100 Greatest Songs From 1983

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.
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.

Every Breath You Take - Police single cover
Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper single cover
Jump - Van Halen single cover
Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara single cover
All Night Long - Lionel Richie single cover
Holiday - Madonna single cover
Rockit - Herbie Hancock single cover
She Works Hard For the Money - Donna Summer single cover
1 Every Breath You Take Police
2 Girls Just Want To Have Fun Cyndi Lauper
3 Jump Van Halen
4 Flashdance...What a Feeling Irene Cara
5 All Night Long (All Night) Lionel Richie
6 Blue Monday New Order
7 Relax Frankie Goes To Hollywood
8 Time After Time Cyndi Lauper
9 Let's Dance David Bowie
10 Karma Chameleon Culture Club
11 Holiday Madonna
12 Rockit Herbie Hancock
13 She Works Hard For the Money Donna Summer
14 Love is a Battlefield Pat Benatar
15 Radio Free Europe (I.R.S. version) R.E.M.
16 Legs ZZ Top
17 Sunday, Bloody Sunday U2
18 Pink Houses John Cougar Mellencamp
19 Maniac Michael Sembello
20 Photograph Def Leppard
21 Burning Down The House Talking Heads
22 Ain't Nobody Rufus & Chaka Khan
23 It's Like That Run-D.M.C.
24 Here Comes The Rain Again Eurythmics
25 Cruel Summer Bananarama
26 Let The Music Play Shannon
27 White Lines (Don't Do It) Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel
28 99 Luftballoons Nena
29 Owner Of A Lonely Heart Yes
30 Red Red Wine UB40
31 Somebody's Watching Me Rockwell
32 New Year's Day U2
33 This Charming Man Smiths
34 True Spandau Ballet
35 Borderline Madonna
36 Jump (For My Love) Pointer Sisters
37 One Thing Leads To Another The Fixx
38 Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) Journey
39 Heaven Bryan Adams
40 Authority Song John Cougar Mellencamp
41 Hello Lionel Richie
42 In A Big Country Big Country
43 Uptown Girl Billy Joel
44 Rebel Yell Billy Idol
45 Talking In Your Sleep Romantics
46 Juicy Fruit Mtume
47 Faithfully Journey
48 Hold Me Now Thompson Twins
49 Lucky Star Madonna
50 Undercover Of The Night Rolling Stones
51 Modern Love David Bowie
52 Middle Of The Road Pretenders
53 Islands In The Stream Kenny Rogers duet with Dolly Parton
54 Sharp Dressed Man ZZ Top
55 Wrapped Around Your Finger Police
56 Gimme All Your Lovin' ZZ Top
57 Pride And Joy Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
58 Tonight I Celebrate My Love Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack
59 Church Of The Poison Mind Culture Club
60 Overkill Men At Work
61 I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues Elton John
62 China Girl Davie Bowie
63 Jeopardy Greg Kihn Band
64 Joanna Kool & The Gang
65 Big Log Robert Plant
66 Mama Genesis
67 Crumblin' Down John Cougar Mellencamp
68 Between the Sheets Isley Brothers
69 No Parking (On The Dancefloor) Midnight Star
70 Stand Back Stevie Nicks
71 The Heart Of Rock And Roll Huey Lewis & The News
72 Yah Mo B There James Ingram and Michael McDonald
73 That's All Genesis
74 Eyes Without A Face Billy Idol
75 King Of Pain Police
76 Nobody Told Me John Lennon
77 Rock Of Ages Def Leppard
78 Cuts Like A Knife Bryan Adams
79 Cum On Feel The Noize Quiet Riot
80 Sister Christian Night Ranger
81 Mr. Roboto Styx
82 Just Be Good To Me S.O.S. Band
83 Everyday I Write the Book Elvis Costello
84 In The Mood Robert Plant
85 Sunglasses At Night Corey Hart
86 Break My Stride Matthew Wilder
87 New Song Howard Jones
88 I Want A New Drug Huey Lewis & The News
89 Bang Your Head (Metal Health) Quiet Riot
90 Automatic Pointer Sisters
91 Cold Blooded Rick James
92 Dance Hall Days Wang Chung
93 Synchronicity II Police
94 What Is Love? Howard Jones
95 Rainbow in the Dark Dio
96 Lawyers In Love Jackson Browne
97 This Is Not A Love Song Public Image Ltd.
98 All Night Long Mary Jane Girls
99 Moments In Love Art of Noise
100 Sucker MCs Run-D.M.C.
20 more worth mentioning.
101 I Love L.A. Randy Newman
102 The Reflex Duran Duran
103 Say, Say, Say Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
104 Love Wars Womack & Womack
105 Get The Balance Right Depeche Mode
106 Neutron Dance Pointer Sisters
107 Say It Isn't So Daryl Hall & John Oates
108 The Politics of Dancing Re-Flex
109 Tell Her About It Billy Joel
110 Original Sin INXS
111 Never Gonna Let You Go Sergio Mendes
112 On The Dark Side John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band
113 Tour De France Kraftwerk
114 Institutionalized Suicidal Tendencies
115 Hand In Glove Smiths
116 Shipbuilding Elvis Costello
117 Screaming In The Night Krokus
118 Confusion New Order
119 Clear Cybotron feat. Juan Atkins
120 So Many Men, So Little Time Miquel Brown
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1983
Jeff's Choice - Greatest Single Re-Entry
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Please Please Me Beatles (#29 UK)
Jeff's Choice - An unheralded great record from 1983
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Promises, Promises Naked Eyes
Lew's Choice:
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Texas Chris Rea
Bruce's Choice:
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Down Home Blues Denise LaSalle
Brett's Choice:
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What Is A DJ If He Can't Scratch? The Egyptian Lover
Ryan's Choice:
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Cattle And Cane The Go-Betweens
Adam's Choice:
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If Love Should Go Streets

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