Sunday, December 31, 1989

Top 100 Songs from 1980 to 1989

First posted 1/21/2011; last updated 3/23/2020.

Top 100 Songs of the Decade:

1980-1989

These are the top 100 songs from the 1980s according to Dave’s Music Database. Click here to see “Song of the Year” awards.

1. Billie Jean…Michael Jackson (1982)
2. Every Breath You Take…The Police (1983)
3. Sweet Child O’ Mine…Guns N’ Roses (1987)
4. I Love Rock and Roll…Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (1981)
5. When Doves Cry…Prince (1984)
6. Endless Love…Lionel Richie & Diana Ross (1981)
7. We Are the World…U.S.A. for Africa (1985)
8. Beat It…Michael Jackson (1983)
9. With or Without You…U2 (1987)
10. Bette Davis Eyes…Kim Carnes (1981)

11. Eye of the Tiger…Survivor (1982)
12. Don’t You Want Me?...The Human League (1981)
13. Like a Prayer…Madonna (1989)
14. Lady…Kenny Rogers (1980)
15. Love Will Tear Us Apart…Joy Division (1980)
16. Livin’ on a Prayer…Bon Jovi (1986)
17. Call Me…Blondie (1980)
18. Tainted Love…Soft Cell (1981)
19. Careless Whisper…George Michael (1984)
20. I Just Called to Say I Love You…Stevie Wonder (1984)

21. Flashdance...What a Feelin’…Irene Cara (1983)
22. Physical…Olivia Newton-John (1981)
23. I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me…Whitney Houston (1987)
24. Take on Me…Aha (1984)
25. Another One Bites the Dust…Queen (1980)
26. Like a Virgin…Madonna (1984)
27. Jump…Van Halen (1984)
28. The Message…Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (1982)
29. Walk This Way…Run-D.M.C. with Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (1986)
30. What’s Love Got to Do with It?...Tina Turner (1984)

31. You Shook Me All Night Long…AC/DC (1980)
32. Girls Just Want to Have Fun…Cyndi Lauper (1983)
33. Blue Monday…New Order (1983)
34. Don’t Stop Believin’…Journey (1981)
35. That's What Friends Are For…Dionne & Friends (Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, & Stevie Wonder) (1985)
36. Always on My Mind…Willie Nelson (1982)
37. Sweet Dreams Are Made of This…Eurythmics (1983)
38. Love Shack…The B-52’s (1989)
39. Relax…Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1983)
40. Come on Eileen…Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1982)

41. Celebration…Kool & the Gang (1980)
42. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For…U2 (1987)
43. Another Day in Paradise…Phil Collins (1989)
44. All Night Long (All Night)…Lionel Richie (1983)
45. Purple Rain…Prince & the Revolution (1984)
46. Do They Know It’s Christmas?…Band Aid (1984)
47. Funkytown…Lipps Inc. (1980)
48. Total Eclipse of the Heart…Bonnie Tyler (1983)
49. I Want to Know What Love Is…Foreigner (1984)
50. Never Gonna Give You Up…Rick Astley (1987)

51. Down Under…Men at Work (1982)
52. I’ve Had the Time of My Life…Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (1987)
53. Upside Down…Diana Ross (1980)
54. 9 to 5…Dolly Parton (1980)
55. Just Like Starting Over…John Lennon (1980)
56. Kiss…Prince (1986)
57. Fast Car…Tracy Chapman (1988)
58. Faith…George Michael (1987)
59. Ebony and Ivory…Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder (1982)
60. Time after Time…Cyndi Lauper (1983)

61. Karma Chameleon…Culture Club (1983)
62. Wind Beneath My Wings…Bette Midler (1989)
63. Dancing in the Dark…Bruce Springsteen (1984)
64. Footloose…Kenny Loggins (1984)
65. Money for Nothing…Dire Straits (1985)
66. Sexual Healing…Marvin Gaye (1982)
67. Say You, Say Me…Lionel Richie (1985)
68. Thriller…Michael Jackson (1982)
69. Fight the Power…Public Enemy (1989)
70. Everybody Wants to Rule the World…Tears for Fears (1985)

71. Islands in the Stream…Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton (1983)
72. Sledgehammer…Peter Gabriel (1986)
73. Up Where We Belong…Joe Cocker with Jennifer Warnes (1982)
74. Pride (In the Name of Love)…U2 (1984)
75. In the Air Tonight…Phil Collins (1981)
76. Centerfold…J. Geils Band (1981)
77. Once in a Lifetime…Talking Heads (1980)
78. Don’t You Forget About Me…Simple Minds (1985)
79. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?...Culture Club (1982)
80. Back in Black…AC/DC (1980)

81. Born in the U.S.A….Bruce Springsteen (1984)
82. Hello…Lionel Richie (1984)
83. 1999…Prince (1982)
84. Take My Breath Away…Berlin (1985)
85. Jessie’s Girl…Rick Springfield (1981)
86. Ghostbusters…Ray Parker, Jr. (1984)
87. Say, Say, Say…Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson (1983)
88. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go!...Wham! (1984)
89. Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)…Phil Collins (1984)
90. Welcome to the Jungle…Guns N’ Roses (1987)

91. Maneater…Daryl Hall & John Oates (1982)
92. West End Girls…Pet Shop Boys (1985)
93. Pour Some Sugar on Me…Def Leppard (1987)
94. Start Me Up…The Rolling Stones (1981)
95. Walk Like an Egyptian…Bangles (1986)
\ 96. Africa…Toto (1982)
97. You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party…Beastie Boys (1986) 98. Don’t Worry Be Happy…Bobby McFerrin (1988)
99. Into the Groove…Madonna (1985)
100. Jack and Diane…John Cougar Mellencamp (1982)

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