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

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2 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.

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3 Master of Puppets (Remastered) - Metallica

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

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4 Thriller - Michael Jackson

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

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5 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

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6 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey UListen to Sample
7 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits

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

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8 Billie Jean - Michael Jackson UListen to Sample
9 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

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10 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

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The Contenders

11 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

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12 Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

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

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13 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

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14 Jump - Van Halen UListen to Sample
15 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics UListen to Sample
16 In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins UListen to Sample
17 Push It - Salt-N-Pepa

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

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18 It's Tricky - Run-DMC UListen to Sample
19 The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades - Timbuk 3 UListen to Sample
20 The Final Countdown - Europe UListen to Sample
21 Is This Love - Whitesnake

Do you believe in gravity? - Murphdog405

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22 Beat It - Michael Jackson

I personally like this more than Billie Jean. - Misfire

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23 The Boys of Summer - Don Henley

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

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24 Africa - Toto UListen to Sample
25 Every Breath You Take - The Police UListen to Sample
26 Fashion - David Bowie

Beep. Beep. - truckturner

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27 Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins UListen to Sample
28 (Just Like) Starting Over - John Lennon UListen to Sample
29 You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC UListen to Sample
30 Purple Rain - Prince

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

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31 It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M. UListen to Sample
32 Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen UListen to Sample
33 Drive - The Cars UListen to Sample
34 Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen UListen to Sample
35 Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran UListen to Sample
36 Rockit - Herbie Hancock UListen to Sample
37 Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) - Elton John UListen to Sample
38 Little Red Corvette - Prince

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

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39 Addicted to Love - Robert Palmer UListen to Sample
40 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

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41 Some Like It Hot - The Power Station UListen to Sample
42 Freeway of Love - Aretha Franklin UListen to Sample
43 Rapture - Blondie UListen to Sample
44 Sweet Love - Anita Baker UListen to Sample
45 People Have the Power - Patti Smith UListen to Sample
46 Woman in Love - Barbra Streisand UListen to Sample
47 Love Shack - The B-52's UListen to Sample
48 Take Me Home Tonight - Eddie Money UListen to Sample
49 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor UListen to Sample
50 Waiting for a Girl Like You - Foreigner UListen to Sample
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Top Remixes (5)

1. Take On Me - a-ha
2. Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
3. In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins
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1. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
2. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
3. Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi
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1. Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi
2. Master of Puppets (Remastered) - Metallica
3. Thriller - Michael Jackson
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