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Popular Song Charts Of The 80s

About Music of the 80s - Things You Need To Know

Journey's Don't Stop Believin' was released in 1981. The song is arguably the most-well known of the entire rock era. It only reached # 9 on the Billboard charts, making it the #65 biggest pop song of the year. The 120 BPM song breaks several 'pop music rules.' The chorus is only said 3 times, and not until only 45 seconds are left in the song.

The reference to being born and raised in "South Detroit' would actually refer to the Canadian city of Windsor, according to our map.

1981's Just The Two Of Us was covered by Will Smith in 1998. Although the song was on Grover Washington Jr's album Winelight, it may best be known as the work of vocalist Bill Withers.
Milli Vanilli had several chart hits, reaching number 1 three times with Baby Don't Forget My Number, Blame It On The Rain and Girl I'm Gonna Miss You. They cracked the top 5 with Girl You Know It's True and All Or Nothing. They won the Best Grammy Award, which was taken away when it was discovered that the dou of Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan were just the face of what were actually studio musicians and singers.
1987's Dirty Dancing soundtrack brought us I've had The Time Of My Life, which was brough back again in late 2011 by the Black Eyed Peas. It also featured Love Is Strange by Mickey & Sylvia, sampled strongly in in 2012 with Pitbull's Back In Time.
Aerosmith's 1977 hit, Walk This Way, was reworked in 1986, by Run -D.M.C., reviving Aerosmith's career and making it the first Rap/Hip Hop song to crack the Billboard Top Hot 100 Chart.

Eighties' Bubblegum Pop Hits

1. Buy It! I Love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
2. Buy It! Mickey - Toni Basil
3. Buy It! Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!
4. Buy It! We Got The Beat - The Go-Gos
5. Buy It! Don't Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
6. Buy It! Only In My Dreams - Debbie Gibson
7. Buy It! Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
8. Buy It! I Think We're Alone Now - Tiffany
9. Buy It! We Built This City - Starship
10. Buy It! Foolish Beat - Debbie Gibson
11. Buy It! Walk Like An Egyptian - The Bangles
12. Buy It! Straight Up - Paula Abdul
13. Buy It! Break My Stride - Matthew Wilder
14. Buy It! I Wanna Dance With Somebody Who Loves Me - Whitney Houston
15. Buy It! Could've Been - Tiffany

The 80s Biggest Movie Soundtrack Hits

1. Buy It! Footloose - Kenny Loggins
2. Buy It! You Lost That Lovin' Feeling - Righteous Brothers
3. Buy It! The Time of My Life - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
4. Buy It! Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
5. Buy It! I'm Alright - Kenny Loggins
6. Buy It! Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger
7. Buy It! Don't You Forget About Me - Simple Minds
8. Buy It! Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
9. Buy It! Fame - Irene Cara
10. Buy It! St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion) - John Parr
11. Buy It! Flashdance (What A Feeling) - Irene Cara
12. Buy It! Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) - Phil Collins
13. Buy It! On The Dark Side - Eddie and the Cruisers
14. Buy It! Burning Heart - Survivor
15. Buy It! Take My Breath Away - Berlin
16. Buy It! What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
17. Buy It! Chariots Of Fire Theme - Vangelis
18. Buy It! The Power Of Love - Huey Lewis and the News
19. Buy It! Batdance - Prince
20. Buy It! In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins

Summer Songs 1980-1989

1. Buy It! Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and The Waves, 1985
2. Buy It! We Got The Beat - Go Go's, 1982
3. Buy It! I Love Rock 'N Roll - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, 1982
4. Buy It! Kokomo - Beach Boys, 1988
5. Buy It! 867-5309/Jenny - Tommy Tutone, 1982
6. Buy It! Boys of Summer - Don Henley, 1985
7. Buy It! Funkytown - Lipps, Inc, 1980
8. Buy It! Beat It - Micheal Jackson, 1983
9. Buy It! Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners, 1983
10. Buy It! Vacation - Go Go's
11. Buy It! Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel, 1986
12. Buy It! The Boys Of Summer - Don Henley
13. Buy It! Love Shack - B-52s, 1989
14. Buy It! Axel F - Harlod Faltermeyer, 1985
15. Buy It! Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor, 1982
16. Buy It! I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston, 1987
17. Buy It! Hot In The City - Billy Idol, 1982 (and 1988)
18. Buy It! I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2, 1987
19. Buy It! Endless Summer Nights - Richard Marx, 1988
20. Buy It! Flashdance (What A Feeling) - Irene Cara, 1983

The 80s Songs That Mom and Dad Hated

1. Buy It! Me So Horny - 2 Live Crew
2. Buy It! Fight For Your Right (To Party) - Beastie Boys
3. Buy It! Like A Virgin - Madonna
4. Buy It! We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister
5. Buy It! Da Butt - E.U.
6. Buy It! I Want Your Sex - George Michael
7. Buy It! Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
8. Buy It! Wild Thing - Tone Loc
9. Buy It! I Want a New Drug - Huey Lewis and the News
10. Buy It! Birthday Suit - Johnny Kemp

The Eighties' Songs That Everybody Hated

1. Buy It! Morning Train (9 to 5) - Sheena Easton
2. Buy It! Rock Me Amadeus - Falco
3. Buy It! To All the Girls I Loved Before - Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson
4. Buy It! We Didn't Start The Fire - Billy Joel
5. Buy It! Sussudio - Phil Collins
6. Buy It! Puttin On The Ritz - Taco
7. Buy It! Harlem Shuffle - Rolling Stones
8. Buy It! Word Up - Cameo
9. Buy It! Invisible Touch - Genesis
10. Buy It! Goonies R Good Enough - Cyndi Lauper
11. Buy It! The Twist (Yo, Twist!) - Fat Boys featuring Chubby Checker

The 80s Biggest Sing-A-Long and Air-Guitar Pop Hits

1. Buy It! Don't Stop Believing - Journey
2. Buy It! Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
3. Buy It! 867-5309/Jenny - Tommy Tutone
4. Buy It! Living On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
5. Buy It! I Love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
6. Buy It! I Melt With You - Modern English
7. Buy It! Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
8. Buy It! We Built This City - Starship
9. Buy It! Born In The USA - Bruce Springsteen
10. Buy It! Red Red Wine - UB40

The 80s Biggest Dance Music Hits*
*That Didn't Involve Michael Jackson

1. Buy It! Funkytown - Lipps Inc.
2. Buy It! Electric Boogie - Marcia Griffiths
3. Buy It! Let's Groove - Earth Wind and Fire
4. Buy It! Superfreak - Rick James
5. Buy It! Celebration - Kool and the Gang
6. Buy It! It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
7. Buy It! Double Dutch Bus - Frankie Smith
8. Buy It! Upside Down - Diana Ross
9. Buy It! Give It To Me Baby - Rick James
10. Buy It! Into The Groove - Madonna
11. Buy It! Pump Up the Jam - Technotronic
12. Buy It! Tainted Love - Soft Cell
13. Buy It! So Many Men, So Little Time - Miquel Brown
14. Buy It! She' A Bad Mama Jama - Carl Carlton
15. Buy It! Take Your Time (Do It Right) - S.O.S. Band
16. Buy It! Feels Like I'm In Love - Kelly Marie
17. Buy It! Last Night a DJ Saved My Life - Indeep
18. Buy It! I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston
19. Buy It! You Dropped A Bomb On Me - Gap Band
20. Buy It! **1999** - Prince

The 80s Biggest Dance Music Hits*
*That Did Involve Michael Jackson

1. Buy It! Billie Jean - Micheal Jackson
2. Buy It! Thriller - Micheal Jackson
3. Buy It! Beat It - Micheal Jackson
4. Buy It! The Way You Make Me Feel - Micheal Jackson
5. Buy It! Wanna Be Startin Something - Micheal Jackson
6. Buy It! Bad - Micheal Jackson
7. Buy It! Smooth Criminal - Micheal Jackson
8. Buy It! P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) - Micheal Jackson
9. Buy It! Off The Wall - Micheal Jackson
10. Buy It! State of Shock - The Jacksons with Mick Jagger

80s Electronica Dance

1. Buy It! Planet Rock - Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force
2. Buy It! Jam On It - Newcleus
3. Buy It! Pump Up the Volume - M/A/R/R/S
4. Buy It! Blue Monday - New Order
5. Buy It! Situation - Yazoo
6. Buy It! Axel F - Harold Faltermeyer
7. Buy It! White Horse - Laid Back
8. Buy It! Rockit - Herbie Hancock
9. Buy It! What's On Your Mind? (Pure Energy) - Information Society
10. Buy It! Ride On Time - Black Box

80s Early Rap/Hip Hop Hits*

* Rapper's Delight By Sugarhill Gang came out in late 1979, in case you were wondering.
1. Buy It! It Takes Two - Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock
2. Buy It! Push It - Salt N Pepa
3. Buy It! Bust A Move - Young MC
4. Buy It! Joy and Pain - Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock
5. Buy It! Wild Thing - Tone Loc
6. Buy It! White Lines - Grandmaster Flash
7. Buy It! Funky Cold Medina - Tone Loc
8. Buy It! It's Tricky - Run D.M.C.
9. Buy It! Da Butt - E.U.
10. Buy It! Me, Myself, and I - De La Soul
   

The Doo Wop Hit of the 80s

1. Buy It! The Longest Time - Billy Joel

The Eighties' Songs That You
Need To make Your Collection Complete

1. Buy It! I Melt With You - Modern English
2. Buy It! Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
3. Buy It! Mr Soul - Neil Young (Trans Album - new version)
4. Buy It! Valley Girl - Frank Zappa featuring Moon Unit
5. Buy It! I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramones
6. Buy It! Another One Bites The Dust - Queen
7. Buy It! Dancing With Myself - Billy Idol
8. Buy It! I Love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
9. Buy It! Rock This Town - the Stray Cats
10. Buy It! Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby
11. Buy It! Money - the Flying Lizards
12. Buy It! Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go - Soft Cell
13. Buy It! Lawn Chairs - Our Daughter's Wedding
14. Buy It! I Got You - Split Enz
15. Buy It! Life During Wartime - Talking Heads
16. Buy It! AEIOU (and Sometimes Y) - EBN OZN
17. Buy It! Don't Pay the Ferryman - Chris DeBurgh
18. Buy It! Life Sucks, Then You Die - The Fools
19. Buy It! Wham Rap - Wham!
20. Buy It! I Ran (So Far Away) - A Flock of Seagulls
21. Buy It! Electric Youth - Debbie Gibson
22. Buy It! Escalator of Life - Robert Hazard
23. Buy It! Oh Yeah - Yello
24. Buy It! She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals
25. Buy It! Nobody - Sylvia

The 80s Big Money Songs and/or One Hit Wonders

1. Buy It! Mickey - Toni Basil
2. Buy It! Funkytown - Lipps, Inc.
3. Buy It! Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
4. Buy It! Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
5. Buy It! Da Butt - EU
6. Buy It! U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer
7. Buy It! Money - Flying Lizards
8. Buy It! Relax - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
9. Buy It! Escalator Of Life - Robert Hazard*
*Although Robert did write Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, sung by Cyndi Lauper
10. Buy It! People Who Died - Jim Carroll Band
11. Buy It! The Future' So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades - Timbuk 3

The Eighties' Fad Songs

1. Buy It! Valley Girl - Frank and Moon Unit Zappa
2. Buy It! Pac-Man Fever - Buckner and Garcia
3. Buy It! Rock Lobster - The B-52s
4. Buy It! Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
5. Buy It! Do They Know Its Christmas - Band Aid
6. Buy It! General Hospi-Tale - The Afternoon Delights
7. Buy It! Dancing In The Street - David Bowie and Mick Jagger
8. Buy It! We Are The World - USA For Africa
9. Buy It! Physical - Olivia Newton-John
10. Buy It! 99 Luftballoons - Nena

The 80s Weirdest Songs

1. Buy It! Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell
2. Buy It! Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
3. Buy It! Puttin On The Ritz - Taco
4. Buy It! Money - The Flying Lizards
5. Buy It! Paranoimia - Art of Noise and Max Headroom
6. Buy It! Walk The Dinosaur - Was (Not Was)
7. Buy It! It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M.
8. Buy It! Sign 'O' The Times - Prince
9. Buy It! Johnnie Are You Queer - Josie Cotton
10. Buy It! Into The Night - Benny Mardones

Eighties' Songs That We Secretly Liked
(But Didn't Tell Our Friends)

1. Buy It! Everybody Have Fun Tonight - Wang Chung
2. Buy It! Two Of Hearts - Stacy Q
3. Buy It! 9 To 5 - Dolly Parton
4. Buy It! Drivin' My Life Away - Eddie Rabbit
5. Buy It! Ebony and Ivory - Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
6. Buy It! Groovy Kind Of Love - Phil Collins
7. Buy It! We Belong - Pat Benatar
8. Buy It! Physical - Olivia Newton-John
9. Buy It! Hot Child In The City - Nick Gilder
10. Buy It! I've Never Been To Me - Charlene

80s Album Rock (AOR Radio) Hits

1. Buy It! Where The Streets Have No Name - U2
2. Buy It! Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
3. Buy It! Touch of Grey - Grateful Dead
4. Buy It! The Stroke - Billy Squire
5. Buy It! Tom Sawyer - Rush
6. Buy It! Arc of A Diver - Steve Winwood
7. Buy It! Hungry Heart - Bruce Springsteen
8. Buy It! Late In The Evening - Paul Simon
9. Buy It! The Voice - The Moody Blues
10. Buy It! Wango Tango - Ted Nugent

Eighties' Pop Rock Hits

1. Buy It! Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
2. Buy It! 867-5309/Jenny - Tommy Tutone
3. Buy It! Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
4. Buy It! Walking On Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves
5. Buy It! Jump - Van Halen
6. Buy It! Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
7. Buy It! Another One Bites The Dust - Queen
8. Buy It! Manic Monday - The Bangles
9. Buy It! Let's Dance - David Bowie
10. Buy It! Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen

80s Biggest New Wave Hits

1. Buy It! Love Shack - B-52s
2. Buy It! What I Like About You - Romantics
3. Buy It! Dancing With Myself - Billy Idol
4. Buy It! Rock The Casbah (Mustapha Dance) - Yhe Clash
5. Buy It! Whip It - Devo
6. Buy It! Antmusic - Adam and the Ants
7. Buy It! Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
8. Buy It! Train In Vain (Stand By Me) - The Clash
9. Buy It! Just Like Heaven - The Cure
10. Buy It! Situation - Yaz (Yazoo)

Our Favorite 80s' Punk Rock Hits

1. Buy It! Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones
2. Buy It! I Wanna Be Sedated - Ramones
3. Buy It! Dancin With Myself - Generation X (Billy Idol)
4. Buy It! I Fought The Law - The Clash
5. Buy It! Blister In The Sun - Violent Femmes
6. Buy It! God Save The Queen - Sex Pistols
7. Buy It! Ca Plane Pour Moi (This Life' For Me) - Plastic Bertrand
8. Buy It! Too Drunk To F*** - DK's (Dead Kennedys)
9. Buy It! Dirty Water - The Inmates
10. Buy It! Where' Captain Kirk? - Spizzenergi

Eighties' Big Hair Power Rock Ballads

1. Buy It! Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
2. Buy It! Wanted Dead Or Alive - Bon Jovi
3. Buy It! Patience - Guns N Roses
4. Buy It! Almost Paradise - Mike Reno & Ann Wilson
5. Buy It! Black Velvet - Alannah Myles
6. Buy It! When I'm With You - Sheriff
7. Buy It! Love Hurts - Nazareth
8. Buy It! Honestly - Stryper
9. Buy It! Sister Christian - Night Ranger
10. Buy It! Don't Know What You Got (Til It' Gone) - Cinderella

The Eighties' Sexiest Pop/Rock Songs

1. Buy It! Like A Virgin - Madonna
2. Buy It! Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
3. Buy It! I Want Your Sex - George Micheal
4. Buy It! Centerfold - J. Geils Band
5. Buy It! Touch Me (I Want Your Body) - Samantha Fox
6. Buy It! Talk Dirty To Me - Poison
7. Buy It! Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk - Dr. Hook
8. Buy It! Naughty Girls Need Love Too - Samantha Fox
9. Buy It! Do That To Me One More Time - Captain and Tennille
10. Buy It! Muscles - Diana Ross

Eighties' Comedy & Novelty Songs

1. Buy It! Fat - Weird Al Yankovic
2. Buy It! Curly Shuffle - The Jump In The Saddle Band
3. Buy It! Shaddap You Face - Joe Dolce
4. Buy It! Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life - Monty Python (Eric Idol)*
* From 1979's Life of Brian
5. Buy It! Because I'm a Blonde - Julie Brown
6. Buy It! Take Off - Bob & Doug McKenzie with Eddie Lee
7. Buy It! Eat It - Weird Al Yankovic
8. Buy It! You Look Marvelous - Billy Crystal
9. Buy It! Meet The Flintstones - Bruce Springstone
10. Buy It! Make My Day - T.G. Sheppard with Clint Eastwood

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