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!
Clearly one of the best songs ever his vocal range is extravagant I can't even go that high!
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5Beat 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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6Take 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.
It is one of the best songs of the world!
Not my favourite A-ha-song, but one of the best 80s-songs

Daisymorot

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7Alone - Heart
Absolutely my 80s best song... Ann and nancy Wilson is awesome
This is agreat music
I love heart and I love this song what a ballad
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8Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
Randys greatest work and easily one of the greatest riffs and metal songs of all time!
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 :-)
Awesome to see my favorite song in top ten
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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!
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10Don'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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The Contenders

11Heaven 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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12Eye 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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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.
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14Like 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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15Summer 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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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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17Rock 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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18Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran Listen to sample

19Scoundrel 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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20Total 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".
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21Listen 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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22Pour 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!
Should be top 5 it epitimizes the eighties

23Thriller - Michael Jackson
One of the best songs ever
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24True Faith - New Order Listen to sample

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

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26Papa Don't Preach - Madonna
Creative and very good songs!
<3 Madonna
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27Maria Magdalena - Sandra Listen to sample

28Careless Whisper - George Michael Listen to sample

29Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses
One of the very best of slash.
Really?! I mean, 23?! Come on...
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30Master of Puppets - Metallica
This should be at least in the top 10
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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!

32La 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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33One - Metallica
Most epic song ever! How is it not on the list?

gibsonrock53

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34Back In Black - AC/DC
Why is this only 58? This clearly deserves top 3, one of the best songs of the 80's.

35The 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.
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!
B E S T song ever!
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36It's a Sin - Pet Shop Boys Listen to sample

37Still 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

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

canessie

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38Everybody 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.
The essence of the 80s
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392 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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40Paradise City - Guns N Roses Listen to sample

41I 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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42When 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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43Hallowed 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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44Eternal Flame - The Bangles Listen to sample

45With 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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46If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher Listen to sample

47Another One Bites the Dust - Queen Listen to sample

48Everything Counts - Depeche Mode Listen to sample

49Dancing 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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50In the Heat of the Night - Sandra Listen to sample

51Photograph - Def Leppard
Touching lyricd. Great vocals. Spine chilling.

52Man In the Mirror - Michael Jackson Listen to sample

53Cruel Summer - Bananarama Listen to sample

54Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes Listen to sample

55Smooth Operator - Sade Listen to sample

56All Through the Night - Cyndi Lauper Listen to sample

57Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson Listen to sample

58Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood Listen to sample

59Tom 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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60Centerfold - The J. Geils Band Listen to sample

61Holy Diver - Dio
Ultimate rock artist/song/musicians...still relevant never sounds dated
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621999 - Prince Listen to sample

63The Best - Tina Turner Listen to sample

64You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi

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

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65Say, Say, Say - Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson Listen to sample

66Kurenai - 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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67Don'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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68Dirty Diana - Michael Jackson Listen to sample

69Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' - Michael Jackson Listen to sample

70I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) - Hall and Oates Listen to sample

71Purple Rain - Prince Listen to sample

72Blood of My Enemies - Manowar

73Panama - Van Halen Listen to sample

74Queen of the Reich - Queensryche Listen to sample

75Heaven Can Wait - Sandra Listen to sample

76Radio Ga Ga - Queen Listen to sample

77Straight to Hell - The Clash Listen to sample

78Like a Virgin - Madonna
I love this song make me feel like imma explode
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79Bad Reputation - Joan Jett Listen to sample

80I Just Can't Stop Loving You - Michael Jackson Listen to sample

81Angel of Death - Slayer Listen to sample

82Footloose - 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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83It's Still Rock And Roll To Me - Billy Joel Listen to sample

84Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper Listen to sample

85Crying In Rain - A-ha

Beautiful Music...
Beautiful Band...
A-ha Is Beautifu...

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86I Found Someone - Cher Listen to sample

87Another Part of Me - Michael Jackson Listen to sample

88Creeping Death - Metallica Listen to sample

89Sara - Fleetwood Mac Listen to sample

90Bad - Michael Jackson Listen to sample

9199 Luftballons - Nena Listen to sample

92Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath Listen to sample

9318 and Life - Skid Row Listen to sample

94Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode Listen to sample

959 to 5 - Dolly Parton Listen to sample

96Walk This Way - Run-DMC Listen to sample

97Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House
Great song, popular but always thought it has been underrated. It is a beautiful song with inspiring lyrics. Should be much higher on the list.
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98Fame - Irene Cara

99Pretty in Pink - The Psychedelic Furs Listen to sample

100In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel Listen to sample

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