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100 Greatest Songs From 1983

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:
1983
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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



Every Breath You Take - Police single cover


Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper single cover


Jump - Van Halen single cover


Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara single cover


All Night Long - Lionel Richie single cover


Holiday - Madonna single cover


Rockit - Herbie Hancock single cover


She Works Hard For the Money - Donna Summer single cover


Love is a Battlefield - Pat Benatar single cover


Legs - ZZ Top single cover


Pink Houses - John Cougar Mellencamp single cover
1
Every Breath You Take
Police
2
Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Cyndi Lauper
3
Jump
Van Halen
4
Flashdance...What a Feeling
Irene Cara
5
All Night Long (All Night)
Lionel Richie
6
Blue Monday
New Order
7
Relax
Frankie Goes To Hollywood
8
Time After Time
Cyndi Lauper
9
Let's Dance
David Bowie
10
Karma Chameleon
Culture Club
11
Holiday
Madonna
12
Rockit
Herbie Hancock
13
She Works Hard For the Money
Donna Summer
14
Love is a Battlefield
Pat Benatar
15
Radio Free Europe (I.R.S. version)
R.E.M.
16
Legs
ZZ Top
17
Sunday, Bloody Sunday
U2
18
Pink Houses
John Cougar Mellencamp
19
Maniac
Michael Sembello
20
Photograph
Def Leppard
21
Burning Down The House
Talking Heads
22
Ain't Nobody
Rufus & Chaka Khan
23
It's Like That
Run-D.M.C.
24
Here Comes The Rain Again
Eurythmics
25
Cruel Summer
Bananarama
26
Let The Music Play
Shannon
27
White Lines (Don't Do It)
Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel
28
99 Luftballoons
Nena
29
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
Yes
30
Red Red Wine
UB40
31
Somebody's Watching Me
Rockwell
32
New Year's Day
U2
33
This Charming Man
Smiths
34
True
Spandau Ballet
35
Borderline
Madonna
36
Jump (For My Love)
Pointer Sisters
37
One Thing Leads To Another
The Fixx
38
Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
Journey
39
Heaven
Bryan Adams
40
Authority Song
John Cougar Mellencamp
41
Hello
Lionel Richie
42
In A Big Country
Big Country
43
Uptown Girl
Billy Joel
44
Rebel Yell
Billy Idol
45
Talking In Your Sleep
Romantics
46
Juicy Fruit
Mtume
47
Faithfully
Journey
48
Hold Me Now
Thompson Twins
49
Lucky Star
Madonna
50
Undercover Of The Night
Rolling Stones
51
Modern Love
David Bowie
52
Middle Of The Road
Pretenders
53
Islands In The Stream
Kenny Rogers duet with Dolly Parton
54
Sharp Dressed Man
ZZ Top
55
Wrapped Around Your Finger
Police
56
Gimme All Your Lovin'
ZZ Top
57
Pride And Joy
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
58
Tonight I Celebrate My Love
Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack
59
Church Of The Poison Mind
Culture Club
60
Overkill
Men At Work
61
I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
Elton John
62
China Girl
Davie Bowie
63
Jeopardy
Greg Kihn Band
64
Joanna
Kool & The Gang
65
Big Log
Robert Plant
66
Mama
Genesis
67
Crumblin' Down
John Cougar Mellencamp
68
Between the Sheets
Isley Brothers
69
No Parking (On The Dancefloor)
Midnight Star
70
Stand Back
Stevie Nicks
71
The Heart Of Rock And Roll
Huey Lewis & The News
72
Yah Mo B There
James Ingram and Michael McDonald
73
That's All
Genesis
74
Eyes Without A Face
Billy Idol
75
King Of Pain
Police
76
Nobody Told Me
John Lennon
77
Rock Of Ages
Def Leppard
78
Cuts Like A Knife
Bryan Adams
79
Cum On Feel The Noize
Quiet Riot
80
Sister Christian
Night Ranger
81
Mr. Roboto
Styx
82
Just Be Good To Me
S.O.S. Band
83
Everyday I Write the Book
Elvis Costello
84
In The Mood
Robert Plant
85
Sunglasses At Night
Corey Hart
86
Break My Stride
Matthew Wilder
87
New Song
Howard Jones
88
I Want A New Drug
Huey Lewis & The News
89
Bang Your Head (Metal Health)
Quiet Riot
90
Automatic
Pointer Sisters
91
Cold Blooded
Rick James
92
Dance Hall Days
Wang Chung
93
Synchronicity II
Police
94
What Is Love?
Howard Jones
95
Rainbow in the Dark
Dio
96
Lawyers In Love
Jackson Browne
97
This Is Not A Love Song
Public Image Ltd.
98
All Night Long
Mary Jane Girls
99
Moments In Love
Art of Noise
100
Sucker MCs
Run-D.M.C.
20 more worth mentioning.
101
I Love L.A.
Randy Newman
102
The Reflex
Duran Duran
103
Say, Say, Say
Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
104
Love Wars
Womack & Womack
105
Get The Balance Right
Depeche Mode
106
Neutron Dance
Pointer Sisters
107
Say It Isn't So
Daryl Hall & John Oates
108
The Politics of Dancing
Re-Flex
109
Tell Her About It
Billy Joel
110
Original Sin
INXS
111
Never Gonna Let You Go
Sergio Mendes
112
On The Dark Side
John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band
113
Tour De France
Kraftwerk
114
Institutionalized
Suicidal Tendencies
115
Hand In Glove
Smiths
116
Shipbuilding
Elvis Costello
117
Screaming In The Night
Krokus
118
Confusion
New Order
119
Clear
Cybotron feat. Juan Atkins
120
So Many Men, So Little Time
Miquel Brown
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1983
Jeff's Choice - Greatest Single Re-Entry
*
Please Please Me
Beatles (#29 UK)
Jeff's Choice - An unheralded great record from 1983
*
Promises, Promises
Naked Eyes
Lew's Choice:
*
Texas
Chris Rea
Bruce's Choice:
*
Down Home Blues
Denise LaSalle
Brett's Choice:
*
What Is A DJ If He Can't Scratch?
The Egyptian Lover
Ryan's Choice:
*
Cattle And Cane
The Go-Betweens

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