Monday, November 29, 2021

R&B: Annual Song Awards, 1942-2021

R&B:

Annual Song Awards, 1942-2021

This page offers a consolidated list of the R&B songs of each year as determined by various organizations and entities. They include:

  • American Music Awards: R&B/Soul Song of the Year (1974-1995, 2016-2021)
  • Billboard: R&B Song of the Year, 1942-2020.
  • Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI): R&B Song of the Year, 2001-2020. Music publishing company tracks most-played songs each year.
  • Grammys: Best Rhythm & Blues Performance (1959-1961), Best Rhythm & Blues Performance (1962-1968), Best R&B Song (1969-2020)
  • Soul Train: Song of the Year (1989-1996, 2009-2021), Song of the Year by Male, Female, or Group/Duo (1987-2007)

See links at bottom of page for more details on above.

In some cases, awards are listed a year earlier than they were often given. For example, Bruno Mars won the Grammy for Best R&B Song in 2018 for “That’s What I Like” but the song is listed under 2017 because that was its eligibility year.

Click here to see other ‘Songs of the Year’ lists.



2021:
  • AMA: Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak as Silk Sonic “Leave the Door Open”
  • Billboard:
  • BMI:
  • DMDB: Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak as Silk Sonic “Leave the Door Open”
  • Grammy:
  • Soul Train: Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak as Silk Sonic “Leave the Door Open”

2020:
  • AMA: Kanye West “Heartless”
  • Billboard: The Weeknd “Blinding Lights
  • BMI: Doja Cat “Say So”
  • DMDB: Chris Brown with Young Thug “Go Crazy”
  • Grammy: Robert Glasper with H.E.R. & Me’Shell Ndegeocello “Better Than I Imagined”
  • Soul Train: Chris Brown with Young Thug “Go Crazy”


2019:
  • AMA: Khalid “Talk”
  • Billboard: Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road
  • BMI: Khalid “Talk”
  • DMDB: The Weeknd “Blinding Lights
  • Grammy: PJ Morton with JoJo “Say So”
  • Soul Train: Chris Brown with Drake “No Guidance”

2018:
  • AMA: Bruno Mars & Cardi B “Finesse”
  • Billboard: Drake “God’s Plan
  • BMI: Drake “God’s Plan
  • DMDB: Ella Mai “Boo’d Up”
  • Grammy: Ella Mai “Boo’d Up”
  • Soul Train: Ella Mai “Boo’d Up”

2017:


2016:
  • AMA: Rihanna with Drake “Work
  • Billboard: Drake with WizKid & Kyla “One Dance
  • BMI: G-Eazy with Bebe Rexha “Me, Myself & I”
  • DMDB: Rihanna with Drake “Work
  • Grammy: Maxwell “Lake by the Ocean”
  • Soul Train: Beyoncé “Formation”

2015:


2014:
  • Billboard: Pharrell Williams “Happy
  • BMI: John Legend “All of Me
  • DMDB: Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!
  • Grammy: Beyoncé with Jay-Z “Drunk in Love”
  • Soul Train: Pharrell Williams “Happy

2013:
  • Billboard: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz “Thrift Shop
  • BMI: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Ray Dalton “Can’t Hold Us”
  • DMDB: Pharrell Williams “Happy
  • Grammy: Justin Timberlake “Pusher Love Girl”
  • Soul Train: Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines


2012:
  • Billboard: Rihanna “Diamonds
  • BMI: Nicki Minaj “Starships”
  • DMDB: Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven”
  • Grammy: Miguel “Adorn”
  • Soul Train: Tyrese “Stay”

2011:
  • Billboard: DJ Khaled with Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne “I’m on One”
  • BMI: Nicki Minaj “Super Bass”
  • DMDB: Rihanna with Calvin Harris “We Found Love
  • Grammy: Cee-Lo Green with Melanie Fiona “Fool for You”
  • Soul Train: Kelly Rowland with Lil Wayne “Motivation”

2010:
  • Billboard: Alicia Keys “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)”
  • BMI: B.o.B. with Bruno Mars “Nothin’ on You”
  • DMDB: Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are (Amazing)
  • Grammy: John Legend & the Roots “Shine”
  • Soul Train: B.o.B. with Bruno Mars “Nothin’ on You”

2009:


2008:
2007:
  • Billboard: Robin Thicke “Lost Without U”
  • BMI: Beyoncé “Irreplaceable
  • DMDB: Rihanna with Jay-Z “Umbrella
  • Grammy: Alicia Keys “No One
  • Soul Train (Female): Beyoncé “Irreplaceable
  • Soul Train (Male): John Legend “Save Room”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Gnarls Barkley “Crazy

2006:
  • Billboard: Mary J. Blige “Be Without You
  • BMI: Beyoncé with Slim Thug & Bun B “Check on It”
  • DMDB: Gnarls Barkley “Crazy
  • Grammy: Mary J. Blige “Be Without You
  • Soul Train (Female): Mariah Carey “We Belong Together
  • Soul Train (Male): John Legend with will.i.am “Ordinary People”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Destiny’s Child “Cater 2 U”


2005:
2004:
  • Billboard: Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!
  • BMI: Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!
  • DMDB: Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!
  • Grammy: Alicia Keys “You Don’t Know My Name”
  • Soul Train (Female): Alicia Keys “You Don’t Know My Name”
  • Soul Train (Male): Luther Vandross “Dance with My Father”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Floetry “Say Yes”


2003:
  • Billboard: 50 Cent “In Da Club
  • BMI: R. Kelly “Ignition (remix)”
  • DMDB: OutKast “Hey Ya!
  • Grammy: Beyoncé with Jay-Z “Crazy in Love
  • Soul Train (Female): Ashanti with Ja Rule “Foolish
  • Soul Train (Male): Musiq Soulchild “Don’t Change”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): M2K with P. Diddy “Bump Bump Bump”

2002:
  • Billboard: Ashanti with Ja Rule “Foolish
  • BMI: Nelly “Hot in Herre
  • DMDB: Ashanti with Ja Rule “Foolish
  • Grammy: Erykah Badu with Common “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)”
  • Soul Train (Female): Aaliyah “Rock the Boat”
  • Soul Train (Male): Musiq Soulchild “Love”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): The Isley Brothers with Chante Moore “Contagious”

2001:
  • Billboard: Usher “U Got It Bad”
  • BMI: Janet Jackson “All for You”
  • DMDB: Alicia Keys “Fallin’
  • Grammy: Alicia Keys “Fallin’
  • Soul Train (Female): Yolanda Adams “Open My Heart”
  • Soul Train (Male): R. Kelly “I Wish”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Jagged Edge “Let’s Get Married”

2000:
  • Billboard: Erykah Badu “Bag Lady”
  • BMI: Santana with the Product G&B “Maria Maria”
  • DMDB: Destiny’s Child “Independent Women
  • Grammy: Destiny’s Child “Say My Name”
  • Soul Train (Female): Lauryn Hill “Ex-Factor”
  • Soul Train (Male): Maxwell “Fortunate”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): TLC “No Scrubs”

1999:
  • Billboard: Destiny’s Child “Bills, Bills, Bills”
  • DMDB: TLC “No Scrubs”
  • Grammy: TLC “No Scrubs”
  • Soul Train (Female): Deborah Cox “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here”
  • Soul Train (Male): Brian McKnight “Anytime”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Next “Too Close”

1998:
  • Billboard: Deborah Cox “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here”
  • DMDB: Brandy & Monica “The Boy Is Mine”
  • Grammy: Lauryn Hill “Doo Wop (That Thing)”
  • Soul Train (Female): Erykah Badu “On and On”
  • Soul Train (Male): Usher “U Make Me Wanna…”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Dru Hill “In My Bed”

1997:
  • Billboard: Usher “U Make Me Wanna…”
  • DMDB: Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You
  • Grammy: R. Kelly “I Believe I Can Fly”
  • Soul Train (Female): Toni Braxton “You’re Makin’ Me High” / “Let It Flow”
  • Soul Train (Male): Maxwell “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Blackstreet with Dr. Dre “No Diggity”

1996:
  • Billboard: R. Kelly with Ronald Isley “Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)”
  • DMDB: Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart”
  • Grammy: Whitney Houston “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)”
  • Soul Train: The Notorious B.I.G. “One More Chance”
  • Soul Train (Female): Whitney Houston “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)”
  • Soul Train (Male): D’Angelo “Brown Sugar”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): TLC “Waterfalls”

1995:
  • AMA: Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You
  • Billboard: The Notorious B.I.G. “One More Chance” / “Stay with Me”
  • DMDB: Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day
  • Grammy: Stevie Wonder “For Your Love”
  • Soul Train: Barry White “Practice What You Preach”
  • Soul Train (Female): Anita Baker “Body and Soul”
  • Soul Train (Male): R. Kelly “Bump N’ Grind”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You


1994:
1993:
  • AMA: Michael Jackson “Remember the Time”
  • Billboard: Silk “Freak Me”
  • DMDB: Janet Jackson “That’s the Way Love Goes”
  • Grammy: Janet Jackson “That’s the Way Love Goes”
  • Soul Train: Boyz II Men “End of the Road
  • Soul Train (Female): Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You
  • Soul Train (Male): Michael Jackson “Remember the Time”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Boyz II Men “Please Don’t Go”


1992:
  • AMA: Color Me Badd “I Wanna Sex You Up”
  • Billboard: Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You
  • DMDB: Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You
  • Grammy: Boyz II Men “End of the Road
  • Soul Train: Color Me Badd “I Wanna Sex You Up”
  • Soul Train (Female): Lisa Fischer “How Can I Ease the Pain?”
  • Soul Train (Male): Keith Washington “Kissing You”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Color Me Badd “I Wanna Sex You Up”

1991:
  • AMA: MC Hammer “U Can’t Touch This
  • Billboard: Shanice “I Love Your Smile”
  • DMDB: Natalie Cole with Nat “King” Cole “Unforgettable”
  • Grammy: Luther Vandross “Power of Love/Love Power”
  • Soul Train: MC Hammer “U Can’t Touch This
  • Soul Train (Female): Mariah Carey “Vision of Love”
  • Soul Train (Male): Johnny Gill “My My My”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): En Vogue “Hold On”


1990:
  • AMA: Janet Jackson “Miss You Much”
  • Billboard: Pebbles “Giving You the Benefit”
  • DMDB: C + C Music Factory “Gonna Make You Sweat”
  • Grammy: MC Hammer “U Can’t Touch This
  • Soul Train: Soul II Soul “Keep on Movin’”
  • Soul Train (Female): Janet Jackson “Miss You Much”
  • Soul Train (Male): Luther Vandross “Here and Now”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Soul II Soul “Keep on Movin’”

1989:
  • AMA: Freddie Jackson “Nice N Slow”
  • Billboard: Karyn White “Superwoman”
  • DMDB: Soul II Soul “Back to Life (How Ever Do You Want Me)”
  • Grammy: Simply Red “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”
  • Soul Train: Anita Baker “Giving You the Best That I Got”
  • Soul Train (Female): Anita Baker “Giving You the Best That I Got”
  • Soul Train (Male): Michael Jackson “Man in the Mirror”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): E.U. “Da Butt”

1988:
  • AMA: Michael Jackson “Bad”
  • Billboard: Keith Sweat “I Want Her”
  • DMDB: Bobby McFerrin “Don’t Worry Be Happy”
  • Grammy: Anita Baker “Giving You the Best That I Got”
  • Soul Train (Female): Natalie Cole “I Live for Your Love”
  • Soul Train (Male): Michael Jackson “Bad”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Levert “Casanova”
  • Soul Train (Rap): LL Cool J “I Need Love”

1987:
  • AMA: Janet Jackson “Nasty”
  • Billboard: Michael Jackson “The Way You Make Me Feel”
  • DMDB: Whitney Houston “I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me
  • Grammy: Club Nouveau “Lean on Me”
  • Soul Train (Female): Anita Baker “Sweet Love”
  • Soul Train (Male): Gregory Abbott “Shake You Down”
  • Soul Train (Group/Duo): Cameo “Word Up!”
  • Soul Train (Rap): Run-D.M.C. with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry “Walk This Way

1986:
  • AMA: Whitney Houston “You Give Good Love”
  • Billboard: Prince “Kiss
  • DMDB: Prince “Kiss
  • Grammy: Anita Baker “Sweet Love”

1985:
  • AMA: Prince “When Doves Cry
  • Billboard: Freddie Jackson “Rock Me Tonight (For Old Time’s Sake)”
  • DMDB: Dionne & Friends (Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder) “That's What Friends Are For
  • Grammy: Aretha Franklin “Freeway of Love”


1984:
1983:


1982:
  • AMA: Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love
  • Billboard: Marvin Gaye “Sexual Healing”
  • DMDB: Michael Jackson “Billie Jean
  • Grammy: George Benson “Turn Your Love Around”

1981:
  • AMA: Diana Ross “Upside Down
  • Billboard: Earth, Wind & Fire “Let’s Groove”
  • DMDB: Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love
  • Grammy: Bill Withers with Grover Washington Jr. “Just the Two of Us”

1980:
  • AMA: Michael Jackson “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”
  • Billboard: Stevie Wonder “Master Blaster (Jammin’)”
  • DMDB: Kool & the Gang “Celebration
  • Grammy: Stephanie Mills “Never Knew Love Like This Before”

1979:
  • AMA: Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late”
  • Billboard: Chic “Good Times
  • DMDB: Sister Sledge “We Are Family”
  • Grammy: Earth, Wind & Fire “After the Love Has Gone”

1978:
  • AMA: The Emotions “Best of My Love”
  • Billboard: Funkadelic “One Nation Under a Groove”
  • DMDB: Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive”
  • Grammy: Donna Summer “Last Dance”

1977:
  • AMA: Lou Rawls “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” and Wild Cherry “Play That Funky Music”
  • Billboard: Earth, Wind & Fire “Serpentine Fire”
  • DMDB: Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive
  • Grammy: Leo Sayer “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing”

1976:
  • AMA: KC & the Sunshine Band “Get Down Tonight”
  • Billboard: Johnnie Taylor “Disco Lady”
  • DMDB: Wild Cherry “Play That Funky Music”
  • Grammy: Boz Scaggs “Lowdown”

1975:
  • AMA: Gladys Knight & the Pips “Midnight Train to Georgia”
  • Billboard: The Isley Brothers “Fight the Power (Part 1)”
  • DMDB: Van McCoy “The Hustle”
  • Grammy: Betty Wright “Where Is the Love”

1974:
  • AMA: Stevie Wonder “Superstition
  • Billboard: Roberta Flack “Feel Like Makin’ Love”
  • DMDB: Bob Marley & the Marleys “No Woman, No Cry
  • Grammy: Stevie Wonder “Living for the City”


1973:
1972:
1971:
  • Billboard: Jean Knight “Mr. Big Stuff”
  • DMDB: Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On
  • Grammy: Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine”

1970:
  • Billboard: The Jackson 5 “The Love You Save”
  • DMDB: The Jackson 5 “I’ll Be There
  • Grammy: Clarence Carter “Patches”

1969:
  • Billboard: Marvin Gaye “Too Busy Thinking About My Baby”
  • DMDB: The Jackson 5 “I Want You Back
  • Grammy: The Winstons “Color Him Father”

1968:
1967:
  • Billboard: Aretha Franklin “Respect
  • DMDB: Aretha Franklin “Respect
  • Grammy: Aretha Franklin “Respect


1966:
  • Billboard: The Temptations “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”
  • DMDB: Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)
  • Grammy: Ray Charles “Crying Time”

1965:
1964:
  • Billboard: Mary Wells “My Guy”
  • DMDB: The Temptations “My Girl
  • Grammy: Nancy Wilson “How Glad I Am”

1963:
1962:


1961:
  • Billboard: Bobby Lewis “Tossin’ and Turnin’”
  • DMDB: Ben E. King “Stand by Me
  • Grammy: Ray Charles “Hit the Road Jack”

1960:
  • Billboard: Dinah Washington & Brook Benton “Baby, You’ve Got What It Takes”
  • DMDB: Chubby Checker “The Twist
  • Grammy: Ray Charles “Let the Good Times Roll”

1959:
  • Billboard: Brook Benton “It’s Just a Matter of Time”
  • DMDB: Ray Charles “What’d I Say
  • Grammy: Dinah Washington “What a Diff’rence a Day Makes”

1958:
  • Billboard: Jackie Wilson “Lonely Teardrops”
  • DMDB: Chuck Berry “Johnny B. Goode
  • Grammy: The Champs “Tequila”

1957:
  • Billboard: The Coasters “Searchin’”
  • DMDB: The Coasters “Searchin’”

1956:
1955:
  • Billboard: Fats Domino “Ain’t That a Shame”
  • DMDB: Little Richard “Tutti Frutti

1954:
1953:
1952:
  • Billboard: The Dominoes “Have Mercy Baby”
  • DMDB: Lloyd Price “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”

1951:
  • Billboard: The Dominoes “Sixty Minute Man”
  • DMDB: Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats “Rocket 88”

1950:
  • Billboard: Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers “Pink Champagne”
  • DMDB: Nat “King” Cole “Mona Lisa

1949:
  • Billboard: Charles Brown “Trouble Blues”
  • DMDB: John Lee Hooker “Boogie Chillen’”

1948:
  • Billboard: Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends “King Size Papa”
  • DMDB: Nat “King” Cole “Nature Boy”

1947:
  • Billboard: Louis Jordan “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens”
  • DMDB: T-Bone Walker “Call It Stormy Monday”

1946:
1945:
  • Billboard: Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers “The Honeydripper”
  • DMDB: Billie Holiday “Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be?)”

1944:
  • Billboard: The Ink Spots with Ella Fitzgerald “Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall”
  • DMDB: Nat “King” Cole “Straighten Up and Fly Right”

1943:
  • Billboard: Erskine Hawkins with Jimmy Mitchelle “Don’t Cry Baby”
  • DMDB: The Ink Spots “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”

1942:
  • Billboard: Paul Whiteman with Billie Holiday “Travl’lin’ Light”
  • DMDB: The Mills Brothers “Paper Doll”

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First posted 11/23/2021; last updated 11/29/2021.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

The Top Songs by Decade, 1890-2019

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Top Songs by Decade:

1900-2019

Dave’s Music Database has compiled the best songs of all-time into a variety of lists over the years. Check out the full array of DMDB best-of lists here. However, this page – which at 48,000+ hits is the secon most visited on the DMDB blog – offers snapshots of the top 10 songs of each decade from 1900 to present.

Click here to see ‘Top 100 Songs of the Decade’ lists or click on the corresponding badges below.

1. Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (2014)
2. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (2017)
3. Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010)
4. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (2013)
5. Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber “Despacito” (2017)
6. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011)
7. Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (2013)
8. Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe” (2011)
9. Adele “Hello” (2015)
10. Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (2018)


1. OutKast “Hey Ya!” (2003)
2. Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (2009)
3. Eminem “Lose Yourself” (2002)
4. Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!” (2004)
5. Beyoncé with Jay-Z “Crazy in Love” (2003)
6. Gnarls Barkley “Crazy” (2006)
7. Beyoncé “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (2008)
8. Rihanna with Jay-Z “Umbrella” (2007)
9. Flo Rida with T-Pain “Low” (2007)
10. Mariah Carey “We Belong Together” (2005)


1. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
2. Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991)
3. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991)
4. Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)
5. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (1997)
6. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (1997)
7. R.E.M. “Losing My Religion” (1991)
8. Oasis “Wonderwall” (1995)
9. Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” (1995)
10. U2 “One” (1991)


1. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1982)
2. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
3. Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1987)
4. Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984)
5. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll” (1981)
6. U2 “With or Without You” (1987)
7. Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer” (1986)
8. Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love” (1981)
9. Van Halen “Jump” (1984)
10. Michael Jackson “Beat It” (1983)


1. Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975)
2. John Lennon “Imagine” (1971)
3. Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)
4. Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)
5. Eagles “Hotel California” (1976)
6. Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)
7. Don McLean “American Pie” (1971)
8. The Beatles “Let It Be” (1970)
9. Stevie Wonder “Superstition” (1972)
10. Derek & the Dominos “Layla” (1970)


1. The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965)
2. The Beatles “Hey Jude” (1968)
3. Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)
4. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
5. The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1963)
6. The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” (1966)
7. The Beatles “Yesterday” (1965)
8. Bob Dylan “Like a Rolling Stone” (1965)
9. Otis Redding “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” (1968)
10. The Animals “The House of the Rising Sun”(1964)


1. Bill Haley & His Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” (1954)
2. Bobby Darin “Mack the Knife” (1959)
3. Elvis Presley “Heartbreak Hotel” (1956)
4. Elvis Presley “Hound Dog” (1956)
5. Elvis Presley “Don’t Be Cruel” (1956)
6. Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock” (1957)
7. Chuck Berry “Johnny B. Goode” (1958)
8. Patti Page “Tennessee Waltz” (1950)
9. Ray Charles “What’d I Say” (1959)
10. The Everly Brothers “All I Have to Do Is Dream” (1958)


1. Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers “White Christmas” (1942)
2. Artie Shaw “Stardust” (1941)
3. Gene Autry “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1949)
4. Glenn Miller with Tex Beneke & the Four Modernaires “Chattanooga Choo Choo” (1941)
5. Les Brown with Doris Day “Sentimental Journey” (1945)
6. Nat “King” Cole “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” (1946)
7. Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers “I’ll Never Smile Again” (1940)
8. Cliff Edwards “When You Wish Upon a Star” (1940)
9. Duke Ellington “Take the ‘A’ Train” (1941)
10. Dooley Wilson “As Time Goes By” (1942)


1. Judy Garland “Over the Rainbow” (1939)
2. Glenn Miller “In the Mood” (1939)
3. Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman “Night and Day” (1932)
4. Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman “Cheek to Cheek” (1935)
5. Artie Shaw “Begin the Beguine” (1938)
6. Ethel Waters “Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)” (1933)
7. Fred Astaire with Johnny Green “The Way You Look Tonight” (1936)
8. Bing Crosby with the Guardsmen Quartette “Silent Night” (1935)
9. Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” (1938)
10. Tommy Dorsey with Jack Leonard “All the Things You Are” (1939)


1. Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong “St. Louis Blues” (1925)
2. Al Jolson “Swanee” (1920)
3. Gene Austin “My Blue Heaven” (1927)
4. Thomas “Fats” Waller “Ain’t Misbehavin’” (1929)
5. Paul Whiteman “Whispering” (1920)
6. Al Jolson "April Showers” (1922)
7. Marion Harris “Tea for Two” (1925)
8. Vernon Dalhart “The Prisoner’s Song” (1925)
9. Ben Selvin “Dardanella” (1920)
10. Isham Jones “It Had to Be You” (1924)


1. Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (1911)
2. American Quartet “Over There” (1917)
3. Peerless Quartet “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” (1911)
4. Al Jolson “You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)” (1913)
5. Billy Murray with the Haydn Quartet “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” (1910)
6. American Quartet “Moonlight Bay” (1912)
7. Original Dixieland Jazz Band “Tiger Rag” (1918)
8. Sophie Tucker “Some of These Days” (1911)
9. Marion Harris “After You’ve Gone” (1919)
10. Al Jolson “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody” (1918)


1. Haydn Quartet “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (1908)
2. Billy Murray “You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”)” (1906)
3. Haydn Quartet “Sweet Adeline (You’re the Flower of My Heart)” (1904)
4. Billy Murray “Yankee Doodle Boy” (1905)
5. Arthur Collins “Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home” (1902)
6. Billy Murray “Give My Regards to Broadway” (1905)
7. Harry MacDonough with Miss Walton “Shine on Harvest Moon” (1909)
8. Haydn Quartet “In the Good Old Summertime” (1903)
9. Billy Murray “Meet Me in St. Louis Louis” (1904)
10. Byron Harlan “School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids)” (1907)


1. George J. Gaskin “After the Ball” (1893)
2. Arthur Collins “Hello Ma Baby” (1899)
3. John Yorke Atlee “Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka “The Mocking Bird”)” (1891)
4. John Philip Sousa “The Stars and Stripes Forever” (1897)
5. Dan Quinn “A Hot Time in the Old Town” (1896)
6. Katherine Lee Bates & Samuel A. Ward (songwriters) “America the Beautiful” (1895)
7. Len Spencer “Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay” (1892)
8. Scott Joplin “Maple Leaf Rag” (1899)
9. Dan Quinn “Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two)” (1893)
10. George J. Gaskin “On the Banks of the Wabash” (1897)


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First posted 4/9/2012; last updated 11/28/2021.

The 1980s: The Top 909 at 90.9 The Bridge

1980-1989:

Top 909 Songs According to
90.9 The Bridge

Over Thanksgiving 2021, Kansas City radio station 90.9 The Bridge did a countdown of the top 909 songs of the 1980s, as determined by listener votes. Here were the results.

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

1. The Smiths “How Soon Is Now?” (1984)
2. Peter Gabriel “In Your Eyes” (1986)
3. Prince & the Revolution “Purple Rain” (1984)
4. Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This” (1982)
5. Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime” (1981)
6. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1982)
7. Queen with David Bowie “Under Pressure” (1981)
8. U2 “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (1983)
9. Cyndi Lauper “Time After Time” (1983)
10. Crowded House “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (1986)

11. R.E.M. “Radio Free Europe” (1981)
12. Simple Minds “Don’t You Forget about Me” (1985)
13. Tears for Fears “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (1985)
14. The Cure “Just Like Heaven” (1987)
15. David Bowie “Let’s Dance” (1983)
16. Big Country “In a Big Country” (1983)
17. U2 “With or Without You” (1987)
18. A Flock of Seagulls “I Ran” (1982)
19. Aha “Take on Me” (1984)
20. Van Halen “Jump” (1984)

21. Duran Duran “Rio” (1982)
22. XTC “Dear God” (1986)
23. The Pixies “Where Is My Mind?” (1988)
24. The Cure “Close to Me” (1985)
25. Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984)
26. Bruce Springsteen “Born in the U.S.A.” (1984)
27. Tom Petty “Free Fallin’” (1989)
28. Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart”(1980)
29. Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1987)
30. Tracy Chapman “Fast Car” (1988)

31. U2 “I Will Follow” (1980)
32. R.E.M. “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” (1987)
33. The Replacements “Left of the Dial” (1985)
34. Katrina & the Waves “Walking on Sunshine” (1985)
35. Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’” (1981)
36. The Smiths “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” (1986)
37. Depeche Mode “People Are People” (1984)
38. The Church “Under the Milky Way” (1988)
39. Split Enz “I Got You” (1980)
40. 10,000 Maniacs “What’s the Matter Here?” (1987)

41. U2 “Bad” (1984)
42. Talking Heads “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)” (1983)
43. XTC “Senses Working Overtime” (1982)
44. Violent Femmes “Blister in the Sun” (1983)
45. Bonnie Tyler “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (1983)
46. INXS “Don’t Change” (1982)
47. Echo & the Bunnymen “The Killing Moon” (1984)
48. The Jesus & Mary Chain “Just Like Honey” (1985)
49. Rick Springfield “Jessie’s Girl” (1981)
50. The B-52’s “Love Shack” (1989)

51. U2 “Where the Streets Have No Name” (1987)
52. R.E.M. “Fall on Me” (1986)
53. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
54. Michael Jackson “Thriller” (1982)
55. Prince “Kiss” (1986)
56. Peter Gabriel “Sledgehammer” (1986)
57. The Clash “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” (1982)
58. David Bowie “Modern Love” (1983)
59. Run-D.M.C. with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry “Walk This Way
60. Modern English “I Melt with You” (1982)

61. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five “The Message” (1982)
62. Toto “Africa” (1982)
63. New Order “Bizarre Love Triangle” (1986)
64. Bruce Springsteen “Dancing in the Dark
65. The Replacements “Unsatisfied” (1984)
66. Dire Straits “Money for Nothing” (1985)
67. Sade “Smooth Operator” (1984)
68. Psychedelic Furs “Love My Way” (1982)
69. Bob Marley & the Wailers “Redemption Song” (1980)
70. Duran Duran “Hungry Like the Wolf” (1982)

71. Joy Division “Isolation” (1980)
72. George Jones “He Stopped Loving Her Today” (1980)
73. The English Beat “Save It for Later” (1982)
74. The Cure “Boys Don’t Cry” (1979)
75. Bruce Springsteen “Hungry Heart” (1980)
76. The Replacements “Can’t Hardly Wait” (1987)
77. Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (1983)
78. Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer” (1986)
79. The Stone Roses “Fools Gold” (1989)
80. New Order “True Faith” (1987)

81. Depeche Mode “Just Can’t Get Enough” (1981)
82. Salt-N-Pepa “Push It” (1987)
83. Pixies “Here Comes Your Man” (1989)
84. The Cult “She Sells Sanctuary” (1985)
85. The Cure “Pictures of You” (1989)
86. Joe Jackson “Steppin’ Out” (1982)
87. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “Bad Reputation” (1981)
88. John Cougar Mellencamp “Jack and Diane” (1982)
89. Talk Talk “It’s My Life” (1984)
90. Midnight Oil “Beds Are Burning” (1987)

91. Peter Gabriel “Big Time” (1986)
92. Psychedelic Furs “The Ghost in You” (1984)
93. Simply Red “Holding Back the Years” (1985)
94. The Replacements “I Will Dare” (1984)
95. Godley & Crème “Cry” (1985)
96. New Order “Temptation” (1982)
97. Pete Townshend “Rough Boys” (1980)
98. Vienna “Vienna” (1980)
99. Billy Joel “Uptown Girl” (1983)
100. The Clash “This Is Radio Clash” (1981)


101. Nicks, Stevie “Edge of Seventeen” (1982)
102. Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is”' (1984)
103. Bruce Springsteen “I’m on Fire” (1985)
104. Peter Schilling “Major Tom” (1983)
105. Fleetwood Mac “Little Lies” (1987)
106. Thompson Twins “Hold Me Now” (1983)
107. Spandau Ballet “True” (1983)
108. Level 42 “Something About You” (1985)
109. The Cure “A Forest” (1980)
110. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark “Enola Gay” (1980)

111. Dramarama “Anything Anything” (1985)
112. Outfield “Your Love” (1985)
113. Robert Cray “Smoking Gun” (1986)
114. The Police “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” (1981)
115. Yes “Owner of a Lonely Heart” (1983)
116. Love and Rockets “So Alive” (1989)
117. Journey “Faithfully” (1983)
118. The Human League “Human” (1986)
119. Bangles “Hazy Shade of Winter” (1987)
120. Talk Talk “Life’s What You Make It” (1986)

121. J. Geils Band “Centerfold” (1981)
122. Nena “99 Luftballons (aka ‘99 Red Balloons’)” (1983)
123. Metallica “Master of Puppets” (1986)
124. Stone Roses “I Wanna Be Adored” (1989)
125. Simple Minds “Alive and Kicking” (1985)
126. The Smithereens “A Girl Like You” (1989)
127. Tom Waits “Downtown Train” (1985)
128. Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls” (1985)
129. The Clash “London Calling” (1979)
130. The Rainmakers “Let My People Go-Go” (1984)

131. De La Soul “Me, Myself, and I” (1989)
132. George Michael “Careless Whisper” (1984)
133. Squeeze “Tempted” (1981)
134. Whitney Houston “I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me” (1987)
135. Cowboy Junkies “Sweet Jane” (1988)
136. The Fixx “One Thing Leads to Another” (1983)
137. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers “The Waiting” (1981)
138. The Sugarhill Gang “Rapper’s Delight” (1979)
139. Prince & the Revolution “Let’s Go Crazy” (1984)
140. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll” (1981)

141. ZZ Top “Legs” (1983)
142. Don Henley “The Boys of Summer” (1984)
143. Elton John “I’m Still Standing” (1983)
144. Paul McCartney “Coming Up (live at Glasgow)” (1980)
145. Anita Baker “Sweet Love” (1986)
146. Public Enemy “Bring the Noise” (1987)
147. Talking Heads “And She Was” (1985)
148. INXS “Need You Tonight” / “Mediate” (1988)
149. R.E.M. “The One I Love” (1987)
150. Tina Turner “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” (1984)

151. Phil Collins “In the Air Tonight” (1981)
152. Gary Numan “Cars” (1979)
153. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band “Against the Wind” (1980)
154. U2 “Pride (In the Name of Love)” (1984)
155. Bruce Springsteen “Atlantic City” (1982)
156. Genesis “Misunderstanding” (1980)
157. Rush “Tom Sawyer” (1981)
158. Pretenders “Talk of the Town” (1980)
159. Peter Gabriel “Red Rain” (1986)
160. Run-D.M.C. “King of Rock” (1985)

161. The Smiths “Panic” (1986)
162. Willie Nelson “On the Road Again” (1980)
163. Steve Earle “Copperhead Road” (1988)
164. Queen “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (1979)
165. Madonna “Like a Virgin” (1984)
166. David Bowie “China Girl” (1983)
167. Men at Work “Down Under” (1981)
168. Tears for Fears “Head Over Heels” (1985)
169. The Replacements “I’ll Be You” (1989)
170. Michael Jackson “Man in the Mirror” (1987)

171. Depeche Mode “Strangelove” (1987)
172. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble “Pride and Joy” (1983)
173. Bangles “Walk Like an Egyptian” (1986)
174. Paul Simon “You Can Call Me Al” (1986)
175. The Go-Go’s “Our Lips Are Sealed” (1981)
176. Prince & the Revolution “Raspberry Beret” (1985)
177. Duran Duran “Save a Prayer” (1982)
178. Beastie Boys “Hey Ladies” (1989)
179. The Rolling Stones “Waiting on a Friend” (1981)
180. John Lennon “Just Like Starting Over” (1980)

181. The Cure “Love Song” (1989)
182. Elvis Costello “High Fidelity” (1980)
183. Tom Petty “Runnin’ Down a Dream” (1989)
184. Blondie “Rapture” (1980)
185. The Cars “You Might Think” (1984)
186. Janet Jackson “Control” (1986)
187. Pixies “Wave of Mutilation” (1989)
188. The Traveling Wilburys “Handle with Care” (1988)
189. Chaka Khan “I Feel for You” (1984)
190. The Time “Jungle Love” (1984)

191. Def Leppard “Photograph” (1983)
192. Richard & Linda Thompson “Shoot Out the Lights” (1982)
193. Billy Idol “Mony Mony” (1987)
194. Van Halen “Hot for Teacher” (1984)
195. AC/DC “Back in Black” (1980)
196. The Jam “A Town Called Malice” (1982)
197. Elvis Costello “Veronica” (1989)
198. Lita Ford “Kiss Me Deadly” (1988)
199. Elvis Costello “Everyday I Write the Book” (1983)
200. Motörhead “Ace of Spades” (1980)


201. Eric B. & Rakim “Paid in Full” (1987)
202. Talking Heads “Burning Down the House” (1983)
203. INXS “Never Tear Us Apart” (1987)
204. R.E.M. “Orange Crush” (1988)
205. New Order “Blue Monday” (1983)
206. Fine Young Cannibals “She Drives Me Crazy” (1989)
207. Tom Tom Club “Genius of Love” (1981)
208. Indigo Girls “Closer to Fine” (1989)
209. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark “If You Leave” (1986)
210. Til Tuesday “Voices Carry” (1985)

211. Soul II Soul “Keep on Movin’” (1989)
212. Prince “1999” (1982)
213. Alphaville “Forever Young” (1984)
214. Dolly Parton “9 to 5” (1980)
215. Huey Lewis & the News “The Heart of Rock and Roll” (1983)
216. Electric Light Orchestra “Hold on Tight” (1981)
217. George Harrison “Got My Mind Set on You” (1987)
218. Neil Young “Rockin’ in the Free World” (1989)
219. Nine Inch Nails “Down in It” (1989)
220. Scandal “The Warrior” (1984)

221. Let’s Active “Every Word Means No” (1983)
222. Ramones “Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio” (1980)
223. 10,000 Maniacs “Like the Weather” (1987)
224. Roxy Music “More Than This” (1982)
225. Dexy’s Midnight Runner “Come on Eileen” (1982)
226. U2 “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (1987)
227. Bruce Springsteen “Glory Days” (1984)
228. Genesis “Turn It on Again” (1980)
229. Rush “The Spirit of Radio” (1980)
230. Pretenders “Brass in Pocket” (1979)

231. Peter Gabriel “Shock the Monkey” (1982)
232. Run-D.M.C. “My Adidas” (1986)
233. The Smiths “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” (1984)
234. Rob Base & DJ E.Z. Rock “It Takes Two” (1988)
235. Bruce Hornsby & the Range “The Way It Is” (1986)
236. Yazoo “Don’t Go” (1982)
237. Hüsker Dü “Could You Be the One” (1987)
238. Bruce Springsteen “Bobby Jean” (1984)
239. The B-52’s “Roam” (1989)
240. Kate Bush “Running Up That Hill” (1985)

241. Biz Markie “Just a Friend” (1989)
242. Wang Chung “Dance Hall Days” (1983)
243. Dire Straits “Romeo and Juliet” (1980)
244. Culture Club “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” (1982)
245. Diana Ross “I’m Coming Out” (1980)
246. Rick James “Give It to Me Baby” (1981)
247. Jane’s Addiction “Jane Says” (1988)
248. Prince with Sheena Easton “U Got the Look” (1987)
249. Judas Priest “Breaking the Law” (1980)
250. The Moody Blues “Your Wildest Dreams” (1986)

251. Aerosmith “Janie’s Got a Gun” (1989)
252. Pretenders “Stop Your Sobbing” (1979)
253. Dinosaur Jr. “Freak Scene” (1988)
254. Marvin Gaye “Sexual Healing” (1982)
255. Suzanne Vega with DNA “Tom’s Diner (remix)” (1990)
256. Bonnie Raitt “Nick of Time” (1989)
257. Talking Heads “Wild Wild Life” (1986)
258. INXS “Devil Inside” (1987)
259. R.E.M. “Driver 8” (1985)
260. Leonard Cohen “Hallelujah” (1984)

261. N.W.A. “Straight Outta Compton” (1988)
262. The Police “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” (1980)
263. Echo & the Bunnymen “Lips Like Sugar” (1987)
264. Queen Latifah with Monie Love “Ladies First” (1989)
265. Guns N’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” (1987)
266. Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Relax” (1983)
267. Tracy Chapman “Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution” (1988)
268. Pat Benatar “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” (1980)
269. John Mellencamp “Small Town” (1985)
270. Daryl Hall & John Oates “You Make My Dreams” (1980)

271. Melissa Etheridge “Bring Me Some Water” (1988)
272. The dB’s “A Spy in the House of Love” (1984)
273. Queen “Another One Bites the Dust” (1980)
274. Madonna “Like a Prayer” (1989)
275. David Bowie “Fashion” (1980)
276. Men at Work “Who Can It Be Now?” (1981)
277. Tears for Fears “Shout” (1984)
278. The Replacements “Achin’ to Be” (1989)
279. Michael Jackson “Beat It” (1983)
280. Depeche Mode “Personal Jesus” (1989)

281. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble “Cold Shot” (1984)
282. Bangles “Manic Monday” (1986)
283. Paul Simon “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” (1986)
284. The Go-Go’s “We Got the Beat” (1981)
285. Prince & the Revolution “I Would Die 4 U” (1984)
286. Duran Duran “Girls on Film” (1981)
287. Beastie Boys “You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party” (1986)
288. The Rolling Stones “Start Me Up” (1981)
289. John Lennon “Beautiful Boy” (1980)
290. The Cure “Why Can’t I Be You?” (1987)

291. Elvis Costello “Love Field” (1984)
292. Tom Petty “I Won’t Back Down” (1989)
293. Blondie “Call Me” (1980)
294. The Cars “Shake It Up” (1981)
295. Janet Jackson “Nasty” (1986)
296. Pixies “Monkey Gone to Heaven” (1989)
297. Naked Eyes “Always Something There to Remind Me” (1983)
298. Chris Isaak “Wicked Game” (1989)
299. U2 “New Year’s Day” (1983)
300. Bruce Springsteen “The River” (1981)


301. Genesis “Land of Confusion” (1986)
302. Rush “Limelight” (1981)
303. Pretenders “Message of Love” (1981)
304. Peter Gabriel “Games Without Frontiers” (1980)
305. Run-D.M.C. “Mary Mary” (1988)
306. The Smiths “William It Was Really Nothing” (1984)
307. The Human League “Don’t You Want Me?” (1981)
308. Nirvana “About a Girl” (1989)
309. Siouxsie & the Banshees “Spellbound” (1991)
310. Fugazi “Waiting Room” (1988)

311. Talking Heads “Nothing But Flowers” (1988)
312. INXS “What You Need” (1985)
313. R.E.M. “So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)” (1984)
314. The Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star” (1979)
315. Eurythmics “Here Comes the Rain Again” (1983)
316. Stray Cats “Stray Cat Strut” (1981)
317. Oingo Boingo “Dead Man’s Party” (1985)
318. Dead Milkmen “Punk Rock Girl” (1988)
319. Kenny Loggins “Danger Zone” (1986)
320. Missing Persons “Words” (1982)

321. Prince “Little Red Corvette” (1982)
322. Soft Cell “Tainted Love” (1981)
323. Cutting Crew “I Just Died in Your Arms” (1986)
324. Bob Dylan “Jokerman” (1983)
325. Lou Reed “Dirty Blvd.” (1989)
326. John Fogerty “Centerfield” (1985)
327. Steely Dan “Hey Nineteen” (1980)
328. Violent Femmes “Gone Daddy Gone” (1983)
329. Psychedelic Furs “Heartbreak Beat” (1987)
330. George Michael “Faith” (1987)

331. Grace Jones “Pull Up to the Bumper” (1981)
332. Romantics “What I Like About You” (1980)
333. Stevie Wonder “Master Blaster (Jammin’)” (1980)
334. Devo “Whip It” (1980)
335. Robert Palmer “Addicted to Love” (1985)
336. ABC “The Look of Love” (1982)
337. Lucinda Williams “I Just Wanted to See You So Bad” (1988)
338. Ozzy Osbourne “Crazy Train” (1980)
339. Jody Watley “Real Love” (1989)
340. The Fixx “Saved by Zero” (1983)

341. Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” (1987)
342. Grant, Eddy “Electric Avenue” (1982)
343. Irene Cara “Flashdance...What a Feelin’” (1983)
344. Leonard Cohen “Everybody Knows” (1988)
345. Elvis Costello “Clubland” (1980)
346. Simple Minds “Sanctify Yourself” (1985)
347. Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes” (1981)
348. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Higher Ground” (1989)
349. Edie Brickell & New Bohemians “What I Am” (1988)
350. Cyndi Lauper “True Colors” (1986)

351. Joe Jackson “You Can’t Get What You Want” (1984)
352. Wang Chung “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” (1986)
353. Greg Kihn Band “The Breakup Song” (1981)
354. The Waterboys “The Whole of the Moon” (1985)
355. Terence Trent D’Arby “Wishing Well” (1987)
356. Judas Priest “Living After Midnight” (1980)
357. The Human League “Keep Feeling Fascination” (1983)
358. Blondie “The Tide Is High” (1980)
359. Stone Roses “She Bangs the Drums” (1989)
360. Iggy Pop “Real Wild Child (Wild One)” (1986)

361. Young M.C. “Bust a Move” (1989)
362. Siouxsie & the Banshees “Peek-A-Boo” (1988)
363. Paul McCartney “Ball Room Dancing” (1982)
364. Kenny Loggins “Footloose” (1984)
365. The Specials “Ghost Town” (1981)
366. John Hiatt “Have a Little Faith in Me” (1987)
367. Heart “These Dreams” (1985)
368. Orange Juice “Rip It Up” (1982)
369. Run-D.M.C. “You Be Illin’” (1986)
370. The Replacements “Kiss Me on the Bus” (1985)

371. Stray Cats “Rock This Town” (1981)
372. Time, The “The Bird” (1984)
373. Talk Talk “Talk Talk” (1982)
374. Toni Basil “Mickey” (1981)
375. The Police “Driven to Tears” (1980)
376. U2 “Bullet the Blue Sky” (1987)
377. Beastie Boys “Girls” (1986)
378. R.E.M. “Finest Worksong” (1987)
379. Duran Duran “The Reflex” (1983)
380. Madonna “Holiday” (1983)

381. Pretenders “Middle of the Road” (1983)
382. Sonic Youth “Teenage Riot” (1988)
383. The Selecter “Too Much Pressure” (1980)
384. The B-52’s “Private Idaho” (1980)
385. N.W.A. “Express Yourself” (1988)
386. EPMD “So Wat Cha Sayin’” (1989)
387. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble “The House Is Rockin’” (1989)
388. Phil Collins “I Wish It Would Rain Down” (1989)
389. INXS “New Sensation” (1987)
390. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers “Jammin’ Me” (1987)

391. Prince “When You Were Mine” (1980)
392. The Smiths “Stop Me if You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” (1987)
393. Squeeze “Pulling Mussels from the Shell” (1980)
394. Billy Idol “Dancing with Myself” (1981)
395. Roxy Music “Avalon” (1982)
396. Lyle Lovett “If I Had a Boat” (1988)
397. Elton John “I Don’t Want to Go on with You Like That” (1988)
398. X “Burning House of Love” (1985)
399. The Dream Academy “Life in a Northern Town” (1985)
400. Fishbone “Party at Ground Zero” (1985)


401. Nirvana “Love Buzz” (1988)
402. AC/DC “You Shook Me All Night Long” (1980)
403. Bruce Springsteen “My Hometown” (1984)
404. John Mellencamp “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” (1985)
405. Depeche Mode “New Life” (1981)
406. Public Image Ltd. “Rise” (1986)
407. Love and Rockets “Kindalini Express” (1986)
408. Mission of Burma “Academy Fight Song” (1980)
409. David Bowie “Zeroes” (1987)
410. Lindsey Buckingham “Holiday Road” (1983)

411. New Order “Ceremony” (1981)
412. The Cars “Drive” (1984)
413. Los Lobos “La Bamba” (1987)
414. The Rolling Stones “Harlem Shuffle” (1986)
415. The Kinks “Come Dancing” (1983)
416. Hüsker Dü “Celebrated Summer” (1984)
417. Big Audio Dynamite “E = mc2” (1985)
418. Talking Heads “Road to Nowhere” (1985)
419. Pixies “Gigantic” (1988)
420. Morrissey “Everyday Is Like Sunday” (1988)

421. Genesis “No Replay at All” (1981)
422. Bob Marley & the Wailers “Could You Be Loved” (1980)
423. Elvis Costello “Brilliant Mistake” (1986)
424. The Rainmakers “Downstream” (1986)
425. Bananarama “Venus” (1986)
426. The Cure “The Love Cats” (1983)
427. De La Soul “Eye Know” (1989)
428. Queen “Radio Ga-Ga” (1984)
429. Janet Jackson “Love Will Never Do Without You” (1989)
430. The Clash “The Magnificent Seven” (1980)

431. Van Halen “Drop Dead Legs” (1984)
432. Run-D.M.C. “It’s Tricky” (1986)
433. The Replacements “Here Comes a Regular” (1985)
434. Guns N’ Roses “Paradise City” (1989)
435. Harold Faltermeyer “Axel F” (1985)
436. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Hate Myself for Loving You” (1988)
437. Peter Gabriel “Mercy Street” (1986)
438. Midnight Star “No Parking on the Dance Floor” (1984)
439. Re-Flex “The Politics of Dancing” (1983)
440. The English Beat “Mirror in the Bathroom” (1980)

441. Robert Plant “In the Mood” (1983)
442. Stevie Wonder “Happy Birthday” (1980)
443. Scritti Politti “Perfect Way” (1985)
444. Anita Baker “Giving You the Best That I Got” (1988)
445. Peter Murphy “Cuts You Up” (1990)
446. Thomas Dolby “She Blinded Me with Science” (1982)
447. Lipps Inc. “Funky Town” (1980)
448. Psychedelic Furs “Heaven” (1984)
449. Cocteau Twins “Carolyn’s Fingers” (1988)
450. Wall of Voodoo “Mexican Radio” (1982)

451. The Highwaymen (Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, & Kris Kristofferson) “Highwayman” (1985)
452. Kurtis Blow “Breaks, The” (1980)
453. The Police “De Do Do Do De Da Da Da” (1980)
454. U2 “One Tree Hill” (1987)
455. Beastie Boys “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” (1986)
456. R.E.M. “Stand” (1988)
457. Duran Duran “New Moon on Monday” (1983)
458. Madonna “Into the Groove” (1985)
459. Pretenders “My City Was Gone” (1982)
460. Eurythmics “Would I Lie to You?” (1985)

461. Men Without Hats “The Safety Dance” (1983)
462. Devo “Freedom of Choice” (1980)
463. Eric B. & Rakim “Microphone Fiend” (1988)
464. Rush “Subdivisions” (1982)
465. Asia “Heat of the Moment” (1982)
466. Donna Summer “She Works Hard for the Money” (1983)
467. Billy Joel “We Didn’t Start the Fire” (1989)
468. Yazoo “Only You” (1982)
469. Musical Youth “Pass the Dutchie” (1982)
470. The Jam “That’s Entertainment” (1980)

471. The Plimsouls “A Million Miles Away” (1982)
472. Icicle Works “Whisper to a Scream (Birds Fly)” (1983)
473. Missing Persons “Walking in L.A.” (1982)
474. Rockwell with Michael Jackson “Somebody’s Watching Me” (1984)
475. Echo & the Bunnymen “Bring on the Dancing Horses” (1985)
476. Madness “Our House” (1982)
477. Artists United Against Apartheid “Sun City” (1985)
478. Alphaville “Big in Japan” (1984)
479. Eazy-E “Boyz-N-the-Hood” (1987)
480. When in Rome “The Promise” (1988)

481. 10,000 Maniacs “You Happy Puppet” (1989)
482. The The “This Is the Day” (1983)
483. Marshall Crenshaw “There She Goes Again” (1982)
484. The Tubes “She’s a Beauty” (1983)
485. John Mellencamp “Cherry Bomb” (1987)
486. M/A/R/R/S “Pump Up the Volume” (1987)
487. Yello “Oh Yeah” (1985)
488. Laurie Anderson “O Superman” (1981)
489. Roy Orbison “You Got It” (1989)
490. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble “Tightrope” (1989)

491. Phil Collins “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) ” (1984)
492. INXS “Mystify” (1987)
493. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers “Don’t Come Around Here No More” (1985)
494. Run-D.M.C. “Jam-Master Jammin’” (1985)
495. The Replacements “Hold My Life” (1985)
496. Prince “Sign ‘O’ the Times” (1987)
497. The Smiths “Paint a Vulgar Picture” (1987)
498. Squeeze “Black Coffee in Bed” (1982)
499. Billy Idol “White Wedding” (1983)
500. Jane’s Addiction “Mountain Song” (1988)


501. Daryl Hall & John Oates “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” (1981)
502. Todd Rundgren “Bang the Drum All Day” (1982)
503. XTC “The Mayor of Simpleton” (1989)
504. UB40 “Red Red Wine” (1988)
505. Slick Rick “Children’s Story” (1989)
506. Kraftwerk “Computer Love” (1981)
507. Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard “Pancho and Lefty” (1983)
508. Michael Penn “No Myth” (1989)
509. The Godfathers “Birth School Work Death” (1988)
510. Cameo “Word Up” (1986)

511. The Cult “Fire Woman” (1989)
512. Bob Dylan “Every Grain of Sand” (1981)
513. The Motels “Only the Lonely” (1982)
514. Howard Jones “Things Can Only Get Better” (1985)
515. Willie Nelson “Always on My Mind” (1982)
516. Public Enemy “Don’t Believe the Hype” (1988)
517. Pat Benatar “Love Is a Battlefield” (1983)
518. The Jesus & Mary Chain “April Skies” (1987)
519. Joan Armatrading “I Love It When You Call Me Names” (1983)
520. Romeo Void “A Girl in Trouble Is a Temporary Thing” (1984)

521. Scandal “Goodbye to You” (1982)
522. Pet Shop Boys “Always on My Mind” (1987)
523. King Crimson “Sleepless” (1984)
524. Grace Jones “Warm Leatherette” (1980)
525. Nu Shooz “I Can’t Wait” (1986)
526. Housemartins “Happy Hour” (1986)
527. The Specials “Free Nelson Mandela” (1984)
528. Animotion “Obsession” (1985)
529. Lou Reed “Doin’ the Things That We Want To” (1984)
530. Stevie Wonder “Do I Do” (1982)

531. The Police “King of Pain” (1983)
532. U2 “Desire” (1988)
533. Beastie Boys “Brass Monkey” (1986)
534. R.E.M. “Pop Song 89” (1988)
535. Duran Duran “A View to a Kill” (1985)
536. Madonna “Material Girl” (1985)
537. Pretenders “Back on the Chain Gang” (1982)
538. After the Fire “Der Kommissar” (1983)
539. Laura Branigan “Self Control” (1984)
540. Frank Sinatra “Theme from New York New York” (1980)

541. Sheila E. “The Glamorous Life” (1984)
542. James Brown “Living in America” (1985)
543. Paul McCartney with Michael Jackson “Say Say Say” (1983)
544. The Style Council “My Ever Changing Moods” (1984)
545. The Kings “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ to Glide” (1980)
546. The Pogues “Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah” (1988)
547. General Public “Tenderness” (1984)
548. Golden Earring “Twilight Zone” (1982)
549. Melissa Etheridge “Like the Way I Do” (1988)
550. Naked Eyes “Promises Promises” (1983)

551. Steve Earle “Guitar Town” (1986)
552. Culture Club “Karma Chameleon” (1983)
553. J. Geils Band “Freeze Frame” (1981)
554. Frida Lyngstad “I Know There’s Something Going On” (1982)
555. Hooters “And We Danced” (1985)
556. John Waite “Missing You” (1984)
557. Run-D.M.C. “Rock Box” (1984)
558. The Replacements “Bastards of Young” (1985)
559. Bruce Springsteen “Brilliant Disguise” (1987)
560. John Mellencamp “Rain on the Scarecrow” (1985)

561. Depeche Mode “Behind the Wheel/Route 66” (1987)
562. Public Image Ltd. “This Is Not a Love Song” (1983)
563. Love and Rockets “No New Tale to Tell” (1987)
564. Mission of Burma “That’s When I Reach for My Revolver” (1981)
565. David Bowie “Ashes to Ashes” (1980)
566. Lindsey Buckingham “Trouble” (1981)
567. New Order “Age of Consent” (1983)
568. The Cars “Touch and Go” (1980)
569. Los Lobos “Will the Wolf Survive” (1984)
570. The Kinks “Better Things” (1981)

571. Hüsker Dü “These Important Years” (1987)
572. The Rolling Stones “Emotional Rescue” (1980)
573. Big Audio Dynamite “Medicine Show” (1985)
574. Talking Heads “The Great Curve” (1980)
575. Pixies “Debaser” (1989)
576. Morrissey “Suedehead” (1988)
577. Genesis “Abacab” (1981)
578. Bob Marley & the Wailers “Buffalo Soldier” (1983)
579. Elvis Costello “Shipbuilding” (1983)
580. The Rainmakers “Nobody Knows” (1984)

581. Bananarama “Cruel Summer” (1983)
582. The Cure “Lullaby” (1989)
583. De La Soul “The Magic Number” (1989)
584. Queen “I Want to Break Free” (1984)
585. Janet Jackson “Rhythm Nation” (1989)
586. The Clash “Rock the Casbah” (1982)
587. Van Halen “I’ll Wait” (1984)
588. Berlin “Metro, The” (1983)
589. Dire Straits “So Far Away” (1985)
590. Aretha Franklin “Freeway of Love” (1985)

591. Fine Young Cannibals “Good Thing” (1989)
592. The Who “Eminence Front” (1982)
593. Bauhaus “She’s in Parties” (1983)
594. Pete Townshend “Let My Love Open the Door” (1980)
595. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble “Crossfire” (1989)
596. Phil Collins “Sussudio” (1985)
597. INXS “The One Thing” (1982)
598. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers “You Got Lucky” (1982)
599. Prince “Batdance” (1989)
600. The Smiths “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” (1984)


601. Squeeze “Another Nail in My Heart” (1980)
602. Billy Idol “Hot in the City” (1982)
603. New Edition “Candy Girl” (1983)
604. Steve Winwood “Higher Love” (1986)
605. Ramones “We Want the Airwaves” (1981)
606. Split Enz “One Step Ahead” (1980)
607. Erasure “Chains of Love” (1988)
608. Violent Femmes “Add It Up” (1983)
609. The Police “Synchronicity II “ (1983)
610. U2 “Sweetest Thing” (1987)

611. Beastie Boys “Paul Revere” (1986)
612. R.E.M. “Don’t Go Back to Rockville” (1984)
613. Duran Duran “Notorious” (1986)
614. Madonna “Papa Don’t Preach” (1986)
615. Pretenders “Don’t Get Me Wrong” (1986)
616. Black Flag “TV Party” (1981)
617. Buster Poindexter “Hot Hot Hot!” (1987)
618. Neneh Cherry “Buffalo Stance” (1988)
619. Run-D.M.C. “Is It Live” (1986)
620. The Replacements “Alex Chilton” (1987)

621. Chaka Khan with Rufus “Ain’t Nobody” (1983)
622. The Go-Go’s “Vacation” (1982)
623. The Kinks “Destroyer” (1981)
624. Dazz Band “Let It Whip” (1982)
625. Dead Kennedys “Holiday in Cambodia” (1980)
626. Kate Bush “This Woman’s Work” (1988)
627. Rick James “Super Freak” (1981)
628. They Might Be Giants “Don’t Let’s Start” (1986)
629. Christopher Cross “Ride Like the Wind” (1979)
630. Prefab Sprout “When Love Breaks Down” (1984)

631. Rockpile “Teacher Teacher” (1980)
632. The Sugarcubes “Birthday” (1987)
633. Peter Gabriel with Kate Bush “Don’t Give Up” (1986)
634. Sinéad O’Connor “I Want Your Hands on Me” (1987)
635. Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel “White Lines (Don’t Do It)” (1983)
636. Tears for Fears “Sowing the Seeds of Love” (1989)
637. Dead or Alive “You Spin Me Round Like a Record” (1984)
638. Huey Lewis & the News “I Want a New Drug” (1983)
639. Bow Wow Wow “I Want Candy” (1882)
640. Glenn Frey “Heat Is On, The” (1984)

641. Velvet Underground “Foggy Notion” (recorded 1969, released 1985)
642. Tommy Tutone “867-5309/Jenny” (1982)
643. LL Cool J “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” (1985)
644. A Flock of Seagulls “Wishing (If I Had a Photograph)” (1982)
645. The Power Station “Some Like It Hot” (1985)
646. ABC “Poison Arrow” (1982)
647. T’Pau “Heart and Soul” (1987)
648. ZZ Top “Sharp Dressed Man” (1983)
649. Suzanne Vega “Luka” (1987)
650. The Waitresses “I Know What Boys Like” (1982)

651. Camper Van Beethoven “Take the Skinheads Bowling” (1985)
652. David Bowie with Pat Metheny “This Is Not America” (1985)
653. Kurtis Blow “Basketball” (1985)
654. The Flaming Lips “Begs and Aching” (1989)
655. World Party “Ship of Fools” (1986)
656. Fine Young Cannibals “Johnny Come Home” (1985)
657. Love and Rockets “Ball of Confusion” (1985)
658. ABC “Be Near Me” (1985)
659. Art of Noise “Close (To the Edit)” (1984)
660. The Brains “Money Changes Everything” (1978)

661. Wham! “Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)” (1982)
662. My Bloody Valentine “You Made Me Realise” (1988)
663. Kraftwerk “Tour De France” (1983)
664. Tears for Fears “Pale Shelter” (1982)
665. Red Hot Chili Peppers “True Men Don’t Kill Coyotes” (1984)
666. The Belle Stars “Iko Iko” (1982)
667. Sinéad O’Connor “Troy” (1987)
668. The dB’s “Amplifier” (1982)
669. ZZ Top “Gimme All Your Lovin’” (1983)
670. Elvis Costello “Man Out of Time” (1982)

671. Eurythmics “Missionary Man” (1986)
672. Prince “Controversy” (1981)
673. R.E.M. “7 Chinese Bros.” (1985)
674. Eric B. & Rakim “Eric B. Is President” (1987)
675. XTC “Generals and Majors” (1980)
676. Alan Parsons Project “Eye in the Sky” (1982)
677. Chris Isaak “Dancin’” (1985)
678. Heart “Alone” (1987)
679. Marshall Crenshaw “Whenever You’re on My Mind” (1983)
680. Talking Heads “Born Under Punches” (1980)

681. The Police “Wrapped Around Your Finger” (1983)
682. The Cure “Hot Hot Hot!!!” (1987)
683. The Rolling Stones “Mixed Emotions” (1989)
684. The Smiths “Hand in Glove” (1983)
685. U2 “October” (1981)
686. U2 with B.B. King “When Love Comes to Town” (1988)
687. Queen “I Want It All” (1989)
688. They Might Be Giants “Ana Ng” (1988)
689. Information Society “What’s on Your Mind (Pure Energy)” (1988)
690. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers “Change of Heart” (1982)

691. Culture Club “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” (1982)
692. Madonna “Express Yourself” (1989)
693. Genesis “Invisible Touch” (1986)
694. Beastie Boys “Hold It Now Hit It” (1986)
695. The Clash “Police on My Back” (1980)
696. Squeeze “Annie Get Your Gun” (1982)
697. Men at Work “Be Good Johnny” (1981)
698. E.U. “Da Butt” (1988)
699. Wang Chung “To Live and Die in L.A.” (1985)
700. Randy Newman “I Love L.A.” (1983)


701. Van Halen “Little Guitars” (1982)
702. Janet Jackson “Black Cat” (1989)
703. Robert Palmer “Looking for Clues” (1980)
704. Joe Jackson “Breaking Us in Two” (1982)
705. X “Johnny Hit and Run Paulene” (1980)
706. Paul Simon “Late in the Evening” (1980)
707. David Bowie “Scary Monsters and Super Creeps” (1980)
708. Bruce Springsteen “Tunnel of Love” (1987)
709. Billy Idol “Flesh for Fantasy” (1983)
710. New Order “Love Vigilantes” (1985)

711. Bangles “Hero Takes a Fall” (1984)
712. Dire Straits “Walk of Life” (1985)
713. Ultravox “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes” (1984)
714. Prince “Starfish and Coffee” (1987)
715. R.E.M. “Begin the Begin” (1986)
716. Elvis Costello “The Loved Ones” (1982)
717. Duran Duran “Careless Memories” (1981)
718. Daryl Hall & John Oates “One on One” (1982)
719. Depeche Mode “A Question of Time” (1986)
720. Pretenders “English Roses” (1981)

721. The Cars “Since You’re Gone” (1981)
722. Big Audio Dynamite “Contact” (1989)
723. Biz Markie “Make the Music with Your Mouth, Biz” (1986)
724. Kate Bush “Cloudbursting” (1985)
725. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble “Look at Little Sister” (1985)
726. Public Enemy “Rebel Without a Pause” (1987)
727. The Replacements “Within Your Reach” (1983)
728. The Rainmakers “Snake Dance” (1987)
729. Cyndi Lauper “She Bop” (1983)
730. Queensryche “Eyes of a Stranger” (1988)

731. INXS “Listen Like Thieves” (1985)
732. Sade “The Sweetest Taboo” (1985)
733. Soul II Soul “Back to Life” (1989)
734. Bronski Beat “Smalltown Boy” (1984)
735. John Mellencamp “Authority Song” (1983)
736. The B-52’s “Channel Z” (1989)
737. Hooters “All You Zombies” (1985)
738. Stetsasonic “Talkin’ All That Jazz” (1988)
739. Trio “Da Da Da” (1981)
740. Meat Puppets “Lake of Fire” (1984)

741. Romeo Void “Never Say Never” (1982)
742. Throwing Muses “Dizzy” (1989)
743. Kenny Loggins “I’m Alright” (1980)
744. Talking Heads “Stay Up Late” (1985)
745. The Police “Canary in a Coal Mine” (1980)
746. The Cure “Fascination Street” (1989)
747. The Rolling Stones “Heaven” (1981)
748. The Smiths “Still Ill” (1984)
749. U2 “All I Want Is You” (1988)
750. Steve Miller Band “Abracadabra” (1982)

751. A Flock of Seagulls “Space Age Love Song” (1982)
752. Yazoo “Situation” (1982)
753. Taco “Puttin’ on the Ritz” (1983)
754. Eddie Murphy “Party All the Time” (1985)
755. Timbuk 3 “The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades” (1986)
756. Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton “Islands in the Stream” (1983)
757. Prince & the Revolution “Pop Life” (1985)
758. R.E.M. “World Leader Pretend” (1988)
759. Neneh Cherry “Kisses on the Wind” (1989)
760. Arcadia “Election Day” (1985)

761. Sheila E. “A Love Bizarre” (1985)
762. Faith No More “We Care a Lot” (1985)
763. Rush “The Analog Kid” (1982)
764. The The “Uncertain Smile” (1982)
765. The The with Sinéad O’Connor “Kingdom of Rain” (1989)
766. Def Leppard “Love Bites” (1987)
767. Fleetwood Mac “Everywhere” (1987)
768. Jim Carroll Band “People Who Died” (1980)
769. Herbie Hancock “Rock-It” (1983)
770. Billy Bragg “A New England” (1983)

771. The Call “The Walls Came Down” (1983)
772. The Fixx “Red Skies” (1982)
773. Erasure “A Little Respect” (1988)
774. Cher “If I Could Turn Back Time” (1989)
775. Roxy Music “The Main Thing” (1982)
776. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers “A Woman in Love” (1981)
777. Culture Club “Time (Clock of the Heart)” (1982)
778. Madonna “Causing a Commotion” (1987)
779. Genesis “Tonight Tonight Tonight” (1986)
780. Beastie Boys “Egg Man” (1989)

781. The Clash “Rudie Can’t Fail” (1979)
782. Kajagoogoo “Too Shy” (1983)
783. Sparks “Angst in My Pants” (1982)
784. Oingo Boingo “Weird Science” (1985)
785. Camper Van Beethoven “Eye of Fatima” (1988)
786. Stevie Wonder “All I Do” (1980)
787. Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” (1982)
788. Devo “Girl U Want” (1980)
789. Peter Gabriel “Biko” (1980)
790. R.E.M. “Superman” (1986)

791. Boomtown Rats “Up All Night” (1981)
792. Gary Numan “M.E.” (1979)
793. Tom Petty “Yer So Bad” (1989)
794. Missing Persons “Destination Unknown” (1982)
795. Samantha Fox “Touch Me (I Want Your Body)” (1986)
796. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble “Texas Flood” (1983)
797. The Waterboys “Fisherman’s Blues” (1988)
798. Patti Smith “People Have the Power” (1988)
799. The Motels “Suddenly Last Summer” (1983)
800. Mary Jane Girls “In My House” (1985)


801. Prince & the Revolution “New Position” (1986)
802. Aztec Camera “Oblivious” (1983)
803. The Gipsy Kings “Bamboleo” (1988)
804. R.E.M. “Laughing” (1983)
805. King Crimson “Elephant Talk” (1981)
806. Joy Division “Atmosphere” (1980)
807. The Style Council “Long Hot Summer” (1983)
808. Talking Heads “Girlfriend Is Better” (1983)
809. The Police “Invisible Sun” (1981)
810. The Cure “Inbetween Days (Without You)” (1985)

811. The Rolling Stones “Slipping Away” (1989)
812. The Smiths “Frankly Mr. Shankly” (1986)
813. U2 “40” (1983)
814. Madness “Baggy Trousers” (1980)
815. Pet Shop Boys “It’s a Sin” (1987)
816. Flesh for Lulu “I Go Crazy” (1987)
817. Siouxsie & the Banshees “Cities in Dust” (1985)
818. Donna Summer “The Wanderer” (1980)
819. Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Two Tribes” (1984)
820. Spinal Tap “Big Bottom” (1984)

821. Baltimora “Tarzan Boy” (1985)
822. Thompson Twins “Lay Your Hands on Me” (1984)
823. Lenny Kravitz “Let Love Rule” (1989)
824. Hüsker Dü “Hardly Getting Over It” (1986)
825. Joe Satriani “Surfing with the Alien” (1987)
826. Murray Head “One Night in Bangkok” (1984)
827. The Power Station “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” (1985)
828. Jody Watley “Looking for a New Love” (1987)
829. The Teardrop Explodes “When I Dream” (1990)
830. Van Halen “Dirty Movies” (1981)

831. Janet Jackson “What Have You Done for Me Lately” (1986)
832. Robert Palmer “Johnny and Mary” (1980)
833. Joe Jackson “Right and Wrong” (1986)
834. X “4th of July” (1987)
835. Paul Simon “The Boy in the Bubble” (1986)
836. David Bowie “Magic Dance” (1986)
837. Bruce Springsteen “Cover Me” (1984)
838. Billy Idol “Eyes Without a Face” (1983)
839. New Order “The Perfect Kiss” (1985)
840. Bangles “In Your Room” (1988)

841. Dire Straits “Skateaway” (1980)
842. Ultravox “Reap the Wild Wind” (1982)
843. Prince “D.M.S.R.” (1982)
844. R.E.M. “Pretty Persuasion” (1984)
845. Elvis Costello “From a Whisper to a Scream” (1981)
846. Duran Duran “Planet Earth” (1981)
847. Daryl Hall & John Oates “Private Eyes” (1981)
848. Depeche Mode “Blasphemous Rumours” (1984)
849. Pretenders “Tattooed Love Boys” (1979)
850. The Cars “Magic” (1984)

851. Big Audio Dynamite “C’mon Every Beatbox” (1986)
852. Biz Markie “Vapors” (1988)
853. Kate Bush “Hounds of Love” (1985)
854. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble “Love Struck Baby” (1983)
855. Public Enemy “Night of the Living Baseheads” (1988)
856. The Replacements “Anywhere Better Than Here” (1989)
857. The Rainmakers “Rockin’ at the T-Dance” (1986)
858. Chaka Khan “Through the Fire” (1985)
859. Anita Baker “Caught Up in the Rapture” (1986)
860. Billy Joel “Goodnight Saigon” (1983)

861. Bob Dylan “Everything Is Broken” (1989)
862. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers “Rebels” (1985)
863. Culture Club “Church of the Poison Mind” (1983)
864. Madonna “Burning Up” (1983)
865. Genesis “Man on the Corner” (1981)
866. Beastie Boys “Shake Your Rump” (1989)
867. The Clash “Somebody Got Murdered” (1980)
868. Split Enz “History Never Repeats” (1981)
869. Run-D.M.C. “It’s Like That” (1983)
870. Toots & the Maytals “Hard to Handle” (1989)

871. Fiction Factory “Feels Like Heaven” (1984)
872. Tones on Tail “Go!” (1984)
873. Adam & the Ants “Ant Music” (1980)
874. Talking Heads “Sax and Violins” (1991)
875. The Traveling Wilburys “End of the Line” (1988)
876. Richard & Linda Thompson “Wall of Death” (1982)
877. The Police “Spirits in the Material World” (1981)
878. The Cure “Let’s Go to Bed” (1982)
879. The Rolling Stones “She’s So Cold” (1980)
880. The Smiths “Bigmouth Strikes Again” (1986)

881. U2 “The Unforgettable Fire” (1984)
882. J. Geils Band “Love Stinks” (1980)
883. Cocteau Twins “Lorelei” (1984)
884. Billy Squier “Everybody Wants You” (1982)
885. Michelle Shocked “Anchorage” (1988)
886. Psychedelic Furs “Pretty in Pink” (1981)
887. 10,000 Maniacs “Trouble Me” (1989)
888. Living Colour “Cult of Personality” (1988)
889. Prince “Delirious” (1982)
890. R.E.M. “Moral Kiosk” (1983)

891. Pixies “Hey” (1989)
892. MC Lyte “Cha Cha Cha” (1989)
893. Haircut 100 “Love Plus One” (1982)
894. Tone Loc “Wild Thing” (1988)
895. Slade “Run Runaway” (1983)
896. Ramones “The KKK Took My Baby Away” (1981)
897. Huey Lewis & the News “Back in Time” (1985)
898. Was (Not Was) “Walk the Dinosaur” (1987)
899. Terence Trent D’Arby “Sign Your Name” (1987)
900. Pat Benatar “You Better Run” (1980)


901. Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians “Balloon Man” (1988)
902. Grateful Dead “Touch of Grey” (1987)
903. Blondie “Atomic” (1979)
904. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “Crimson and Clover” (1981)
905. John Lennon “Nobody Told Me” (1984)
906. The Alarm “Rain in the Summertime” (1987)
907. Bruce Hornsby & the Range “Mandolin Rain” (1986)
908. Technotronic “Pump Up the Jam” (1989)
909. Astley, Rick “Never Gonna Give You Up” (1987)

* These are not typos. These songs apparently were so good they made the 1980s list even though they were released in the 1970s. In some cases, it’s because of a re-release such as a remix or live version. Other times it appears that 90.9 The Bridge just missed the mark.


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First posted 11/28/2021.