Thursday, April 18, 2019

Top 100 Songs from 1980 to 1989

First posted on the DMDB website on 1/21/2011, updated 4/18/2019.

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. Every Breath You Take…The Police (1983)
2. Billie Jean…Michael Jackson (1982)
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. Bette Davis Eyes…Kim Carnes (1981)
9. Beat It…Michael Jackson (1983)
10. With or Without You…U2 (1987)

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

21. I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me…Whitney Houston (1987)
22. I Just Called to Say I Love You…Stevie Wonder (1984)
23. Flashdance…What a Feelin’…Irene Cara (1983)
24. Take on Me…Aha (1984)
25. Like a Virgin…Madonna (1984)
26. Jump…Van Halen (1984)
27. Another One Bites the Dust…Queen (1980)
28. Always on My Mind…Willie Nelson (1982)
29. What’s Love Got to Do with It?...Tina Turner (1984)
30. That’s What Friends Are For…Dionne & Friends (Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, & Stevie Wonder) (1985)

31. Celebration…Kool & the Gang (1980)
32. Down Under…Men at Work (1982)
33. Walk This Way…Run-D.M.C. with Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (1986)
34. Girls Just Want to Have Fun…Cyndi Lauper (1983)
35. Another Day in Paradise…Phil Collins (1989)

36. All Night Long (All Night)…Lionel Richie (1983)
37. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For…U2 (1987)
38. Don’t Stop Believin’…Journey (1981)
39. You Shook Me All Night Long…AC/DC (1980)
40. Love Shack…The B-52’s (1989)

41. Come on Eileen…Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1982)
42. Blue Monday…New Order (1983)
43. Upside Down…Diana Ross (1980)

44. The Message…Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (1982)
45. Wind Beneath My Wings…Bette Midler (1989)
46. Funkytown…Lipps Inc. (1980)
47. Total Eclipse of the Heart…Bonnie Tyler (1983)
48. Just Like Starting Over…John Lennon (1980)
49. Never Gonna Give You Up…Rick Astley (1987)
50. Sweet Dreams Are Made of This…Eurythmics (1983)

51. Relax…Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1983)
52. Ebony and Ivory…Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder (1982)
53. 9 to 5…Dolly Parton (1980)
54. Faith…George Michael (1987)
55. I Want to Know What Love Is…Foreigner (1984)
56. Karma Chameleon…Culture Club (1983)
57. Do They Know It’s Christmas?…Band Aid (1984)
58. Everybody Wants to Rule the World…Tears for Fears (1985)
59. I’ve Had the Time of My Life…Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (1987)
60. Purple Rain…Prince & the Revolution (1984)

61. Up Where We Belong…Joe Cocker with Jennifer Warnes (1982)
62. Kiss…Prince (1986)
63. Centerfold…J. Geils Band (1981)
64. Fast Car…Tracy Chapman (1988)
65. Don’t You Forget About Me…Simple Minds (1985)
66. Footloose…Kenny Loggins (1984)
67. Say You, Say Me…Lionel Richie (1985)
68. Sexual Healing…Marvin Gaye (1982)
69. Time after Time…Cyndi Lauper (1983)
70. Hello…Lionel Richie (1984)

71. Woman in Love…Barbra Streisand (1980)
72. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?...Culture Club (1982)
73. Islands in the Stream…Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton (1983)
74. Money for Nothing…Dire Straits (1985)
75. Pride (In the Name of Love)…U2 (1984)
76. A Groovy Kind of Love…Phil Collins (1988)
77. Jessie’s Girl…Rick Springfield (1981)
78. Sledgehammer…Peter Gabriel (1986)
79. Dancing in the Dark…Bruce Springsteen (1984)
80. Welcome to the Jungle…Guns N’ Roses (1987)

81. Say, Say, Say…Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson (1983)
82. West End Girls…Pet Shop Boys (1985)
83. Pour Some Sugar on Me…Def Leppard (1987)
84. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go!...Wham! (1984)
85. Start Me Up…The Rolling Stones (1981)
86. Thriller…Michael Jackson (1982)
87. 1999…Prince (1982)
88. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic…The Police (1981)
89. Ghostbusters…Ray Parker, Jr. (1984)
90. Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)…Christopher Cross (1981)

91. Let’s Dance…David Bowie (1983)
92. In the Air Tonight…Phil Collins (1981)
93. Little Red Corvette…Prince (1983)
94. Maneater…Daryl Hall & John Oates (1982)
95. Walk Like an Egyptian…Bangles (1986)
96. Shout…Tears for Fears (1984)
97. Fight the Power…Public Enemy (1989)
98. Greatest Love of All..Whitney Houston (1985)
99. Take My Breath Away…Berlin (1985)
100. Born in the U.S.A….Bruce Springsteen (1984)


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)
  • Healing Hands…Elton John (1989)
  • Higher Love…Steve Winwood (1986)
  • How Soon Is Now?...The Smiths (1985)
  • I Should Be So Lucky…Kylie Minogue (1988)
  • Into the Groove…Madonna (1985)
  • 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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