Greatest '80s Songs

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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!

Billie Jean is the best song. Almost any age group can recognize it and even knows the singer which is unusual. It just such a great universal song for everyone to love. The way he danced it makes it stand out even more in our minds... love for Micheal xoxo RIP - love4mjj

There was only ONE song in the 80s and it was Billie Jean ;)... Nah, I'm just playing. The 80s had some great songs albeit many melodramatic, but still great. Billie Jean is just something else. It's got something hypnotic in it that just keeps you coming back over and over again.

Mj's songs all are timeless
love you mj
This deserves number one

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2 Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi

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

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

One word = RICHIE! The best guitarist evah - DaringXx

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3 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses

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

AMAZING

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4 Beat It - Michael Jackson

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

This is the best song ever made in the 80s

I think this should be number one above Billie Jean... I mean, this is one of the King of Pop's most successful songs!

By far the best MJ song, especially the mash-up with the Trooper. - SoldierOfFortune

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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.

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

It is one of the best songs of the world!

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

It's good but there are a lot better VH songs. - SoldierOfFortune

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7 Thriller - Michael Jackson

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

One of the best songs ever

Good video bad song

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8 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

There's too many good songs on here that I can't decide so I just went with this one. - Anonymousxcxc

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9 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 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

This is my favourite Bryan Adams song

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10 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

Precious song. Reaaly beautiful!

I hope I'm not the only one who knows this song is about a stalker. I mean, listen to the lyrics. HE'S ALWAYS WATCHING YOU
Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I'll be watching you

Every single day
Every word you say
Every game you play
Every night you stay
I'll be watching you

OH can't you see this belongs at number one

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The Newcomers

? Where the Streets Have No Name - U2

The Contenders

11 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

One of my favorite songs of all times

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12 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

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.

Number 28? That's ok. I mean its only the most well known song in history. And its only been referenced in hundreds of movies and television shows. People know this song for a reason. BECAUSE IT IS THE BEST.

I love this song

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13 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

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

Should be in top 10

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14 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses

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

One of the very best of slash.

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

Best Guns N' Roses song.

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15 The Final Countdown - Europe

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.

Nobody beats the keyboard sound for a song like this. Put this on your playlist for your planned dance event, and use it as the last song before the party all ends.

This is the Definition of the 80's.

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16 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

The man

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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

YEAH GO ACADACA!

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18 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

Great Song!

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19 Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson

Best King of Pop song

The best of michael...

20 Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran

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

This is suppose to be higher than a bunch of these songs

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21 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.

Top 10 I don't know what u guys r thinking

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22 Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard

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

The best song by definitely Leppard, best song of the 80's, period.

The most popular song in my day of definitely Leppard!

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

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23 Master of Puppets - Metallica

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

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.

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

Metallica behind Madonna? Really? - Disturbedpotato

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24 In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins

Vice City Stories

Best song ever!

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!

Amazing - naFrovivuS

25 Paradise City - Guns N' Roses

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

Poison sucks! Get this song higher! Guns N' Roses forever! - maarilynmaanson

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26 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

27 Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler

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.

One of my personal favorites as far as all music goes. It's in the top 10.

This is the most beautiful song ever! 😍😍

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28 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...

This should be in the top 10 - Singer4Freedom

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29 Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears

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 song teaches you about life, it's your inspiration. I WONDER this song is on 35th place. I think it should be one of the songs with BEST lyrics!

That true love tears for fears they should be on number one place forever

Absolutely takes me back in time to the sweet rides, waiting in the parking lot after school with your friends. Not having a care in the world but feeling on top of the world at the same time. No bills. Just living, loving and laughter. 80s rules the world!

This should be higher, at least in the Top Five

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30 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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31 Heaven is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle

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! "

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

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32 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

I like this because you know I'M ALWAYS WORKIN SLAVEIN EVERY DAY TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM THE SAME OLD, SAME OLD I NEED A CHANCE JUST TO GET AWAY! and yeah I WANT nothing' BUT A GOOD TIME! This is an awesome band!

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

WHY ON EARTH isn't THIS NEAR NUMBER 10? BEST SONG

34 Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes

This is suppose to be top 10

This is one of the very best of the 80s, rocking, bold, nostalgic, inventive, danceable, singable...it has it all.

35 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

dank memer

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36 If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher

This should honestly be higher. Its one of the most popular songs of all time and one of the most famous music videos of history.

Oh man...remember this song. She's on a Battleship, dressed to kill. Whew...yeah...she was hot!

That video was awesome great song embarasing the navy

LOVE IT

37 Uptown Girl - Billy Joel

Billy Joel man my amigo

Awesome song

nice

Good song

38 One - Metallica

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

1988 this was released... So 100% 80s

This song has always been underrated! ALWAYS!

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

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39 Say, Say, Say - Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson

Awesome song Paul and Michael that is a duo

40 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.

41 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

42 Papa Don't Preach - Madonna

I love Like a Prayer but this one is even better! Great vocals!

One of the most beautiful songs I've heard

Oh come on. This song deserves to be in a higher position. And I see no sign of like a prayer.

MADONNA WHAT MORE DO I NEED TO SAY.

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43 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.

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

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

Should be top 10

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

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.'

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

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46 Hot for Teacher - Van Halen

Triple bass drum riffs. Killer tune!

This song is good sensational tune

47 Panama - Van Halen

Van Halen. Flat out the best rock group ever! Enough said...

Awesome song Van Halen is great

48 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:(

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

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

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49 Bad - Michael Jackson

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

50 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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