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Awesome '80s Songs List -- Top 500

Madonna True BlueMusic made the '80s awesome, and these 500 songs defined the decade. The '80s gave birth to memorable hits from Madonna, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, Journey, Phil Collins, Prince, the Police, Van Halen and many other superstars.

All 500 of the following songs -- focusing on pop hits -- can be heard on AOL's Awesome '80s radio station. To make it easy to find the track you're looking for, the list is sorted alphabetically by artist.


Awesome '80s Songs List -- Top 500 Hits

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A Flock of Seagulls, 'I Ran'
AC/DC, 'Back in Black'
AC/DC, 'You Shook Me All Night Long'
Aerosmith, 'Angel'
Aerosmith, 'Janie's Got a Gun'
After the Fire, 'Der Kommissar'
a-ha, 'Take on Me'
Air Supply, 'All Out of Love'
Air Supply, 'Lost in Love'
Air Supply, 'Making Love Out of Nothing at All'
Alphaville, 'Forever Young'
Animotion, 'Obsession'
Asia, 'Heat of the Moment'
Asia, 'Only Time Will Tell'
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Bad English, 'When I See You Smile'
Baltimora, 'Tarzan Boy'
Bananarama, 'Venus'
Beastie Boys, 'Fight for Your Right'
Belinda Carlisle, 'Circle in the Sand'
Belinda Carlisle, 'Heaven Is a Place on Earth'
Belinda Carlisle, 'I Get Weak'
Belinda Carlisle, 'Mad About You'
Berlin, 'Take My Breath Away'
Big Country, 'In a Big Country'
Billy Idol, 'Dancing with Myself'
Billy Idol, 'Eyes Without a Face'
Billy Idol, 'Mony Mony'
Billy Idol, 'Rebel Yell'
Billy Idol, 'White Wedding'
Billy Joel, 'It's Still Rock & Roll to Me'
Billy Joel, 'Uptown Girl'
Billy Joel, 'We Didn't Start the Fire'
Billy Ocean, 'Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)'
Billy Ocean, 'Loverboy'
Billy Ocean, 'When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going'
Billy Squier, 'Everybody Wants You'
Billy Squier, 'The Stroke'
Blondie, 'Call Me'
Blondie, 'The Tide Is High'
Bon Jovi, 'Bad Medicine'
Bon Jovi, 'I'll Be There for You'
Bon Jovi, 'Livin' on a Prayer'
Bon Jovi, 'Runaway'
Bon Jovi, 'Wanted Dead or Alive'
Bon Jovi, 'You Give Love A Bad Name'
Bonnie Tyler, 'Holding Out for a Hero'
Bonnie Tyler, 'Total Eclipse of the Heart'
Boy Meets Girl, 'Waiting for a Star to Fall'
Breathe, 'Hands to Heaven'
Bruce Springsteen, 'Born in the U.S.A.'
Bruce Springsteen, 'Dancing in the Dark'
Bruce Springsteen, 'Glory Days'
Bryan Adams, 'Heaven'
Bryan Adams, 'Run to You'
Bryan Adams, 'Somebody'
Bryan Adams, 'Summer of '69'
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Cameo, 'Word Up!'
Chaka Khan, 'I Feel for You'
Cheap Trick, 'I Want You to Want Me'
Cheap Trick, 'The Flame'
Cher, 'If I Could Turn Back Time'
Chicago, 'Hard Habit to Break'
Chicago, 'Hard to Say I'm Sorry/Get Away'
Chicago, 'Love Me Tomorrow'
Chicago, 'Stay the Night'
Chicago, 'Will You Still Love Me?'
Chicago 'You're the Inspiration'
Christopher Cross, 'Sailing'
Cinderella, 'Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)'
Corey Hart, 'Never Surrender'
Corey Hart, 'Sunglasses at Night'
Crowded House, 'Don't Dream It's Over'
Culture Club, 'Do You Really Want to Hurt Me'
Culture Club, 'Karma Chameleon'
Culture Club, 'Time (Clock of the Heart)'
Cutting Crew, '(I Just) Died in Your Arms [Extended Remix]'
Cyndi Lauper, 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun'
Cyndi Lauper, 'She Bop'
Cyndi Lauper, 'The Goonies 'R' Good Enough'
Cyndi Lauper, 'Time After Time'
Cyndi Lauper, 'True Colors'
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David Bowie, 'Let's Dance'
David Bowie, 'Modern Love'
David Bowie and Queen, 'Under Pressure'
Dazz Band, 'Let It Whip'
Dead or Alive, 'You Spin Me 'Round (Like a Record)'
DeBarge, 'Rhythm of the Night'
Debbie Gibson, 'Only in My Dreams'
Def Leppard, 'Animal'
Def Leppard, 'Armageddon It'
Def Leppard, 'Foolin''
Def Leppard, 'Hysteria'
Def Leppard, 'Love Bites'
Def Leppard, 'Photograph'
Def Leppard, 'Pour Some Sugar on Me'
Def Leppard, 'Rock of Ages'
Deniece Williams, 'Let's Hear It for the Boy'
Devo, 'Whip It'
Dexys Midnight Runners, 'Come on Eileen'
Dire Straits, 'Money for Nothing'
Dire Straits, 'Walk of Life'
Don Henley, 'All She Wants to Do Is Dance'
Don Henley, 'Dirty Laundry'
Don Henley, 'The Boys of Summer'
Donna Summer, 'She Works Hard for the Money'
Duran Duran, 'A View to a Kill'
Duran Duran, 'Hungry Like the Wolf'
Duran Duran, 'Rio'
Duran Duran, 'Save a Prayer'
Duran Duran, 'The Reflex'
Duran Duran, 'Union of the Snake'
Duran Duran, 'Wild Boys'
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Earth Wind &Fire, 'Let's Groove'
Eddie Money, 'Take Me Home Tonight/Be My Baby'
Eddy Grant, 'Electric Avenue'
Elton John, 'I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues'
Elton John, 'I'm Still Standing'
Erasure, 'A Little Respect'
Eric Carmen, 'Hungry Eyes'
Escape Club, 'Wild, Wild West'
Europe, 'The Final Countdown'
Eurythmics, 'Here Comes the Rain Again'
Eurythmics, 'Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)'
Exposé, 'Come Go with Me'
Exposé, 'Point of No Return'
Extreme, 'More Than Words'
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Falco, 'Rock Me Amadeus'
Fine Young Cannibals, 'She Drives Me Crazy'
Fleetwood Mac, 'Everywhere'
Fleetwood Mac, 'Gypsy'
Fleetwood Mac, 'Little Lies'
Foreigner, 'I Don't Want to Live Without You'
Foreigner, 'I Want to Know What Love Is'
Foreigner, 'Juke Box Hero'
Foreigner, 'That Was Yesterday'
Foreigner, 'Urgent'
Foreigner, 'Waiting for a Girl Like You'
Frankie Goes to Hollywood, 'Relax'
Frida, 'I Know There's Something Going On'
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Gary Numan, 'Cars'
Genesis, 'In Too Deep'
Genesis, 'Invisible Touch'
Genesis, 'Land of Confusion'
Genesis, 'That's All'
Genesis, 'Tonight, Tonight, Tonight'
George Harrison, 'Got My Mind Set on You'
George Michael, 'Faith'
George Michael, 'Father Figure'
George Michael, 'I Want Your Sex'
Glass Tiger, 'Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)'
Glenn Frey, 'The Heat Is On'
Glenn Frey, 'You Belong To The City'
Golden Earring, 'Twilight Zone'
Greg Kihn Band, 'The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em)'
Guns N' Roses, 'Paradise City'
Guns N' Roses, 'Patience'
Guns N' Roses, 'Sweet Child O' Mine'
Guns N' Roses, 'Welcome to the Jungle'
H
Hall & Oates, 'Family Man'
Hall & Oates, 'I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)'
Hall & Oates, 'Kiss on My List'
Hall & Oates, 'Maneater'
Hall & Oates, 'Out of Touch'
Hall & Oates, 'Private Eyes'
Hall & Oates, 'Say It Isn't So'
Hall & Oates, 'You Make My Dreams'
Heart, 'All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You'
Heart, 'Alone'
Heart, 'Never'
Heart, 'These Dreams'
Heart, 'What About Love?'
Howard Jones, 'Everlasting Love'
Howard Jones, 'No One Is to Blame'
Howard Jones, 'Things Can Only Get Better'
Huey Lewis & the News, 'Do You Believe in Love'
Huey Lewis & the News, 'Heart and Soul'
Huey Lewis & the News, 'I Want a New Drug'
Huey Lewis & the News, 'If This Is It'
Huey Lewis & the News, 'Stuck With You'
Huey Lewis & the News, 'The Heart of Rock & Roll'
Huey Lewis & the News, 'The Power of Love'
I
Icehouse, 'Electric Blue'
Information Society, 'What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)'
INXS, 'Devil Inside'
INXS, 'Need You Tonight'
INXS, 'Never Tear Us Apart'
INXS, 'New Sensation'
Irene Cara, 'Flashdance...What a Feeling'
J
J. Geils Band, 'Centerfold'
Jackson Browne, 'Somebody's Baby'
Janet Jackson, 'Miss You Much'
Janet Jackson, 'What Have You Done for Me Lately'
Janet Jackson, 'When I Think of You'
Jeff Healey, 'Angel Eyes'
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, 'I Hate Myself for Loving You'
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, 'I Love Rock N' Roll'
Jody Watley, 'Looking for a New Love'
John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band, 'On the Dark Side'
John Mellencamp, 'Hurts So Good'
John Mellencamp, 'Jack and Diane'
John Parr, 'St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)'
John Waite, 'Missing You'
Johnny Hates Jazz, 'Shattered Dreams'
Journey, 'Any Way You Want It'
Journey, 'Don't Stop Believin''
Journey, 'Faithfully'
Journey, 'I'll Be Alright Without You'
Journey, 'Only the Young'
Journey, 'Open Arms'
Journey, 'Send Her My Love'
Journey, 'Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)'
Journey, 'Who's Crying Now'
Juice Newton, 'Angel Of The Morning'
K
Kajagoogoo, 'Too Shy'
Katrina & the Waves, 'Walking on Sunshine'
Kenny Loggins, 'Danger Zone'
Kenny Loggins, 'Footloose'
Kenny Loggins, 'I'm Alright [Theme from Caddyshack]'
Kenny Loggins, 'I'm Free (Heaven Helps The Man)'
Kim Carnes, 'Bette Davis Eyes'
Kim Wilde, 'You Keep Me Hangin' On'
Kool & the Gang, 'Celebration'
Kool & the Gang, 'Cherish'
Kool & the Gang, 'Get Down on It'
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Laura Branigan, 'Gloria'
Laura Branigan, 'Self Control'
Level 42, 'Something About You'
Lionel Richie, 'All Night Long'
Lionel Richie, 'You Are'
Lipps, Inc., 'Funkytown'
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, 'Head to Toe'
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, 'Lost in Emotion'
Lita Ford, 'Close My Eyes Forever'
Lita Ford, 'Kiss Me Deadly'
Los Lobos, 'La Bamba'
Loverboy, 'Almost Paradise'
Loverboy, 'Turn Me Loose'
Loverboy, 'Working for the Weekend'
M
Madness, 'Our House'
Madonna, 'Angel'
Madonna, 'Borderline'
Madonna, 'Causing a Commotion'
Madonna, 'Cherish'
Madonna, 'Crazy for You'
Madonna, 'Dress You Up'
Madonna, 'Express Yourself'
Madonna, 'Holiday'
Madonna, 'Into the Groove'
Madonna, 'La Isla Bonita'
Madonna, 'Like a Prayer'
Madonna, 'Like a Virgin'
Madonna, 'Live to Tell'
Madonna, 'Lucky Star'
Madonna, 'Material Girl'
Madonna, 'Open Your Heart'
Madonna, 'Papa Don't Preach'
Madonna, 'True Blue'
Madonna, 'Who's That Girl'
Martika, 'Toy Soldiers'
Marvin Gaye, 'Sexual Healing'
Matthew Wilder, 'Break My Stride'
Men at Work, 'Down Under'
Men at Work, 'Who Can It Be Now?'
Men Without Hats, 'The Safety Dance'
Michael Jackson, 'Bad'
Michael Jackson, 'Beat It'
Michael Jackson, 'Billie Jean'
Michael Jackson, 'Dirty Diana'
Michael Jackson, 'Human Nature'
Michael Jackson, 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You'
Michael Jackson, 'Off the Wall'
Michael Jackson, 'P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)'
Michael Jackson, 'Rock With You'
Michael Jackson, 'She's Out of My Life'
Michael Jackson, 'Smooth Criminal'
Michael Jackson, 'The Girl Is Mine'
Michael Jackson, 'The Way You Make Me Feel'
Michael Jackson, 'Thriller'
Michael Jackson, 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin''
Michael Sembello, 'Maniac'
Midnight Oil, 'Beds Are Burning'
Mike + the Mechanics, 'All I Need Is a Miracle'
Mike + the Mechanics, 'Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)'
Milli Vanilli, 'Blame It On The Rain'
Modern English, 'I Melt With You'
Mötley Crüe, 'Home Sweet Home'
Mr. Mister, 'Broken Wings'
Mr. Mister, 'Kyrie'
Murray Head, 'One Night in Bangkok'
N
Naked Eyes, 'Always Something There to Remind Me'
Naked Eyes, 'Promises, Promises'
Nena, '99 Luftballons'
New Kids On The Block, 'You Got It (The Right Stuff)'
Night Ranger, 'Sister Christian'
Nu Shooz, 'I Can't Wait'
O
Olivia Newton-John, 'Physical'
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, 'If You Leave'
P
Pat Benatar, 'Hit Me With Your Best Shot'
Pat Benatar, 'Love Is a Battlefield'
Pat Benatar, 'We Belong'
Paul McCartney, 'Say Say Say'
Paul Young, 'Everytime You Go Away'
Paula Abdul, 'Cold Hearted'
Paula Abdul, 'Forever Your Girl'
Paula Abdul, 'Straight Up'
Pet Shop Boys, 'Always on My Mind'
Pet Shop Boys, 'It's a Sin'
Pet Shop Boys, 'West End Girls'
Pet Shop Boys, 'What Have I Done to Deserve This?'
Pete Townshend, 'Let My Love Open the Door'
Peter Cetera, 'Glory of Love'
Peter Cetera, 'The Next Time I Fall'
Peter Gabriel, 'In Your Eyes'
Peter Gabriel, 'Sledgehammer'
Peter Schilling, 'Major Tom (Coming Home)'
Phil Collins, 'A Groovy Kind of Love'
Phil Collins, 'Against All Odds'
Phil Collins, 'Another Day in Paradise'
Phil Collins, 'Don't Lose My Number'
Phil Collins, 'Easy Lover'
Phil Collins, 'I Don't Care Anymore'
Phil Collins, 'In the Air Tonight'
Phil Collins, 'One More Night'
Phil Collins, 'Sussudio'
Phil Collins, 'Take Me Home'
Phil Collins, 'You Can't Hurry Love'
Poison, 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn'
Poison, 'Nothin' But a Good Time'
Poison, 'Talk Dirty to Me'
Power Station, 'Some Like It Hot'
Pretty Poison, 'Catch Me I'm Falling'
Prince, '1999'
Prince, 'Little Red Corvette'
Prince, 'U Got the Look'
Prince & the Revolution, 'I Would Die 4 U'
Prince & the Revolution, 'Kiss'
Prince & the Revolution, 'Let's Go Crazy'
Prince & the Revolution, 'Purple Rain'
Prince & the Revolution, 'Raspberry Beret'
Prince & the Revolution, 'When Doves Cry'
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Quarterflash, 'Harden My Heart'
Queen, 'Another One Bites the Dust'
Quiet Riot, 'Cum on Feel the Noize'
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Ray Parker, Jr, 'Ghostbusters'
Ready for the World, 'Oh Sheila'
Real Life, 'Send Me an Angel'
REO Speedwagon, 'Can't Fight This Feeling'
REO Speedwagon, 'Keep on Loving You'
REO Speedwagon, 'Take It on the Run'
Richard Marx, 'Hold on to the Nights'
Richard Marx, 'Right Here Waiting'
Richard Marx, 'Should've Known Better'
Rick Asley, 'Never Gonna Give You Up'
Rick James, 'Super Freak'
Rick Springfield, 'Affair of the Heart'
Rick Springfield, 'Jessie's Girl'
Rick Springfield, 'Love Somebody'
Robert Palmer, 'Addicted to Love'
Robert Palmer, 'I Didn't Mean to Turn You On'
Robert Palmer, 'Simply Irresistible'
Rockwell, 'Somebody's Watching Me'
Rod Stewart, 'Forever Young'
Rod Stewart, 'Some Guys Have All the Luck'
Roxette, 'Listen to Your Heart'
Roxette, 'The Look'
Roy Orbison, 'You Got It'
Run-D.M.C., 'Walk This Way' (feat. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry)
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Salt-N-Pepa, 'Push It'
Scandal, 'The Warrior'
Scorpions, 'No One Like You'
Scorpions, 'Rock You Like a Hurricane'
Shannon, 'Let the Music Play'
Sheena Easton, 'Strut'
Sheila E., 'The Glamorous Life'
Sheriff, 'When I'm With You'
Simple Minds, 'Alive and Kicking'
Simple Minds, 'Don't You (Forget About Me)'
Simply Red, 'Holding Back the Years'
Simply Red, 'If You Don't Know Me by Now'
Skid Row, '18 and Life'
Skid Row, 'I Remember You'
Sly Fox, 'Let's Go All the Way'
Soft Cell, 'Tainted Love'
Spandau Ballet 'True'
Stacey Q, 'Two of Hearts'
Starship, 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now'
Starship, 'Sara'
Starship, 'We Built This City'
Steve Miller Band, 'Abracadabra'
Steve Perry, 'Foolish Heart'
Steve Perry, 'Oh Sherrie'
Steve Winwood, 'Higher Love'
Stevie Nicks, 'Edge of Seventeen'
Stevie Nicks, 'Leather and Lace'
Stevie Nicks, 'Stand Back'
Stevie Wonder, 'Part-Time Lover'
Sting, 'Fortress Around Your Heart'
Styx, 'Mr. Roboto'
Styx, 'Too Much Time on My Hands'
Survivor, 'Burning Heart'
Survivor, 'Eye Of The Tiger'
Survivor, 'High on You'
Survivor, 'I Can't Hold Back'
Survivor, 'The Search Is Over'
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Talk Talk, 'It's My Life'
Talking Heads, 'Burning Down the House'
Taylor Dayne, 'Tell It To My Heart'
Tears for Fears, 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World'
Tears for Fears, 'Head over Heels'
Tears for Fears, 'Shout'
The Alan Parsons Project, 'Eye in the Sky'
The B-52's, 'Love Shack'
The Bangles, 'A Hazy Shade of Winter'
The Bangles, 'Eternal Flame'
The Bangles, 'Manic Monday'
The Bangles, 'Walk Like an Egyptian'
The Beach Boys, 'Kokomo'
The Cars, 'Drive'
The Cars, 'Magic'
The Cars, 'Shake It Up'
The Cars, 'You Might Think'
The Clash, 'Rock the Casbah'
The Clash, 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go'
The Cure, 'Just Like Heaven'
The Cure, 'Love Song'
The Dream Academy, 'Life in a Northern Town [Extended]'
The Fixx, 'One Thing Leads to Another'
The Fixx, 'Saved by Zero'
The Gap Band, 'You Dropped a Bomb on Me'
The Go-Go's, 'Head over Heels'
The Go-Go's, 'Our Lips Are Sealed'
The Go-Go's, 'Vacation'
The Go-Go's, 'We Got the Beat'
The Human League, 'Don't You Want Me'
The Human League, 'Human'
The Jets, 'Crush on You'
The Knack, 'My Sharona'
The Mary Jane Girls, 'In My House'
The Moody Blues 'Your Wildest Dreams'
The Motels, 'Only the Lonely'
The Outfield, 'All the Love'
The Outfield 'Your Love'
The Pointer Sisters, 'I'm So Excited'
The Police, 'Don't Stand So Close to Me'
The Police, 'Every Breath You Take'
The Police, 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic'
The Police, 'King of Pain'
The Police, 'Wrapped Around Your Finger'
The Romantics, 'Talking in Your Sleep'
The S.O.S. Band, 'Take Your Time (Do It Right)'
The Time, 'Jungle Love'
The Whispers, 'Rock Steady'
Thompson Twins, 'Doctor! Doctor!'
Thompson Twins, 'Hold Me Now'
'Til Tuesday, 'Voices Carry'
Timex Social Club, 'Rumors'
Tina Turner, 'Better Be Good to Me'
Tina Turner, 'What's Love Got to Do With It'
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, 'Free Fallin''
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, 'I Won't Back Down'
Tommy Tutone, '867-5309/Jenny'
Tone-Loc, 'Funky Cold Medina'
Tone-Loc, 'Wild Thing'
Toni Basil, 'Mickey'
Toto, 'Africa'
Toto, 'I'll Be Over You'
Toto, 'Rosanna'
T'Pau, 'Heart and Soul'
Tubes, 'She's A Beauty'
Twisted Sister, 'I Wanna Rock'
Twisted Sister, 'We're Not Gonna Take It'
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U2, 'All I Want is You'
U2, 'Desire'
U2, 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For'
U2, 'I Will Follow'
U2, 'Pride (In the Name of Love)'
U2, 'Sunday Bloody Sunday'
U2, 'Where the Streets Have No Name'
U2, 'With or Without You'
UB40, 'Red, Red Wine'
USA for Africa, 'We Are the World'
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Van Halen, 'Dreams'
Van Halen, 'Jump'
Van Halen, 'Love Walks In'
Van Halen, 'Panama'
Van Halen, 'When It's Love'
Van Halen, 'Why Can't This Be Love?'
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Wang Chung, 'Dance Hall Days'
Wang Chung, 'Everybody Have Fun Tonight'
Warrant, 'Heaven'
Wham!, 'Careless Whisper'
Wham!, 'Everything She Wants'
Wham!, 'Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go'
When in Rome, 'The Promise'
Whitesnake, 'Here I Go Again'
Whitesnake, 'Is This Love'
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Yes, 'Owner of a Lonely Heart'
Young MC, 'Bust a Move'
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ZZ Top, 'Gimme All Your Lovin''
ZZ Top, 'Legs'
ZZ Top, 'Sharp Dressed Man'
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.38 Special, 'Hold on Loosely'

If there's an awesome song from the '80s missing from this top 500 list, let us know in the comments below.


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