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.

Best 80's song by far

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.

One of the BEST 80's song that's still a hit to this day!

3 Master of Puppets - Metallica

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

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 backwards (Talking away? Take on Me? ), but this song and clip are definitely very 80s. Good luck hitting those high notes.

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

The sounds of 80s

6 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits

Dire Straits are 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 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.

8 Africa - Toto

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

Because I like the beat and rhythm.

It's really good

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

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

Everyone knows the riff.

The Contenders
11 Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's first moon walk was legendary, remembered & one of the BEST dance moves ever!

12 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
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, punk into one song, "When Doves Cry."

14 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.

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).

15 In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins

This needs to be higher

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

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

(not necessarily by choice)

21 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

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

It was on Regular Show.

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