Top 250 Songs of the 80s (2 of 5)

My opinion, my taste, but after thorough research of the songs released in the 80s, these are the best.

1980  1981  1982  1983  1984  1985  1986  1987  1988  1989

1960s          1970s          1980s          1990s

The 80s began when I was five and ended when I was 15. As far as first-hand experience goes, the first few years were dictated by whatever my mother would play. The last few years were dictated by the style in junior high or early on in high school. But the overall appeal of 80s music came from my enjoyment of rock and university party music.

For the decade reviews, I gave the songs a hard and fast ranking. The year-by-year stuff were simply grouped.

Here in Part 2, we have Songs 151 through 200.

Part 1 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5

200. It’s Raining Again – Supertramp (1982)

199. Fishin’ in the Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1987)

Last heard at…any Buck and Doe in Rural Ontario…

198. Every Woman In the World – Air Supply (1981)

This one from the kings of romantic music…

197. Sweet Soul Sister – The Cult (1989)

196. Paul Revere  – Beastie Boys (1986)

195. Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes (1982)

194. California Girls – David Lee Roth (1985)

193. Don’t Go Back To Rockville  – R.E.M. (1984)

192. Heaven  – Bryan Adams (1984)

191. Time After Time  – Cyndi Lauper (1983)

190. 99 Luftballons  – Nena (1984)

189. Bamboleo – Gipsy Kings (1987)

188. Crazy Train  – Ozzy Osbourne (1980)

The intro is Top 10. The rest of the song loses me by the end. The kickass intro gets this one onto the list.

187. Misunderstanding  – Genesis (1980)

186. No Sleep Till Brooklyn  – Beastie Boys (1986)

185. Rise  – Public Image Ltd. (1986)

184. Lil’ Devil – The Cult (1987)

183. Last of the Red Hot Fools – The Jitters (1987)

A fun tune to sing, the chorus is really catchy

182. You May Be Right  – Billy Joel (1980)

181. I Wish It Would Rain Down  – Phil Collins (1989)

180. Girls Just Want To Have Fun  – Cyndi Lauper (1983)

179. Girl You Know It’s True  – Milli Vanilli (1989)

178. Gypsy Road  – Cinderella (1988)

177. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)  – Dead or Alive (1984)

176. Desire  – U2 (1988)

175. Beat It – Michael Jackson (1982)

174. Alive and Kicking  – Simple Minds (1985)

173. Fairytale of New York  – The Pogues (1987)

172. Eyes of a Stranger – Payolas (1982)

171. I Want to Know What Love Is  – Foreigner (1984)

170. Sweet Jane – Cowboy Junkies (1989)

169. Wouldn’t It Be Good – Nik Kershaw (1984)

168. Panama  – Van Halen (1984)

167. Runnin’ Down A Dream  – Tom Petty (1989)

166. Uptown Girl  – Billy Joel (1983)

165. Hold Me – Fleetwood Mac (1982)

164. Valotte  – Julian Lennon (1984)

163. Groovy Kind of Love – Phil Collins (1988)

162. Can’t Fight This Feeling  – REO Speedwagon (1984)

161. Head Like A Hole  – Nine Inch Nails (1989)

160. Centerfield  – John Fogerty (1985)

159. Sweetest Thing  – U2 (1987)

158. Tom Sawyer – Rush (1981)

157. Superman  – R.E.M. (1986)

156. Manic Monday  – Bangles (1986)

155. Pass The Dutchie – Musical Youth (1982)

154. I Hate Myself For Loving You  – Joan Jett (1988)

153. Fire Woman  – The Cult (1989)

152. Nightshift  – Commodores (1985)

151. Safety Dance  – Men Without Hats (1983)

Here are songs 151 through 250…

151Safety Dance Men Without Hats1983
152Nightshift Commodores1985
153Fire Woman The Cult1989
154I Hate Myself For Loving You Joan Jett1988
155Pass The DutchieMusical Youth1982
156Manic Monday Bangles1986
157Superman R.E.M.1986
158Tom Sawyer Rush1981
159Sweetest Thing U21987
160Centerfield John Fogerty1985
161Head Like A Hole Nine Inch Nails1989
162Can’t Fight This Feeling REO Speedwagon1984
163Groovy Kind of LovePhil Collins1988
164Valotte Julian Lennon1984
165Hold MeFleetwood Mac1982
166Uptown Girl Billy Joel1983
167Runnin’ Down A Dream Tom Petty1989
168Panama Van Halen1984
169Wouldn’t It Be GoodNik Kershaw1984
170Sweet JaneCowboy Junkies1989
171I Want to Know What Love Is Foreigner1984
172Eyes of a StrangerPayolas1982
173Fairytale of New York The Pogues1987
174Alive and Kicking Simple Minds1985
175Beat ItMichael Jackson1982
176Desire U21988
177You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) Dead or Alive1984
178Gypsy Road Cinderella1988
179Girl You Know It’s True Milli Vanilli1989
180Girls Just Want To Have Fun Cyndi Lauper1983
181I Wish It Would Rain Down Phil Collins1989
182You May Be Right  Billy Joel1980
183Last of the Red Hot FoolsThe Jitters1987
184Lil’ DevilThe Cult1987
185Rise Public Image Ltd.1986
186No Sleep Till Brooklyn Beastie Boys1986
187Misunderstanding  Genesis1980
188Crazy Train  Ozzy Osbourne1980
189BamboleoGipsy Kings1987
19099 Luftballons Nena1984
191Time After Time Cyndi Lauper1983
192Heaven Bryan Adams1984
193Don’t Go Back To Rockville R.E.M.1984
194California GirlsDavid Lee Roth1985
195Up Where We BelongJoe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes1982
196Paul Revere Beastie Boys1986
197Sweet Soul SisterThe Cult1989
198Every Woman In the WorldAir Supply1981
199Fishin’ in the DarkNitty Gritty Dirt Band1987
200It’s Raining AgainSupertramp1982
201Cherry BombJohn Mellencamp1987
202Edge of SeventeenStevie Nicks1981
203Head Over Heels The Go-Go’s1984
204Hold Me Now Thompson Twins1983
205Home Sweet Home Mötley Crüe1985
206Hungry Heart  Bruce Springsteen1980
207I Love A Rainy Night  Eddie Rabbitt1980
208Summer of ’69 Bryan Adams1984
209Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)Eurythmics1982
210Any Way You Want It  Journey1980
211VolareGipsy Kings1989
212Dude (Looks Like A Lady) Aerosmith1987
213American Dream Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young1988
214Wild Wild Life Talking Heads1986
215CrashThe Primitives1986
216Pictures of Matchstick MenCamper Van Beethoven1989
217Drive The Cars1984
218Centerfold J. Geils Band1981
219Hell’s Bells  AC/DC1980
220Janie’s Got A Gun Aerosmith1989
221Nobody Told Me John Lennon1984
222Pink Houses John Mellencamp1984
22338 Years Old The Tragically Hip1989
224Love In An Elevator Aerosmith1989
225Pop Goes the WorldMen Without Hats1987
226Freeze-FrameJ. Geils Band1981
227So Far Away Dire Straits1985
228The One That You Love Air Supply1981
229Heart And SoulT’Pau1987
230Woman  John Lennon1980
231Rooty Toot TootJohn Mellencamp1987
232Under Pressure Queen1981
233Used To Love Her Guns N’ Roses1988
234Driver 8 R.E.M.1985
235Heart And SoulHuey Lewis & the News1983
236Who Made Who AC/DC1986
237When the Weight Comes DownThe Tragically Hip1989
239Elvira The Oak Ridge Boys1981
240I Just Called To Say I Love You Stevie Wonder1984
241Throwing It All AwayGenesis1986
243Lonely Ol’ Night John Mellencamp1985
244Karma Chameleon Culture Club1983
245Shout Tears for Fears1984
246Wasn’t That A PartyThe Irish Rovers1980
247Walk This Way Run-D.M.C.1986
248All Night LongLionel Richie1983
249Cold ShotStevie Ray Vaughan1984
250Holiday RoadLindsey Buckingham1983

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