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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z OtherTop 1000

Top Adult Contemporary Songs of the 1980s

1970s <-1980-> 1990s
    

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1.
06/1982
440

✫1
US
27
AC


59
dance


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

✫1
US
✫1
AC




8
R&B
34
rock
✫1
UK
[Columbia 02860]
written by Paul McCartney
3.
05/1983
410

✫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
4.
10/1982
401

✫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
5.
04/1983
387

✫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]
written by Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey & Irene Cara
6.
07/1980
384

✫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
7.
07/1981
378

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B


7
UK
[Motown 1519]
written by Lionel Richie
8.
10/1983
376

✫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
9.
01/1983
375

✫1
US
9
AC




✫1
R&B


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

[Epic 03509]
written by Michael Jackson
10.
09/1980
373

✫1
US
✫1
AC








✫1
UK
[Columbia 11364]
written by Barry Gibb & Robin Gibb
11.
05/1982
372

✫1
US
28
AC


14
dance
26
R&B
4
rock
2
UK
[Capitol 5126]
written by Steve Miller
12.
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
13.
07/1982
366

✫1
US
31
AC






6
rock
✫1
UK
as Dexy's Midnight Runners and the Emerald Express
[BRIT Awards Best British Single 1983]
[Mercury 76189]
written by Kevin Rowland, "Big" Jim Paterson & Billy Adams
14.
11/1980
362

✫1
US
17
AC








✫1
UK
[Geffen 49604]
written by John Lennon
15.
09/1983
361

✫1
US
✫1
AC


5
dance
✫1
R&B


2
UK
[Motown 1698]
written by Lionel Richie
16.
10/1981
354

✫1
US
29
AC


22
dance
28
R&B


7
UK
[MCA 51182]
written by Steve Kipner & Terry Shaddick
17.
08/1984
354

✫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
18.
02/1983
351

✫1
US
7
AC






23
rock
✫1
UK
produced by Jim Steinman
[Columbia 03906]
written by Jim Steinman
19.
03/1981
347

✫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
20.
02/1981
347

2
US
4
AC




✫1
R&B


✫1
UK
[Tamla 54321]
written by Smokey Robinson
21.
09/1983
346

✫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
22.
03/1985
343

✫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
23.
02/1984
342

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B


✫1
UK
[Motown 1722]
written by Lionel Richie
24.
09/1982
338

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
[Epic/Virgin 03368]
written by Boy George, Mikey Craig (as Michael Craig), Roy Hay & Jon Moss
25.
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
26.
10/1980
333

✫1
US
✫1
AC
✫1
country


42
R&B


12
UK
produced by Lionel Richie
[Liberty 1380]
written by Lionel Richie
27.
10/1982
332

✫1
US
14
AC


18
dance
78
R&B
18
rock
6
UK
[RCA 13354]
written by Sara Allen, Daryl Hall & John Oates
28.
10/1980
330

✫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
29.
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
30.
08/1984
328

✫1
US
✫1
AC




8
R&B


✫1
UK
[Columbia 04691]
written by George Michael & Andrew Ridgeley
31.
04/1980
326

✫1
US
48
AC


64
dance




2
UK
[live]
[Columbia 11263]
written by Paul McCartney
32.
01/1981
325

2
US
4
AC






26
rock
✫1
UK
[Geffen]
written by John Lennon
33.
04/1981
324

✫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
34.
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)
35.
06/1985
322

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B


✫1
UK
[Arista 9381]
written by Gerry Goffin & Michael Masser
36.
11/1981
321

✫1
US
12
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B
28
rock
8
UK
[RCA 12357]
written by Daryl Hall, John Oates & Sara Allen
37.
03/1985
321

✫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
38.
08/1987
320

✫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
39.
04/1984
319

✫1
US
3
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B


2
UK
[Columbia 04417]
written by Tom Snow & Dean Pitchford
40.
10/1982

Africa by Toto

from Toto IV   
319

✫1
US
5
AC








3
UK
[Columbia 03335]
written by David Paich & Jeff Porcaro
41.
01/1987
318

✫1
US
2
AC


12
dance
5
R&B


✫1
UK
produced by Narada Michael Walden
[Arista 9559]
written by Simon Climie & Dennis Morgan
42.
07/1980
317

✫1
US
✫1
AC








3
UK
[EMI America 8071]
written by Florrie Palmer
43.
06/1984
316

✫1
US
9
AC


6
dance
✫1
R&B
38
rock
2
UK
[Arista 9212]
written by Ray Parker Jr
44.
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
45.
03/1989
315

✫1
US
3
AC


✫1
dance
20
R&B


✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #300]
[Sire 27539]
written by Madonna & Patrick Leonard
46.
05/1984
314

✫1
US
4
AC


27
dance




✫1
UK
[Columbia 04552]
written by George Michael
47.
10/1982
314

✫1
US
✫1
AC




2
R&B


6
UK
[Motown 1644]
written by Lionel Richie
48.
06/1987
314

✫1
US
4
AC
57
country




11
rock
✫1
UK
[Slash 28336]
written by traditional
49.
09/1988
313

✫1
US
✫1
AC








✫1
UK
[Atlantic 89017]
written by Toni Wine & Carole Bayer Sager
50.
10/1982
313

✫1
US
✫1
AC




9
R&B


11
UK
[R]
[Qwest 50036]
written by Rod Temperton
51.
11/1984
310

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
52.
02/1983
309

✫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]
53.
02/1984
309

✫1
US
2
AC






✫1
rock
2
UK
[Atlantic 89700 A]
written by Phil Collins
54.
03/1986
308

✫1
US
2
AC




✫1
R&B


2
UK
[MCA 52770]
written by Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager
55.
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
56.
09/1985
307

✫1
US
✫1
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B


3
UK
[Tamla 1808]
written by Stevie Wonder
57.
02/1989
307

✫1
US
✫1
AC








✫1
UK
[Columbia 68533]
written by Susanna Hoffs, Tom Kelly & Billy Steinberg
58.
01/1987
306

✫1
US
✫1
AC






16
rock
✫1
UK
[Grunt 5109]
written by Diane Warren & Albert Hammond
59.
12/1988
306

✫1
US
39
AC


3
dance
2
R&B


3
UK
[Virgin 99256]
written by Elliot Wolff
60.
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
61.
12/1983
304

2
US
42
AC


22
dance


23
rock
✫1
UK
62.
11/1983
303

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
63.
05/1980
303

5
US
2
AC
6
country






✫1
UK
[Millennium 11799]
written by Roy Orbison & Joe Melson
64.
11/1985
301

2
US
2
AC


31
dance
6
R&B


✫1
UK
[Jive 9432]
written by Wayne Brathwaite (as Wayne Anton Braithwaite), Barry Eastmond (as Barry James Eastmond), Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Billy Ocean
65.
08/1983
300

✫1
US
✫1
AC
✫1
country






7
UK
[RCA Victor PB-13615]
written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb & Robin Gibb
66.
02/1988
300

✫1
US
5
AC


25
dance
✫1
R&B


3
UK
[Jive 9678]
written by Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Billy Ocean
67.
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
68.
08/1987
300

✫1
US
38
AC


26
dance




✫1
UK
[R]
[MCA 53167]
written by Ritchie Cordell
69.
07/1988
299

✫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
70.
12/1985
298

✫1
US
✫1
AC


3
dance
✫1
R&B


5
UK
71.
12/1984
298

✫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
[Columbia 04840]
written by George Michael
72.
12/1983
298

✫1
US
✫1
AC




78
R&B
10
rock
3
UK
[Portrait 04432]
written by Rob Hyman & Cyndi Lauper
73.
05/1984
297

✫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
74.
07/1982
296

2
US
28
AC


4
dance




6
UK
[Atlantic 4048]
written by Umberto Tozzi, Giancarlo Bigazzi & Trevor Veitch
75.
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
76.
10/1987
295

✫1
US
5
AC


17
dance




2
UK
[Columbia 07623]
written by George Michael
77.
09/1983
295

3
US
2
AC






22
rock
✫1
UK
[Columbia 04149]
written by Billy Joel
78.
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
79.
11/1985
293

✫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
80.
06/1984
292

✫1
US
7
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B


6
UK
[Jive 9199]
written by Billy Ocean & Keith Diamond
81.
04/1983

True by Spandau Ballet

from True   
292

4
US
✫1
AC




76
R&B
34
rock
✫1
UK
[Chrysalis 42720]
written by Gary Kemp
82.
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
83.
11/1984
289

✫1
US
29
AC


✫1
dance
9
R&B


3
UK
[Sire 29210]
written by Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly
84.
08/1987
289

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B


✫1
UK
with Siedah Garrett
[Epic 07253]
written by Michael Jackson
85.
06/1986
288

✫1
US
16
AC


4
dance




✫1
UK
[Sire 28660]
written by Brian Elliot & Madonna
86.
09/1987
287

✫1
US
7
AC








✫1
UK
[MCA 53181]
written by Rick Nowels & Ellen Shipley
87.
04/1989
287

✫1
US
✫1
AC




38
R&B


2
UK
[Elektra 69297]
written by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff
88.
07/1980
287

2
US
✫1
AC








2
UK
[Warner 49565]
written by Sonny Curtis & Jerry Allison
89.
12/1989
286

✫1
US
7
AC






✫1
rock
2
UK
[Atlantic 88742]
written by Christopher Ward & David Tyson
90.
10/1982
285

3
US
34
AC


12
dance
✫1
R&B


4
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #231]
[Columbia 03302]
written by Marvin Gaye
91.
10/1989
284

✫1
US
✫1
AC








3
UK
[Columbia 73017]
written by Michael Bolton & Doug James
92.
02/1987
283

✫1
US
31
AC


✫1
dance
2
R&B


3
UK
[King Jay 28430]
written by Bill Withers
93.
03/1987
281

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B


3
UK
[Warner 28455]
written by Jonathan Lewis, David Lewis & Wayne Lewis
94.
05/1981
281

✫1
US
✫1
AC








12
UK
[instrumental]
[Polydor 2189]
written by Vangelis
95.
04/1988
281

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B


8
UK
[R]
[Columbia 07773]
written by George Michael
96.
08/1985
280

✫1
US
3
AC






4
rock
4
UK
[RCA 14136]
written by Richard Page, Steve George & John Lang
97.
02/1988
280

✫1
US
2
AC


✫1
dance




2
UK
98.
10/1989
279

3
US
7
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B


✫1
UK
[Arista 9928]
written by Lisa Stansfield, Ian Devaney & Andy Morris
99.
11/1982
278

2
US
6
AC


46
dance
34
R&B


3
UK
[Epic/Virgin 03796]
written by Boy George, Mikey Craig (as Michael Craig), Roy Hay & Jon Moss
100.
07/1989
277

✫1
US
✫1
AC








2
UK
[EMI 50219]
written by Richard Marx

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