Top Songs of the 80s


These are the official top songs of the 80s. This page of music from the 80s includes the top 10 songs for each year from 1980 to 1989. Below each top 10 is a link to the full list of 80s hits for that year.

Top 80’s Performers

Madonna has a combined total of 18 singles in the top 100 songs from 1980 to 1989. She was named "Top Billboard Hot 100 artist of the 1980s" by Billboard Magazine and is also "The Greatest Billboard Hot 100 solo artist of all time".

In terms of the top 100 songs from each year of the 1980's, Hall & Oates are the most successful duo with 14 singles in the top 100 songs between 1980 and 1989.

Kool & the Gang are the most successful band or group with 11 singles in the top 100 songs between 1980 and 1989.


Top 10 Songs of 1980

1

Call Me

Blondie

2

Another Brick in the Wall, Part II

Pink Floyd

3

Magic

Olivia Newton-John

4

Rock with You

Michael Jackson

5

Do That to Me One More Time

Captain & Tennille

6

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Queen

7

Coming Up

Paul McCartney

8

Funkytown

Lipps Inc

9

It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me

Billy Joel

10

The Rose

Bette Midler

Top 10 Songs of 1981

1

Bette Davis Eyes

Kim Carnes

2

Endless Love

Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

3

Lady

Kenny Rogers

4

(Just Like) Starting Over

John Lennon

5

Jessie’s Girl

Rick Springfield

6

Celebration

Kool & the Gang

7

Kiss on My List

Hall & Oates

8

I Love a Rainy Night

Eddie Rabbitt

9

9 to 5

Dolly Parton

10

Keep on Loving You

REO Speedwagon

Top 10 Songs of 1982

1

Physical

Olivia Newton-John

2

Eye of the Tiger

Survivor

3

I Love Rock ‘n Roll

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

4

Ebony and Ivory

Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder

5

Centerfold

The J. Geils Band

6

Don’t You Want Me

The Human League

7

Jack & Diane

John Cougar

8

Hurts So Good

John Cougar

9

Abracadabra

Steve Miller Band

10

Hard to Say I’m Sorry

Chicago

Top Songs of 1983

1

Every Breath You Take

The Police

2

Billie Jean

Michael Jackson

3

Flashdance… What a Feeling

Irene Cara

4

Down Under

Men at Work

5

Beat It

Michael Jackson

6

Total Eclipse of the Heart

Bonnie Tyler

7

Maneater

Hall & Oates

8

Baby, Come to Me

Patti Austin and James Ingram

9

Maniac

Michael Sembello

10

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

Eurythmics

Top 10 Songs of 1984

1

When Doves Cry

Prince

2

What’s Love Got to Do with It

Tina Turner

3

Say Say Say

Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson

4

Footloose

Kenny Loggins

5

Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)

Phil Collins

6

Jump

Van Halen

7

Hello

Lionel Richie

8

Owner of a Lonely Heart

Yes

9

Ghostbusters

Ray Parker, Jr.

10

Karma Chameleon

Culture Club

Top 10 Songs of 1985

1

Careless Whisper

Wham! featuring George Michael

2

Like a Virgin

Madonna

3

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

Wham!

4

I Want to Know What Love Is

Foreigner

5

I Feel for You

Chaka Khan

6

Out of Touch

Hall & Oates

7

Everybody Wants to Rule the World

Tears for Fears

8

Money for Nothing

Dire Straits

9

Crazy for You

Madonna

10

Take on Me

a-ha

Top Songs of 1986

1

That’s What Friends Are For

Dionne and Friends (Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder)

2

Say You, Say Me

Lionel Richie

3

I Miss You

Klymaxx

4

On My Own

Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald

5

Broken Wings

Mr. Mister

6

How Will I Know

Whitney Houston

7

Party All the Time

Eddie Murphy

8

Burning Heart

Survivor

9

Kyrie

Mr. Mister

10

Addicted to Love

Robert Palmer

Top Songs of 1987

1

Walk Like an Egyptian

The Bangles

2

Alone

Heart

3

Shake You Down

Gregory Abbott

4

I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)

Whitney Houston

5

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

Starship

6

C’est La Vie

Robbie Nevil

7

Here I Go Again

Whitesnake

8

The Way It Is

Bruce Hornsby and the Range

9

Shakedown

Bob Seger

10

Livin’ on a Prayer

Bon Jovi

Top Songs of 1988

1

Faith

George Michael

2

Need You Tonight

INXS

3

Got My Mind Set on You

George Harrison

4

Never Gonna Give You Up

Rick Astley

5

Sweet Child o’ Mine

Guns N’ Roses

6

So Emotional

Whitney Houston

7

Heaven Is a Place on Earth

Belinda Carlisle

8

Could’ve Been

Tiffany

9

Hands to Heaven

Breathe

10

Roll with It

Steve Winwood

Top Songs of 1989

1

Look Away

Chicago

2

My Prerogative

Bobby Brown

3

Every Rose Has Its Thorn

Poison

4

Straight Up

Paula Abdul

5

Miss You Much

Janet Jackson

6

Cold Hearted

Paula Abdul

7

Wind Beneath My Wings

Bette Midler

8

Girl You Know It’s True

Milli Vanilli

9

Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley

Will to Power

10

Giving You the Best That I Got

Anita Baker