Greatest '80s Rock Songs


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Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
This song is like the best song ever

Slash is awesome and is better then every other guitarist

So everyone pick this song because it is the best 80's song ever
This is one song no matter how many times I hear it it takes me to my happy place. Will never get tired of hearing it. Love it!
Best song that there has ever been. Without a doubt. Guns n roses is the best band that has ever been aspablished and I would kill to see them live. Vote up
[Newest]Can't hear it enough. It brings out the thoughts of concert trips we all were making back then!

2Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
Greatest of rock songs ever...
If you ask a group of people "what comes to mind when you think of the 80's? ", 4/10 people will say Bon Jovi.
Kid rock quote about Livin'On A Prayer from Bon Jovi When We Were Beautiful documentary, "There are songs which are great within a trend, and then, there are songs which become the trend"!
[Newest]Oh we're half way there, Oh Oh living on a a prayer!

3Beat It - Michael Jackson
Not even a rock song.
To all you people moaning that Michael Jackson is a pop artist, it's about the song not the artist. This song features a guitar riff and solo written and performed by Eddie Van Halen - possibly the most gifted guitarist at the time. This automatically brings it into the rock genre. You're all welcome "
Who even voted for him, he's got nothing to do with rock, its a joke come on really?
[Newest]In the wrong class.

4Back In Black - AC/DC
This Song is amazing. I can't believe it is not number one.
Number 1 with no question


Best song/riff ever written
[Newest]Number 1 selling rock album in history. second highest selling album ever only behind that Thriller or whatever by Michael Jackson

5Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
This songs is the best rock songs of 80's ever
One of the greatest songs ever written!
Should be 1st in the list
Many great 80's rock songs but this is the best

6Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
Too many great songs to list but when I think of "80's" rock songs, Journey, regardless of which song it is, comes to mind.


Awesome song - How can MJ be number 1 rock song when he was a pop artist?
Journey knows to rock man!
[Newest]Best song by journey ever ever ever in the history of ever

7Paradise City - Guns N' Roses
Hi bro do you even rock bro
This is hands down my favorite song of all time, I straight loose my mind every time I hear this.
Only one whistle brings change in whole song

8You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
This song is an all time favorite and not enough people appreciate it! My love.

9Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams

10One - Metallica
This is a top 5 song

The Contenders

11The Final Countdown - Europe
Epic riff, legendary song still sung today-why did I have to add it?


Best of the best!
Why not top ten?

12Tom Sawyer - Rush

13Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue
I just love this band and dad named me after this band you know
I think that Mötley Crüe's "Home Sweet Home" should be in the top ten, because it's ' Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee! They stick to rock roots and rock styles!

14Alone - Heart

15Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions

16Hells Bells - AC/DC
One of the best ever recorded

17Panama - Van Halen
Really, Very AMAZING song, even if it is a bit suggesting, it is still really awesome. Peace, Love, and Van Halen. Please vote to get Panama to number one

18Open Arms - Journey

19Master of Puppets - Metallica
Needs. To. Be. Higher.

20Juke Box Hero - Foreigner

21Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

22Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses

23Here I Go Again - Whitesnake

24In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins

25You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
Move up the list
Best song ever. That's all.

26November Rain - Guns N' Roses
love the solo... great video too.


Great love slash solo better than beat it sorry Jackson should be at least in the top 7

27Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top

28Under Pressure - Queen

29Fade to Black - Metallica

30Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
On of the best Leppard songs, But it is by the best band ever, but why so low should be top five


One of the best songs I have ever heard it should be number 1!
I totally agree! Definitely Leppard are the best band ever!

31Runaway - Bon Jovi

32Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
This is the 2nd best song of the 80's right behind something to believe in - poison.
I don't undrstnd why this song in nt in the top 3

33For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) - AC/DC
Nice song one of the best

34Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones

35Urgent - Foreigner

36Any Way You Want It - Journey

37Patience - Guns N' Roses
П😘😘😘this song is my life

38Heaven - Bryan Adams

39Don't Know What You Got ('Til It's Gone) - Cinderella

40With or Without You - U2

41Centerfold - The J. Geils Band

42I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister
Second to none but not on this list

43Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution - AC/DC

44Invincible - Pat Benatar

45...And Justice for All - Metallica
nothing rocked the 80's harder than Metallica

46Heaven - Warrant

47The One I Love - R.E.M.

48Jump - Van Halen
Absoluetly One of my favorite songs

49Hot for Teacher - Van Halen

50Wild Side - Motley Crue

51Dude (Looks Like a Lady) - Aerosmith

52Show Some Respect - Tina Turner

53Biko - Peter Gabriel

54Can't Let You Go - Rainbow

55Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
not my favorite Queen song, but definitely the one that says EIGHTIES the most.


The best song ever! Must love Queen
Not my favorite from Queen songs, but anyways

56When I See You Smile - Bad English

57School - Nirvana

58Rock of Ages - Def Leppard
Should be number 1 yall hoes

59I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight - Cutting Crew
Hi whoever compiled this list. This is The Cutting Crew. Whitesnake NEVER recorded this song. EVER. Other than this glaring error? Nice list.

60Dirty Diana - Michael Jackson

61Where The Streets Have No Name - U2
I'd put this at the top.
Best rock song ever. not just out of the 80's

62One of the Living - Tina Turner

63Hell Is for Children - Pat Benatar

64You May Be Right - Billy Joel

65Nothin' But a Good Time - Poison
This song is like the ultimate feel good rock song. That opening intro alone is enough to put me into a good mood

66Take On Me - A-Ha
I'm obsessed with this song. It's a perfect taste of the 80s.

67Shooting Star - Bad Company

68Who Wants to Live Forever - Queen

69In the Army Now - Status Quo

70Magic Power - Triumph

71Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2

72Party All Night - Quiet Riot

73I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide - ZZ Top

74Still Loving You - Scorpions
Perfect make out song haha

75One Vision - Queen

76Love In An Elevator - Aerosmith

77Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins

78Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
Being too cool to like BJ is like having a shower in a rain coat! If you love rock then this band has everything. Probably one of the best selling bands of all time, and certainly one of the best live. This is their trademark anthem, real crowd puller! Maybe not No1 but certainly top 5!

79High Enough - Damn Yankees

80Love of a Lifetime - Firehouse
My wedding song... In 2013! Even as a mid to late "ninties child" I need my eighties! Hubby too!

81It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M.

82Synchronicity - The Police

83Original Sin - INXS

84Wind of Change - Scorpions

85Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row

86Africa - Toto

87His Eyes - Pseudo Echo

88I Want to Know What Love Is - Foreigner

89Waiting for a Girl Like You - Foreigner

90Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
One of the best songs I've heard.. So reminiscent!

91Dreams - Van Halen

92Burning Down the House - The Talking Heads

93Southern Cross - Crosby, Stills and Nash

94Love Song - Tesla

95We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel

96Run to You - Bryan Adams

97Heat of the Night - Bryan Adams

98Hearts On Fire - Bryan Adams

99Black Cat - Janet Jackson

100Angel - Aerosmith

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