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.

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.

  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 Awa - 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
An unheralded great record from 1980
Jeff's choice -
Greatest Single Re-entry:

* Imagine (#1 UK for four weeks) - John Lennon
Jeff's choice -
* Jersey Girl - Tom Waits
Lew's choice -
* Ah! Leah! - Donnie Iris
Bruce's choice -
* Till The Walls Come Tumblin' Down - J. Geils Band
Brett's choice -
* Weep For Love - Denny Laine
Ryan's choice -
* Independence Day - Comsat Angels
Adam's choice -
* Can't Put A Price On Love - Knack
Last Updated: 2014-01-16