Greatest '80s Songs

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The Top Ten

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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.
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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
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3I've Been Losing You - A-ha
One of my favorites songs, I love it!

ro-s

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",...
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!
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4Sweet 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
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5Take on Me - A-ha
Not my favourite A-ha-song, but one of the best 80s-songs

Daisymorot

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.
It is one of the best songs of the world!
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6Beat It - Michael Jackson
This should be with Billie Jean... Everything else just Beat It!

iajaubab

The best ever made
This is the best song ever made in the 80s
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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!
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8Summer Of '69 - Bryan Adams
One of the most memorable songs from the 80's. Bravo Bryan! You made true classic and real masterpiece

Irina2932

We love dis song
OH! MY GOD, ITS AT 9TH. THIS SONG MAKES ME FEEL MY OLD DAYS AGAIN N AGAIN.
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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
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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
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The Contenders

11Don'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.
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12Fade 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.
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13Heaven 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
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14Thriller - Michael Jackson
One of the best songs ever
The all time best! You can still listen to this to this date
Is this even 80s? Or isn't it more current?
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15Alone - Heart
This is agreat music
Absolutely my 80s best song... Ann and nancy Wilson is awesome
Not a big fan of the 80s, but this is definitely my favorite.
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16Jump - Van Halen
Jump is totally wicked and no other Van Halen song beats this one.
Best van halen song.
Eddie is a beast.
EIGHTH!? REally people when you have great great rock and metal phenomenon's you put this amazing some a EIGHTH!

thebandgeek

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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
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18Welcome 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...
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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.
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20Scoundrel 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...
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21Rock 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.
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22Listen 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!
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23I 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

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25Hungry 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
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26Back In Black - AC/DC
Why is this only 58? This clearly deserves top 3, one of the best songs of the 80's.
Serious who is "sandra" and how did she get before back in black with maria magdalena?

27Careless Whisper - George Michael Listen to sample

28Maria Magdalena - Sandra Listen to sample

29Papa Don't Preach - Madonna
Creative and very good songs!
<3 Madonna
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30You 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!

31La Isla Bonita - Madonna
My all time favorite track from Madonna. She sounds so touching here and the lyrics is marvelous. Wonderful song

Irina2932

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33Master of Puppets - Metallica
This should be number 1! Obey your MASTER! MASTER!
This is the most memoriable metal song that ever made. Should be at least upper than here
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34Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
The best movie soundtrack ever
I love this song! I learned it on my guitar and everything!
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35One - Metallica
Most epic song ever! How is it not on the list?

gibsonrock53

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36The Final Countdown - Europe
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.
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.
The abusolte BEST song in the world, let alone the 80's. Loved it the momenet I heard it. What the hell is everyone esle saying! You all KNOW this is the greatest song OF ALL TIME!
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37Everybody 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
Real Genius. Enough said.
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!
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38Paradise City - Guns N Roses Listen to sample

39Physical - Olivia Newton-John Listen to sample

40It's a Sin - Pet Shop Boys Listen to sample

41Hot for Teacher - Van Halen
I love this song.

It has a great video and funny! Also good drums, guitar, bass, and vocals. Not like today's junk.

Very original.
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42I 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
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43Pour 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
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442 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
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45Hallowed 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

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46Nothin' 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.
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47With or Without You - U2
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.
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48Eternal Flame - The Bangles Listen to sample

49If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher Listen to sample

50Major Tom - Peter Schilling Listen to sample

51Everything Counts - Depeche Mode Listen to sample

52Another One Bites the Dust - Queen Listen to sample

53Lies - Thompson Twins
I like this song! Pretty surprised when I heard it on Regular Show.
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54Still 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
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55Dancing 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
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56Heaven - Bryan Adams
I agreed with that comment. Should be at the top 10
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57Man In the Mirror - Michael Jackson Listen to sample

58Cruel Summer - Bananarama Listen to sample

59Smooth Operator - Sade Listen to sample

60Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson Listen to sample

61Tom 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
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62All Through the Night - Cyndi Lauper Listen to sample

63Rio - Duran Duran Listen to sample

64Whip 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!

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65Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie Listen to sample

66Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Great song, turn it up loud and enjoy
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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.
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.
This is what it sounds like when doves cry...
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68Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler Listen to sample

69I Love Rock 'N Roll - Joan Jett
Seriously this should be number 1
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70Toy Soldiers - Martika Listen to sample

71Kurenai - 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!
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72Holy Diver - Dio
Ultimate rock artist/song/musicians...still relevant never sounds dated
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731999 - Prince Listen to sample

74Centerfold - The J. Geils Band Listen to sample

75You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi

This song should never be less than the top 10! How dare you.

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76Dirty Diana - Michael Jackson Listen to sample

77Say, Say, Say - Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson Listen to sample

78Faithfully - Journey Listen to sample

79Wild Thing - Tone Loc
I love this song, at least it is one of those 89-94 rap songs that doesn't cuss.
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80Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' - Michael Jackson Listen to sample

81Purple Rain - Prince Listen to sample

82Photograph - Def Leppard
Touching lyricd. Great vocals. Spine chilling.

83In the Heat of the Night - Sandra Listen to sample

84Ebony and Ivory - Paul Mccartney & Stevie Wonder Listen to sample

85Blood of My Enemies - Manowar

86Panama - Van Halen Listen to sample

87The Best - Tina Turner Listen to sample

88Atomic - Blondie Listen to sample

89Queen of the Reich - Queensryche Listen to sample

90Radio Ga Ga - Queen Listen to sample

91Crying In Rain - A-ha
Beautiful Music...
Beautiful Band...
A-ha Is Beautifu...
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92Love Bites - Def Leppard
A very passionate song!

93Straight to Hell - The Clash Listen to sample

94I Just Can't Stop Loving You - Michael Jackson Listen to sample

95Turning Japanese - The Vapors Listen to sample

96It's Still Rock And Roll To Me - Billy Joel
Forget Billy Joel's personality and image, and also the video.
This is an awesome song, lyrics are brilliant, sax solo is phenominal.
One of my childhood favourites, my uncle used to play it on an L.P. at my childhood farmhouse. Very fond memories!
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97Angel of Death - Slayer Listen to sample

98Footloose - 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:(
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99About a Girl - Nirvana Listen to sample

100Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush Listen to sample

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