Greatest '80s Rock Songs

The Top Ten

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

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

One of the most iconic songs of all time winning the "greatest pop/rock single" award at the 1989 MTV music awards off the highest selling debut album of all time, with one of the most famed guitar riffs and solos.

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

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

Back In Black - AC/DC

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

Number 1 with no question

Best song/riff ever written

AC/DC is the 80s most on the Back in Black album should be on this list somewhere, not to mention the For Those About to Rock album

Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Cover Art

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!

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.

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

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

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

This should be #1 80s rock song.

Love this song!

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

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

I think everyone has pretty much covered everything there is to describe this song

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

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?

Beat It is a rock song because of the guitar tone and the Eddie Van Helen guitar solo. This song might not sound like a rock song but trust me it is and is one of MJ's masterpieces

Fade to Black - Metallica Fade to Black - Metallica Cover Art

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!

Best metallica song ever

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

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.

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

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

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

not my favorite Queen song, but definitely the one that says EIGHTIES the most.

Ah an old classic queen song I love it

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

This is number one in my opinion after Bohemian Rhapsody

The Contenders

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!

This song IS from the '80's... Like 1988, maybe before.
I would say this song is the #1 song for '80's in the heavy metal genre.

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

Needs. To. Be. Higher.

This really does need to be higher

My absolute favorite.

Ok this should be switched with One at number 8

Tom Sawyer - Rush Tom Sawyer - Rush Cover Art

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!

Here I Go Again - Whitesnake Here I Go Again - Whitesnake Cover Art

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

Jump - Van Halen Jump - Van Halen Cover Art

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

Put my back against the record machine

Stupid people just don't understand.

Absoluetly One of my favorite songs

You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi Cover Art

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!

It's basically a Bon Jovi classic

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

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

Best of the best!

Why not top ten?

Me and my siblings sing this all the time, we even sing along to the instrumental parts!

Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions Cover Art

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

Alone - Heart Alone - Heart Cover Art

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.

For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica Cover Art

Amazing song for charging into battle with a horse and sword.

One of, if not the best intro ever.


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

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.

My favorite band ever, listen to them every day, why are they so low? I don't know, it should be number one

Metal Health (Bang Your Head) - Quiet Riot Metal Health (Bang Your Head) - Quiet Riot Cover Art

Bang your Head, Loud enough to Drive you Mad!

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! 👍

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


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

Pink Floyd, timeless band with so much history

Great songs

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

Don't Stop Me Now - Queen Don't Stop Me Now - Queen Cover Art

This is my favourite song of all time but it's not 80s, it's 1978

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