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.

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. 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 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
An unheralded great record from 1985
Jeff's choice -
Greatest Single Re-entry:

* Holiday (#2 UK)- Madonna
Jeff's choice -
* 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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Last Updated: 2014-04-15