Greatest Hard Rock Songs of the 1980s

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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 UListen to Sample
2 Back In Black - AC/DC UListen to Sample
3 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses UListen to Sample
4 Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi UListen to Sample
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

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

The Contenders

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

I love this song a lot. - Britgirl

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

Favorite queen song - zxm

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17 Shoot to Thrill - AC/DC UListen to Sample
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

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19 Bad Medicine - Bon Jovi

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

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20 I Want It All - Queen UListen to Sample
21 We're Not Gonna to Take It - Twisted Sister UListen to Sample
22 White Wedding - Billy Idol UListen to Sample
23 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.

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

Another great and powerful song. - Britgirl

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

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

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

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

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50 Working for the Weekend - Loverboy UListen to Sample
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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
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1. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
2. Back In Black - AC/DC
3. Dude (Looks Like a Lady) - Aerosmith
Metal_Treasure
1. Hammer to Fall - Queen
2. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
3. Take Me Away - Blue Öyster Cult
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