Most Memorable 80s Songs by a Female Singer


The Top Ten

1 Like a Prayer - Madonna

Nothing like this song to feel the hurt and the power to get out from it. Full of hurt and joy, incredible song. Thanks M.

Incredible song, full of hurt and joy...more than only music

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

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2 Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler

Like her songs

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

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

One of the best overall songs of the 1980s.

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3 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics

A song that You can sing with because you can relate to. It's also written well and has an message. Love it!

Beautifully sung. - Ananya

Annie Lennox Amazing & Timeless!

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

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4 Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

I love this song and I am am only 10 and I will be turning 11 in March and I love 80s songs

Amazing artist with a spectacular live voice! I was a teenager in the 80's and have followed since. She just keeps Rocking on. Much love!

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

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5 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

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

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

Amazing one song that is so identified to the late Whitney Houston

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6 Heaven Is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle

I love her voice & song

I love her from her Go Go days.

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

The song is bomb

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7 If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher

This is NOT an 80s song!

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

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8 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

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9 Like a Virgin - Madonna

Great sexy songs

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


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10 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.

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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!

Oh Kate my Lionheart!

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12 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

Andy Dawson

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13 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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14 Holding Out for a Hero - Bonnie Tyler

Should be top 5 -- currently its behind 30 songs 90% of us don't remember...

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15 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!

16 I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross

I love this song has a really good tune

This is, to me, Diana's catchiest song

Andy Dawson

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17 Physical - Olivia Newton-John

Olivia most be ranking higher, because she stayed for 10 weeks at #1 in the hit charts. no other artist achive that in the 80's.

I need loose weight.

Hands down this song was the biggest of the 80s

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

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18 Cruel Summer - Bananarama

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


Ian Dawson

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

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

Just love her music!


20 Edge of Seventeen - Stevie Nicks

Love love love

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21 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.

Sexy with a bit of rock, and european sound, combined with Laura's powerful voice.

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22 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton

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

Just phenomenal lady and performer

Love Dolly!

23 La Isla Bonita - Madonna

I love this song. Best Madonna song by far.

Best song by madonna.

Not just memorable but also legendary hit from Madonna - Irina2932

Oh yeah this was the jams at the dances

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24 Crazy For You - Madonna

Another wonderfully beautiful ballad from Madonna - Irina2932

First love type song

She is the best

Still good in 2016

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25 Hit Me with Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar

Easy choice whatever happend to pat benatar

Simple. I just love this song.

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27 True Colors - Cyndi Lauper

so good

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.

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28 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.

I remebrer her long time ago so pretty and great singer

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29 Straight Up - Paula Abdul

Paula is still my number 1!


Andy Dawson

Great Song!

30 Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston

Greatest song from the 80s

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..

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31 Express Yourself - Madonna

So iconic and memorable - Bigpickleman


32 Leave a Light On - Belinda Carlisle

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

Beautiful song- league of her own


Ian Dawson

33 Everlasting Love - Sandra
34 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–’

35 Stand Back - Stevie Nicks

Queen of all music


Anything Stevie Nicks is awesome

Love Stevie!

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36 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

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37 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

38 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.

39 No More the Fool - Elkie Brooks.

One of the best songs of all time.

Great singer, great song.

Great Great Great.

Great song, amazing singer

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40 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

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41 Alone - Heart

Should be top 5 easily.

I love heart.

Why is this so far down the list. Such a great song

Best song of 80s

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42 One Moment in Time - Whitney Houston


43 How Will I Know - Whitney Houston

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

Its keeps u in a good mood

44 Who's That Girl - Madonna
45 Let the River Run - Carly Simon

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

Carly Simon, an American treasure

Chris mark Dawson

46 Hold On - Wilson Phillips

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

Ian Dawson

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47 Get Closer - Linda Ronstadt UListen to Sample
48 Kids in America - Kim Wilde UListen to Sample
49 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

50 Material Girl - Madonna

First song I fell in love with Madonna

Only song I reconize and like lol

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Top Remixes (6)

1. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
2. Like a Virgin - Madonna
3. Heartbreaker - Pat Benatar
1. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
2. Alone - Heart
3. Kids in America - Kim Wilde
1. Express Yourself - Madonna
2. Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
3. I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston

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