Meghan's Best 100 Songs of the 1980's




A few years ago, I came up with a definitive list of the Top 100 Songs of My Life, but why not break it down even further?

The decade of decadence, excess, power ballads, new wave, and the birth of rap.

I chose these songs based on two criteria - their impact on my life and their impact on the world of music in general. Chart performance (or "fame") was taken into account as well, but not a main reason.

1. Skid Row - "I Remember You"
2. Melissa Etheridge – “Like The Way I Do”
3. Huey Lewis & the News- "The Heart of Rock 'N Roll"

4. John Waite – “Missing You”
5. U2 – “With Or Without You”
6. Great White - "Save Your Love"
7. Whitesnake - "Here I Go Again"
8. The Smiths - "Unloveable"

9. Bruce Springsteen - "The River"
10
. Bon Jovi - "Stick To Your Guns"




11. Guns N Roses - "Paradise City"
12. Bryan Adams - "One Night Love Affair"
13. Bonnie Tyler - "Total Eclipse Of The Heart"
14. The Phantom Of The Opera - "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again"
15. Bon Jovi - "I'll Be There For You"
16. The Smiths - "How Soon Is Now"
17. George Michael - "Father Figure"
18. OMD - "If You Leave"
19. John Parr - "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)"



20. Stevie Nicks - "Edge Of Seventeen"
21. David Bowie - "Let's Dance"
22. Lionel Richie - "All Night Long (All Night)"
23. Prince - "Purple Rain"
24. Metallica - "Fade To Black"
25. Pat Benetar - "We Belong"
26. Tina Turner - "Private Dancer"
27. Bruce Springsteen - "Bobby Jean"
28. Bon Jovi - "Bad Medicine"
29. USA For Africa - "We Are The World"



30. MC Miker & DJ Sven - "Holiday Rap 1986"
31. Zappacosta - "Overload"
32. Eric Carmen - "Hungry Eyes"
33. Rod Stewart - "My Heart Can't Tell You No"
34. Cheap Trick - "The Flame"
35. Chicago - "Look Away"
36. Guns 'N Roses - "Rocket Queen"
37. U2 - "All I Want Is You"
38. Cher - "Just Like Jesse James"
39. Nine Inch Nails - "Head Like A Hole"
40. Peter Gabriel - "In Your Eyes"



41. Bon Jovi - "Blood On Blood"
42. Tesla - "Love Song"
43. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - "I Hate Myself For Loving You"
44. Men Without Hats - "The Safety Dance"
45. Wang Chung - "Everybody Have Fun Tonight"
46. Aerosmith - "Love In An Elevator"
47. Heart - "Alone"
48. Motley Crue - "SOS (Same Ol' Situation)"
49. Men At Work - "Down Under"
50. Def Leppard - "Pour Some Sugar On Me"



51. Queen & David Bowie - "Under Pressure"

52. Janet Jackson - "Nasty"
53. Robert Palmer - "Addicted To Love"
54. Starship - "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"
55. The Jesus & Mary Chain - "Just Like Honey"
56. Billy Joel - "We Didn't Start The Fire"
57. Wham w/George Michael - "Careless Whisper"
58. Eddy Grant - "Electric Avenue"
59. The Pointer Sisters - "Slow Hand"
60. Tears For Fears - "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"



61. Thompson Twins - "Hold Me Now"
62. Billy Ocean - "Get Out Of My Dreams (Get Into My Car)"
63. Ozzy Osbourne - "Shot In The Dark"
64. Poison - "Cry Tough"
65. David Lee Roth - "Yankee Rose"
66. Belinda Carlisle - "Heaven Is A Place On Earth"
67. Scandal - "The Warrior"
68. Moving Pictures - "What About Me"
69. Beastie Boys - "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"



70. Skid Row - "18 & Life"
71. AC/DC - "You Shook Me All Night Long"
72. Cher - "If I Could Turn Back Time"
73. Cinderella - "Coming Home"
74. Melissa Etheridge - "Similar Features"
75. Don Henley - "The Heart Of The Matter"
76. Whitney Houston - "So Emotional"
77. Billy Idol - "Eyes Without A Face"
78. Elton John - "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues"
79. KISS - "Crazy Crazy Nights"



80. Madonna - "Like A Virgin"
81. Meat Loaf & Cher - "Dead Ringer For Love"
82. Motley Crue - "Girls Girls Girls"
83. Poison - "Nothin' But A Good Time"
84. Till Tuesday - "Voices Carry"
85. Autograph - "Turn Up The Radio"
86. Tiffany - "I Think We're Alone Now"
87. Prince - "Raspberry Beret"
88. Eddie Money - "Take Me Home Tonight"
89. A-Ha - "Take On Me"



90. Toto - "Africa"
91. UB40 - "Red Red Wine"
92. Katrina & The Waves - "Walking On Sunshine"
93. The Hooters - "And We Danced"
94. Scandal - "Goodbye To You"
95. Tina Turner - "Better Be Good To Me"
96. Skid Row - "Forever"
97. KISS - "Hide Your Heart"
98. Dexy's Midnight Runners - "Come On Eileen"
99. Outfield - "Your Love"
100. Air Supply - "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All"



And of course, the obligatory, painstakingly created Spotify playlist!

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