Top 100 Songs of the 80's

With the wide appeal and melodies easy to sing along the 80's decade helped popularize the Pop music like non decade before giving it a new glamour, charm and music forms. The 80's would never have become what they were if there was no Glam rock, Punk, Disco, Kraftwerk, David Bowie, Blondie whose influence blended into one of the biggest explosions in the world of music, the New Wave supernova. As an overall umbrella term New Wave was brilliant for its diversity and festival of music genres. With an overall technology progress and in particular the launch of MTV, the music landscape changed and the visual image became as important as their music itself. The new decade was dominated by the visual act and made Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince, Georg Michael the most iconic start of the decade who helped shape popular music and culture. 
In parallel, in and out of the mainstream, the charts were also dominated by Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, New Order, The Cure and The Smiths who were also chart favorites in our 30 years anniversary charts which we presented during the 10's decade. For the this Top 100 80's songs chart we took the following into account.
  • Official releases only
  • Maximum two song per artist

01. New Order - Blue Monday
02. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
03. Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill
04. The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
05. Bronski Beat - Small Town Boy
06. The Cure - Just Like Heaven
07. a-ha - Take On Me
08. Visage - Fade To Grey
09. Echo & Bunnymen - The Killing Moon
10. Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
11. Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime
12. Kraftwerk - The Model (1981)
13. Madonna - Like A Prayer
14. The Human League - Don't You Want Me
15. New Order - True Faith
16. Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart
17. OMD - Enola Gay
18. Talk Talk - It's My Life
19. Alphaville - Big in Japan
20. Eurythmics - Love Is A Stranger
21. The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?
22. Depeche Mode - Never Let Me Down
23. Ultravox - Vienna
24. Soft Cell - Tainted Love
25. The Clash - Rock The Casbah
26. David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
27. The House Of Love - Shine On
28. Siouxsie & The Banshees - Spellbound
29. INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
30. The Stranglers - Golden Brown
31. The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
32. Depeche Mode - Everything Counts
33. The Cure - Charlotte Sometimes
34. Gary Numan - Cars
35. Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)
36. Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World
37. Dear Or Alive - You Spin Me Around (Like A Record)
38. Prince - Sign O' The Times
39. Billy Idol - Eyes Without A Face
40. Blondie - Atomic
41. Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
42. Roxy Music - Avalon
43. Desireless - Voyage Voyage
44. Duran Duran - Planet Earth
45. Spandau Ballet - To Cut A Long Story Short
46. Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
47. Yazoo - Don't Go
48. Enya - Orinoco Flow
49. The KLF - 3AM Eternal
50. Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hanging On
51. Pet Shop Boys - It's A Sin
52. The Stranglers - Always The Sun
53. INXS - Need You Tonight
54. The Jesus and Mary Chain - April Skies
55. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Mercy Seat
56. MARRS - Pump Up The Volume
57. Japan - Quiet Life
58. Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
59. Tanita Tikaram - Twist In My Sobriety
60. U2 - New Year's Day
61. Sade - Smooth Operator
62. Tears For Fears - Mad World
63. The Sisters of Mercy - This Corrosion
64. Morrissey - Every Day Is Like Sunday
65. Killing Joke - Love Like Blood
66. a-ha - The Sun Always Shine On TV
67. Black - Everything Is Coming Up Roses
68. The Stone Roses - She Bangs The Drums
69. Simple Minds - New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84)
70. Grace Jones - Slave To The Rhythm
71. Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning
72. Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over
73. Bryan Ferry - Don't Stop The Dance
74. Talk Talk - Live's What You Make It
75. Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance
76. Phil Oakey & Giorgio Moroder - Together In Electric Dreams
77. Duran Duran - Save A Prayer
78. Spandau Ballet - True
79. Siouxsie & The Banshees - Happy House
80. Heaven 17 - Temptation
81. Pixies - Monkey Gone To Heaven
82. Sonic Youth - Teenage Riot
83. Wham! - Everything She Wants
84. R.E.M - Pop Song '89
85. Bauhaus - She's In Parties
86. Bananarama - Cruel Summer
87. Laura Branigan - Self Control
88. Psychedelic Furs - Love My Way
89. Kate Bush & Peter Gabriel - Don't Give Up
90. Erasure - Little Respect
91. Inner City - Good Life
92. S'express- Theme Form S'express
93. Sinead O'Connor - Troy
94. The Church - Under The Milkyeway
95. Robert Palmer - Johnny and Mary
96. The Pretenders - Back On The Chain Gang
97. Laurie Anderson - O Superman
98. Martha & The Muffins - Echo Beach
99. Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now
100. Electronic - Getting Away With It

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