17 Best ’80s Songs You Should Add to Your Playlist

Thriller – Michael Jackson

“Because the music video was like a movie.”

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Purple Rain – Prince

“The answer is always Purple Rain. I don’t make the rules.”

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Take On Me – A-Ha


“The song also had one of the best music videos of the 80s as well.”

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Control – Janet Jackson

“The entire album was on repeat the last couple years of the decade.”

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Under Pressure – Queen and David Bowie,

“I don’t think it needs much of an explanation why.”

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Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Tears for Fears

“Everybody wants to rule the world because we can’t”

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Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi

“Living on a prayer because even my 4 yr old sings along”

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Fight for your Right – Beastie Boys

“Because u gotta fight for ur right to party”

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Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer

“Come on, then dancing girls were FABULOUS”

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Hungry like the Wolf – Duran Duran

“It’s a great pop song that put them on the map with that exotic “mini vacation” video.”

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Rock With You – Michael Jackson

“Because Michael Jackson!”

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Video Killed the Radio Star – The Buggles

“Impossible to choose but … “Video Killed the Radio Star” because it was the first music video to air on MTV which, as a cultural institution, shaped and helped define the 1980s and its music.”

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Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

“There is nothing like getting Rick-Rolled!”

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When Doves Cry – Prince

“When Doves Cry because it was written, arranged, composed, produced and performed by Prince. And it’s part of the iconic Purple Rain soundtrack”

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Power of Love – Huey Lewis and the News

“Cause you don’t need money, don’t need credit cards to ride this train.”

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Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

“It’s a Def Leppard song and they were all great!”

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Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

“The 80s era of music is so it’s hard to pick one song! I’m gonna go with BILLIE JEAN by MICHAEL JACKSON tho. IF YOU DON’T FEEL SOME TYPE OF RHYTHM IN YA BODY WHEN YOU HERE THIS SONG, YOU LACKIN’ SOME SOUL”

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