Greatest '80s Songs

The Top Ten

1 Billie Jean - Michael Jackson Billie Jean - Michael Jackson Cover Art

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

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.

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.

2 Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi Cover Art

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

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

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

Best song ever! Bon Jovi will always be living on a prayer! This is the song that you should listen to when you are unhappy. I like the band, although I liked the ORIGINAL band better. Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Alec John Such, David Bryan, and Tico Torres all the way!

3 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses Cover Art

The best because of it's solo.
SLASH ROCKS!

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

Billie Jean Is #1 There's No Going Against That But Sweet Child Of Mine Is A Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Close 2nd

4 Take On Me - a-ha Take On Me - a-ha Cover Art

Not only the best song of the 80's but my favorite song of all time

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

5 Beat It - Michael Jackson Beat It - Michael Jackson Cover Art

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

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

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!

6 Jump - Van Halen Jump - Van Halen Cover Art

Bill: That is why we need Eddie Van Halen!
Ted: And that is why we need a triumphant video...
Both: Excellent!

I think it's a fun song to hear, but also the most popular song from 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!

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

7 Thriller - Michael Jackson Thriller - Michael Jackson Cover Art

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

"I almost tried to make a dance for it! "

8 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Cover Art

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

9 Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams Cover Art

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

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 summer jam every year and every year later in the future. Thanks Bryan Adams for this song!

10 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen Another One Bites the Dust - Queen Cover Art

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

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

Top 5 Queen song so catchy

The Contenders

11 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey Don't Stop Believin' - Journey Cover Art

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.

How is this not number one? It's the greatest song ever. Michael Jackson can't even compare with Journey.

12 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor Eye of the Tiger - Survivor Cover Art

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.

13 Every Breath You Take - The Police Every Breath You Take - The Police Cover Art

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

Great rhythm, you can listen it again again and still... Never get bored of it!

14 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses Cover Art

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 rock tune of all time

15 Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears Cover Art

Good to see this is moving up, given some of the poodle haired stuff above it.
This song is for me a wonderful work of art and craftmanship. Version they sang with Weezer recently is also awesome but the original just does it for me every time - thank you Roland and Kurt

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!

16 When Doves Cry - Prince & The Revolution When Doves Cry - Prince & The Revolution Cover Art

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

This is what it sounds like when doves cry...

17 Listen to Your Heart - Roxette Listen to Your Heart - Roxette Cover Art

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..

18 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?

19 Master of Puppets - Metallica Master of Puppets - Metallica Cover Art

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!

Best song, still brilliant 30 years later.

20 Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran Cover Art

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

21 The Final Countdown - Europe The Final Countdown - Europe Cover Art

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.

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.

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.

Every time when there's no time left I go quick as the 'the final second '

22 Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler Cover Art

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.

Love this song great lyrics

23 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

24 In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins Cover Art

Vice City Stories

By far best 80s song. Iconic and great

Very good drum solo.

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!

25 Like a Prayer - Madonna Like a Prayer - Madonna Cover Art

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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