Greatest '80s Rock Songs


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The Top Ten

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]One of the most iconic songs of all time winning the "greatest pop/rock single" award at the 1989 MTV music awards off the highest selling debut album of all time, with one of the most famed guitar riffs and solos.

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?
[Newest]Truly, it is a rock song

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"!
[Newest]Were half way there

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

5Don'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

6Paradise 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

7Eye 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

8November Rain - Guns N' Roses
Bahaha this is a 90's rock song not 80's
love the solo... great video too.


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

9You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
This song is an all time favorite and not enough people appreciate it! My love.

10One - Metallica
This is a top 5 song

The Contenders

11Tom Sawyer - Rush

12Home 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!

13Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions

14Alone - Heart

15Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams

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

19Juke Box Hero - Foreigner

20Master of Puppets - Metallica
Needs. To. Be. Higher.

21Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

22The 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?

23In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins

24You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
Move up the list
Best song ever. That's all.

25Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top

26Under Pressure - Queen

27Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses

28Fade to Black - Metallica

29Runaway - Bon Jovi

30For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) - AC/DC
Nice song one of the best

31Pour 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!

32Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones

33Every 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

34Any Way You Want It - Journey

35Heaven - Bryan Adams

36Patience - Guns N' Roses
П😘😘😘this song is my life

37Don't Know What You Got ('Til It's Gone) - Cinderella

38With or Without You - U2

39Centerfold - The J. Geils Band

40I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister
Second to none but not on this list

41Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution - AC/DC

42Invincible - Pat Benatar

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

44The One I Love - R.E.M.

45Heaven - Warrant

46Jump - Van Halen
Absoluetly One of my favorite songs

47Hot for Teacher - Van Halen

48Wild Side - Motley Crue

49Show Some Respect - Tina Turner

50Biko - Peter Gabriel

51When I See You Smile - Bad English

52I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight - Whitesnake
Hi whoever compiled this list. This is The Cutting Crew. Whitesnake NEVER recorded this song. EVER. Other than this glaring error? Nice list.

53Dirty Diana - Michael Jackson

54School - Nirvana

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

56Where The Streets Have No Name - U2
I'd put this at the top.
Best rock song ever. not just out of the 80's

57Rock of Ages - Def Leppard
Should be number 1 yall hoes

58Dude (Looks Like a Lady) - Aerosmith

59One of the Living - Tina Turner

60Hell Is for Children - Pat Benatar

61You May Be Right - Billy Joel

62Nothin' 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

63Take On Me - A-Ha
I'm obsessed with this song. It's a perfect taste of the 80s.

64Shooting Star - Bad Company

65Who Wants to Live Forever - Queen

66In the Army Now - Status Quo

67Magic Power - Triumph

68Party All Night - Quiet Riot

69Still Loving You - Scorpions
Perfect make out song haha

70One Vision - Queen

71Love In An Elevator - Aerosmith

72Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2

73Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins

74I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide - ZZ Top

75High Enough - Damn Yankees

76It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M.

77Synchronicity - The Police

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!

79Love of a Lifetime - Firehouse
My wedding song... In 2013! Even as a mid to late "ninties child" I need my eighties! Hubby too!

80Here I Go Again - Whitesnake

81Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row

82Africa - Toto

83His Eyes - Pseudo Echo

84I Want to Know What Love Is - Foreigner

85Waiting for a Girl Like You - Foreigner

86Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
One of the best songs I've heard.. So reminiscent!

87Dreams - Van Halen

88Burning Down the House - The Talking Heads

89Southern Cross - Crosby, Stills and Nash

90Love Song - Tesla

91We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel

92Original Sin - INXS

93Run to You - Bryan Adams

94Heat of the Night - Bryan Adams

95Hearts On Fire - Bryan Adams

96Black Cat - Janet Jackson

97Angel - Aerosmith

98New Sensation - INXS

99Need You Tonight - INXS

100Devil Inside - INXS

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