Best Rock Music Playlist of 1980s

Rock music has been developing since its beginning in 1950s. It is becoming vaster as the genre continues to explore and create new paths in the world of music. It has gone through many phases and 1980s is a significant among them. The momentum that the genre gained in 1970s increased in this period. Both the number of Rock bands and Rock music lovers increased. Youth from all around the world started to love the Rock music. As it grew in popularity, it became more versatile. The demand of Soft Rock and related genre increased. The Heavy metal continued its reign. Power Ballads gained more ground. The overall rise of different genres makes the period a unique one for the Rock music. And it will be serious crime if you are not provided with the best songs of that era. That is why we are here today with a list of the best songs of 1980s.


It is very difficult to make a certain list as there were thousands of 80s Rock songs that is best in one way or another. This proves the creation of such playlist a difficult one. However, the best songs are chosen and mentioned in the following list, which will cover almost all if not all of the best rock songs of 1980s.

  1. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns n’ Roses
  2. “Back in Black” by AC/DC
  3. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
  4. “Every Breath You Take” by The Police
  5. “With or Without You” by U2
  6. “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
  7. “Jump” by Van Halen
  8. “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard
  9. “Breaking the Law” by Judas Priest
  10. “Is This Love” by Whitesnake
  11. “Rock You Like a Hurricane” by Scorpions
  12. “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
  13. “I Wanna Know What Love Is” by Foreigner
  14. “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen
  15. “Summer of 69” by Bryan Adams
  16. “Keep on Loving You” by REO Speedwagon
  17. . “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett
  18. “The Final Countdown” by Europe
  19. “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits
  20. “Start Me Up” by Rolling Stones
  21. Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses
  22. “Still Loving You” by Scorpions
  23. “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake
  24. “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” by Poison
  25. “Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springteen
  26. “One” by Metallica
  27. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2
  28. “You Give Love a Bad Name” by Bon Jovi
  29. “Ace of Spades” by Motorhead
  30. “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)” by Aerosmith
  31. “Girls Girls Girls” by Motley Crue
  32. “The Flame” by Cheap Trick
  33. “Rebel Yell” by Billy Idol
  34. “18 and Life” by Skid Row
  35. “Free Fallin'” by Tom Petty
  36. “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash
  37. “Hallowed Be Thy Name” by Iron Maiden
  38. “Barracuda” by Heart
  39. “Walk of Life” by Dire Straits
  40. “(I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight” by Cutting Crew
  41. “Faithfully” by Journey
  42. “Poison” by Alice Cooper
  43. “Living After Midnight” by Judas Priest
  44. “Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springteen
  45. “Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden
  46. “I Remember You” by Skid Row
  47. “Dr. Feelgood” by Motley Crue
  48. “Need You Tonight” by Inxs
  49. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted sister
  50. “When I See You Smile” by Bad English
  51. “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship
  52. “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” by Judas Priest
  53. “We Didn’t Start The Fire” by Billy Joel
  54. “Master of Puppets” by Metallica
  55. “Amanda” by Boston
  56. “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure
  57. “Love Bites” by Def Leppard
  58. “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne
  59. “Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses
  60. “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  61. “Never Say Goodbye” by Bon Jovi
  62. “You Can Do Magic” by America
  63. “Another Brick in the Wall 2” by Pink Floyd
  64. “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Faith No More
  65. “Epic” by Simple Minds
  66. “Balls to the Wall” by Accept
  67. “You’re the Only Woman” by Ambrosia
  68. “Invisible touch” by Genesis
  69. “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Kix
  70. “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC
  71. “Burnin’ For You” by Blue Oyster Cult
  72. “Forever Man” by Eric Clapton
  73. “Working for the Weekend” by Loverboy
  74. “Run to You “by Bryan Adams
  75. “No One Like You” by Scorpions
  76. “The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley
  77. “I Want to Make the World Turn Around” by Steve Miller Band
  78. “When Doves Cry” by Prince
  79. “Runaway” by Bon Jovi
  80. “When It’s Love” by Van Halen
  81. “Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol
  82. “For Whom the Bells Toll” by Metallica
  83. “Shock the Monkey” by Peter Gabriel
  84. “Bad Medicine” by Bon Jovi
  85. “Hysteria” by Def Leppard
  86. “Pretending” by Eric Clapton
  87. “I Won’t Hold You Back” by Toto
  88. “Unskinny Bop” by Poison
  89. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar
  90. “I Wanna Rock” by Twisted Sister
  91. “Real Wild Child” by Iggy Pop
  92. “We Built This City” by Starship
  93. “Caught Up in You” by 38 Special
  94. “Alone” by Heart
  95. “Walk Like an Egyptian” by The Bangles
  96. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler
  97. “Carrie” by Europe
  98. “I Melt With You” by Modern English
  99. “When Love Comes to Town” by U2 and B.B King
  100. “Tom Sawyer” by Rush
  101. “Bark at the Moon” by Ozzy Osbourne
  102. “Love in an Elevator” by Aerosmith
  103. “Oh Sherrie” by Steve Perry
  104. “Drive” by The Cars
  105. “Owner of a Lonely Heart” by Yes
  106. “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2
  107. “Hold On” by Santana
  108. “Learning to Fly” by Pink Floyd
  109. “When the Children Cry” by White Lion
  110. “Hells Bells” by AC/DC
  111. “Devil Inside” by INXS
  112. “It’s in the Way That You Use It” by Eric Clapton
  113. “Twilight Zone” by Golden Earring
  114. “I’ll Be There for You” by Bon Jovi
  115. “Big Log” by Robert Plant
  116. “Who Wants to Live Forever” by Queen
  117. “Pictures of You” by The Cure
  118. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears For Fears
  119. “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin
  120. “She Sells Sanctuary” by The Cult
  121. “Centerfold” by The J. Geils Band

The 80s Rock Music is unique with its own flavors. Anyone who wishes to witness the rise of Rock Music should listen to these songs. Such unique songs have the tendency of sticking in the listener’s head for a long time. 80s Rock music has the capability of charming even the most critical of minds and enthrall them with its magic. If you want to get lost into the world of Rock music, 80s will be the best era. And the chart we have presented shall be your guide in this era. It has covered almost all the famous and best songs of that time. Just follow the given chart, find the songs, compile them into a playlist and play them. You will surely lose yourself into its musical realm.

Written by Allison

Allison J Moore is a 23-year-old town counsellor who enjoys reading, walking and social media. She is stable and exciting, but can also be very selfish and a bit lazy. She is USA. She has a degree in philosophy, politics and economics. She is obsessed with over-knee socks.


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