise-dance to this song--this is such a fun song!!
  • 5. Head Over Heels by Go-Go's
  • 4. Manic Monday by Bangles
    For all of us who complain on Monday mornings--this is that anthem!!
  • 3. You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon
    Corny but funny--my theme song (Al is one of my nicknames). The video is classic too!
  • 2. Eternal Flame by Bangles
    One of the most beautiful love songs, set to one of the most beautiful music videos. Very dancable song, whether in Ballet or slow dancing.
  • 1. Living On A Prayer by Bon Jovi
    This is my absolute favorite Bon Jovi song.
By: Allison
  • 10. Don't You Forget About Me by Simple Minds
    A great song for a fabulous and much loved film!
  • 9. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes by Paul Simon
    Great song with an interesting beat--I watched the musical performance of this song on a 1986 episode of "Saturday Night Live" several years ago for the first time, and the arrangement was great with the African singers in the background.
  • 8. Easy Lover by Phil Collins
    Avoid this woman at all costs!!!
  • 7. Take Me Home by Phil Collins
    Song was nice, the video was beautiful
  • 6. Pressure by Billy Joel
    Great song for stress-makes perfect sense out of life's hecticness
  • 5. I Want You to Want Me by Cheap Trick
    I get up and dance every time I hear this song!! It's just a fun and fast-paced song!!!
  • 4. Dress You Up by Madonna
  • 3. Angel by Madonna
  • 2. Shake it Up by The Cars
    Dancable song
  • 1. True Blue by Madonna
    This is my all-tme favorite Madonna song!
By: Juan QQ
Take me home / Phil COllins - Slave to love
By: christopher hickkman
  • 10. Pompadour by Lefty
    Nothin' like a ballad about an abundance of hair, especially when it's Lefty!
  • 9. Zubba Zubba Nyang Nyang by Luther Madu
    I don't know what he's singing, but I was so mad when my dad broke this record in the fireplace.
  • 8. Kip The Mango by Stephanie Stucco
    "Kip Kip Kippy Kip/You're the tangy mango, I'm the lips" -- still gets ya hot, yes?
  • 7. Popcorn Lovers by Ushers
    Great one-off by the first band formed by write-in ballot. Little known fact: blowing the harp in the third verse is none other than an unbilled Ringo Starr!!!
  • 6. Cars by Gary Numan
  • 5. Help The Herdsman by Paddy McDonnell
    Had to put a folk song on the list. A little overzealous on the "sheeps in the meadow" sound effects, but nonetheless, it really puts you in a field in the middle of Ireland.
  • 4. Clap If You Love Me by Velma Tang
  • 3. Twelves Lessons I Taught My Dog by The Believing Bubbles
    Breezy, sexy pop chestnut. Note the excellent use of egg shaker in the middle eight.
  • 2. Oxen by The Now
    Another great song about these surprisingly gentle creatures. Also, one of the best videos never to air on MTV.
  • 1. The River Of You by Pashmina
    I don't know...for some reason, this song always reminds me of chili.
By: sync-beat
By: Tavoo
  • 10. Pride (In The Name Of Love) by U2
    Who Dont Like This Band ?
  • 9. Call Me by Blondie
    Remember the American Giggolo Picture? Thats the good!!!
  • 8. Living On A Prayer by Bon Jovi
    bon jovi is classic in the 80's..
  • 7. Life Is Live by Opus
    ohhh good band !!! nice song
  • 6. Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears
    very good song of eigthiees !
  • 5. Down Under by Men At Work
  • 4. Rosanna by Toto
    Best Band Of Retro !
  • 3. Take On Me by A-Ha
    The best Video Of The 80s!
  • 2. Square Rooms by Al Corley
    Terrific Song!
  • 1. Let's Go by Wang Chung
    Good Remembers!!!
By: Chris
  • 10. Double Dutch Bus by Frankie Smith
  • 9. Live To Tell by Madonna
  • 8. Bring On The Dancing Horses by Echo & The Bunnymen
  • 7. Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes
  • 6. And I Am Telling You I'm Not... by Jennifer Holliday
  • 5. What Have I Done to Deserve This by Pet Shop Boys/Dusty Springfield
  • 4. Manic Monday by The Bangles
  • 3. Dancing In The Dark by Bruce Springsteen
  • 2. Pump Up The Volume by Marrs
  • 1. Under The Milky Way by The Church
By: Christopher Adam Kottwitz
  • 10. Whip It by Devo
    Yes, I know everyone else has this song on their list, but it goes with good reason....I love to shake my booty when this song is on...
  • 9. If You Leave by Orchestrated Movements In The Dark
    You can't have an 80's list without a little OMD
  • 8. You Spin Me by Dead Or Alive
    Yes I know it's a very safe choice, but you can't deny singing this at one time or another
  • 7. Girls, Girls, Girls by Motley Crue
    You can't deny the Crue...they are the epitome of rock and roll...
  • 6. Down In The Park by Gary Numan
    Super Sweet....who said alternative music came in the early 90's? This song is different than anything anyone's ever heard...Great song, sticks in your head
  • 5. Don't You Forget About Me by Simple Minds
    You can't deny this song after seeing it in Breakfast Club...It leaves a great lasting effect in the movie at the end.
  • 4. Welcome To The Jungle by Guns N' Roses
    These guys are the best rock band ever hands down...I know that's a bold statement, but if they could have kept their egoes together, they would be bigger than the beatles.
  • 3. Melt With You by Modern English
    This song just has classic written all over it...It will be heard until the end of time
  • 2. Raspberry Beret by Prince And The Revolution
    find someone who hates this song and i'll give you a dollar....seriously
  • 1. Call Me by Blondie
    As a matter of fact, we'll go ahead and put all blondie's album's in this #1 category.
Yes, I know, it's a very poppy list, and that makes up a bulk of my record collection...but...If it would have been a 70's list I would have had the Dead Boys, New York Dolls......and so on....that was when punk was good
By: Peter Richards
  • 10. Hello by Lionel Ritchie
  • 9. Seven Tears by Goombay Dance Band
    I have only recently heard this
  • 8. We Built This City by Starship
  • 7. Walk Of Life by Dire Straits
  • 6. One Moment In Time by Whitney Houston
  • 5. Ferry 'Cross The Mersey by The Christians
    Singing it from home to France & back
  • 4. Happy New Year by ABBA
  • 3. Like A Prayer by Madonna
    Fit in the skin tight dress
  • 2. Heaven Is A Place On Earth by Belinda Carlisle
    I thought she was fit at the time
  • 1. Down Under by Men At Work
    It could only be made in the 1980's

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