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Don’t You Want Me: The Best 80s Hits Of All Time

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  1. Suzanne

    November 29, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Best song ever THL, DYWM.

    • Craig

      December 10, 2017 at 8:57 am

      Saw the Human League in Perth last night and they’ve still got it. Don’t You Want Me was a cracking song in the 1980s and loses nothing in 2017!

    • Iannis

      September 2, 2018 at 7:38 am

      “Call Me”, “The Tide Is High” and “Rapture” by Blondie, at the start of the ’80s!

  2. joe vezina

    November 29, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    I guess I must be going crazy but I was sure motley crue started in the eighties and yet they didn’t appear in this top list . WEIRD!!

  3. Trevor

    December 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Boy George best l ever seen live

    • Mk

      December 28, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      Truly. His voice is.still golden

  4. Jamie

    December 16, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Where is Every breath you take ?

    • Nestor Gomez

      February 15, 2018 at 5:59 pm

      Yeah ..where? You´’re right !

  5. Mk

    December 28, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Loves me some culture club. Dude can sing.still and tears for fears of.course

  6. Susan Redward

    December 30, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Girls on Film Duran Duran. All my girlfriends had Duran Duran pictures on their bedroom wall.

  7. Iara

    January 2, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Tears For Fears

    • Maddison

      May 14, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      Yessss.

    • Will

      November 7, 2019 at 4:21 am

      Yup… my favourite of all time.

  8. SARAH

    January 12, 2018 at 3:47 am

    DAVID BOWIE’S GASOLINE IS NICE FOR THE BEST. ANYTHING BY DAVID BOWIE IS COOL.

  9. SARAH

    January 12, 2018 at 4:54 am

    TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART BY BONNIE TYLER

  10. Nelson Kandorozu

    January 12, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    rod steward, Bryan Adams, Michael Bolton, caline Dion, Michael leans to rock etc…. where greatest hits I ever seen in my life god bless them

  11. Antony

    January 27, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    You make my Dreams-Hall and Oates. Great song

  12. GRAZYNA SCRIHA

    February 10, 2018 at 2:50 am

    Oh the beautiful 1980’s…I was in my early 20’s and with other young-one’s, we’re obsessed and ‘possesed’ with and by all 1980’s songs and their singers! I watched them performing on TV in video clips. The colour TV was just coming out and very expensive, so I would run on every Sat. To our Entertainment Centre which was near where I lived, to be on time to watch thise music video clips! I remember the ‘Dire Straight’, ‘Michael Jackson’, ‘David Bowie’, ‘Prince’, A-ha, U-2. Then later on ‘INXS’, AC/DC, you mention. I miss thise young years of mine. I miss that Era…But, life has to go on…for the next young generations, and next one’s, etc.

    • Monica

      April 23, 2018 at 6:21 am

      Same here! Twenties/Eighties rock!

  13. Nestor Gomez

    February 15, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    The Best Song of HISTORY is “Only The Lonely” by Martha Davies & The Motels. (period)

  14. Melina

    February 16, 2018 at 12:06 am

    I am only 10. It is 2018 and I love 80s music

  15. Monica

    April 23, 2018 at 6:14 am

    Some great choices (such as Come on Eileen that I had forgotten about) but you left out too many great ones. Among my many favorites left out: Survivor (Eye of the Tiger), Gloria Branigan’s Gloria, and Nina (99 Luftballons, entire album rocks!!). I don’t understand how anyone who lived though that era can doubt that the 80s were the best ever. I can see why millennials don’t see it that way 😉 But for the rest of us, can there be any doubt?

  16. Kim

    May 31, 2018 at 11:53 am

    But NO Duran Duran?!?!?!! Shame on you!!!!!! They should have been on the list!!!!

  17. Claes

    June 15, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    You’v eleft out several really magic songs – shame on you! 😉

    Kool & the gang – Celebration
    Kim Carnes – Bette Davis’ eyes
    Diana Ross & Lionel Ritchie – Endless love
    Chicago – Hard to say I’m sorry
    Toto – Africa
    Bonnie Tyler – Total eclipse of the heart
    Lionel Ritchie – Hello
    Foreighner – I want to know what love is
    USA for Africa – We are the world
    Mr Mister – Broken wings
    Peter Cetera – Glory of love
    Heart – These dreams
    Heart – Alone
    Steve Winwood – Higher love
    Berlin – Take my breath away
    Whitney Houston – I wanna dance with somebody
    Michael Jackson – Man in the mirror
    Roxette – The look
    Simply Red – If you don’t know me by now
    Phil Collins – Another day in paradise
    ABBA – The winner takes it all
    George Michael – Careless whisper
    Chaka Khan – I feel for you
    Europe – The final countdown
    Lisa Stansfield – All around the world
    Meat Loaf – Dead ringer
    Earth, Wind & Fire – Let’s groove
    Level 42 – Hot water
    Queen – Who wants to live forever
    Brothers Johnson – Stomp!

    …and lots and lots more…

  18. Serge

    July 19, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Don’t forget ’bout Erasure. I love to hate you, a little respect and blue savannah

  19. Leon

    July 23, 2018 at 12:02 am

    A song of the 80′ that not only was a hit but also really take me back emotionaly to that time where i was a teenager. When I hear that song I can feel the wind and the climax of that time. The song is also the main theme of a great 80′ classic movie.
    Its name:

    Electric dreams (Human League)

  20. Noel

    August 19, 2018 at 1:57 am

    FisherZ-Marliese,Soo Long
    Russ Ballard-I can’t Hear you no normore, The Fire Still Burns
    Billy Idol-Rebel Yell
    Marillion-Lavender, Kayleigh
    Etc…

  21. Bowman

    August 24, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    01) ABC – The Look Of Love (82)
    02) a-ha – Take on Me (85)
    03) Alison Moyet – Love Resurrection (84)
    04) Asia – Heat of The Moment (82)
    05) Aztec Camera – All I need is everything (84)
    06) Basia – Cruising for bruising (89)
    07) Billy Joel – A Matter of Trust (86)
    08) Bruce Hornsby & The Range – The Way It Is (86)
    09) Chicago – What You’re Missing (82)
    10) Christopher Cross – Ride Like The Wind (80)
    11) Curiosity killed the cat – Down To Earth (87)
    12) Dan Hartman – I Can Dream About You (84)
    13) Danny Wilson – I Was Wrong (89)
    14) Daryl Hall & John Oates (H&O) – Private Eyes (81)
    15) David Bowie – Let’s Dance (83)
    16) Deacon Blue – Dignity (87)
    17) Depeche Mode – Strangelove (87)
    18) Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen (82)
    19) Dire Straits – Money For Nothing (85)
    20) Donald Fagen – I.G.Y. (82)
    21) Duran Duran – Notorious (86)
    22) Eric Clapton – Bad Love (89)
    23) Eurythmics – Sweet dreams (are made of this) (83)
    24) Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere (87)
    25) Foreigner – Urgent (81)
    26) Genesis – Invisible Touch (86)
    27) Go West – We Close Our Eyes (85)
    28) Hipsway – The Honey Thief (86)
    29) Howard Jones – What Is Love (84)
    30) Huey Lewis & The News – The Power of Love (85)
    31) INXS – New Sensation (87)
    32) Johnny Hates Jazz – Shattered Dreams (87)
    33) Kenny Loggins – Heart to Heart (82)
    34) Level 42 – Something About You (85)
    35) Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World (89)
    36) Madonna – Cherish (89)
    37) Men at Work – Who Can It Be Now (81)
    38) Michael Jackson – Thriller (82)
    39) Michael Mcdonald – Sweet Freedom (86)
    40) Mike Oldfield – Family Man (82)
    41) Nik Kershaw – Wouldn’ It Be Good (84)
    42) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) – Secret (85)
    43) Pat Benatar – Love Is A Battlefield (83)
    44) Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al (86)
    45) Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls (84)
    46) Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer (86)
    47) Phil Collins – Sussudio (85)
    48) Prince – When Doves Cry (84)
    49) Propaganda – Duel (85)
    50) Rod Stewart – Love Touch (86)
    51) Roxette – Dangerous (88)
    52) Sade – The Sweetest Taboo (85)
    53) Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me) (85)
    54) Simply Red – Come to My Aid (85)
    55) Soulsister – The Way To Your Heart (88)
    56) Spandau Ballet – Only When You Leave (84)
    57) Steve Winwood – While You See a Chance (80)
    58) Stevie Wonder – Part Time Lover (85)
    59) Sting – Englishman In New York (87)
    60) Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger (82)
    61) Swing out sister – Breakout (87)
    62) Talk Talk – Life’s What You Make It (86)
    63) Tears for Fears – Everybody wants to rule the world (85)
    64) The Alan Parsons Project – Games people play (80)
    65) The Blow Monkeys – It doesn’t have to be this way (87)
    66) The Cars – Hello Again (84)
    67) The Human League – Don’t You Want Me (81)
    68) The Manhattan Transfer – Soul Food To Go (87)
    69) The Pretenders – Don’t Get Me Wrong (86)
    70) The Smiths – This Charming Man (84)
    71) The Style Council – My Ever Changing Moods (84)
    72) The Waterboys – The Whole Of The Moon (85)
    73) Thompson Twins – Hold me now (84)
    74) Tina Turner – Typical Male (86)
    75) Toto – Africa (82)
    76) U2 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (87)
    77) Wax – Right Between The Eyes (86)
    78) Wet Wet Wet – Sweet Little Mystery (87)
    79) Whitney Houston – How Will I Know (85)
    80) Yes – Owner of a Lonely Heart (83)

    • Lee white

      February 28, 2019 at 12:26 pm

      to many classics missing, where is tears for fears ‘head over hills’ for just one.

  22. Mian

    August 26, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Gazebo I like Chopin telephone Mama love in your eyes Fr David words Lake celebrate

  23. Ryan

    September 10, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Lol, none of these songs compare to Laura Branigan’s global platinum smash hits “Gloria” and “Self Control”.

  24. Bowman

    September 17, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Revised list:
    01) ABC – The Look Of Love (82)
    02) a-ha – Take on Me (85)
    03) Alison Moyet – Love Resurrection (84)
    04) Aztec Camera – All I need is everything (84)
    05) Basia – Cruising for bruising (89)
    06) Billy Joel – A Matter of Trust (86)
    07) Bruce Hornsby & The Range – The Way It Is (86)
    08) Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in the Dark (84)
    09) China Crisis – Working With Fire And Steel (83)
    10) Christopher Cross – Ride Like The Wind (80)
    11) Curiosity killed the cat – Down To Earth (87)
    12) Danny Wilson – I Was Wrong (89)
    13) Daryl Hall & John Oates (H&O) – Private Eyes (81)
    14) David Bowie – Let’s Dance (83)
    15) Deacon Blue – Dignity (87)
    16) Depeche Mode – Strangelove (87)
    17) Dire Straits – Money For Nothing (85)
    18) Donald Fagen – I.G.Y. (82)
    19) Duran Duran – Notorious (86)
    20) Eric Clapton – Bad Love (89)
    21) Eurythmics – Sweet dreams (are made of this) (83)
    22) Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere (87)
    23) Foreigner – Urgent (81)
    24) Genesis – Invisible Touch (86)
    25) George Michael – Faith (87)
    26) Go West – We Close Our Eyes (85)
    27) Hipsway – The Honey Thief (86)
    28) Howard Jones – What Is Love (84)
    29) Huey Lewis & The News – The Power of Love (85)
    30) INXS – New Sensation (87)
    31) Johnny Hates Jazz – Shattered Dreams (87)
    32) Kenny Loggins – Heart to Heart (82)
    33) Level 42 – Something About You (85)
    34) Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World (89)
    35) Madonna – Cherish (89)
    36) Men at Work – Who Can It Be Now (81)
    37) Michael Jackson – Thriller (82)
    38) Michael Mcdonald – Sweet Freedom (86)
    39) Mike Oldfield – Family Man (82)
    40) New Order – True Faith (87)
    41) Nik Kershaw – Wouldn’ It Be Good (84)
    42) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) – Secret (85)
    43) Pat Benatar – Love Is A Battlefield (83)
    44) Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al (86)
    45) Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls (84)
    46) Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer (86)
    47) Phil Collins – Sussudio (85)
    48) Prefab Sprout – Appetite (85)
    49) Prince – When Doves Cry (84)
    50) Queen – I Want To Break Free (84)
    51) Rod Stewart – Baby Jane (83)
    52) Roxette – Dangerous (88)
    53) Sade – The Sweetest Taboo (85)
    54) Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me) (85)
    55) Simply Red – Come to My Aid (85)
    56) Spandau Ballet – Only When You Leave (84)
    57) Steve Winwood – While You See a Chance (80)
    58) Stevie Wonder – Part Time Lover (85)
    59) Sting – Englishman In New York (87)
    60) Swing out sister – Breakout (87)
    61) Talk Talk – Life’s What You Make It (86)
    62) Tears for Fears – Everybody wants to rule the world (85)
    63) Texas – I Don’t Want A Lover (89)
    64) The Alan Parsons Project – Games people play (80)
    65) The Blow Monkeys – It doesn’t have to be this way (87)
    66) The Cars – Hello Again (84)
    67) The Human League – Don’t You Want Me (81)
    68) The Manhattan Transfer – Soul Food To Go (87)
    69) The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (81)
    70) The Pretenders – Don’t Get Me Wrong (86)
    71) The Smiths – This Charming Man (84)
    72) The Style Council – My Ever Changing Moods (84)
    73) The Waterboys – The Whole Of The Moon (85)
    74) Tina Turner – Typical Male (86)
    75) Toto – Africa (82)
    76) U2 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (87)
    77) Wax – Right Between The Eyes (86)
    78) Wet Wet Wet – Sweet Little Mystery (87)
    79) Whitney Houston – How Will I Know (85)
    80) Yes – Owner of a Lonely Heart (83)

    • lastdomino

      August 10, 2019 at 8:21 pm

      Don Henley – Boys of Summer (84)

  25. Aly

    December 31, 2018 at 12:50 am

    How can you do 80’s without Daryl Hall & John Oates? Even though their best music wasn’t the 80’s pop they produced then, it was nevertheless essential 80’s, and they were among the first stars of MTV. “Out of Touch”. Also, where is Billy Joel…”Uptown Girl”. And no Boss? SHAME ON YOU!!!!!

  26. Roger Miller

    April 3, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    I would only have 2 items on my list of greatest 80s hits:
    1. Goodbye Indian Summer by Language (good luck finding it)
    2. Anything by Midge Ure and/or Ultravox
    Period

  27. Stu Chisholm

    April 14, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Funny, the ’80s was my favorite musical decade, but I’m guessing that it sounded very different in the UK than it did here in the States. Back then, my heaviest influence was MTV (when they still played music), and while I recall a TON of OMD songs, I don’t ever recall hearing “Enola Gay” unless I played it for myself. Same for the Style Council; “My Ever Changing Mood” was the biggie here. The T’Pau track was “Heart And Soul.” Lastly, the first Was (Not Was) track that I heard here in Detroit was called “Smile,” and on the same album as “Dinosaur” was a funky tune called “Spy In The House of Love.” Just my two pennies.

  28. William Russell

    June 4, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Yes you’ve left out plenty of songs by these artists and I’ll name a few: Journey, the Outfield, Fine Young Cannibals, Bruce Springsteen, When In Rome, Breathe, Heart, Duran Duran and many more… lol

  29. Sara

    June 22, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Duran Duran,s “The Reflex” has got to be on the list!

  30. DJ Alan Gibson

    August 1, 2019 at 4:56 am

    Give Me Back My Heart – Dollar – a class Trevor Horn production

  31. Heidi

    August 8, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Tears for Fears.

  32. seth wudel

    September 23, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    SIMPle minds “Dont you forget about me’

  33. Paul keywood

    October 30, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Surely a Pet Shop Boys single should be on the list, so many to choose from…

  34. Rafael Reis

    November 21, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    I’d vote for Poison, from Alice Cooper; maybe Superstitious, from Europe; Nowhere fast, from Fire Inc; Sweet Child o’Mine, from Guns; Don’t Stop Believinf, from Journey; Carry On My Wayward Son, from Kansas; and Summer Song, form Joe Satriani. From Queen I would choose I want to break free. Don’t know if Wind of Change could count, but I’m sure Still Loving you, both frmo Scorpions, would. And no such list would be complete without Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up. Obviously these are just the ones that I could vote if they were on the list.

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