Saturday, November 16, 2019

Top 100 Songs from 1980 to 1989

First posted on the DMDB website on 1/21/2011; updated 11/16/2019.

These are the top 100 songs from 1980-1989 according to Dave’s Music Database. Titles receiving “Song of the Year” honors are noted. Click here for a full list of “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. We Are the World…U.S.A. for Africa (1985)
7. Endless Love…Lionel Richie & Diana Ross (1981)
8. Beat It…Michael Jackson (1983)
9. With or Without You…U2 (1987)
10. Bette Davis Eyes…Kim Carnes (1981)

11. Don’t You Want Me?...The Human League (1981)
12. Eye of the Tiger…Survivor (1982)
13. Like a Prayer…Madonna (1989)
14. Love Will Tear Us Apart…Joy Division (1980)
15. Call Me…Blondie (1980)
16. Lady…Kenny Rogers (1980)
17. Livin’ on a Prayer…Bon Jovi (1986)
18. Tainted Love…Soft Cell (1981)
19. Careless Whisper…George Michael (1984)
20. Flashdance...What a Feelin’…Irene Cara (1983)

21. Physical…Olivia Newton-John (1981)
22. I Just Called to Say I Love You…Stevie Wonder (1984)
23. Take on Me…Aha (1984)
24. Another One Bites the Dust…Queen (1980)
25. The Message…Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (1982)
26. I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me…Whitney Houston (1987)
27. Like a Virgin…Madonna (1984)
28. Jump…Van Halen (1984)
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. Blue Monday…New Order (1983)
32. Girls Just Want to Have Fun…Cyndi Lauper (1983)
33.
You Shook Me All Night Long…AC/DC (1980)
34. Always on My Mind…Willie Nelson (1982)
35. Don’t Stop Believin’…Journey (1981)
36. That’s What Friends Are For…Dionne & Friends (Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, & Stevie Wonder) (1985)
37. Relax…Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1983)
38. Another Day in Paradise…Phil Collins (1989)
39. Celebration…Kool & the Gang (1980)
40. Love Shack…The B-52’s (1989)

41. Come on Eileen…Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1982)
42. All Night Long (All Night)…Lionel Richie (1983)
43. Purple Rain…Prince & the Revolution (1984)
44. Sweet Dreams Are Made of This…Eurythmics (1983)
45. Funkytown…Lipps Inc. (1980)
46. Down Under…Men at Work (1982)
47. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For…U2 (1987)
48. Do They Know It’s Christmas?…Band Aid (1984)
49. Total Eclipse of the Heart…Bonnie Tyler (1983)
50. Upside Down…Diana Ross (1980)

51. Fast Car…Tracy Chapman (1988)
52. Just Like Starting Over…John Lennon (1980)
53. I Want to Know What Love Is…Foreigner (1984)
54. Ebony and Ivory…Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder (1982)
55. Karma Chameleon…Culture Club (1983)
56. Wind Beneath My Wings…Bette Midler (1989)
57. 9 to 5…Dolly Parton (1980)
58. Faith…George Michael (1987)
59. Never Gonna Give You Up…Rick Astley (1987)
60. Kiss…Prince (1986)

61. I’ve Had the Time of My Life…Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (1987)
62. Dancing in the Dark…Bruce Springsteen (1984)
63. Time after Time…Cyndi Lauper (1983)
64. Everybody Wants to Rule the World…Tears for Fears (1985)
65. Fight the Power…Public Enemy (1989)
66. Up Where We Belong…Joe Cocker with Jennifer Warnes (1982)
67. Islands in the Stream…Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton (1983)
68. Money for Nothing…Dire Straits (1985)
69. Footloose…Kenny Loggins (1984)
70. Sexual Healing…Marvin Gaye (1982)

71. Centerfold…J. Geils Band (1981)
72. Once in a Lifetime…Talking Heads (1980)
73. Don’t You Forget About Me…Simple Minds (1985)
74. Born in the U.S.A….Bruce Springsteen (1984)
75. Hello…Lionel Richie (1984)
76. Pride (In the Name of Love)…U2 (1984)
77. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?...Culture Club (1982)
78. In the Air Tonight…Phil Collins (1981)
79. Say You, Say Me…Lionel Richie (1985)
80. Thriller…Michael Jackson (1982)

81. Sledgehammer…Peter Gabriel (1986)
82. 1999…Prince (1982)
83. Jessie’s Girl…Rick Springfield (1981)
84. Say, Say, Say…Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson (1983)
85. Welcome to the Jungle…Guns N’ Roses (1987)
86. West End Girls…Pet Shop Boys (1985)
87. Little Red Corvette…Prince (1983)
88. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go!...Wham! (1984)
89. How Soon Is Now?...The Smiths (1985)
90. “Back in Black” AC/DC (1980)

91. Let’s Dance…David Bowie (1983)
92. Ghostbusters…Ray Parker, Jr. (1984)
93.
Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)…Phil Collins (1984)
94. Pour Some Sugar on Me…Def Leppard (1987)
95. Take My Breath Away…Berlin (1985)
96. Start Me Up…The Rolling Stones (1981)
97. Maneater…Daryl Hall & John Oates (1982)
98. Walk Like an Egyptian…Bangles (1986)
99. Into the Groove…Madonna (1985)
100. Africa…Toto (1982)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Abracadabra…The Steve Miller Band (1982)
  • Acid Tracks…Phuture (1987)
  • Apache…Sugarhill Gang (1982)
  • Birthday…The Sugarcubes (1987)
  • Crying…Don McLean (1980)
  • Don’t Leave Me This Way…Communards (1986)
  • Don’t Worry Be Happy…Bobby McFerrin (1988)
  • Echo Beach…Martha & the Muffins (1980)
  • Electric Boogie (aka “The Electric Slide”)…Marcia Griffiths (1990)
  • Fight the Power…Public Enemy (1989)
  • Fools Gold…The Stone Roses (1989)
  • Ghost Town…The Specials (1981)
  • Girl You Know It’s True…Milli Vanilli (1988)
  • Graceland…Paul Simon (1986)
  • A Groovy Kind of Love…Phil Collins (1988)
  • Healing Hands…Elton John (1989)
  • Higher Love…Steve Winwood (1986)
  • I Should Be So Lucky…Kylie Minogue (1988)
  • It’s Raining Men…The Weather Girls (1982)
  • Look Away…Chicago (1988)
  • New York New York (Theme from)…Frank Sinatra (1980)
  • On My Own…Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald (1986)
  • The Power of Love…Huey Lewis & the News (1985)
  • The Power of Love…Jennifer Rush (1985)
  • Relax…Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1983)
  • Ride on Time…Black Box (1989)
  • Roll with It…Steve Winwood (1988)
  • Rosanna…Toto (1982)
  • Running Up That Hill…Kate Bush (1985)
  • Sacrifice…Elton John (1989)
  • Sailing…Christopher Cross (1980)
  • Smoking Gun…Rober t Cray (1986)
  • Somewhere Out There…Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram (1986)
  • Song to the Siren…This Mortal Coil (1982)
  • Sun City…Artists United Against Apartheid (1985)
  • Take My Breath Away…Berlin (1986)
  • There Is a Light That Never Goes Out…The Smiths (1986)
  • There’ll Be Sad Songs to Make You Cry…Billy Ocean (1986)
  • There She Goes…The La’s (1989)
  • This Charming Man…The Smiths (1983)
  • This Ole House…Shakin’ Stevens (1981)
  • A Town Called Malice…The Jam (1982)
  • Truly…Lionel Richie (1982)
  • Tunnel of Love…Bruce Springsteen (1987)
  • Two Tribes…Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1984)
  • Vienna…Ultravox (1981)
  • Voodoo Ray…A Guy Called Gerald (1988)
  • We Built This City…Starship (1985)

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