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
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2Back 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
It is an awesome song
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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?
Al love Michael Jackson but heis a pop artist
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4Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
Greatest of rock songs ever...
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"!
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.
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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!
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6You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
Move up the list
Best song ever. That's all.

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
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8Eye 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
Should be #1, ever think about Fianal Countdown?
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9Hells Bells - AC/DC Listen to sample

10Open Arms - Journey Listen to sample

The Contenders

11Master of Puppets - Metallica
Needs. To. Be. Higher.
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12Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Listen to sample

13Alone - Heart Listen to sample

14Pour 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!
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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.
I love this song! Its so underrated. And that's kind of all I have to say... I just want enough characters so that they'll post my comment :P... Thumbs Up? :D
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16One - Metallica
This is a top 5 song
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17Fade to Black - Metallica Listen to sample

18November 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
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19For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) - AC/DC Listen to sample

20Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses Listen to sample

21Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones Listen to sample

22Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams
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23Home 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!
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24Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution - AC/DC Listen to sample

25Every 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
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26The One I Love - R.E.M. Listen to sample

27With or Without You - U2 Listen to sample

28Another 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
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29Patience - Guns N' Roses Listen to sample

30Hot for Teacher - Van Halen Listen to sample

31Don't Know What You Got ('Til It's Gone) - Cinderella Listen to sample

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

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33Heaven - Warrant Listen to sample

34Jump - Van Halen
Absoluetly One of my favorite songs
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35Wind of Change - Scorpions Listen to sample

36Under Pressure - Queen Listen to sample

37When I See You Smile - Bad English Listen to sample

38I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister
Second to none but not on this list
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39I 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.

40Dirty Diana - Michael Jackson Listen to sample

41Where The Streets Have No Name - U2
I'd put this at the top.
Best rock song ever. not just out of the 80's
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42School - Nirvana Listen to sample

43Nothin' 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
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44Rock of Ages - Def Leppard
Should be number 1 yall hoes

45Take On Me - A-Ha
I'm obsessed with this song. It's a perfect taste of the 80s.
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46Runaway - Bon Jovi Listen to sample

47Shooting Star - Bad Company Listen to sample

48Who Wants to Live Forever - Queen Listen to sample

49Panama - 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
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50In the Army Now - Status Quo Listen to sample

51Centerfold - The J. Geils Band Listen to sample

52Any Way You Want It - Journey Listen to sample

53Magic Power - Triumph

54Party All Night - Quiet Riot Listen to sample

55Still Loving You - Scorpions
Perfect make out song haha
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56One Vision - Queen Listen to sample

57Love In An Elevator - Aerosmith Listen to sample

58Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2 Listen to sample

59Juke Box Hero - Foreigner

60Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins Listen to sample

61I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide - ZZ Top Listen to sample

62The Final Countdown - Europe
Best of the best!
Why not top ten?
This is not just A '80s rock song, it's THE '80s rock song! It was #1 on the top lists in 26 countries and it's a classic! This should easily be #1!
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63High Enough - Damn Yankees Listen to sample

64It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M. Listen to sample

65Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions Listen to sample

66Wild Side - Motley Crue Listen to sample

67Love of a Lifetime - Firehouse
My wedding song... In 2013! Even as a mid to late "ninties child" I need my eighties! Hubby too!
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68Here I Go Again - Whitesnake Listen to sample

69Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row Listen to sample

70Africa - Toto Listen to sample

71Synchronicity - The Police Listen to sample

72His Eyes - Pseudo Echo Listen to sample

73I Want to Know What Love Is - Foreigner Listen to sample

74Waiting for a Girl Like You - Foreigner Listen to sample

75Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
One of the best songs I've heard.. So reminiscent!
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76Dreams - Van Halen Listen to sample

77In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins Listen to sample

78Burning Down the House - The Talking Heads Listen to sample

79Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top Listen to sample

80Southern Cross - Crosby, Stills and Nash Listen to sample

81Love Song - Tesla Listen to sample

82We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel Listen to sample

83Tom Sawyer - Rush Listen to sample

84Wanted 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!
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This list was created 6 years, 117 days ago and has been voted on over 1,000 times. This top ten list has been remixed 4 times.

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