Greatest '80s Rock Songs


The Top Ten

1 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses

This song is like the best song ever

Slash is awesome and is better then every other guitarist

So everyone pick this song because it is the best 80's song ever

Best song in the world"!

Best band ever

I jerk off to this song. I'm getting an erection writing this comment- Jack Mcintyre

2 Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi


The best 80's rock song of all time!


Oh squidward on a chair

3 Back In Black - AC/DC

Don't try to push your luck just get out of my way!

This Song is amazing. I can't believe it is not number one.

Best rock song ever in my opinion. Even though I was born after 2000 this song really makes me feel like I'm in the 80s :D


4 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

Awesome song! God rest his soul.

Best Rock SONG EVER definitely SHOULD BE FIRST

Best song ever

This songs is the best rock songs of 80's ever

5 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses

Awesome so awesome!

love it

Sorry but this song is the start for G&R and it motivates my generation of the 80's. In the. 80's when my friends and I would hear this come on the radio it was pandemonium go wild and time to rock out. Sweet Child of Mine is a great song but WTTJ kicks ass and is clearly the best rock song from the 80's.

Love this song!

6 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

Awesome band!

Iron maiden is one of the most prolific and best rock bands of all time. So many great songs so great live it definitely is an experience of a lifetime. The depth and meaning of their songs is just unbelievable. Dickinson one of the best vocalists of all time. You put that together with 3 extremely talented guitarists, the best bass player of all time and the most iconic drummer of all time and you have a truly religious musical experience that anyone can and will appreciate. UP THE IRONS FOREVER! LONG LIVE MAIDEN

When you've seen Maiden live nothing else can ever compare. Awesome. Regardless of your taste in music, you can't help but appreciate the pure talent of musicians at the pinnacle of their trade. I like most of the bands and songs on this list, but Iron Maiden wins.

Absolutely one of the most incredibly talented bands of all time. These guys played hard, fast and loud. Dickinson has one of the best voices in rock history, Steve Harris is the fastest bass guitarist of all time, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Janick Gers have riffs that never quick and Nicko on the drums never misses a beat. All this and they sing songs about literature - Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Flight of Icarus, The Charge of the Light Brigade in The Trooper. The sing from scripture in the Number of the Beast and the English Hymnal in Revelation. They tell stories that need to be told in Hallowed be Thy Name and Aces High singing about WW2 fighter pilots. They sing about history with Churchill's speech to the English people in WW2, one of the most powerful ever. This band can't be matched. Enough Said.

7 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

All I have to say is HELL YES!

This song is the BEST

This is my absolute favorite song! Whenever someone says 80's, I think of this song.

"well this is my most favorite song ever and I've been to every one of their concerts and they are spectacular."

8 Beat It - Michael Jackson

Not even a rock song.

To all you people moaning that Michael Jackson is a pop artist, it's about the song not the artist. This song features a guitar riff and solo written and performed by Eddie Van Halen - possibly the most gifted guitarist at the time. This automatically brings it into the rock genre. You're all welcome ���"

Who even voted for him, he's got nothing to do with rock, its a joke come on really?

It's a good song and ig it's in the rock category do to the solo we all love but I don't know if it should be at #6. You guys have "shook me all night long" by ac/dc at #65? That's pretty sad. You didn't even have it in the top 25? In my opinion I would have ac/dc here and have "beat it" around 27 or 28. Don't get me wrong it is a great song but I don't know about it being at #6 and an even better song at #65. And if you don't think the way I do then listen to the song (shook me all night long) and you might come to see what I'm trying to say. You might even bring the song to a deeper meaning, like we should do with all of our 80s rock songs. That is what all of our song writers/ bands wanted. For us to forget about life and just listen for a moment and let go of anything bothering you at that point of time. I know that's what I do and I hope you do to.

9 One - Metallica

I can't remember anything. great song all around

This is a top 5 song

Great song

Justice WAS released 25th aug 88. Just to set record straight.

10 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

love it

This is number one in my opinion after Bohemian Rhapsody

One of Queen's best

Not a rock song. But. Awesome.


The Contenders

11 Fade to Black - Metallica

Best metallica song ever

Absolutely beautiful intro, with a banging solo and a nice, smooth end. love this song

Great solo, beautiful tone, deep lyrics and a great transition song for an even greater band.

One of my favorite Metallica songs!

12 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Not "rock" per se, but it's an iconic metal song. Represents 80s thrash very well.

My absolute favorite.

This really does need to be higher

Needs. To. Be. Higher.

13 Here I Go Again - Whitesnake

Give me strength

Here I go again on my own oh I like can never get enough of this song who ever made this list has a great taste in perfect rock music because there are like a lot of great songs on here and I speak for everyone when I say this I think all these songs deserve to be number one. Like and subscribe if you agree with me. Wait well just like if you agree with me don't subscribe this isn't YouTube

All time favorite Whitesnake song

Best Lord solo ever

14 Tom Sawyer - Rush

Needs to at least be in the top 10... period.

The best band of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, RUSH is true rock in every style

Deserves to be on the Top 5 rock songs for the 80s. Brilliant song!

Simply one of the greatest songs from one of the most creative and talented bands in the world!

15 Jump - Van Halen

I can remember when this song hit the air waves. I’m a huge Metallica and Guns N' Roses fan but this song to me just defined rock in the 80’s.

This is an amazing song I love the beat to the song I'm never tired of it

Stupid people just don't understand.

Absoluetly One of my favorite songs

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16 You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi

You gave love a bad name for not voting for this

I prefer Livin' On A Prayer, but this song deserves to be higher. Welcome to the Jungle scored way lower than this song on the billboard. How is that song better than this!

This song is an all time favorite and not enough people appreciate it! My love.

Love this song!

17 The Final Countdown - Europe

Best song ever to party to

Epic riff, legendary song still sung today-why did I have to add it? - therootbeer

One of the best, should be higher!

Best of the best!

18 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica

One of, if not the best intro ever.


19 Alone - Heart

It is such a great song, I'm doing it for one of my concerts. Amazing vocals! Love the song!

The best women in rock N roll. EVER!


Free falin.

20 Metal Health (Bang Your Head) - Quiet Riot

If hard rock is your thing, then Quiet Riot is the band to pick. I love this song so much. It gets my adrenaline going. Great song, great band! 👍

Best song in all of 1983, this was QR best and this song put Heavy Metal and Hair Bands on the Map.


21 Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard

Awesome song, 1 of my favorites!

The BEST rock song EVER! End of discussion


Stripper anthem #1 - truckturner

22 Juke Box Hero - Foreigner

This should be #1 seriously

One of the most epic and underrated rock songs of all time. Great inspiring song that needs more attention.

Easily the best song ever


23 Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions

Best 80 rock song

OH MY YEeeSss I love this song greatest song by scorpions ever I like can not stop listening to this song I mean who doesn't like this comment if u agree with me and think that this song and scorpions is the bomb and is awesome

Probably one of my favourite 80s songs ever.

Amazing song

24 Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 - Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd, timeless band with so much history

This song is so amazing that I voted for it even though it was made in ‘79 not the 80s

25 What About Love? - Heart
26 Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
27 Dreams - Van Halen

Hands down inspirational as well as one of the top 10 hardest songs to sing in key

28 Hells Bells - AC/DC

This song has one of the best lead ins of all time... the bells followed by a classic Angus Young riff. Masterful. Get the same feeling now when I hear it as I did back in high school, and that's a sign of a top 10 in my opinion!

One of the best ever recorded

One of their best songs by far - heirofblack

A classic that never gets old.

29 I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight - Cutting Crew

Hi whoever compiled this list. This is The Cutting Crew. Whitesnake NEVER recorded this song. EVER. Other than this glaring error? Nice list.

great song

I love love love this song. and I'm a millenial. :P GO ME!

30 Nothin' But a Good Time - Poison

This song is like the ultimate feel good rock song. That opening intro alone is enough to put me into a good mood

31 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

In my opinion, this is the best rock song ever! This is my favorite song, I love Ozzy. And that guitar solo is amazing! This song is #1 if people vote for it or not...

This is one of my favorites as a little kid me and my dad would sing along to this song together every time we hear it. We love to talk about the history of music and about famous songs together it's fun 😄 I love my dad

32 Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top

Best song by zz top by far

One of the best

Wut about la grange

33 Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne

Amazing Song and this is coming from a 19 year old!

34 In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins

Love. Love. Love this song, needs to be in the top 10

Every time I hear this song I can see Miami Vice in my head.

An incredible musician...

This song was pretty much the pinnacel 80's song in my opinion

35 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits

Lo ve the intro

Iconic riff at the beginning, and made by one of the best guitarists known to man

Just class!

Mark knopfler is probably one of the best guitarist ever.

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36 The One I Love - R.E.M.

Best song ever

37 That's All - Genesis
38 Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - Metallica

This song has one of the best lyrics ever :

"Welcome to where time stands still
No one leaves and no one will
Moon is full, never seems to change
Just labeled mentally deranged
Dream the same thing every night
I see our freedom in my sight
No locked doors, No windows barred
No things to make my brain seem scarred

Sleep my friend and you will see
That dream is my reality
They keep me locked up in this cage
Can't they see it's why my brain says rage " - Disturbedpotato

39 Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

Nice song my mom dided by the way sorty for bad engleski

When I think of the 80's their were a lot of great songs but Billie Jean was the essential song.

40 Where the Streets Have No Name - U2


I'd put this at the top.

Best rock song ever. not just out of the 80's

41 Animal - Def Leppard


42 Panama - Van Halen

A true masterpiece that makes you want to jump around all night long!

Really, Very AMAZING song, even if it is a bit suggesting, it is still really awesome. Peace, Love, and Van Halen. Please vote to get Panama to number one

# 1 kick but song, type of song you crank up as long as you can

One of best Hard rock/Heavy metal songs of all time

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43 Paradise City - Guns N' Roses

The true 80s rock song. From catchy guitar hooks to ever-popular refrain, this song remains as a true rock evergreen.

Hi bro do you even rock bro

YOU know what I don't think there's any need to comment on this song anymore the previous guys already covered how awesome this song is. Wait I just... I said that no... And I just...

This is hands down my favorite song of all time, I straight loose my mind every time I hear this.

44 Urgent - Foreigner

Its one sexy song

45 Holding Out for a Hero - Bonnie Tyler
46 Games Without Frontiers - Peter Gabriel
47 Carrie - Europe

Underrated.. Maybe

Zbest balade ever

I've loved this song since I was 7 years old and I'm 18 right now ❤

48 I Ran (So Far Away) - a Flock of Seagulls
49 Bark at the Moon - Ozzy Osbourne
50 Balls to the Wall - Accept
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Top Remixes (24)

1. Mama - Genesis
2. Angel - Aerosmith
3. We Don't Need Another Hero - Tina Turner
1. Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses
2. Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
3. Master of Puppets - Metallica
1. Tom Sawyer - Rush
2. In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins
3. November Rain - Guns N' Roses

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