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Greatest '80s Songs

Name the best 100 songs from the 1980s.
As voted for by listeners of British radio station Absolute Radio in 2014.
Quiz by Calum
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Last updated: May 25, 2014
First submittedMay 25, 2014
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Artist
Song
1
Ultravox
Vienna
2
Bon Jovi
Livin' On A Prayer
3
Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Relax
4
A-ha
Take On Me
5
Guns N' Roses
Sweet Child O' Mine
6
New Order
Blue Monday
7
Dexys Midnight Runners
Come on Eileen
8
Bryan Adams
Summer of '69
9
Joy Division
Love Will Tear Us Apart
10
The Human League
Don't You Want Me
11
U2
With or Without You
12
Simple Minds
Don't You (Forget About Me)
13
Duran Duran
Rio
14
The Jam
Town Called Malice
15
The Cult
She Sells Sanctuary
16
The Smiths
How Soon Is Now?
17
Spandau Ballet
Gold
18
Queen
Radio Ga Ga
19
The Jam
Going Underground
20
The Specials
Ghost Town
21
Spandau Ballet
True
22
Tears for Fears
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
23
Aerosmith & Run-D.M.C.
Walk This Way
24
Phil Oakey & Giorgio Moroder
Together in Electric Dreams
25
Queen
A Kind of Magic
26
Queen & David Bowie
Under Pressure
27
Depeche Mode
Just Can't Get Enough
28
David Bowie
Ashes To Ashes
29
Heaven 17
Temptation
30
David Bowie
Let's Dance
31
Blondie
Atomic
32
Duran Duran
The Reflex
33
Phil Collins
In The Air Tonight
34
Depeche Mode
Personal Jesus
35
Alice Cooper
Poison
36
Dire Straits
Money for Nothing
37
OMD
Enola Gay
38
Adam and the Ants
Antmusic
39
The Smiths
This Charming Man
40
Mighty Wah
The Story Of The Blues (Part 1)
41
ABC
The Look Of Love
42
Michael Jackson
Beat It
43
The Waterboys
The Whole Of The Moon
44
Toto
Africa
45
The Police
Every Breath You Take
46
The Cars
Drive
47
The Stone Roses
Fools Gold
48
Madness
Our House
49
Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Two Tribes
50
Big Country
In A Big Country
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Artist
Song
51
Pet Shop Boys
West End Girls
52
Marillion
Kayleigh
53
The Stranglers
Golden Brown
54
Bonnie Tyler
Total Eclipse of the Heart
55
Eurythmics
Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
56
The Specials
Too Much Too Young
57
Europe
The Final Countdown
58
U2
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
59
Dire Straits
Romeo & Juliet
60
Bruce Springsteen
Dancing in the Dark
61
U2
Where the Streets Have No Name
62
Van Halen
Jump
63
Beastie Boys
You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party
64
Whitesnake
Here I Go Again
65
The Proclaimers
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
66
Go West
We Close Our Eyes
67
Nik Kershaw
Wouldn't It Be Good
68
Guns N' Roses
Paradise City
69
Survivor
Eye of the Tiger
70
Foreigner
I Want To Know What Love Is
71
Journey
Don't Stop Believin'
72
Simple Minds
Alive and Kicking
73
The Cure
The Love Cats
74
George Michael
Faith
75
Billy Idol
White Wedding
76
Howard Jones
New Song
77
Bruce Springsteen
Born in the U.S.A.
78
Bronski Beat & Jimmy Somerville
Smalltown Boy
79
Madonna
Like a Prayer
80
Prince
When Doves Cry
81
Black
Wonderful Life
82
Def Leppard
Animal
83
Madness
It Must Be Love
84
Berlin
Take My Breath Away
85
Mike + the Mechanics
The Living Years
86
Cutting Crew
(I Just) Died In Your Arms
87
Def Leppard
Pour Some Sugar On Me
88
INXS
Need You Tonight
89
Bon Jovi
You Give Love A Bad Name
90
Yazoo
Only You
91
Billy Joel
We Didn't Start the Fire
92
Men at Work
Down Under
93
Dexys Midnight Runners
Geno
94
Roachford
Cuddly Toy
95
The Clash
Rock the Casbah
96
Kate Bush
Running Up That Hill
97
Then Jerico
Big Area
98
Talk Talk
It's My Life
99
Kenny Loggins
Footloose
100
Nena
99 Red Balloons
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Level 36
May 27, 2014
The Cult should be The Blue Oyster Cult
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Level 30
Oct 23, 2014
Nope, it was the Cult who sang She Sells Sanctuary.
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Level 21
Jun 9, 2014
This is really hard, I was trying all sorts of songs, but they were never the one wanted my the quiz!
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Level 30
Oct 23, 2014
Ran out of time at the end, but managed 85
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Level 43
May 10, 2015
Nice quiz, but I personally feel that one where we guess the band names rather than the songs would be better.
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Level 48
Feb 23, 2016
i agree
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Level 60
Feb 17, 2016
I got 23 on this quiz, after seeing the answers I knew another 27, I'm so ashamed, I was raised on 80's music.
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Level 37
May 30, 2016
I have never in my life heard of Ultravox.
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Level 66
May 28, 2018
Managed 40. I wonder why Blondie's Atomic is on the list, but I'm very happy that it is