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The Top 125 Songs of the 1980’s!

This week I have done the impossible! It took several days, but I have somehow managed to compile a list of my favorite songs from the decade that brought us MTV, Nintendo, and Pac-Man. This list leans heavily to the Top 40 side of pop music, but, if you look closely, you just might find something you forgot about.

For me, the 1980’s were a wonderful time: a fantastic blur of parachute pants, big hair, shoulder pads, colorful pop stars, slap bracelets and Pee-wee’s Playhouse. I was really too young to enjoy the music of the decade. But over the years, my appreciation for the music of the 1980’s has grown exponentially. For most of us, music has always played an important role in our lives. I find it remarkable how certain songs can become attached to life experiences that will live on for as long as we do. Each of these songs have been there for me through various moments in my life.

As with any list of this nature, it is all subjective, based on my own personal taste. I tried to find links to iTunes for each single, but some aren’t available digitally. Initially, I attempted to compile a list of my 80 all-time favorites, but this proved to be a nearly impossible task. So without further ado, here are my top 125 singles of the 1980’s.

# Artist Song Title Album Title Buy
125 Missing Persons Destination Unknown Spring Session M iTunes
124 Nancy Martinez For Tonight Not Just The Girl... iTunes
123 Wire Kidney Bingos A Bell Is a Cup Until... iTunes
122 Cyndi Lauper True Colors True Colors iTunes
121 10,000 Maniacs Trouble Me Blind Man's Zoo iTunes
120 Divine Walk Like a Man Maid in England iTunes
119 Pebbles Girlfriend Pebbles iTunes
118 Shannon Let The Music Play Let The Music Play iTunes
117 Tiffany Radio Romance Hold An Old Friends Hand iTunes
116 Nina Hagen Universal Radio Nina Hagen in Ekstasy Amazon
115 Kylie Minogue I Should Be So Lucky Kylie iTunes
114 Sandy Stewart Saddest Victory Cat Dancer Amazon
113 Erasure Stop Crackers International EP iTunes
112 Information So... Repetition Information Society iTunes
111 Michael Jackson Thriller Thriller iTunes
110 Soft Cell Tainted Love Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret iTunes
109 Trans-X Living On Video Living On Video iTunes
108 Man 2 Man Male Stripper Male Stripper iTunes
107 George Michael I Want Your Sex Faith iTunes
106 Belinda Carlisle Heaven Is a Place on Earth Heaven On Earth iTunes
105 Bronski Beat Smalltown Boy The Age of Consent iTunes
104 Sheena Easton Morning Train (Nine to Five) Take My Time iTunes
103 The Go-Go's Our Lips Are Sealed Beauty and the Beat iTunes
102 Stevie Nicks Edge of Seventeen Bella Donna iTunes
101 Tears For Fears Everybody Wants to Rule... Songs From the Big Chair iTunes
100 The Cars Drive Heartbeat City iTunes
99 When In Rome The Promise When In Rome iTunes
98 OMD Enola Gay Organisation iTunes
97 Madonna Express Yourself Like a Prayer iTunes
96 Marilyn Martin Night Moves Night Moves iTunes
95 Pat Benatar We Belong Tropico iTunes
94 Kim Carnes Bette Davis Eyes Mistaken Identity iTunes
93 Laura Branigan Gloria Branigan Amazon
92 Weather Girls It’s Raining Men Success iTunes
91 'Til Tuesday Voices Carry Voices Carry iTunes
90 Bruce Hornsby & The Range The Way It Is The Way It Is iTunes
89 Deborah Harry I Want That Man Def Dumb & Blonde Amazon
88 Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse of the Heart Faster Than the... iTunes
87 Kim Wilde You Keep Me Hangin' On Another Step iTunes
86 'Til Tuesday (Believed You Were) Lucky Everything Is Different Now iTunes
85 Taylor Dayne Tell It To My Heart Tell It To My Heart iTunes
84 The Cure Close To Me The Head On the Door iTunes
83 Cyndi Lauper Hole in My Heart (All the... - Amazon
82 Laura Branigan Ti amo Self Control iTunes
81 Pet Shop Boys What Have I Done to... Actually iTunes
80 Tina Turner We Don't Need Another Hero Mad Max Soundtrack iTunes
79 Animotion Obsession Obsession iTunes
78 Marvin Gaye Sexual Healing Midnight Love iTunes
77 Wham! A Different Corner Music from the Edge... iTunes
76 Pointer Sisters Jump For My Love Break Out iTunes
75 Sade Smooth Operator Diamond Life iTunes
74 Mike/Mechanics The Living Years Living Years Amazon
73 Michael Jackson Man in the Mirror Bad iTunes
72 New Order Bizarre Love Triangle Bizarre Love Triangle EP iTunes
71 Kim Wilde Kids In America Kim Wilde iTunes
70 Dead or Alive You Spin Me Round... Rip It Up iTunes
69 Cyndi Lauper Time After Time She's So Unusual iTunes
68 Sam Brown Stop Stop! Amazon
67 Neneh Cherry Buffalo Stance Raw Like Sushi iTunes
66 Mr. Mister Broken Wings Broken Wings iTunes
65 Janet Jackson Miss You Much Rhythm Nation 1814 iTunes
64 Kylie Minogue Wouldn't Change a Thing Enjoy Yourself iTunes
63 Don Henley Boys of Summer Building The Perfect.... iTunes
62 Whitney Houston Where Do Broken Hearts... Whitney iTunes
61 Double The Captain Of Her Heart Blue iTunes
60 Erasure A Little Respect The Innocents iTunes
59 Deniece Williams Let's Hear It For The Boy Let's Hear It For The Boy iTunes
58 Paula Abdul The Way That You Love Me Forever Your Girl iTunes
57 The Bangles Manic Monday Different Light iTunes
56 Dusty Springfield In Private Reputation iTunes
55 Elton John Sad Songs (Say So Much) Breaking Hearts iTunes
54 Madonna Like a Virgin Like a Virgin iTunes
53 Michael Jackson Billie Jean Thriller iTunes
52 Heart Alone Bad Animals iTunes
51 Madonna Borderline Madonna iTunes
50 Laura Branigan Self Control Self Control iTunes
49 Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made... Sweet Dreams (Are Made... iTunes
48 Bananarama Cruel Summer Bananarama iTunes
47 Joan Jett Crimson and Clover I Love Rock 'N Roll iTunes
46 Pet Shop Boys It’s A Sin Actually iTunes
45 Texas I Don’t Want A Lover Southside iTunes
44 The Jets You Got It All The Jets iTunes
43 Starship Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now No Protection iTunes
42 Dead or Alive Lover Come Back to Me Rip It Up iTunes
41 Frankie Goes... Relax Welcome To The.... iTunes
40 Laura Branigan Spanish Eddie Hold Me iTunes
39 Howard Jones No One Is to Blame Action Replay iTunes
38 Janet Jackson When I Think of You Control iTunes
37 Madonna Into The Groove Like a Virgin iTunes
36 Fleetwood Mac Little Lies Tango In the Night iTunes
35 Martika Toy Soldiers Martika iTunes
34 Device Hanging On a Heart Attack 22B3 iTunes
33 Cyndi Lauper I Drove All Night A Night To Remember iTunes
32 Whitney Houston I Wanna Dance with Somebody Whitney iTunes
31 Michael Jackson Beat It Thriller iTunes
30 Elton John Nikita Ice On Fire iTunes
29 New Order True Faith Substance 1987 iTunes
28 Liza Minnelli Losing My Mind Results iTunes
27 Cher If I Could Turn Back Time Heart of Stone iTunes
26 Huey Lewis/News If This Is It Sport iTunes
25 INXS Need You Tonight Kick iTunes
24 Dead or Alive Brand New Lover Rip It Up iTunes
23 George Michael Father Figure Faith iTunes
22 Madonna Crazy For You Vision Quest Soundtrack iTunes
21 Janet Jackson Control Control iTunes
20 Paula Abdul Straight Up Forever Your Girl iTunes
19 Madonna True Blue True Blue iTunes
18 Ultravox Dancing with Tears in My Eyes Lament iTunes
17 Tracy Chapman All That You Have Is Your Soul Crossroads iTunes
16 Love & Rockets So Alive Love and Rockets iTunes
15 George Michael Faith Faith iTunes
14 Madonna Like a Prayer Like a Prayer iTunes
13 Liza Minnelli Don't Drop Bombs Results iTunes
12 The Human League Human Crash iTunes
11 Paula Abdul Forever Your Girl Forever Your Girl iTunes
10 Tina Turner What's Love Got to Do with It Private Dancer iTunes
9 Heart These Dreams Heart iTunes
8 The Bangles In Your Room Everything iTunes
7 Madonna Lucky Star Madonna iTunes
6 Stevie Nicks Talk To Me Rock a Little iTunes
5 T'Pau Heart and Soul Bridge of Spies iTunes
4 Berlin Take My Breath Away Top Gun Soundtrack iTunes
3 Book of Love I Touch Roses Book of Love iTunes
2 Madonna Open Your Heart True Blue iTunes
1 Pet Shop Boys West End Girls Please iTunes
Laura Branigan MTV New Order Nina Hagen Nintendo

About Jared Braden

Hello! I'm Jared Braden, a Texas native who lives and breathes for pop and dance music. You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, so feel free to say "hello" or some other simple greeting.
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