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100 Greatest Songs of the 1980's

100 Greatest Songs of the 1980's

Lately, my husband and I have been watching VH1's take on the 100 Greatest Songs of the 1990's and enjoying reminiscing and being reminded of songs that we had forgotten (or just hadn't heard in a long time!)

And, of course, that got me thinking: Has VH1 put together a top 100 list for the 1980's? They certainly had and I've spent today perusing it and constantly going, "I forgot about that one!"

So, do you agree with the choices for the 100 Greatest Songs of the 1980's? Are they missing some? Would you rearrange it a bit? Any you'd totally forgotten or wish you could forget about again now? :) Anything that suddenly needs to make its way to your music collection?

1. Bon Jovi / "Livin' on a Prayer"
2. Def Leppard / "Pour Some Sugar On Me"
3. Duran Duran / "Hungry Like the Wolf"
4. Michael Jackson / "Billie Jean"
5. Prince / "When Doves Cry"
6. Hall & Oates / "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)"
7. Guns N' Roses / "Sweet Child O' Mine"
8. Madonna / "Like a Virgin"
9. Run-D.M.C. / "Walk This Way"
10. AC/DC / "You Shook Me All Night Long"
11. Journey / "Don't Stop Believin'"
12. Whitney Houston / "How Will I Know"
13. U2 / "With Or Without You"
14. The Bangles / "Walk Like an Egyptian"
15. Van Halen / "Jump"
16. INXS / "Need You Tonight"
17. Whitesnake / "Here I Go Again"
18. Dexy's Midnight Runners / "Come On Eileen"
19. Cyndi Lauper / "Time after Time"
20. Rick Springfield / "Jessie's Girl"

21. Michael Jackson / "Beat It"
22. The Cure / "Just Like Heaven"
23. Cyndi Lauper / "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
24. A-Ha / "Take On Me"
25. Go-Go's / "Our Lips Are Sealed"
26. Guns N' Roses / "Welcome to the Jungle"
27. Kajagoogoo / "Too Shy"
28. Wham! / "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
29. Talking Heads / "Burning Down the House"
30. Pat Benatar / "Love is a Battlefield"
31. Queen and David Bowie / "Under Pressure"
32. Night Ranger / "Sister Christian"
33. Soft Cell / "Tainted Love"
34. Poison / "Every Rose Has It's Thorn"
35. Phil Collins / "In the Air Tonight"
36. Tommy Tutone / "867-5309 / Jenny"
37. Aerosmith / "Janie's Got a Gun"
38. U2 / "Pride (In the Name of Love)"
39. Modern English / "I Melt With You"
40. The B-52's / "Love Shack"

41. Motley Crue / "Dr. Feelgood"
42. The Clash / "London Calling"
43. ABC / "Look of Love (Part One)"
44. Bananarama / "Cruel Summer"
45. Janet Jackson / "Nasty"
46. The Police / "Every Breath You Take"
47. Twisted Sister / "We're Not Gonna Take It"
48. Bruce Springsteen / "Born in the U.S.A."
49. Beastie Boys / "Fight For Your Right"
50. Eurythmics / "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
51. Ratt / "Round and Round"
52. Dead or Alive / "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)"
53. Billy Idol / "White Wedding"
54. Salt-N-Pepa / "Push It"
55. A Flock of Seagulls / "I Ran (So Far Away)"
56. Bonnie Tyler / "Total Eclipse of the Heart"
57. Toni Basil / "Mickey"
58. Culture Club / "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
59. John Mellencamp / "Jack & Diane"
60. Young M.C. / "Bust a Move"

61. Styx / "Mr. Roboto"
62. Berlin / "Take My Breath Away"
63. Devo / "Whip It"
64. Paula Abdul / "Straight Up"
65. Foreigner / "I Want to Know What Love Is"
66. Depeche Mode / "Just Can't Get Enough"
67. REO Speedwagon / "Keep On Loving You"
68. Public Enemy / "Fight the Power"
69. R.E.M / "It's The End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)"
70. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts/ "I Love Rock N' Roll"
71. Rick James / "Super Freak"
72. The Fixx / "One Thing Leads to Another"
73. Nena / "99 Luftbaloons"
74. George Michael / "Faith"
75. Prince / "Little Red Corvette"
76. Thomas Dolby / "She Blinded Me With Science"
77. New Edition / "Candy Girl"
78. Blondie / "Call Me"
79. Human League / "Don't You Want Me?"
80. Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock / "It Takes Two"

81. Cameo / "Word Up!"
82. Squeeze / "Tempted"
83. Prince / "Kiss"
84. Lionel Richie / "All Night Long (All Night)"
85. Robert Palmer / "Addicted to Love"
86. Bow Wow Wow / "I Want Candy"
87. Falco / "Rock Me Amadeus"
88. Chaka Khan / "Ain't Nobody"
89. The Pretenders / "Brass in Pocket"
90. Tone-Loc / "Wild Thing"
91. Katrina and The Waves / "Walking On Sunshine"
92. New Kids on the Block / "You Got It (The Right Stuff)"
93. Gary Numan / "Cars"
94. The Rolling Stones / "Start Me Up"
95. Debbie Gibson / "Only in My Dreams"
96. Men at Work / "Down Under"
97. The Romantics / "What I Like About You"
98. Bobby Brown / "My Perogative"
99. Wang Chung / "Everybody Have Fun Tonight"
100. Loverboy / "Working for the Weekend"

I'm not a huge fan of #6 up there. Don't get me wrong. I like Hall & Oates, but that's definitely not one of my favorites. Otherwise me and #1-10 are locked in...what about you?

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mominator mominator 8 years
Me & my son and hubby hve been watching this too. I love them all and sure there is more that belong up there but can't think at the moment.
suebree96 suebree96 8 years
Awesome list girlie!!!! I need a collection of that. So many memories associated with those songs!!! Thanks for the reminder. :)
QueenMargot QueenMargot 8 years
Great list! Thank you.
ALSW ALSW 8 years
I know! I was surprised by some of the picks, but a little floored that no Heart was on there. I'd love to know VH1's thoughts behind some of these picks...
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
Oh wow, I didn't even realize there was no Heart on there. That is a shocker!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
I know! I can't believe there's only one Aerosmith and no Heart. So upsetting. But I still agree with the list for the most part. :)
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
Wonderful list. Only one Aerosmith!?! :sigh:
Catipa Catipa 8 years
Thanks for the great list of 80's hits! It brings back so many memories.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
Great List :)
Marci Marci 8 years
You are our 80s songs guru! :D LOVE these! Thanks.
music_jewel321 music_jewel321 8 years
This is just too funny! Can you believe the hair?? I'm afraid to admit it, but I really like this music...(I'm a closet 80s fan!). :) Guns N Roses "Welcome to the Jungle" was my favorite....Yep, I still like it! I'm a head banger at heart, I suppose!
lucyS lucyS 8 years
Loved the 80's. I still have Jessie's Girl, Don't Stop Believing, and Everybody Have Fun Tonight on my ipod for running.
amh678 amh678 8 years
Great list! :)
TrophyWife76 TrophyWife76 8 years
AWESOME! Brings back a lot of memories! Geez, to be that young again!
Schaianne Schaianne 8 years
Ahhh yes .... great songs!
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 8 years
Awesome, I'm so gonna put this list in my ipod, it will be fun to listen to. Great job! Style Before Comfort!
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 8 years
Woohoo! Great memories! I'm totally singing these songs to myself now! :nerdgirl:
LucaBella LucaBella 8 years
Memory lane - thanks for sharing! Happy New Year!!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Gotta love Jessie's Girl!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
I wanna know how Paula Abdul got so high on there too...hmmmm... I tried to find some time appropriate pics. :) Glad you like them!
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
awesome list!! I forgot all about #20 - Jessie's Girl :) ♥ Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Wonderful list!
JustPlainJane JustPlainJane 8 years
Ooh Great list, love the images too. My kids got a Rubik's cube for Christmas and I can't put the dumb thing down, even gave the hubby the brush off b/c I was pretty close to getting 3 sides done. *Thank you. My real name... is plain... Jane Jones. (Alice - Closer)
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