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Top 100 80's songs EVER

Updated on March 2, 2012

I realise there aren't actually 400 songs. Glitch in the Matrix, or something

After finally assembling an 80's playlist I deemed worthy, I've decided to share it with the world. So this is it. The definitive list of greatest 80's songs of ALL TIME. Obviously, this is my own opinion, but I'm confident it won't disappoint. My original 80's playlist contains 417 songs, so this has not been an easy task narrowing it down to 100, but let's just get on with this! If you think I've overlooked someone then feel free to leave a comment. Unless that someone is Milli Vanilli. No Milli Vanilli, ever.

Anyway, the list.

100 - The Stroke - Billy Squier

99 - Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins

98 - Bust A Move - Young MC

97 - Jump (For My Love) - The Pointer Sisters

96 - Robert De Niro's Waiting - Bananarama

95 - Licence To Kill - Gladys Knight

94 - West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys

93 - Jungle Love - The Time

92 - Lullaby - The Cure

91 - Party All The Time - Eddie Murphy

90 - Don't Stop Believing - Journey

89 - Mystify - INXS

88 - Bad Medicine - Bon Jovi

87 - Talk Talk - Life's What You Make it

86 - Get On Your Feet - Gloria Estefan

85 - Cult Of Personality - Living Colour

84 - Loco In Acapulco - The Four Tops

83 - Romeo & Juliet - Dire Straits

82 - Push It To The Limit - Paul Engemann

81 - She's Like The Wind - Patrick Swayze

80 - Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode

79 - She Sells The Sanctuary - The Cult

78 - Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen

77 - Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes

76 - Is This Love - Whitesnake

75 - Rebel Yell - Billy Idol

74 - Paradise City - Guns N' Roses

73 - Video Killed The Radio Star - The Buggles

72 - The Way it is - Bruce Hornsby & The Range

71 - More Than This - Roxy Music

70 - Take On Me - A-ha

69 - Breakout - Swing Out Sister

68 - We Are The World - U.S.A For Africa

67 - Don't Break My Heart - UB40

66 - Drive - The Cars

65 - Baby Jane - Rod Stewart

64 - Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses

63 - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston

62 - Into The Groove - Madonna

61 - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police

60 - 1999 - Prince

59 - Self Control - Laura Branigan

58 - How Soon Is Now? - The Smiths

57 - Once In A Lifetime - Talking Heads

56 - Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins

55 - Your Love - The Outfield

54 - Maneater - Hall & Oates

53 - Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

52 - In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins

51 - Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds

50 - Broken Wings - Mr. Mister

49 - Radio Ga Ga - Queen

48 - Like A Virgin - Madonna

47 - Karma Chameleon - Culture Club

46 - Run To You - Bryan Adams

45 - The Boys Of Summer - Don Henley

44 - Hip To Be Square - Huey Lewis & The News

43 - Sowing The Seeds Of Love - Tears For Fears

42 - (I Just) Died In Your Arms - Cutting Crew

41 - Got My Mind Set On You - George Harrison

40 - All Night Long - Lionel Richie

39 - A Groovy Kind Of Love - Phil Collins

38 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2

37 - Thriller - Michael Jackson

36 - Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant

35 - Ghostbusters - Ray Parker, Jr

34 - True - Spandau Ballet

33 - Never Too Much - Luther Vandross

32 - Private Eyes - Hall & Oates

31 - Footloose - Kenny Loggins

30 - Careless Whisper - George Michael

29 - The Girl Is Mine - Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney

28 - Hello - Lionel Richie

27 - Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) - A Flock Of Seagulls

26 - Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye

25 - You're The Voice - John Farnham

24 - I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) - Hall & Oates

23 - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship

22 - Against All Odds - Phil Collins

21 - She's Out Of My Life - Michael Jackson

20 - Material Girl - Madonna

19 - The Reflex - Duran Duran

18 - Purple Rain - Prince

17 - Man In The Mirror - Michael Jackson

16 - Take Me Home Tonight - Eddie Money

15 - Dancing On The Ceiling - Lionel Richie

14 - Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears

13 - Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

12 - True Colours - Cyndi Lauper

11 - When The Going Gets Tough - Billy Ocean

The top 10...

10 - Out Of Touch - Hall & Oates

9 - Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel

8 - Faith George Michael

7 - Every Breath You Take - The Police

6 - Gold - Spandau Ballet

5 - Power Of Love - Huey Lewis & The News

4 - Wake Me Up Before you Go-Go - Wham!

3 - Head Over Heels - Tears For Fears

2 - Beat It - Michael Jackson

1 - You Make My Dreams - Hall & Oates

That's a wrap! I tried to include everything, but you can only add so many. Hope you liked it


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    • Alecia Murphy profile image

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I like this list-in the top ten my fave is number 3. Tears for Fears is very awesome!

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      ali fairuz 

      6 years ago

      thank u

    • Britarded profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Ireland

      Thanks emichael! One of my favourites too. Michael Jackson has a problem of having too many great 80's songs. Most troublesome for a top 100!

      And gail641, for sure. Can't go wrong with any Phil Collins 80's stuff

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 

      6 years ago from Mason City

      There sure were a lot of great songs in the 80's. I really like the one "In the Air Tonight", and Thriller and more.

    • emichael profile image


      6 years ago from New Orleans

      Nice list! Man in the Mirror is one of my favorites.

      Welcome to HubPages!

    • Britarded profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Ireland

      Thanks for your comment. Like the song too. Shame I couldn't put the song higher

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 

      6 years ago from Mason City

      Really good list. I remember some of those songs from the 80's. I really liked the song, "1999" by Prince.


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