The 150 Best Rock Songs Of The 80s

Best Rock Songs Of The 80s

Long hair, guitar solos, and lots of the best rock bands of all time provided in the 1980s for a perfect 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 the most successful German band, the Scorpions, were 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, and Whitesnake managed the balancing act between pop and rock music. 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 and 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.

1.JumpVan Halen
2.The FlameCheap Trick
3.Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey
4.Money For NothingDire Straits
5.Take on Mea-ha
6.Welcome to the JungleGuns N Roses
7.Karma ChameleonCulture Club
8.Another One Bites the DustQueen
9.When Doves CryPrince
10.Beat ItMichael Jackson
11.Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2Pink Floyd
13.Every Breath You TakeThe Police
14.Sharp Dressed ManZZ Top
15.Sweet Child O’ MineGuns N’ Roses
16.Here I Go AgainWhitesnake
17.Tom SawyerRush
18.Hallowed Be Thy NameIron Maiden
19.The Final CountdownEurope
20.Straight to HellThe Clash
21.Shot in the DarkOzzy Osbourne
22.Sexual HealingMarvin Gaye
23.Breaking the LawJudas Priest
25.Tainted LoveSoft Cell
27.Fast CarTracy Chapman
28.Rock You Like a HurricaneScorpions
29.I Love It LoudKiss
30.Livin’ On a PrayerBon Jovi
31.House of FunMadness
32.Big City NightsScorpions
33.I Love Rock ‘N’ RollJoan Jett & The Blackhearts
34.Where the Streets Have No NameU2
35.People are PeopleDepeche Mode
36.Back In BlackAC/DC
37.Way Cool Jr.Ratt
38.Master of PuppetsMetallica
39.Every Rose Has It’s ThornPoison
40.Too Young To Fall In LoveMötley Crüe
41.So LonelyThe Police
42.Eye of the TigerSurvivor
43.Cold BloodKix
44.Jessie’s GirlRick Springfield
45.Sweet DreamsEurythmics
46.Should I Stay or Should I GoThe Clash
47. I Don’t RememberPeter 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 LongAC/DC
52.Like a VirginMadonna
53.Run to the HillsIron Maiden
54.Nothin’ But A Good Time Poison
55.I’ll Be YouThe Replacements
56.Rock the CasbahThe Clash
57.Ace of SpadesMotorhead
58.Pour Some Sugar on MeDef Leppard
59.Round and RoundRatt
60.Living After MidnightJudas Priest
61.Call Me Blondie
62.You’ve Got Another Thing ComingJudas Priest
63.You Give Love A Bad NameBon Jovi
64.When It’s Love Van Halen
65.We’re Not Gonna Take It Twisted Sister
66.Angel of Harlem U2
67.Crazy TrainOzzy Osbourne
68.DreamsVan Halen
69.PatienceGuns N’ Roses
70.Cum on Feel the NoizeQuiet Riot
71.Call MeBlondie
72.Wanted Dead or AliveBon Jovi
73.Once Bitten, Twice ShyGreat White
74.Talk Dirty To MePoison
75.Runaway Bon Jovi
76.My GirlMadness
77.I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking ForU2
78.Every Little Thing She Does is MagicThe Police
79.PanamaVan Halen
80.Never SurrenderCorey Hart
81.Back For MoreRatt
83.PhotographDef Leppard
84.UnchainedVan Halen
85.WaitWhite Lion
87.Boys Don’t CryThe Cure
88.Is This LoveWhitesnake
89.Why Can’t This Be LoveVan Halen
90.18 & LifeSkid Row
91.West End GirlsPet Shop Boys
92.Sister ChristianNight Ranger
93.Metal Health (Bang Your Head)Quiet Riot
94.Our HouseMadness
95.Dr. FeelgoodMötley Crüe
96.The Number Of The BeastIron Maiden
97.No One Like YouThe Scorpions
98.Against the WindBob Seger
99.Armageddon ItDef Leppard
100. Don’t Believe in Love Queensryche
101.For Those About to RockAC/DC
102.Edge of a Broken HeartBon Jovi
103.Bringin’ on the HeartbreakDef Leppard
104.I Want A WomanRatt
105Red RainPeter Gabriel
106..The Magnificent SevenThe Clash
107.Paradise CityGuns N’ Roses
108.In Your EyesPeter Gabriel
109.Pride (In the Name of Love)U2
110.I Wanna RockTwisted Sister
111.Heading Out to the HighwayJudas Priest
112.Still of the NightWhitesnake
113.Love Will Tear Us ApartJoy Division
114.Love SongTesla
115.The Search is OverSurvivor
116.Waiting RoomFugazi
117.Dear GodXTC
118.Fallen AngelPoison
119.Alone AgainDokken
120.Down BoysWarrant
121.I Can’t Drive 55Sammy Hagar
122.Bad MedicineBon Jovi
123.Born to Be My BabyBon Jovi
124.Girls Just Wanna Have FunCyndi Lauper
125.Superstitious Europe
126.Shout At The DevilMötley Crüe
127.Don’t Close Your EyesKix
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 PersonalityLiving Colour
133.Start Me UpRolling Stones
134.Hells BellsAC/DC
135.Let’s Go CrazyPrince
136.Rock of AgesDef Leppard
137.Personal JesusDepeche Mode
138.LukaSuzanne Vega
140.Love ShackB-52’s
141.Rainbow in the DarkDio
142.Purple RainPrince
143.Save Your LoveGreat White
144.Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?Culture Club
145.Day by DayThe Hooters
146.Shake MeCinderella
147.Modern LoveDavid Bowie
148.Nobody’s FoolCinderella
149.And We DancedHooters
150.AnimalDef Leppard
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