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Top Songs of the 1980s

1970s <-1980-> 1990s
    

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1.
06/1982
439

✫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.
12/1981
399

✫1
US




3
dance


4
rock


✫1
UK
6.
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 811440-7]
written by Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey & Irene Cara
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
8.
07/1981
378

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




7
UK
[Motown 1519]
written by Lionel Richie
9.
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
10.
01/1983
375

✫1
US
9
AC




✫1
R&B




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

[Epic 03509]
written by Michael Jackson
11.
09/1980
372

✫1
US
✫1
AC










✫1
UK
[Columbia 11364]
written by Barry Gibb & Robin Gibb
12.
05/1982
372

✫1
US
28
AC


14
dance
26
R&B
4
rock


2
UK
[Capitol 5126]
written by Steve Miller
13.
03/1980
370

✫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
14.
11/1981
369

✫1
US




12
dance


✫1
rock


3
UK
charted as Centerfold / Flamethrower in US dance charts
[EMI America 8102]
written by Seth Justman
15.
11/1980
367

✫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
16.
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]
written by Kevin Rowland, "Big" Jim Paterson & Billy Adams
17.
02/1980
366

✫1
US












✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #283]
produced by Giorgio Moroder
[Chrysalis 2414]
written by Debbie Harry & Giorgio Moroder
18.
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
19.
09/1983
361

✫1
US
✫1
AC


5
dance
✫1
R&B




2
UK
[Motown 1698]
written by Lionel Richie
20.
11/1980
361

✫1
US
17
AC










✫1
UK
[Geffen 49604]
written by John Lennon
21.
10/1981
354

✫1
US
29
AC


22
dance
28
R&B




7
UK
[MCA 51182]
written by Steve Kipner & Terry Shaddick
22.
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
23.
02/1983
351

✫1
US
7
AC






23
rock


✫1
UK
produced by Jim Steinman
[Columbia 03906]
written by Jim Steinman
24.
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
25.
02/1981
347

2
US
4
AC




✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
[Tamla 54321]
written by Smokey Robinson
26.
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
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
28.
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
29.
02/1984
341

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
[Motown 1722]
written by Lionel Richie
30.
02/1982
340

✫1
US




3
dance






2
UK
[Chrysalis 2638]
written by Mike Chapman & Nicky Chinn
31.
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
[Virgin/Epic 03368]
written by Boy George, Mikey Craig (as Michael Craig), Roy Hay & Jon Moss
32.
05/1987
338

✫1
US
✫1
AC


✫1
dance
2
R&B




✫1
UK
produced by Narada Michael Walden
[Arista 9598]
written by George Merrill & Shannon Rubicam
33.
10/1980
334

✫1
US
✫1
AC
✫1
country


42
R&B




12
UK
produced by Lionel Richie
[Liberty 1380]
written by Lionel Richie
34.
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
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
36.
10/1980
328

✫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
37.
08/1980
328

✫1
US




2
dance
2
R&B




7
UK
[Elektra 47031]
written by John Deacon
38.
08/1984
328

✫1
US
✫1
AC




8
R&B




✫1
UK
39.
01/1981
325

2
US
4
AC






26
rock


✫1
UK
[Geffen]
written by John Lennon
40.
04/1980
325

✫1
US
48
AC


64
dance






2
UK
[live]
[Columbia 11263+]
written by Paul McCartney
41.
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
42.
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)
43.
08/1985
323

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
[Arista 9381]
written by Gerry Goffin & Michael Masser
44.
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
45.
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
46.
08/1987
321

✫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
47.
01/1987
319

✫1
US
2
AC


12
dance
5
R&B




✫1
UK
48.
04/1984
319

✫1
US
3
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




2
UK
[Columbia 04417]
written by Tom Snow & Dean Pitchford
49.
10/1982

Africa by Toto

from Toto IV   
318

✫1
US
5
AC










3
UK
[Columbia 03335]
written by David Paich & Jeff Porcaro
50.
07/1980
316

✫1
US
✫1
AC










3
UK
written by Florrie Palmer
51.
06/1984
316

✫1
US
9
AC


6
dance
✫1
R&B
38
rock


2
UK
[Arista 9212]
written by Ray Parker Jr
52.
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
53.
06/1987
315

✫1
US
4
AC
57
country




11
rock


✫1
UK
[Slash 28336]
written by traditional
54.
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
55.
02/1983
315

✫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
56.
05/1984
314

✫1
US
4
AC


27
dance






✫1
UK
[Columbia 04552]
written by George Michael
57.
10/1982
314

✫1
US
✫1
AC




2
R&B




6
UK
[Motown 1644]
written by Lionel Richie
58.
06/1984
314

✫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
59.
10/1982
313

✫1
US
✫1
AC




9
R&B




11
UK
[R]
[Qwest 50036]
written by Rod Temperton
60.
09/1988
313

✫1
US
✫1
AC










✫1
UK
61.
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
62.
01/1981
310

✫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
63.
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]
64.
02/1984
309

✫1
US
2
AC






✫1
rock


2
UK
[Atlantic 89700 A]
written by Phil Collins
65.
03/1986
308

✫1
US
2
AC




✫1
R&B




2
UK
[MCA 52770]
written by Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager
66.
09/1985
308

✫1
US
✫1
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




3
UK
[Tamla 1808]
written by Stevie Wonder
67.
08/1982
307

✫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
68.
01/1987
307

✫1
US
✫1
AC






16
rock


✫1
UK
[Grunt 5109-7]
written by Diane Warren & Albert Hammond
69.
09/1981
307

3
US








✫1
rock


✫1
UK
written by Sting
70.
06/1989

Batdance by Prince

from Batman   
306

✫1
US




✫1
dance
✫1
R&B


18
alt.
2
UK
[Warner 22924]
written by Prince
71.
02/1989
306

✫1
US
✫1
AC










✫1
UK
[Columbia 68533]
written by Susanna Hoffs, Tom Kelly & Billy Steinberg
72.
12/1988
305

✫1
US
39
AC


3
dance
2
R&B




3
UK
[Virgin 99256]
written by Elliot Wolff
73.
04/1984
305

✫1
US




15
dance


35
rock


✫1
UK
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
304

2
US
42
AC


22
dance


23
rock


✫1
UK
76.
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
77.
05/1980
302

5
US
2
AC
6
country








✫1
UK
[Millennium 11799]
written by Roy Orbison & Joe Melson
78.
11/1985
302

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
79.
08/1987
301

✫1
US
38
AC


26
dance






✫1
UK
[R]
[MCA 53167]
written by Ritchie Cordell
80.
08/1983
301

✫1
US
✫1
AC
✫1
country








7
UK
[RCA 13615]
written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb & Robin Gibb
81.
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
82.
02/1988
300

✫1
US
5
AC


25
dance
✫1
R&B




3
UK
[Jive 9678]
written by Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Billy Ocean
83.
12/1985
299

✫1
US
✫1
AC


3
dance
✫1
R&B




5
UK
84.
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
written by George Michael
85.
07/1988
298

✫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
86.
12/1983
298

✫1
US
✫1
AC




78
R&B
10
rock


3
UK
[Portrait 04432]
written by Rob Hyman & Cyndi Lauper
87.
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
88.
10/1987
296

✫1
US
5
AC


17
dance






2
UK
[Columbia 07623]
written by George Michael
89.
07/1982
296

2
US
28
AC


4
dance






6
UK
[Atlantic 4048]
written by Umberto Tozzi, Giancarlo Bigazzi & Trevor Veitch
90.
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
91.
09/1983
295

3
US
2
AC






22
rock


✫1
UK
[Columbia 04149]
written by Billy Joel
92.
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
93.
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
94.
06/1989
292

4
US




✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
95.
08/1984
292

✫1
US
7
AC


✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




6
UK
[Jive 9199]
written by Billy Ocean & Keith Diamond
96.
10/1987
292

✫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
97.
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
98.
08/1981
291

2
US




14
dance


✫1
rock


7
UK
[Rolling Stones 21003]
written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
99.
10/1981
291

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
100.
09/1984
291

3
US




✫1
dance
✫1
R&B




✫1
UK
featuring Stevie Wonder & Grandmaster Melle Mel
[Warner 29195]
written by Prince

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