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.

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. 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 - The 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 - The 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
An unheralded great record from 1983
Jeff's choice -
Greatest Single Re-entry:

* Please Please Me (#29 UK) - Beatles
Jeff's choice -
* 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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Last Updated: 2014-02-25