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]I like this Rock song! Living' On 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]Brian Johnson and Angus youngs Guitar is great. Yes I'm the kid that's 10... Have a nice day

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
One of the best rock songs ever

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?
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
Many great times listening to this song.

10Alone - Heart

The Contenders

11One - Metallica
This is a top 5 song
This song is from 1990 so yeah should not be on the list

12The 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?

13Tom Sawyer - Rush

14Home 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!

15Hells Bells - AC/DC
One of the best ever recorded

16Panama - 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
One of best Hard rock/Heavy metal songs of all time

17Juke Box Hero - Foreigner

18Open Arms - Journey

19Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

20Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions

21Master of Puppets - Metallica
Needs. To. Be. Higher.

22Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses

23Here I Go Again - Whitesnake

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

25In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins

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

32For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) - AC/DC
Nice song one of the best

33Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones

34Every 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

35Heaven - Bryan Adams

36Urgent - Foreigner

37Any Way You Want It - Journey

38Patience - Guns N' Roses
П😘😘😘this song is my life

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

44Mama - Genesis

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
Best drum intro ever

50Wild Side - Motley Crue

51Wind of Change - Scorpions

52Angel - Aerosmith

53We Don't Need Another Hero - Tina Turner

54Love Is a Battlefield - Pat Benatar

55Can't Let You Go - Rainbow

56Still Loving You - Scorpions
Perfect make out song haha

57Another 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

58When I See You Smile - Bad English

59School - Nirvana

60Rock of Ages - Def Leppard
Should be number 1 yall hoes

61I 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.

62Dirty Diana - Michael Jackson

63Where The Streets Have No Name - U2
I'd put this at the top.
Best rock song ever. not just out of the 80's

64Dude (Looks Like a Lady) - Aerosmith

65Hell Is for Children - Pat Benatar

66You May Be Right - Billy Joel

67Nothin' 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

68Take On Me - A-Ha
I'm obsessed with this song. It's a perfect taste of the 80s.

69Shooting Star - Bad Company

70Who Wants to Live Forever - Queen

71In the Army Now - Status Quo

72One Vision - Queen

73Magic Power - Triumph

74Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2

75Party All Night - Quiet Riot

76Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins

77I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide - ZZ Top

78Love In An Elevator - Aerosmith

79Original Sin - INXS

80High Enough - Damn Yankees

81Love of a Lifetime - Firehouse
My wedding song... In 2013! Even as a mid to late "ninties child" I need my eighties! Hubby too!

82It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M.

83Wanted 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!

84Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row

85Synchronicity - The Police

86New Sensation - INXS

87Africa - Toto

88His Eyes - Pseudo Echo

89I Want to Know What Love Is - Foreigner

90Waiting for a Girl Like You - Foreigner

91Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
One of the best songs I've heard.. So reminiscent!

92Dreams - Van Halen

93Burning Down the House - The Talking Heads

94Southern Cross - Crosby, Stills and Nash

95Love Song - Tesla

96We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel

97Run to You - Bryan Adams

98Heat of the Night - Bryan Adams

99Hearts On Fire - Bryan Adams

100Black Cat - Janet Jackson

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