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

Best song ever. Sweet Child #1

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2Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi

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"!

Song still holds up today... We all know all the words... The story of the song is still relevant today.

Best song of the 80s

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3Beat It - Michael Jackson

Who even voted for him, he's got nothing to do with rock, its a joke come on really?

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 ���"

I just want to say that beat it is my favorite song of altimeter. I love Michael Jackson.

Just because there's a guitar in it doesn't mean it's rock.

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4Back In Black - AC/DC

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

Number 1 selling rock album in history. second highest selling album ever only behind that Thriller or whatever by Michael Jackson

Brian Johnson and Angus youngs Guitar is great. Yes I'm the kid that's 10... Have a nice day

This song is amazing

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5Eye 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

This song is the best

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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?

Ah the most popular song by journey an old time favorite I can never get enough of this song

A classic what's stands the test of time best in my book by a country mile

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7One - Metallica

Justice WAS released 25th aug 88. Just to set record straight.

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

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8Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses

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

A great song, heaps of fun to sing along to! - heirofblack

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9Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

Iron maiden is one of the most prolific and best rock bands of all time. So many great songs so great live it definitely is an experience of a lifetime. The depth and meaning of their songs is just unbelievable. Dickinson one of the best vocalists of all time. You put that together with 3 extremely talented guitarists, the best bass player of all time and the most iconic drummer of all time and you have a truly religious musical experience that anyone can and will appreciate. UP THE IRONS FOREVER! LONG LIVE 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

Damn rite! Never will you hear a song any better than this!

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10Tom Sawyer - Rush

Simply one of the greatest songs from one of the most creative and talented bands in the world!

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

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The Contenders

11Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

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

Ah an old classic queen song I love it

Not my favorite queen song, put is close to the top of the list

Another one rides the the bus.

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12Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams

Well I think the last guy has covered everything there is to describe about this song

Many great times listening to this song.

Bryan Adams, where do I even start... Absolute perfection - heirofblack

I love this song so much

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13Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions

Probably one of my favourite 80s songs ever.

OH MY YEeeSss I love this song greatest song by scorpions ever I like can not stop listening to this song I mean who doesn't like this comment if u agree with me and think that this song and scorpions is the bomb and is awesome

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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.

Literally one of my FAVORITE songs of all time!

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15In the Air Tonight - Phil CollinsV2 Comments
16Here I Go Again - Whitesnake

Here I go again on my own oh I like can never get enough of this song who ever made this list has a great taste in perfect rock music because there are like a lot of great songs on here and I speak for everyone when I say this I think all these songs deserve to be number one. Like and subscribe if you agree with me. Wait well just like if you agree with me don't subscribe this isn't YouTube

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17Master of Puppets - MetallicaV2 Comments
18You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi

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

One of the greatest and most recognizable songs!

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19Alone - Heart

It is such a great song, I'm doing it for one of my concerts. Amazing vocals! Love the song!

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20Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top

Best song by zz top by far

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