Best Songs of the 1980s

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Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson

Yup it deserves the top spot definitely the best song of the 80's

This is my favorite song of ALL time!




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2Open Arms - Journey

I agree. No one can imitate his voice. I wish he was still with Journey. I see him at San Fransico Giants games. He is a great artist.

Steve Perry is the only person who made the band Journey very successful and famous today. Nobody can ever imitate his voice. Open Arms is the best 1980's love power ballad!

3Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses

I Just Love It! Awesome guitar riffs! Amazing lyrics! Very heart-felt song... Possibly the BEST!

this song is the best of all time

it’s so romantic that’s why I love it

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4Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

the greatest song in the world! I love it so much

I love this song :)

Well, Michael Jackson is Michael Jackson!

5When Doves Cry - Prince and The Revolution

I love this song... his metaphors are great

6Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

Amazing song! Inspiring. Great vocals! Don't stop believin!

7Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi

GREAT SONG! It is also mistakenly put at #93 on this list. This is definitely a top ten song.. Put any song of the "New Jersey" album at #93! This song sums up the 80's rock!

Great song talking about life. So heart warming and catches al of my attention when I hear it in stores almost once a month down here at arkansas home of the razorbacks.

Bon Jovi is the greatest band from the 80's

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8La Isla Bonita - Madonna
9Thriller - Michael Jackson

The king of pop revolutionized the music era with this song!

10Uptown Girl - Billy Joel

I love this song


11Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
12Little Red Corvette - Prince

Prince is a genius. This song was innovative and catchy.

Classic 80s

13In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins
14Kiss - Prince & The Revolution
15Like A Prayer - Madonna

Madonna is the queen and is the best in all her music for life! Sticky and Sweetness. :)

16Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears For Fears

because I love the band tears for fears I hope there conduct a concert here in the philippines... I love you guys! tears fors feras rules!

I think this song represents all what the 80s where about good music

17Eye Of the Tiger - Survivor

Song from Rocky. You hear this song at any and every basketball, football, or hockey game you attend.

18With or Without You - U2

Iconic song

19Drive - The Cars

The cars are insane. Love them.

20Girl's Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

I Love You!

21Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
22Queen - Another One Bites The Dust

Queen and Freddie Mercury are an amazing combination. There voices are one of a kind. Queen Rocks!

23Rock Me Amadeus - Falco

Luv it!

24I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight - Cutting Crew
25Like A Virgin - Madonna

This is such an awesome and insanely cathy song! That;s why it's ont this list! (:

26West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
27Alone - Heart

I love how the verses contrast with the chorus. The verses are really subdued but the chorus knocks you back in your chair!

28We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off - Jermaine Stewart
29Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham
30Borderline - Madonna
31Footloose - Kenny Loggins
32Just Like Heaven - The Cure

robert smith is song writing/musical genius! the 80's were the best times for the cure! not that it srops me from seeing them anytime they tour!

33Heaven's on Fire - Kiss

Kiss, best group ever and FOREVER

34Don't You Want Me? - Human League
35Your Love - Outfield
36Take On Me - a-ha

love this song

37Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon
38Africa - Toto
39You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
40One - U2
41How Soon Is Now - Morrissey

These were the best years of my high school days. This song the summer, friends. Just brings back good times. Morrisey and the Smiths will always be a fav of the 80's generation.

42Welcome To The Jungle - Guns n Roses

Not only does this song describe the 80's as a turning point, pivotial to the song... A new culture, a jungle if you will... It represents rock at it's best!

43Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions

Not one of the bands of my choice but definitely one of my favorite songs.


44You Dropped A Bomb On Me - the Gap Band
45Head Like A Hole - NIne Inch Nails
46Beat It - Michael Jackson
47Mona Lisa - Slick Rick
48Good Times - INXS & Jimmy Barnes

Wow! Who knew this could work out well?!

49Lean On Me - Club Nouveau
50Turn the Radio Up - Eric Carmen

Great song, Eric is such a great vocalist, but the correct title to this song is "Make Me Lose Control".

51Tainted Love - Soft Cell

This is the song that plays in my head as soon as someone says 80's.


52I Remember You - Skidrow
53Red Red Wine - UB40
54Jump - Van Halen
55Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard


56We Built This City - Jefferson Starship
57Still Loving You - Scorpions
58Rock The Casbah - The Clash
59You Make My Dreams Come True - Hall
60Keep Your Hands to Yourself - The Georgia Satellites
61Jungle Life - Tarzan Boys
62Cruel Summer - Bananarama
63Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams
64You're the Inspiration - Chicago
65Love Song - Tesla

Perfect guitar both acoustic and electric and Jeff Keith's vocal's. Love this one.

66You Are - Lionel Richie
67Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
68Heaven - Warrant

One of the best power ballads of the 80s.

69Paradise City - Guns n Roses
70I Wanna Rock 'n Roll All Nite - KISS
71Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi

the anthem of the 80’s


72Rainbow In The Dark - Dio
73I Wanna Be Adored - The Stone Roses
74Every Breath You Take - The Police
75I Love Rock 'N Roll - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
76I Won't Back Down - Tom Petty
77Chains of Love - Erasure
78The Final Countdown - Europe
79Nothing But A Good TIme - Poison
80Being With You - Smokey Robinson
81Bad - Michael Jackson
82Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row
83Head Over Heels - Tears For Fears
84Hurts So Good - John Cougar Mellencamp
85Carribbean Queen - Billy Ocean
86The Stroke - Billy Squier
87Missing You - John Waite
88Blame It On the Rain - Milli Vanilli
89Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band
90Dr. Feelgood - Motley Crue
91Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
92Fallen Angel - Poison
93Wild, Wild West - The Escape Club
94Once In a Lifetime - Talking Heads
95Panama - Van Halen
96Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi

cool song with an acoustic intro


97Hard Habit to Break - Chicago
98Let's Go All the Way - Sly Fox
99Walk Like an Egyptian - The Bangles
100Rosanna - Toto

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This list was created on October 26, 2006 and has been voted on over 2,000 times. This list contains 101 items.