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100 Nostalgic 80's Songs

Updated on January 17, 2018

If anyone has seen VH1's Top 100 songs of the 80's you will know that there was some amazing music made in that decade. I was inspired to compile my own list of some of the best and most nostalgic songs of the 1980s, check it out, it is guaranteed to bring back some memories!

  1. When Love Breaks Down - Prephab Sprout
  2. Make It Real - The Jets
  3. Tell It To My Heart - Taylor Dane
  4. La Isla Bonita - Madonna
  5. Desert Moon - Dennis De Young
  6. Don't Stop Believing - Journey
  7. Father Figure - George Michael
  8. Cars and Girls - Prephab Sprout
  9. Boys of Summer - Don Henley
  10. Is this Love - Whitesnake
  11. Take on Me - AHa
  12. In a Lifetime - Clannad Featuring Bono
  13. Heart of Mine(Who Is She Kissing?) - Bobby Caldwell
  14. Blue Eyes - Elton John
  15. Love Bites - Def Leppard
  16. Gold - Spandeau Ballet
  17. Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush
  18. Classic - Adrian Gurvitz
  19. Vienna - Ultravox
  20. Maneater - Hall and Oates
  21. Want You So Bad - Heart
  22. Too Shy - Kajagoogoo
  23. If You Were Here Tonight - Alexander O' Neal
  24. Different Corner - George Michael
  25. Man In The Mirror - Michael Jackson
  26. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love - David Grant and Jacki Graham
  27. Foolish Heart - Steve Perry
  28. Footloose - Kenny Loggins
  29. Cherish - Cool and the Gang
  30. We Close Our Eyes - Go West
  31. Sailing - Christopher Cross
  32. Babe - Styx
  33. Real Gone Kid - Deacon Blue
  34. The Heat Is On - Glenn Frey
  35. If I Was - Midge Ure
  36. I Won't Hold You Back Now - Toto
  37. Keep On Loving You - REO Speedwagon
  38. Picture of You - The Lotus Eaters
  39. Hold On To the Night - Richard Marx
  40. I've Been In Love Before - Cutting Crew
  41. She's Gonna Be Somebody's Baby Tonight - Jackson Browne
  42. Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
  43. Kyrie - Mr Mister
  44. Is She Really Going Out With Him - Joe Jakson
  45. The Sun Always Shines On TV - AHa
  46. Careless Whisper - Wham
  47. Wouldn't It Be Good - Nik Kershaw
  48. Never Tear Us Apart - INXS
  49. You've Got It All (Over Him) - The Jets
  50. Hello - Lionel Richie
  51. Who's That Girl - Eurythmics
  52. Higher Love - Steve Winwood
  53. Wild World - Maxi Priest
  54. Head Over Heels - Tears For fears
  55. Don't You Forget About Me - Simple Minds
  56. Hungry Eyes - Eric Carmen
  57. Hurts So Good - John Cougar
  58. The Flame - Cheap Trick
  59. Room In Your Heart - Living In A Box
  60. Mary's Prayer - Danny Wilson
  61. Holding Back The Years - Simply Red
  62. Secret Lover - Atlantic Star
  63. We Built This City - Starship
  64. You're The Inspiration - Chicago
  65. Kiss On My List - Hall and Oates
  66. Being With You - Smokey Robinson
  67. Physical - Olivia Newton John
  68. Something About You - Level 42
  69. Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor
  70. Let's Dance - David Bowie
  71. Here Comes The Rain Again - Eurythmics
  72. I Don't Wanna Live Without You - Foreigner
  73. I Can Dream About You - Dan Hartman
  74. Even The Nights Are Better - Air Supply
  75. Don't Dream It's Over - Crowed House
  76. The Lady In Red - Chris De Burgh
  77. Waiting For A Star To Fall - Boy Meets Girl
  78. Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
  79. Rain Or Shine - 5Star
  80. Good Thing - Fine Young Cannibals
  81. I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Nik Kershaw
  82. My Favourite Waste Of Time - Owen Paul
  83. Piano In The Dark - Brenda Russell
  84. If Ever You're In My Arms Again - Peabo Bryson
  85. Bad Boy - Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine
  86. Patience - Guns N' Roses
  87. Rough Boy - ZZ Top
  88. Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
  89. The Living Years - Mike and The Mechanics
  90. Waiting For A Girl Like You - Foreigner
  91. Sara - Starship
  92. Hysteria - Def Leppard
  93. Glory Of Love - Peter Cetera
  94. Always - Atlantic Star
  95. Out of Touch - Hall and Oates
  96. China Girl - David Bowie
  97. Let's Wait a While - Janet Jackson
  98. System Addict - 5Star
  99. You're The Voice - John Farnham
  100. Africa - Toto

The Sun Always Shines On TV - AHa

Real Gone Kid - Deacon Blue


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      9 years ago

      i liked your list a lot! congrats

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      9 years ago

      It seems like the most nostalgic songs aren't the most popular ones because overplay takes them out of your memories. It's the one you haven't heard since 1986 that really takes you back. Thus I'm not surprised that though I am of the MTV generation there's many of these I've never heard. True to the private nature of nostalgia, I would pick an entirely different list, even where the artists are the same.

      Thanks for taking the time to share.

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      the menice 

      9 years ago

      wow don't be such a music nazi. you probably think ur hot shit because u play in a lame ass garage band.

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      10 years ago

      Wow you're a charmer aren't you?! It is a matter of opinion and I stand by my choices! I was only 8 years old in the mid 80's and these are the songs I remember from that time period.

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      Mister Whirly 

      10 years ago

      Wow, you have absolutely horrible taste in 80s music.... There was literally only one good song on your list (Bowie). You really should have given up on the sappy pop crap and listened to some good post-punk alternative stuff.


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