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)
6. Planet Rock
Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force
7. 1999
8. Rock the Casbah
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
13. Eye of the Tiger (Theme from "Rocky III")
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
20. I Melt With You
Modern English
21. Jack and Diane
John Cougar
22. Gloria
Laura Branigan
23. Situation
24. Should I Stay or Should I Go?
The Clash
25. Africa
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
30. Our House
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
38. Hard To Say I'm Sorry
39. The Safety Dance
Men Without Hats
40. Always Something There To Remind Me
Naked Eyes
41. Only You
42. Don't Go
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
57. Puttin' on the Ritz
58. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
Michael Jackson
59. Rosanna
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
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
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
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
83. The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow)
The Jam
84. Blister In the Sun
Violent Femmes
85. A Night To Remember
86. Allentown
Billy Joel
87. Buffalo Gals
Malcolm McLaren
88. Temptation
New Order
89. Everybody Wants You
Billy Squier
90. House of Fun
91. Early In the Morning
Gap Band
92. Beat Surrender
The Jam
93. Just An Illusion
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
98. Private Investigations
Dire Straits
99. Bang the Drum All Day
Todd Rundgren
100. No One Like You
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
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
114. Cutie Pie
One Way
115. I Can Make You Feel Good
116. Goody Two Shoes
Adam & The Ants
117. Southern Cross
Crosby, Stills & Nash
118. I Like It
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
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
Adam's choice:
* I'll Drink to You
Duke Jupiter
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Last Updated: 2014-02-06