’80s Week: 80 Best Songs of The ’80s

The 1980s are known for neon colors, scrunchies, and Rubik’s Cubes. But what we remember most is the music. We asked our anchors, correspondents, producers and viewers what their favorite ’80s songs were and we’ve put together this list of some of the decade’s best music. It’s by no means exhaustive or definitive — but it will certainly bring back some memories.

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In no particular order, our list:

  1. “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield
  2. “Mickey” by Toni Basil
  3. “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club
  4. “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” by Deniece Williams
  5. “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds
  6. “Everybody Wants to Rule The World” by Tears for Fears
  7. “Hungry Like The Wolf” by Duran Duran
  8. “Take On Me” by a-ha
  9. “Walk Like An Egyptian” by The Bangles
  10. “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” by Cutting Crew
  11. “Manic Monday” by the Bangles
  12. “Beat It” by Michael Jackson
  13. “How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston
  14. “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins
  15. “Invisible Touch” by Genesis
  16. “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” by Billy Ocean
  17. “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins
  18. “We Built This City” by Starship
  19. “My Prerogative” by Bobby Brown
  20. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
  21. “We Didn’t Start The Fire” by Billy Joel
  22. “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson
  23. “Bizarre Love Triangle” by New Order
  24. “Centerfold” by J. Geils Band
  25. “Every Breath You Take” by The Police
  26. “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” by The Police
  27. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston
  28. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson
  29. “Stand” by R.E.M.
  30. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2
  31. “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John
  32. “All Night Long (All Night)” by Lionel Richie
  33. “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul
  34. “In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins
  35. “The Lady in Red” by Chris De Burgh
  36. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by the Eurythmics
  37. “Purple Rain” by Prince & The Revolution
  38. “Little Red Corvette” by Prince
  39. “Dancing In The Dark” by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
  40. “Call Me” by Blondie
  41. “Wild Wild West” by The Escape Club
  42. “Private Eyes” by Daryl Hall and John Oates
  43. “Jack & Diane” by John Mellencamp
  44. “Missing You” by John Waite
  45. “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell
  46. “With or Without You” by U2
  47. “Born in The U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
  48. “Africa” by Toto
  49. “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper
  50. “I Melt With You” by Modern English
  51. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard
  52. “Chariots of Fire” by Vangelis
  53. “Eye of The Tiger” by Survivor
  54. “Down Under” by Men at Work
  55. “Flashdance… What A Feeling” by Irene Cara
  56. “Total Eclipse of The Heart” by Bonnie Tyler
  57. “Hello” by Lionel Richie
  58. “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince & The Revolution
  59. “Like A Virgin” by Madonna
  60. “I Just Called to Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder
  61. “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon
  62. “Juke Box Hero” by Foreigner
  63. “St. Elmo’s Fire [Man in Motion]” by John Parr
  64. “Kiss” by Prince & The Revolution
  65. “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi
  66. “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake
  67. “Faith” by George Michael
  68. “Need You Tonight” by INXS
  69. “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin
  70. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
  71. “Red Red Wine” by UB40
  72. “Like A Prayer” by Madonna
  73. “Material Girl” by Madonna
  74. “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
  75. “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison
  76. “Video Killed The Radio Star” by The Buggles
  77. “Come On Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners
  78. “Don’t You Want Me” by The Human League
  79. “Jenny (867-5309)” by Tommy Tutone
  80. “I Wanna Rock” by Twisted Sister
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