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Top Songs of the 1980s

1970s <-1980-> 1990s
    

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1.
12/1981
455

✫1
US




3
dance


4
rock


✫1
UK
2.
04/1982
442

✫1
US
✫1
AC




8
R&B
34
rock


✫1
UK
[Columbia 02860]
written by Paul McCartney
3.
11/1980
441

✫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
4.
10/1982
438

✫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.
06/1982
434

✫1
US
27
AC


59
dance


✫1
rock


✫1
UK
[Scotti Brothers 02912]
written by Frankie Sullivan & Jim Peterik
6.
09/1988
432

✫1
US
✫1
AC










✫1
UK
[Atlantic 89017]
written by Toni Wine & Carole Bayer Sager
7.
02/1981
432

2
US
4
AC




✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
[Tamla 54321]
written by Smokey Robinson
8.
07/1980
430

✫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
9.
03/1985
429

✫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
10.
02/1988
427

✫1
US
2
AC


✫1
dance






2
UK
11.
05/1987
424

✫1
US
✫1
AC


✫1
dance
2
R&B




✫1
UK
produced by Narada Michael Walden
[Arista 9598]
written by George Merrill & Shannon Rubicam
12.
06/1985
423

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
[Arista 9381]
written by Gerry Goffin & Michael Masser
13.
09/1980
422

✫1
US
✫1
AC










✫1
UK
[Columbia 11364]
written by Barry Gibb & Robin Gibb
14.
03/1989
419

✫1
US
3
AC


✫1
dance
20
R&B




✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #300]
[Sire 27539]
written by Madonna & Patrick Leonard
15.
03/1980
419

✫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
16.
02/1986
417

✫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
17.
03/1985
417

✫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
18.
07/1982
416

✫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
19.
05/1983
411

✫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
20.
06/1986
410

✫1
US
16
AC


4
dance






✫1
UK
[Sire 28660]
written by Brian Elliot & Madonna
21.
03/1986
409

✫1
US
2
AC




✫1
R&B




2
UK
[MCA 52770]
written by Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager
22.
01/1981
408

2
US
4
AC






26
rock


✫1
UK
[Geffen]
written by John Lennon
23.
05/1982
408

✫1
US
28
AC


14
dance
26
R&B
4
rock


2
UK
[Capitol 5126]
written by Steve Miller
24.
03/1983
407

✫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
25.
10/1988

Desire by U2

from Rattle and Hum   
406

3
US




37
dance


✫1
rock
✫1
alt.
✫1
UK
[Island 7-99250]
written by Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen Jr.
26.
11/1985
406

✫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
27.
08/1984
406

✫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
28.
10/1983
406

✫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
29.
02/1984
405

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
[Motown 1722]
written by Lionel Richie
30.
06/1986
405

✫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
31.
09/1983
404

✫1
US
✫1
AC


5
dance
✫1
R&B




2
UK
[Motown 1698]
written by Lionel Richie
32.
04/1983
404

✫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
33.
08/1987
403

✫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
34.
06/1989

Batdance by Prince

from Batman   
403

✫1
US




✫1
dance
✫1
R&B


18
alt.
2
UK
[Warner 22924]
written by Prince
35.
04/1981
403

✫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
36.
11/1980
402

✫1
US
17
AC










✫1
UK
[Geffen 49604]
written by John Lennon
37.
07/1988
402

✫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
38.
02/1988
401

✫1
US
5
AC


25
dance
✫1
R&B




3
UK
[Jive 9678]
written by Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Billy Ocean
39.
08/1987
401

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
with Siedah Garrett
[Epic 07253]
written by Michael Jackson
40.
01/1983
399

✫1
US
9
AC




✫1
R&B




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

[Epic 03509]
written by Michael Jackson
41.
01/1987
399

✫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.
12/1984
399

✫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)
43.
09/1985
399

✫1
US
✫1
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




3
UK
[Tamla 1808]
written by Stevie Wonder
44.
12/1988
398

✫1
US
39
AC


3
dance
2
R&B




3
UK
[Virgin 99256]
written by Elliot Wolff
45.
11/1981
398

✫1
US




12
dance


✫1
rock


3
UK
charted as Centerfold / Flamethrower in US dance charts
[EMI America 8102]
written by Seth Justman
46.
04/1984
398

✫1
US
3
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




2
UK
[Columbia 04417]
written by Tom Snow & Dean Pitchford
47.
02/1980
396

✫1
US












✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #283]
produced by Giorgio Moroder
[Chrysalis 2414]
written by Debbie Harry & Giorgio Moroder
48.
02/1989
396

✫1
US
✫1
AC










✫1
UK
[Columbia 68533]
written by Susanna Hoffs, Tom Kelly & Billy Steinberg
49.
09/1982
394

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
50.
08/1984
392

✫1
US
✫1
AC




8
R&B




✫1
UK
[Columbia 04691]
written by George Michael & Andrew Ridgeley
51.
02/1982
390

✫1
US




3
dance






2
UK
[Chrysalis 2638]
written by Mike Chapman & Nicky Chinn
52.
11/1985
386

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
53.
01/1987
386

✫1
US
✫1
AC






16
rock


✫1
UK
[Grunt 5109]
written by Diane Warren & Albert Hammond
54.
01/1989
385

✫1
US
✫1
AC






5
rock


2
UK
[Atlantic 7-88964]
written by Mike Rutherford & B. A. Robertson
55.
09/1981
384

3
US








✫1
rock


✫1
UK
written by Sting
56.
11/1984
384

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
57.
11/1989
384

✫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
58.
04/1986
384

✫1
US
✫1
AC










2
UK
[Sire 28717]
written by Madonna & Patrick Leonard
59.
12/1981
383

✫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
60.
12/1989
383

✫1
US
7
AC






✫1
rock


2
UK
[Atlantic 88742]
written by Christopher Ward & David Tyson
61.
06/1984
383

✫1
US
9
AC


6
dance
✫1
R&B
38
rock


2
UK
[Arista 9212]
written by Ray Parker Jr
62.
09/1983
383

✫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
63.
10/1989
382

3
US
7
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
[Arista 9928]
written by Lisa Stansfield, Ian Devaney & Andy Morris
64.
06/1987
382

✫1
US
4
AC
57
country




11
rock


✫1
UK
[Slash 28336]
written by traditional
65.
02/1983
382

✫1
US
7
AC






23
rock


✫1
UK
produced by Jim Steinman
[Columbia 03906]
written by Jim Steinman
66.
04/1986
379

✫1
US




✫1
dance
61
R&B
✫1
rock


4
UK
[MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year 1987]
[Geffen 28718]
written by Peter Gabriel
67.
10/1986
378

✫1
US
30
AC


6
dance






2
UK
68.
02/1984
377

✫1
US
2
AC






✫1
rock


2
UK
[Atlantic 89700 A]
written by Phil Collins
69.
05/1984
377

✫1
US
4
AC


27
dance






✫1
UK
[Columbia 04552]
written by George Michael
70.
11/1981
376

✫1
US
12
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B
28
rock


8
UK
[RCA 12357]
written by Daryl Hall, John Oates & Sara Allen
71.
07/1981
374

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




7
UK
[Motown 1519]
written by Lionel Richie
72.
04/1989
373

✫1
US
✫1
AC




38
R&B




2
UK
[Elektra 69297]
written by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff
73.
12/1985
372

✫1
US
✫1
AC


3
dance
✫1
R&B




5
UK
74.
04/1980
372

✫1
US
48
AC


64
dance






2
UK
[live]
[Columbia 11263]
written by Paul McCartney
75.
10/1987
371

✫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
76.
12/1989
371

✫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
77.
01/1981
371

✫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
78.
07/1987
370

✫1
US
5
AC


44
dance
78
R&B




✫1
UK
[Sire 28341]
written by Madonna & Patrick Leonard
79.
07/1989
370

✫1
US
✫1
AC










2
UK
[EMI 50219]
written by Richard Marx
80.
07/1989
370

✫1
US












✫1
UK
[R]
[Columbia 68960]
written by Maurice Starr
81.
02/1983
369

✫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]
82.
12/1984
369

✫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
83.
07/1980
369

✫1
US
✫1
AC










3
UK
[EMI America 8071]
written by Florrie Palmer
84.
03/1985
368

✫1
US
2
AC




80
R&B




2
UK
[Geffen 29051]
written by John Bettis & Jon Lind
85.
07/1980
366

2
US
✫1
AC










2
UK
[Warner 49565]
written by Sonny Curtis & Jerry Allison
86.
09/1987
366

✫1
US
7
AC










✫1
UK
[MCA 53181]
written by Rick Nowels & Ellen Shipley
87.
04/1984
366

✫1
US




15
dance


35
rock


✫1
UK
88.
11/1987
364

✫1
US
9
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




3
UK
[Epic 07645]
written by Michael Jackson
89.
04/1986
363

✫1
US






29
R&B




2
UK
[R]
[Elektra 69564]
written by Mick Hucknall & Neil Moss
90.
06/1989
363

4
US




✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
featuring Caron Wheeler
[Virgin 99171]
written by Jazzie B, Caron Wheeler, Nellee Hooper & Simon Law
91.
07/1985
363

✫1
US
4
AC










2
UK
[Warner 29011]
written by Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (as Pål Waaktaar), Magne Furuholmen & Morten Harket (as Morten Hårket)
92.
06/1982
363

✫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
93.
07/1988
362

2
US




3
dance
3
R&B




3
UK
[Arista 9781]
written by Bill Pettaway Jr., DJ Spen (as Sean Spencer), Kevin Lyles, Rodney Hollaman & Ky Adeyemo
94.
10/1982
362

✫1
US
✫1
AC




2
R&B




6
UK
[Motown 1644]
written by Lionel Richie
95.
08/1987
362

✫1
US
38
AC


26
dance






✫1
UK
[R]
[MCA 53167]
written by Ritchie Cordell
96.
10/1986
361

3
US
5
AC


6
dance






✫1
UK
[Sire 7-28591]
written by Madonna & Stephen Bray
97.
11/1988
361

3
US




20
dance
28
R&B




✫1
UK
[Columbia 08092]
written by Maurice Starr
98.
10/1982

Africa by Toto

from Toto IV   
361

✫1
US
5
AC










3
UK
[Columbia 03335]
written by David Paich & Jeff Porcaro
99.
09/1988
361

5
US
✫1
AC




22
R&B




✫1
UK
used by NBC-TV for the 1988 Summer Olympics; produced by Narada Michael Walden
[Arista 9743]
written by Albert Hammond & John Bettis
100.
08/1988
360

✫1
US




7
dance
✫1
R&B




6
UK
[MCA 53383]
written by Bobby Brown, Gene Griffin & Teddy Riley

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