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My favorite 80's songs (a sizable list)

ZanzibarBreeze's recent post My favorite 80s Pop songs (and tell us yours too) made me think about what my favorite songs were from that era.  So, I decided to list as many as I could using some Billboard charts to jog my memory, songs I have on my Ipod and any other related article I could find on the internet.  I had to think back quite a bit to high school, junior high, and even elementary school for the earliest stuff.  Now, I didn't like everything on this list the year it was released.  I wasn't listening to the Dead Kennedys when I was 10, and honestly, I spent a better part of the 80's complaining about how crappy the music of my generation was.  However, I've mellowed with age and can now acknowledge my appreciation for the songs.  These days, I associate a lot of them with events of my youth.  That's how nostalgia twists our tastes. Anyway, the only rule I had with assembling this list was that no artist could be repeated (solo projects, duets and alternate bands do not count).  Also, there might be some run over between 1979 and 1980 as well as 1989 and 1990.  In other words some songs may be been released in '79 but still been on the charts in 1980 so I counted them.  And, finally, I might add some more as I remember them.

  1. "Games People Play" - Alan Parsons Project 1980
  2. "Brass In Pocket" - Pretenders 1980
  3. "Ride Like the Wind" - Christopher Cross 1980
  1. "Video Killed the Radio Star" - The Buggles 1980
  2. "Modern Girl" - Sheena Easton 1980
  3. "Holiday in Cambodia" - Dead Kennedys 1980
  4. "Girl U Want" - Devo 1980
  5. "Let My Love Open the Door" - Pete Townshend 1980
  6. "Cars" - Gary Numan 1980
  7. "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" - Rupert Holmes 1980
  8. "Same Old Lang Syne" - Dan Fogelberg 1981
  9. "TV Party" - Black Flag 1981
  10. "Rapture" - Blondie 1981
  11. "Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go" - Soft Cell 1981
  12. "Tempted" - The Squeeze 1981
  13. "While You See A Chance" - Steve Winwood 1981
  14. "Sukiyaki" - Taste of Honey 1981
  15. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - The Police 1981
  16. "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" - Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty/Heartbreakers 1981
  17. "Eye of the Tiger" - Survivor 1982
  18. "Who Can it Be Now" - Men at Work 1982
  19. "Heat of the Moment" - Asia 1982
  20. "Private Eyes" - Hall & Oates 1982
  21. "Gypsy" - Fleetwood Mac 1982
  22. "Caught Up in You - .38 Special 1982
  23. "Wasted on the Way" - Crosby Stills and Nash 1982
  24. "I Ran" Flock of Seagulls 1982
  25. "Don't Stop Believin'" -  Journey 1982
  26. "Get Down On it" - Kool & the Gang 1982
  27. "Empty Garden" - Elton John 1982
  28. "Working for the Weekend" - Loverboy 1982
  29. "Vacation" - The Go-Gos 1982
  30. "I Love Rock & Roll" - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts 1982
  31. "Billie Jean" Michael Jackson 1983
  32. "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" - Eurythmics 1983
  33. "Come on Eileen" - Dexy's Midnight Runners 1983
  34. "Relax" - Frankie Goes to Hollywood 1983
  35. "Hungry Like the Wolf" - Duran Duran 1983
  36. "One Thing Leads to Another" - The Fixx 1983
  37. "In a Big Country" - Big Country 1983
  38. "Electric Avenue" - Eddy Grant 1983
  39. "I Know There's Something Going On" - Frida 1983
  40. "Blister in the Sun" - Violent Femmes 1983
  41. "She Blinded Me with Science" - Thomas Dolby 1983
  42. "Der Kommissar" - After the Fire 1983
  43. "Cruel Summer" - Bananarama 1983
  44. "(Keep Feeling) Fascination" - Human League 1983
  45. "Time (Clock of the Heart)" - Culture Club 1983
  46. "The Safety Dance" - Men Without Hats 1983
  47. "Always Something There to Remind Me" - Naked Eyes 1983
  48. "Goody Two Shoes" - Adam Ant 1983
  49. "Rock the Casbah" - The Clash 1983
  50. "Our House" - Madness 1983
  51. "Steppin' Out" - Joe Jackson 1983
  52. "Lawyers in Love" - Jackson Browne 1983
  53. "Illegal Alien" - Genesis 1983
  54. "Pass the Dutchie" - Musical Youth 1983
  55. "When the Shit Hits the Fan" - Circle Jerks 1983
  56. "Photograph" - Def Leppard 1983
  57. "True" - Spandau Ballet 1983
  58. "Modern Love" - David Bowie 1983
  59. "Dancing in the Dark" - Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band 1984
  60. "Time After Time" - Cyndi Lauper 1984
  61. "Break My Stride" - Matthew Wilder 1984
  62. "Mr. Telephone Man" - New Edition 1984
  63. "Beat Box" - Art of Noise 1984
  64. "Bad" U2 - 1984
  65. "Legs" - ZZ Top 1984
  66. "99 Luftballons" - Nena 1984
  67. "The Glamorous Life" - Sheila E. 1984
  68. "Tenderness" - General Public 1984
  69. "You Take Me Up" - Thompson Twins 1984
  70. "Leave it" - Yes 1984
  71. "Forever Young" - Alphaville 1984
  72. "Let the Music Play" - Shannon 1984
  73. "Love is a Battlefield" Pat Bennatar 1984
  74. "If This is It" Huey Lewis and the News 1984
  75. "Drive" - Cars 1984
  76. "They Don't Know" Tracy Ullman 1984
  77. "Don't Come Around Here No More"" - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 1985
  78. "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" - Tears For Fears 1985
  79. "Crazy for You" - Madonna 1985
  80. "Dead Man's Party" - Oingo Boingo 1985
  81. "Take On Me" - A-Ha 1985
  82. "Easy Lover" - Phil Collins and Philip Bailey 1985
  83. "We Built This City" - Starship 1985
  84. "Oh Sheila" -  Ready For The World 1985
  85. "Don't You (Forget About Me)" - Simple Minds 1985
  86. "Things Can Only Get Better" - Howard Jones 1985
  87. "How Soon is Now" - The Smiths 1985
  88. "Cannonball" - Supertramp 1985
  89. "Obsession" - Animotion 1985
  90. "Voices Carry" - 'Til Tuesday 1985
  91. "Makes No Sense At All" - Hüsker Dü 1985
  92. "Smooth Operator" - Sade 1985
  93. "The Boys of Summer" - Don Henley 1985
  94. "Summer of '69" - Bryan Adams 1985
  95. "Walking On Sunshine" - Katrina and The Waves 1985
  96. "Home Sweet Home" - Mötley Crüe 1985
  97. "Freedom" - Wham! 1985
  98. "Walk of Life" - Dire Straits 1986
  99. "I Miss You" -  Klymaxx 1986
  100. "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" - Timbuk3 1986
  101. "Party All The Time" -  Eddie Murphy 1986
  102. "Glory of Love" - Peter Cetera 1986
  103. "Dreams" - Van Halen 1986
  104. "Go West" - Pet Shop Boys
  105. "I Can't Wait" - Nu Shooz 1986
  106. "When the Going Gets Tough" - Billy Ocean 1986
  107. "Something About You" - Level 42 1986
  108. "Let's Go All the Way" -  Sly Fox 1986
  109. "Manic Monday" - Bangles 1986
  110. "If You Leave" - OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark) 1986
  111. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" - Jermaine Stewart 1986
  112. "Word Up" - Cameo 1986
  113. "Life In A Northern Town" -  Dream Academy 1986
  114. "Take Me Home" - Phil Collins 1986
  115. "Sweet Love" - Anita Baker 1986
  116. "The Final Countdown" - Europe 1986
  117. "Dreamtime" -  Daryl Hall 1986
  118. "C'est la vie" -  Robbie Nevil 1987
  119. "Don't Dream it's Over" Crowded House 1987
  120. "True Faith" - New Order 1987
  121. "Heart and Soul" T'pau 1987
  122. "Dear God" - XTC 1987
  123. "Mediate/Need You Tonight" INXS 1987
  124. "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" - Georgia Satellites 1987
  125. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" - Aretha Franklin and George Michael 1987
  126. "Little Fury Things" - Dinosaur Jr. 1987
  127. "You Got it All" - The Jets 1987
  128. "Lips Like Sugar" Echo & the Bunnymen 1987
  129. "Luka" - Suzanne Vega 1987
  130. "The Passenger" - Siouxsie and the Banshees 1987
  131. "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" - Prince & the Revolution 1987
  132. "Come Go With Me" - Expose 1987
  133. "Breakout" - Swing Out Sister 1987
  134. "Tunnel of Love" - Bruce Springsteen 1987
  135. "Sweet Child of Mine" - Guns N' Roses 1988
  136. "Tell it to My Heart" - Taylor Dayne 1988
  137. "Never Gonna Give You Up" Rick Astley 1988
  138. "Fast Car" Tracy Chapman 1988
  139. "Paid in Full" - Eric B. & Rakim 1988
  140. "Don't Believe the Hype" Public Enemy 1988
  141. "Straight Out of Compton" - NWA 1988
  142. "Mountain Song" - Jane's Addiction 1988
  143. "What I Am" Edie Brickell & New Bohemians 1988
  144. "Orange Crush" - REM 1988
  145. "Teenage Riot" - Sonic Youth 1988
  146. "Englishman in New York" - Sting 1988
  147. "Straight Up" - Paula Abdul 1989
  148. "Just a Friend" - Biz Markie 1989
  149. "Every Little Step" - Bobby Brown 1989
  150. "Toy Soliders" - Martika 1989
  151. "Miss You Much" - Janet Jackson 1989
  152. "Buffalo Stance" - Nenah Cherry 1989
  153. "Monkey Gone to Heaven" - Pixies 1989
  154. "Higher Ground" - Red Hot Chili Peppers 1989
  155. "Head Like a Hole" - Nine Inch Nails 1989
  156. "Fascination Street" - The Cure 1989
  157. "Edie (Ciao Baby)" - The Cult 1989
  158. "Bust a Move" -  Young M.C. 1989
  159. "So Alive" Love & Rockets 1989
  160. "Trouble Me" - 10,000 Maniacs 1989
  161. "Deadbeat Club" - B-52's 1989
  162. "Coast to Coast" Jesus and Mary Chain 1989
  163. "Personal Jesus" - Depeche Mode 1989
 
I'm not going to bother posting this to any other forum, since there really isn't much to say than "here it is".
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