In the 80s - Top Ten Lists of Eighties Songs
What are your top ten favorite songs from the 80s?
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By: Sean Sellars
- 10. Breaking The Law by Judas Priest
we all break the law sooner or later
- 9. Jesse's Girl by Rick Springfield
Never heard this song till watch Boogie Nights, what a discovery!
- 8. Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins
Top Gun styles, good stuff, played like 30x in movie but its all good
- 7. The Power of Love by Huey Lewis
Back To The Future!!!!
- 6. Rock You Like A Hurricane by The Scorpions
this song does not get played enough
- 5. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love by Van Halen
I'm too lazy to change what i put for no. 1 but this is it
- 4. Dancing In The Dark by Bruce Sprinsteen
Everyone likes the boss!
- 3. More Than A Feeling by Boston
i would say if you haven't heard Boston you crazy
- 2. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For by U2
this is some good stuff
- 1. Thunderstruck by AC/DC
C'mom this is a no brainer
If I had put more thought into this list I would have put the ultimate list on here, but since i Didn't here ya go!, maybe I'll make a new list later......
- 10. We Got The Beat by Go Gos
this has 2b one of their best songs yet!
- 9. In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins
- 8. Once In A Lifetime by Talking Heads
Just 2 let u know, my freshman english teacher, Ms. Gaunt, looks just like the bassist of the Talking Heads.
- 7. Burning Down The House by Talking Heads
- 6. Only In My Dreams by Deborah Gibson
- 5. Money For Nothing by Dire Straits
I love this song.
- 4. These Dreams by Heart
- 3. Heartbreaker by Pat Benatar
- 2. 99 Red Balloons by Nena
good song in any language that it's sung in.
- 1. Next Time I Fall by Peter Cetera W/ Amy Grant
First off, I like Amy Grant's music. Second off, this song reminds me of a certain man I like.
- 10. Gold by Spandau Ballet
always believe in your soul!
- 9. Hitchin' A Ride by Sinitta
I saw her live recently - she's still got it...
- 8. Planet Earth by Duran Duran
pum pum pum, pa pa pum pum pum! etc etc
- 7. Let's Get Physical by Olivia Newton John
My favourite aerobics song
- 6. Morning Train by Sheena Easton
The best stay-at-home-and-wait-for-a-man song
- 5. Private Dancer by Tina Turner
American Express does nicely for me too
- 4. Borderline by Madonna
This is still my favourite Madge video - love the dance moves
- 3. One Night In Bangkok by Murray Head
- 2. Self Control by Laura Branigan
Loved her white fur coat in the video
- 1. Clouds Across The Moon by The Rah Band
My all time fave 80s song - her husband is on Mars but she's still faithful, meanwhile he has it off with a space-station whore
By: nicholas morano
- 10. Red Skies by The Fixx
Captures the 80s fear of nuclear war.
- 9. The Warrior by Scandal
- 8. Wouldn't It Be Good by Nik Kershaw
This song has an irresistable chorus.
- 7. Hands to Heaven by Breathe
Tonite I need your sweet caress
- 6. One More Time by The Cure
The best song on their best LP, Kiss me Kiss me Kiss me
- 5. Rain in the Summertime by The Alarm
Timeless. As hard as they tried, they never sold out.
- 4. It's a Mistake by Men at Work
Infectious groove, great structure. Perfect pop.
- 3. Your Love by The Outfield
So what all of their songs are in E? No one in this world could not help but love this song.
- 2. Photograph by Def Leppard
Best song on the best LP of all time, hands down.
- 1. Round and Round by Ratt
I dont even have to explain this one.
By: J.T. EVANS
- 10. You Shook Me All Night Long by Ac/dc
Haven't You Ever Noticed When You Here This Song Start Before A Concert Or In A Bar People Go Nuts?
- 9. Cum On Feel The Noize by Quiet Riot
Trailblazer For The Hair Metal Generation.
- 8. Here I Go Again by Whitesnake
For Some Reason, If This Song Comes On The Radio While You're On A Date, You'll Get Some Before The Night Is Over.
- 7. I Love Rock 'n' Roll by Joan Jett
No Other Chick Rocks Better!
- 6. Rock Of Ages by Def Leppard
Ubeen Gleeben Glooben Globin - Nuff Said!
- 5. Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi
Great Groove, And The Harmonies Are Untouchable. Tells A Great Story Of Never Giving Up.
- 4. Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard
One Of The Few Songs Your Girlfriend Loves, Yet You Can Enjoy It On Your Own Level With A Pole, A Cold One, And A Naked Girl In Front Of You!
- 3. Girls, Girls, Girls by Motley Crue
Same Comment As #4. Ok, Maybe Your Girl Doesn't Like This One As Much.
- 2. Every Rose Has It's Thorn by POISON
Although Poison Is One Of The All Time Greatest Party Band, Brett Michaels Wrote This One For Anybody Who's Ever Had A Broken Heart. Face It, We've All Sang Along With This At Least Once.
- 1. Welcome To The Jungle by Guns 'n' Roses
True In Your Face, Kick You In The Nads American Rock 'n' Roll Turned Up To 11!!
By: Ashley Blair
- 10. Atomic by Blondie
This is the sexiest song of all time. What a beat. This songs rocks out.
- 9. Planet Claire by B-52'S
This is one awesome band.
- 8. Borderline by Madonna
Madonna best song, and probally original. Everything else is Carbon Blondie wanna be's. Still a great artist.
- 7. Take My Breath Away by Berlin
Yet another Blondie influenced artist. This song was HOT! Sexy and White Hot.
- 6. Take On Me by A-Ha
Great song, very catchy new wave record.
- 5. How Soon Is Now? by The Smiths
This song was they anthem of Alternative Rock in the mid-late 1980's. I know, I was there!!!
- 4. Two Tribes by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
This bands debute was HUGE!!! Album sold 4 million copies in the UK. Relax & Two Tribes each sold 2 million UK copies each.
- 3. Cars by Gary Numan
Try Techno Pioneer. This song was a monster hit.
- 2. Rapture by Blondie
Blondie are the most innovative band in history, when they introduced Rapture, the flood gates busted open. Now Rap is culture.
- 1. Call Me by Blondie
This was #1 Song of 1980, and #8 Song of the Decade Awesome record....really pushed techno ahead.
The GoGo's, Banarama, Devo, Yazoo, Simple Minds
- 10. Age of Consent by New Order
What can i say? I love New Order.
- 9. Tainted Love by Soft Cell
The cover by Manson sucked!!!
- 8. Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me by The Cure
I'm running out of comments.
- 7. Master of Puppets by Metallica
Strange, to see this among the other ones....oh well. Still good.
- 6. Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode
- 5. Head Like A Hole by Nine Inch Nails
The end of the 80's, but still great.
- 4. White Wedding by Billy Idol
Everyone likes it...i know....but it's still good.
- 3. Original Sin by INXS
I love INXS...too bad the singer's dead.
- 2. So Alive by Love and Rockets
A her her her....This song is good too. Love and Rockets are great.
- 1. Blue Monday by New Order
I love this song. Orgy did it great, and Amir is sexy. Of course you gotta love the original.
Amir is hot! Amir is a guy! Ha ha ha!! So am i!!........problems? Maybe...
- 10. Like A Virgin by Madonna
This was the first single on vinyl my Dad bought for me.
- 9. Whip It by Devo
Who doesn't remember this song?
- 8. Paradise City by Guns N Roses
- 7. Live To Tell by Madonna
Like I said, did she ever make a song that wasn't great?
- 6. Venus by Bananarama
These girls were the best.
- 5. Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns N Roses
Beautiful hard rock song.
- 4. Into The Groove by Madonna
Did she ever make a bad song?
- 3. Take on Me by A-ha
This song still makes me feel good.
- 2. Borderline by Madonna
This is the first video I remember seeing on MTV.
- 1. Two of Hearts by Stacy Q
I wish I could find a music store that sold the Stacy Q cassette. Every time I ask they look at me like I'm crazy. She's GREAT!!!
These are in no particular order, just songs I really liked...80's music is the best!!!!
By: Gregory Camilleri
- 10. Out of Touch by Hall & Oates
The days when parents sent their kids to the local shop to buy smokes for them. An underplayed classic in an innocent era - great tune.
- 9. The Flame by Cheap Trick
Ice Skating in Year Seven, I still can't skate!
- 8. Do You Believe in Love by Huey Lewis & the News
My favourite Huey song, heaps upbeat, his clips tuning with hot chicks on the beaches remind me of those 80's frat house/ loose screws/ nerd movies I watched and thought I was a true rebel. Go the 80's
- 7. You're the Voice by John Farnham
His best song and a primary school favourite.
- 6. I Can't Fight This Feeling by REO Speedwagon
The best build up to any chorus in history - that's what the 80's could do.
- 5. Lost In You're Eyes by Debbie Gibson
The Lyrics, vocals and tune to this underplayed classic smash me, the memories of my cousin playing it tragically on the piano, fantastic.
- 4. Where The Streets Have No Name by U2
My favourite U2 song and no 80's list is an eighties list sans U2. It's still sounds modern today.
- 3. What About Me? by Moving Pictures
Another Aussie Band - Just a moving song that I could relate to as a selfish five year old who lost at marbles.
- 2. Current Stand by Kids in the Kitchen
Melbourne band headed by Scott Carne - similar angelic 80's synthesized tune. My Style.
- 1. Message to my Girl by Split Enz
Kiwi Band made it big in England & Oz before Crowded House was even though of. Sensational Tune that tugs at your heart strings over and over.
I didn't want to mention any fantastic songs in my list that has previously been listed, I could do another five of these lists and the quality wouldn't diminish, why am I thinking of Rainbow Bright???
By: Bartender Sam
- 10. Space Age Love Song by Flock of Seagulls
These guys are sooooo 1980's it hurts....
- 9. The Ballad of Peter Pumpkin Head by XTC
Note: Group was named before the drug became "chic"
- 8. Mother by Glenn Danzig
Great song and it's in here cause I'm an elclectic kinda guy.
- 7. Everything Counts by Depeche Mode
I had to put one Depeche Moda song on here and this is the one that got my listening to them, still love it today
- 6. Boys Don't Cry by The Cure
The Cure in the early days, gotta love it.
- 5. Cuts You Up by Peter Murphy
I like this song when I've listended to enough Euro Trash Synth Pop.
- 4. How Soon is Now by The Smiths
The best Smiths song although all of work done by Morrissey and Johnny Marr are some of the best music made in the 1980's.
- 3. Disappointed by Electronic
A meeting of the minds between New Order and the Pet Shop Boys, great song.
- 2. Ceremony by Joy Division
Joy Division became New Order and they remade this but this version of the song is just flat out beautiful and haunting. Extra creepy cause the singer hung himself.
- 1. Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order
Still hear it in clubs every now and then, great song.
So much great stuff from the 80's. You can see how and where the Techno scene really evolved from in some of those songs.
By: Doughboy Den
- 10. Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi
Few bands embodied the era of pop-metal like Bon Jovi. By merging Def Leppard's loud but tuneful metal with Bruce Springsteen's working-class sensibilities, the New Jersey-based quintet developed an ingratiatingly melodic and professional variation of hard-rock. I loved hearing this tune in the biker movie "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man."
- 9. Keep Your Hands To Yourself by Georgia Satellites
At a time when rock & roll didn't care about its roots, the Georgia Satellites came crashing into the charts with a surprise hit single to remind everybody where the music had come from. The hit single, 1986's "Keep Your Hands to Yourself," rocked as hard as an old Chuck Berry song, as well as being almost as clever. The Satellites weren't a back-to-basics roots rock band, either -- their straightforward.
- 8. Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler
The song spent four weeks at number one on the Billboard charts and helped the LP Faster Than the Speed of Night sell over a million copies and debut at number one in the U.K., where the title track also became a hit.
- 7. Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison
MoreIn a decade fueled by party anthems and power ballads, Poison found a high amount of popularity, with only Bon Jovi and Def Leppard outselling them.
- 6. Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns N' Roses
At a time when pop was dominated by dance music and pop-metal, Guns N' Roses brought raw, ugly rock & roll crashing back into the charts. They were not nice boys; nice boys don't play rock & roll. They were ugly, misogynist, and violent; they were also funny, vulnerable, and occasionally sensitive, as their breakthrough hit, "Sweet Child O' Mine," showed.
- 5. I Love Rock & Roll by Joan Jett
By playing pure and simple rock & roll without making an explicit issue of her gender, Joan Jett became a figurehead for several generations of female rockers.
- 4. Money for Nothing by Dire Straits
Dire Straits emerged during the post-punk era of the late '70s, and while their sound was minimalistic and stripped-down, they owed little to punk. If anything, the band was a direct outgrowth of the roots-revivalism of pub rock, but where pub rock celebrated good times, Dire Straits were melancholy.
- 3. Born in The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
Born in the U.S.A., his popular triumph, which threw off seven Top Ten hits and became one of the best-selling albums of all time. This song makes me proud to be an American.
- 2. Old Time Rock & Roll by Bob Seger
For over 20 years, Bob Seger has been one of the best mainstream rock & rollers in America, developing a distinctive body of honest, hard-rocking songs. I think Tom Cruise dancing to this song is what made "Risky Business" such a comic hit.
- 1. Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood
Bad To The Bone launched a hot streak that resulted in three more gold albums in the '80s. Featured in the movie "Terminator 2 Judgement Day."
- 10. Lick it Up by KISS
Best song without the make-up
- 9. Back in Black by AC/DC
Another great song from AC/DC
- 8. You Shock Me All Night Long by AC/DC
Greatest AC/DC song of all time
- 7. Jump by Van Halen
Shows you that Eddie plays amazing guitar and also shows hez 10 times better than Jimi
- 6. Roxanne by Sting and The Police
- 5. Another One Bites the Dust by Queen
Great mix of rock and dance
- 4. Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N Roses
- 3. Battery by Metalllica
- 2. Suicide Solution by Ozzy Osbourne
- 1. Master of Puppets by Metallica
Best song and album with Cliff Burton
Rock Of Ages: Def Leppad Were Not Gonna Take It: Twisted Sister Walk This Way: Aerosmith w/ Run-DMC
By: Andrew Whelan
- 10. Blame It On the Rain by Milli Vanilli
I know, I know. But who cares who sang it, it's a great song.
- 9. Take On Me by A-Ha
Listen to the first 35 seconds and you'll know what the 80's were about.
- 8. You Spin Me Right Round by Dead Or Alive
How cool is the intro?
- 7. Dancing With Myself AND Rebel Yell by Billy Idol
I can't decide which one I like more. There both great songs. The riff in "Dancing" is so catchy, and "Rebel Yell" is great to play in the car really loud.
- 6. In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel
- 5. Sweet Child of Mine by Guns n' Roses
Yeaaa, Axel Rose is the greatest.
- 4. Every Breath You Take by The Police
Greatest 80's band ever. Period.
- 3. Mr. Roboto by Styx
I looooooove the video for this song. Am I the first person to put this song on the list?
- 2. With or Without You by U2
I generally like the Police better that U2, but this song is just great.
- 1. Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners
C'mon, this song is just too good to be placed anywhere else.
Man, so many other songs so deserving. Why are there only ten slots?
- 10. Talking In Your Sleep by The Romantics
It's all about the hair.
- 9. Beds Are Burning by Midnight Oil
Catchy song out of Australia.
- 8. With Or Without You by U2
One of the best songs ever, let alone the 80's.
- 7. We Built This City On Rock And Roll by Starship
Needs no comment.
- 6. Safety Dance by Men Without Hats
Props on using "little people" in the video. They make me proud to be Canadian.
- 5. Just What I Needed by The Cars
Off key singing and weird music, the essence of 80's music
- 4. Dancing With Myself by Billy Idol
Everything he does is cool.
- 3. We Didn't Start The Fire by Billy Joel
- 2. Down Under by Men At Work
Who wouldn't want to visit Australia after hearing such a fun song.
- 1. Heaven by Bryan Adams
One of the best love songs ever written by a Canadian. Recently covered by DJ Sammy and highly successful. Passed the test of time.
Honorable mention: I Ran by Flock of Seagulls, Total Eclipse of the Heart, and Moonlight Desires by Gowan
- 10. Forever Young by Alphaville
I'm not sure if the artist is Alphaville or someone like Brian Adams but I love the song.
- 9. One Moment in Time by Whitney Houston
I had to sing this before. WH does a better job than I do! :)
- 8. Dancing in the Moonlight by Toploader
No one seems to have heard this song before, except me, but I love it.
- 7. What's Love Got To Do With It by Tina Turner
- 6. Bette Davis Eyes by Gwyneth Paltrow
Kinda weird, but in a good way.
- 5. Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough by Patty Smith and Don Henley
Sad, but still lovely. The 80's version of Mandy Moore and Jonathan Foreman's "Someday We'll Know"
- 4. Save the Best for Last by Vanessa Williams
- 3. These Dreams by Hart
Haunting, and ghostlike. Very much a favorite.
- 2. Fight for Your Honor by Chicago
It might be I've gotten the title wrong, but if you've heard the song you know which one I mean.
- 1. Right Here Waiting by Richard Marx
Very romasntic, and can even be DL from RM's ebsite. This song was on his 2nd album and was from 1989, if my memory serves.
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