Greatest '80s Songs


The Top Ten

1 Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

This is Not only the greatest song of the 80's but one of the greatest songs ever! People will be dancing to Billie Jean 100 years from now!

No one will ever be able to re-create this song. No one ever should either! Only Michael Jackson can ever sing this song the way it was written and or should be heard.

All of my kids dance their heart out to this song. We are still in the 2000s people.

Hi-jacking BIllie Jean by saying the best 80s song ever is Just like heaven by the cure

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2 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses

Best song ever- Jack McIntyre

The best because of it's solo.
SLASH ROCKS! - i-love-rock-n-roll

Whenever I listen to this song I feel so fired up and excited, by the way Axl is singing and how awesome Slash is playing in song. I sing it wherever I go!

I love this song it gets me going in the mornings and when I feel I have no energy it perks me right up all and slab got it going on you guys are the big fan christina

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3 Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, David Bryan, Tico Torres & Alec John Such! - Nirmal1991USA

Just an all around fun and amazing song

Everybody knows that this is the best song of the 80's, AND OF ALL TIME! - Toxy

This is a great song! It's so catchy! Oh We're half way there.. Oh oh... Anyway you get they idea

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4 Beat It - Michael Jackson

My favorite song ever. Michael is the greatest music artist ever. Best song ever. Should be number one.


This should be with Billie Jean... Everything else just Beat It! - iajaubab

This is the best song ever made in the 80s

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5 Take On Me - a-ha

All of the songs on this list are worthy to be on it - and as a pop song it is in a unwinnable contest against the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. However, this is one of the best pop songs to come in the 80s, and is still one of the best songs today. A catchy tune that is SO 80s style with amazing voice skills by Morten Harket. Not taking metal into consideration, one of the best songs to have come from Norway.

It is one of the best songs of the world!

Not my favourite A-ha-song, but one of the best 80s-songs - Daisymorot

Completely iconic. 10/10

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6 Jump - Van Halen

Jump is totally wicked and no other Van Halen song beats this one.

EIGHTH!? REally people when you have great great rock and metal phenomenon's you put this amazing some a EIGHTH! - thebandgeek

This song will want you to put on a leotard and dance around.
It is just that awesome. - C-BEAR

Van halen rocks, as does David Roth.

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7 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne


This is just the best of the eighties and of ozzy verly on top of iron man and mr. Crowley it should be in first place just bad taste not offending who posted this list but still good :-)

Randys greatest work and easily one of the greatest riffs and metal songs of all time!

Awesome to see my favorite song in top ten

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8 Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams

One of the most memorable songs from the 80's. Bravo Bryan! You made true classic and real masterpiece - Irina2932

This is my favourite Bryan Adams song

This song was on the radio when my granddaughter was born. I thought it was so cool to have music during childbirth. I was knocked out during the birth of my children. I think of her the minute I hear this song.

SUMMER is a good song it also has a good beat and a clean sound from the singer

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9 Thriller - Michael Jackson


Good video bad song

Come on guys! Thriller! One of the best, most well known, danceable songs of all time? It even took place before Michael Jackson screwed up his face! He was CUTE!

The all time best! You can still listen to this to this date

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10 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

Excellent I have it on my record and can't stop listening to the track

Queen - Another One Bites The Dust is one of the greatest examples of Queen and the rock genre as a whole, their playing style and their personality. Written by John Deacon, it's just plain and simply awesome, from the crazy great low bass line from John Deacon to the distinct vocal style of Freddie Mercury, giving this track a great start to begin with. And don't even get me started on the CPR drum beat. It's one of the things that makes this song. Hang on, the vocals are terrific, the bass line is funky, the drum beat keeps the tone of the song, and the guitar adds to the funkiness of the bass. All of this song's elements are just ridiculously good ON THEIR OWN, but put together? Forget it, this needs to be higher than 57, should be in the top 10.

This song is awesome, I listen to it everyday

Top 5 Queen song so catchy

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The Contenders

11 Every Breath You Take - The Police

Long time I looking for this songs, never found... And now the greatest moment 1/3/2013 I found it at this top tens websites... Very2 thank so much to the top tens cause appear this songs in this sites... Thank, thank, thank.. I never forget this songs in my life.. Is a greatest songs of all time... Please put this songs at #1... Please, please, please.. I will always love the top tens... Thank you so much... Bye bye

OH can't you see this belongs at number one

I love this song

Precious song. Reaaly beautiful!

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12 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

My number one song

One of the greatest song of all times from a great band. This song walks into any playlist any day. Listen to it, realize it's true potential and beauty, fall in love with it and listen to it again and if you don't like it you do not deserve to listen to music at all. This songs ranks way above where it currently.

This song has been popular in the 80s and in every year since. I doubt that there is a single person (in the US at least) who has never heard this song or does not like it. The placement of this song on this list, or rather off of it, is unbelievable.

I love this song

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13 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses

Best Guns N' Roses song.

Absolutely best song from Hard Rock Genre. It deserves top 10.

One of the very best of slash.

Really?! I mean, 23?! Come on...

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14 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

I love this song so much! When I first heard it in Rocky 3 I fell in love with the song! I can't believe people like the crappy pop music of today oldies are way better!


Eye of the tiger is my most favorite song

Should be number 1 it gets you totally pumped up to do something when is heard it in rocky 3 it was motovating

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15 When Doves Cry - Prince & The Revolution


This song should've been in the top 3! It was the greatest hit of 1984, and people from all over the world was crazy about this song! Michael Jackson and Bon Jovi rules but this song definitely doesn't deserve its place.

This song should definitely be in the top 5. This list is crazy for giving it the position it had now. It is and always will be an amazing, unique and groundbreaking song.

Doves Cry is one of the top songs of all time! Thriller was a great Album but beat it or Billie Jean are not even close to doves cry, People may not like prince but you can't take away what he has done for music. THE ICON

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16 Listen to Your Heart - Roxette

It is a timeless wonderful song that inspired even to those who weren't fans of the Swedish duo. Listen to your heart before you tell him goodbye!

More of a early nineties song but this song is great

This song should so totally be wayyy in front of Billie Jean I cannot stand that song

This ever lasting romantic sensation makes me listen to my bitter sweet memories in the sands of time.

Sameera Badurdeen De Sen..

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17 Back In Black - AC/DC

Why is this only 58? This clearly deserves top 3, one of the best songs of the 80's.

AC/DC people this is a great song seriously 28th

Also should be in the top 15

Serious who is "sandra" and how did she get before back in black with maria magdalena?

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18 Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran

This should be in the top 10

Love duran duran and this song! So good live. There melodies were the epitome of the 80s.

With this song I associate so many beautiful memories in my teenage years

Sensational song from Duran Duran. Best band ever

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19 Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson

Best King of Pop song

The best of michael...

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20 The Final Countdown - Europe

This is the Definition of the 80's.

32nd? You've got to be kidding me, the songs above are great but Europe's The Final Countdown is the DEFINITION of 80's music, brilliant use of keyboards and vocals mixed with guitar solos that must've taken forever to perfect, when people say "80's music" to me this is always the first song that comes to mind, not because I like it, but because it embodies everything that makes for good 80's music.

I agree, I think the final countdown should be placed higher than it is right now. Europe turned out to be one of the most successful bands in the world when this one hit wonder was realeased as a number 1 hit single In 25 countries all over the world. In the beginning they were very very slowly climbing the charts until this song came out then they took off to Venus at the very top of the charts. This is one of the greatest songs of the 80's.


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21 Master of Puppets - Metallica

This Should Be #2 instead of Living On A Prayer and Really Showed what was To Come in The 90's and is best Thrash Song ever Period.

Metallica behind Madonna? Really? - Disturbedpotato

Greatest Thrash metal song created so far, but I do see A point why this song can't hit number 1

This should be number 1! Obey your MASTER! MASTER!

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22 In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins

Vice City Stories

There is no way that there are 36 songs from the 80s better than this! Its synonymous with the most iconic symbol of 80s.. Miami vice! B.S this song so low!

Best song ever!


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23 Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard

Should be in the top 5 actually! - aceboogieog

Should be in the top ten with LOAP, HLTW, BJ, and WDC - aceboogieog

One of the sexiest songs to ever be made, my lord it is beautiful, lmfao

Great song that you can have a lot of fun with!

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24 Like a Prayer - Madonna

One of the greatest songs ever recorded! Despite controversial music video, the song brings a very important message!

This song is amazing, what a great memory of the 80s

Best song of all time.

"Madonna's got something good going on."

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25 Purple Rain - Prince & The Revolution

If you lived during the 80's, you know how prolific Prince was to the music scene. MTV played his stuff constantly, almost as much as Michael Jackson. Great artist.

When you try to visualize 80s in your head, you might think of puffy hairs, net tank-tops, rock or pop, but all of it looks so much more 80s when covered by purple rain.

Worst Prince song ever but I still like this guy

The most famous prince song ever

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26 Paradise City - Guns N' Roses

This song brings back old memories.

This song pumps me up and makes me get an adrenaline rush!

Man this song makes me live and die at the same time

This song is awesome lets go GUNS N ROSES

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27 Fade to Black - Metallica


Metallica what more can you say to that already makes any number of their songs a greatest classic but Fade To Black like Enter Sandman and more are well deserving of a top spot they redefined Rock n' Roll as did many other bands of the 80s Metallica will always be amazing regardless the time period its in

It seems that outside of the metal community the first three albums of Metallica are a little underrated. - Toraqi

The first 2 most people have heard of the MOP album metal fans or not. - MrQuaz680

Only because the is not mainstream... People don't realise the beauty of this song...

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28 Heaven is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle

Great song, catchy and one of the best of the 80s. great singer too!

25years later and this song still has "if". Classic, great song! And Belinda's signature song of all time!

Belinda Carlisle sings this great song of the 80;s. - caybatha

"It's a good melody I got to admit. Belinda made a good song, I also admit to that. My mom and I sing along with that song every time it comes on the Radio! "

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29 Nothin' But a Good Time - Poison

Poison! Classic 80's hair band. Loved em!

What is this song Every Rose has its thorn is better

When I think 80s, I think Poison, and when I think Poison, I think nothing' but a Good Time :D - JAE29


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30 Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears

Amazing. - GehennaTheSecond

Beautiful song nothing else to say

This song is my jam. Every time it came on the radio my spirits were lifted. And nowadays it brings me back to those days when we were all care-free, you were cool no matter what you wore, the funkier your clothes or hairstyle the better, life was just AWESOME (like this song) to put it simply. LOVE YOU TEARS FOR FEARS

This should be higher, at least in the Top Five

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31 Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler

This should TOTALLY be within the top ten! Argh!

Favorite song of all time, I cry when I listen to it -Joey Hooke

That song is very, very romantic. I don't like Bonnie Tyler, but that song totally rocks. The lyrics are so personal..."And if you only hold me tight, we'll be hoding on forever".

Hokey music video, Great song. An all time classic, and one of my personal favorite songs.

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32 Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen


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33 Photograph - Def Leppard

Great rock band! Got a new album out now too, definitely Leppard. Sounding great, guys!

This is a great song but Pour Some Sugar on Me should be higher

Another under appreciated band

Best song ever!

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34 Uptown Girl - Billy Joel


Awesome song

Billy Joel man my amigo

Good song

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35 One - Metallica

Its at number 6 on the best songs of all time. And its also behind 5 songs that aren't from the 80s. You know what that means. This needs to be number 1!

My second favourite song of all time! Only behind Free Bird (Lynyrd Skynyrd)!

All u mainstream "billie jean/sweet child of mine" punks need to learn this is an 80's song.

Most epic song ever! How is it not on the list? - gibsonrock53

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36 Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions

Greatest song in the 80's ever! It was the best song ever! It makes me wanna Rock like a hurricane!

This song has gotten me laid. So of course I vote for this song.

This deserves at least the top 20. It's packed with energy! - maarilynmaanson

This is garbage my grandma can sing better and shes dead

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37 I Ran (So Far Away) - A Flock of Seagulls

I conquered Iran in EU4, don't know why, so I ran, Iran's so far away, didn't get away.

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38 You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC

I don't know of a more powerful song to dance to. It would make people who dislike rock LOVE rock, or at least dance to it. - emraldYE

Timeless this song will be played on the radio for ever!

AC/DC should be top 30

39 I Love Rock 'N Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Best song of all time

Seriously this should be number 1

The song with attitude! An all time favorite at all the school dances and dance halls.

This defines everything. - maarilynmaanson

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40 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics

Absolutely classic and catchy as.

Fantastic song, every time it is played on the party I'm first to the dancefloor.

Probably one of the worst 80's songs. - cwoodkiter

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41 Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds

I'd put this in the top 10. It virtually quantifies what the 80s were, to me.

The best movie soundtrack ever

I love this song! I learned it on my guitar and everything!

"It totally goes with the movie, 'The Breakfast Club.'

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42 It's My Life - Talk Talk

This is an awesome song... I'm so in love with his voice and you can really feel something behind the music because they made it with passion.

This original song is way better that gene stefani's version

I Like This Version Than No Doubt Version - masoncarr2244

What is this song

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43 Hot for Teacher - Van Halen

Triple bass drum riffs. Killer tune!

This song is good sensational tune

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44 Footloose - Kenny Loggins

Totally surprised this song hasn't even been mentioned.. The greatest 80's song EVER - brad76

Footloose is all the way down here! Surprised it isn't on the top 10:(

Another amazing example of 80's music! So iconic. - lannypetersong

This song is suppose to be higher Kenny Loggins his best song ever

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45 Scoundrel Days - A-Ha

A very deep and strong song as well as the album SCOUNDREL DAYS.
Needless to mention the vocals, because Morten Harket is always perfect. - meganharket

The stromgest song ever made.

I love A-ha... So glad so many of their songs have been included on this list!

Brilliant song from their best album!

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46 Funkytown - Lipps Inc.


Currently covered by Pseudo Echo. - playstationfan66

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47 Physical - Olivia Newton-John

Olivia is tops. Still is!

The only 80s song better is like a virgin by Madonna

Yes finally not number 1 such a annoying song

Worst 80's song ever

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48 Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) - Journey

Great Journey song finally this list is good for once

Epic song, was in the movie tron, the song that gets me up in tbe morning.

Best 80s song

Underrated journey song, much better than don’t stop beleivin.

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49 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

This list is a joke. This song is considered the Best Heavy metal songs of all time and it is number 43 on this list. - IronMainiac666

I'm not even the biggest fan of Iron Maiden, but this song completely rules. How the hell is Poison higher than this masterpiece? - maarilynmaanson

There should at least be many, many 80s metal songs populating the list, if not the top of the list...

What is this this is terrible

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50 Bad - Michael Jackson

"Like this song! " "I feel BAD." LOL

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