Best Hit Songs of the 80s

As a teenager back in the 80s, I wanted to listen to pop artists that my parents were definitely NOT going to listen to, and would, hopefully, even shock them!

Well, my Dad was shocked, no doubt, by the sight of Jim Kerr wearing eye liner and Adam Ant dressed as the dandy highwayman. But the highlight for me was when Boy George appeared on Top Of The Pops for the first time. Without any warning there he was on our TV screen (in all his glory) which caused my Dad to almost choke on his pink wafer! "Do you really want to hurt me?" I know my dad's answer to that one. You can just hear bemused Dads up and down the land shouting to their son "Erm Son, wouldn't it be a good idea for you to go any play footie with your mates instead of watching this rubbish?".

The problem for us teenagers, though, was that the songs were so damn catchy. As soon as your back was turned you would find you parents singing along to these "shocking" pop stars.

Most of my favourite tunes cames from the first half of the eighties, as the latter part of the decade was dominated by Stock, Aitken and Waterman - I'm pretty sure the same composition was recycled over and over for their songs!

Editor's Selection

The 1980's saw a pop video explosion with hundreds of original, innovative and highly entertaining videos being released. I've included a selection of my personal favourites on this page, although I found it pretty tough to narrow my selection down to just 40 videos.

Some of these songs were selected for the brilliance of the song, rather than the video, while others have both a great song AND video. A few were chosen because they simply bring back great memories from a particular time.

Hint: When you stop playing a video prematurely, the remainder of the video will continue to download. To stop a video from continuing to download (and save on your broadband GB allowance) just right click with your mouse over the video and select "Stop download".


Take On Me - Aha Video Link

a-ha Take On Me

Billy Idol

Billy Idol White Wedding

Black Box - Ride On Time Video

Black Box Ride On Time

Blondie Rapture

Blondie Rapture

David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes 80s Video

David Bowie Ashes to Ashes

David Bowie and Mick Jagger

David Bowie and Mick Jagger Dancing In The Street

Duran Duran - Save A Prayer

Duran Duran Save A Prayer

Evelyn Thomas High Energy Video

Evelyn Thomas High Energy

Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is (Video)

Foreigner I Want To Know What Love Is

Paul Rutherford in 80s Two Tribes Video

Frankie Goes To Hollywood Two Tribes

Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakey

Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakey Together In Electric Dreams

Guns N' Roses in 1988

Guns N' Roses Paradise City 

Hazell Dean Searchin'

Hazell Dean Searchin'

Howard Jones 80s Video

Howard Jones What is Love?

Jon & Vangelis

Jon & Vangelis I Hear You Now

Kelly Marie singing Feels Like I'm In Love in the 1980's

Kelly Marie Feels Like I'm In Love

Kraftwerk - Das Model

Kraftwerk The Model

Liquid Gold - 80s Disco

Liquid Gold Dance Yourself Dizzy

Madonna - La Isla Bonita Video

Madonna La Isla Bonita

Madonna - Like A Prayer (Music Video)

Madonna Like A Prayer

Billie Jean Video by Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson Billie Jean

Midnight Oil

Midnight Oil Beds Are Burning

Modern Romance 80s Hit

Modern Romance Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey

Morrissey Every Day Video

Morrissey Every Day is Like Sunday

Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al

Paul Simon You Can Call Me Al

Smokey Robinson - Being With You - 1980's Music Video

Smokey Robinson Being With You

Sydney Youngblood Music Video

Sydney Youngblood If Only I Could

Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Tears for Fears Everybody Wants to Rule The World

Technotronic - Pump Up The Jam

Technotronic Pump Up The Jam

The Jam - 80s Video

The Jam A Town Called Malice

The Silencers Painted Moon Video LInk

The Silencers Painted Moon

The Psychedelic Furs

The Psychedelic Furs Pretty in Pink

Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now

Tiffany I Think We're Alone Now

Tight Fit on Top Of The Pops in the 80's

Tight Fit The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Arnold Swarzenegger as The Terminator

The Terminator Theme Tune

Thomas Dolby in the 80s Video Hyperactive

Thomas Dolby - Hyperactive

Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It?

Tina Turner What's Love Got To Do With It?

Carol Decker from T'Pau singing in the 1980's

T'Pau China In Your Hand 

Visage Fade to Grey 80s Video

Visage Fade to Grey

ZZ Top - Gimme All Your Lovin'

ZZ Top Gimme All Your Lovin'

 

 

 

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