Sunday, December 31, 1989

Top 100 Songs from 1980 to 1989

First posted 1/21/2011; last updated 10/26/2020.

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. Bette Davis Eyes…Kim Carnes (1981)

11. Don’t You Want Me?...The Human League (1981)
12. Call Me…Blondie (1980)
13. Eye of the Tiger…Survivor (1982)
14. Like a Prayer…Madonna (1989)
15. Love Will Tear Us Apart…Joy Division (1980)
16. Livin’ on a Prayer…Bon Jovi (1986)
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. I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me…Whitney Houston (1987)
23. Careless Whisper…George Michael (1984)
24. Like a Virgin…Madonna (1984)
25. Another One Bites the Dust…Queen (1980)
26. You Shook Me All Night Long…AC/DC (1980)
27. Walk This Way…Run-D.M.C. with Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (1986)
28. Jump…Van Halen (1984)
29. The Message…Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (1982)
30. Take on Me…Aha (1984)

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

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. Another Day in Paradise…Phil Collins (1989)
48. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For…U2 (1987)
49. Come on Eileen…Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1982)
50. Fast Car…Tracy Chapman (1988)

51. Total Eclipse of the Heart…Bonnie Tyler (1983)
52. Time after Time…Cyndi Lauper (1983)
53. Tears for Fears “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (1985)
54. Never Gonna Give You Up…Rick Astley (1987)
55. I’ve Had the Time of My Life…Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (1987)
56. Kiss…Prince (1986)
57. Upside Down…Diana Ross (1980)
58. “Back in Black” AC/DC (1980)
59. Money for Nothing…Dire Straits (1985)
60. 9 to 5…Dolly Parton (1980)

61. Faith…George Michael (1987)
62. Ebony and Ivory…Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder (1982)
63. Dancing in the Dark…Bruce Springsteen (1984)
64. Just Like Starting Over…John Lennon (1980)
65. Fight the Power…Public Enemy (1989)
66. Born in the U.S.A….Bruce Springsteen (1984)
67. Footloose…Kenny Loggins (1984)
68. Say You, Say Me…Lionel Richie (1985)
69. Wind Beneath My Wings…Bette Midler (1989)
70. Karma Chameleon…Culture Club (1983)

71. Once in a Lifetime…Talking Heads (1980)
72. Take My Breath Away…Berlin (1985)
73. 1999…Prince (1982)
74. Thriller…Michael Jackson (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. Pride (In the Name of Love)…U2 (1984)
80. Islands in the Stream…Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton (1983)

81. Sledgehammer…Peter Gabriel (1986)
82. Don’t You Forget About Me…Simple Minds (1985)
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. West End Girls…Pet Shop Boys (1985)
96. Start Me Up…The Rolling Stones (1981)
97. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” Crowded House (1986)
98. “Africa” Toto (1982)
99. “Need You Tonight” INXS (1987)
100. “Jack and Diane” John Cougar Mellencamp (1982)

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