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

This is one song no matter how many times I hear it it takes me to my happy place. Will never get tired of hearing it. Love it!

Best song that there has ever been. Without a doubt. Guns n roses is the best band that has ever been aspablished and I would kill to see them live. Vote up


V 62 Comments
2 Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi

If you ask a group of people "what comes to mind when you think of the 80's? ", 4/10 people will say Bon Jovi.

Greatest of rock songs ever...

Kid rock quote about Livin'On A Prayer from Bon Jovi When We Were Beautiful documentary, "There are songs which are great within a trend, and then, there are songs which become the trend"!

Literally one of the best rock songs in the history of rock. There is no competition when it comes to Bon Jovi

V 42 Comments
3 Back In Black - AC/DC

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

Number 1 with no question - shatti

Best song/riff ever written

Best song AC/DC FOR LIFE!

V 31 Comments
4 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

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

One of the greatest songs ever written!
Should be 1st in the list

Still played on radio, so good they were able to do remake. The new version is great also. Both are positive & raise the spirit. Eternal

Best song ever

V 15 Comments
5 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses

The scream at the beginning. I always crank it up.

A great song, heaps of fun to sing along to! - heirofblack

This should be #1 80s rock song.

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.

V 7 Comments
6 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?

This is just stupid. Michael wrote Beat It as a rock song in order to reach out to a wider genre. If the fact that Eddie Van Halen played a LIT guitar solo isn't enough, then listen to the rest of the instruments and compare it to Bon Jovi or something. Fr this IS a rock song even if he was mainly known for pop. Ya'll just bein' dumb asf.

V 24 Comments
7 Tom Sawyer - Rush

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

An amazing innovative band with truly soul inspiring lyrics, the drumming and bass are the best combo in all of rock!

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!

V 3 Comments
8 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

Too many great songs to list but when I think of "80's" rock songs, Journey, regardless of which song it is, comes to mind. - SociallyxxDistorted

Awesome song - How can MJ be number 1 rock song when he was a pop artist?

Ah the most popular song by journey an old time favorite I can never get enough of this song

Don't stop believin!

V 14 Comments
9 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

not my favorite Queen song, but definitely the one that says EIGHTIES the most. - I<3Queen

Ah an old classic queen song I love it

Not my favorite queen song, put is close to the top of the list

My favorite Queen song is probably Bohemian Rhapsody but this ones good too

V 11 Comments
10 One - Metallica

This is a top 5 song

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

Such a good song. Perfect slow Harmony then heavy at the end beautiful! - Joshgbpack12

I can't remember anything. great song all around

V 5 Comments

The Newcomers

? Need You Tonight - INXS

The Contenders

11 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

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

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.

How the hell is this not number 1? This is probably the best song of all time! - ComaWhite21

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.

V 7 Comments
12 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

13 You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi

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

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!

One of the greatest and most recognizable songs!

Love this song!

V 7 Comments
14 Here I Go Again - Whitesnake

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

Give me strength

V 3 Comments
15 The Final Countdown - Europe

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

Best of the best!

Why not top ten?

Best song ever to party to

V 12 Comments
16 Jump - Van Halen

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


17 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Needs. To. Be. Higher.

This really does need to be higher

My absolute favorite.

From musical perspective a masterpiece. Soundwise a pioneer. Lyrics are poetic level delivering the message that hits the sound pretty much exsctly.

V 3 Comments
18 Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard

One of the best songs I have ever heard it should be number 1!

On of the best Leppard songs, But it is by the best band ever, but why so low should be top five - DLnumber1

Best band and song ever. I'm only 15 but I grew up listening to then and they're still my favorite band to this day. That will always be my favorite song.

Stripper anthem #1 - truckturner

V 17 Comments
19 Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top

Best song by zz top by far

One of the best

Wut about la grange

20 Panama - Van Halen

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

There was no better band in the 80s, and if you saw them live in '80-'84 you know what I'm saying'! This song has everything, including a killer Eddie VanHalen solo and Diamond Dave's personality shining through.

21 Metal Health (Bang Your Head) - Quiet Riot

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


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! 👍

22 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.

23 Juke Box Hero - Foreigner

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

This should be #1 seriously

Easily the best song ever


24 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

25 Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue

I just love this band and dad named me after this band you know

Motley Crue rocks. How is this song so low? They were such a killer band - especially during the '80s. - maarilynmaanson

I think that Mötley Crüe's "Home Sweet Home" should be in the top ten, because it's ' Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee! They stick to rock roots and rock styles!

26 Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 - Pink Floyd
27 Fade to Black - Metallica

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

Much better than any on the top 10 list

One of my favorite Metallica songs!

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

V 2 Comments
28 What About Love? - Heart
29 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

30 Dreams - Van Halen

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

31 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.

32 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

33 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

34 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

love the solo... great video too. - jwileson

Bahaha this is a 90's rock song not 80's

Beautiful song, I really enjoyed it considering I can't stand love songs but this is just beautiful - heirofblack

Best ever rock song I ever heard...

V 7 Comments
35 Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne

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

36 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...

The best

V 6 Comments
37 That's All - Genesis
38 The One I Love - R.E.M.
39 Heaven - Bryan Adams

An amazing song from an incredible singer. I've listened to Journey for since I was little, and all of Bryan Adams songs remind me of Journey and how much I love both bands. I will never stop loving this song and singer.

Love his voice.

40 Urgent - Foreigner

Its one sexy song

41 Born In the USA - Bruce Springsteen
42 Holding Out for a Hero - Bonnie Tyler
43 Bark at the Moon - Ozzy Osbourne
44 Balls to the Wall - Accept
45 Animal - Def Leppard
46 Centerfold - The J. Geils Band

This song reminds me of the smurfs theme I mean come on I couldn't possibly be the only one who thinks that am I

47 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica

One of, if not the best intro ever.


48 Carrie - Europe

Underrated.. Maybe

Zbest balade ever

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

49 Games Without Frontiers - Peter Gabriel
50 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits

Epic intro, epic song and makes you want to put your pedal to the metal.

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

Mark knopfler is probably one of the best guitarist ever.

PSearch List

Related Lists

Greatest Classic Rock Songs Best Rock Songs Greatest '90s Rock Songs Best Christian Rock Songs Top Ten Best Progressive Rock Songs

List Stats

6,000 votes
209 listings
10 years, 198 days old

Top Remixes (23)

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

View All 23

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.