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100 Greatest Songs From 1980

Criteria: - Songs listed are from Rock 'n' Roll and related sub-genres. Rankings are based on initial and lasting popularity and on acclaim received from critics and musicians.
Edited By:
1980
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2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 |
Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release).
Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.
No.
Song
Artist



Call Me single cover


Another One Bites the Dust single cover


You Shook Me All Night Long single cover


Love Will Tear Us Apart single cover


The Breaks single cover


Keep on Loving You single cover


I'm Coming Out single cover


Hit Me With Your Best Shot single cover


Hungry Heart single cover


(Just Like) Starting Over single cover


Don't Stand So Close To Me single cover
1
Call Me
Blondie
2
Celebration
Kool & The Gang
3
Another One Bites the Dust
Queen
4
You Shook Me All Night Long
AC/DC
5
Whip It
Devo
6
Love Will Tear Us Apart
Joy Division
7
Rapture
Blondie
8
Back In Black
AC/DC
9
The Breaks
Kurtis Blow
10
Once in a Lifetime
Talking Heads
11
Upside Down
Diana Ross
12
Any Way You Want It
Journey
13
Crazy Train
Ozzy Osbourne
14
Fame
Irene Cara
15
More Bounce To the Ounce Part I
Zapp
16
Master Blaster (Jammin')
Stevie Wonder
17
The Spirit Of Radio
Rush
18
Keep On Loving You
REO Speedwagon
19
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Pat Benatar
20
Turning Japanese
Vapors
21
I'm Coming Out
Diana Ross
22
The Tide Is High
Blondie
23
Stomp!
Brothers Johnson
24
He's So Shy
Pointer Sisters
25
Take Your Time (Do It Right)
S.O.S. Band
26
Just The Two Of Us
Grover Washington Jr. with Bill Withers
27
Double Dutch Bus
Frankie Smith
28
He Stopped Loving Her Today
George Jones
29
Ace Of Spades
Motörhead
30
Mickey
Toni Basil
31
Dancing With Myself
Generation X/Billy Idol
32
Give Me The Night
George Benson
33
Vienna
Ultravox
34
Let My Love Open The Door
Pete Townshend
35
Never Knew Love Like This Before
Stephanie Mills
36
Misunderstanding
Genesis
37
It's Still Rock N Roll To Me
Billy Joel
38
On The Road Again
Willie Nelson
39
All Out Of Love
Air Supply
40
Could You Be Loved?
Bob Marley & The Wailers
41
Shining Star
Manhattans
42
Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me?)
Gap Band
43
Hungry Heart
Bruce Springsteen
44
One In A Million You
Larry Graham
45
Games Without Frontiers
Peter Gabriel
46
Tunnel of Love
Dire Straits
47
Emotional Rescue
Rolling Stones
48
That's Entertainment
The Jam
49
I Know What Boys Like
The Waitresses
50
I Will Follow
U2
51
Against the Wind
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
52
Ashes To Ashes
David Bowie
53
The Winner Takes It All
ABBA
54
Biko
Peter Gabriel
55
Fantastic Voyage
Lakeside
56
(Just Like) Starting Over
John Lennon
57
Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time for Love) Parts I and II
Isley Brothers
58
Don't Stand So Close To Me
The Police
59
You May Be Right
Billy Joel
60
It's My Turn
Diana Ross
61
Hells Bells
AC/DC
62
The River
Bruce Springsteen
63
Turn It On Again
Genesis
64
A Forest
The Cure
65
Late In the Evening
Paul Simon
66
Watching the Wheels
John Lennon
67
Going Underground
The Jam
68
Sukiyaki
A Taste Of Honey
69
The Glow Of Love
Change
70
Lately
Stevie Wonder
71
Hey Nineteen
Steely Dan
72
De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
The Police
73
Talk of the Town
Pretenders
74
Geno
Dexys Midnight Riders
75
Redemption Song
Bob Marley & The Wailers
76
Fashion
David Bowie
77
Breaking The Law
Judas Priest
78
Romeo And Juliet
Dire Straits
79
She's So Cold
Rolling Stones
80
Enola Gay
Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark
81
Fade to Grey
Visage
82
Atmosphere
Joy Division
83
Mirror In the Bathroom
English Beat
84
While You See A Chance
Steve Winwood
85
People Who Died
Jim Carroll Band
86
Take It On The Run
REO Speedwagon
87
And The Cradle Will Rock
Van Halen
88
Holiday In Cambodia
Dead Kennedys
89
Los Angeles
X
90
9 to 5
Dolly Parton
91
Lady
Kenny Rogers
92
Morning Train (9 To 5)
Sheena Easton
93
Theme from "New York, New York"
Frank Sinatra
94
Love Sensation
Loleatta Holloway
95
Heartbreak Hotel
Jacksons
96
Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)
Squeeze
97
Echo Beach
Martha & The Muffins
98
Private Idaho
The B-52s
99
Antmusic
Adam & The Ants
100
Runaway Boys
Stray Cats
20 more worth mentioning.
101
Super Trouper
ABBA
102
Baggy Trousers
Madness
103
Rough Boys
Pete Townshend
104
Woman in Love
Barbra Streisand
105
I Need Your Lovin'
Teena Marie
106
Don't Stop the Music
Yarbrough & Peoples
107
Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime
Korgis
108
Love Stinks
J. Geils Band
109
The Magnificent Seven
The Clash
110
Happy Birthday
Stevie Wonder
111
Lay All Your Love On Me
ABBA
112
The Wanderer
Donna Summer
113
Drivin' My Life Away
Eddie Rabbitt
114
I Love a Rainy Night
Eddie Rabbitt
115
Joy and Pain
Maze feat. Frankie Beverly
116
I Heard It Through the Grapevine Part I
Roger
117
Love T.K.O.
Teddy Pendergrass
118
Start!
The Jam
119
The Big Beat
Billy Squier
120
Switchin' To Glide
Kings
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1980
Jeff's Choice - Greatest Single Re-Entry
*
Imagine (#1 UK for four weeks)
John Lennon
Jeff's Choice - An unheralded great record from 1980
*
Jersey Girl
Tom Waits
Lew's Choice:
*
Ah! Leah!
Donnie Iris
Bruce's Choice:
*
Till The Walls Come Tumblin' Down
J. Geils Band
Adam's Choice:
*
Time Out Of Mind
Steely Dan
Brett's Choice:
*
Weep For Love
Denny Laine
Ryan's Choice:
*
Independence Day
Comsat Angels

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