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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Top 100 Songs from 1980 to 1989

First posted on the DMDB website on 1/21/11, updated 8/2/14.

These are the top 100 songs from 1980-1989 according to Dave’s Music Database. When a title was recognized as the Song of the Year, it is noted with a code following the song. A key to the codes is at the bottom of the page.

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

11. Lady…Kenny Rogers (1980) DM, JW
12. The Message…Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (1982) MJ, RS
13. Love Will Tear Us Apart…Joy Division (1980) NME, Q, RS
14. Don’t You Want Me?...The Human League (1981)
15. Like a Prayer…Madonna (1989) DM, VF
16. Careless Whisper…George Michael (1984) BB, VF
17. Eye of the Tiger…Survivor (1982) VF
18. Always on My Mind…Willie Nelson (1982) G-S
19. Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go…Soft Cell (1981) NME
20. Flashdance…What a Feelin’…Irene Cara (1983) CB, VF

21. Walk This Way…Run-D.M.C. with Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (1986) DM, MJ, Q
22. I Just Called to Say I Love You…Stevie Wonder (1984)
23. Jump…Van Halen (1984) Q
24. Do They Know It’s Christmas?…Band Aid (1984)
25. What’s Love Got to Do with It?...Tina Turner (1984) G-R, G-S, RS
26. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For…U2 (1987)
27. Pride (In the Name of Love)…U2 (1984) SS
28. That’s What Friends Are For…Dionne & Friends (Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, & Stevie Wonder) (1985) BB, G-S, PC, JW
29. Wind Beneath My Wings…Bette Midler (1989) G-R, G-S
30. Physical…Olivia Newton-John (1981) BB, JW

31. I Want to Know What Love Is…Foreigner (1984)
32. Like a Virgin…Madonna (1984) CB, JW
33. Call Me…Blondie (1980) BB
34. Another One Bites the Dust…Queen (1980) CB
35. 9 to 5…Dolly Parton (1980)
36. Fast Car…Tracy Chapman (1988) DM, RS, SS
37. Blue Monday…New Order (1983) Q
38. You Shook Me All Night Long…AC/DC (1980) PC
39. Back in Black…AC/DC (1980)
40. Sexual Healing…Marvin Gaye (1982)

41. Fight the Power…Public Enemy (1989) RS
42. Don’t Stop Believin’…Journey (1981) PC
43. He Stopped Loving Her Today…George Jones (1980)
44. Theme from ‘New York New York’…Frank Sinatra (1980) SS
45. Take on Me…Aha (1984)
46. Another Day in Paradise…Phil Collins (1989) CB, G-R, JW
47. Relax…Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1983)
48. Little Red Corvette…Prince (1983)
49. I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me…Whitney Houston (1987) VF
50. Born in the U.S.A….Bruce Springsteen (1984)

51. Ebony and Ivory…Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder (1982)
52. Just Like Starting Over…John Lennon (1980)
53. Hello…Lionel Richie (1984)
54. Sweet Dreams Are Made of This…Eurythmics (1983)
55. Livin’ on a Prayer…Bon Jovi (1986) CB, PC
56. Up Where We Belong…Joe Cocker with Jennifer Warnes (1982)
57. Everybody Wants to Rule the World…Tears for Fears (1985)
58. Islands in the Stream…Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton (1983)
59. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?...Culture Club (1982)
60. Girls Just Want to Have Fun…Cyndi Lauper (1983)

61. Sledgehammer…Peter Gabriel (1986)
62. Time after Time…Cyndi Lauper (1983)
63. Karma Chameleon…Culture Club (1983)
64. Purple Rain…Prince & the Revolution (1984)
65. All Night Long (All Night)…Lionel Richie (1983)
66. Take My Breath Away…Berlin (1986) VF
67. Total Eclipse of the Heart…Bonnie Tyler (1983)
68. In the Air Tonight…Phil Collins (1981)
69. Down Under…Men at Work (1982)
70. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1983)

71. Say You, Say Me…Lionel Richie (1985) CB, JW
72. How Soon Is Now?...The Smiths (1985) NME, Q
73. Once in a Lifetime…Talking Heads (1981)
74. Faith…George Michael (1987) <BB, CB, JW
75. Upside Down…Diana Ross (1980)
76. Welcome to the Jungle…Guns N’ Roses (1987)
77. Celebration…Kool & the Gang (1980)
78. Never Gonna Give You Up…Rick Astley (1987)
79. Come on Eileen…Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1982)
80. Woman in Love…Barbra Streisand (1980)

81. Money for Nothing…Dire Straits (1985)
82. Start Me Up…The Rolling Stones (1981) RS
83. Dancing in the Dark…Bruce Springsteen (1984)
84. I’ve Had the Time of My Life…Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (1987)
85. Centerfold…J. Geils Band (1981)
86. Don’t Dream It’s Over…Crowded House (1986)
87. Funkytown…Lipps Inc. (1980)
88. A Groovy Kind of Love…Phil Collins (1988) VF
89. Kiss…Prince (1986) RS
90. Love Shack…The B-52’s (1989) PC

91. Abracadabra…The Steve Miller Band (1982) CB
92. The Boys of Summer…Don Henley (1984)
93. Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)…Christopher Cross (1981)
94. Uptown Girl…Billy Joel (1983)
95. You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party (1986)
96. Wild Thing…Tone Loc (1988)
97. Footloose…Kenny Loggins (1984)
98. Say, Say, Say…Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson (1983)
99. Jack and Diane…John Cougar (Mellencamp) (1982)
100. Don’t Worry Be Happy…Bobby McFerrin (1988) G-R, G-S


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Acid Tracks…Phuture (1987) MJ
  • Apache…Sugarhill Gang (1982) PC
  • Echo Beach…Martha & the Muffins (1980) MJ
  • Electric Boogie (aka “The Electric Slide”)…Marcia Griffiths (1990) PC
  • The End of the Innocence…Don Henley (1989) SS
  • Fools Gold…The Stone Roses (1989) NME, Q
  • Ghost Town…The Specials (1981) Q
  • Gigantic…The Pixies (1988) NME
  • Graceland…Paul Simon (1986) G-R
  • Higher Love…Steve Winwood (1986) G-R
  • It’s Raining Men…The Weather Girls (1982) PC
  • Look Away…Chicago (1988) BB
  • Pour Some Sugar on Me…Def Leppard (1987) PC
  • Roll with It…Steve Winwood (1988) JW
  • Rosanna…Toto (1982) G-R
  • Running Up That Hill…Kate Bush (1985) NME
  • Sailing…Christopher Cross (1980) G-R, G-S
  • Smoking Gun…Rober t Cray (1986) SS
  • Somewhere Out There…Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram (1986) G-S
  • Song to the Siren…This Mortal Coil (1982) NME
  • Sun City…Artists United Against Apartheid (1985) RS
  • There Is a Light That Never Goes Out…The Smiths (1986) NME
  • There She Goes…The La’s (1989) MJ, Q
  • This Charming Man…The Smiths (1983) MJ, NME
  • Thriller…Michael Jackson (1982) PC
  • A Town Called Malice…The Jam (1982) Q
  • Tunnel of Love…Bruce Springsteen (1987) RS
  • Two Tribes…Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1984) MJ
  • Vienna…Ultravox (1981) MJ
  • Voodoo Ray…A Guy Called Gerald (1988) MJ
  • Walk Like an Egyptian…Bangles (1986) BB
  • We Built This City…Starship (1985) PC
  • You Made Me Realise…My Bloody Valentine (1988) NME

Key to the Codes:
  • BB: Billboard magazine song of the year
  • CB: Cashbox song of the year, 1950-1996
  • DM: Dave’s Music Database
  • G-R: Grammy for Record of the Year
  • G-S: Grammy for Song of the Year
  • MJ: Mojo magazine song of the year, 1955-2005. Based on aggregated Mojo lists.
  • VF: MusicFV.com
  • NME: NME magazine song of the year, 1953-2008. Based on aggregation of NME lists and year-end lists.
  • Q: Q magazine, 1954-2013. Determined by year-end polls and highest-ranked song on aggregate of Q lists.
  • RS: Rolling Stone magazine, determined by year-end polls and highest-ranked song on aggregate of RS lists.
  • SS: Sullivan, Steve. Top 100 Songs from 1897-1956
  • JW: Whitburn, Joel. A Century of Pop Music, 1900-1999 (book)

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