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Top Songs of the 1980s

1970s <-1980-> 1990s


  

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1.
06/1982
444

✫1
US
27
AC


59
dance


✫1
rock


✫1
UK
[Scotti Brothers 02912]
written by Frankie Sullivan & Jim Peterik
Ebony and Ivory
2.
04/1982
426

✫1
US
✫1
AC




8
R&B
34
rock


✫1
UK
[Columbia 02860]
written by Paul McCartney
Every Breath You Take
3.
05/1983
409

✫1
US
5
AC


26
dance


✫1
rock


✫1
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1984]
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #84]
[A&M 2542]
written by Sting
Down Under
4.
10/1982
405

✫1
US
13
AC


33
dance


✫1
rock


✫1
UK
[R]
charted as Who Can It Be Now? / Down Under in US dance charts
[Columbia 03303]
written by Colin Hay & Ron Strykert
Don't You Want Me
5.
12/1981
399

✫1
US




3
dance


4
rock


✫1
UK
Flashdance ... What a Feeling!
6.
04/1983
390

✫1
US
4
AC


✫1
dance
2
R&B




2
UK
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1983]
[Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song 1983]
[Casablanca 811440-7]
written by Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey & Irene Cara
Upside Down
7.
07/1980
382

✫1
US
18
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




2
UK
produced by Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers; charted as Upside Down / I'm Coming Out in US dance charts
[Motown 1494]
written by Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards
Billie Jean
8.
01/1983
378

✫1
US
9
AC




✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #58]

[Epic 03509]
written by Michael Jackson
Endless Love
9.
07/1981
377

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




7
UK
[Motown 1519]
written by Lionel Richie
10.
05/1982
376

✫1
US
28
AC


14
dance
26
R&B
4
rock


2
UK
[Capitol 5126]
written by Steve Miller
Say, Say, Say
11.
10/1983
375

✫1
US
3
AC


2
dance
2
R&B
24
rock


2
UK
as Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
[Epic 04169]
written by Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
Woman in Love
12.
09/1980
371

✫1
US
✫1
AC










✫1
UK
[Columbia 11364]
written by Barry Gibb & Robin Gibb
Funkytown
13.
03/1980
369

✫1
US




✫1
dance
2
R&B




2
UK
charted as Funkytown / All Night Dancing in US dance charts
[Casablanca 2233]
written by Steven Greenberg
The Tide Is High
14.
11/1980
369

✫1
US
3
AC


✫1
dance






✫1
UK
charted as Rapture / The Tide Is High in US dance charts
[Chrysalis 2465]
written by Howard Barrett, Tyrone Evans & John Holt
Centerfold
15.
11/1981
368

✫1
US




12
dance


✫1
rock


3
UK
charted as Centerfold / Flamethrower in US dance charts
[EMI America 8102]
written by Seth Justman
Call Me
16.
02/1980
368

✫1
US












✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #283]
produced by Giorgio Moroder
[Chrysalis 2414]
written by Debbie Harry & Giorgio Moroder
Come On Eileen
17.
07/1982
367

✫1
US
31
AC






6
rock


✫1
UK
as Dexy's Midnight Runners and the Emerald Express
[BRIT Awards Best British Single 1983]
written by Kevin Rowland, "Big" Jim Paterson & Billy Adams
All Night Long (All Night)
18.
09/1983
364

✫1
US
✫1
AC


5
dance
✫1
R&B




2
UK
[Motown 1698]
written by Lionel Richie
I Love Rock 'n Roll
19.
12/1981
363

✫1
US




31
dance


✫1
rock


4
UK
as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #484]
[Boardwalk 7-11-135]
written by Alan Merrill & Jake Hooker
(Just Like) Starting Over
20.
11/1980
360

✫1
US
17
AC










✫1
UK
[Geffen 49604]
written by John Lennon
Physical
21.
10/1981
353

✫1
US
29
AC


22
dance
28
R&B




7
UK
[MCA 51182]
written by Steve Kipner & Terry Shaddick
I Just Called to Say I Love You
22.
08/1984
353

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1984]
[Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song 1984]
[Motown 1745]
written by Stevie Wonder
Karma Chameleon
23.
09/1983
349

✫1
US
3
AC




67
R&B




✫1
UK
[BRIT Awards Best British Single 1984]
[Virgin/Epic 04221]
written by Boy George, Jon Moss, Mikey Craig, Roy Hay & Phil Pickett
24.
02/1983
349

✫1
US
7
AC






23
rock


✫1
UK
produced by Jim Steinman
[Columbia 03906]
written by Jim Steinman
Bette Davis Eyes
25.
03/1981
348

✫1
US
15
AC


26
dance


5
rock


10
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1982]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1982]
[EMI America 8077]
written by Donna Weiss & Jackie DeShannon
Being with You
26.
02/1981
347

2
US
4
AC




✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
[Tamla 54321]
written by Smokey Robinson
Let's Dance
27.
03/1983
345

✫1
US




✫1
dance
14
R&B
8
rock


✫1
UK
featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan on guitar
co-produced by Nile Rodgers
[EMI America 8158]
written by David Bowie
Hello
28.
02/1984
345

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
[Motown 1722]
written by Lionel Richie
We Are the World
29.
03/1985
342

✫1
US
✫1
AC
76
country


✫1
R&B
27
rock


✫1
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1986]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1986]
benefit recording by all-star group
[Columbia 04839]
written by Michael Jackson & Lionel Richie
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?
30.
09/1982
342

2
US
8
AC


34
dance
39
R&B
21
rock


✫1
UK
charted as I'm Afraid of Me / Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? in US dance charts
[Virgin/Epic 03368]
written by Boy George, Mikey Craig (as Michael Craig), Roy Hay & Jon Moss
Mickey
31.
02/1982
340

✫1
US




3
dance






2
UK
[Chrysalis 2638]
written by Mike Chapman & Nicky Chinn
32.
05/1987
337

✫1
US
✫1
AC


✫1
dance
2
R&B




✫1
UK
produced by Narada Michael Walden
[Arista 9598]
written by George Merrill & Shannon Rubicam
Lady
33.
10/1980
333

✫1
US
✫1
AC
✫1
country


42
R&B




12
UK
produced by Lionel Richie
[Liberty 1380]
written by Lionel Richie
Maneater
34.
10/1982
330

✫1
US
14
AC


18
dance
78
R&B
18
rock


6
UK
[RCA 13354]
written by Sara Allen, Daryl Hall & John Oates
Hard to Say I'm Sorry
35.
06/1982
329

✫1
US
✫1
AC










4
UK
charted as Hard to Say I'm Sorry/Get Away in US AC charts
[Warner 29979 (Full Moon)]
written by Peter Cetera & David Foster
Celebration
36.
10/1980
327

✫1
US
34
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




7
UK
charted as Celebration / Take It to the Top in US dance charts
[De-lite 807]
written by Donna Johnson, Claydes Charles Smith, Earl Eugene Toon Jr., James "J.T." Taylor, Ronald Bell (as Ronald Nathan Bell), George Brown (as George Melvin Brown), Dennis Ronald Thomas, Eumir Deodato, Robert Mickens, Robert Bell & Kool & the Gang
Another One Bites the Dust
37.
08/1980
327

✫1
US




2
dance
2
R&B




7
UK
[Elektra 47031]
written by John Deacon
Careless Whisper
38.
08/1984
327

✫1
US
✫1
AC




8
R&B




✫1
UK
Woman
39.
01/1981
325

2
US
4
AC






26
rock


✫1
UK
[Geffen]
written by John Lennon
Never Gonna Give You Up
40.
08/1987
324

✫1
US
✫1
AC


✫1
dance






✫1
UK
[BRIT Awards Best British Single 1988]
produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman
[RCA 5347]
written by Mike Stock, Matt Aitken & Pete Waterman
I Want to Know What Love Is
41.
12/1984
324

✫1
US
3
AC




85
R&B
✫1
rock


✫1
UK
featuring New Jersey Mass Choir & Jennifer Holliday
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #476]
[Atlantic 89596]
written by Mick Jones [Foreigner] & Lou Gramm (uncredited)
Coming Up
42.
04/1980
324

✫1
US
48
AC


64
dance






2
UK
[live]
[Columbia 11263+]
written by Paul McCartney
Medley: Stars on 45
43.
04/1981
323

✫1
US
11
AC


18
dance






2
UK
[venus, sugar sugar, no reply, i'll be back, drive my car, do you want to know a secret, we can work it out, i should have known better, nowhere man, you're going to lose that girl, stars on 45]
[Radio 3810]
written by various
Saving All My Love for You
44.
08/1985
322

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
[Arista 9381]
written by Gerry Goffin & Michael Masser
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
45.
03/1985
320

✫1
US
2
AC


✫1
dance


2
rock


2
UK
[BRIT Awards Best British Single 1986]
[Polygram 880659 (Mercury)]
written by Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley & Chris Hughes
I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)
46.
11/1981
320

✫1
US
12
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B
28
rock


8
UK
[RCA 12357]
written by Daryl Hall, John Oates & Sara Allen
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
47.
01/1987
318

✫1
US
2
AC


12
dance
5
R&B




✫1
UK
Like a Prayer
48.
03/1989
318

✫1
US
3
AC


✫1
dance
20
R&B




✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #300]
[Sire 27539]
written by Madonna & Patrick Leonard
Beat It
49.
02/1983
318

✫1
US






✫1
R&B
14
rock


3
UK
featuring Eddie Van Halen
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1984]
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #337]

[Epic 03759]
written by Michael Jackson
Let's Hear It for the Boy
50.
04/1984
318

✫1
US
3
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




2
UK
[Columbia 04417]
written by Tom Snow & Dean Pitchford
51.
10/1982
317

✫1
US
✫1
AC




2
R&B




6
UK
[Motown 1644]
written by Lionel Richie
Morning Train (Nine to Five)
52.
07/1980
317

✫1
US
✫1
AC










3
UK
written by Florrie Palmer
Africa
53.
10/1982

Africa by Toto

from Toto IV   
317

✫1
US
5
AC










3
UK
[Columbia 03335]
written by David Paich & Jeff Porcaro
Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)
54.
08/1981
316

✫1
US
✫1
AC






13
rock


7
UK
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1981]
[Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song 1981]
[Warner 49787]
written by Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager & Peter Allen
Ghostbusters
55.
06/1984
315

✫1
US
9
AC


6
dance
✫1
R&B
38
rock


2
UK
[Arista 9212]
written by Ray Parker Jr
La Bamba
56.
06/1987
314

✫1
US
4
AC
57
country




11
rock


✫1
UK
[Slash 28336]
written by traditional
57.
09/1988
313

✫1
US
✫1
AC










✫1
UK
Baby, Come to Me
58.
10/1982
313

✫1
US
✫1
AC




9
R&B




11
UK
[R]
[Qwest 50036]
written by Rod Temperton
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
59.
05/1984
313

✫1
US
4
AC


27
dance






✫1
UK
[Columbia 04552]
written by George Michael
When Doves Cry
60.
06/1984
312

✫1
US




✫1
dance
✫1
R&B
31
rock


4
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #52]
charted as When Doves Cry / 17 Days in US dance charts
[Warner 29286]
written by Prince
61.
02/1983
312

✫1
US
36
AC


2
dance


16
rock


2
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #356]
[RCA 13533]
written by Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart [David Allan Stewart]
Rapture
62.
01/1981
311

✫1
US




✫1
dance
33
R&B
35
rock


5
UK
charted as Rapture / The Tide Is High in US dance charts
[Chrysalis 2485]
written by Debbie Harry & Chris Stein
Easy Lover
63.
11/1984
311

2
US
15
AC


7
dance
3
R&B
5
rock


✫1
UK
with Phil Collins
[Columbia 04679]
written by Philip Bailey, Phil Collins & Nathan East
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
64.
01/1987
311

✫1
US
✫1
AC






16
rock


✫1
UK
[Grunt 5109-7]
written by Diane Warren & Albert Hammond
Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)
65.
02/1984
309

✫1
US
2
AC






✫1
rock


2
UK
[Atlantic 89700 A]
written by Phil Collins
Up Where We Belong
66.
08/1982
308

✫1
US
3
AC










7
UK
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1982]
[Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song 1982]
[Atco 99996 (Island)]
written by Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie & Will Jennings
On My Own
67.
03/1986
307

✫1
US
2
AC




✫1
R&B




2
UK
[MCA 52770]
written by Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager
Part-Time Lover
68.
09/1985
307

✫1
US
✫1
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




3
UK
[Tamla 1808]
written by Stevie Wonder
Eternal Flame
69.
02/1989
306

✫1
US
✫1
AC










✫1
UK
[Columbia 68533]
written by Susanna Hoffs, Tom Kelly & Billy Steinberg
70.
09/1981
306

3
US








✫1
rock


✫1
UK
written by Sting
71.
12/1988
306

✫1
US
39
AC


3
dance
2
R&B




3
UK
[Virgin 99256]
written by Elliot Wolff
The Reflex
72.
04/1984
305

✫1
US




15
dance


35
rock


✫1
UK
Batdance
73.
06/1989

Batdance by Prince

from Batman   
305

✫1
US




✫1
dance
✫1
R&B


18
alt.
2
UK
[Warner 22924]
written by Prince
Another Day in Paradise
74.
11/1989
305

✫1
US
✫1
AC






7
rock


2
UK
[BRIT Awards Best British Single 1990]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1991]
[Atlantic 88774]
written by Phil Collins
75.
12/1983
302

2
US
42
AC


22
dance


23
rock


✫1
UK
Crying
76.
05/1980
302

5
US
2
AC
6
country








✫1
UK
[Millennium 11799]
written by Roy Orbison & Joe Melson
77.
11/1983
301

2
US
2
AC




✫1
R&B




2
UK
Joanna / Tonight was released as a double a-side in the UK
[De-lite 829]
written by Charles Smith, James "J.T." Taylor & Kool & The Gang
78.
11/1985
301

2
US
2
AC


31
dance
6
R&B




✫1
UK
written by Wayne Brathwaite (as Wayne Anton Braithwaite), Barry Eastmond (as Barry James Eastmond), Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Billy Ocean
Time After Time
79.
12/1983
301

✫1
US
✫1
AC




78
R&B
10
rock


3
UK
[Portrait 04432]
written by Rob Hyman & Cyndi Lauper
I've Never Been to Me
80.
03/1982
300

3
US
7
AC
60
country








✫1
UK
[R]
[Motown 1611]
written by Ronald Miller [Ronald Norman Miller] (as Ron Miller) & Ken Hirsch
81.
08/1987
300

✫1
US
38
AC


26
dance






✫1
UK
[R]
[MCA 53167]
written by Ritchie Cordell
What's Love Got to Do with It
82.
05/1984
299

✫1
US
8
AC


21
dance
2
R&B
51
rock


3
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1985]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1985]
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #309]
[Capitol 5354]
written by Terry Britten & Graham Lyle
Islands in the Stream
83.
08/1983
299

✫1
US
✫1
AC
✫1
country








7
UK
[RCA 13615]
written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb & Robin Gibb
Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car
84.
02/1988
299

✫1
US
5
AC


25
dance
✫1
R&B




3
UK
[Jive 9678]
written by Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Billy Ocean
How Will I Know
85.
12/1985
298

✫1
US
✫1
AC


3
dance
✫1
R&B




5
UK
Uptown Girl
86.
09/1983
297

3
US
2
AC






22
rock


✫1
UK
[Columbia 04149]
written by Billy Joel
Don't Worry, Be Happy
87.
07/1988
297

✫1
US
7
AC




11
R&B




2
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1989]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1989]
[EMI-Manhattan 50146]
written by Bobby McFerrin
Everything She Wants
88.
12/1984
297

✫1
US
4
AC


7
dance
12
R&B




2
UK
double A-side with Last Christmas in the UK ; charted as Everything She Wants / Like a Baby in US dance charts
written by George Michael
Take My Breath Away
89.
06/1986
296

✫1
US
3
AC










✫1
UK
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1986]
[Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song 1986]
produced by Giorgio Moroder
[Columbia 05903]
written by Giorgio Moroder & Tom Whitlock
Gloria
90.
07/1982
296

2
US
28
AC


4
dance






6
UK
[Atlantic 4048]
written by Umberto Tozzi, Giancarlo Bigazzi & Trevor Veitch
West End Girls
91.
11/1985
296

✫1
US
26
AC


✫1
dance
36
R&B
37
rock


✫1
UK
[BRIT Awards Best British Single 1987]
[R]
[EMI America 8307]
written by Neil Tennant & Chris Lowe
Faith
92.
10/1987
295

✫1
US
5
AC


17
dance






2
UK
[Columbia 07623]
written by George Michael
Opposites Attract
93.
12/1989
294

✫1
US
45
AC


24
dance
3
R&B




2
UK
with The Wild Pair
rap by Derrick Delite from the Soul Purpose
[Virgin 99158]
written by Oliver Leiber
Rock Me Amadeus
94.
02/1986
294

✫1
US




4
dance
6
R&B




✫1
UK
charted as Rock Me Amadeus / Vienna Calling in US dance charts
[A&M 2821]
written by Rob Bolland, Ferdi Bolland & Falco
I Just Can't Stop Loving You
95.
08/1987
293

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
with Siedah Garrett
[Epic 07253]
written by Michael Jackson
Like a Virgin
96.
11/1984
292

✫1
US
29
AC


✫1
dance
9
R&B




3
UK
[Sire 29210]
written by Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly
Let's Groove
97.
10/1981
292

3
US




3
dance
✫1
R&B




3
UK
charted as Let's Groove/I've Had Enough in US dance charts
[Columbia 02536]
written by Wayne Vaughn & Maurice White
Papa Don't Preach
98.
06/1986
291

✫1
US
16
AC


4
dance






✫1
UK
[Sire 28660]
written by Brian Elliot & Madonna
Got My Mind Set on You
99.
10/1987
291

✫1
US
✫1
AC






4
rock


2
UK
originally recorded by James Ray in 1962; produced by George Harrison & Jeff Lynne
[Dark Horse 28178]
written by Rudy Clark
Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)
100.
08/1984
291

✫1
US
7
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




6
UK
[Jive 9199]
written by Billy Ocean & Keith Diamond

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