Greatest '80s Songs

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The Top Ten

1
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

love4mjj

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.
[Newest]Great choice but how could this list exclude U2?

2Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, David Bryan, Tico Torres & Alec John Such!

Nirmal1991USA

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

Toxy

This is a great song! It's so catchy! Oh We're half way there.. Oh oh... Anyway you get they idea
[Newest]Better than Michael Jackson

3Sweet Child of Mine - Guns N Roses
The best because of it's solo.
SLASH ROCKS!

i-love-rock-n-roll

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.

4I'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!

ro-s

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!

5Take 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

Daisymorot

It is one of the best songs of the world!
[Newest]Discovered this song in the radio, loved this ever since. This song made me realize the true difference between the authentic, historical music of the 80s and the music today.

6Beat It - Michael Jackson
This should be with Billie Jean... Everything else just Beat It!

iajaubab

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

7Every 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]This song is kinda creepy but I love it

8Jump - 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!

thebandgeek

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

C-BEAR

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

9Eye 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]The song is great and all, but I just can't seem to get the music video

10Alone - Heart
Absolutely my 80s best song... Ann and nancy Wilson is awesome
Not a big fan of the 80s, but this is definitely my favorite.
Best song ever. This is the song that made me like the 80's

The Contenders

11Crazy 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]
This will be my vote! Every song in the top ten sucks.

12Summer Of '69 - Bryan Adams
One of the most memorable songs from the 80's. Bravo Bryan! You made true classic and real masterpiece

Irina2932

OH! MY GOD, ITS AT 9TH. THIS SONG MAKES ME FEEL MY OLD DAYS AGAIN N AGAIN.
We love dis song
[Newest]One of my favorite songs

13Fade to Black - Metallica
Only because the is not mainstream... People don't realise the beauty of this song...
It seems that outside of the metal community the first three albums of Metallica are a little underrated.

Toraqi

One of the best metal sons of all time. It's getting the appreciation it deserves 30 years too late.

14Don'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]Besides livin' on a prayer this is the best song EVER! I think this really needs to move up the list too. this song is just very moving and inspirational.

15Heaven 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.

caybatha

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

16The 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 '

17Like A Prayer - Madonna
One of the greatest songs ever recorded! Despite controversial music video, the song brings a very important message!
This song is amazing, what a great memory of the 80s
Best song of all time.

18Scoundrel Days - A-ha
A very deep and strong song as well as the album SCOUNDREL DAYS.
Needless to mention the vocals, because Morten Harket is always perfect.

meganharket

The stromgest song ever made.
I love this song so much. It's a fu... Ng great <3.
A-ha forever...

19Welcome 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...

20Listen 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!

21Papa Don't Preach - Madonna
I love Like a Prayer but this one is even better! Great vocals!

22Thriller - 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?

23Total 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.

24One - Metallica
Most epic song ever! How is it not on the list?

gibsonrock53

This song is from the 90's, not 80's But it's a great song
This song has always been underrated! ALWAYS!
[Newest]1988 this was released... So 100% 80s

25I Want It All - Queen
I LOVED I WANT IT ALL THE rhythm WAS AMAZING AND THE WAY FREDDIE SINGED I LOVED IT I THINK I WANT IT ALL WOULD DESERVE TO BE IN TOP 10 WITH BEAT IT, THRILLER, ROCK AND A HARD PLACE (FROM THE ROLLING STONES), START ME UP
(FROM THE ROLLING STONES), BAD AND FEW OTHERS I THINK SOME OF YOU ARE VERY BLIND BUT I THINK BILLIE JEAN IS THE GREATEST SONG OF THE 80S AND IT WOULD MY BIG FAVOURITE ALONG WITH THE ROLLING STONES I can't GET NO SATISFACTION THE ROLLING STONES AND MICHAEL JACKSON BOTH KINDA CHANGED ME I LOVE BOTH OF THEM EQUALLY I THINK MJ IS THE GREATEST SINGER AND ARTIST YES I ACCEPT THAT AND THE ROLLING STONES IS AT NO 3 WITH MICK JAGGER AT NO 3(OF BEST SINGERS) AND I THINKS ITS BECAUSE THE ROLLING STONES HAD DONE GREAT IN ALL DECADES WITH ALBUMS AND TOURS ESPECIALLY IN LATER YEARS TOURS LIKE A BIGGER BANG I WOULD THINK MJ AND THE ROLLING STONES WERE BOTH THE BEST AT PERFORMING
Queen I want it all song definely one of the best songs of the 80's not only have Queen taken over the early 70's but when the 80's arrived Queen was more better in the 80's especially when Freddie Mercury had gotten a new make- over eith his haircut and moustache the band thrust into fame with 80's songs such as Under Pressure, Radio Ga Ga and Another one bites the Dust, and the rally hard rock 80's song I want it All Queen is one of the best bands of the 80's.
24 is an insult to queen and their music. This group of bad ass epicmusicians should be #1

fan-o-freddie


26Master of Puppets - Metallica
Greatest Thrash metal song created so far, but I do see A point why this song can't hit number 1
This should be number 1! Obey your MASTER! MASTER!
Yes hands down the best metal song ever

27Paradise City - Guns N Roses
Man this song makes me live and die at the same time

28Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran
Sensational song from Duran Duran. Best band ever
With this song I associate so many beautiful memories in my teenage years
Sure is the ok. Song I really only like john taylor.

29Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions
Greatest song in the 80's ever! It was the best song ever! It makes me wanna Rock like a hurricane!
Simply, the best songĀ's Scorpions of all the time, I listen this song since IĀ'm eighteen, more than twenty years!
This song has gotten me laid. So of course I vote for this song.

30True Faith - New Order

31You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
I don't know of a more powerful song to dance to. It would make people who dislike rock LOVE rock, or at least dance to it.

emraldYE

Timeless this song will be played on the radio for ever!

32Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears For Fears
This song is my jam. Every time it came on the radio my spirits were lifted. And nowadays it brings me back to those days when we were all care-free, you were cool no matter what you wore, the funkier your clothes or hairstyle the better, life was just AWESOME (like this song) to put it simply. LOVE YOU TEARS FOR FEARS
This song teaches you about life, it's your inspiration. I WONDER this song is on 35th place. I think it should be one of the songs with BEST lyrics!
That true love tears for fears they should be on number one place forever
Real Genius. Enough said.
[Newest]It kinda has this nostalgic feeling to it. Just a really awesome song

33Careless Whisper - George Michael
Song of my heart!

34Nothin' But a Good Time - Poison
A great song. Especially if you're at work/school. You're just wantin' to get out of school/work!

Talented.

Good guitar and vocals.

35Back In Black - AC/DC
Why is this only 58? This clearly deserves top 3, one of the best songs of the 80's.

36Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Queen - Another One Bites The Dust is one of the greatest examples of Queen and the rock genre as a whole, their playing style and their personality. Written by John Deacon, it's just plain and simply awesome, from the crazy great low bass line from John Deacon to the distinct vocal style of Freddie Mercury, giving this track a great start to begin with. And don't even get me started on the CPR drum beat. It's one of the things that makes this song. Hang on, the vocals are terrific, the bass line is funky, the drum beat keeps the tone of the song, and the guitar adds to the funkiness of the bass. All of this song's elements are just ridiculously good ON THEIR OWN, but put together? Forget it, this needs to be higher than 57, should be in the top 10.

37Hot for Teacher - Van Halen

38Still Loving You - Scorpions
The legendary Scorps are the masters of power ballads even yet today. This is an incredibly beautiful love song sung by the one and only Klaus Meine.

ScorpsSistah

This is the greatest songs, do you ever listened this songs? this is so great.. it's the best...

canessie

Yes one of the best songs/ballad in rock, hands down. Actually a song about the Berlin wall, I just found out, after listening to it for 28 years
[Newest]Nostalgic song ever made...

39Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes

40Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
This list is a joke. This song is considered the Best Heavy metal songs of all time and it is number 43 on this list.

IronMainiac666


41Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
Best King of Pop song

42La Isla Bonita - Madonna
My all time favorite track from Madonna. She sounds so touching here and the lyrics is marvelous. Wonderful song

Irina2932


43Purple Rain - Prince

44Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard
The best song by definitely Leppard, best song of the 80's, period.
Great song that you can have a lot of fun with!
Great great, really great

45With or Without You - U2
I love U2 I think they are incredible, their sound is beautiful as is the Edge's guitar. I have never heard a song that I don't love. I think that they are the greatest band ever... I know people would argue for Led Zeppelin (who I love) because of Page's guitar, Plant's vocals and not to mention John Bonzo Bonhams thunderous drums but u2 have a different style of music to Led Zep, They are easier to listen to and at their concerts you get a feeling of closeness, like its just you and the band, whereas Led Zep are giants... nobody can touch them. The final thing is that I have to praise the band, especially Bono, for all the humanitarian work they have done. Some quick song suggestions: SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY BY U2, WITH OR WITH OUT YOU BY U2 AND BAD BY U2', happy listening.
One of the best songs ever from Irish magicians. Praise Bono, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr. & The Edge for their gift to this life. Hope they live on & on & on & bless us all by their Music.
The reason U2 are good is because they are timeless. The songs may be old, but they sound like they could've been recorded today. That is the main draw of U2. Top ten material for sure.

46Photograph - Def Leppard
Touching lyricd. Great vocals. Spine chilling.

47It's a Sin - Pet Shop Boys

48I Love Rock 'N Roll - Joan Jett
Seriously this should be number 1

49Physical - Olivia Newton-John
Olivia is tops. Still is!

50Burning Down the House - Talking Heads

51Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
The best movie soundtrack ever
I love this song! I learned it on my guitar and everything!

52Maria Magdalena - Sandra
Simply fantastic track! One of the most memorable pop songs of the 80's.

StarUA


532 Minutes to Midnight - Iron Maiden
Too many bands try and compete with iron maiden, the fact that Metallica songs are higher on this list surprises me, this song has such a thrill to it, easily best song of the 80s

54Eternal Flame - The Bangles

55If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher

56Major Tom - Peter Schilling

57Call Me - Go West

58Dancing In the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
I absolutely love this song! Great song to dance and sing to! Great for dances and entrainment at functions! Amazing dancing beat and a fun song to sing in groups! Old time Classic!
i love this song listened to it since the day i was born great song

59Man In the Mirror - Michael Jackson

60Everything Counts - Depeche Mode

61Heaven - Bryan Adams
I agreed with that comment. Should be at the top 10

62Lies - Thompson Twins

63A Million Miles Away - The Plimsouls

64Holding Out for a Hero - Bonnie Tyler

65Living a Boy's Adventure Tale - a-Ha

66Tom Sawyer - Rush
this is 1 of the best songs. friekishly hard to play on drums, i no, and im good. my bro plays bass, and its hard

67When Doves Cry - Prince
This song should've been in the top 3! It was the greatest hit of 1984, and people from all over the world was crazy about this song! Michael Jackson and Bon Jovi rules but this song definitely doesn't deserve its place.
Doves Cry is one of the top songs of all time! Thriller was a great Album but beat it or Billie Jean are not even close to doves cry, People may not like prince but you can't take away what he has done for music. THE ICON
This song should definitely be in the top 5. This list is crazy for giving it the position it had now. It is and always will be an amazing, unique and groundbreaking song.

68Cruel Summer - Bananarama
Anything from the karate kid rules

69The Seventh Stranger - Duran Duran

70Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush

71Ask - The Smiths

72Kurenai - X Japan
This song should be in the top 50 at least! The beginning of the song starts out with a type of dark melody then it bursts out at you with such amazing guitar and drums blasting and with such an expert level of lyrics! This song is 6 minutes of awesomeness! You will never hear anything like it, the song is unique and it is everything you want in an original multi genre song they have their own sound and that is what makes them unique (plus they had a crazy style back then no matter what they really grabbed attention)! ~
The best songs of 80s! Thanks Yoshiki Hayashi for his awesome songs and lyrics!

73Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Great song, turn it up loud and enjoy

74I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
Absolutely wonderful disco-dance track that was a big boom in 1987. Whitney's voice is stunning. Should be much higher on this list

Larissa

Great lyrics... Gret music
Definition of the 80's

75Whip It - Devo
Definitely not Devo's best song but I still voted because Devo is the best. I think in the 80s their albums Oh No! It's Devo and New Traditionalists were the best. Far better than Freedom Of Choice, which has Whip It on it. Although their punk stuff from the 70s was the best!

asdfalexia


76All Through the Night - Cyndi Lauper

77Rio - Duran Duran

78Leave a Light On - Belinda Carlisle

79Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

80Blister In the Sun - Violent Femmes

81The Living Daylights - a-Ha

82A View to a Kill - Duran Duran

83You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
This song should never be less than the top 10! How dare you.

vadnj0


84Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler

85Brand New Lover - Dead or Alive

861999 - Prince

87Toy Soldiers - Martika

88Dancing With Myself - Billy Idol

89Don't Look Down - Go West

90Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
Best female voice of the 80's. Her best ballad.
Another song I rate very high

91Holy Diver - Dio
Ultimate rock artist/song/musicians...still relevant never sounds dated

92Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Totally surprised this song hasn't even been mentioned.. The greatest 80's song EVER

brad76

Footloose is all the way down here! Surprised it isn't on the top 10:(

93Centerfold - The J. Geils Band

94Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' - Michael Jackson

95Nasty - Janet Jackson

96Say, Say, Say - Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson

97Dirty Diana - Michael Jackson

98Faithfully - Journey

99Circle In the Sand - Belinda Carlisle

100Crying In Rain - A-ha
Beautiful Music...
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