Top Duran Duran Songs From the '80s

Updated on October 18, 2019
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Duran Duran at the Scotiabank Arena, Toronto in April 2005.
Duran Duran at the Scotiabank Arena, Toronto in April 2005. | Source

Duran Duran has so many great songs to choose from! I hope you enjoy these '80s tracks from Duran Duran's first three albums. They moved me back then, and they continue to move me now.

Top '80s Songs From Duran Duran

  1. "Planet Earth"
  2. "Anyone out there"
  3. "Rio"
  4. "Save a Prayer"
  5. "My Own Way"
  6. "Last Chance on the Stairway"
  7. "New Moon on Monday"
  8. "Seventh Stranger"

1. "Planet Earth"

Album: Duran Duran

Release Year: 1981

First up is the very popular "Planet Earth." It was from their first album and was their debut single. My favorite lyrics from the song are: "only came outside to watch the nightfall with the rain." The song's romantic video was pretty over-the-top and I still remember Simon’s wild-looking pants and shirt as he swayed side to side. I was a kid when this came out, but it got a lot of air play for several years. I appreciated the oddity more as time went on. It’s a great song to raise the energy when you need a boost. It's a great song to add to an '80s party playlist too.

Look now, look all around, there's no sign of life

Voices, another sound, can you hear me now?

This is planet earth you're looking at planet earth

Bop bop bop bop bop bop bop bop this is planet earth…

— Duran Duran ("Planet Earth")

2. "Anyone Out There"

Album: Duran Duran

Release Year: 1981

"Anyone Out There" is another song from Duran Duran’s debut album. My favorite lyrics in the song are: “I tried to phone last night, but you never answered, just left me ringing in the air." Many people can relate to the anxiety, uncertainty, and impatience we feel when we haven't heard from our special someone. The song tackles this anxiety-producing topic with a lively vibe that will likely make you feel better about the whole scenario.

I never found out what made you leave

And now the day is over, just an hour to go

I tried to phone last night but you never answered

Just left me ringing on the line…

— Duran Duran ("Anyone Out There")

3. "Rio"

Album: Rio

Release Year: 1982

"Rio," the album's title track, is a classic and fun '80s pop song. The video is fun and fantastic, featuring the band frolicking on the beach. My favorite lyrics in the song are: “cherry ice cream smile, I suppose that’s very nice” and “you know you’re something special and you look like you’re the best.” This is the ultimate song to listen to when you're thinking about your summer crush. While the song tends to be overplayed, I think it holds up very well.

Moving on the floor now babe you're a bird of paradise

Cherry ice cream smile I suppose it's very nice

With a step to your left and a flick to the right

You catch that mirror way out west...

— Duran Duran ("Rio")

4. "Save a Prayer"

Album: Rio

Release Year: 1982

The video for "Save a Prayer" was filmed in Sri Lanka. It's beautifully shot, soulful, and pulls at your heartstrings. This is one of the best slow songs of all time. My favorite lyrics in the song are: “and you wanted to dance, so I asked you to dance but fear is in your soul, some people call it a one night stand but we can call it paradise.”

You saw me standing by the wall corner of a main street

And the lights are flashing on your window sill

All alone ain't much fun so you're looking for the thrill

And you know just what it takes and where to go…

— Duran Duran ("Save a Prayer")

5. "My Own Way"

Album: Rio

Release Year: 1982

My next pick also comes from the album Rio, and it's the complete opposite of "Save a Prayer." "My Own Way" is brash, energetic, fast, and can boost your confidence just by listening to it. The frenetic sound is catchy and the lyrics inspire you to just be yourself. My favorite lyrics in the song are: "I got my own way, I can find my own way." I find them to be so empowering. It is a fun pop song that makes you enthusiastic!

'Cause I've got my own way

I can find my own way

'Cause I've got my own way…

— Duran Duran ("My Own Way")

6. "Last Chance on the Stairway"

Album: Rio

Release Year: 1982

Another one of my favorite songs from Rio is "Last Chance on the Stairway." First off, it’s an interesting title. And, while the lyrics don’t really make sense, there is a feeling of infatuation and passion (or danger) in the air. My favorite lyrics in the song are: “I don’t even know what you’re drinking, but it keeps this heaven alive” and “I’m out of reach, I’ll talk if it feels right." The way the song ends (with the repeated chant of “last chance on the stairway”) sounds lighter than the title would indicate.

And sometimes I'm caught in a landslide

My beat's so in time, can you look at me

I'm out of reach I'll talk if it feels right

So nervous to say, tell me can't you see…

— Duran Duran ("Last Chance on the Stairway")

Falling in Love With Duran Duran

"Seven and the Ragged Tiger" was released in 1983 when I had become a full on tween Duranie. This was one of the first albums I ever bought. What a fantastic album cover. They looked so good! I loved this band so much back then. Every new track they released quickly became my favorite song. I never tired of seeing their videos, and I would read every article I could find in the teen magazines. I'm so glad their music has stood the test of time.

7. "New Moon on Monday"

Album: Seven and the Ragged Tiger

Release Year: 1983

"New Moon on Monday" was a fantastic song with a cool title. It's still one of my favorites. The music video was beautiful and dramatic (the band plays revolutionaries against a French regime). My favorite scene is at the end of the video, when the whole band yells, "I light my torch and wave it for the new moon on monday." It's fun and full of wild energy. While you don’t hear it nearly as much as "Rio" or "Hungry Like the Wolf," this classic pop song is every bit as good. My favorite lyrics in the song are: “shake up the picture, the lizard mixture.”

I light my torch and wave it for the

New moon on Monday

And a fire dance through the night

I stayed the cold day with a lonely satellite…

— Duran Duran ("New Moon on Monday")

8. "Seventh Stranger"

Album: Seven and the Ragged Tiger

Release Year: 1983

My final pick has to be my favorite. "Seventh Stranger" is absolutely sensational. It's one of the most moving and intense love songs I've ever heard. It isn’t always easy to listen to, but it is such a well-written song. The melody is beautiful and the lyrics are painful and passionate. My favorite lyrics in the song are: “was I chasing after rainbows, one thing's for sure, you never answered when I called."

For rumors in the wake of such a lonely crowd

Trading in my shelter for danger

I'm changing my name just as the sun goes down

In the eyes of the stranger…

— Duran Duran ("Seventh Stranger")

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      • lizmalay profile image


        7 months ago from USA

        I love Duran Duran! I remember listening to their songs from my sister's cassette back in the '80s. She is the biggest Duran Duran fan that I've known :) My favorite is Hungry Like the Wolf.


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