Top ten 80’s songs everyone should know


Rachel Golden, Reporter

It’s difficult to deny that the 80’s was an exceptional decade of music. With such a large amount of artists all producing at least one big hit, it’s difficult to determine which are the best. Here are the top ten 80’s songs everyone should know:

  1. Take On Me – a-ha (1984)

This synth-pop hit is a song everyone should have on their classic playlists. The tune will get stuck in your head for hours, and it’s energetic tempo makes it a fun hit to listen to.

  1. Video Killed the Radio Star – The Buggles (1979)

This song may not have been released in the 80’s, but there’s no doubt it should be on this list. A big hit in and of itself, what really made this song big is it’s music video. The video for this song was the first to air on MTV in 1981. In a decade where MTV was so prominent, this song truly is a major part of the 80s.

  1. You Give Love a Bad Name – Bon Jovi (1986)

This song is easy to identify, with the first line, “shot through the heart,” catching your attention and setting the tone of the rock song that is still relevant today.

  1. I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston (1987)

This award winning song is still played at dances today. How can it not be, when it’s so much fun to listen and dance to?

  1. Celebration – Kool & the Gang (1980)

This song kicked off the 80’s in style. It’s peppy beat makes it a fun song, setting the tone for a great decade of music.

  1. Footloose – Kenny Loggins (1984)

This song’s dancing groove makes a great track to enjoy. A great song to end a great classic movie, everyone should add this song to their music library.

  1. Like a Virgin – Madonna (1984)

Who doesn’t love Madonna? This song, one of her her biggest hits, has all the elements that makes 80’s music great.

  1. Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper (1983)

Though Cyndi Lauper may not be the original artist to perform this song, she sure sings it well. This upbeat track is great for dancing and is overall a great song to listen to.

  1. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey (1981)

This song was big even before it became the big song of a hit TV show. Everyone who hears this song come on feels the urge to sing along. It’s a major 80’s song everyone should know.

1 . Thriller – Michael Jackson (1982)

Who doesn’t know Thriller? This classic Halloween song was the title song of a hugely popular album by Michael Jackson, and its music video is incredibly influential. This is a song that is still hugely popular and everyone should know.