Greatest Hard Rock Songs of the 1980s

No metal on this list - hard rock and metal are different (I made about 30 lists on metal songs released from 1980-present, by year).

Don't forget that Rush and Pink Floyd aren't hard rock, they are progressive rock.
Also, Journey aren't hard rock.

The Top Ten

1 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
2 Back In Black - AC/DC
3 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses
4 Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi
5 Dude (Looks Like a Lady) - Aerosmith

Welll whaddya know. I've just watched Mrs Doubtfire and this song featured. Wasn't sure who sang it and couldn't be bothered to read the credits.
Aerosmith! Thank you. I can now sleep peacefully. :).
PS - great song! - Britgirl

6 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
7 Hells Bells - AC/DC
8 You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
9 Paradise City - Guns N Roses
10 You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi

The Contenders

11 The Final Countdown - Europe
12 For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) - AC/DC
13 Here I Go Again - Whitesnake

I love this song a lot. - Britgirl

14 Hot for Teacher - Van Halen
15 Kickstart My Heart - Motley Crue
16 Hammer to Fall - Queen

Favorite queen song - zxm

17 Shoot to Thrill - AC/DC
18 I Want to Break Free - Queen

This isn't exactly hard rock... the line for what is and isn't hard rock does move around a lot depending on personal opinion but listening to this and comparing it to something like Back in Black is kind of absurd. This is closer to a pop song than it is hard rock, at least in my opinion. That also isn't to say it's a bad song, I love it and Queen, I'm just confused as to this being considered hard rock - dubsinthetubs

19 Bad Medicine - Bon Jovi

I am surprised this song is at #27. I mean, it should be higher. - Metal_Treasure

20 I Want It All - Queen
21 Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row
22 We're Not Gonna to Take It - Twisted Sister
23 White Wedding - Billy Idol
24 Panama

This features one of Eddie Van Halen's greatest solos and coincidentally, it was released the same year as Michael Jackson's "Beat It" which also featured one of Eddie Van Halen's greatest solos.

25 Panama - Van Halen
26 Take Me Away - Blue Öyster Cult
27 Ace of Spades - Motorhead
28 I Love Rock N' Roll - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Another great and powerful song. - Britgirl

29 Urgent - Foreigner
30 Love in an Elevator - Aerosmith
31 I Hate Myself for Loving You - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

The lyrics to this say so much. Kind of says everything really. - Britgirl

32 Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
33 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
34 Don't It Make Ya Feel - Headpins
35 You've Got Another Thing Comin' - Judas Priest
36 Juke Box Hero - Foreigner
37 Crying In the Rain - Whitesnake
38 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits
39 Rock You Like a Hurricane - The Scorpions
40 Gimme All Your Lovin' - ZZ Top
41 Living After Midnight - Judas Priest
42 Lay It on the Line - Triumph
43 Give Me All Your Love - Whitesnake
44 Can't Let You Go - Rainbow
45 I Surrender - Rainbow
46 Out In the Fields - Gary Moore & Phil Lynott
47 Killer On the Loose - Thin Lizzy
48 Wild Side - Motley Crue
49 Metal Health (Bang Your Head) - Quiet Riot

Despite it's name, this is hard rock. - Metal_Treasure

50 Working for the Weekend - Loverboy
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