Most Memorable 80s Songs by a Female Singer


The Top Ten

1 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics

There is not a living person who wouldn't continue singing if you started with Sweet dreams are made of this...

This song plays constantly on the 80s Radio

One Of My Number One Songs In America

Annie Lennox Amazing & Timeless!

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2 Like a Prayer - Madonna

5 million copies sold


Compared to the ok song - wanna dance with somebody

One of the greatest song ever. Madonna showed a very decent performance - Irina2932

Unbelievable song, and powerful!

This is my favorite jam

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3 Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler

It was Billboard's #1 song of the year for 1983 and even nowadays this track is very popular - Irina2932

One of the best overall songs of the 1980s.

I cringe whenever I hear this song. Tyler's screaming is like finger nails on a chalkboard. It is my sincere wish is to never ever have to hear this song again. If you are paying to have this song piped in to any store please know that whenever I hear this song in a store I leave immediately.

Love the song, hated the video. Never watched another music video after this one. I preferred my own interpretation.

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

I was in Malta when I heard this song and I fell in love with it. It made my holiday and was played everywhere and everyone danced to it. It's a very upbeat song and even to this day when I hear it I have to dance and sing along. Karan Wilson

Brilliant Dance/Pop track - one of the biggest hits of the 80's - Irina2932

In my opinion Whitney Houston is and was best singer of all time..

This is my favorite song!

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5 Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

I'm turning 14 in a few months and I heard this song when I was young so obviously I know at least one verse of the song but this is one of the greatest songs of the 80s and one of my favourite songs EVER! I want to listen to this song until I grow old. I hope this will be more famous than the songs now

Cyndi Lauper is the one of the greatest singer in 80s and she have many song that hits in all over the world like girls just want to have fun, time after time, true colors and many more

I just love this song, and Cyndi is the best singer in the 80's although I was not born during this generation. But its my mom's favorite song and artist.

Great and Funny. Cyndi is 80's best female singer

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6 If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher

Changed pop culture & music. Became Cher's signature song until she released Believe.

Cher is in a class all of her own

A legend's classic

Yeah! Great song!

7 Flashdance... What a Feeling - Irene Cara

This is like a premiere song of the 1980s it should be much closer to very top within the top 5

I can't help but dance when this track plays

Chris mark Dawson

8 Like a Virgin - Madonna

Madonna is so legendary, she is the first lady with a second single on this top ten

Great sexy songs


9 Heartbreaker - Pat Benatar

Tough and powerful voice but still wonderfully melodic.

Strong woman, Pat is

Andy Dawson

Most likely a late 70s song but Pat Benatar is such a badass singer! Talk about that, how do I even add a comment? - AllstarofNBC1984

Great pace.. progressive song from its time.

10 Nasty - Janet Jackson

Janet, oh, Janet. 10 number ones on the Billboard Hot 100, 100 million records, what a well deserved mention

Love Janet and her music!

She so beautifull love her

NOBODY did it like JANET!

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The Contenders

11 Running Up that Hill - Kate Bush

The greatest English rose in history of rock and pop a unique talent. This song is an epic by a true genius if you haven't heard her or of her you haven't yet lived

The whole album (The Hounds Of Love) was a master piece and the title track was even better than this, one of Kate's finest moments.

So underestimated and her voice is so wonderful! I love Army Dreamer!

Kate Bush is a LEGEND.

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12 Heaven Is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle

Beautiful and really memorable track from the 80's - Irina2932

Love this song and Belinda Carlisle is a great singer.

Yes we love her and miss her is she still playing in the us?

The song is bomb

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13 I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross

This is, to me, Diana's catchiest song

I love this song has a really good tune

Andy Dawson

14 What's Love Got to Do with It - Tina Turner

Loved it & still loving it.

Her comeback single, won 3 Grammys, Tina is one tough performer who never gave up

might sing

Great song!

15 Physical - Olivia Newton-John

Hands down this song was the biggest of the 80s

Didn't they have to ban the video? But anyway it is super catchy

I need loose weight.

This is the Best song of the eighties as it was #1 for an amazing 10 weeks---- No other song in the eighties was number 1 as long as Physical. It's the most successful song of the entire decade.

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16 Cruel Summer - Bananarama

New wave, the coolest girl band of the 80s! The group wrote the song.

Ian Dawson


17 (I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena - Sandra

Legendary superhit from Sandra that topped more than 20 countries - Irina2932

Just love her music!


18 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton

Listening to this wonderful song I started loving my job - Irina2932

Just phenomenal lady and performer

Love Dolly!

19 Self Control - Laura Branigan

Laura Branigan ROCKED this song, nothing Madonna, Lauper sang even comes close in my book and many others, just listen closely and you'll agree too, Like a prayer before this masterpiece, what a joke.

Wonderful, beautiful, sincere and very talented singer often overlooked by the people. I recommend listen and above all, SEE her live performances to every person in the world. She was really FABULOUS PERFORMER!.

Best sexy pop song, with great rock riffs. Very best voice of the 80's.

Grand Theft Auto, Baby!

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20 La Isla Bonita - Madonna

Not just memorable but also legendary hit from Madonna - Irina2932

Oh yeah this was the jams at the dances

She is the best

Best song by madonna.

21 Express Yourself - Madonna

So iconic and memorable - Bigpickleman


22 Crazy For You - Madonna

Another wonderfully beautiful ballad from Madonna - Irina2932

First love type song

She is the best

Love it!

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23 Straight Up - Paula Abdul


Andy Dawson

Great Song!

24 True Colors - Cyndi Lauper

Such an inspirational song about being yourself and unique no matter what people say about you!

Tremendously great effort with a timeless meaning. Such a pure, true & beautiful song

Time After Time is right there. GJWHF was fun, not beautiful and poignant and TIMELESS.

This song is eternal...

25 Gloria - Laura Branigan

The first major hit for Laura. Laura is my all time favorite singer. Her beauty goes hand in hand with her beautiful, emotional, and overlooked vocals. I miss her. RIP

Everybody and their Grandmother remember this great song from 1982, this song obviously should be listed first

Love this song forever and always.

Andy Dawson

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26 Hit Me with Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar

Simple. I just love this song.

Easy choice whatever happend to pat benatar

27 Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper

Why is this so far down on the list? This is such a great song

Time after time is a true timeless classic.

Love this song! Should be in the top 10

Nice funky beat easy to sing to

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28 Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston

Very powerful, beautiful and memorable Love song from Queen of Voice Whitney Houston - Irina2932

Whitney was by far the greatest talent in the 80's.

Whitney one of the first songs I heard her sing..

Loved Whitney and all her songs

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29 Circle in the Sand - Belinda Carlisle

Perfect pop song, that does not need a synthesizer -perfect end of summer song

I love this song, this melody can easy to sing, give 5 LikeπŸ–’πŸ–’πŸ–’

30 Leave a Light On - Belinda Carlisle

Great 90s classic... Gets you singing no matter what.. !

Beautiful song- league of her own


Ian Dawson

31 Everlasting Love - Sandra
32 Stand Back - Stevie Nicks

Anything Stevie Nicks is awesome

Love Stevie!


33 Hold On - Wilson Phillips

Just can't help but feel every ounce of the song from deep deep down

Ian Dawson

34 We Don't Need Another Hero - Tina Turner

The movie Thunderdome song.

Great song great performer


Nobody could have done aunty emity better. A perfect role for tina

35 Let the River Run - Carly Simon

Carly had a fantastic treasury of music in the 80s.

Carly Simon, an American treasure

Chris mark Dawson

36 No More the Fool - Elkie Brooks.

Great singer, great song.

Great song, amazing singer

Great Great Great.

37 Material Girl - Madonna

First song I fell in love with Madonna

Only song I reconize and like lol

38 The Sweetest Taboo - Sade

Beautiful singer with another of her beautiful songs

Sade... What can you say about her songs.. , this just puta you in a different type of mood

Ian Dawson

39 Tell It to My Heart - Taylor Dayne

This has always been one of my favorites!

True 80s tune - love it!

Best song ever

Briliant love pam xxx

40 Solitaire - Laura Branigan

This woman had a voice like no other, she was just a little better than everyone else

Best climax and finale by a song ever, those high notes at the end are powerful.

41 Get Closer - Linda Ronstadt
42 Smooth Operator - Sade

This was one of mine and my Mother's favorites. She was 85 and I was 49.

Yeah I love me some sade

43 One Moment in Time - Whitney Houston


44 How Will I Know - Whitney Houston

I love this song! That feeling.. how will I know! :D

Its keeps u in a good mood

45 Who's That Girl - Madonna
46 I Found Someone - Cher

Laura Branigan sang it with way more power and conviction

I totally agree.

47 You Keep Me Hangin' On - Kim Wilde

I've been a fan of this song since I was 10 or 11, I just like it.

One of the best remakes ever!

Love love LOVE this song

48 Live to Tell - Madonna

Good to listen after a break-up

Iconic song- one of the best songs ever,

49 Kids in America - Kim Wilde
50 Typical Male - Tina Turner

Very unique singer, voice, style, legs, love this song!

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Top Remixes (4)

1. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
2. Like a Virgin - Madonna
3. Heartbreaker - Pat Benatar
1. Express Yourself - Madonna
2. Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
3. I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston
1. Like a Prayer - Madonna
2. If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher
3. Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler

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