Top 500 Songs of the 1980s

Of all the decades, the 80′s has to be _the_ decade we love to hate, or possibly hate to love. The fashion, the movies, the music… Was it all that bad? Well, it certainly was different! Nevertheless, this is a music list blog, and I’ve worked hard to compile my definite list of the 500 best songs from the 80′s. Like it or not, let me know what you think. (Almost) all reactions are welcome. Here we go:

001 – Pixies – Debaser
002 – New Order – Blue Monday
003 – The Stone Roses – Fools Gold
004 – Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
005 – U2 – Pride (In The Name Of Love)
006 – The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
007 – Grandmaster Flash – The Message
008 – Depeche Mode – Everything Counts
009 – Iron Maiden – Hallowed Be Thy Name
010 – The Cure – In-Between Days
011 – Duran Duran – Planet Earth
012 – New Order – All The Way
013 – The B-52′s – Rock Lobster
014 – Suicidal Tendencies – Go Skate
015 – MARRS – Pump Up The Volume
016 – OMD – Enola Gay
017 – Dead Kennedys – Holiday in Cambodia
018 – EPMD – Strictly Business
019 – Camper Van Beethoven – Take The Skinheads Bowling
020 – Adam & The Ants – Stand And Deliver
021 – Adolescents – Kids of the Black Hole
022 – De La Soul – Say No Go
023 – Humanoid – Stakker Humanoid
024 – Beat Happening – Our Secret
025 – Bomb The Bass – Beat Dis (U.S. 7″ Mix)
026 – Kate Bush – Cloudbursting
027 – The Primitives – Crash
028 – Lil Louis – French Kiss (Original Mix)
029 – Pixies – Where Is My Mind?
030 – Run-D.M.C & Aerosmith – Walk This Way
031 – The Clean – Anything Could Happen.
032 – The Smiths – This Charming Man
033 – U2 – New Year’s Day
034 – Blondie – Heart Of Glass
035 – Violent Femmes – Add It Up
036 – Guns’n’Roses – Welcome To The Jungle
037 – Depeche Mode – Blasphemous Rumours
038 – The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
039 – Yazoo – Don’t Go
040 – Iron Maiden – The Number Of The Beast
041 – Eric B. & Rakim – Paid In Full
042 – Billy Bragg – A New England
043 – Nine Inch Nails – Head Like A Hole
044 – BMX Bandits – Disco Girl
045 – Public Enemy – Don’t Believe The Hype
046 – The Housemartins – Happy Hour
047 – The Pogues – Dirty Old Town
048 – Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
049 – Beastie Boys – Hey Ladies
050 – Kraftwerk – Tour De France
051 – New Order – True Faith
052 – R.E.M – The One I Love
053 – De La Soul – Eye Know
054 – Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
055 – The Cure – Just Like Heaven
056 – Fugazi – Give Me The Cure
057 – Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun
058 – The Beatmasters – Ska Train
059 – Alphaville – Fallen Angel
060 – The Wedding Present – Getting Nowhere Fast
061 – The Pogues – A Rainy Night in Soho
062 – Elvis Costello & The Attractions – The Imposter
063 – LL Cool J – Big Ole Butt
064 – The Field Mice – Emma’s House
065 – Minutemen – The Glory Of Man
066 – Let’s Active – Every Word Means No
067 – Hithouse – Jack To The Sound Of The Underground
068 – Tom Tom Club – Genius Of Love
069 – Westworld – Sonic Boom Boy
070 – Mot”rhead – Ace Of Spades
071 – Mission Of Burma – That’s When I Reach For My Revolver
072 – Trans-X – Living On Video
073 – INXS – New Sensation
074 – Blake Babies – Lament
075 – Tears For Fears – Head Over Heels
076 – The Pretenders – Middle Of The Road
077 – Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
078 – Talking Heads – Road To Nowhere
079 – The Jam – Town Called Malice
080 – Ebba Grön – 800 Grader
081 – Indeep – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life
082 – Primal Scream – Velocity Girl
083 – The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go?
084 – The Wedding Present – This Boy Can Wait
085 – Ultravox – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
086 – The Flatmates – Happy All The Time
087 – Beastie Boys – No Sleep Till Brooklyn
088 – The Smiths – Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
089 – The Jesus And Mary Chain – Head On
090 – Au Pairs – It’s Obvious
091 – Bruce Springsteen – The River
092 – Depeche Mode – Never Let Me Down Again
093 – Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng
094 – The Vaselines – Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam
095 – ZZ Top – Sharp Dressed Man
096 – Sonic Youth – Teen Age Riot
097 – The Chills – Pink Frost
098 – Crash Course In Science – Flying Turns
099 – Dinosaur Jr. – Freak Scene
100 – ACDC – You Shook Me All Night Long
101 – Spandau Ballet – To Cut A Long Story Short
102 – Kate Bush – Army Dreamers
103 – Iron Maiden – The Trooper
104 – The Smiths – The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
105 – Guns’n’Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
106 – The Cure – Close To Me
107 – U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday
108 – R.E.M -  It’s The End Of The World A We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
109 – New Order – Round & Round
110 – Paul Simon – The Boy In The Bubble
111 – The Cramps – Garbage Man
112 – The Romantics – What I Like About You
113 – Yazoo – Situation (Us 12″ Mix)
114 – De La Soul – Tread Water
115 – Tears For Fears – Shout
116 – The Wedding Present – I’m Not Always So Stupid
117 – Metallica – Seek & Destroy
118 – The Chefs – 24 Hours
119 – Duran Duran – Girls On Film
120 – The Cars – You Might Think
121 – Indochine – Kao Bang
122 – Beastie Boys – Shake Your Rump
123 – Faith No More – From Out Of Nowhere
124 – The Jesus And Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
125 – Depeche Mode – People Are People
126 – Salt-N-Pepa – Push It
127 – Dead Or Alive – You Spin Me Round
128 – Descendents – Can’t Go Back
129 – OMD – Electricity
130 – Inner City – Big Fun
131 – Pixies – Here Comes Your Man
132 – U2 – Gloria
133 – Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
134 – The Smiths – A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours
135 – Blondie – Call Me
136 – Fine Young Cannibals – Good Thing
137 – Depeche Mode – New Life
138 – Minor Threat – Straight Edge
139 – David Bowie – Let’s Dance
140 – Iron Maiden – Run To The Hills
141 – The Pogues – White City
142 – Angry Samoans – Right Side Of My Mind
143 – The English Beat – Mirror In The Bathroom
144 – T’Pau – China In Your Hand
145 – Ice-T – You Played Yourself
146 – Madness – Baggy Trousers.
147 – Hüsker Dü – Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely
148 – Squeeze – Is That Love
149 – The Chameleons – Paper Tigers
150 – Another Sunny Day – Anorak City
151 – Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
152 – Kate Bush – Babooshka
153 – Guns n’Roses – Paradise City
154 – The Cure – Lovesong
155 – The Stranglers – Golden Brown
156 – Transvision Vamp – Baby I Don’t Care
157 – Public Image Ltd. – Rise
158 – Generation X – Dancing With Myself
159 – Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
160 – Depeche Mode – Master And Servant
161 – Genesis – Mama
162 – Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel – White Lines (Don’t Do It)
163 – R.E.M – Orange Crush
164 – The Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays
165 – Front 242 – Never Stop!
166 – Public Enemy – Rebel Without A Pause
167 – Supertramp – It’s Raining Again
168 – Kurtis Blow – The Breaks
169 – The Wedding Present – Kennedy
170 – Eurythmics – Would I Lie to You?
171 – Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes
172 – The Specials – Ghost Town
173 – Simple Minds – New Gold Dream
174 – Fugazi – Suggestion
175 – The June Brides – Every Conversation
176 – The English Beat – Save It For Later
177 – Mötley Cre – Girls. Girls. Girls.
178 – New Order – Vanishing Point
179 – Run-D.M.C – Mary, Mary
180 – Men Without Hats – The Safety Dance
181 – Tank – Set Your Back On Fire
182 – Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime
183 – The Jesus And Mary Chain – Sidewalking
184 – Depeche Mode – Photographic
185 – Jakob Hellman – Hon Har Ett Sätt
186 – The Smiths – Paint A Vulgar Picture
187 – Joan Jett and The Blackhearts – I Love Rock N’ Roll
188 – Echo & The Bunnymen – Do It Clean
189 – Madonna – Get Into The Groove
190 – Violent Femmes – Country Death Song
191 – Boogie Down Productions – My Philosophy
192 – Nitro DeLuxe – This Brutal House
193 – The Stone Roses – Elephant Stone
194 – Faith No More – Falling To Pieces
195 – The Jam – Going Underground
196 – Herbie Hancock – Rockit
197 – Talulah Gosh – Talulah Gosh
198 – They Might Be Giants – Ana Ng
199 – Ebba Grön – Staten och kapitalet
200 – Ultramagnetic MC’s – Ego Trippin’
201 – Genesis – That’s All
202 – X – Soul Kitchen
203 – The Clash – Rock the Casbah
204 – INXS – Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain)
205 – Duran Duran – The Reflex
206 – Hüsker Dü – Makes No Sense At All
207 – Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
208 – A Flock Of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)
209 – Visage – Fade To Grey
210 – 3rd Bass – Wordz of Wizdom
211 – Martha & The Muffins – Echo Beach
212 – Danzig – Mother
213 – The Vapors – Turning Japanese
214 – Spoonie Gee – Spoonie Is Back
215 – The Ocean Blue – Between Something and Nothing
216 – Paul McCartney – Coming Up
217 – The Teardrop Explodes – Reward
218 – The Groove Farm – The Best Part Of Being With You
219 – Cash Money & Marvellous – Mighty Hard Rocker
220 – Beastie Boys – Brass Monkey
221 – Split Enz – I Got You
222 – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Fight Like A Brave
223 – New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle
224 – The Pooh Sticks – On Tape
225 – Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11
226 – Dexys Midnight Runners – Seven Days Too Long
227 – Biz Markie – Vapors
228 – The Clean – Tally Ho
229 – Bronski Beat – Why?
230 – Zapp & Roger – More Bounce To The Ounce
231 – Blake Babies – Rain
232 – The Vaselines – Molly’s Lips
233 – Iggy Pop – Dog Food
234 – Kiss – I Love It Loud
235 – De La Soul – The Magic Number
236 – U2 – The Electric Co.
237 – Metallica – Battery
238 – Paul Simon – Late In The Evening
239 – Fang – The Money Will Roll Right In
240 – Guns’n’Roses – Nightrain
241 – Queen – Radio Ga Ga
242 – Mudhoney – Touch Me I’m Sick
243 – Yazoo – Only You
244 – Van Halen – Panama
245 – Madness – Our House
246 – Duran Duran – Save a Prayer
247 – Iron Maiden – Aces High
248 – Bomb The Bass – Megablast
249 – Pet Shop Boys – Opportunities (let’s make lots of money)
250 – The Smithereens – Behind The Wall Of Sleep
251 – Soft Cell – Tainted Love
252 – Mr. T Experience – She’s No Rocket Scientist
253 – Dead Kennedys – Kill The Poor
254 – The Groove Farm – Just A Silly Phase I’m Going Through
255 – X – Nausea
256 – New Order – Run
257 – The Stone Roses – Sally Cinnamon
258 – Bruce Springsteen – I’m On Fire
259 – Violent Femmes – I Held Her in My Arms
260 – EPMD – I’m Housin’
261 – The Pogues – Sally MacLennane
262 – The Cure – Plainsong
263 – Alphaville – Sounds Like A Melody
264 – Devo – Whip It
265 – The Specials – Too Much Too Young
266 – Squeeze – Tempted
267 – R.E.M – Stand
268 – Kim Wilde – Kids In America
269 – AC/DC – Back In Black
270 – Hüsker Dü – Never Talking To You Again.
271 – Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
272 – N.W.A – Gangsta Gangsta
273 – The Police – De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
274 – XTC – Senses Working Overtime
275 – The Pogues – Streams of Whiskey
276 – Howard Jones – New Song
277 – Angry Samoans – Lights Out
278 – Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough
279 – Judas Priest – Breaking The Law
280 – Scotch – Loving Is Easy
281 – Roxy Music – Jealous Guy
282 – Metallica – One
283 – S-Express – Theme From S-Express
284 – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Backwood
285 – Talking Heads – Burning Down the House
286 – The Jungle Brothers – I’ll House You
287 – Stetasonic – Talking All That Jazz
288 – The Fall – Cruiser’s Creek
289 – De La Soul – Me Myself And Eye
290 – INXS – Listen Like Thieves
291 – Beastie Boys – She’s Crafty
292 – Dio – Holy Diver
293 – The Jesus And Mary Chain – April Skies.
294 – The June Brides – No Place Called Home
295 – Descendents – I’m Not a Punk
296 – The Bodysnatchers – People Do Rock Steady
297 – Crowded House – Better Be Home Soon
298 – David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes
299 – The Rock Steady Crew – Hey You
300 – The Stone Roses – She Bangs The Drums
301 – Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia
302 – The Pooh Sticks – I Know Someone Who Knows Someone Who Knows Alan McGee Quite Well
303 – Guadalcanal Diary – Litany (Life Goes On)
304 – Razorcuts – I’ll Still Be There
305 – The Smithereens – Yesterday Girl
306 – Accept – Balls To The Wall
307 – The Plimsouls – A Million Miles Away
308 – Mantronix – King Of The Beats
309 – The Sea Urchins – Pristine Christine
310 – Dexys Midnight Runners – Thankfully Not Living In Yorkshire It Doesn’t Apply
311 – Blake Babies – Cesspool
312 – Beat Happening – Bad Seeds
313 – The Wee Papa Girl Rappers – Faith
314 – Kleenex – Die Matrosen
315 – Bauhaus – The Sanity Assassin
316 – The Bodines – Therese
317 – Slade – Run Runaway
318 – Helloween – Dr. Stein
319 – Grandmaster Flash vs The Scratch Perverts – Adventures On The Wheels Of Steel
320 – The dB’s – Amplifier
321 – The Church – Under The Milky Way
322 – Bob Mould – See A Little Light
323 – Front 242 – Masterblaster
324 – The Art Of Noise – Close (To The Edit)
325 – Another Sunny Day – I’m In Love With A Girl Who Doesn’t Know I Exist
326 – Slayer – South of Heaven
327 – Howard Jones – What Is Love?
328 – Josef K – Sorry For Laughing.
329 – Siouxie & The Banshees – Happy House
330 – Asta Kask – Ringhals brinner
331 – Thompson Twins – Doctor! Doctor!
332 – Joy Division – Atmosphere
333 – Break Machine – Break Dance Party
334 – J.J. Fad – Supersonic
335 – Human League – Love Action (I Believe In Love)
336 – Yello – Oh Yeah
337 – Wire – Ahead
338 – Hüsker Dü – These Important Years
339 – Adolescents – Amoeba
340 – Beastie Boys – The Sounds Of Science
341 – Iron Maiden – Prowler
342 – Suicidal Tendencies – How Will I Laugh Tomorrow
343 – The Smiths – Hand In Glove
344 – Ultravox – Vienna
345 – Big Country – In A Big Country
346 – Pixies – Gouge Away
347 – The Sisters of Mercy – This Corrosion
348 – The Undertones – When Saturday Comes
349 – Beastie Boys – The New Style
350 – The Cure – Lullaby
351 – The Chameleons – Up The Down Escalator
352 – Depeche Mode – Leave In Silence
353 – U2 – I Will Follow
354 – Violent Femmes – Kiss Off
355 – Echo & The Bunnymen – Lips Like Sugar
356 – Squeeze – Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)
357 – R.E.M – Carnival of Sorts
358 – The Selecter – Too Much Pressure
359 – Jakob Hellman – Vara Vänner
360 – The Smiths – How Soon Is Now?
361 – UB40 – Red Red Wine
362 – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Higher Ground
363 – Eurythmics – Missionary Man
364 – Metallica – Master Of Puppets
365 – Minor Threat – Filler
366 – Public Enemy – Night Of The Living Bassheads
367 – The Replacements – Shiftless When Idle
368 – Ministry – Stigmata
369 – Pixies – Bone Machine
370 – Madness – It Must Be Love
371 – Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
372 – LL Cool J – Going Back To Cali
373 – Flying Lizards – Money (That’s What I Want).
374 – Mr. T Experience – What Is Punk?
375 – R.E.M – Get Up
376 – Depeche Mode – Ice Machine
377 – ZZ Top – Gimme all your lovin’
378 – Hüsker Dü – Let’s Go Die
379 – Human League – Non-Stop
379 – Mudhoney – Hate The Police
380 – Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
381 – Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Riot Act
382 – Superchunk – My Noise
383 – The Cure – Pictures of You
384 – The Cramps – The Natives Are Restless
385 – Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
386 – Boogie Down Productions – Why Is That?
387 – The Housemartins – People Get Ready
388 – Run-D.M.C – Its Like That
389 – The Primitives – Stop Killing Me
390 – EPMD – Let The Funk Flow
391 – UB40 – One In Ten
392 – T’Pau – Heart And Soul
393 – Ghost Dance – The Grip of Love
394 – Violent Femmes – Prove My Love
395 – 14 Iced Bears – Come Get Me
396 – Girls At Our Best – Getting Nowhere Fast
397 – Nitzer Ebb – Let Your Body Learn
398 – Mötley Crue – Wild Side
399 – Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley – Jack Your Body
400 – Brilliant Corners – Teenage
401 – Beastie Boys – Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun
403 – The English Beat – Tears Of A Clown
404 – The Cars – Since You’re Gone
405 – Scotch – Delirio Mind
406 – Fugazi – Waiting Room
407 – Queen – Another One Bites the Dust
408 – Marc Almond & Gene Pitney – Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart
409 – Special Ed – I’m The Magnificent
410 – The Beatmasters ft. Betty Boo – Hey DJ I Can’t dance (to that music you’re playing)
411 – The Dead Milkmen – Taking Retards To The Zoo
412 – Delta 5 – Mind Your Own Business
413 – Aztec Camera – Pillar To Post
414 – Suicidal Tendencies – Controlled by Hatred
415 – Au Pairs – You
416 – Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force – Planet Rock
417 – Talking Heads – This Must be the Place (Naive Melody)
418 – The Go-Go’s – Head Over Heels
419 – Ultramagnetic MC’s – Give The Drummer Some
420 – The Selecter – Three Minute Hero
421 – Front 242 – Quite Unusual
422 – Maurice Joshua – This Is Acid
423 – Cetu Javu – Situations (Extended Mix)
424 – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Me & My Friends
425 – Duran Duran – The Wild Boys
426 – Half Man Half Biscuit – I Hate Nerys Hughes (from the Heart)
427 – Beastie Boys – Fight For Your Right.
428 – Pop Will Eat Itself – Like An Angel
429 – Robotiko Rejekto – Umstursz Jetzt
430 – Slayer – Raining blood
431 – The Cure – Fascination Street
432 – Young MC – Know How
433 – Silicon Teens – Memphis, Tennessee
434 – Close Lobsters – Firestation Towers
435 – The Vaselines – Son Of A Gun
436 – Vangelis – Blade Runner (End Titles)
437 – Cybotron – Clear
438 – APB – I’d  Like To Shoot You Down
439 – Willie Nelson – On The Road Again
440 – The Stranglers – Always The Sun
441 – Bruce Springsteen – Glory Days
442 – Kiss – Lick It Up
443 – Prince – 1999
444 – Buba & The Shop Assistants – Something To Do
445 – The Damned – Drinking About My Baby.
446 – The Sisters of Mercy – Adrenochrome
447 – Faith No More – Epic
448 – Squeeze – Vicky Vercky
449 – Laser Dance – Humanoid Invasion
450 – Weird Al Yankovic – Yoda
451 – Skid Row – I Remember You
452 – Phuture – Acid Trax
453 – Hoodoo Gurus – What’s My Scene
454 – R.E.M – So. Central Rain
455 – Ultramagnetic MC’s – Watch Me Now
456 – Jean-Michel Jarre – Magnetic Fields Part 2
457 – Maximum Joy – Stretch (Disco-Rap Mix)
458 – Minor Threat – Look Back And Laugh
459 – Raze – Break 4 Love
460 – This Poison! – Poised Over The Pause Button
461 – Prince – Raspberry Beret
462 – 23 Skidoo – Vegas El Bandito
463 – Bourgeois Tagg – I Don’t Mind At All.
464 – Another Sunny Day – What’s Happened To You, My Dearest Friend?
465 – Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
466 – Jack’n’Chill – The House That Jack Built
467 – N.W.A – Straight Outta Compton
468 – The Coward Brothers – The People’s Limousine
469 – The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make?
470 – The Shop Assistants – All That Ever Mattered
471 – Big Black – Kerosene
472 – Minutemen – Cut
473 – Digital Underground – Doowatchulike
474 – The Cure – Let’s Go To Bed
475 – Felt – Ballad of the Band
476 – Snuff – Not Listening
477 – The Fun Things – Savage
478 – The Vaselines – You Think You’re a Man
479 – A Number Of Names – Sharevari
480 – Biz Markie – Just A Friend
481 – Ozzy Osbourne – Bark At The Moon
482 – Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind
483 – Simple Minds – Belfast Child
484 – The Beatmasters ft. Cookie Crew – Rok Da House
485 – Orange Juice – Falling And Laughing
486 – Ramones – Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (original Ed Stasium mix)
487 – Jona Lewie – You’ll always find me in the kitchen at parties
488 – AC/DC – Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution
489 – Kool Moe Dee – How Ya Like Me Now
490 – Koto – Visitors
491 – 7 Seconds – Young ’til I Die
492 – Michael Jackson – Beat It
493 – Whodini – Freaks Come Out At Night
494 – Morrissey – Suedehead
495 – The Mighty Lemon Drops – Inside Out
496 – ESG – Dance
497 – R.E.M – Can’t Get There From Here
498 – Bush Tetras – Too Many Creeps
499 – Anti Nowhere League – I Hate People
500 – Marine Girls – A Place In The Sun

And here’s the Spotified version of the list:

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