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100 Greatest Songs From 1985

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:
1985
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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



Money For Nothing - Dire Straits single cover


Into the Groove - Madonna single cover


Addicted To Love - Robert Palmer single cover


Word Up! - Cameo single cover


How Will I Know? - Whitney Houston single cover


Walk Like An Egyptian - Bangles single cover


The Power of Love - Huey Lewis & The News single cover


Everybody Wants To Rule the World - Tears for Fears single cover


West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys single cover


We Are the World - U.S.A. for Africa single cover


Freeway of Love - Aretha Franklin single cover
1
Money For Nothing
Dire Straits
2
Into The Groove
Madonna
3
Addicted To Love
Robert Palmer
4
Word Up!
Cameo
5
How Will I Know?
Whitney Houston
6
Walk Like An Egyptian
Bangles
7
The Power Of Love
Huey Lewis & The News
8
Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Tears for Fears
9
Don't You (Forget About Me)
Simple Minds
10
West End Girls (1985 version)
Pet Shop Boys
11
We Are The World
U.S.A. for Africa
12
Saving All My Love For You
Whitney Houston
13
Freeway Of Love
Aretha Franklin
14
Walking On Sunshine
Katrina & The Waves
15
Everytime You Go Away
Paul Young
16
Greatest Love Of All
Whitney Houston
17
Raspberry Beret
Prince & The Revolution
18
That's What Friends Are For
Dionne Warwick & Friends
19
Sussudio
Phil Collins
20
Rock Me Amadeus
Falco
21
We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
Tina Turner
22
Part-Time Lover
Stevie Wonder
23
Running Up That Hill
Kate Bush
24
Miami Vice Theme
Jan Hammer
25
In My House
Mary Jane Girls
26
When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going
Billy Ocean
27
Rhythm Of The Night
DeBarge
28
Oh Sheila
Ready For The World
29
Say You, Say Me
Lionel Richie
30
Would I Lie To You?
Eurythmics
31
Small Town
John Cougar Mellencamp
32
Living In America
James Brown
33
And She Was
Talking Heads
34
Broken Wings
Mr. Mister
35
St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)
John Parr
36
We Built This City
Starship
37
I Didn't Mean To Turn You On
Robert Palmer
38
Who's Zoomin' Who?
Aretha Franklin
39
Holding Back The Years
Simply Red
40
These Dreams
Heart
41
Some Like It Hot
Power Station
42
Take Me Home
Phil Collins
43
R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A. (A Salute To '60s Rock)
John Cougar Mellencamp
44
Sun City
Artists United Against Apartheid
45
I Can't Live Without My Radio
LL Cool J
46
The Show
Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
47
She Sells Sanctuary
The Cult
48
Let's Go All The Way
Sly Fox
49
You Belong To The City
Glenn Frey
50
Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)
Pet Shop Boys
51
There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
Eurythmics
52
Road To Nowhere
Talking Heads
53
We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off
Jermaine Stewart
54
If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
Sting
55
Two Of Hearts
Stacey Q
56
You Are My Lady
Freddie Jackson
57
Conga
Miami Sound Machine
58
Oh Yeah
Yello
59
19
Paul Hardcastle
60
A View To A Kill
Duran Duran
61
Lonely Ol' Night
John Cougar Mellencamp
62
You Give Good Love
Whitney Houston
63
Pop Life
Prince & The Revolution
64
All I Need Is A Miracle
Mike + The Mechanics
65
Voices Carry
'Til Tuesday
66
Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves
Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin
67
Rock Me Tonight (For Old Time's Sake)
Freddie Jackson
68
Secret Lovers
Atlantic Starr
69
Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)
Mike + The Mechanics
70
Walk Of Life
Dire Straits
71
Centerfield
John Fogerty
72
In Between Days
The Cure
73
Just Another Night
Mick Jagger
74
Alive And Kicking
Simple Minds
75
Brothers In Arms
Dire Straits
76
Dare Me
Pointer Sisters
77
A Love Bizarre
Sheila E.
78
Who's Holding Donna Now?
DeBarge
79
Rock The Bells
LL Cool J
80
One More Night
Phil Collins
81
All Cried Out
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
82
Your Love
Outfield
83
Separate Lives
Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
84
One Of The Living
Tina Turner
85
Hangin' On A String (Contemplating)
Loose Ends
86
Tender Love
Force M.D.s
87
Head Over Heels
Tears For Fears
88
Burning Heart (Theme From "Rocky IV")
Survivor
89
Kyrie
Mr. Mister
90
I'm Your Man
Wham!
91
Things Can Only Get Better
Howard Jones
92
Forever Man
Eric Clapton
93
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Smiths
94
The Whole Of The Moon
Waterboys
95
Close To Me
The Cure
96
Cry
Godley & Creme
97
So Far Away
Dire Straits
98
The Sun Always Shines On T.V.
A-Ha
99
King Of Rock
Run-D.M.C.
100
The Payoff Mix
Double Dee & Steinski
20 more worth mentioning.
101
Love Like Blood
Killing Joke
102
What You Need
INXS
103
Crush On You
Jets
104
Life In A Northern Town
Dream Academy
105
Something About You
Level 42
106
Party All The Time
Eddie Murphy
107
Election Day
Arcadia
108
Computer Love
Zapp
109
Trapped
Colonel Abrams
110
Slave To The Rhythm
Grace Jones
111
Just Like Honey
Jesus & Mary Chain
112
California Girls
David Lee Roth
113
Face The Face
Pete Townshend
114
Talk To Me
Stevie Nicks
115
Single Life
Cameo
116
Take The Skinheads Bowling
Camper Van Beethoven
117
Bastards Of Young
Replacements
118
P.S.K. - What Does It Mean?
Schoolly D
119
Driver 8
R.E.M.
120
Find A Way
Amy Grant
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1985
Jeff's Choice - Greatest Single Re-Entry
*
Holiday
Madonna (#2 UK)
Jeff's Choice - An unheralded great record from 1985
*
Fall Down (Spirit Of Love)
Tramaine
Lew's Choice:
*
Beat's So Lonely
Charlie Sexton
Bruce's Choice:
*
Dip My Dipper
Cicero Blake
Brett's Choice:
*
Waiting On My Angel
Jamie Principle
Ryan's Choice:
*
Up The Hill And Down The Slope
The Loft

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