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100 Greatest Rock Songs of the 1980s

Criteria: - Songs listed are from Rock Music & related sub-genres. These songs are ranked based upon their initial and lasting popularity, as well as their influence and impact on the evolution of Rock and Roll and its sub-genres.

Edited By: Jeff B.
Last Updated: 02-26-2012


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100 Greatest Rock Songs of the 1980s
 100 Greatest Songs by Year | 1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 |   
  1. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
  2. Every Breath You Take - The Police
  3. When Doves Cry - Prince
  4. Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
  5. I Love Rock 'N' Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  6. Don't You Want Me? - The Human League
  7. Tainted Love - Soft Cell
  8. Like a Virgin - Madonna
  9. The Message - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
10. Beat It - Michael Jackson
11. Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
12. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
13. Call Me - Blondie
14. Celebration - Kool & The Gang
15. Super Freak Part I - Rick James
16. Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
17. You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
18. Walk This Way - Run-D.M.C.
19. Whip It - Devo
20. Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
21. Planet Rock - Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force
22. What's Love Got To Do With It? - Tina Turner
23. Born In the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen
24. With Or Without You - U2
25. Purple Rain - Prince
26. Physical - Olivia Newton-John
27. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
28. Money For Nothing - Dire Straits
29. (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) - Beastie Boys
30. Into the Groove - Madonna
31. Jump - Van Halen
32. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
33. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2
34. Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
35. Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
36. Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara
37. All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie
38. Blue Monday - New Order
39. Relax - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
40. Addicted To Love - Robert Palmer
41. Kiss - Prince
42. Livin On a Prayer - Bon Jovi
43. Rapture - Blondie
44. 1999 - Prince
45. Rock the Casbah - The Clash
46. Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran
47. In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins
48. Careless Whisper - Wham! feat. George Michael
49. Take On Me - A-Ha
50. Start Me Up - Rolling Stones
51. Our Lips Are Sealed - Go-Go's
52. It Takes Two - Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
53. Word Up! - Cameo
54. Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
55. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? - Culture Club
56. Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
57. The Boys of Summer - Don Henley
58. Let's Go Crazy - Prince
59. Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams
60. Like a Prayer - Madonna
61. How Will I Know? - Whitney Houston
62. Back In Black - AC/DC
63. Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
64. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston
65. Push It - Salt-N-Pepa
66. Bad - Michael Jackson
67. Welcome To the Jungle - Guns N' Roses
68. My Prerogative - Bobby Brown
69. Fight the Power - Public Enemy
70. Free Fallin' - Tom Petty
71. Nasty - Janet Jackson
72. Faith - George Michael
73. It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M.
74. Back To Life - Soul II Soul
75. Love Shack - B-52's
76. Pump Up the Jam - Technotronic feat. Felly
77. The Breaks - Kurtis Blow
78. One - Metallica
79. Walk Like An Egyptian - Bangles
80. Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
81. Bust a Move - Young MC
82. Once In a Lifetime - Talking Heads
83. The Power of Love - Huey Lewis & The News
84. I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
85. Papa Don't Preach - Madonna
86. Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
87. Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
88. Take My Breath Away - Berlin
89. Everybody Wants To Rule the World - Tears For Fears
90. Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
91. Let's Dance - David Bowie
92. Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House
93. West End Girls (1985 version) - Pet Shop Boys
94. Need You Tonight - INXS
95. I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) - Hall & Oates
96. We Are the World - U.S.A. For Africa
97. How Soon Is Now? - Smiths
98. Fuck Tha Police - N.W.A
99. Straight Up - Paula Abdul
100. Me, Myself and I - De La Soul
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