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 The Final Countdown - Europe

The Newcomers

? Here I Go Again - Whitesnake

I love this song a lot. - Britgirl

The Contenders

11 You Give Love A Bad Name - Bon Jovi
12 For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) - AC/DC
13 Hot for Teacher - Van Halen
14 Hammer to Fall - Queen

Favorite queen song - zxm

15 Shoot to Thrill - AC/DC
16 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

17 Bad Medicine - Bon Jovi

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

18 I Want It All - Queen
19 We're Not Gonna to Take It - Twisted Sister
20 Kickstart My Heart - Motley Crue
21 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.

22 Panama - Van Halen
23 Take Me Away - Blue Öyster Cult
24 Ace Of Spades - Motorhead
25 I Love Rock n' Roll - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Another great and powerful song. - Britgirl

26 Urgent - Foreigner
27 Love In An Elevator - Aerosmith
28 I Hate Myself for Loving You - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

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

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

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

48 White Wedding - Billy Idol
49 Working for the Weekend - Loverboy
50 Mine All Mine - Headpins
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Top Remixes

1. Back In Black - AC/DC
2. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
3. Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses
1. Hammer to Fall - Queen
2. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
3. Take Me Away - Blue Öyster Cult
1. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
2. Back In Black - AC/DC
3. Dude (Looks Like a Lady) - Aerosmith


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