Sunday, December 31, 1989

Top 100 Songs from 1980 to 1989

First posted 1/21/2011; last updated 11/29/2020.

Top 100 Songs of the Decade:

1980-1989

These are the top 100 songs from the 1980s according to Dave’s Music Database. Rankings are figured by combining sales figures, chart data, radio airplay, video airplay, streaming figures, awards, and appearances on best-of lists.

Check out other “songs of the decade” lists here.

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. “Don’t You Want Me?” The Human League (1981)

11. “Bette Davis Eyes” Kim Carnes (1981)
12. “Call Me” Blondie (1980)
13. “Eye of the Tiger” Survivor (1982)
14. “Like a Prayer” Madonna (1989)
15. “Livin’ on a Prayer” Bon Jovi (1986)
16. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” Joy Division (1980)
17. “Physical” Olivia Newton-John (1981)
18. “Tainted Love” Soft Cell (1981)
19. “Lady” Kenny Rogers (1980)
20. “I Just Called to Say I Love You” Stevie Wonder (1984)

21. “Flashdance...What a Feelin’” Irene Cara (1983)
22. “Like a Virgin” Madonna (1984)
23. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me” Whitney Houston (1987)
24. “Careless Whisper” George Michael (1984)
25. “Take on Me” Aha (1984)
26. “Another One Bites the Dust” Queen (1980)
27. “You Shook Me All Night Long” AC/DC (1980)
28. “Walk This Way” Run-D.M.C. with Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (1986)
29. “Jump” Van Halen (1984)
30. “The Message” Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (1982)

31. “Celebration” Kool & the Gang (1980)
32. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” Cyndi Lauper (1983)
33. “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” Tina Turner (1984)
34. “Blue Monday” New Order (1983)
35. “Down Under” Men at Work (1981)
36. “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This” Eurythmics (1983)
37. “I Want to Know What Love Is” Foreigner (1984)
38. “All Night Long (All Night)” Lionel Richie (1983)
39. “Relax” Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1983)
40. “Purple Rain” Prince & the Revolution (1984)

41. “Do They Know It’s Christmas? ” Band Aid (1984)
42. “Love Shack” The B-52’s (1989)
43. “Don’t Stop Believin’” Journey (1981)
44. “Always on My Mind” Willie Nelson (1982)
45. “Funkytown” Lipps Inc. (1980)
46. “That's What Friends Are For” Dionne & Friends (Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, & Stevie Wonder) (1985)
47. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” U2 (1987)
48. “Come on Eileen” Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1982)
49. “Another Day in Paradise” Phil Collins (1989)
50. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” Bonnie Tyler (1983)

51. “Fast Car” Tracy Chapman (1988)
52. “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (1987)
53. “Time after Time” Cyndi Lauper (1983)
54. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” Tears for Fears (1985)
55. “Never Gonna Give You Up” Rick Astley (1987)
56. “Kiss” Prince (1986)
57. “Upside Down” Diana Ross (1980)
58. “Faith” George Michael (1987)
59. “Dancing in the Dark” Bruce Springsteen (1984)
60. “Money for Nothing” Dire Straits (1985)

61. “9 to 5” Dolly Parton (1980)
62. “Back in Black” AC/DC (1980)
63. “Ebony and Ivory” Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder (1982)
64. “Born in the U.S.A.” Bruce Springsteen (1984)
65. “Just Like Starting Over” John Lennon (1980)
66. “Thriller” Michael Jackson (1982)
67. “Fight the Power” Public Enemy (1989)
68. “Take My Breath Away” Berlin (1985)
69. “Footloose” Kenny Loggins (1984)
70. “Say You, Say Me” Lionel Richie (1985)

71. “Wind Beneath My Wings” Bette Midler (1989)
72. “Karma Chameleon” Culture Club (1983)
73. “Once in a Lifetime” Talking Heads (1980)
74. “1999” Prince (1982)
75. “In the Air Tonight” Phil Collins (1981)
76. “Sexual Healing” Marvin Gaye (1982)
77. “Jessie’s Girl” Rick Springfield (1981)
78. “Centerfold” J. Geils Band (1981)
79. “Islands in the Stream” Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton (1983)
80. “Sledgehammer” Peter Gabriel (1986)

81. “Don’t You Forget About Me” Simple Minds (1985)
82. “Pride (In the Name of Love)” U2 (1984)
83. “Up Where We Belong” Joe Cocker with Jennifer Warnes (1982)
84. “Into the Groove” Madonna (1985)
85. “Hello” Lionel Richie (1984)
86. “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” Culture Club (1982)
87. “Ghostbusters” Ray Parker, Jr. (1984)
88. “Walk Like an Egyptian” Bangles (1986)
89. “Welcome to the Jungle” Guns N’ Roses (1987)
90. “Say, Say, Say” Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson (1983)

91. “Pour Some Sugar on Me” Def Leppard (1987)
92. “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” Wham! (1984)
93. “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) ” Phil Collins (1984)
94. “Maneater” Daryl Hall & John Oates (1982)
95. “Africa” Toto (1982)
96. “Start Me Up” The Rolling Stones (1981)
97. “Need You Tonight” INXS (1987)
98. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” Crowded House (1986)
99. “Jack and Diane” John Cougar Mellencamp (1982)
100. “Shout” Tears For Fears (1984)

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