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100 Greatest Songs From 1980

Criteria: - Songs listed are from Rock 'n' Roll and related sub-genres. Rankings are based on initial and lasting popularity and on acclaim received from critics and musicians.
Edited By: Jeff B.
1980
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Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release).
Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.

No. Song Artist
Greatest Songs '80s
Greatest Artists '80s
Greatest Albums '80s


Call Me


Another One Bites the Dust


You Shook Me All Night Long


Love Will Tear Us Apart


The Breaks


Keep on Loving You


I'm Coming Out


Hit Me With Your Best Shot


Hungry Heart


(Just Like) Starting Over


Don't Stand So Close To Me
1 Call Me Blondie
2 Celebration Kool & The Gang
3 Another One Bites the Dust Queen
4 You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC
5 Whip It Devo
6 Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division
7 Rapture Blondie
8 Back In Black AC/DC
9 The Breaks Kurtis Blow
10 Once in a Lifetime Talking Heads
11 Upside Down Diana Ross
12 Fame Irene Cara
13 Master Blaster (Jammin') Stevie Wonder
14 More Bounce To the Ounce Part I Zapp
15 He Stopped Loving Her Today George Jones
16 Crazy Train Ozzy Osbourne
17 The Spirit of Radio Rush
18 Keep on Loving You REO Speedwagon
19 I'm Coming Out Diana Ross
20 That's Entertainment The Jam
21 Hit Me With Your Best Shot Pat Benatar
22 Hungry Heart Bruce Springsteen
23 Turning Japanese Vapors
24 The Tide Is High Blondie
25 Double Dutch Bus Frankie Smith
26 Just the Two of Us Grover Washington Jr. with Bill Withers
27 (Just Like) Starting Over John Lennon
28 Don't Stand So Close To Me The Police
29 Tunnel of Love Dire Straits
30 Shining Star Manhattans
31 Emotional Rescue Rolling Stones
32 Take Your Time (Do It Right) S.O.S. Band
33 Going Underground The Jam
34 The Winner Takes It All ABBA
35 Mickey Toni Basil
36 Dancing With Myself Generation X/Billy Idol
37 Stomp! Brothers Johnson
38 Ace of Spades Motorhead
39 I Will Follow U2
40 Against the Wind Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
41 I Got You Split Enz
42 Vienna Ultravox
43 Give Me the Night George Benson
44 Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time for Love) Parts I & II Isley Brothers
45 Never Knew Love Like This Before Stephanie Mills
46 One In a Million You Larry Graham
47 Ashes To Ashes David Bowie
48 Misunderstanding Genesis
49 Biko Peter Gabriel
50 He's So Shy Pointer Sisters
51 Late In the Evening Paul Simon
52 Watching the Wheels John Lennon
53 You May Be Right Billy Joel
54 On the Road Again Willie Nelson
55 Could You Be Loved? Bob Marley & The Wailers
56 It's Still Rock N Roll To Me Billy Joel
57 Fantastic Voyage Lakeside
58 It's My Turn Diana Ross
59 All Out of Love Air Supply
60 Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me?) Gap Band
61 Hells Bells AC/DC
62 The River Bruce Springsteen
63 Turn It On Again Genesis
64 A Forest The Cure
65 Games Without Frontiers Peter Gabriel
66 Any Way You Want It Journey
67 Let My Love Open the Door Pete Townshend
68 Sukiyaki A Taste of Honey
69 The Glow of Love Change
70 Lately Stevie Wonder
71 Hey Nineteen Steely Dan
72 De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da The Police
73 Talk of the Town Pretenders
74 Geno Dexys Midnight Runners
75 Redemption Song Bob Marley & The Wailers
76 Fashion David Bowie
77 Breaking the Law Judas Priest
78 Romeo and Juliet Dire Straits
79 She's So Cold Rolling Stones
80 Love T.K.O. Teddy Pendergrass
81 Runaway Boys Stray Cats
82 Start! The Jam
83 Mirror In the Bathroom English Beat
84 While You See a Chance Steve Winwood
85 I Know What Boys Like The Waitresses
86 Antmusic Adam & The Ants
87 And the Cradle Will Rock Van Halen
88 Holiday In Cambodia Dead Kennedys
89 Los Angeles X
90 9 to 5 Dolly Parton
91 Lady Kenny Rogers
92 Morning Train (9 To 5) Sheena Easton
93 Theme from "New York, New York" Frank Sinatra
94 Baggy Trousers Madness
95 Private Idaho The B-52s
96 Pulling Mussels (From the Shell) Squeeze
97 Atmosphere Joy Division
98 Rough Boys Pete Townshend
99 Enola Gay Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark
100 Fade to Grey Visage
20 more worth mentioning.
101 Love Sensation Loleatta Holloway
102 Super Trouper ABBA
103 Take It on the Run REO Speedwagon
104 Woman in Love Barbra Streisand
105 I Need Your Lovin' Teena Marie
106 Echo Beach Martha & The Muffins
107 The Magnificent Seven The Clash
108 Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder
109 Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime Korgis
110 Don't Stop the Music Yarbrough & Peoples
111 Lay All Your Love On Me ABBA
112 The Wanderer Donna Summer
113 Drivin' My Life Away Eddie Rabbitt
114 I Love a Rainy Night Eddie Rabbitt
115 Joy and Pain Maze feat. Frankie Beverly
116 I Heard It Through the Grapevine Part I Roger
117 Love Stinks J. Geils Band
118 People Who Died Jim Carroll Band
119 The Big Beat Billy Squier
120 Switchin' To Glide Kings
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1980
Jeff's choice - Greatest Single Re-entry:
* Imagine (#1 UK for four weeks) John Lennon
Jeff's choice - An unheralded great record from 1980
* Jersey Girl Tom Waits
Lew's choice - An unheralded great record from 1980
* Ah! Leah! Donnie Iris
Bruce's choice - An unheralded great record from 1980
* Till The Walls Come Tumblin' Down J. Geils Band
Adam's choice - An unheralded great record from 1980
* Time Out Of Mind Steely Dan
Brett's choice - An unheralded great record from 1980
* Weep For Love Denny Laine
Ryan's choice - An unheralded great record from 1980
* Independence Day Comsat Angels




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