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Top Songs of the 1980s

1970s <-1980-> 1990s
    

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1.
10/1988

Desire by U2

from Rattle and Hum   
518

3
US




37
dance


✫1
rock
✫1
alt.
✫1
UK
[Island 7-99250]
written by Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen Jr.
2.
06/1982
487

✫1
US
27
AC


59
dance


✫1
rock


✫1
UK
[Scotti Brothers 02912]
written by Frankie Sullivan & Jim Peterik
3.
05/1983
485

✫1
US
5
AC


26
dance


✫1
rock


✫1
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1984]
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #84]
[A&M 2542]
written by Sting
4.
10/1982
464

✫1
US
13
AC


33
dance


✫1
rock


✫1
UK
[R]
charted as Who Can It Be Now? / Down Under in US dance charts
[Columbia 03303]
written by Colin Hay & Ron Strykert
5.
08/1981
447

2
US




14
dance


✫1
rock


7
UK
[Rolling Stones 21003]
written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
6.
12/1981
439

✫1
US




31
dance


✫1
rock


4
UK
as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #484]
[Boardwalk 7-11-135]
written by Alan Merrill & Jake Hooker
7.
11/1981
430

✫1
US




12
dance


✫1
rock


3
UK
charted as Centerfold / Flamethrower in US dance charts
[EMI America 8102]
written by Seth Justman
8.
12/1981
397

✫1
US




3
dance


4
rock


✫1
UK
9.
09/1981
396

3
US








✫1
rock


✫1
UK
written by Sting
10.
09/1989
377

2
US
29
AC






4
rock
✫1
alt.
5
UK
[Polygram 874710 (Fontana)]
written by Roland Orzabal & Curt Smith
11.
10/1988
371

14
US
38
AC






✫1
rock
3
alt.
9
UK
[tribute to Billie Holiday]
[Island 7-99254]
written by Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen Jr.
12.
12/1984
369

✫1
US
3
AC




85
R&B
✫1
rock


✫1
UK
featuring New Jersey Mass Choir & Jennifer Holliday
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #476]
[Atlantic 89596]
written by Mick Jones [Foreigner] & Lou Gramm (uncredited)
13.
05/1982
367

✫1
US
28
AC


14
dance
26
R&B
4
rock


2
UK
[Capitol 5126]
written by Steve Miller
14.
01/1984

Jump by Van Halen

from 1984   
366

✫1
US




17
dance
88
R&B
✫1
rock


7
UK
15.
05/1982
365

3
US




36
dance


✫1
rock


5
UK
16.
11/1980
363

✫1
US
17
AC










✫1
UK
[Geffen 49604]
written by John Lennon
17.
03/1987
362

✫1
US
23
AC






✫1
rock


4
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #131]
[Island 7-99469]
written by Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen Jr.
18.
07/1982
362

✫1
US
31
AC






6
rock


✫1
UK
as Dexy's Midnight Runners and the Emerald Express
[BRIT Awards Best British Single 1983]
[Mercury 76189]
written by Kevin Rowland, "Big" Jim Paterson & Billy Adams
19.
11/1980
355

✫1
US








9
rock


7
UK
[Epic 50953]
written by Kevin Cronin
20.
02/1984
352

✫1
US
2
AC






✫1
rock


2
UK
[Atlantic 89700 A]
written by Phil Collins
21.
10/1986
350

✫1
US








✫1
rock


4
UK
[Polygram 888184 (Mercury)]
written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora & Desmond Child
22.
11/1988
350











✫1
rock
✫1
alt.
28
UK
23.
06/1985
347

✫1
US








✫1
rock


4
UK
[MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year 1986]
[Warner 28950]
written by Mark Knopfler & Sting
24.
03/1985
346

✫1
US
2
AC


✫1
dance


2
rock


2
UK
[BRIT Awards Best British Single 1986]
[Polygram 880659 (Mercury)]
written by Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley & Chris Hughes
25.
05/1984
344

2
US




7
dance


✫1
rock


4
UK
[Columbia 04463]
written by Bruce Springsteen
26.
09/1980
343

10
US








11
rock


✫1
UK
written by Sting
27.
04/1986
342

✫1
US




✫1
dance
61
R&B
✫1
rock


4
UK
[MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year 1987]
[Geffen 28718]
written by Peter Gabriel
28.
12/1989
340

✫1
US
7
AC






✫1
rock


2
UK
[Atlantic 88742]
written by Christopher Ward & David Tyson
29.
11/1983
331

✫1
US




3
dance
69
R&B
✫1
rock


28
UK
30.
02/1985
330

✫1
US
36
AC


9
dance


✫1
rock


7
UK
[A&M 2703]
written by Keith Forsey & Steve Schiff
31.
10/1981
330

2
US
5
AC






✫1
rock


8
UK
[Atlantic 3868]
written by Mick Jones [Foreigner] & Lou Gramm
32.
09/1989
328

3
US




7
dance




✫1
alt.
2
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #243]
[Warner 22817 (Reprise)]
written by Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland & Cindy Wilson
33.
06/1986
328

✫1
US
7
AC






✫1
rock


13
UK
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1987]
[Warner 28710 (Island)]
written by Steve Winwood & Will Jennings
34.
06/1988
327

✫1
US
✫1
AC


21
dance
30
R&B
✫1
rock


53
UK
35.
05/1989
327

3
US




20
dance


9
rock
✫1
alt.
79
UK
charted as So Alive / Bike Dance in US dance charts
[RCA 8956]
written by Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins & David J
36.
04/1982
325

✫1
US
✫1
AC




8
R&B
34
rock


✫1
UK
[Columbia 02860]
written by Paul McCartney
37.
03/1981
325

✫1
US
15
AC


26
dance


5
rock


10
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1982]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1982]
[EMI America 8077]
written by Donna Weiss & Jackie DeShannon
38.
03/1983
324

✫1
US




✫1
dance
14
R&B
8
rock


✫1
UK
featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan on guitar
co-produced by Nile Rodgers
[EMI America 8158]
written by David Bowie
39.
04/1980
324

✫1
US
48
AC


64
dance






2
UK
[live]
[Columbia 11263]
written by Paul McCartney
40.
02/1986
324

✫1
US




36
dance


✫1
rock


5
UK
produced by Bernard Edwards
[Island 7-99570]
written by Robert Palmer
41.
07/1983
321

3
US
33
AC






✫1
rock


17
UK
[A&M 2569]
written by Sting
42.
10/1987
320

✫1
US
✫1
AC






4
rock


2
UK
originally recorded by James Ray in 1962; produced by George Harrison & Jeff Lynne
[Dark Horse 28178]
written by Rudy Clark
43.
11/1984
317

2
US
15
AC


7
dance
3
R&B
5
rock


✫1
UK
with Phil Collins
[Columbia 04679]
written by Philip Bailey, Phil Collins & Nathan East
44.
05/1986
316

✫1
US
3
AC






✫1
rock


15
UK
[Atlantic 89407]
written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins & Mike Rutherford
45.
07/1981

Urgent by Foreigner

from 4   
316

4
US




32
dance


✫1
rock


54
UK
featuring Jr. Walker
[Atlantic 3831]
written by Mick Jones [Foreigner]
46.
04/1982
315

4
US








✫1
rock


46
UK
[Geffen 50040]
written by Geoff Downes & John Wetton
47.
05/1980
315

5
US
2
AC
6
country








✫1
UK
[Millennium 11799]
written by Roy Orbison & Joe Melson
48.
06/1984
311

✫1
US
7
AC


27
dance


✫1
rock


9
UK
[EMI America 8212]
written by John Waite, Mark Leonard & Chas Sandford
49.
05/1987

Alone by Heart

from Bad Animals   
311

✫1
US
2
AC






3
rock


3
UK
[Capitol 44002]
written by Tom Kelly & Billy Steinberg
50.
07/1980
311

✫1
US
✫1
AC










3
UK
[EMI America 8071]
written by Florrie Palmer
51.
06/1987
308

✫1
US
4
AC
57
country




11
rock


✫1
UK
[Slash 28336]
written by traditional
52.
10/1981
305

3
US
41
AC






✫1
rock


49
UK
[Geffen 49824]
written by Marv Ross
53.
03/1987
305

✫1
US
16
AC






2
rock


6
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #93]
[Island 7-99430]
written by Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen Jr.
54.
10/1983
304

✫1
US
3
AC


2
dance
2
R&B
24
rock


2
UK
as Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
[Epic 04169]
written by Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
55.
12/1985
304

✫1
US
11
AC






✫1
rock


11
UK
[RCA 14258]
written by Richard Page, Steve George & John Lang
56.
04/1982
303

2
US








✫1
rock




as John Cougar
written by John Mellencamp & George Green (as George M. Green)
57.
03/1983
302

4
US




34
dance


3
rock


✫1
UK
58.
03/1989
300

✫1
US
12
AC


20
dance


39
rock
2
alt.
7
UK
[MCA 53639]
written by Roland Gift, David Steele & Andy Cox
59.
09/1982
299

3
US




47
dance


✫1
rock


59
UK
[Elektra 69894 (Asylum)]
written by Don Henley & Danny Kootch (as Danny Kortchmar)
60.
11/1981
297

4
US








✫1
rock




written by Alex Call & Jim Keller
61.
08/1985
297

✫1
US
3
AC






4
rock


4
UK
[RCA 14136]
written by Richard Page, Steve George & John Lang
62.
03/1986
295

3
US








✫1
rock


8
UK
63.
01/1987
295

✫1
US
✫1
AC






16
rock


✫1
UK
[Grunt 5109]
written by Diane Warren & Albert Hammond
64.
01/1984
294

✫1
US








2
rock


6
UK
[Columbia 04310]
written by Kenny Loggins & Dean Pitchford
65.
08/1986
293

✫1
US
✫1
AC






2
rock


12
UK
[Chrysalis 43019]
written by Chris Hayes & Huey Lewis
66.
05/1987
291

✫1
US








✫1
rock


88
UK
[MCA 53094]
written by Harold Faltermeyer, Keith Forsey & Bob Seger
67.
08/1981
291

8
US




4
dance


12
rock


✫1
UK
written by Ed Cobb, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier & Eddie Holland Jr. (as Eddie Holland)
68.
09/1982
290

2
US
8
AC


34
dance
39
R&B
21
rock


✫1
UK
charted as I'm Afraid of Me / Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? in US dance charts
[Epic/Virgin 03368]
written by Boy George, Mikey Craig (as Michael Craig), Roy Hay & Jon Moss
69.
07/1980
289

2
US
✫1
AC










2
UK
[Warner 49565]
written by Sonny Curtis & Jerry Allison
70.
02/1985
289

✫1
US
✫1
AC




80
R&B
4
rock


4
UK
[Atlantic 89588]
written by Phil Collins
71.
02/1983
289

✫1
US
7
AC






23
rock


✫1
UK
produced by Jim Steinman
[Columbia 03906]
written by Jim Steinman
72.
06/1986
288

4
US
✫1
AC






✫1
rock


22
UK
[Atlantic 89372]
written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins & Mike Rutherford
73.
06/1982
288

✫1
US








3
rock


25
UK
as John Cougar
written by John Mellencamp
74.
10/1983
288

3
US




33
dance


2
rock


3
UK
75.
09/1985
288

✫1
US
37
AC


37
dance


✫1
rock


12
UK
76.
03/1985
287

✫1
US
✫1
AC
76
country


✫1
R&B
27
rock


✫1
UK
[Grammy Award for Song of the Year 1986]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1986]
benefit recording by all-star group
[Columbia 04839]
written by Michael Jackson & Lionel Richie
77.
02/1989
286

51
US








✫1
rock
✫1
alt.


[Warner 22992 (Sire)]
written by Paul Westerberg
78.
11/1989
286

✫1
US
✫1
AC






7
rock


2
UK
[BRIT Awards Best British Single 1990]
[Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1991]
[Atlantic 88774]
written by Phil Collins
79.
11/1984
285

5
US
33
AC






✫1
rock


12
UK
[MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year 1985]
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #416]
[Warner 29141]
written by Don Henley & Mike Campbell
80.
06/1985
285

✫1
US
16
AC






2
rock


6
UK
produced by David Foster
[Atlantic 7-89541]
written by David Foster & John Parr
81.
12/1984
285

✫1
US




✫1
dance
56
R&B
6
rock


4
UK
82.
05/1987
282

✫1
US








4
rock


9
UK
[R]
[Geffen 28339]
written by David Coverdale & Bernie Marsden
83.
09/1986
282

✫1
US
13
AC






✫1
rock


84
UK
[MCA 52756]
written by Tom Scholz
84.
08/1986
282

✫1
US
24
AC


37
dance


4
rock


4
UK
[Virgin 99481]
written by Nick Van Eede
85.
10/1982
282

✫1
US
14
AC


18
dance
78
R&B
18
rock


6
UK
[RCA 13354]
written by Sara Allen, Daryl Hall & John Oates
86.
09/1988
281

7
US
30
AC






9
rock
4
alt.
31
UK
as Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
[Geffen 27696]
written by Edie Brickell & Kenny Withrow
87.
06/1985
281

✫1
US
6
AC


22
dance
81
R&B
✫1
rock




[Chrysalis 42876]
written by Huey Lewis, Chris Hayes & Johnny Colla
88.
08/1985
281

7
US




4
dance


3
rock


✫1
UK
89.
07/1981
280

10
US








2
rock


4
UK
[Columbia 02408 (Jet)]
written by Jeff Lynne
90.
12/1983
277

✫1
US
✫1
AC




78
R&B
10
rock


3
UK
[Portrait 04432]
written by Rob Hyman & Cyndi Lauper
91.
10/1987
276

✫1
US




7
dance
73
R&B
12
rock


2
UK
charted as Need You Tonight / Mediate in US dance charts
[Atlantic 89188]
written by Andrew Farriss & Michael Hutchence
92.
11/1989
275

3
US
✫1
AC






✫1
rock


10
UK
[Warner 22685]
written by Tom Waits
93.
07/1986
275

✫1
US
✫1
AC






3
rock


15
UK
as Bruce Hornsby and The Range
[RCA 5023]
written by Bruce Hornsby
94.
07/1989
275

2
US




8
dance


27
rock
2
alt.
18
UK
written by Simon Gallup, Roger O'Donnell, Robert Smith, Porl Thompson (as Paul S. Thompson), Lol Tolhurst (as Laurence Tolhurst) & Boris Williams
95.
09/1989
274

5
US








✫1
rock
22
alt.
36
UK
[Columbia 69008 (Rolling Stone)]
written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
96.
01/1989
274

✫1
US
✫1
AC






5
rock


2
UK
[Atlantic 7-88964]
written by Mike Rutherford & B. A. Robertson
97.
02/1983
274

✫1
US
36
AC


2
dance


16
rock


2
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #356]
[RCA 13533]
written by Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart [David Allan Stewart]
98.
08/1981
273

✫1
US
✫1
AC






13
rock


7
UK
[Academy Award for Best Original Song 1981]
[Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song 1981]
[Warner 49787]
written by Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager & Peter Allen
99.
06/1980
273

8
US
2
AC










✫1
UK
[MCA 41285]
written by Jeff Lynne
100.
11/1984
273

6
US








✫1
rock


11
UK
[A&M 2686]
written by Bryan Adams & Jim Vallance

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