Greatest '80s Songs


July 30, 2015 - Tons of songs, but what really are the best? Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
This is Not only the greatest song of the 80's but one of the greatest songs ever! People will be dancing to Billie Jean 100 years from now!
Billie Jean is the best song. Almost any age group can recognize it and even knows the singer which is unusual. It just such a great universal song for everyone to love. The way he danced it makes it stand out even more in our minds... love for Micheal xoxo RIP


There was only ONE song in the 80s and it was Billie Jean ;)... Nah, I'm just playing. The 80s had some great songs albeit many melodramatic, but still great. Billie Jean is just something else. It's got something hypnotic in it that just keeps you coming back over and over again.

2Sweet Child of Mine - Guns N Roses
The best because of it's solo.


Whenever I listen to this song I feel so fired up and excited, by the way Axl is singing and how awesome Slash is playing in song. I sing it wherever I go!
I love this song it gets me going in the mornings and when I feel I have no energy it perks me right up all and slab got it going on you guys are the big fan christina
[Newest]Not as good as Rocket Queen.

3Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, David Bryan, Tico Torres & Alec John Such!


Everybody knows that this is the best song of the 80's, AND OF ALL TIME!


This is a great song! It's so catchy! Oh We're half way there.. Oh oh... Anyway you get they idea
[Newest]I love this song

4Take on Me - A-ha
All of the songs on this list are worthy to be on it - and as a pop song it is in a unwinnable contest against the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. However, this is one of the best pop songs to come in the 80s, and is still one of the best songs today. A catchy tune that is SO 80s style with amazing voice skills by Morten Harket. Not taking metal into consideration, one of the best songs to have come from Norway.
Not my favourite A-ha-song, but one of the best 80s-songs


It is one of the best songs of the world!
[Newest]Amazing song with the BEST music video ever!

5Beat It - Michael Jackson
This should be with Billie Jean... Everything else just Beat It!


I think this should be number one above Billie Jean... I mean, this is one of the King of Pop's most successful songs!
This is the best song ever made in the 80s
[Newest]He was a awesome singer its sad that he past away

6Summer Of '69 - Bryan Adams
One of the most memorable songs from the 80's. Bravo Bryan! You made true classic and real masterpiece


We love dis song
[Newest]SUMMER is a good song it also has a good beat and a clean sound from the singer

7Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
I love this song so much! When I first heard it in Rocky 3 I fell in love with the song! I can't believe people like the crappy pop music of today oldies are way better!
Eye of the tiger is my most favorite song
Should be number 1 it gets you totally pumped up to do something when is heard it in rocky 3 it was motovating
[Newest]Greatest song of the 80's along with beat it.

8I've Been Losing You - A-ha
Of course when we say A-Ha everyone think of TAKE ON ME - but this is way better stuff from them... Also in the same league as their title song "scoundrel days", "hunting high and low", "how sweet it was",...
One of my favorites songs, I love it!


This song is amazing, deserves top 3, the lyrics are amazing and with morten voice, this is without question one the best of the 80's, a-ha forever!

9Every Breath You Take - The Police
Long time I looking for this songs, never found... And now the greatest moment 1/3/2013 I found it at this top tens websites... Very2 thank so much to the top tens cause appear this songs in this sites... Thank, thank, thank.. I never forget this songs in my life.. Is a greatest songs of all time... Please put this songs at #1... Please, please, please.. I will always love the top tens... Thank you so much... Bye bye
I hope I'm not the only one who knows this song is about a stalker. I mean, listen to the lyrics. HE'S ALWAYS WATCHING YOU
Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I'll be watching you

Every single day
Every word you say
Every game you play
Every night you stay
I'll be watching you
Precious song. Reaaly beautiful!
[Newest]Such a gorgeous piece that its creepiness makes it even better. I love new wave.

10Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
This is just the best of the eighties and of ozzy verly on top of iron man and mr. Crowley it should be in first place just bad taste not offending who posted this list but still good :-)
Randys greatest work and easily one of the greatest riffs and metal songs of all time!
Awesome to see my favorite song in top ten
[Newest]Every time I listen to this song I fall over tired from all the hard rock I listen to.

The Contenders

11Thriller - Michael Jackson
Come on guys! Thriller! One of the best, most well known, danceable songs of all time? It even took place before Michael Jackson screwed up his face! He was CUTE!
One of the best songs ever
Is this even 80s? Or isn't it more current?

12Jump - Van Halen
Jump is totally wicked and no other Van Halen song beats this one.
EIGHTH!? REally people when you have great great rock and metal phenomenon's you put this amazing some a EIGHTH!


This song will want you to put on a leotard and dance around.
It is just that awesome.


[Newest]Great synth riff, great solo, great lyrics, everything about this song is amazing!

13Listen to Your Heart - Roxette
It is a timeless wonderful song that inspired even to those who weren't fans of the Swedish duo. Listen to your heart before you tell him goodbye!
This ever lasting romantic sensation makes me listen to my bitter sweet memories in the sands of time.

Sameera Badurdeen De Sen..

14Fade to Black - Metallica
It seems that outside of the metal community the first three albums of Metallica are a little underrated.


The first 2 most people have heard of the MOP album metal fans or not.


Only because the is not mainstream... People don't realise the beauty of this song...
One of the best metal sons of all time. It's getting the appreciation it deserves 30 years too late.

15Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
One of the greatest song of all times from a great band. This song walks into any playlist any day. Listen to it, realize it's true potential and beauty, fall in love with it and listen to it again and if you don't like it you do not deserve to listen to music at all. This songs ranks way above where it currently.
This song has been popular in the 80s and in every year since. I doubt that there is a single person (in the US at least) who has never heard this song or does not like it. The placement of this song on this list, or rather off of it, is unbelievable.
Number 28? That's ok. I mean its only the most well known song in history. And its only been referenced in hundreds of movies and television shows. People know this song for a reason. BECAUSE IT IS THE BEST.
[Newest]There are so many songs that come along and make me question whether "Don't Stop Believin'" is still my favorite song, but they don't succeed.

16Papa Don't Preach - Madonna
I love Like a Prayer but this one is even better! Great vocals!
One of the most beautiful songs I've heard

17Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses
One of the very best of slash.
Absolutely best song from Hard Rock Genre. It deserves top 10.
Really?! I mean, 23?! Come on...

18Heaven Is a Place On Earth - Belinda Carlisle
25years later and this song still has "if". Classic, great song! And Belinda's signature song of all time!
Belinda Carlisle sings this great song of the 80;s.


It's a true Classic
[Newest]Great song one of the classics of the 80s

19Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
That song is very, very romantic. I don't like Bonnie Tyler, but that song totally rocks. The lyrics are so personal..."And if you only hold me tight, we'll be hoding on forever".
One of my personal favorites as far as all music goes. It's in the top 10.

20The Final Countdown - Europe
32nd? You've got to be kidding me, the songs above are great but Europe's The Final Countdown is the DEFINITION of 80's music, brilliant use of keyboards and vocals mixed with guitar solos that must've taken forever to perfect, when people say "80's music" to me this is always the first song that comes to mind, not because I like it, but because it embodies everything that makes for good 80's music.
I agree, I think the final countdown should be placed higher than it is right now. Europe turned out to be one of the most successful bands in the world when this one hit wonder was realeased as a number 1 hit single In 25 countries all over the world. In the beginning they were very very slowly climbing the charts until this song came out then they took off to Venus at the very top of the charts. This is one of the greatest songs of the 80's.
I'm 10 listened to this song at 5 know every word were leaving together but still its farewell because maybe we'll come back to earth who can tell I guess there
Is no one to blame were leaving ground leaving ground ever be the same again dd it's the final countdown sang it in my school everyone loves it brilliant at least 10th
[Newest]Every time when there's no time left I go quick as the 'the final second '

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