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.

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. 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. Africa - 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. Rosanna - 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
An unheralded great record from 1982
Jeff's choice -
Greatest Single Re-entry:

* I Will Always Love You (#53 pop and #1 country) - Dolly Parton
Jeff's choice -
* 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 - Associates
Adam's choice -
* I'll Drink to You - Duke Jupiter

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Last Updated: 2014-02-06