Top 250 Songs of the 80s (3 of 5)

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

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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 3, we have Songs 101 through 150.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 4 Part 5

150. Paper in Fire  – John Mellencamp (1987)

149. Love Removal Machine  – The Cult (1987)

148. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)  – The Proclaimers (1988)

147. I Build This Garden for Us – Lenny Kravitz (1989)

146. Mony Mony – Billy Idol (1981)

145. Open Arms – Journey (1982)

144. My Hometown  – Bruce Springsteen (1984)

143. In Your Room  – Bangles (1988)

This is a song I’ve learned to appreciate later. Yes, it’s a pop “fun” song, but I like the way it builds up. And I’m hooked on Susanna Hoffs’ voice. If Yes (just a horrible band) and The Go-Go’s get into the Rock Hall of Fame, how are the Bangles not in?

142. Rock ‘N Roll Is King – Electric Light Orchestra (1983)

Love the nod to old-timey rock here.

141. Everywhere  – Fleetwood Mac (1987)

140. Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran (1982)

139. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For  – U2 (1987)

138. I Won’t Back Down  – Tom Petty (1989)

137. Live To Tell  – Madonna (1986)

136. Keep Your Hands To Yourself  – The Georgia Satellites (1986)

135. Finest Worksong  – R.E.M. (1988)

134. What Does It Take – Honeymoon Suite (1986)

133. What About Love? – Heart (1985)

132. Dirty Diana  – Michael Jackson (1987)

131. Straight From The Heart  – Bryan Adams (1983)

130. The Flame  – Cheap Trick (1988)

129. Take It On The Run – REO Speedwagon (1981)

128. Seven Wonders  – Fleetwood Mac (1987)

127. It Ain’t Enough  – Corey Hart (1983)

126. Driving My Life Away  – Eddie Rabbitt (1980)

125. Angel Of The Morning – Juice Newton (1981)

124. Smooth Criminal  – Michael Jackson (1987)

123. These Dreams – Heart (1986)

Slowing things down again…

122. I’ll Be There For You – Bon Jovi (1988)

121. Hard to Say I’m Sorry – Chicago (1982)

120. Sign Your Name  – Terence Trent D’Arby (1987)

Terence Trent D’Arby looked as if he was going to be a superstar. This song, along with Wishing Well, were great, underrated songs. But his career never went any further. Today, he is now known as Sananda Maitreya. And when he refers to D’Arby he says “he” and not “I”. As if they were two different people. To him, they really are.

119. All I Want Is You  – U2 (1988)

118. Dream On – Nazareth (1982)

117. Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos  – Public Enemy (1989)

116. Crimson and Clover – Joan Jett (1982)

115. Handle With Care  – The Traveling Wilburys (1988)

The best “super-band” in history? George Harrison from the Beatles, Jeff Lynne from Electric Light Orchestra, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison!

114. Listen To Your Heart  – Roxette (1989)

113. Trickle Down – The Tragically Hip (1989)

112. This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ to Glide – The Kings (1980)

111. All the Things I Wasn’t – Grapes of Wrath (1989)

110. Glory Days  – Bruce Springsteen (1984)

109. We’re Not Gonna Take It  – Twisted Sister (1984)

108. Walk Like An Egyptian  – Bangles (1986)

107. Blame It On The Rain  – Milli Vanilli (1989)

106. Pride (In The Name Of Love)  – U2 (1984)

105. About A Girl  – Nirvana (1989)

104. Free Fallin’  – Tom Petty (1989)

103. Welcome To The Jungle  – Guns N’ Roses (1987)

102. You Give Love a Bad Name  – Bon Jovi (1986)

101. Raspberry Beret  – Prince (1985)

Part 1 Part 2 Part 4 Part 5

Here are songs 101 through 250…

101Raspberry Beret Prince1985
102You Give Love a Bad Name Bon Jovi1986
103Welcome To The Jungle Guns N’ Roses1987
104Free Fallin’ Tom Petty1989
105About A Girl Nirvana1989
106Pride (In The Name Of Love) U21984
107Blame It On The Rain Milli Vanilli1989
108Walk Like An Egyptian Bangles1986
109We’re Not Gonna Take It Twisted Sister1984
110Glory Days Bruce Springsteen1984
111All the Things I Wasn’tGrapes of Wrath1989
112This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ to GlideThe Kings1980
113Trickle DownThe Tragically Hip1989
114Listen To Your Heart Roxette1989
115Handle With Care The Traveling Wilburys1988
116Crimson and CloverJoan Jett1982
117Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos Public Enemy1989
118Dream OnNazareth1982
119All I Want Is You U21988
120Sign Your Name Terence Trent D’Arby1987
121Hard to Say I’m SorryChicago1982
122I’ll Be There For YouBon Jovi1988
123These DreamsHeart1986
124Smooth Criminal Michael Jackson1987
125Angel Of The MorningJuice Newton1981
126Driving My Life Away  Eddie Rabbitt1980
127It Ain’t Enough Corey Hart1983
128Seven Wonders Fleetwood Mac1987
129Take It On The Run REO Speedwagon1981
130The Flame Cheap Trick1988
131Straight From The Heart Bryan Adams1983
132Dirty Diana Michael Jackson1987
133What About Love?Heart1985
134What Does It TakeHoneymoon Suite1986
135Finest Worksong R.E.M.1988
136Keep Your Hands To Yourself The Georgia Satellites1986
137Live To Tell Madonna1986
138I Won’t Back Down Tom Petty1989
139I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For U21987
140Hungry Like The WolfDuran Duran1982
141Everywhere Fleetwood Mac1987
142Rock ‘N Roll Is KingElectric Light Orchestra1983
143In Your Room Bangles1988
144My Hometown Bruce Springsteen1984
145Open ArmsJourney1982
146Mony MonyBilly Idol1981
147I Build This Garden for UsLenny Kravitz1989
148I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) The Proclaimers1988
149Love Removal Machine The Cult1987
150Paper in Fire John Mellencamp1987
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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