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VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '80s

Updated on April 20, 2016

The Complete List #1-100

  1. "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi (1986)
  2. "Pour Some Sugar On Me" by Def Leppard (1987)
  3. "Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran (1982)
  4. "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson (1982)
  5. "When Doves Cry" by Prince (1984)
  6. "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" by Hall & Oates (1981)
  7. "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses (1987)
  8. "Like a Virgin" by Madonna (1984)
  9. "Walk This Way" by Run DMC (1986)
  10. "You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC (1980)
  11. "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey (1981)
  12. "How Will I Know" by Whitney Houston (1985)
  13. "With Or Without You" by U2 (1987)
  14. "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles (1986)
  15. "Jump" by Van Halen (1984)
  16. "Need You Tonight" by INXS (1987)
  17. "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake (1982)
  18. "Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners (1982)
  19. "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper (1984)
  20. "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield (1981)
  21. "Beat It" by Michael Jackson (1982)
  22. "Just Like Heaven" by The Cure (1987)
  23. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper (1984)
  24. "Take On Me" by A-Ha (1985)
  25. "Our Lips Are Sealed" by the Go-Go's (1981)
  26. "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses (1987)
  27. "Too Shy" by Kajagoogoo (1984)
  28. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham! (1984)
  29. "Burning Down the House" by Talking Heads (1983)
  30. "Love is a Battlefield" by Pat Benatar (1983)
  31. "Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie (1981)
  32. "Sister Christian" by Night Ranger (1983)
  33. "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell (1981)
  34. "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" by Poison(1988)
  35. "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins (1981)
  36. "867-5309/Jenny" by Tommy Tutone (1981)
  37. "Janie's Got a Gun" by Aerosmith (1989)
  38. "Pride (In the Name of Love)" by U2 (1984)
  39. "I Melt With You" by Modern English (1982)
  40. "Love Shack" by The B-52's (1989)
  41. "Dr. Feelgood" by Mötley Crüe (1989)
  42. "London Calling" by The Clash (1982)
  43. "Look of Love" by ABC (1982)
  44. "Cruel Summer" by Bananarama (1984)
  45. "Nasty" by Janet Jackson (1986)
  46. "Every Breath You Take" by The Police (1983)
  47. "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister (1984)
  48. "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen (1984)
  49. "Fight For Your Right" by Beastie Boys (1986)
  50. "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" by Eurythmics (1983)
  51. "Round and Round" by Ratt (1984)
  52. "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" by Dead or Alive (1985)
  53. "White Wedding" by Billy Idol (1988)
  54. "Push It" by Salt-N-Pepa (1986)
  55. "I Ran (So Far Away)" by A Flock of Seagulls (1982)
  56. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler (1983)
  57. "Mickey" by Toni Basil (1981)
  58. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" by Culture Club (1982)
  59. "Jack & Diane" by John Mellencamp (1982)
  60. "Bust a Move" by Young M.C. (1989)
  61. "Mr. Roboto" by Styx (1983)
  62. "Take My Breath Away" by Berlin (1986)
  63. "Whip It" by Devo (1980)
  64. "Straight Up" by Paula Abdul (1988)
  65. "I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner (1984)
  66. "Just Can't Get Enough" by Depeche Mode (1981)
  67. "Keep On Loving You" by REO Speedwagon (1980)
  68. "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy (1988)
  69. "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" by R.E.M. (1980)
  70. "I Love Rock N' Roll" by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (1981)
  71. "Super Freak" by Rick James (1981)
  72. "One Thing Leads to Another" by The Fixx (1983)
  73. "99 Luftballons" by Nena (1983)
  74. "Faith" by George Michael (1987)
  75. "Little Red Corvette" by Prince (1983)
  76. "She Blinded Me With Science" by Thomas Dolby (1982)
  77. "Candy Girl" by New Edition (1983)
  78. "Call Me" by Blondie (1980)
  79. "Don't You Want Me?" by Human League (1981)
  80. "It Takes Two" by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock (1988)
  81. "Word Up!" by Cameo (1986)
  82. "Tempted" by Squeeze (1981)
  83. "Kiss" by Prince (1986)
  84. "All Night Long (All Night)" by Lionel Richie (1983)
  85. "Addicted to Love" by Robert Palmer (1985)
  86. "I Want Candy" by Bow Wow Wow (1982)
  87. "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco (1986)
  88. "Ain't Nobody" by Chaka Khan (1989)
  89. "Brass in Pocket" by The Pretenders (1980)
  90. "Wild Thing" by Tone-Loc (1989)
  91. "Walking On Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves (1983)
  92. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" by the New Kids on the Block (1988)
  93. "Cars" by Gary Numan (1980)
  94. "Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones (1981)
  95. "Only in My Dreams" by Debbie Gibson (1987)
  96. "Down Under" by Men at Work (1982)
  97. "What I Like About You" by The Romantics (1980)
  98. "My Perogative" by Bobby Brown (1988)
  99. "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" by Wang Chung (1986)
  100. "Working for the Weekend" by Loverboy (1981)

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      Gab 3 weeks ago

      Owner of a Lonely Heart by YES ???? Where is that song

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      Petro.botha@mweb.co.za 7 weeks ago

      I loved the programme loved the music never thought killer by Michael Jackson was no. 1 song of 80,s. Where did this list come from

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      Miguel 7 weeks ago

      I'd add...

      I've Been Waiting - Foreigner

      Object of My Desire - Starpoint

      Head To Toe - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam

      Shout-Tears for Fears

      Human - Human League

      Maniac - Michael Sembello

      Dammit. Ima make my own list. Lol

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      Konig dave 8 weeks ago

      Bon jovi

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      Pablo NJ 2 months ago

      I loved the music of the Cars surprised not one song. Unforgiveable to leave off this list were Dire Straits - Money for Nothing and Material Girl by Madonna. For chrissake, I heard four radio stations in LA playing Material Girl at the same time. Oh well, no one's perfect.

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      JP 3 months ago

      Maybe everyone complaining about the list should put one together themselves and then we can all criticise that list. Everyone that is criticising should go and find another list that makes you happy,I am sure there is someone else who thinks exactly the way you do and then you can all agree together that you are right. It's so easy to be a critic, it doesn't take much creativity at all. What a bore you supiorior music prats are. You are like a bunch of 3 year olds, and all you have to offer is a tantrum. Grow up. Yes, there are hundreds of omissions, but don't take it all so seriously, it's not life and death, it's just a silly music list.

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      me 3 months ago

      Ever heard of this underground sensation "MICHAEL JACKSON"

      YOU SUCK!!!!

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      Mom 4 months ago

      Great songs

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      Sydney 4 months ago

      I loved all the choices! Could have maybe included "Africa" by Toto though....

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      bob 5 months ago

      who made this list? where is EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD BY TEARS FOR FEARS. THAT SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE. AND CARELESS WHISPER?

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      Judith Williamson 5 months ago

      Does anyone know who sang the song with lyrics you send shrivers up and down my spine?

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      kyle G 5 months ago

      I love the 80's back when i was young

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      Woe 6 months ago

      Africa by TOTO

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      tomas gonzalez 6 months ago

      why is there only one queen song!

      dont stop me now

      we are the champions

      killer queen

      somebody to love

      another one bites the dust

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      Sharon Buck 6 months ago

      Would like to buy this collection

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      Donald Williams 7 months ago

      Karma Chameleon not in your top 100?

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      jam b 8 months ago

      only the young.. Journey

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      MARK 9 months ago

      What an awful list! "It Takes Two" by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock,

      "Word Up!" by Cameo, "Tempted" by Squeeze? Theres about 20 small hits on here, and another 30 that were top 10, so 50 that need replaced by other massive hits. Where's Whats Love Gotta Do With It, Physical, Careless Whisper, We Are The World, On My Own, Waiting For A Girl Like You, Endless Love, heck even Father Figure, Papa Dont Preach, Toy Soldiers, and True Colors belong on here over 50 of these! Ugh... PS If you like hard rock a great album from the 80s is Operation Mindcrime by Queensryche (they did Silent Lucidity).

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      David Perrins 9 months ago

      This list is terrible

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      mylie kinogue 9 months ago

      1 we are the world 2 do they know it's x-mas. richard marx.cars,nik kershaw,howard jones,bryan adams,fleetwood mac,

      michael jackson , prince , madonna , cyndi lauper,billy idol, eurythmics,erasure,duran,inxs,phil collins,whitney houston,split enz,crowded house, cure the smiths.

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      Aubrey Williams 9 months ago

      OK. Who created this list? Where is Don Henley, Depeche Mode...I mean I could go on?

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      Wut 11 months ago

      Where is another one bites the dust?

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      Austin 12 months ago

      Where's Purple Rain??? Easily a top 5 song. Great lyrics, great emotion, and an outstanding guitar solo. My opinion Purple Rain is the greatest song ever

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      Paul 12 months ago

      where in the world is "Bad Name" by Bon Jovi! It was certainly a super hit of the 80's

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      George Morris 15 months ago

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      Christopher 23 months ago from Northridge, CA

      There were some good songs on this list, but I'm a bit disappointed with #1. I've never been much of a Bon Jovi fan; there's a lot of better music, especially from the 80s.

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      nooty 2 years ago

      Not a sign of Kate Bush, what a disgrace.

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      jon_yarbrough@yahoo.com 2 years ago

      Corey Hart - Sunglasses at Night?

      Glenn Frye - Smuggler's Blues?

      Don Henley - Dirty Laundry?

      John Fogerty - The Old Man Down The Road?

      Taco - Puttin' On The Ritz?

      Lita Ford - Kiss Me Deadly?

      Queen - Another One Bites The Dust?

      The Cutting Crew - I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight?

      Blondie - Heart Of Glass?

      Blondie - The Tide Is High?

      Kenny Loggins - I'm All Right?

      Elton John - I'm Still Standing?

      Prince - Purple Rain?

      Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - Crimson And Clover?

      I could go on, but I'm just getting madder. Lol. Who made this list, Justin Bieber?

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      Who dat 2 years ago

      I thought it was a good list :)

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      Kim Warwick 2 years ago

      What happened to Japan they got to #1 with ghost ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ David Sylvian and Adam & the ants ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Them too

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      who 3 years ago

      maria magdalena?

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      To AT 3 years ago

      No? Stones was 60s and 90s not very much 80s

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      At 3 years ago

      Rolling Stones 'Start Me Up' easily in the top 20.

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      sweg 3 years ago

      i luh it

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      So Much 3 years ago

      So do Madonna, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard and many more!

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      sage 3 years ago

      Michael Jackson so desreves more spots on this!

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      Wabadabaooo 3 years ago

      Chrisphils i just wanna remind you about that Be Gees was grat during the 80s. But its a crime that Bryan Adams and Dire Straits is missing

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      Everything But That 3 years ago

      Well Clarebear im 14 too. I Dont have a problem with this list but come on Final Countdown should really be here. You Got To Agree With that. Also a bit more U2, MJ, Bon Jovi, Van Halen and Def Leppard would be nice

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      clarebear 3 years ago

      I like the list because I think it has all of the best songs, I mean sure there are some good songs missing but honestly these were basesd on votes so if you wanted your song you shoulda voted, and if you didnt then I suggest that you shut yourself right up.

      also dont complain because when people that like the lists look at your comments they will start to say bad things about everyone elses comments so you might just be starting something that would have never happened just with your foolish comment.

      I my self may be starting something with all of the haters but i just wanted to say what I thought. And I for one just love all of these songs especially with all the 2013 crud. And I am 14 and that is sayting a lot.

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      chrisphils26 3 years ago

      There are a lot of obvious omissions from this list, but there is no way that Money For Nothing is not on this list, that's ridiculous. Also, no songs by Huey Lewis, Bee Gees, The Cars, Bryan Adams, Toto(Africa), Don Henley (Boys of Summer). Hold Me Now by the Thompson Twins and some other songs probably deserved to make this list over some of the songs on here too.

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      Ellio 3 years ago

      Oj dra mig baklänges va många kommentarer.

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      Something 3 years ago

      Well Stop Complaining But I Got To Agree that some songs misses like:

      Final Countdown - Europe

      Free Fallin - Tom Petty

      Why Cant This Be Love - Van Halen

      Is This Love? - Whitesnake

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      Andrew Winters 4 years ago

      No "Blister in the Sun"???? Come on!!

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      Roberto 4 years ago

      Donde està toto?definitivamente deberìan estar en esta lista,no solo por sus èxitos comerciales y esto va para todo mundo y màs para todos los fans,ya que si escuchan todos sus discos se daràn cuenta que tienen muy buenas canciones y como dato adicional les digo que nada màs ni nada menos que el disco màs vendido del "pop" de todos los tiempos que fuè "thriller" by MJ pràcticamente ellos lo hicieron,nada màs para que se den una idea de lo que estamos hablando.Por eso son considerados como "mounstros del rock".

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      Brandon 4 years ago

      Someones has clearly never heard of Metal. Also the 80's were probably the best decade for metal aswell, with albums like Bonded by Blood, Reign in Blood, Screaming for Vengeance, Master of Puppets, The Number of the Beast, Ace of Spades, Peace Sells, Among the Living, The Legacy and PLENTY more. I could very easily make a list of 100 metal songs from the 80 's that are worthy of being on this list.

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      Ali Torabi 4 years ago from NY

      That's Great.Thank u.

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      Jim 4 years ago

      This list is horrendous

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      Adam 4 years ago

      I'm glad they left out Footloose. I hate that song.

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      Alex m 4 years ago

      Where is Toto-Africa?

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      tim 4 years ago

      where is tears for fears shout and everybody wants to rule the world?

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      Eduardo Ramón McGhaney 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      well at least only (1) Queen Song made this list, "Under Pressure," but there needs to be more Queen Songs like "Another One Bites The Dust," "Radio Gaga," and "One Vision," Freddie Mercury was the best in the early '80s.

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      None of your beeswax 4 years ago

      NOT ENOUGH QUEEN

      WHERE WAS "I want it all" "A kind of magic" "Another one bites The dust" "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" "Radio Gaga" "Hammer to fall"

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      tacitinc 4 years ago

      This really brought back some memories lmao i hope ya don't mind if i backlinked from my personal blog http://tacit-inc.com :) love this!!

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      Eduardo Ramón McGhaney 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Queen "Under Pressure" Song all the way WOW Yayyyyyy.

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      Andrei Octavian 4 years ago

      where's the police - every breath you take ?

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      Eduardo Ramón McGhaney 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      The only song I Love is Queen and David Bowie "Under Pressure" Song back in the 80's Freddie Mercury had a great Singing Voice.

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      Nick 4 years ago

      In class

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      Gonçalo 4 years ago

      Really bad this list...I think that the propose was to make like a comercial list of the 80's but even so... per example not considering any theme from The Smihs, Joy Division, Pogues, etc...and considering The New Kids on The Block....

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      Anonymous 4 years ago

      I don't see how "Livin' on a Prayer" is the best song...the number one song should've been a song by an Alternative band, not another teenybopper, Hair Metal band. No offense to Bon Jovi, though, because they aren't too bad. I was just sayin'.

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      marc 4 years ago

      cyndi lauper time after time

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      paul g 4 years ago

      Hey , there are alot of artist not even said here!.. where is taylor dayne, cutting crew, platinum blonde, loverboy, great canadian group haywire, . also these bands!, , huey lewis & the news, the cars, But in all seriousness this list seems not to bad!!... but Top 3 songs for me would be no.3 " jump - van halen! reason david lee roth was awesome in this video!.. and it was a great song period!. NO.2 THE REFLEX " DURAN DURAN" .. reason that song was freakin the bomb in 84!!!! it peaked at number 1 on billboards!.. it was too me one one the best on stage video's ever made!!!!!. NO. 1 THRILLER!! DON''T EVEN NEED TO EXPLAIN WHY!!!! IT JUST WAS !. THANKS SO MUCH!

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      ur mom 4 years ago

      NO PETER GABRIEL ? DISGRACE! :o

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      Chris 4 years ago

      Do you really want to hurt me? by Culture Club at #58 so wrong! This song was one of the best.... Yes where is Karma Chameleon and also Time(Clock of the Heart)?

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      Emma 4 years ago

      More Culture Club!! Michael Jackson!! Paul Simon!! - Graceland was a huge album! More Peter Gabriel!! What about Karma Chameleon?? That was no. 1 in A LOT of countries.

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      Steve 4 years ago

      I'd agree with you about Wanted Dead or Alive but, It's My Life was released in the 00's so doesn't qualify for this list. Great song though.

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      Hi 4 years ago

      Seriously, Livin on a Prayer is a good song, but there wasn't enough Bon Jovi on there, what about Wanted Dead or Alive, or It's My Life. Those were almost more popular than Livin on a Prayer.

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      Eighties Rule 4 years ago

      Good Lord - I forgot how many British Bands there were in the eighties!

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      Lone Ranger 4 years ago

      Most of my favorite 80's songs didn't make the cut. Some of the most memorable songs (for me anyway) was "It's my Life" (1984) by Talk Talk, T'Pau "Heart and Soul" (1987), "Just got Lucky" (1983) by the Joboxers and "Southern Cross" (1982) by Crosby, Stills and Nash.

      I know that I dance to the beat of a different drum and that one cannot argue taste, but groups like Poison, Duran Duran, and Bon Jovi mean nothing to me.

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      Walter 4 years ago

      TOTO - Africa at least is a top20

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      magraciacruz@gmail.com 4 years ago

      whatever whoever won weather he loose or not he's still the #1 for me and that is Michael Joseph Jackson!!!!!he's my number 1!!!!!forever...

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      tin 4 years ago

      you're gonna be kidding me?!

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      David Bankson 4 years ago

      I've added these songs, as well as many of the suggestions from the comments, to a Spotify playist called 80s Party Mix - http://open.spotify.com/user/david_bankson/playlis...

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      pips 5 years ago

      yeah def need some laura branigan and huey lewis...these are all good songs but come on - no thriller ? what computer program put this list together?

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      fernando paladino 5 years ago

      I want to know the name of singer that sings YOU AND I , is a old music.

      thanks

      write me at email: fpaladinoruiz@yahoo.com

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      chime2chime 5 years ago

      What happened to OMD , Depeche Mode etc? Why aren't they on that list? St.Elmo's fire by John Parr needs to be on there. Bryan Ferry : Don't stop the dance. Phil Collins - Invisible Touch. Mike and the Mechanics. Come on people ..... who voted for the shit on that list? There's a million songs out there that's better than the crap listed above. New Order , Pet Shop Boys , Scritti Polliti !!!!

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      Toadie 5 years ago

      A terrible list. Clearly someone needs their head examined. I am amazed that this is what the public came up with when asked to vote for the all time greatest. What happened to bands like 'Marillion' and 'New Order' who produced a great track : 'Bizarre love triangle' and 'blue monday' ? Then there's stuff from Tears for Fears. God , anything is better than the pile of tripe listed up there. I mean , there are some good artists there but perlllleeease , what a terrible selection of their hits. WHY OH WHY are there so many naff singles listed up there? They do NOT represent the cream and the nostalgia of the beloved 80s.

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      mcBells 5 years ago

      This list is utter crap. Who compiled this garbage? I agree that a few should be on there - but most of it sucks. Who were the deaf and blind people who voted for this? They didn't even list 'Broken Wings' by Mr.Mister , which arguably has the best chords and lyrics of any 80s song. Just how they could have left that out is beyond reason. What about TalkTalk with 'It's my Life' ?

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      5 years ago

      no back in black?, no the look?, no run to the hills?, no master of puppets?, no rock of ages?, no 99 ballons?, no thriller?, no enjoy the silence?..........GTFO

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      Anon 5 years ago

      living on a prayer #1? i got tired of that fast cause everywhere i went that song was being played

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      Your Mom 5 years ago

      Where are Pixies?! Where is my mind isn't as good as something by REO Speedwagon?

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      Eduard 5 years ago

      And where is Flying Pickets "Only You"?

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      kyla 5 years ago

      Bryan Adams - Heaven and Summer of '69 should have been included.

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      Bart 5 years ago

      de tijd van mijn leven. I LOVE THE 80's

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      Howard. 5 years ago

      I Love Queen and David Bowie/ "Under Pressure". But where is The Smith's/Morrissey/ "How Soon Is Now".

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      mauro 5 years ago

      this list is missing fire inc. - Nowhere fast

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      Gina 5 years ago

      It's great to see ABC on this list, these guys were very underrated.

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      QueenFAN. Love80'sMUSIC. 5 years ago

      I Love Freddie Mercury he is such a Wonderful Person with that perfect Voice and Great Fashion and Music not only did Queen make good Music in the '70s but they came back in the new Decade the '80s and made good Music as well with the Song Queen and David Bowie - "Under Pressure". I'm Glad to see Queen make VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's. Freddie Mercury was Gay but he was Accepted by Everyone including Homophobes and Gays he made a Big Impact. He was Bisexual but he didn't act Gay or act like a Sissie, he act like a Rough Tough Man with Hard Rock and Glam Rock Metal Music.

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      Eddie. 5 years ago

      I Like Queen - "Under Pressure" what a Cool Song of the Early 80's, Love Freddie Mercury Too.

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      dilly bar 5 years ago

      You have got to be kidding me. No iron maiden, metallica? Or any thrash song for that matter. I am not a hardcore metal guy but when Bon jovi is numbered one on the list. I can't help but realize a true idiot made this up. An entire new league of genres is created in the 80s yet where do u see it on the list? This is as bad as when Jethro tull got the Grammy for best metal album over Metallica in '88

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      awesome2themax 5 years ago

      Fleetwood Mac - Tango in the Night, Little Lies, Big love, Everywhere, Isn't it Midnight

      INXS - Listen Like Thieves and Never Tear Us Apart

      Smiths - Please, Please Let me..., Panic, How Soon is now

      Springsteen - Hungry Heart and Dancing in the Dark COME ON!

      Black - Wonderful Life

      OMD

      Simple Minds - Alive & Kicking, Don't You

      Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode

      Fucking DAVID BOWIE! CHINA GIRL!!

      Ok, enough... I'll be here all day if I continue

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      Joey. 5 years ago

      I Vote for Queen "Under Pressure" Best Song of the 80's, Freddie Mercury Rock he was an Asian Rock Star.

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      TheKevinCommander 5 years ago

      man, the 80s really did suck. i enjoyed 50s music more than this.

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      Rudy. 5 years ago

      Queen "Under Pressure " Song was cool, Freddie Mercury was a Cool Arabic Celebrity with a Great Voice, Queen are Great '80s Artist(s). Love QUEEN R.I.P to Freddie Mercury.

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      Eddie. 5 years ago

      Queen "Under Pressure" is Definitely my Favorite 80's Song, Forget the Michael Jacksons, Madonna's, U2's, Phil Colin's, Queen "Under Pressure" I Love.

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      Dave P 5 years ago

      One last thing: For all those who are talking about Michael Jacksons actual chart listings during the 80s, this isnt a list of Best Selling Songs of the 80s, its Greatest Songs of the 80s and NOBODY can say that the lame Livin On A Prayer was a greater song than Billie Jean.

      A great song would be something that has an impact on the populace as a whole and while I do agree that LOAP remains a favourite in the hearts of many people, everything about Billie Jean is still as relevant and important today as it was in 1982. There arent many, if any, 30 year old songs that still sound fresh. LOAP certainly doesnt, neither does Pour Some Sugar On Me and Hungry Like the Wolf was crap when it was released. Those awful synthesized beats and cheesy 80s undulating vocals.

      BJs deep thumping beat, the twanging guitars, the crisp clear vocals and yelps of MJ never fail to fill a dance floor, make you want to get up and try to moonwalk when nobody is looking or even attract new fans.

      Living On A Prayer the greatest song of the 80s? Please...Billie Jean is the greatest song ever. Thrillers pretty catchy too.

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      Dave P 5 years ago

      VH1, along with MTV, have a history of undermining the legacy of the man who not only WAS the 80s but pretty much shaped modern pop/rock as we know it. MTV even owe most of their popularity to Michael Jackson.

      We all know that at least sales wise Thriller was the biggest song ever, never mind just in the 80s but I agree that Billie Jean is the greatest song ever.

      VH1 might say that these were voted for but since over 60 of the comments above are raving that Billie Jean only made it to 4 and Thriller isn't on the list at all then I think its safe to assume that someone just made this up and said it was voted for. Someone who obviously doesn't like MJ.

      Corporations and Government factions didn't like MJ cos he was too popular, and therefore had the potential to have great power, the music channels originally wouldn't play his stuff cos he was black (cue all the pathetic and immature comments about his skin condition blah blah) and the press just wanted to ruin him for no apparent reason.

      The music industry as a whole has a history of trying to undermine black artists (its sounds incredible in this day and age but its true):

      Rolling Stone a few years ago tried to proclaim Justin Timberlake as The King Of Pop...yeh, as if.

      NME put Eminem as the greatest rapper ever and whilst he is very good they completely ignored most who are considered the best ie 2PAC, B.I.G

      Elvis is constantly referred to as the King Of Rock and Roll when he was never original, wasn't really THAT fantastic a singer and could never hold a candle to the likes of Chuck Berry (who by the way is black in case you didn't know)

      But I think Michael Jackson suffered more from this than any other black artist. Possibly because of his odd demeanor or changing skin colour (not something to judge a person or their talent on in my opinion). The fact he remains one of the most popular and revered musical genius' to ever live despite these hurdles is a testament to his greatness.

      I've been to many different nightclubs and bars in my life. Ones that play mainly hardcore death metal, ones that play all hip hop or RnB and some that thump out trance all night...and regardless of the venue, the crowd or the accepted genre of music in a particular club, at some point in the night, Billie Jean will ALWAYS be played. Don't hear Living On A Prayer very often though...

      By the way I am a white guy not a black guy going on about how blacks are always treated like second class citizens. Its a terrible thing that it happens but sometimes Chris Rock and Spike Lee can get a bit tiresome (I'm being light hearted here to lighten the mood in case anyone dislikes this comment).

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      Dennis. 5 years ago

      Under Pressure Splits a Family into, Puts People On Streets. Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto, Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto I'm not a Hero I'm not a Savior I'm Kilroy Kilroy Kilroy Kilroy. Just in case these 80's Songs/Lyrics are Queen "Under Pressure" and Styx "Mr. Roboto, from VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's list.

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      brad 5 years ago

      sum gud songz

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      Danny. 5 years ago

      Love Queen "Under Pressure" Song To, But I Really like Styx/ Mr. Roboto, Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto I'm Kilroy Kilroy Kilroy Kilroy. Great 80s Songs Man Really.

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      Ethan, InnerQueenFan #2. The 80s. 5 years ago

      Queen "Under Pressure" Song Best '80s Song of a Very Rare Group/Band Queen. The 80s wouldn't be right without Queen "Under Pressure" and other Queen Songs of the 80's As Well, Freddie Mercury a Genius That's All I Have To (Say). Lone Live the Queen (Band).