Top 100 Songs Of The 80s – Biggest Hits Of The 80’s

Last Updated on February 25, 2023

Top 100 Songs Of The 80s

The 1980s, often remembered for its materialism and consumerism, also saw the rise of the “yuppie,” an explosion of blockbuster movies and the emergence of cable networks like MTV, which introduced the music video and launched the careers of many iconic artists.

The ’80s was a time of big hair, big fashion, and even bigger music! The Sony Walkman first became available in the early ’80s, allowing music lovers to listen to music on the go. Rap music began to rise in the mainstream, and new wave, soft rock, punk, and electronic music paved the way for the new and edgier sound that emerged from the end of the ’70s.

MTV launched in the early ’80s and created a revolution in how fans consumed music—thus arose the dawn of the music video. The show The Greatest on MTV’s sister channel, VH1, is often considered an important cultural source of the best music and artists in existence. Read on to discover the most popular and best ’80s songs.

Top 10 Songs Of The 80s

1. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi (1986)

2. “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard (1987)

3. “Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran (1982)

4. “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson (1982)

5. “When Doves Cry” by Prince (1984)

6. “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” by Hall & Oates (1981)

7. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses (1987)

8. “Like a Virgin” by Madonna (1984)

9. “Walk This Way” by Run DMC (1986)

10. “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC (1980)


11. “Don’t Stop Believing”Journey1981
12. “How Will I Know”Whitney Houston1985
13. “With or Without You”U21987
14. “Walk Like an Egyptian”The Bangles1986
15. “Jump”Van Halen1984
16. “Need You Tonight”INXS1987
17. “Here I Go Again”Whitesnake1982
18. “Come on Eileen”Dexy’s Midnight Runners1982
19. “Time After Time”Cyndi Lauper1984
20. “Jessie’s Girl”Rick Springfield1981


21. “Beat It”Michael Jackson1982
22. “Just Like Heaven”The Cure1987
23. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”Cyndi Lauper1984
24. “Take on Me”A-Ha1985
25. “Our Lips Are Sealed”The Go-Go’s1981
26. “Welcome to the Jungle”Guns N’ Roses1987
27. “Too Shy”Kajagoogoo1984
28. “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”Wham!1984
29. “Burning Down the House”Talkign Heads1983
30. “Love Is a Battlefield”Pat Benatar1983


31. “Under Pressure”Queen and David Bowie(1981)
32. “Sister Christian”Night Ranger(1983)
33. “Tainted Love”Soft Cell1981
34. “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”Poison(1988)
35. “In the Air Tonight”Phil Collins(1981)
36. “867-5309/Jenny”Tommy Tutone1981
37. “Janie’s Got a Gun”Aerosmith1989
38. “Pride (In the Name of Love”U21984
39. “I Melt With You”Modern English1982
40. “Love Shack”The B-52’s1989


41. “Dr. Feelgood”Mötley Crüe1989
42. “London Calling”The Clash1982
43. “Look of LoveABC1982
44. “Cruel Summer”Bananarama1984
45. “Nasty”Janet Jackson1986
46. “Every Breath You Take”The Police1983
47. “We’re Not Gonna Take It”Twisted Sister1984
48. “Born in the U.S.A.”Bruce Springsteen1984
49. “Fight for Your Right”Beastie Boys1986
50. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”Eurythmics1983


51. “Round and Round”Ratt1984
52. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”Dead or Alive1985
53. “White Wedding”Billy Idol1988
54. “Push It”Salt-N-Pepa1986
55. “I Ran (So Far Away)”A Flock of Seagulls1982
56. “Total Eclipse of the Heart”Bonnie Tyler1983
57. “Mickey”Toni Basil1981
58. “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”Culture Club1982
59. “Jack & Diane”John Mellencamp1982
60. “Bust a Move”Young M.C.1989


61. “Mr. Roboto”Styx1983
62. “Take My Breath Away”Berlin1986
63. “Whip It”Devo1980
64. “Straight Up”Paula Abdul1988
65. “I Want to Know What Love Is”Foreigner1984
66. “Just Can’t Get Enough”Depeche Mode1981
67. “Keep on Loving You”REO Speedwagon1980
68. “Fight the Power”Public Enemy1988
69. “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”R.E.M.1980
70. “I Love Rock N’ Roll”Joan Jett & The Blackhearts1981


71. “Super Freak”Rick James1981
72. “One Thing Leads to Another”The Fixx1983
73. “99 Luftballoons”Nena1983
74. “Faith”George Michael1987
75. “Little Red Corvette”Prince1983
76. “She Blinded Me With Science”Thomas Dolby1982
77. “Candy Girl”New Edition1983
78. “Call Me”Blondie1980
79. “Don’t You Want Me?”Human League1981
80. “It Takes Two”Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock1986


81. “Word Up!”Cameo1986
82. “Tempted”Squeeze1981
83. “Kiss”Prince1986
84. “All Night Long (All Night)Lionel Richie1983
85. “Addicted to Love”Robert Palmer1985
86. “I Want Candy”Bow Wow Wow1982
87. “Rock Me Amadeus”Falco1986
88. “Ain’t Nobody”Chaka Khan1989
89. “Brass in Pocket”The Pretenders1980
90. “Wild Thing”Tone-Loc1989


91. “Walking on Sunshine”Katrina and the Waves1983
92. “You Got It (The Right Stuff”The New Kids on the Blcok1988
93. “Cars”Gary Numan1980
94. “Start Me Up”The Rolling Stones1981
95. “Only in My Dreams”Debbie Gibson1987
96. “Down Under”Men at Work1982
97. “What I Like About You”The Romantics1980
98. “My Prerogative”Bobby Brown1988
99. “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”Wang Chung1986
100. “Working for the Weekend”Loverboy1981

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