Greatest '80s Rock Songs


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1Sweet 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

Tons of great songs on this list, but this is the best one...

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2Beat 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?

Best song of its time

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3Livin' 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"!

I love b on jovi

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4Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

This songs is the best rock songs of 80's ever

Still played on radio, so good they were able to do remake. The new version is great also. Both are positive & raise the spirit. Eternal

One of the greatest songs ever written!
Should be 1st in the list

One of the best rock songs ever

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5Back In Black - AC/DC

This Song is amazing. I can't believe it is not number one.

Number 1 with no question - shatti

Best song/riff ever written

Absolute perfection. Needs to be #1

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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. - SociallyxxDistorted

Awesome song - How can MJ be number 1 rock song when he was a pop artist?

Best song by journey ever ever ever in the history of ever

Has staying power...and those vocals! That guitar! Excellent!

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7Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

Absolutely one of the most incredibly talented bands of all time. These guys played hard, fast and loud. Dickinson has one of the best voices in rock history, Steve Harris is the fastest bass guitarist of all time, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Janick Gers have riffs that never quick and Nicko on the drums never misses a beat. All this and they sing songs about literature - Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Flight of Icarus, The Charge of the Light Brigade in The Trooper. The sing from scripture in the Number of the Beast and the English Hymnal in Revelation. They tell stories that need to be told in Hallowed be Thy Name and Aces High singing about WW2 fighter pilots. They sing about history with Churchill's speech to the English people in WW2, one of the most powerful ever. This band can't be matched. Enough Said.

How the hell is this not number 1? This is probably the best song of all time! - ComaWhite21

This is iron maiden... One of the best metal bands of all time

8One - Metallica

This is a top 5 song

This song IS from the '80's... Like 1988, maybe before.
I would say this song is the #1 song for '80's in the heavy metal genre.

This song is from 1990 so yeah should not be on the list

9Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses

The scream at the beginning. I always crank it up.

This should be #1 80s rock song.

10Tom Sawyer - Rush

One of the best Rock Bands! Progressive! Unique Style! All good! Real Musicians! JS!

The Newcomers

?Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain) - Inxs
?Don't Rush Me - Taylor Dayne

The Contenders

11Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams


Many great times listening to this song.

12Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions

Best 80 rock song

13Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

not my favorite Queen song, but definitely the one that says EIGHTIES the most. - I<3Queen

Not my favorite from Queen songs, but anyways

The best song ever! Must love Queen

I love this song best song ever

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14Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard

One of the best songs I have ever heard it should be number 1!

On of the best Leppard songs, But it is by the best band ever, but why so low should be top five - DLnumber1

Best band and song ever. I'm only 15 but I grew up listening to then and they're still my favorite band to this day. That will always be my favorite song.

This song was the bomb when it hit the radio back in 1988.

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15You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi

This song is an all time favorite and not enough people appreciate it! My love.

My favorite song

16In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins
17Master of Puppets - Metallica

Needs. To. Be. Higher.

18Alone - Heart
19Home 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!

20Fade to Black - Metallica

Great solo, beautiful tone, deep lyrics and a great transition song for an even greater band.

Much better than any on the top 10 list

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Top Remixes (16)

1. Mama - Genesis
2. Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams
3. Angel - Aerosmith
1. Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions
2. Invincible - Pat Benatar
3. Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams
1. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
2. Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
3. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

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