The ’80s were a transformative time for music from the launch of MTV to seeing the rise of pop and rock icons like Madonna, Michael Jackson, U2, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and many more.
With the 80 Essential Hits of the ’80s, we explore some of the biggest songs from the aforementioned artists and take a look at the decade’s biggest one-hit wonders, greatest duets and collaborations and see just how much film and film soundtracks had an impact on the culture. (Spoiler: It’s a lot!)
So, what are you waiting for? Scroll through the alphabetized list below and see which 80 songs are among the most quintessential from the decade of excess.
Once you scroll to see which 80 songs have made our list, we want YOU to vote for your favorite songs to help us rank the 80 Essential Hits from the ’80s from 80 to 1. We’ll air the list in order over Thanksgiving weekend.
(EB)= Written by Erica Banas
(BI)= Written by Brian Ives