Greatest '80s Songs

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21 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.

21st?! This is the greatest keyboard riff of all time (that alone makes it an '80s legend), and one of the best songs ever! Come on people, this needs to be higher!

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22 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 number 1! Obey your MASTER! MASTER!

Best song, still brilliant 30 years later.

OBAY YOUR MASTER AND PUT THIS AT NO. 1!

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23 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.

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24 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 song is catchy this should be a little higher

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25 Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran

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

Sensational song from Duran Duran. Best band ever

Like em but they were more for the chicks, lol.

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

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26 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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27 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! "

Love this song!

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28 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

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29 Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes V 1 Comment
30 If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher

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

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31 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

32 Uptown Girl - Billy Joel V 3 Comments
33 I Want It All - Queen

I LOVED I WANT IT ALL THE rhythm WAS AMAZING AND THE WAY FREDDIE SINGED I LOVED IT I THINK I WANT IT ALL WOULD DESERVE TO BE IN TOP 10 WITH BEAT IT, THRILLER, ROCK AND A HARD PLACE (FROM THE ROLLING STONES), START ME UP
(FROM THE ROLLING STONES), BAD AND FEW OTHERS I THINK SOME OF YOU ARE VERY BLIND BUT I THINK BILLIE JEAN IS THE GREATEST SONG OF THE 80S AND IT WOULD MY BIG FAVOURITE ALONG WITH THE ROLLING STONES I can't GET NO SATISFACTION THE ROLLING STONES AND MICHAEL JACKSON BOTH KINDA CHANGED ME I LOVE BOTH OF THEM EQUALLY I THINK MJ IS THE GREATEST SINGER AND ARTIST YES I ACCEPT THAT AND THE ROLLING STONES IS AT NO 3 WITH MICK JAGGER AT NO 3(OF BEST SINGERS) AND I THINKS ITS BECAUSE THE ROLLING STONES HAD DONE GREAT IN ALL DECADES WITH ALBUMS AND TOURS ESPECIALLY IN LATER YEARS TOURS LIKE A BIGGER BANG I WOULD THINK MJ AND THE ROLLING STONES WERE BOTH THE BEST AT PERFORMING

24 is an insult to queen and their music. This group of bad ass epicmusicians should be #1 - fan-o-freddie

Queen I want it all song definely one of the best songs of the 80's not only have Queen taken over the early 70's but when the 80's arrived Queen was more better in the 80's especially when Freddie Mercury had gotten a new make- over eith his haircut and moustache the band thrust into fame with 80's songs such as Under Pressure, Radio Ga Ga and Another one bites the Dust, and the rally hard rock 80's song I want it All Queen is one of the best bands of the 80's.

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34 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

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35 Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen V 1 Comment
36 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.

Love this song. One of the best ever made

Should be top 10

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37 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 is garbage my grandma can sing better and shes dead

Used to cruise the drag listening to this full blast over...and over...and over, lol

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38 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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39 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!

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40 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.'

U people r ESOL this is suppose to be top 10

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