60 best songs of the 80s – 80s music playlist


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1

“Ain’t Nobody” by Chaka Khan and Rufus (1983)

2

Kim Wilde’s “Children in America” ​​(1981)

It’s the kind of song that makes the soundtrack to a cheeky teenage comedy like Distraught, which featured The Muff’s revival of the timeless success in the film’s opening scene.

3

“Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye (1982)

And the award for the greatest baby song of all time goes to …

4

Rick James’ “Super Monster” (1981)

5

“Just Can’t Get Enough” by Depeche Mode (1981)

A song that perfectly describes my relationship with Trader Joe’s chocolate covered raisins.

6

“The Sweetest Taboos” by Sade (1985)

Sade’s low, husky voice over a sunny groovy melody makes this the most soothing love song ever.

7

“Sweet Love” by Anita Baker (1986)

Legend has it that your Sunday breakfast will be 10 times better if this song is played in the background.

8

“If Only You Knew” by Patti LaBelle (1983)

Listening to LaBelle – her soft, soulful voice sounding as buttery and sweet as her famous sweet potato pie – pouring her heart into her crush makes me want to fall in love over and over again.

9

Frankie Beverly and Maze’s “Before You Let Go” (1981)

When Maze released “Before I Let Go,” they probably hadn’t realized the song would become the official black anthem, played at every wedding, barbecue, reunion, and birthday party. Then, in 2019, Beyoncé remake the classic song in an even more catchy melody that only makes you want to take two steps and twerk.

ten

“Take on Me” by A-Ha (1985)

“Take on Me” is a classic karaoke song, and we have in part Just dance 3 to thank. This synthpop gem is an evergreen pop hit that still bangs today.

11

“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper (1983)

The only thing better than this song’s boppy opportunity (and all the covers it’s inspired) is the wacky and fantastical ’80s music video that accompanies it.

12

“I want to dance with someone” by Whitney Houston (1987)

If you’ve never held your best friend’s hand while singing “I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY,” you need to re-evaluate the trajectory of your life.

13

“When the Doves Cry” by Prince (1984)

If Prince’s hit “When Doves Cry” wasn’t on this list, would you trust ELLE dot com again?

14

“Every Breath You Take” by The Police (1983)

Hear the addicting strings of one of The Police’s biggest (and scariest ??) hits, and mourn the days before Sting decides to quit the band.

15

“Time after time” by Cyndi Lauper (1984)

* Cue all the memories of you singing this song into a hairbrush *

16

“Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi (1986)

I swear, every dance in high school ended the night playing this song, and I’m not complaining !!!

17

“Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield (1981)

Are you truly a living, breathing human if you never thought about being Jessie’s daughter?

18

“All Night” by Lionel Richie (1983)

A staple of 80s music, Lionel Richie gave us all the classics: “All Night Long”, “Hello”, “We Are the World”, “Truly”, “My Love”. But this post is finite length, so here we are.

19

Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” (1984)

The title song dance-y from her second album was a defining moment in Madonna’s discography and our memory of the ’80s.

20

Prince’s “Violet Rain” (1984)

The breathtaking track from Prince’s sixth album, “Purple Rain”, which marked his career, will forever remind the world of his heritage in American music.

21

“Push It” by Salt-N-Pepa (1986)

Our queens gave us “Push It” and the world of female-led rap and hip hop has never been the same.

22

Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (1983)

Sorry I can’t speak, I lost my voice trying to reproduce Tyler’s raspy and perfect chorus.

23

“Sweet Child o ‘Mine” by Guns N’ Roses (1988)

You know it from the first hit of the guitar and can somehow sing all the lyrics. (it probably made you cry too when they covered it in

24

“Wake me up before you go” by Wham! (1984)

The kind of song you still play when you’re having a bad day, even 15 years later.

25

Blondie’s “Call Me” (1980)

Me, my boyfriend, but also Michael B. Jordan.

26

“What Has Love Got To Do With It” by Tina Turner (1984)

According to this video, the taller the hair, the closer you get to Tina Turner.

27

Young MC’s “Bust a Move” (1989)

“She is dressed in yellow,

She said, ‘Hello, come sit next to me, good guy.’

You run there without a second to waste

and what comes next? Hey, get moving !!!! “

28

“We Got the Beat” by The Go-Go’s (1980)

With songs like “We Got the Beat”, The Guardianby Priya Elan writing, The Go-Go became the “first all-female group to hit the charts by writing their own songs and playing their own instruments”, paving the way for “a generation of women in rock”.

29

“Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey (1981)

Before, it was the most famous performance of Joy, “Don’t Stop Believin ‘” was your’ 80s jam.

30

“It’s Delicate” by RUN DMC (1987)

“It’s Tricky” is one of those songs that you can’t start singing because you’ll never stop.

31

“Love is a battleground” by Pat Benatar (1983)

32

“How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston (1985)

“How will I know if he really loves me?” Answer: It will let you play this song over and over, no questions asked.

33

“Physics” by Olivia Newton-John (1981)

The music video probably wouldn’t pass the rally now (it’s definitely not body positive), but that ass that vibrates at: 14 is still pretty iconic.

34

“Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (1981)

It was called the greatest duo of all time. He was nominated for an Academy Award. It was one of the biggest singles for Ross and Richie. What I’m trying to say is: it’s a classic.

35

Kim Carnes’ “The Eyes of Bette Davis” (1981)

I, too, wish my hair was Harlow Gold and my hands were never cold.

36

“Like a Prayer” by Madonna (1989)

“Like a Prayer” is not only one of Madonna’s most popular hits, it’s also her most controversial music video, to the point that it has even been condemned by the Vatican.

37

“Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen (1984)

Call your mom and tell her her favorite song is on this list!

38

“You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids on the Block (1988)

The ’80s boy group still makes music to this day, including their video clip 2019 which tells the story of groups of boys, including themselves.

39

“Candy Girl” from The New Edition (1982)

Has any of the boy groups featured in the 2019 New Kids on the Block video multiple times? The new edition!

40

Queen’s “Another Bites the Dust” (1980)

If you ever took a jazz dance class as a kid, there’s a 75% chance you sang this song.

41

“Anything You Want” by Journey (1980)

If you haven’t figured it out yet, this whole post could also serve as a Joy play list.

42

Survivor’s ‘Eye of the Tiger’ (1982)

If you’ve never heard it, you’ve clearly never watched a sports movie with a vigorous workout edit scene before the final competition.

43

“Don’t Want Me” by The Human League (1981)

As a comment on the YouTube video above put it: “The tragedy of growing up in the 80s is that you didn’t realize back then how awesome it was, and when you do. well, it’s already over. “

44

“Walk Like an Egyptian” by The Bangles (1986)

If you were born in the 80s, you know this song. If you were born in the 90s you probably know this song and you know the bracelets from the Rory and Paris era went to their concert to Gilmore Girls.

45

“Faithfully” by Journey (1983)

May I remind you on Joy play list?

46

Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose” (1984)

Even though you’ve never seen the movie a line dance who goes with this song? What everyone at weddings seems to know? amazing!)

47

“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Eurythmics (1983)

Sweet dreams are made of that.

48

“Everyone Wants to Rule the World” from Tears for Fears (1985)

You might know this song from your childhood in the 80s, but you might also know this song as Lorde covered for the Hunger games soundtrack. Who can say who you are!

49

Van Halen’s “Jump” (1983)

One of Van Halen’s most popular hits for a REASON.

50

“Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats (1982)

You may not know Men Without Hats, but you certainly know “Safety Dance”.

51

“Blister in the Sun” by Violent Femmes (1983)

“When I walk around, I strut about my things, and I’m so tense.” Clap clap! Clap clap!

52

“867-5309 / Jenny” by Tommy Tutone (1981)

Raise your hand if you’ve ever tried to dial 867-5309 in real life.

53

“You Make My Dreams” by Daryl Hall & John Oates (1980)

54

Billy Idol’s “Dance With Myself” (1981)

Billy Idol walked like this Robyn could run.

55

U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (1983)

From the Album of U2 War, this track is one of the most political of the group, describing some of the violence experienced during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

56

“Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves (1983)

I challenge you to listen to this first thing in the morning and then not have an amazing day.

57

“I melt with you” by Modern English (1982)

And here you thought it was a Bowling For Soup original.

58

Toto’s “Africa” ​​(1982)

I don’t care what year you were born. If you don’t know this song, I’m going to have to ask you to go.

59

B-52’s “Love Shack” (1989)

Besides being a certified bop, “Love Shack” was a defining song for the B-52s, who released it a few years after the death of their guitarist, Ricky Wilson.

60

Queen and David Bowie’s “Under Pressure” (1981)

Although (fun fact!) Neither Queen nor David Bowie appear in the clip, the track is still a timeless rock song that stands out from the decade.

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