Most Iconic 80s Songs

I tried not to just include songs I personally like, and I could've included a lot more, so feel free to add. But these are the 10 songs I most commonly associate with the 80s.
The Top Ten
1 Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi Cover Art

The first song I thought of, even if I prefer "You Give Love a Bad Name". It's 80s arena rock. It's big hair. It's impossible to sing properly at karaoke.

2 Thriller - Michael Jackson Thriller - Michael Jackson Cover Art

Thriller, Bad, Billie Jean, Beat it, Smooth Criminal, Man in the Mirror, The way you make me feel are my favourite Michael Jackson's songs. I like his other songs too.

I could've gone with "Billie Jean", but this was a gigantic hit song, clip, and album.

One of the BEST 80's song that's still a hit to this day!

Iconic music video

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

Not my favourite Metallica song, but a favourite of many and probably their most iconic 80s song.

4 Take On Me - a-ha Take On Me - a-ha Cover Art

The lyrics sound a bit backwards (Talking away? Take on Me? ), but this song and clip are definitely very 80s. Good luck hitting those high notes.

Great song, superb vocals, good synthesizer notes, and amazing music video all at once.

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

I prefer Welcome to the Jungle but I think Sweet Child O'Mine was more popular and hence, more iconic

6 Billie Jean - Michael Jackson Billie Jean - Michael Jackson Cover Art

Michael Jackson's first moon walk was legendary, remembered & one of the BEST dance moves ever!

7 Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard Cover Art

One of my favourite bands, my favourite album, and one of the more iconic songs off that album. Def Lepp were a staple of MTV with their music videos and arena rock songs in the 80s.

8 Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper Cover Art

This song has meant more to this culture more than Pat Benatar's "Love Is A Battlefield," Madonna's "Like A Virgin" or Tine Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It," because it's and anthem for an movement in women we still feel it's strength in society today.

Honestly I think this could easily be in the top 5 in terms of songs everyone associates with the 1980s. Certainly it should be ahead of a song like Master of Puppets that is really only well known by Metallica fans (no offense to them though).

9 Like a Prayer - Madonna Like a Prayer - Madonna Cover Art

I'm not a Madonna fan, but I respect her durability and capacity for changing her image up. Probably my favourite song of hers and definitely one of her biggest 80s hits

10 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits Money for Nothing - Dire Straits Cover Art

Dire Straits are an iconic 80s band, this was an iconic 80s music video, and that riff? Damn.

The Newcomers

? Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham! Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham! Cover Art
The Contenders
11 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey Don't Stop Believin' - Journey Cover Art
12 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics Cover Art
13 I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston Cover Art

It was either this or "How Will I Know". Both are 80s pop fun.

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

I also like the music video as well as the song!

I personally like this more than Billie Jean.

15 Africa - Toto Africa - Toto Cover Art

I hear the drums echoing tonight. Wow the magic of David Paich and Jeffery Porcaro!

It's really good

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

It wasn't in my initial top 10, but I'm surprised it's not a lot higher than this.

17 When Doves Cry - Prince When Doves Cry - Prince Cover Art

I'm not a Prince fan, but he's iconically 80s and this is his best song by far.

Prince combined rock, r&b, funk, punk into one song, "When Doves Cry."

18 The Final Countdown - Europe The Final Countdown - Europe Cover Art
19 Tainted Love - Soft Cell Tainted Love - Soft Cell Cover Art
20 You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) - Dead or Alive You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) - Dead or Alive Cover Art

I love this song & still do!

21 Every Breath You Take - The Police Every Breath You Take - The Police Cover Art
22 Rapture - Blondie Rapture - Blondie Cover Art
23 The Stroke - Billy Squier The Stroke - Billy Squier Cover Art
24 Bad - Michael Jackson Bad - Michael Jackson Cover Art
25 Push It - Salt-N-Pepa Push It - Salt-N-Pepa Cover Art

Can't stand it, but there's no doubting it deserves a mention.

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