Top 200 Songs of the 1980s

1 Nothing Compares 2 U Sinead O’Connor
2 How Soon Is Now? The Smiths
3 Birdhouse In Your Soul They Might Be Giants
4 Fairytale Of New York Pogues & Kirsty McCall
5 Always On My Mind Pet Shop Boys
6 The Boy In The Bubble Paul Simon
7 I Was Only 19 (A Walk In The Light Green) Redgum
8 We Built This City Starship
9 The Safety Dance Men Without Hats
10 Cemetry Gates The Smiths
11 Blue Sky Mine Midnight Oil
12 We Didn’t Start The Fire Billy Joel
13 Africa Toto
14 The Unguarded Moment The Church
15 This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) Talking Heads
16 Make Me Lose Control Eric Carmen
17 Paint A Vulgar Picture The Smiths
18 True Spandau Ballet
19 She Drives Me Crazy Fine Young Cannibals
20 Boys Don’t Cry 1986 The Cure
21 Joey Concrete Blonde
22 Girlfriend In A Coma The Smiths
23 Kokomo The Beach Boys
24 Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want The Smiths
25 The Flame Cheap Trick
26 Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) Phil Collins
27 Stutter Rap (No Sleep Til Bedtime) Morris Minor and the Majors
28 Tucker’s Daughter Ian Moss
29 Wonderful Life Black
30 Walk Like An Egyptian Bangles
31 I Dreamed A Dream Les Miserables Original London Cast Recording
32 Live It Up Mental As Anything
33 One Night In Bangkok Murray Head
34 Living On A Thin Line The Kinks
35 Lifetime Piling Up Talking Heads
36 Reckless (Don’t Be So) Australian Crawl
37 You Win Again Bee Gees
38 Hungry Like The Wolf Duran Duran
39 Here I Go Again Whitesnake
40 Bust a Move Young MC
41 Down Under Men At Work
42 The Emperor’s New Clothes Sinead O’Connor
43 Hold On Wilson Phillips
44 Every Breath You Take The Police
45 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out The Smiths
46 Jack & Diane John Cougar (Mellencamp)
47 Total Eclipse Of The Heart Bonnie Tyler
48 St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion) John Parr
49 Stars On 45 Stars On 45
50 Rooms On Fire Stevie Nicks
51 Bette Davis Eyes Kim Carnes
52 Money For Nothing Dire Straits
53 Dancing In The Dark Bruce Springsteen
54 You Can Call Me Al Paul Simon
55 Small Town John Mellencamp
56 Sweet Child O’ Mine Guns N’ Roses
57 Got My Mind Set On You George Harrison
58 Fast Car Tracy Chapman
59 Ana Ng They Might Be Giants
60 Wild Wild Life Talking Heads
61 Girl, I’m Gonna Miss You Milli Vanilli
62 99 Red Balloons Nena
63 Just Like Jesse James Cher
64 Slice Of Heaven Dave Dobbyn with Herbs
65 Alone Heart
66 Electric Blue Icehouse
67 True Faith New Order
68 Higher Love Steve Winwood
69 West End Girls Pet Shop Boys
70 Valerie Steve Winwood
71 With Or Without You U2
72 One Perfect Day Little Heroes
73 It Must Have Been Love (Christmas For The Broken Hearted) Roxette
74 Handle With Care Traveling Wilburys
75 Eternal Flame Bangles
76 I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) The Proclaimers
77 Mad World Tears For Fears
78 I Know It’s Over The Smiths
79 Never Gonna Give You Up Rick Astley
80 Blue Monday 1988 New Order
81 One Metallica
82 The Perfect Day Fischer-Z
83 Brothers In Arms Dire Straits
84 Glory Days Bruce Springsteen
85 Take My Breath Away (Love Theme From “Top Gun”) Berlin
86 A View To A Kill Duran Duran
87 Wicked Game Chris Isaak
88 Freedom! ’90 George MIchael
89 You Got It (The Right Stuff) New Kids On The Block
90 Ice Ice Baby Vanilla Ice
91 Love Shack The B-52’s
92 Reel Around The Fountain The Smiths
93 Seven Wonders Fleetwood Mac
94 Summer of ’69 Bryan Adams
95 Didn’t We Almost Have It All Whitney Houston
96 All I Want Is You U2
97 And We Danced The Hooters
98 Wind of Change Scorpions
99 Motor’s Too Fast James Reyne
100 Healing Hands Elton John
101 Master Of The House Les Miserables Original London Cast
102 Only You Yazoo
103 Our Lips Are Sealed The Go-Go’s
104 Beds Are Burning Midnight Oil
105 Keep On Loving You REO Speedwagon
106 Blister In The Sun Violent Femmes
107 Drive The Cars
108 He’s Gonna Step On You Again The Party Boys
109 Every Rose Has Its Thorns Poison
110 Waiting For A Star To Fall Boy Meets Girl
111 Golden Brown The Stranglers
112 Underneath The Radar Underworld
113 Under The Milky Way The Church
114 Never Tear Us Apart INXS
115 Let The Right One Slip In Morrissey
116 Opposites Attract Paula Abdul & The Wild Pair
117 The Look Roxette
118 Eye Of The Tiger Survivor
119 Masquerade The Phantom of the Opera Original Cast Recording
120 Pride (In The Name Of Love) U2
121 I Think We’re Alone Now Tiffany
122 Don’t You Want Me The Human League
123 Chained To The Wheel Black Sorrows
124 Careless Whisper George Michael
125 Drop The Pilot Joan Armatrading
126 Crystal Elton John
127 Don’t Dream It’s Over Crowded House
128 Summer Rain Belinda Carlisle
129 Janie’s Got A Gun Aerosmith
130 Talkin’ ’bout A Revolution Tracy Chapman
131 Dance Hall Days Wang Chung
132 The Living Years Mike + The Mechanics
133 Vienna Ultravox
134 Fisherman’s Blues The Waterboys
135 The Whole Of The Moon The Waterboys
136 Highwayman The Highwaymen
137 (Nothing But) Flowers Talking Heads
138 Half A Person The Smiths
139 More Than This Roxy Music
140 Suburbia Pet Shop Boys
141 Love Is A Battlefield Pat Benatar
142 Fantasy Black Box
143 Better Be Home Soon Crowded House
144 What Have I Done To Deserve This? Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
145 Smooth Criminal Michael Jackson
146 Mr. Brownstone Guns N’ Roses
147 Come On Eileen Dexys Midnight Runners
148 Hole In My Heart (All The Way To China) Cyndi Lauper
149 You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) Dead Or Alive
150 Some People Cliff Richard
151 Back On The Chain Gang The Pretenders
152 I’ll Be Your Shelter Taylor Dane
153 Gold Spandau Ballet
154 The Queen Is Dead/Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty The Smiths
155 House of Fun Madness
156 A New England Kirsty McCall
157 Cold As Christmas (In The Middle of the Year) Elton John
158 Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car Billy Ocean
159 Heaven Is A Place On Earth Belinda Carlisle
160 Respectable Mel and Kim
161 Man With A Gun Jerry Harrison
162 Don’t Look Any Further Dennis Edwards & Siedah Garrett
163 Hard To Say I’m Sorry Chicago
164 What A Wonderful World 1988 Louis Armstrong
165 (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
166 Wild, Wild West Escape Club
167 The Final Countdown Europe
168 Karma Chameleon Culture Club
169 I’m On Fire Bruce Springsteen
170 Cool World Mondo Rock
171 Word Leader Pretend REM
172 It’s A Sin Pet Shop Boys
173 Funkytown Pseudo Echo
174 If I Could Turn Back Time Cher
175 Black Velvet Alannah Myles
176 Lambada Kaoma
177 The Last Of The Famous International Playboys Morrissey
178 Sign Your Name Terence Trent D’Arby
179 The Power Of Love Jennifer Rush
180 The Longest Time Billy Joel
181 I Owe You Nothing Bros
182 Let The River Run Carly Simon
183 Absolute Beginners David Bowie
184 Personal Jesus Depeche Mode
185 La Bamba Los Lobos
186 Right Here, Right Now Jesus Jones
187 Ride On Time Black Box
188 The King of Wishful Thinking Go West
189 I Want To Know What Love Is Foreigner
190 Love Changes Everything Climie Fisher
191 Talk It Over Grayson Hugh
192 Stand And Deliver Adam & The Ants
193 Doctorin’ The Tardis The Timelords
194 Chain Reaction Diana Ross
195 Modern Love David Bowie
196 One Summer Daryl Braithwaite
197 Poison Alice Cooper
198 Luka Suzanne Vega
199 Theme From S’Express S’Express
200 Tonight New Kids On The Block

Artists with multiple entries:

(12 – Morrissey (10 with The Smiths, two solo at 115 and 177)
10 – The Smiths (2, 10, 17, 22, 24, 45, 78, 92, 138, 154)
5 – Pet Shop Boys (5, 69, 140, 172, 144)
4 – Talking Heads (15, 35, 60, 137)
3 – Bruce Springsteen (53, 84, 169)
3 – U2 (71, 96, 120)
3 – Elton John (100, 126, 157)

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