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

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 Master of Puppets - Metallica

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

3 Thriller - Michael Jackson

Thriller, Bad, Billie Jean, Beat It, Smooth Criminal, Man in the Mirror, and The Way You Make Me Feel are my favorite Michael Jackson songs. I like his other songs too.

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

One of the best '80s songs that's still a hit to this day!

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

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

5 Take On Me - a-ha

The lyrics sound a bit backward (Talking Away? Take On Me?), but this song and its video are undeniably very 80s. Good luck hitting those high notes.

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

6 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits

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

7 Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard

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

8 Africa - Toto

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

Because I like the beat and rhythm.

9 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.

10 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
The Contenders
11 Like a Prayer - Madonna

I'm not a Madonna fan, but I respect her adaptability and capacity to change her image. This is probably my favorite song of hers and definitely one of her biggest 80s hits.

12 Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's first moonwalk was legendary, memorable, and one of the best dance moves ever!

13 When Doves Cry - Prince

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, and punk into one song: "When Doves Cry."

14 Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

This song has had a greater cultural impact than Pat Benatar's "Love Is a Battlefield," Madonna's "Like a Virgin," or Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do With It." It is an anthem for a movement in women that still resonates in society today.

Honestly, I think this could easily be in the top five when it comes to songs associated with the 1980s. It should certainly be ahead of a song like Master of Puppets, which is primarily known to Metallica fans (no offense to them, though).

15 In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins
16 Beat It - Michael Jackson

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

I personally like this more than Billie Jean.

17 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
18 The Final Countdown - Europe
19 You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi weren't just "Livin' on a Prayer."

Another iconic song from one of the most iconic albums of the '80s.

20 Jump - Van Halen
21 Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley

I love this song. It's the best I've ever listened to! I always send it to all my friends because it's so good! This is the 80s song I've listened to the most!

(Not necessarily by choice.)

22 One - Metallica
23 Push It - Salt-N-Pepa

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

24 Every Breath You Take - The Police
25 We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore - Twisted Sister
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