Most Iconic 80s Songs

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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

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. - truckturner

2 Thriller - Michael Jackson

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. - truckturner

3 Take On Me - a-ha

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. - truckturner

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

4 Master of Puppets - Metallica

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

5 Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
6 Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard

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. - truckturner

7 Like a Prayer - Madonna

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 - truckturner

8 Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N' Roses

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

9 Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

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).

I'd say Master of Puppets is well known by ANY fan of metal and hard rock, not just Metallica fans. However, Cyndi Lauper is certainly more iconically 80s than Metallica (and I say that as a fan of the latter, not the former). - truckturner

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. - RalphMorodor

10 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

The Contenders

11 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits

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

12 I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston

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

13 In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins

This needs to be higher - Weirdest-thing

14 Beat It - Michael Jackson

I personally like this more than Billie Jean. - Misfire

15 When Doves Cry - Prince

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

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

16 Jump - Van Halen
17 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
18 The Final Countdown - Europe
19 Rapture - Blondie
20 Push It - Salt-N-Pepa

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

21 It's Tricky - Run-DMC
22 Africa - Toto
23 Is This Love - Whitesnake

Do you believe in gravity? - Murphdog405

24 The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades - Timbuk 3
25 The Boys of Summer - Don Henley

It's funny, I hate The Eagles but love this song. - truckturner

26 Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
27 Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) - Elton John
28 Every Breath You Take - The Police
29 Fashion - David Bowie

Beep. Beep. - truckturner

30 Some Like It Hot - The Power Station
31 Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
32 Love Shack - The B-52's
33 (Just Like) Starting Over - John Lennon
34 You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
35 Purple Rain - Prince

A must have album for any music lover of all genres or ages. - RalphMorodor

36 It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M.
37 Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
38 Drive - The Cars
39 Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran
40 Rockit - Herbie Hancock
41 Little Red Corvette - Prince

A song that is played in all the markets: Top 40, Hot AC, R&B and Hot Dance Play. - RalphMorodor

42 Addicted to Love - Robert Palmer
43 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

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

44 Freeway of Love - Aretha Franklin
45 Sweet Love - Anita Baker
46 People Have the Power - Patti Smith
47 Woman in Love - Barbra Streisand
48 Take Me Home Tonight - Eddie Money
49 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
50 Waiting for a Girl Like You - Foreigner
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