The Greatest Songs of the 1980s

The ’80s were a great time for music. We’re talking ‘Super Freak’, ‘Atmosphere’, and ‘Express Yourself.’ The list goes on. These songs have remained popular for decades.

‘Express Yourself’

This 1980s mega-hit was one of the last great anthems of the decade. The song was part of the album, Like a Prayer, and was the crowning achievement of Madge’s career. The stadium-ready anthem was not only an anthem for the queen of pop, but for anyone looking to assert their own uniqueness.

The 80s had a decade full of music that was equal parts timeless and of its time, and the best songs from that decade reflect that. The decade saw big hair, shoulder pads, and egos, but it also brought about a revolutionary change in the music industry. It was the decade that introduced the concept of “Music Video As Art” (MVA). The ’80s also gave rise to hip hop and rap, which were now widely popular.

Another great 80s song is the pop star Dolly Parton’s anthem for brilliant women who work hard. Originally written for the movie of the same name, the song was a smash hit. It was nominated for four Grammys and won two. Despite the song’s bawdiness, it was a hit.

‘Super Freak’

Rick James’ ‘Super Freak’ became one of the most memorable songs of the 1980s. Its bold visual style and charismatic performer made it a top hit. The music video featured hyped up dancers and a dazzling Rick James. The song was nominated for the Best Rock Vocal Performance at the 1982 Grammy Awards. After “Super Freak,” James went on to have follow-up hits with Eddie Murphy’s “Party All the Time” and the Mary Jane Girls’ “All Night Long.”

The song’s popularity has made it an important part of 80s pop culture, and the original recording was a landmark for the decade. Many people have tried to reinterpret the song, but few have been able to come close to capturing the original. The song’s bass line has been sampled by countless artists, including M.C. Hammer, whose 1990 hit “U Can’t Touch This” sampled it.

‘Push It’

The best songs of the ’80s are equal parts timeless and of their time. While this decade was synonymous with big hair, shoulder pads, and egos, it was also a time of transformation for the music industry. The era introduced new concepts such as Music Video As Art, and gave us digital sounds that still sound incredible today. Rap and hip hop also made huge strides during this decade.

While ‘Push It’ started as a B-side for ‘Tramp,’ the song rose to fame as a global hit. Its soulful sample of Otis Redding made it a hit that topped charts across the globe. This song features a stellar cast of stars, including Spinderella and Salt-n-Pepa. The chorus, ‘Atmosphere’, is haunting and shimmering.

This new wave song is about a special person who lives miles away. It reached the top three UK Singles Chart and peaked at #5 in Australia. It was also the second single from the band Heaven 17’s second album, and was a huge hit. The song is about love and sexual desire. It features Sting on background vocals.


The song is a brooding anthem about love and loss. The band featured vocals from Patti Austin and James Ingram. When it was released in April 1982, it failed to chart. However, this song was a smash hit when it was covered by The xx. It was written by Elvis Costello and was inspired by the experiences of ship workers in Britain during the Falklands War in 1982. Eventually, the song became a hit for the band and became a Top Ten hit in 17 countries.

During the 80s, there were more than two hundred songs on the Billboard Hot 100. The decade gave rise to some of the most famous pop and rock icons of the century. Madonna and Michael Jackson were two of the most popular musicians of the decade. Other popular acts during the 80s included U2 and Bon Jovi.

‘Blue Monday’

Although the song was released more than 30 years ago, ‘Blue Monday’ still manages to hold its own today. This pop classic from New Order reflects the mood of the era while maintaining a futuristic feel. Its stuttering drum machine and Peter Hook’s bassline are instantly recognisable. The song’s deadpan delivery and soaring synths also make it a classic. In addition to a high standing in the music charts, it was also played on various television shows and concert airings. Last fall, a new version of the song was performed on a live show in the U.K.

In addition to being one of the greatest songs of the 80s, ‘Blue Monday’ also influenced a generation of rock and dance music. The bass drum sound was an attempt to recreate the rhythmic pulsations that had become so ubiquitous in the 80s thanks to ‘Dirty Talk’ by Klein+MBO, and the monks’ chorus was a rip-off of Kraftwerk’s ‘Uranium’.

‘Everything Counts’

The ’80s were a decade of synth-pop. While the band Depeche Mode was the most successful, other groups had similar success. Soft Cell released The Art Of Falling Apart in 1983, while OMD released Dazzle Ships. While other groups struggled to get their songs to chart in the UK, Depeche Mode got the balance right with ‘Everything Counts’. The song went on to become the biggest hit in the UK since ‘See You’ in 1982.

The ’80s were also a time of self-expression for the female pop star. Debbie Harry sailed into the decade with her trademark style, maintaining her glam/punk credentials and announcing that New Wave icons could still hold their own in the era. The song also served as the theme for Richard Gere’s cult classic American Gigolo. The song has also been covered by U2, Bruce Springsteen, and R.E.M.

‘Enola Gay’

The song ‘Enola Gay’ is a pop classic, with a dramatic reference to Hiroshima, Japan. The lyrics are about atomic bombs and the wrongness of them. The song was written by Andy McCluskey for the album Organisation.

The band was infamous for their controversial lyrics, but fans of their music and performances loved the track. It has been compared to a 50s psychedelic drug and has been ranked as one of the greatest songs of the 80s. The song has inspired countless cross-genre covers. For example, French band Les Amateurs covered the song for a 2010 Best Of compilation.

This song is not only about the Hiroshima bomb, but also about its pilot, the Enola Gay. The name of the plane is actually a reference to the mother of the pilot, who named it in memory of his mother. Hence, the song is a very powerful anti-war message.

‘Everything Counts’ by Kevin Shields

‘Everything Counts’ by Shields is an instrumental album that features Kevin Shields on vocals and guitar. The EP was released in 2018 and split into two parts. Shields spoke with NPR to discuss the split. His new album is expected to be more experimental and melodic.

Shields’ lyrics leave much to the imagination. It is a leap forward from his earlier lyrical content and the love/hate tease. Ultimately, the song is about realizing a new state of love consciousness. It is a song that’s both emotional and spiritual.

Spaceman’s song is a love-hate love song with a surf-like melody. The song features back-up vocals from Bilinda and Colm. The track’s instrumental bridge is extended from the forty-second riff in the original record.

‘Everything Counts’ by Huey Lewis & the News

The band Huey Lewis & the News is no stranger to the rock scene. Having formed in the 1980s, they have had numerous radio hits. In an interview with a local newspaper, Lewis said that his hits were over. Despite this, he is still touring the world, playing small festivals and casinos.

The band has released 10 albums, the last one in 2018. The new album Weather is due in 2020. Huey Lewis has a hearing impairment called Meniere’s disease, which is incurable. This condition causes hearing loss and dizziness. As a result, Huey often has trouble hearing his notes.

The band’s new album, ‘Weather’, is their first original material in more than 10 years. The songs were recorded before “the crash” in 2001. The album was self-produced and a seven-time platinum selling record. It also featured four Top 10 pop hits.

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