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Best Songs of the 80's

Updated on June 16, 2015
I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside
I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside

From ABC to ZZ TOP........This is The Funktual 450

1 ---where the streets have no name - U2

2 ---fool in the rain - led zeppelin

3 ---the boys of summer - don henley

4 ---when doves cry - prince

5 ---every breath you take - the police

6 ---sweet child o mine - guns n' roses

7 ---tom sawyer - rush

8 ---ain't nobody - rufus w/ chaka khan

9 ---crazy train - ozzy osbourne

10 --wanna be startin' somethin' - michael jackson

11 --let's go crazy - prince & the revolution

12-- the message - grandmaster flash & the furious five

13-- back in black - ac/dc

14 --billie jean - michael jackson

15 --personal jesus - depeche mode

16 --i know you got soul - eric b. & rakim

17 --love removal machine - the cult

18 --nobody told me - john lennon

19 --once in a lifetime - talking heads

20 --mona lisa - slick rick

21 --fast car - tracy chapman

22 --ship of fools (save me from tomorrow) - world party

23 --money's too tight (to mention) - simply red

24 --cheap sunglasses - zz top

25 --don't believe the hype - public enemy

26 --white lines (don't do it) - grandmaster melle mel

27 --don't stand so close to me - the police

28 --shoot you down - apb

29 --runnin down a dream - tom petty

30 --welcome to the jungle - guns n' roses

31 --shake your rump - beastie boys

32 --rock with you - michael jackson

33 --our lips are sealed - the go-go's

34 --la di da di - doug e. fresh & slick rick

35 --kiss - prince & the revolution

36 --edge of seventeen - stevie nicks

37 --london calling - the clash

38 --straight outta compton - n.w.a.

39 --rockit - herbie hancock

40 --paid in full (coldcut remix) - eric b. & rakim

41 --paradise - sade

42 --another one bites the dust - queen

43 --sexual healing - marvin gaye

44 --raspberry beret - prince & the revolution

45 --photograph - def leppard

46 --the old man down the road - john fogerty

47 --how soon is now? - the smiths

48 --19 (destruction mix) - paul hardcastle

49 --push it - salt n pepa

50 --jane says - jane's addiction

Oh STEVIE, you had so much gangsta style!

Just Like the One Winged Dove, tries to fly but keeps on spinning oo baby oo said oo
Just Like the One Winged Dove, tries to fly but keeps on spinning oo baby oo said oo

51 --alex chilton - the replacements

52 --here I go again - whitesnake

53 --99 red balloons/luftballons - nena

54 --i'm on fire - bruce springsteen

55 --paper in fire - john cougar mellencamp

56 --no new tale to tell - love & rockets

57 --rock the casbah - the clash

58 --don't disturb this groove - the system

59 --the kkk took my baby away - the ramones

60 --burning down the house - talking heads

61 --whip it - devo

62 --purple rain - prince & the revolution

63 --it takes two - rob base & d.j. e-z rock

64 --king of pain - the police

65 --need you tonight/mediate - inxs

66 --just like heaven - the cure

67 --top billin - audio two

68 --west end girls - pet shop boys

69 --off the wall - michael jackson

70 --mexican radio - wall of voodoo

71 --sledgehammer - peter gabriel

72 --pass the dutchie - musical youth

73 --i want to be your man - roger

74 --every little thing she does is magic - the police

75 --synchronicity II - the police

76 --super freak - rick james

77 --din daa daa (trommeltanz) - george kranz

78 --i love rock n roll - joan jett & the blackhearts

79 --just a friend - biz markie

80 --pump up the volume - m/a/r/r/s

81 --pop life - prince & the revolution

82 --it's tricky - run dmc

83 --pride (in the name of love) - u2

84 --undercover of the night - the rolling stones

85 --true faith - new order

86 --sign 'o' the times - prince

87 --in a big country - big country

88 --train in vain - the clash

89 --call me - blondie

90 --talkin bout a revolution - tracy chapman

91 --tempted - squeeze

92 --town called malice - the jam

93 --genius of love - tom tom club

94 --i'm no angel - gregg allman

95 --forever man - eric clapton

96 --i'll wait - van halen

97 --holding back the years - simply red

98 --jam on it - newcleus

99 --what i am - edie brickell & the new bohemians

100 -the way it is - bruce hornsby & the range

All Photos Scanned Directly from My 45 Collection!

Technically, the first British Rap Song and #68 on our List
Technically, the first British Rap Song and #68 on our List

101 -blister in the sun - violent femmes

102 -i still haven't found what i'm looking for - u2

103 -i could never take the place of your man - prince

104 -rock lobster (re-issue) - the b-52's

105 -missing you - john waite

106 -people are people - depeche mode

107 -dancing with myself - billy idol

108 -livin on a prayer - bon jovi

109 -shout - tears for fears

110 -cult of personality - living colour

111 -pink houses - john cougar mellencamp

112 -paul revere - beastie boys

113 -free nelson mandela - the specials

114 -into the groove - madonna

115 -nightshift - the commodores

116 -foolin - def leppard

117 -i won't back down - tom petty

118 -stay up late - talking heads

119 -electric avenue - eddy grant

120 -pour some sugar on me - def leppard

121 -situation - yaz

122 -you can call me al - paul simon

123 -cars - gary numan

124 -round and round - ratt

125 -paradise city - guns n' roses

126 -dear god - xtc

127 -da butt - e.u.

128 -panama - van halen

129 -all night long - lionel richie

130 -no one like you - the scorpions

131 -in the air tonight - phil collins

132 -little red corvette - prince

133 -china girl - david bowie

134 -come on eileen - dexy's midnight runners

135 -i can't go for that (no can do) - daryl hall & john oates

136 -white wedding - billy idol

137 -higher ground - red hot chili peppers

138 -one - metallica

139 -black steel in the hour of chaos - public enemy

140 -eminence front - the who

141 -refugee - tom petty & the heartbreakers

142 -i will dare - the replacements

143 -caravan of love - the housemartins

144 -rockin in the free world - neil young

145 -howling at the moon (sha la la) - the ramones

146 -planet rock - afrika bambaataa & soul sonic force

147 -heartbreak beat - psychedelic furs

148 -bring the noise - public enemy

149 -magic - the cars

150 -the safety dance - men without hats

One of my prized possessions and I still play it all the time.

This is my Picture Disc for THE SAFETY DANCE by Men Without Hats
This is my Picture Disc for THE SAFETY DANCE by Men Without Hats

151 -the mayor of simpleton - xtc

152 -see a little light - bob mould

153 -yer so bad - tom petty

154 -another brick in the wall (part 2) - pink floyd

155 -rebel yell - billy idol

156 -start me up - the rolling stones

157 -like the weather - 10,000 maniacs

158 -should i stay or should i go? - the clash

159 -the bridge - mc shan

160 -mr brownstone - guns n' roses

161 -sweet dreams - eurhythmics

162 -don't change - inxs

163 -rapture - blondie

164 -1999 - prince

165 -bust a move - young mc

166 -cruel summer - bananarama

167 -she sells sanctuary - the cult

168 -sunday bloody sunday - u2

169 -potholes in my lawn - de la soul

170 -someday someway - marshall crenshaw

171 -keep your hands to yourself - georgia satellites

172 -the rain - oran ‘juice' jones

173 -don't stop the music - yarbrough & peoples

174 -one step beyond - madness

175 -sign your name - terence trent d'arby

176 -everyday i write the book - elvis costello

177 -knock me down - red hot chili peppers

178 -mirror in the bathroom - english beat

179 -modern love - david bowie

180 -she's so cold - the rolling stones

181 -word up - cameo

182 -my brain is hanging upside down -the ramones

183 -original sin - inxs

184 -don't come around here no more - tom petty

185 -smooth operator - sade

186 -all night long - mary jane girls

187 -cry - godley & crème

188 -overkill - men at work

189 -take on me - a-ha

190 -ball of confusion (12") - love & rockets

191 -it's the end of the world as we know it - r.e.m.

192 -if i had a rocket launcher - bruce cockburn

193 -lady (you bring me up) - the commodores

194 -middle of the road - the pretenders

195 -let it whip - dazz band

196 -that's all - genesis

197 -blue monday - new order

198 -that's the joint - funky 4+1

199 -live is life - opus

200 -you are - lionel richie

# 181 - I loved that DRUMBREAK so much I wore the groove out!


201 -friends - whodini

202 -abracadabra - steve miller band

203 -never let me down again - depeche mode

204 -hot for teacher - van halen

205 -more - sisters of mercy

206 -circle - edie brickell & the new bohemians

207 -never - heart

208 -higher love - steve winwood

209 -here comes the rain again - eurythmics

210 -don't let's start - they might be giants

211 -south bronx - boogie down productions

212 -new girl now - honeymoon suite

213 -twilight zone - golden earring

214 -you spin me round (like a record) - dead or alive

215 -with or without you - U2

216 -this time - bryan adams

217 -what you need - inxs

218 -hold me - fleetwood mac

219 -i don't like mondays - boomtown rats

220 -late in the evening - paul simon

221 -one day - fishbone

222 -darling nikki - prince & the revolution

223 -the heart of the matter - don henley

224 -double dutch bus - frankie smith

225 -if it happens again - UB40

226 -cover me - bruce springsteen

227 -let's stay together - tina turner

228 -i missed again - phil collins

229 -let the music play - shannon

230 -your love is king - sade

231 -sugar free - juicy

232 -under the milky way - the church

233 -dance hall days - wang chung

234 -somebody's baby - jackson browne

235 -you shook me all night long - ac/dc

236 -desire (come and get it) - gene loves jezebel

237 -funkin for jamaica - tom browne

238 -run's house - run dmc

239 -bullet the blue sky - U2

240 -diamonds on the soles of her shoes - paul simon

241 -message of love - the pretenders

242 -sweet love - anita baker

243 -summer of ‘69 - bryan adams

244 -blue jean - david bowie

245 -why can't i be you? - the cure

246 -this is radio clash - the clash

247 -everybody wants to rule the world - tears for fears

248 -don't you want me - human league

249 -(she's) sexy & 17 - stray cats

250 -learning to fly - pink floyd

Those really were the best days of my life...1984 I mean.

The Melody was brilliantly lifted by GREEN DAY for "Jesus of Suburbia
The Melody was brilliantly lifted by GREEN DAY for "Jesus of Suburbia

251 -left of center - suzanne vega

252 -let's groove - earth, wind & fire

253 -don't ask me why - billy joel

254 -the stroke - billy squier

255 -beds are burning - midnight oil

256 -i would die 4 u - prince & the revolution

257 -children's story - slick rick

258 -get it on (bang a gong) - the power station

259 -if you love somebody set them free - sting

260 -brass monkey - beastie boys

261 -what is love? - howard jones

262 -down under - men at work

263 -puttin on the ritz - taco

264 -candy - cameo

265 -head on - jesus & mary chain

266 -save it for later - english beat

267 -jump - van halen

268 -i don't know know why i love you - house of love

269 -would i lie to you ? - eurythmics

270 -spirit in the sky - dr. & the medics

271 -you got lucky - tom petty

272 -walk this way - run dmc

273 -owner of a lonely heart - yes

274 -jungle love - the time

275 -and she was - talking heads

276 -the one thing - inxs

277 -metal health - quiet riot

278 -here's where the story ends - the sundays

279 -orange crush - r.e.m.

280 -apache - sugar hill gang

281 -erotic city - prince & the revolution

282 -hey jack kerouac - 10,000 maniacs

283 -shoplifters of the world unite - the smiths

284 -give it to me baby - rick james

285 -the breakup song - greg kihn band

286 -up all night - boomtown rats

287 -perfect way - scritti politti

288 -sunset grill - don henley

289 -mandinka - sinead o'connor

290 -the bubble bunch - jimmy spicer

291 -don't get me wrong - the pretenders

292 -it must be love - madness

293 -spirits in the material world - the police

294 -romeo had juliette - lou reed

295 -red skies - the fixx

296 -radioactive - the firm

297 -beat it - michael jackson

298 -let my love open the door - pete townshend

299 -bad reputation - joan jett & the blackhearts

300 -rock me tonight (for old time's sake) - freddie jackson


I Sing This Chorus at the top of my lungs EVERY TIME!
I Sing This Chorus at the top of my lungs EVERY TIME!

301 -smoking gun - robert cray band

302 -leave it - yes

303 -black coffee in bed - squeeze

304 -fortress around your heart - sting

305 -ant music - adam ant

306 -stray cat strut - stray cats

307 -birds fly (whisper to a scream) - icicle works

308 -tainted love - soft cell

309 -i ran (so far away) - a flock of seagulls

310 -kiss the dirt (falling down the mountain) - inxs

311 -ego trippin - ultramagnetic mc's

312 -baby can i hold you - tracy chapman

313 -new song (don't crack up) - howard jones

314 -love & pride - king

315 -beat's so lonely - charlie sexton

316 -run to you - bryan adams

317 -looks that kill - motley crue

318 -stigmata - ministry

319 -trouble me - 10,000 maniacs

320 -eye of the tiger - survivor

321 -fly on the windscreen - depeche mode

322 -i go crazy - flesh for lulu

323 -our house - madness

324 -joey - concrete blonde

325 -manic monday - the bangles

326 -handle with care - traveling wilburys

327 -rag doll - aerosmith

328 -kiss me - stephen ‘tin tin' duffy

329 -crimson & clover - joan jett & the blackhearts

330 -this is not a love song - public image ltd.

331 -shout at the devil - motley crue

332 -run runaway - slade

333 -the promise - when in rome

334 -add it up - violent femmes

335 -i'm gonna tear your playhouse down - paul young

336 -unconditional love - donna summer & musical youth

337 -too turned on- alisha

338 -we close our eyes - go west

339 -i will follow - U2

340 -ana ng - they might be giants

341 -radio free europe - r.e.m.

342 -the look of love - abc

343 -let's dance - david bowie

344 -dirty blvd. - lou reed

345 -freedom overspill - steve winwood

346 -destination unknown - missing persons

347 -relax - frankie goes to hollywood

348 -wanted dead or alive - bon jovi

349 -you've got another thing comin - judas priest

350 -turning japanese - the vapors

I worked around the corner from where this photo was taken, NYC

This is the IMPORT 7" SINGLE i found in the EAST VILLAGE
This is the IMPORT 7" SINGLE i found in the EAST VILLAGE

351 -the ballad of peter pumpkinhead - xtc

352 -burning for you - blue oyster cult

353 -tonight it's you - cheap trick

354 -tell me what you want - zebra

355 -rain in the summertime - the alarm

356 -world shut your mouth - julian cope

357 -lips like sugar - echo & the bunnymen

358 -it's a demo - kool g rap & dj polo

359 -rock you like a hurricane - the scorpions

360 -the rhythm - kwame ‘the boy genius'

361 -the honeytheif - hipsway

362 -bringin on the heartbreak - def leppard

363 -limelight - rush

364 -arthur's theme - christopher cross

365 -bette davis eyes - kim carnes

366 -better be good to me - tina turner

367 -authority song - john cougar mellencamp

368 -listen like theives - inxs

369 -i don't care anymore - phil collins

370 -2-4-6-8 motorway - tom robinson band

371 -rat in mi kitchen - UB40

372 -in your eyes - peter gabriel

373 -face the face - pete townshend

374 -shake you down - gregory abbott

375 -sweet jane - cowboy junkies

376 -this woman's work - kate bush

377 -burning up - madonna

378 -u got the look - prince & sheena easton

379 -nightrain - guns n roses

380 -party at ground zero - fishbone

381 -veronica - elvis costello

382 -oh yeah! - yello

383 -back to life - soul II soul

384 -love plus one - haircut 100

385 -gucci time - schoolly d

386 -weird science - oingo boingo

387 -don't go - yaz

388 -everyday is halloween - ministry

389 -life in a northern town - the dream academy

390 -open letter (to a landlord) - living colour

391 -alive & kicking - simple minds

392 -the motion of love - gene loves jezebel

393 -missionary man - eurhythmics

394 -jesus on the payroll - thrashing doves

395 -jukebox hero - foreigner

396 -pulling mussels (from the shell) - squeeze

397 -i'm goin down - bruce springsteen

398 -poison arrow - abc

399 -wouldn't it be good - danny hutton hitters

400 -touch of grey - grateful dead

if you are a dead junkie and wanna buy it? make me an offer!
if you are a dead junkie and wanna buy it? make me an offer!

401 -she works hard for the money - donna summer

402 -king of rock - run dmc

403 -crazy little thing called love - queen

404 -goin back to cali - ll cool j

405 -the tide is high - blondie

406 -celebration - kool & the gang

407 -upside down - diana ross

408 -jack & diane - john cougar mellencamp

409 -addicted to love - robert palmer

410 -strokin - clarence carter

411 -gotta get you home tonight - eugene wilde

412 -if you don't know me by now - simply red

413 -under pressure - queen & david bowie

414 -sowing the seeds of love - tears for fears

415 -shake it up - the cars

416 -hungry heart - bruce springsteen

417 -love is the seventh wave - sting

418 -you may be right - billy joel

419 -the one i love - r.e.m.

420 -strip - adam ant

421 -one night in bangkok - murray head

422 -steppin out - joe jackson

423 -shock the monkey - peter gabriel

424 -patience - guns n roses

425 -the bridge is over - boogie down productions

426 -hang on to your love - sade

427 -always something there to remind me - naked eyes

428 -i melt with you - modern english

429 -brilliant disguise - bruce springsteen

430 -go home - stevie wonder

431 -who can it be now? - men at work

432 -never say never - romeo void

433 -rock me amadeus - falco

434 -tell that girl to shut up - transvision vamp

435 -she's a beauty - the tubes

436 -one thing leads to another - the fixx

437 -theme from ‘flash' - queen

438 -just like honey - jesus & mary chain

439 -juicy fruit - mtume

440 -i don't mind at all - bourgeois tagg

441 -girlfriend in a coma - the smiths

442 -here comes your man - the pixies

443 -obsession - animotion

444 -the right thing - simply red

445 -waiting for a girl like you - foreigner

446 -eye in the sky - alan parsons project

447 -lover girl - teena marie

448 -every little kiss - bruce hornsby

449 -i want your (hands on me) - sinead o'connor

450 -wrap it up - the fabulous thunderbirds

Congratulations on crossing THE FINISH LINE!

An unsung hit by an unsung band but it's still good today!
An unsung hit by an unsung band but it's still good today!


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      Joseph Addams 9 years ago from Standing right behind you!

      This is THE GREATEST LIST EVER WRITTEN! I'd be proud to buy your book. I hope there's one in the future.

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      Robert P 9 years ago from Canada

      Great list! I had forgotten a lot of these.

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      DJ Funktual 9 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Thank joe. Sincerely.

      Thanks quotations!

        I just published The 100 Worst Songs we all secretly love a/k/a GUILTY PLEASURE CENTRAL! 

      You'll love it!

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      vreccc 9 years ago from Concord, NH

      The is the greatest top 450 songs of the eighties list post on hubpages today!!!

      This is great!!! Where do you come up with this stuff?

      Question: i hope it's not in any particular order. I wouldn't disagree with a U2 song in the #1 spot, just no that one.

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      TiffanyDow 9 years ago

      AWESOME! Thanks for sending me this ;) I'm going through now to add it to my iTunes list.

      Tiff ;) <---former Crue and VH DLR era fan, but lover of pop, rap, and country, too!

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      kerryg 9 years ago from USA

      Wow, 450! I'm in awe. The 80's are probably my patchiest decade, because my parents were too old to listen to 80's artists and I was too young, but I've been exploring them more lately and this list will be a huge help!

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      DJ Funktual 9 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      I know it's a lot but there's a lot of LOVE in this list.

      p.s. I managed a record store in 1988!

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      Mauricio Bennetts 8 years ago

      I got to admitt this is a very nice and big list, and probably we`re all missing songs like outfield, or simple minds, or so many others, but you like funk and soul...your videos talk 'bout themselves! congrats i also must admitt that you gave me quite some answers with them!!!, but what about:" listen up y'all, this rhythms a mamma...hit it! Tribute (right on) by the pasadenas! thats a must in your (our) list!

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      Jim 8 years ago

      Where's THRILLER? You've gotta be kidding me.

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      James 8 years ago

      I Feel For You - Chaka Khan

      Top 10, easy.

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      nick 8 years ago

      wow this last is great. only thing is i think u should have put under pressure way higher up, at least in the top 50. that songs just perfectly put together it gives me chills every time i listen to it.

      by the way, i've been wondering, how many songs do you own, cuz i've been looking at a lot of your lists and videos and stuff and it seems like you must have millions of songs. do you own all the ones you mention here?

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      DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      of course. I am the baddest motherfuckin DJ you ever saw/heard/read!!!

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      nick 8 years ago

      haha yea of course i know that, but do u know specifically how many songs you own

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      poo 8 years ago

      no dead kennedys

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      8 years ago

      Mickey - Toni Basil

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      vache 8 years ago

      Where it´s Iron Maiden (the number of the beast, Run to the hills), Megadeth (Peace sells) and many heavy metal songs?

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      A. Man 8 years ago

      gold by spandau ballet and living on the ceiling by blacmange

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      Julian 7 years ago

      Shake the desiese Depeche Mode

      or Leave in Silence

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      Dj Time Machine 7 years ago

      I have a song that I'm trying to findout who sings it? The corus line says " Forever, Forever, Forever, Foreverrrrr."

      The begining line goes, 1 here we go again, 2 too good too be friends, Together, Forever... If you can send me the artists if you know it? I'm at

      Thanks Dj Time Machine

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      Kelley 7 years ago from California

      I'll pick "When Doves Cry," by Prince, the Britney Spears of funk. Just kidding. Later!

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      Nancy 7 years ago

      Sunglasses At Night - Coery hart

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      SoundChonicle 7 years ago

      Oh, what a great list!

      452. Gypsy Road - Cinderella


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      willy 7 years ago

      queen is the biggest band ever

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      Dude 7 years ago

      This list is good but i think its a bit sided towards Michael Jackson and The Police especially. But I think that Careless Whisper, Living On A Prayer and Don't Stop Believing should be in at least the Top 100

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      why the hell didn't broken wings get added on her

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      Matt R 7 years ago

      Wow first off the list blows the VH1 top 100 picks out of the water

      But I think that The Power of Love by Huey Lewis and the News deserves a spot on here

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      andres  7 years ago

      this.... SUCKS!!!! bon jovi, ac/dc, aerosmith, guns n roses

      van halen and that hard rock bands are 202040052050 times

      better than this horible list

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      DJ Funktual 7 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Umm, everyone you mentioned is ON the list. GNR #6 and ACDC #13. What is your complaint exactly? See if YOU made a list and said that yours is better, fine. But to say my list is horrible when you haven't done a thing really rings quite hollow. Get a clue.

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      Tendonin 7 years ago

      433 -rock me amadeus - falco

      WTF!! This should be like, two hundred spots up!

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      Amez 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hey Welcome to the Jungle is a great song, but Honestly I was raised on Moonglows - The Ten Commandments of Love,The Lion Sleeps tonight and Whip Out. Then elevated to Acid Rock Moody Blues and Pink Floyd. So I'm I a Universal Sea Horse surfing music as I drift through different time warps.

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      George 7 years ago

      great list. saw a lot of songs i liked

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      gessle 7 years ago

      where's roxette Listen to your heart ?

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      bun bun 7 years ago

      remove the ballad of peter pumpkinhead - XTC that is a 1990s song

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      Sparkie 7 years ago

      owner of a lonely heart is in twice

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      Sparkie 7 years ago

      What on earth happened to Glass Tiger and Gowan?

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      bob 7 years ago

      At least Clarence Carter made it haha. Awesome!!

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      Debarshi 7 years ago

      You have a very recommendable list here, however I can see a few important omissions altogether

      You do have

      Modern Talking

      Kylie Minogue

      Iron Maiden

      Alison Moyet




      The Cure?


      Roxy Music

      Aztec Camera

      Tangerine Dream

      Jethro Tull

      China Crisis

      and the omission Of Tears for fears is an absolute surprise..

      and if Alan parsons Project's Eye In the Sky is no 446 on the list I cannot be too sure.

      If I audit this list i may be able to detect a few mo0re relevant bands which have been overlooked and this list is too biased towards a few artists like u2, prince, Bruce Springsteen etc but all in all it is a good list and has great songs.

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      The Best Man 7 years ago

      Superb hub, I couldn't agree more with your choice of U2 having the song of the 80's though my favorite U2 song of the era was Bad, but then again it is hard to argue against such a classic as Where The Streets Have No Name.

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      chamB 7 years ago

      Keep me holding on, kim wilde

      amazing song im 16 and i love the 80s music :)

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      Carrie 7 years ago

      302 and 273 are both : owner of a lonely heart- yes

      Is Voices Carry(Til Tuesday)on there? I don't think I saw it. How about Electric Blue by Icehouse and Black and Blue by Haywire?

      Good songs.

      Great list!

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      Max in Missouri 7 years ago

      Thanks for the list! I needed to find some songs from the 80's to uhhh, legally download and your site was very helpful!

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      BOB ;) 7 years ago

      Could'nt find it on the list, tho it may be there...Your Love - The Outfeild????!

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      Lisa 7 years ago

      No Cyndi Lauper here either? Right Track Wrong Train, All Through The Night and/or Time After Time deserves to be here.

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      merr 7 years ago

      Anything from Off the Wall would be the '79. man in the mirror or smooth criminal???


      no Cyndi Lauper?

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      Ron M 7 years ago

      Relax - Frankie goes to Hollywood

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      Fernando Aires Castello 7 years ago

      I loved the list!


      Where is Billy Ocean and his song Caribbean Queen, which is one of the best from the 80's???

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      Me 7 years ago

      This list seems too biased. "Where the Streets Have No Names" beats "Billie Jean"? I don't think so.

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      true eightes fan 7 years ago

      paid in full (coldcut remix) - eric b. & rakim

      top billin - audio two

      I can't take any list seriously with songs like this on it as a best of anything list

      just as examples of why this list is just plain sh^^^

      those songs are just embarassing.

      like most of us that grew up in the eighties I listened to everything from country to heavy metal, rap, ska, pop, disco, you name.

      But if the songs a turd its a turd. Putting the label eighties song at the end of it doesn't polish it up or excuse it.

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      true eighties fan 7 years ago

      I will give you credit for having a list of songs and groups most people hadn't thought of in 20 to 30 years and big checkmarks for putting living color on there.

      They were legit rockers, but some of your choices make me cringe.

      maybe you should seriously consider turning this into the biggest list of eighties bands, one-hit wonders or music and just forget about making it a best of list.

      You must seriously love the eighties to have a list like this though.

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      DJ Funktual 7 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Umm, Paid in Full is #40 and the Audio Two was #67. Why waste energy on a list without reading it?

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      andy 6 years ago

      good list, it's just too bad you can't get all of 'em on here. electric blue by icehouse and come back and stay - by paul young - just to mention a few...

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      Leyton 6 years ago

      how about Rod Stewarts Young Turks

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      ClassOf90 6 years ago

      Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You up 1987

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      ClassOf90 6 years ago

      The Bottom Line - Big Audio Dynamite

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      candycane 6 years ago

      Straight From the Heart and Heaven by Bryan Adams

      I Remember You by Skid Row

      Right Here Waiting and Endless Summer Nights by Richard Marx

      Waiting for a star to fall by Boy meets girl

      Whitney Houston has tons of songs that are not listed! Like How Will I Know and Where do Broken Hearts Go

      Otherwise, you have a pretty good list!

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      Tom 6 years ago

      What u never heard of the Eagles?? Hotel California, Take it easy, Lyin'eyes...Damn. Get it together Dude.

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      Milf 6 years ago

      Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes (1981) was the second biggest hit in America in the 80's decade. 9 weeks at no. 1. Brilliant tune and clever lyrics. I'm surprised its so low down the list.

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      crazy carl 6 years ago

      no paul abdul staight up

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      Mo 6 years ago

      Pat Benatar--Love is a Battlefield


      Kate Bush--Running Up That Hill

      The Outfield--Your Love

      The Pretenders--Don't Get Me Wrong

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      Bradford  6 years ago

      YAY This is all god music. Sadly though as we head into the future we wont have new material like this. Unless you like new country or rap (Ralph!) Your gonna be very me

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      Ashwinth 6 years ago

      Africa - Toto

      Never Too Much - Luther Vandross

      Sister Christian - Night Ranger

      Michael Jackson - Man in the Mirror

      Looking for the Perfect Beat - Afrika Bambataa & The Soulsonic Force

      Broken Wings - Mr.Mister

      I Just Died in Your Arms - Cutting Crew

      Kids in America - Kim Wilde

      Get it Girl - 2 Live Crew

      Running with the Night - Lionel Richie

      Self Control - Laura Branigan

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      Juraikken 6 years ago

      I don't know if this was posted yet but here goes

      Eagles - Seven Bridges Road

      Michael Jackson - Leave Me Alone

      Michael Jackson - Liberian Girl

      Michael Jackson - Dirty Diana

      Michael Jackson - Another Part of Me

      Michael Jackson - The Way You Make Me Feel

      Michael Jackson - I'm Bad

      Michael Jackson - Just Good Friends

      Michael Jackson - Speed Demon

      Michael Jackson - Baby Be Mine

      Genesis - Invisible Touch

      REO Speedwagon - Keep On Lovin' You

      REO Speedwagon - Take It On The Run

      Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart

      Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out For a Hero

      Alphaville - Big In Japan

      Motley Crue - Dr. Feelgood

      Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn

      .38 Special - Hold On Loosely

      .38 Special - Caught Up In You

      Kenny Loggins - Footloose

      Bananarama - Venus

      George Michael - Faith

      Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl

      B-52s - Love Shack

      Eight Seconds - Kiss You (When It's Dangerous)

      Lipps Inc. - Funkytown

      Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party

      Robert Palmer - Simply Irresistible

      Tommy Tutone - 8675309 Jenny

      Wham - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

      Billy Idol - Mony Mony

      Huey Lewis & The News - Back In Time

      Aerosmith - Janie's Got a Gun

      Berlin - Take My Breath Away

      Wang Chung - Everybody Have Fun Tonight

      Simple Minds - Don't You Forget About Me

      That's all I got for now. Cmon ppl! Get some more! =)

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      DJ Funktual 6 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove


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      Llew 6 years ago

      Your Son your show is pure Fire, I would like to get in contact with you in regards to getting your show on a mobile radio platform... For details email me at Keep doing your thing the game needs this type of creativity and energy...

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      jjllpp 6 years ago

      I can never find this song on google for obvious reasons as the only lyrics i can remember are the chorus, and even they are bizarre - but i remember it being a decent tune! SOMEBODY MUST KNOW IT please!!!!!!! (Please bear in mind the ''ooh de la'' may have been something else entirely although this is what i remember it sounding like as a little kid in 80's)

      chorus went something like below .......

      oooh de la

      oooh de la

      oooh de la

      oooh de la

      oooh de la

      oooh de la heyy

      oooh de la

      oooh de la

      oooh de la

      oooh de la

      oooh de la U.S.A.

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      Juraikken 6 years ago

      DJ Funktual use one of mine as 452 =D

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      Jason 6 years ago

      This list is awesome, thank you for putting this together, even though some songs were not on there, it's the most comprehensive list I've found online. You rock!

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      dz 6 years ago

      whack list

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      Alexandre 6 years ago

      ..and The Stranglers - Golden Brown

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      Jake 6 years ago

      Livin On A Prayer Bon Jovi VH1's #1 Song of the 80's

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      Armando 6 years ago

      Kissing the Pink - One step

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      BigDog 6 years ago

      the tubes- she's a beauty one hit wonder best song ever

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      Mark 6 years ago

      heartbeat city by the cars (1984)

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      Oldman 6 years ago

      Sly Fox - Let's go all the way

      How can u leave this song of an 80's list?

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      Tucker Kreamer 6 years ago

      No mention of Kiss? I also loved Far From Over by Frank Stallone. How did that end up with Tony Manero instead of Rocky Balboa though?

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      sean 6 years ago

      this is the same sort of stuff critics like rolling stone and blender, pitchfork have on their lists, seems kind of generic, I like all the one hit wonders and non-mainstream choices though, I gotta hear the lesser-known stuff sometime.

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      Dave 6 years ago

      I can not believe this list and VH1 left these two songs out... Everyone knows them, and they were 2 of the biggest songs of the 80's anyone who lived then would agree.

      Ray Parker Jr. - Ghostbusters 1984

      Kenny Loggins - Highway to the Dangerzone 1986

      Get your heads in the game

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      Dave 6 years ago

      might as well add

      Harold Faltermeyer - Axel F

      Glenn Frey - The Heat is On

      Irene Cara - What a Feeling

      J. Geils Band - Centerfold

      The Bangles - Walk Like an Egyptian

      ZZ Top - Legs

      Huey Lewis and the News - Power of Love

      This list needs a little work

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      DJ Funktual 6 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      It does need a lot of work BUT I wouldn't add one of your horrible suggestions. Just because something was popular doesn't make it good. Ghostbusters is by far one of the most annoying songs ever.

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      Dane 6 years ago

      A lot of stuff on here i don't like, but hey, I hate pop music in general and it's a big list, but there are some great tunes on here.

      Still, the top 15 should have just been all the songs from Paul's Boutique in my opinion :)

      And if someone mentions centrefold by j. geils band again i'm going to fucking scream, that song is a representation of everything that was wrong with 80's music. Fuck i hate that song.

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      jenni48 6 years ago

      My there is a lot of hatin' going on here :) Truly these lists are just out there as a matter of one's opinion. I agree there are songs that should be on the list and sure as hell some that should be removed. There aren't enough alternative ones on the list. Give this one a listen DJ Funtual World Destruction by Time Zone. Awesome song and shit twist it turn it and it becomes relevant all over again today! Anyway props for thinking of the list! Maybe we don't all see eye to eye but it's nice to see the music lovers are out there and passin' it on.....

      BTW dude you got some of these listed in the wrong category some are from the early 1990's no harm no foul. Just do some fact checking there. We all do make mistakes.

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      DJ Funktual 6 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Johnny Rotten and Bam, of course. It's not on here?

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      Jenny Penny 6 years ago

      Hey! I love this list! I was looking for a list of the best music from when I was a little kid. You have a lot of stuff on their I remember dancing to. This is a lot of work, I'm glad I didn't have to do it. So thanks.

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      Jaz 6 years ago

      Great list Funk, I know it's not easy compiling lists like this and yes there are some omissions for me personally but I am sure they would be in a top 500 or top 1000...thank you for the time and effort for putting this all together, haters can eat a fat d--k.

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      Josh 6 years ago

      What About


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      Max 6 years ago

      Sonic Youth - Candle

      Suzanne Vega - Luka

      R.E.M. - Pilgrimage

      Scritti Politti - Absolute

      Bruce Springsteen - Valentine's Day

      Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic City

      Shalamar - Closer

      Shalamar - Over and Over

      The System - You Are In My System

      R.E.M. - Laughing

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      funmontrealgirl 6 years ago from Montreal

      This will be in my to-do list-listening to all these songs. =)

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      Andrew Woodman 6 years ago

      Great list but you are missing a classic or two. Bros "When will I be Famous" or "Cat Amongst the Pigeons" and Nick Kamen "Each Time (you break my heart). A-Ha "The Sun Always Shines on TV". L L Cool J "I need Love". Paula Abdul "Rush Rush"

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      musicfiend 6 years ago

      i lalalove your list. You have basically every genre of music from the 80s on here. Yes, your missing a few great singers. But dont listent to the haters. GREAT list. :) Using it as a reference for my ipod lol.

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      Max 5 years ago

      Ever - Sleepyhead

      Sonic Youth - Candle

      Suzanne Vega - Luka

      R.E.M. - Pilgrimage

      Scritti Politti - Absolute

      Bruce Springsteen - Valentine's Day

      Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic City

      Billy Joel - No Suprises

      Shalamar - Closer

      Shalamar - Over and Over

      The System - You Are In My System

      R.E.M. - Laughing

      Lee Ritenour - Cross My Heart

      Aldo Nova - Fantasy

      N.W.A. - Gangsta Gangsta

      Billy Joel - This Is The Time

      Roxy Music - More Than This

      Iron Maiden - Wasted Years

      Dokken - It's Not Love

      Suzanne Vega - Tom's Diner

      U2 - Red Hill Mining Town

      Nirvana - About A Girl

      New Order - 586

      The Smiths - The Headmaster Ritual

      The Stone Roses - Waterfall

      Tears For Fears - I Believe

      Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill

      The Cars - Let's Go

      R.E.M. - Maps and Legends

      Bryan Adams - Aint Gonna Cry

      Chicago - Come In From The Night

      The Rolling Stones - Hang Fire

      The Rolling Stones - Slave

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      DJ Funktual 5 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Duuude, you frickin rule! Nice work.

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      Yousuck 5 years ago

      Lists inherently suck. But yours is totally worthless.

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      BILL GEDEON 5 years ago


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      DJ Funktual 5 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Not a fan. Too whiny and slow for me.

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      Marcel 5 years ago

      USA for Africa?

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      DJ Funktual 5 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      You've got to be kidding.

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      SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I have not read one of your hubs in along time, but there were a few songs I liked on the list. I liked Prince and 1999, but actually preferred Purple Rain.

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      carl 5 years ago

      and duran duran

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      kmm 5 years ago

      Drive - The Cars

      Brass in Pocket - The Pretenders

      Forever Young - Alphaville

      Don't Give Up - Peter Gabriel

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      farout 5 years ago

      sssssssss single bed - cheetah!!!

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      Laura 5 years ago

      I'm searching for a song. And in the song the refrain are like some kinda bells from a clocktower. Can you help me to find it. And the singer is a women. She got a bit of weird voices. Thx

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      VeeD 5 years ago

      Broken Wings from Mister Misster.

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      Joshua 5 years ago

      one song from metallica and nothing from NWA? The only two artists to go platinum with virtually zero radio airplay?

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      Joey 5 years ago

      Europe- The Final Countdown

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      JorgeErnesto 5 years ago

      What happened with some of The Cars' songs?

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      zwelker 5 years ago

      Ship of fools (#22) is a song by Scorpions. Unless that is a completely different song..

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      Raynman 5 years ago

      Not even one SimpleMinds song?

      Someone Somewhere In Summertime, Promised You A Miracle, Waterfront, Alive & Kicking and even Don't You Forget About Me would be great candidates in my opinion.

      Pixies-Monkey Gone To Heaven

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      Shane 5 years ago

      Definitely needs to be more def leppard

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      Andrew Thompson 5 years ago

      I didn't go through the whole list, but seem to be dominated by English... since the universe probably doesn't speak English any more than Apache or Swahili,.. how about some other cultures represented.

      Try listening to Perro Andaluz by Serú Girán for example (1980)

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      Visara 5 years ago

      Obsession was performed by "Animotion." Not animation.

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      Dennis Teel 5 years ago

      i'm 57 and been collecting since i was 5.the 80's was overall the best decade for music,hair and fashion and culture in general.i could list reasons why but i won't.instead i'll say that this list is awesome,however,like other posters here have mentioned,there are some songs missing.but that's would take a lifetime to add every decent song from the 80's..for example,lene lovich's "lucky number"...songs one wouldn't think of right off the bat.but hey,this is awsome list anyway.i was particularly picky in the 80's.i was into the new wave bands in particular(pet shop boys,the cars,falco)even though i loved heart and the bangles and the pop sound as well.i have been collecting music videos of the 80's for forever now,it seems.they're becoming more difficult to find however.i recently bought(from amazon) a 12 dvd set of 80's music videos,there's 31 on each dvd(373 music videos total).i have other sets audio cd's number in the high thousands/evry kind possible.50's to current,including tons from the 80's./again,i like your list./awesome/i miss tremendously the 80's culture and lifestyle and fashions

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      Sheila 5 years ago

      I think your list rocks,dude!...It has a lot of the songs I was searching for and ones I had forgotten..Dont let the naysayers bother you..of course some songs are not on here..hard to think of every one of the 80s hits..and everyones taste are different, hence the word individual,people..just shut up and enjoy the music and the memories, must you complain about every single thing??..Peace~~~~

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      omrnia 5 years ago

      I'm writing down this 49 songs that aren't included on your list:

      1. Janie's Got a Gun - Aerosmith

      2. Like a Prayer - Madonna

      3. Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

      4. Walk Like an Egyptian - The Bangles

      5. Fade to Black - Metallica

      6. How Will I Know - Whitney Houston

      7. We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister

      8. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division

      9. Like a Virgin - Madonna

      10. Straight Up - Paula Abdul

      11. Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran

      12. Too Shy - Kajagoogoo

      13. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

      14. Love Song - The Cure

      15. Physical - Olivia Newton-John

      16. Nasty - Janet Jackson

      17. Love In an Elevator - Aerosmith

      18. Master of Puppets - Metallica

      19. You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi

      20. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics

      21. Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper

      22. Hang Fire - The Rolling Stones

      23. Material Girl - Madonna

      24. Footloose - Kenny Loggins

      25. What's Love Got to Do With It - Tina Turner

      26. Maniac - Michael Sembello

      27. Born In the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen

      28. Babooshka - Kate Bush

      29. Fight For Your Right (To Party!) - Beastie Boys

      30. Careless Whisper - George Michael

      31. Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison

      32. Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson

      33. Happy Birthday - Stevie Wonder

      34. Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush

      35. Forever Your Girl - Paula Abdul

      36. Miss You Much - Janet Jackson

      37. Dr. Feelgood - Mötley Crüe

      38. Queen of Hearts - Juice Newton

      39. Bad - Michael Jackson

      40. I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross

      41. Karma Chameleon - Culture Club

      42. Faith - George Michael

      43. Love Is a Battlefield - Pat Benatar

      44. Rag Doll - Aerosmith

      45. My Prerogative - Bobby Brown

      46. Man In the Mirror - Michael Jackson

      47. Take My Breath Away - Berlin

      48. Heaven Is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle

      49. Mickey - Toni Basil

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      d.e.williams 5 years ago

      I see these lists compiled all the time. And each time the one band that gets disrespected the most is Culture Club. I remember the 80's and from the moment i heard "Do you really want to hurt me" and their grammy for best new artist plus the millions ot albums they sold. Which I know most of you own. Aside from the gay drama,give these guys the respect they deserve!!!!!!

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      Patti Sovinski 5 years ago

      Can I download your list of songs for the 1980's for free?

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      JimiSkinn 5 years ago

      Majors and Generals - XTC

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      JimiSkinn 5 years ago

      I Eat Cannibals - Toto Coelo?

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      JimiSkinn 5 years ago

      Both Happy Birthday and I Could Be Happy by Altered Images!

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      JimiSkinn 5 years ago

      By the way - this list is really great. As I read it, some of the songs take me back to late summer nights (early summer mornings?) of 1983 - the year I graduated high school. I had the earphones on, watching MTV, listening to the audio from the VCR into the stereo set and the TV volume off! Thanks for the "awesome" flashback!

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      charles 5 years ago

      The list of 450 songs of the 80's is really the greatest work of your minds, please kindly let me have all those songs in cds or mp3s, how much will it cost me?

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      dqmot 5 years ago

      no Nu Shooz "i can't wait?" and i thought we were kindred spirits.

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      DJ Funktual 5 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Nu Shooz definitely deserves a spot on here!

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      mark 5 years ago

      Lee Ritenour - Cross My Heart

      Rolling Stones - Tops

      Michael Mcdonald - I Keep Forgettin'

      Clarence Clemons - Friend of Mine

      Peter Gabriel - Don't Give Up

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      Matt 5 years ago

      I feel that Leather and Lace by Stevie Nicks with Don Henley should be in this list.

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      80's 5 years ago

      I think these shouls be in the list somewhere -

      Ph D - 'Won't let you down again'

      George Harrison - 'Got my mind set on you'

      John Farnham - 'Take the pressure down'

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      80s love 5 years ago

      get into the groove- madonna

      pyt- mj

      is this love- whitesnake

      i think we're alone now- tiffany

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      scorpians 5 years ago

      send me an angel & wind of change- scorpians

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      Lazer Larry 5 years ago

      Checked out every song and found 15 songs that i would like to hear again. Did find in your list Tom Tom Club "Genius of love", Thanks for listing it DJ Funkual!!!

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      dg6364 5 years ago

      I Can't Hold Back-Survivor

      Since You've Been Gone- the Outfield

      I'll Fall in Love again-Sammy Hagar

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      Cindy Conner 5 years ago

      What about, 'hands to heaven' by Breathe.

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      80' child 5 years ago

      BAM! there it is most of what i grew up on but id still have a more to add but we're only dealing with 450 here.but its an impressive list

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      Mickey Bruce 5 years ago

      Dancing In The Sheets - Shalamar

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      Pam 5 years ago

      How about:

      bubblemen rap - the bubblemen

      hey rocky - boris badenof

      68 guns - the alarm

      tower of strength - mission uk

      cars - gary newman

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      Pam 5 years ago

      A couple others I forgot to mention:

      double dutch bus - frankie smith

      defcon one - pop will eat itself

      seattle - public image ltd

      happy - public image ltd.

      peek-a-boo - siouxie and the banshees

      i'm not your stepping stone - sex pistols (i know it's a cover, but still good)

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      great! 5 years ago

      Great job!

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      Eduardo 5 years ago

      Love queen freddie mercury best artist of the 80's under pressure best song on the list.

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      Chris P 5 years ago

      Peter Gabrial - In your eyes.

      how is this not listed yet.

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      Kenne 5 years ago

      I can't believe Tom Petty's Free Fallin didn't make the list, that song is a classic.

      Also Metallica should have more representation. Their earlier stuff may have not charted well, but those albums still sell well through today.

      Dokken & Queensryche should also be included.

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      Eddie 5 years ago

      They got a collection of queen songs on this list another one bites the dust and flash

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      Eduardo 5 years ago

      Queen another one bites the dust and queen under pressure should have been number 2 and another one bites the dust should have been number 1.

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      Love queen 5 years ago

      I love queen flash, another one bites the dust, crazy little thing called love and under pressure all of these songs made tqhis 80's list freddie mercury and queen were totally rad 80's artists.

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      kim herbert 5 years ago

      can anyone help me im trying to remember a song the music video always used to be on kerrang all i remember was they looked quite cyber Japanese wore bright colors dressed like super heroes robbing a bank and singing on a roof top random i know but i loved it and cant for the life of me think what it was, the girl singing had blue hair and skin tight blue outfit

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      Aviva 5 years ago

      How sad you've never heard of Prefab Sprout. To many music lovers they're considered amongst the best songwriters of the 80s and beyond.

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      leila 5 years ago

      This is gonna be a pain but I'd appreciate the help I'm looking for an original version of a song a man called wilbur is singing on a programme called the worst place in the world to be a dustman pt 1 he's on stage singing it in his band I would sooo appreciate some one naming theat bloody song plleeeease p.s I love all the songs and comment thanku

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      laila 5 years ago

      P.S I forget you can find that programme om you tube thanks

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      Alma 5 years ago

      Queen under pressure made the list yayyyyyyyyyyyyy thats good

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      Kenneth 5 years ago

      Billy jean should be number one.

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      Eduardo 5 years ago

      Queen under pressure should be number one queen I love

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      Carlos M 5 years ago

      how about - 'you are all I need" by Motley Crue????

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      Ed 5 years ago

      Queen radio ga ga should be on here great thing another one bites the dust made the list

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      KimEK 5 years ago

      I suggest including on your list "Camouflage" and "Drive She Said" by Stan Ridgway. He made these about 3 or 4 years after leaving Wall of Voodoo. The first tells about a soldier fighting in the Vietnam War, and the second is about a cab driver who is forced at gunpoint to help a bank robber escape. It is a real shame that Ridgway is so underrated--he is an amazing songwriter!

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      jonhny 5 years ago

      I need help finding a song or singer from 80's or early 90's and it goes something like this "want to go where the boys are" or "want to be where the boys are" please help if u can.

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      Jeffrey Yelton 5 years ago from Maryland

      Fool in the Rain was 1979. It was on the In Through the Out Door album.

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      ARYIANA 5 years ago


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      Adam 5 years ago

      Pretty good list. I'm glad you left out the song Footloose I hate that song.

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      Tracey t 5 years ago

      There is nothing from Joy Division ?

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      Justavisitor 5 years ago

      This work is great! Thanks!

      I'm looking for a very cool song, the only i can remember is the video clip. It is in a train with open doors, and you see a boy beating a drum, and also a woman, and sometimes we see the singer. The train is on the route, and the scenery seem's to be sort of desert. like the old trains in the western movies...

      Can anybody remember the name of this song or the artist????

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      Alex 5 years ago

      please can you seriously consider adding eurythmics, culture club, joy division and kate bush please! (obvious tunes :P ) other than that absolutely fantastic and very handy for insperation at my finger tips for what i need to still add to my ipod! I'm 16 so it's hard to recall names from memory ;)

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      Andre Tong 5 years ago

      Great list.

      Would be nice to see the top 200 hard rock ballads of the 80's

      I'm sure i will find a track that i probably forget.And the main reason, it's not in my collection.

      Been trying for the longest while to find a song by the name ; Keep on running (its performed by a hard rock band, either from the 70's or 80's)Pls, somebody must know it.

      There;s a line that goes..You better keep on running, don't stop running

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      DJ Funktual 5 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      I LOVE THAT SONG! It's called "Don't Stop Runnin'" by Y&T

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      LambK 5 years ago

      Can anyone remember the name of a song where the music video was a bunch of models walking up and down a cat walk??

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      DJ Funktual 5 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Pretty sure it was a George Michael video. Check Too Funky or Freedom.

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      Yup... 5 years ago

      That's the best list I've seen but I would take anything by Fogerty out, his solo stuff stinks like a sack full of assholes. Turning Japanese is horrific too, but the rest are good!

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      Alexinytown 5 years ago

      Here is one that needs to be considered, a great song from 1985.

      "Something About You" - Level 42

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      Alexinytown 5 years ago

      Also, "Tenderness" by General Public

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      Lesa 5 years ago

      So you have listed "The 450 best songs of the '80s", and Robbie Dupree's hit single "Steal Away" is nowhere to be found. Wow.

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      khaalid 5 years ago

      You missed Whitney Houston (who happens to be one of the greatest singers of the 80's...also there should be more madonna songs on there....

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      Old Man 5 years ago

      How can you even start to list top 20 of 1980's without GhostTown - sums up UK for most of the decade - genius

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      javi 5 years ago

      who sings the song pain seven years of the 80s

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      Jose 5 years ago

      Just saying, I'm Free (Heaven Helps The Man) by Kenny Loggins is MORE then worthy to be in the top 10.

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      DJ Funktual 5 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      The Top 10 of the whole decade? It's a music sequence song from a movie. Something you write to move the plot along. You think it belongs with Michael Jackson, U2, Prince & The Police? Really? It doesn't even get one spin on a classic rock station, how could it compare to Tom Sawyer or Crazy Train? You are dreaming.

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      Toby 5 years ago

      Andre Tong.... The song is keep on runnin by Y&T

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      Tigerlily 5 years ago

      Level 42- Something About You is never on any list. It should be. What about Howard Jones! He still rocks!

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      javi 5 years ago

      who sings the song pain seven years of the 80s

      help, please

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      doogansquest 5 years ago

      How did the ballads not make it on here? When people think of the great sounds, great movies, and Prime Americana that was the 80's, those are the songs that they remember. Not all of the pseudo-disco crap on this list.

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      Hannah 5 years ago

      O.k really. Every Michael Jackson song created in the eighties needs to be on this list. He is the King. Long Live Michael!

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      javi 5 years ago

      who sings ... pain seven years of the 80s

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      Under Pressure 5 years ago

      There are four/4 Queen songs on this 80's list Another one bites the Dust, Under Pressure, Flash, Crazy little thing called Love, I love that they put a lot of Queen songs on this 80's list, Freddie Mercury was the best.

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      andres 5 years ago

      where is the damned!!!!? all the phantasmagoria album is amazing.

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      Rieman 5 years ago

      shamez no one mentioned crowded house

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      Chris 5 years ago

      My favorite song "things can only get better" wasn't on here. I love that song. Howard Jones best song by far and away.

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      lucyfan 5 years ago

      there are many great songs that you have neglected to include on this list. i am disappointed. you have no cyndi really great madonna songs, you missed out on a lot of great music.

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      donald charlson 5 years ago

      could you give simple minds a good thanks they a good band

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      Question 5 years ago

      Im trying to find a song, I cant remember the lyrics or song title... But I'm wondering if you guys could attempt to help me..

      It's an animated cartoon type song that came out in the 80s or 90s if I remember correctly... And he is in a tall building and fires a rope over to another building and goes into this girls apartment... If I remember correctly the apartment is set on fire some how..

      I think it's "mr 'something' "

      It's seriously doing my head in and I'm sorry I don't have heaps of details on it... I've been trying to find it for hours now :/

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      Eduardo the Puerto Rican. 5 years ago

      QUEEN Another one bites the Dust should be in the top 5 Queen were one of the great(est) Bands of the 80's.

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      krasblak 5 years ago

      really good list

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      Lisa 5 years ago

      Where's 'Paradise By The Dashboard Lights' or 'Sister Christain' or 'Total Eclipse of the Heart?' Those are really good songs. And I don't know if this counts because it technically came out in 1970, but 'Lola' by the Kinks was a really good and extremely popular song during the 80's.

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      seansky 5 years ago

      is there anywhere i could various eighties music to download onto my grandma/s mp3

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      rad 5 years ago

      Was (not was) - Walk the dinosaur

      you missed a funky classic!

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      Raggedy 4 years ago

      Tina Turner "We don't need another Hero" from1985 beyond Thunderdome. also private dancer and simply the best.

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      Simon LeBone 4 years ago

      This would better be titled Dj Functual's favourite songs of the 80s in order of favouriteness. 'Where the streets have no name' would not even be my favourite u2 song. Sensibly, that would be 'In the name of Love'. Like all 'Best' lists, this list is highly subjective and entirely a matter of personal taste. How dare you put 'Sweet Dreams are made of this' by Eurythmics so low on your list? Both the song and it's MTV video where ground-breaking. And is 'Voyage Voyage' by Desireless even on this dodgy list? Your number 3 is a complete piece of drivel: 'Boys of Summer' by Don Henley. What were you smoking or sniffing when compiling this arbitrary compendium of what I consider an odd, annoying and impudent mixed-bag of both the Best and the most forgettable of the 80s? I'd challenge you to a duel with pistols at twenty paces if this was 1780.

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      DJ Funktual 4 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      No you wouldn't. You are a coward and real men of the old west did not fight over trivial bullshit like this. I compiled a list of every genre, when you have done anything this difficult, let em know. At least I'll be a lot more respectful of your efforts.

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      Martin Pagels 4 years ago

      Why isn't "Man In The Mirror" on the list? A great emotional song with gospel choir.

      "Rock With You" is on "Off The Wall" album, it isn't 80s song.

      Where is Cindy Lauper? In your opinion is U2 no one, for me is it "Billie Jean" ,excellent bassline.

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      Frank 4 years ago

      Are you kidding me? no Corey Heart "I Wear My Sunglasses at Night"?????

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      Frank (again) 4 years ago

      I'm sorry, My previous post is an amazing song; However I just thought of one better.... Drum roll.... .... .. "867-5309/Jenny" by Tommy Tutone. Feel free to add me to spot #452. Or maybe even spot #1.

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      erichlebt 4 years ago

      Hi there,

      I just wanted to say that this is quite an impressive list you've got here and I won't argue the songs you've got.

      I also know that such a list can never be complete, but

      not even one song from the Dire Straits?

      I wouldn't even say this or that one had to go in but there should at least be one.

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      synthonaplinth 4 years ago

      Sorry to nitpick, but 'Cheap Sunglasses' came out in 1979.

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      ultrafire9 4 years ago

      There a couple of bands that come to mind that knowone has mentioned yet. One is the song "Talk Talk",ironically from the band Talk Talk. The other is a band called Split Enz who had a couple of hits,my favorite being "One Step Ahead". These really belong in the top 500.

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      Eric 4 years ago

      Jane Wiedlin (former Go-Go's gutairist) - Rush Hour ?

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      Robert 4 years ago

      Electric Blue by IceHouse

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      randomguy 3 years ago

      Im sorry man, but that list sucks..can I do better? absolutely, end.

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      batman 3 years ago

      are u mad bro?

      Livin' on a Prayer was the top1 song in the 80's and it will be so in the future!!

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      Ellie 3 years ago

      Where is Wham??? No Cyndi Lauper??? They should have made top 10! This is good but its a bit messed up!!!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      My favorite songs from the 80s are "I like" by Men without Hats, which has awesome instrumentation. They are also famous for "Safety Dance." Rush also produced impressive hits in the 80s, such as "Witch hunt," "Subdivisions," and "Test for Echo."

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      Brendon Thomas 13 months ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Awesome list! Thanks.

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      JC 7 months ago

      Hard to argue with someones personal tastes. Lots to like about this list but making "Every Breath You Take" #5? So many other great Police songs to choose from. Maybe it's one of those songs for me that got so overplayed I lost my appreciation for it. Same goes for REMs "The One I Love" and "Orange Crush" Sooo many REM songs better than those! Love seeing 'Mexican Radio" here. Not a song you see on a lot of lists.

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