Greatest Songs From The 1980s

My personal selection of (some of) the greatest songs from the 1980′s.

1980

Another One Bites The Dust – Queen – The Game
Ant Music – Adam and the Ants – Kings of the Wild Frontier
Babooshka – Kate Bush – Never For Ever
Back In Black – AC/DC – Back in Black
Bankrobber – The Clash – Black Market Clash
Call Me – Blondie – American Gigolo (Soundtrack)
Coming In From The Cold – Bob Marley & the Wailers – Uprising
Forever Loving Jah – Bob Marley & the Wailers – Uprising
Hungry Heart – Bruce Springsteen – The River
Let My Love Open The Door – Pete Townshend – Empty Glass
Magic – Olivia Newton-John with E.L.O. – Xanadu (Soundtrack)
Mirror In The Bathroom – The Beat – I Just Can’t Stop It
On The Road Again – Willie Nelson – Honeysuckle Rose (Music From The Original Soundtrack)
Rawhide (Theme) – The Blues Brothers – Blues Brothers (Soundtrack)
Romeo and Juliet – Dire Straits – Making Movies
Save Me – Queen – The Game
Sherry Darling – Bruce Springsteen – The River
Super Trouper – ABBA – Super Trouper
Video Killed The Radio Star – The Buggles – The Age Of Plastic
Watching the Wheels – John Lennon – Double Fantasy
Woman In Love – Barbra Streisand – Guilty
Xanadu – Olivia Newton-John with E.L.O. – Xanadu (Soundtrack)

1981

Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do) – Christopher Cross – Arthur (Soundtrack)
Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes – Mistaken Identity
Cambodia – Kim Wilde – Select
Computer World, Part 2 – Kraftwerk – Computer World
Do You Feel My Love – Eddie Grant – Can’t Get Enough
Down Under – Men At Work – Business As Usual
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic – The Police – Ghost In The Machine
Green Door – Shakin’ Stevens – Shaky
Hold On Tight – E.L.O. – Time
I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll – Joan Jett & the Black Hearts – I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins – Face Value
Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield – Working Class Dog
Juke Box Hero – Foreigner – 4
Kids in America – Kim Wilde – Kim Wilde
Man On The Moon – Ballyhoo – Man On The Moon
Mony Mony – Billy Idol – Don’t Stop
Pretty In Pink – Psychedelic Furs – Talk Talk Talk
Queen of Hearts – Juice Newton – Juice
Tainted Love – Soft Cell – Memorabilia
The Stroke – Billy Squier – Don’t Say No
Urgent – Foreigner – 4
Who Can It Be Now – Men At Work – Business As Usual

1982

Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra
Africa – Toto – Toto IV
Avalon – Roxy Music – Avalon
Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Too-Rye-Ay
Don’t Go – Yazoo – Upstairs at Erics
Don’t Pay The Ferryman – Chris de Burgh – Getaway
Edge of Seventeen – Stevie Nicks – Bella Donna
Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant – Killer on the Rampage
Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
Gloria – Laura Branigan – Branigan
Heat Of The Moment – Asia – Asia
Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran – Rio
Hurts So Good – John Cougar Mellencamp – American Fool
I Ran (So Far Away) – A Flock Of Seagulls – Flock of Seagulls
Jack and Diane – John Cougar Mellencamp – American Fool
Love Of The Common People – Paul Young – No Parlez
Maneater – Daryl Hall & John Oates – H2O
Mickey – Toni Basil – Word of Mouth
More Than This – Roxy Music – Avalon
Only You – Yazoo – Upstairs At Eric’s
Our House – Madness – The Rise & Fall
Pass The Dutchie – Musical Youth – The Youth Of Today
Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around – Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty – Bella Donna
Talk Talk – Talk Talk – The Party’s Over
The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats – Rhythm Of Youth
Valerie – Steve Winwood – Talking Back To The Night
Words – F.R. David – Words
You Can’t Hurry Love – Phil Collins – Hello, I Must Be Going!

1983

16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought Six – Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones
Baby Jane – Rod Stewart – Body Wishes
Beat It – Michael Jackson – Thriller
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson – Thriller
Blister In The Sun – Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
Blue Monday – New Order – Singles
Chant Down Babylon – Bob Marley & The Wailers – Confrontation
Cum On Feel The Noize – Quiet Riot – Metal Health
Drop The Pilot – Joan Armatrading – The Key
Every Breath You Take – The Police – Synchronicity
Everything Counts – Depeche Mode – Construction Time Again
Faster Than The Speed Of Night – Bonnie Tyler – Faster Than The Speed Of Night
Flashdance (What A Feeling) – Irene Cara – Flashdance (Soundtrack)
Gimme All Your Lovin’ – ZZ Top – Eliminator
Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual
Hold Me Now – Thompson Twins – Into the Gap
I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues – Elton John – Too Low for Zero
I’m Still Standing – Elton John – Too Low for Zero
I’m Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & the Waves – Walking On Sunshine
Islands In The Stream – Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton – Eyes That See in the Dark
Jump Nyabinghi – Bob Marley & The Wailers – Confrontation
Love Is A Stranger – Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Making Love Out Of Nothing At All – Air Supply – Greatest Hits
Moonlight Shadow – Mike Oldfield (vocals: Maggie Reilly) – Crises
Nobody’s Diary – Yazoo – You And Me Both
Owner Of A Lonely Heart – Yes – 90125
Rainbow In The Dark – Dio – Holy Diver
Runaway – Bon Jovi – Bon Jovi
Separate Ways (World Apart) – Journey – Frontiers
Shadow On The Wall – Mike Oldfield (vocals: Roger Chapman) – Crises
She Bop – Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual
She Works Hard For The Money – Donna Summer – She Works Hard for the Money
Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2 – War
Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Swordfishtrombone – Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones
Tink Walks Amok – Frank Zappa – Man From Utopia
Two Suns In The Sunset – Pink Floyd – The Final Cut
We Had Love – The Scientists – Blood Red River
Wrapped Around Your Finger – The Police – Synchronicity

1984

99 Red Balloons – Nena – 99 Luftballons
Big In Japan – Alphaville – Forever Young
Dance Me To The End Of Love – Leonard Cohen – Various Positions
Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds – The Breakfast Club Soundtrack
Everything She Wants – Wham! – Make It Big
Footloose – Kenny Loggins – Footloose (Soundtrack)
Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters (Soundtrack)
Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A.
High On Emotion – Chris de Burgh – Man On The Line
Holding Out For A Hero – Bonnie Tyler – Footloose (Soundtrack)
I Wanna Know What Love Is – Foreigner – Agent Provacateur
I Want To Break Free – Queen – Works
Kiss – Tom Jones – Single
Master And Servant – Depeche Mode – Some Great Reward
No Surrender – Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A.
Oh Sherrie – Steve Perry – Street Talk
One Night In Bangkok – Murray Head – Chess O.S.T.
Rebel Yell – Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
Romancing the Stone – Eddy Grant – Going for Broke
Self Control – Laura Branigan – Self Control
Somebody – Bryan Adams – Reckless
Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams – Reckless
Sunglasses At Night – Corey Hart – First Offense
The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking, Part 10 – Roger Waters – The Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking
The Wild Boys – Duran Duran – Arena
Together In Electric Dreams – Giorgio Moroder, Philip Oakey – Electric Dreams (Soundtrack)
We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry
What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner – Private Dancer
When Doves Cry – Prince – Purple Rain (Music from the Motion Picture)

1985

19 (Nineteen) – Paul Hardcastle – Paul Hardcastle [Very Best of 1983-2003]
A Good Heart – Feargal Sharkey – Feargal Sharkey
Be My Enemy – The Waterboys – This Is The Sea
Big Black Mariah – Tom Waits -  Rain Dogs
Brothers in Arms – Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
Clap Hands -  Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
Conga – Miami Sound Machine – Primitive Love
Jockey Full of Bourbon -  Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
Johnny Come Home – Fine Young Cannibals – Fine Young Cannibals
Josephine – Chris Rea – Shamrock Diaries
Kyrie – Mr. Mister – Welcome To The Real World
Live Is Life – Opus – Life Is Life
Living In America – James Brown – Rocky IV (Soundtrack)
Living On My Own – Freddy Mercury – Mr. Bad Guy
Money for Nothing – Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
Rain On The Scarecrow – John Cougar Mellencamp – Scarecrow
Road To Nowhere – Talking Heads – Little Creatures
Rock Me Amadeus – Falco – Falco 3
Secret – O.M.D. – Crush
Spanish Eddie – Laura Branigan – Hold Me
Take On Me – A-ha – Hunting High And Low
Tango Till They’re Sore -  Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
The Pan Within – The Waterboys – This Is The Sea
Trumpets – The Waterboys – This Is The Sea
Voices Carry – ‘Till Tuesday – Voices Carry
Walk of Life – Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) – Dead Or Alive – Youthquake

1986

Addicted To Love – Robert Palmer – Riptide
American Storm – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Like a Rock
Atlantis Is Calling (S.O.S. For Love) – Modern Talking – Ready for Romance
Brother Louie – Modern Talking – Ready for Romance
Calling America – E.L.O. – Balance of Power
Change of Heart – Cyndi Lauper – True Colors
Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins – Top Gun (Soundtrack)
Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes – Paul Simon – Graceland
Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone) – Glass Tiger – Thin Red Line
Don’t Leave Me This Way – Communards – Communards
Fight For Your Right – Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill
Haunt – Roky Erickson – Don’t Slander Me
I Just Died In Your Arms – Cutting Crew – Broadcast
In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel – So
La Isla Bonita – Madonna – True Blue
Lessons In Love – Level 42 – Running in the Family
Let It Rock – Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet
Livin’ On A Prayerk – Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet
Missionary Man – Eurythmics – Revenge
No One Is To Blame – Howard Jones – Dream Into Action
No Sleep Till Brooklyn – Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill
Papa Don’t Preach – Madonna – True Blue
Princes Of The Universe – Queen – Kind of Magic
Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel – So
The Boy In The Bubble – Paul Simon – Graceland
The Finer Things – Steven Winwood – Back In The High Life
Thorn In My Side – Eurythmics – Revenge
Turbo Lover – Judas Priest – Turbo
Turn Me Loose – Loverboy – Loverboy
Two of Hearts – Stacey Q – Better Than Heaven
Under African Skies – Paul Simon – Graceland
Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles – Different Light
Why Can’t This Be Love – Van Halen – 5150

1987

Beds Are Burning – Midnight Oil – Diesel & Dust
Behind The Wheel – Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses
Brilliant Disguise – Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel Of Love
Dirty Diana – Michael Jackson – Bad
Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House – Crowded House
Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac – Tango In The Night
Faith – George Michael – Faith
Got My Mind Set On You – George Harrison – Cloud Nine
Here I Go Again – Whitesnake – Whitesnake
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2 – Joshua Tree
Innocent When You Dream (78) – Tom Waits – Frank’s Wild Years
Love Removal Machine – The Cult – Electric
Luka – Suzanne Vega – Solitude Standing
Need You Tonight – INXS – Kick
Over The Hills And Far Away – Gary Moore – Wild Frontier
Paradise City – Guns ‘n’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction
Pop Goes The World – Men Without Hats – Pop Goes The World
Seven Wonders – Fleetwood Mac – Tango In The Night
Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson – Bad
Strangelove – Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses
Sweet Child O’Mine – Guns ‘n’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction
Talk Dirty To Me – Poison – Look What The Cat Dragged In
The Final Countdown – Europe – Final Countdown
Think About You – Guns ‘n’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction
Tougher Than The Rest – Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel Of Love
Unchain My Heart – Joe Cocker – Unchain My Heart
Wild Frontier – Gary Moore – Wild Frontier

1988

A Groovy Kind Of Love – Phil Collins -  Buster (Soundtrack)
A Little Respect – Erasure – The Innocents
Copperhead Road – Steve Earle – Copperhead Road
Crash – The Primitives – Lovely
Cult Of Personality – Living Color – Vivid
Dangerous – Roxette – Look Sharp!
Desire – U2 – Rattle & Hum
Don’t Look Back – Fine Young Cannibals – Raw & The Cooked
End Of The Line – Traveling Wilburys – The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1
Ever Fallen In Love – Fine Young Cannibals – Raw & The Cooked
Fast Car – Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman
Fisherman’s Blues – The Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues
Good Tradition – Tanita Tikaram – Ancient Heart
Handle With Care – Traveling Wilburys – The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1
Heading For The Light – Traveling Wilburys – The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers – Sunshine On Leith
Jane Says – Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking
Listen to Your Heart – Roxette – Look Sharp!
Margarita – Traveling Wilburys – The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1
Maxine – Traveling Wilburys – The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1
Orinoco Flow – Enya – Watermark
Punk Rock Girl – Dead Milkmen – Beelzebubba
She Drives Me Crazy – Fine Young Cannibals – Raw & The Cooked
Sleeping Single – Roxette – Look Sharp!
Talkin’ Bout A Revolution – Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman
The Look – Roxette – Look Sharp!
Tweeter And The Monkey Man – Traveling Wilburys – The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1
Twist In My Sobriety – Tanita Tikaram – Ancient Heart
When Love Comes To Town – U2 – Rattle & Hum
When Will We Be Married – The Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues
Who Needs Information – Roger Waters – Radio K.A.O.S.
World Party – The Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues

1989

18 & Life – Skid Row – Skid Row
Another Day In Paradise – Phil Collins – But Seriously
California Blue – Roy Orbison – Mystery Girl
Closer To Fine – Indigo Girls – Indigo Girls
Crossroads – Tracy Chapman – Crossroads
Fire Woman – The Cult – Sonic Temple
Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Full Moon Fever
Gouge Away – Pixies – Doolittle
I Want It All – Queen – The Miracle
I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Full Moon Fever
Kinda I Want To – Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine
Like A Prayer – Madonna – Like A Prayer
Love Shack – The B-52s – Cosmic Thing
Lullaby – The Cure – Disintegration
Monkey Gone To Heaven – Pixies – Doolittle
Move On Down The Line – Roy Orbison and Friends – Black & White Night
Rockin In The Free World – Neil Young – Freedom
Sea of Love – Tom Waits – Sea Of Love (Soundtrack)
Sweet Soul Sister – The Cult – Sonic Temple
Tame – Pixies – Doolittle
The Road to Hell (Part 2) – Chris Rea – Road To Hell
We Didn’t Start The Fire – Billy Joel – Storm Front
Wicked Game – Chris Isaak – Heart Shaped World
You Got It – Roy Orbison – Mystery Girl

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