Saturday, July 28, 2018

Top 100 Songs from 1980 to 1989

First posted on the DMDB website on 1/21/2011, updated 7/28/2018.

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. Billie Jean…Michael Jackson (1982) AG, AMA, DM, SS
2. Every Breath You Take…The Police (1983) BB, DM, G-S, RS, SS, JW
3. Sweet Child O’ Mine…Guns N’ Roses (1987) AG,AMA, CB, DM, Q
4. When Doves Cry…Prince (1984) BB, DM
5. I Love Rock and Roll…Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (1981) DM, JW
6. With or Without You…U2 (1987) Q, SS
7. We Are the World…U.S.A. for Africa (1985) AG, DM, G-R, G-S, VF, PCA, SS
8. Don’t You Want Me?...The Human League (1981)
9. Love Will Tear Us Apart…Joy Division (1980) NME, Q, RS
10. Beat It…Michael Jackson (1983) G-R

11. Endless Love…Lionel Richie & Diana Ross (1981) AG, AMA, CB, PCA
12. Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go…Soft Cell (1981) NME
13. Like a Prayer…Madonna (1989) AG, DM, VF
14. Bette Davis Eyes…Kim Carnes (1981) BB, G-R, G-S, VF, SS
15. Careless Whisper…George Michael (1984) BB, VF
16. The Message…Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (1982) MJ, RS
17. Take on Me…Aha (1984)
18. Jump…Van Halen (1984) Q
19. Eye of the Tiger…Survivor (1982) VF, PCA
20. Walk This Way…Run-D.M.C. with Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (1986) DM, MJ, Q

21. Lady…Kenny Rogers (1980) DM, PCA, JW
22. Blue Monday…New Order (1983) Q
23. Livin’ on a Prayer…Bon Jovi (1986) CB, PCM
24. Call Me…Blondie (1980) AG, BB
25. Like a Virgin…Madonna (1984) CB, JW
26. What’s Love Got to Do with It?...Tina Turner (1984) G-R, G-S, RS
27. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For…U2 (1987)
28. Relax…Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1983)
29. Another One Bites the Dust…Queen (1980) AMA, CB
30. Do They Know It’s Christmas?…Band Aid (1984)

31. Come on Eileen…Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1982)
32. I Just Called to Say I Love You…Stevie Wonder (1984)
33. Always on My Mind…Willie Nelson (1982) G-S
34. Sweet Dreams Are Made of This…Eurythmics (1983)
35. Flashdance…What a Feelin’…Irene Cara (1983) CB, VF
36. Sexual Healing…Marvin Gaye (1982)
37. I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me…Whitney Houston (1987) AG, AMA, VF
38. Pride (In the Name of Love)…U2 (1984) SS
39. Down Under…Men at Work (1982)
40. I Want to Know What Love Is…Foreigner (1984)

41. Physical…Olivia Newton-John (1981) AG, BB, JW
42. How Soon Is Now?...The Smiths (1985) NME, Q
43. Fast Car…Tracy Chapman (1988) DM, RS, SS
44. Purple Rain…Prince & the Revolution (1984) PCA
45. Once in a Lifetime…Talking Heads (1981)
46. Funkytown…Lipps Inc. (1980)
47. Karma Chameleon…Culture Club (1983)
48. Back in Black…AC/DC (1980)
49. Total Eclipse of the Heart…Bonnie Tyler (1983)
50. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?...Culture Club (1982)

51. Faith…George Michael (1987) <BB, CB, JW
52. You Shook Me All Night Long…AC/DC (1980) PCM
53. Fight the Power…Public Enemy (1989) RS
54. Another Day in Paradise…Phil Collins (1989) CB, G-R, JW
55. Don’t Stop Believin’…Journey (1981) PCM
56. Girls Just Want to Have Fun…Cyndi Lauper (1983) AG
57. That’s What Friends Are For…Dionne & Friends (Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, & Stevie Wonder) (1985) BB, G-S, PCM, JW
58. Everybody Wants to Rule the World…Tears for Fears (1985)
59. Wind Beneath My Wings…Bette Midler (1989) G-R, G-S
60. Hello…Lionel Richie (1984)

61. Born in the U.S.A….Bruce Springsteen (1984)
62. Welcome to the Jungle…Guns N’ Roses (1987)
63. All Night Long (All Night)…Lionel Richie (1983)
64. Sledgehammer…Peter Gabriel (1986)
65. Dancing in the Dark…Bruce Springsteen (1984)
66. Upside Down…Diana Ross (1980)
67. Just Like Starting Over…John Lennon (1980)
68. Kiss…Prince (1986) RS
69. Little Red Corvette…Prince (1983)
70. Time after Time…Cyndi Lauper (1983)

71. Money for Nothing…Dire Straits (1985)
72. 9 to 5…Dolly Parton (1980)
73. Don’t You Forget About Me…Simple Minds (1985)
74. Love Shack…The B-52’s (1989) PCM
75. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1983)
76. 1999…Prince (1982)
77. In the Air Tonight…Phil Collins (1981)
78. Two Tribes…Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1984) MJ
79. Ebony and Ivory…Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder (1982)
80. West End Girls…Pet Shop Boys (1985)

81. Celebration…Kool & the Gang (1980)
82. There She Goes…The La’s (1989) MJ, Q
83. Don’t Dream It’s Over…Crowded House (1986)
84. Start Me Up…The Rolling Stones (1981) RS
85. Up Where We Belong…Joe Cocker with Jennifer Warnes (1982)
86. Ghost Town…The Specials (1981) Q
87. Islands in the Stream…Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton (1983)
88. You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party…Beastie Boys (1986)
89. Centerfold…J. Geils Band (1981)
90. He Stopped Loving Her Today…George Jones (1980)

91. Into the Groove…Madonna (1985)
92. I’ve Had the Time of My Life…Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (1987)
93. Let’s Dance…David Bowie (1983)
94. This Charming Man…The Smiths (1983) MJ, NME
95. Never Gonna Give You Up…Rick Astley (1987)
96. Woman in Love…Barbra Streisand (1980)
97. Say You, Say Me…Lionel Richie (1985) CB, JW
98. Thriller…Michael Jackson (1982) PCM
99. Under Pressure…Queen with David Bowie (1981)
100. Shout…Tears for Fears (1984)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Abracadabra…The Steve Miller Band (1982) CB
  • Acid Tracks…Phuture (1987) MJ
  • Apache…Sugarhill Gang (1982) PCM
  • Don’t Worry Be Happy…Bobby McFerrin (1988) G-R, G-S
  • Echo Beach…Martha & the Muffins (1980) MJ
  • Electric Boogie (aka “The Electric Slide”)…Marcia Griffiths (1990) PCM
  • The End of the Innocence…Don Henley (1989) SS
  • Fools Gold…The Stone Roses (1989) NME, Q
  • Gigantic…The Pixies (1988) NME
  • Girl You Know It’s True…Milli Vanilli (1988) AMA
  • Graceland…Paul Simon (1986) G-R
  • A Groovy Kind of Love…Phil Collins (1988) VF
  • Higher Love…Steve Winwood (1986) G-R
  • It’s Raining Men…The Weather Girls (1982) PCM
  • Look Away…Chicago (1988) BB
  • New York New York (Theme from)…Frank Sinatra (1980) SS
  • Papa Don’t Preach…Madonna (1986) AG
  • Pour Some Sugar on Me…Def Leppard (1987) PCM
  • The Power of Love…Huey Lewis & the News (1985) AMA
  • 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
  • Take My Breath Away…Berlin (1986) VF
  • There Is a Light That Never Goes Out…The Smiths (1986) NME
  • There’ll Be Sad Songs to Make You Cry…Billy Ocean (1986) AMA
  • A Town Called Malice…The Jam (1982) Q
  • Truly…Lionel Richie (1982) AMA, PCA
  • Tunnel of Love…Bruce Springsteen (1987) RS
  • 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) PCM
  • You Made Me Realise…My Bloody Valentine (1988) NME

Key to the Codes: Click here for a full list of all year-end song awards.

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