Top Pop/Rock Songs of the 1980's

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  • Cold Hearted - Paula Abdul
  • Straight Up - Paula Abdul
  • The Way That You Love Me - Paula Abdul
  • Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
  • You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
  • Don't You Want Me - Jody Watley
  • Looking For a New Love - Jody Watley
  • We Didn't Start The Fire - Billy Joel
  • Addicted To Love - Robert Palmer
  • Buffalo Stance - Neneh Cherry
  • She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals
  • Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
  • Every Breath You Take - The Police
  • Heat Of The Moment - Asia
  • Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
  • What You Need - INXS
  • Everybody Have Fun Tonight - Wang Chung
  • (I Just) Died In Your Arms - Cutting Crew
  • Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Bonnie Tyler
  • Express Yourself - Madonna
  • King Of Pain - The Police
  • If You Love Somebody Set Them Free - Sting
  • Faith - George Michael
  • I Love Rock 'N Roll - Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
  • It's Still Rock And Roll To Me - Billy Joel
  • Love Bites - Def Leppard
  • Owner Of A Lonely Heart - Yes
  • What's Love Got To Do With It - Tina Turner
  • Heart And Soul - Huey Lewis and the News
  • Physical - Olivia Newton-John
  • Love Is A Battlefield - Pat Benatar
  • Holding Back The Years - Simply Red
  • Man In The Mirror - Michael Jackson
  • Walk This Way - Aerosmith / Run D.M.C.
  • She Works Hard For The Money - Donna Summer
  • Simply Irresistible - Robert Palmer
  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) - Eurythmics
  • Once Bitten Twice Shy - Great White
  • Wishing Well - Terence Trent D'Arby
  • The Power Of Love - Huey Lewis and the News
  • Wild Wild West - The Escape Club
  • (Just Like) Starting Over - John Lennon
  • With Or Without You - U2
  • Shout - Tears for Fears
  • Shattered Dreams - Johnny Hates Jazz
  • Downtown Train - Rod Stewart
  • Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Culture Club
  • Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears for Fears
  • Gloria - Laura Branigan
  • I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
 

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If you could choose only one song from that list what would it be? (anyone)
 

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Once Bitten Twice Shy - Great White
 

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We Didn’t Start the Fire!!! It’s actually my alarm song to get me going in the morning!!
Mine is the imperial march from Star wars....yeah I know...I'm a nerd!
 

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I guess if I had to choose one from the list, say to listen to over and over, I'd choose "What You Need" by INXS. One of my favorite songs from 1985

I think "Physical" by Olivia Newton-John is the top song of the 1980s according to Billboard.
 

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(Just Like) Starting Over - John Lennon would be mine.
 

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Cool list. I would go with- Once Bitten Twice Shy - Great White.

Now I wonder if they are still making music. Always thought he had a great voice
 

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If you could choose only one song from that list what would it be? (anyone)
Only one because I did a video on it:
A casual video or the original, which we know had nothing to do with the lyrics (sorry, that alone means it’s not for kids): this was an interesting thought of what happened before Jane Fonda debuted with the very first fitness VHS cassette, in 1982, which went on to become the top-selling one (if you add in DVD sales, I’m not sure whether the title still is or not). Sure, she can be awarded, recognized, and honored for that, but it’s also interesting to see what was happening beforehand. Aerobics were already popular and Olivia’s original video made me think of outfits before Jane Fonda’s video. It’s fun to see these older memories, but also just this feeling of knowing these took place before fitness videocassettes were even released. Others, like Kathy Smith and Denise Austin released videos later on in the decade, but were still doing aerobics back in the day. Except for Jane Fonda’s videocassette, all live images were researched 1981, the year of the song. Please note that search engines can be inaccurate and images can be mistagged with the wrong year. Images used were in the order of the search results. I don’t like to discriminate; I prefer this “mixed bag” approach. The fictional characters, which are for a certain audience, came half a decade later in 1986. I figured since Fonda’s video came after ONJ’s hit, why not also add in some other post “Physical” pictures to continue the spirit of fitness!
 
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