The 150 Best Rock Songs Of The 80s

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Long hair, guitar solos, and lots of the best rock bands of all time provided in the 1980s for a really good mood. In our playlist, you can find the 150 best rock songs of the 80s.

In the 80s pop-metal bands caused a big stir in the charts. Bands like Bon Jovi, Europe, and also the most successful German band, the Scorpions were in the focus of the music lovers.

Punk music had it harder at the beginning of the 80s. The so-called post-punk with groups like The Cure and Joy Division delivered a new soundtrack that was convincing.

Bands like Queen, Simple Minds, U2, Van Halen, or Whitesnake managed the balancing act between pop and rock music. The rock band Guns N’ Roses was particularly successful, captivating the world with songs like “Paradise City” and “Sweet Child of mine”.

Heavy metal bands experienced one of their best phases in the 80s. Iron Maiden, Motörhead, or Metallica made it into the charts with some songs and thus provided musical variety.

The following 150 songs are from rock music and related subgenres. These songs have been chosen for their initial and ongoing popularity, as well as their influence and impact on the development of rock and its subgenres.

(At the end of the article we have created a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)

The most successful rock songs of the 80s:

Each song is linked via the title with the associated music video.

№: Song: Performer: Listen:
1. Jump Van Halen
2. The Flame Cheap Trick
3. Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey
4. Money For Nothing Dire Straits
5. Take on Me a-ha
6. Welcome to the Jungle Guns N Roses
7. Karma Chameleon Culture Club
8. Another One Bites the Dust Queen
9. When Doves Cry Prince
10. Beat It Michael Jackson
11. Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 Pink Floyd
12. One Metallica
13. Every Breath You Take The Police
14. Sharp Dressed Man ZZ Top
15. Sweet Child O’ Mine Guns N’ Roses
16. Here I Go Again Whitesnake
17. Tom Sawyer Rush
18. Hallowed Be Thy Name Iron Maiden
19. The Final Countdown Europe
20. Straight to Hell The Clash
21. Shot in the Dark Ozzy Osbourne
22. Sexual Healing Marvin Gaye
23. Breaking the Law Judas Priest
24. Heaven Warrant
25. Tainted Love Soft Cell
26. Alone Heart
27. Fast Car Tracy Chapman
28. Rock You Like a Hurricane Scorpions
29. I Love It Loud Kiss
30. Livin’ On a Prayer Bon Jovi
31. House of Fun Madness
32. Big City Nights Scorpions
33. I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
34. Where the Streets Have No Name U2
35. People are People Depeche Mode
36. Back In Black AC/DC
37. Way Cool Jr. Ratt
38. Master of Puppets Metallica
39. Every Rose Has It’s Thorn Poison
40. Too Young To Fall In Love Mötley Crüe
41. So Lonely The Police
42. Eye of the Tiger Survivor
43. Cold Blood Kix
44. Jessie’s Girl Rick Springfield
45. Sweet Dreams Eurythmics
46. Should I Stay or Should I Go The Clash
47. I Don’t Remember Peter Gabriel
48. Don’t You Want Me? The Human League
49. Carrie Europe
50. When the Children Cry White Lion
51. You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC
52. Like a Virgin Madonna
53. Run to the Hills Iron Maiden
54. Nothin’ But A Good Time Poison
55. I’ll Be You The Replacements
56. Rock the Casbah The Clash
57. Ace of Spades Motorhead
58. Pour Some Sugar on Me Def Leppard
59. Round and Round Ratt
60. Living After Midnight Judas Priest
61. Call Me Blondie
62. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming Judas Priest
63. You Give Love A Bad Name Bon Jovi
64. When It’s Love Van Halen
65. We’re Not Gonna Take It Twisted Sister
66. Angel of Harlem U2
67. Crazy Train Ozzy Osbourne
68. Dreams Van Halen
69. Patience Guns N’ Roses
70. Cum on Feel the Noize Quiet Riot
71. Call Me Blondie
72. Wanted Dead or Alive Bon Jovi
73. Once Bitten, Twice Shy Great White
74. Talk Dirty To Me Poison
75. Runaway Bon Jovi
76. My Girl Madness
77. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For U2
78. Every Little Thing She Does is Magic The Police
79. Panama Van Halen
80. Never Surrender Corey Hart
81. Back For More Ratt
82. Rapture Blondie
83. Photograph Def Leppard
84. Unchained Van Halen
85. Wait White Lion
86. Seventeen Winger
87. Boys Don’t Cry The Cure
88. Is This Love Whitesnake
89. Why Can’t This Be Love Van Halen
90. 18 & Life Skid Row
91. West End Girls Pet Shop Boys
92. Sister Christian Night Ranger
93. Metal Health (Bang Your Head) Quiet Riot
94. Our House Madness
95. Dr. Feelgood Mötley Crüe
96. The Number Of The Beast Iron Maiden
97. No One Like You The Scorpions
98. Against the Wind Bob Seger
99. Armageddon It Def Leppard
100. Don’t Believe in Love Queensryche
101. For Those About to Rock AC/DC
102. Edge of a Broken Heart Bon Jovi
103. Bringin’ on the Heartbreak Def Leppard
104. I Want A Woman Ratt
105 Red Rain Peter Gabriel
106.. The Magnificent Seven The Clash
107. Paradise City Guns N’ Roses
108. In Your Eyes Peter Gabriel
109. Pride (In the Name of Love) U2
110. I Wanna Rock Twisted Sister
111. Heading Out to the Highway Judas Priest
112. Still of the Night Whitesnake
113. Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division
114. Love Song Tesla
115. The Search is Over Survivor
116. Waiting Room Fugazi
117. Dear God XTC
118. Fallen Angel Poison
119. Alone Again Dokken
120. Down Boys Warrant
121. I Can’t Drive 55 Sammy Hagar
122. Bad Medicine Bon Jovi
123. Born to Be My Baby Bon Jovi
124. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Cyndi Lauper
125. Superstitious Europe
126. Shout At The Devil Mötley Crüe
127. Don’t Close Your Eyes Kix
128. Headed for a Heartbreak Winger
129. Don’t Change INXS
130. Born In the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen
131. Physical Olivia Newton-John
132. Cult of Personality Living Colour
133. Start Me Up Rolling Stones
134. Hells Bells AC/DC
135. Let’s Go Crazy Prince
136. Rock of Ages Def Leppard
137. Personal Jesus Depeche Mode
138. Luka Suzanne Vega
139. Faithfully Journey
140. Love Shack B-52’s
141. Rainbow in the Dark Dio
142. Purple Rain Prince
143. Save Your Love Great White
144. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? Culture Club
145. Day by Day The Hooters
146. Shake Me Cinderella
147. Modern Love David Bowie
148. Nobody’s Fool Cinderella
149. And We Danced Hooters
150. Animal Def Leppard

80s rock songs Spotify playlist:

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