Top Ten Most Decade Defining Songs of the 1980s

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The Top Ten

1 Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi

This is definitely a defining 80s song - bobbythebrony

2 Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
3 Master of Puppets - Metallica
4 Kickstart My Heart - Mötley Crüe
5 Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
6 Like a Virgin - Madonna

This song used to embarrass me so much back then haha - Britgirl

7 Jump - Van Halen
8 Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran
9 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
10 Walk This Way - Run-DMC

The Contenders

11 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
12 Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2
13 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
14 The Final Countdown - Europe
15 Tainted Love - Soft Cell
16 Every Breath You Take - The Police
17 Hells Bells - AC/DC
18 If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher
19 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

Aah...I remember...I used to sing this song a lot. Can't believe I'm actually admitting that I was around in the 80s. - Britgirl

20 Take On Me - a-Ha

TAKE ON ME, (TAKE ON ME), TAKE ME ON (TAKE ON ME) I'LL BE GONE IN A DAY OR TO!

21 Thriller - Michael Jackson
22 Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
23 I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
24 Cum On Feel the Noize - Quiet Riot
25 Into the Groove - Madonna

This song was honored by Billboard magazine as the Dance Single of the Decade - Lotuscandy

26 Brass in Pocket - The Pretenders

It was released in November 1979, I suppose it's ok... and it's a great song! - Lotuscandy

27 I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister
28 When Doves Cry- Prince
29 You've Got Another Thing Coming - Judas Priest
30 Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!
31 Flashdance...What A Feeling - Irene Cara
32 Hangin' Tough - New Kids On the Block
33 Footloose - Kenny Loggins
34 Physical - Olivia Newton-John
35 Careless Whisper - Wham!
36 Mr. Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra
37 Peace Sells - Megadeth
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Top Remixes (5)

1. Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi
2. Master of Puppets - Metallica
3. Jump - Van Halen
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1. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
2. Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi
3. Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
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1. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
2. Like a Virgin - Madonna
3. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
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