Decades Top Tracks

Top Tracks of the 80s

The 80s was a great time for pop music and listing to all the best tracks of the decade is no mean feat. Everyone had a different opinion on what made the perfect song in the 80s so here are just a few for you to consider.

Fairytale of New York

morable that no cover version of this song has ever enjoyed success because it simply doesn’t sound right without them.

Billie Jean

The 80s was a strong time for Michael Jackson and this track featured on the Thriller album that took the world by storm. This is a memorable song that has never really aged, sounding as fresh today as it did more than 30 years ago and it is one that is guaranteed to get everyone on the dance floor.

It’s A Sin

This song from the Pet Shop Boys was a defiant stand against a religious upbringing and this is another song that has really stood the test of time. The Pet Shop Boys were responsible for a number of memorable 80s hits.

Buffalo Stance

Neneh Cherry’s song hit the charts just when 80s hits were blending pop with dance and hip-hop. This song is known for a memorable chorus and is a song that has lasting appeal, avoiding the ‘throw-away’ pop sound that the 80s are also remembered for.

When Doves Cry

This song featured on Prince’s Purple Rain album and this song is considered to be a simple song that had a dramatic impact. Many people see this as a defining moment in Prince’s career and set the tone for the works that followed both in the 80s and later.

Once in a Lifetime

Created by Brian Eno and Talking Heads, this song is memorable for the gospel-style chorus, which encourages the listener to sing along. This 1981 track appeared on Talking Heads fourth album and has been included in the 500 songs defined by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as those that shaped Rock and Roll.

Blue Monday

This New Order track represented the peak of the band’s career and for many people, this is the best track of the 1980s. Blue Monday has the distinction of being the best selling 12” single of all time.