Best Songs of the 80s

The 80's heralded a new wave of music unheard of before. As the blues notes of their predecessors faded, the new generation at that time adopted styles that were very different from what people were used to.
Boy, this is a tough list! The 80s saw the rise of the king and queen of pop, as well as a plethora of other bands who carried the mantle of heavy metal forward. There was no dearth of class acts in the 80s alright. The 80s saw a lot of gifted musicians who came up with what must be their best music. A purple patch indeed for musicians and a treat for music lovers!

Since both, the proponents of rock and pop thrived in that particular decade, it is only fair that there should be separate lists for the best rock songs of the 80s and the best pop songs of the 80s. Add to that the flavor of love that too ran amok in the decade, which basically sees me add a third list to this article. So brace yourselves! Here are 15 songs of the 80s per list in no particular order.

Best Rock Songs
  1. Pour Some Sugar On Me ~ Def Leppard
  2. Welcome to the Jungle ~ Guns N' Roses
  3. The Final Countdown ~ Europe
  4. Holy Wars ~ Megadeth
  5. Born in the USA ~ Bruce Springsteen
  6. Summer of '69 ~ Bryan Adams
  7. Money for Nothing ~ Dire Straits
  8. Janie's Got a Gun ~ Aerosmith
  9. Back in Black ~ AC/DC
  10. Run to You ~ Bryan Adams
  11. The Number of the Beast ~ Iron Maiden
  12. Hallowed Be Thy Name ~ Iron Maiden
  13. The Eye of the Tiger ~ Survivor
  14. One ~ Metallica
  15. Battery ~ Metallica
Best Love Songs
  1. Livin' On a Prayer ~ Bon Jovi
  2. Sweet Child O' Mine ~ Guns N' Roses
  3. Carrie ~ Europe
  4. With or Without You ~ U2
  5. Under Pressure ~ Queen and David Bowie
  6. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go ~ Wham!
  7. Every Breath You Take ~ The Police
  8. Careless Whisper ~ George Michael
  9. Endless Love ~ Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
  10. Saving All My Love For You ~ Whitney Houston
  11. I Just Called to Say I Love You ~ Stevie Wonder
  12. Heaven ~ Bryan Adams
  13. Against All Odds ~ Phil Collins
  14. Hello ~ Lionel Richie
  15. I Want to Know What Love Is ~ Foreigner
Best Pop Songs
  1. Billie Jean ~ Michael Jackson
  2. Like a Virgin ~ Madonna
  3. Beat It ~ Michael Jackson
  4. Take on Me ~ A-ha
  5. Thriller ~ Michael Jackson
  6. Walk of Life ~ Dire Straits
  7. Everybody Wants To Rule the World ~ Tears for Fears
  8. Material Girl ~ Madonna
  9. Nasty ~ Janet Jackson
  10. Time After Time ~ Cyndi Lauper
  11. Papa Don't Preach ~ Madonna
  12. La Isla Bonita ~ Madonna
  13. Bad ~ Michael Jackson
  14. So Emotional ~ Whitney Houston
  15. Total Eclipse of the Heart ~ Bonnie Tyler
The 80s was indeed a golden generation in music and these songs are the ones which will definitely take you back to that decade.