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100 Greatest Songs From 1982

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:
1982
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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



Billie Jean - Michael Jackson single cover


Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye single cover


The Message single cover


Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics single cover


Rock the Casbah - Clash single cover


Hungry Like The Wolf - Duran Duran single cover


Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? - single cover


Come on Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners single cover


I Ran (So Far Away) - A Flock of Seagulls single cover


I'm So Excited - Pointer Sisters single cover


She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby single cover
1
Billie Jean
Michael Jackson
2
Sexual Healing
Marvin Gaye
3
The Message
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5
4
Beat It
Michael Jackson
5
Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Eurythmics
6
Planet Rock
Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force
7
1999
Prince
8
Rock the Casbah
Clash
9
Hungry Like The Wolf
Duran Duran
10
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?
Culture Club
11
Come On Eileen
Dexys Midnight Runners
12
Little Red Corvette
Prince
13
Eye Of The Tiger (Theme from "Rocky III")
Survivor
14
Thriller
Michael Jackson
15
Up Where We Belong
Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
16
I Ran (So Far Away)
A Flock of Seagulls
17
I'm So Excited
Pointer Sisters
18
She Blinded Me With Science
Thomas Dolby
19
The Look Of Love
ABC
20
I Melt With You
Modern English
21
Jack And Diane
John Cougar
22
Gloria
Laura Branigan
23
Situation
Yaz
24
Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
The Clash
25
Rosanna
Toto
26
Total Eclipse Of The Heart
Bonnie Tyler
27
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
Michael Jackson
28
It's Raining Men
Weather Girls
29
Back On The Chain Gang
Pretenders
30
Our House
Madness
31
Hurts So Good
John Cougar
32
Pass The Dutchie
Musical Youth
33
Atomic Dog
George Clinton
34
You Dropped A Bomb On Me
Gap Band
35
Maneater
Hall & Oates
36
Abracadabra
Steve Miller Band
37
Too Shy
Kajagoogoo
38
Hard To Say I'm Sorry
Chicago
39
The Safety Dance
Men Without Hats
40
Always Something There To Remind Me
Naked Eyes
41
Only You
Yaz
42
Don't Go
Yaz
43
Love Come Down
Evelyn "Champagne" King
44
Twilight Zone
Golden Earring
45
Looking For The Perfect Beat
Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force
46
Jump To It
Aretha Franklin
47
I Want Candy
Bow Wow Wow
48
Electric Avenue
Eddy Grant
49
White Wedding
Billy Idol
50
Always On My Mind
Willie Nelson
51
And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going
Jennifer Holliday
52
Time (Clock Of The Heart)
Culture Club
53
Bad To The Bone
George Thorogood
54
Let It Whip
Dazz Band
55
Forget Me Nots
Patrice Rushen
56
Last Night A DJ Saved My Life
Indeep
57
Puttin' On The Ritz
Taco
58
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
Michael Jackson
59
Africa
Toto
60
I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)
Michael McDonald
61
Town Called Malice
The Jam
62
Rio
Duran Duran
63
Truly
Lionel Richie
64
(Keep Feeling) Fascination
Human League
65
Dirty Laundry
Don Henley
66
Heat Of The Moment
Asia
67
Candy Girl
New Edition
68
Save A Prayer
Duran Duran
69
Human Nature
Michael Jackson
70
Shock The Monkey
Peter Gabriel
71
Steppin' Out
Joe Jackson
72
Poison Arrow
ABC
73
Do I Do
Stevie Wonder
74
Mad World
Tears For Fears
75
More Than This
Roxy Music
76
The Number Of The Beast
Iron Maiden
77
Goodbye To You
Scandal
78
Run To The Hills
Iron Maiden
79
Mexican Radio
Wall of Voodoo
80
Save It For Later
The English Beat
81
Love My Way
Psychedelic Furs
82
Senses Working Overtime
XTC
83
The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow)
The Jam
84
Blister In The Sun
Violent Femmes
85
A Night To Remember
Shalamar
86
Allentown
Billy Joel
87
Buffalo Gals
Malcolm McLaren
88
Temptation
New Order
89
Everybody Wants You
Billy Squier
90
House Of Fun
Madness
91
Early In The Morning
Gap Band
92
Beat Surrender
The Jam
93
Just An Illusion
Imagination
94
Outstanding
Gap Band
95
Let's Go To Bed
The Cure
96
I Love A Man In Uniform
Gang of Four
97
My City Was Gone
Pretenders
98
Private Investigations
Dire Straits
99
Bang The Drum All Day
Todd Rundgren
100
No One Like You
Scorpions
20 more worth mentioning.
101
You've Got Another Thing Comin'
Judas Priest
102
You and I
Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle
103
Hot In The City
Billy Idol
104
Promised You A Miracle
Simple Minds
105
Avalon
Roxy Music
106
Temptation
Heaven 17
107
Uncertain Smile
The The
108
Hold Me
Fleetwood Mac
109
Come Dancing
Kinks
110
Gypsy
Fleetwood Mac
111
Caught Up In You
.38 Special
112
The Girl Is Mine
Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney
113
I Know There's Somethin' Goin' On
Frida
114
Cutie Pie
One Way
115
I Can Make You Feel Good
Shalamar
116
Goody Two Shoes
Adam & The Ants
117
Southern Cross
Crosby, Stills & Nash
118
I Like It
DeBarge
119
Don't Make Me Wait
Peech Boys
120
Down Home Blues
Z.Z. Hill
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1982
Jeff's Choice - Greatest Single Re-Entry
*
I Will Always Love You (#53 pop and #1 country)
Dolly Parton
Jeff's Choice - An unheralded great record from 1982
*
Morse Code of Love
Capris
Lew's Choice:
*
Someday, Someway
Marshall Crenshaw
Bruce's Choice:
*
The Harder They Come
Rocker's Revenge feat. Donnie Calvin
Brett's Choice:
*
Hilly Fields (1892)
Nick Nicely
Ryan's Choice:
*
Party Fears Two
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