Ultimate 80s Music List Otherwise Known As The Song Track of My Life

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80s Music List

Ultimate 80s Music List Otherwise Known As The Song Track of My Life

The 80s music list. A whole sound track to my life. Yes, yes I did dye my hair blonde. Let’s pretend that never happened. There’s a baby daddy in there also. We could pretend that never happened too, but… Hello! There was a baby!

Music shapes our life. It has a unique way of taking us ‘back’. Back there, back when, back to Oh My God You Did Not! And back to some Fuck Yeah, I Sure Did! (stories for another day, sorry) For those of us lucky enough to have the 80s music list shape our lives…

Party On!

80s Music List – My Life, Told in Music

It’s by no means all the hits that could be on an ultimate 80s music list, ‘cuz let’s be honest, some just sucked. But, it’s my 80s music list. Also know as Songs I Danced, Got High and Had Sex To. I’ll let you figure out which is which.



1. Call Me – Blondie
2. Another Brick In The Wall – Pink Floyd
3. AC/DC  – You Shook Me All Night Long
4. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
5. Funkytown – Lipps Inc.
6. It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me – Billy Joel
7. The Rose – Bette Midler
8. Escape (The Pina Colada Song) – Rupert Holmes
9. Cars – Gary Numan
10. Lost In Love – Air Supply
11. Little Jeannie – Elton John
12. Babe – Styx
13. Sexy Eyes – Dr. Hook
14. Sailing – Christopher Cross
15. Longer – Dan Fogelberg
16. Ladies Night – Kool & The Gang
17. Pop Muzik – M
18. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne


1.  Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
2.  Endless Love – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
3.  Lady – Kenny Rogers
4.  Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield
5.  Celebration – Kool & The Gang
6.  I Love A Rainy Night – Eddie Rabbitt
7. Keep On Loving You – REO Speedwagon
8. Rapture – Blondie
9. The Tide Is High – Blondie
10. Slow Hand – Pointer Sisters
11. I Love You – Climax Blues Band
12. The One That You Love – Air Supply
13. The Best Of Times – Styx
14. Elvira – Oak Ridge Boys
15. Take It On The Run – REO Speedwagon
16. Woman In Love – Barbra Streisand
17. Urgent – Foreigner
18. Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
19. Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight
20. Rush – Tom Sawyer


1. Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor
2. I Love Rock N’ Roll – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
3. Centerfold – J. Geils Band
4. Don’t You Want Me – Human League
5. Jack And Diane – John Cougar
6. Hurts So Good – John Cougar
7. Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band
8. Hard To Say I’m Sorry – Chicago
9. Tainted Love – Soft Cell
10. Rosanna – Toto
11. I Can’t Go For That – Daryl Hall & John Oates
12. 867-5309 (Jenny) – Tommy Tutone
13. Key Largo – Bertie Higgins
14. Waiting For A Girl Like You – Foreigner
15. Duran Duran – Hungry Like the Wolf
16. Let It Whip – Dazz Band
17. We Got The Beat – Go-Go’s
18. Who Can It Be Now? – Men At Work
19. Eye In The Sky – Alan Parsons Project
20. Open Arms – Journey
21. Leather And Lace – Stevie Nicks & Don Henley
22. Even The Nights Are Better – Air Supply
23. Heat Of The Moment – Asia
24. Modern English – I Melt With You
25. A Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)
26. LimeLight – Rush


1. Every Breath You Take – Police
2. Flashdance… What A Feelin – Irene Cara
3. Down Under – Men At Work
4. Total Eclipse Of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler
5. Maniac – Michael Sembello
6. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics
7. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club
8. Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran
9. Let’s Dance – David Bowie
10. Twilight Zone – Golden Earring
11. Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant
12. She Blinded Me With Science – Thomas Dolby
13. Africa – Toto
14. Little Red Corvette – Prince
15. Back On The Chain Gang – Pretenders
16. Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
17. Mr. Roboto – Styx
18. Der Kommissar – After The Fire
19. Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye
20. The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats
21. Mickey – Toni Basil
22. Separate Ways – Journey
23. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ – Judas Priest
24. Cum on Feel The Noise – Quiet Riot

80s Music List(photo courtesy Prince.org)


1.  When Doves Cry – Prince
2.  What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner
3.  Footloose – Kenny Loggins
4.  Against All Odds – Phil Collins
5.  Jump – Van Halen
6.  Karma Chameleon – Culture Club
7. Missing You – John Waite
8. Dancing In The Dark – Bruce Springsteen
9. Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
10. The Reflex – Duran Duran
11. Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
12. Let’s Go Crazy – Prince And The Revolution
13. Hold Me Now – The Thompson Twins
14. Joanna – Kool And The Gang
15. Break My Stride – Matthew Wilder
16. 99 Luftballons – Nena
17. The Glamorous Life – Sheila E.
18. Oh Sherry – Steve Perry
19. She Bop – Cyndi Lauper
20. Borderline – Madonna
21. Sunglasses At Night – Corey Hart
22. Sister Christian – Night Ranger
23. Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
24. Twisted Sister – We’re Not Gonna Take It
25. Foreigner – I Want to Know What Love Is
26. A World of Fantasy – Triumph
27. Holy Diver – Dio
28. Hot For Teacher – Van Halen


1. Like A Virgin – Madonna
2. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!
3. I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner
4. Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Tears For Fears
5. Money For Nothing – Dire Straits
6. Crazy For You – Madonna
7. Take On Me – A-Ha
8. Everytime You Go Away – Paul Young
9. Can’t Fight This Feeling – Reo Speedwagon
10. Don’t You – Simple Minds
11. St. Elmo’s Fire – John Parr
12. Shout – Tears For Fears
13. Heaven – Bryan Adams
14. Oh Sheila – Ready For The World
15. One More Night – Phil Collins
16. Sea Of Love – The Honeydrippers
17. A View To A Kill – Duran Duran
18. You’re The Inspiration – Chicago
19. Neutron Dance – The Pointer Sisters
20. We Belong – Pat Benatar


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1. How Will I Know – Whitney Houston
2. Party All The Time – Eddie Murphy
3. Kyrie – Mr. Mister
4. Addicted To Love – Robert Palmer
5. Greatest Love Of All – Whitney Houston
6. Secret Lovers – Atlantic Starr
7. Never – Heart
8. Kiss – Prince & The Revolution
9. Holding Back The Years – Simply Red
10. Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel
11. Take My Breath Away – Berlin
12. Papa Don’t Preach – Madonna
13. You Give Love A Bad Name – Bon Jovi
14. These Dreams – Heart
15. Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer
16. Beastie Boys – Fight For Your Right
17. Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes

Ok, I totally had sexy time to this one.


1. Walk Like An Egyptian – Bangles
2. Alone – Heart
3. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) – Whitney Houston
4. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
5. Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung
6. With Or Without You – U2
7. I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany
8. Mony Mony – Billy Idol
9. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2
10. (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
11. Lean On Me – Club Nouveau
12. (I Just) Died In Your Arms – Cutting Crew
13. Keep Your Hands To Yourself – Georgia Satellites
14. U Got The Look – Prince
15. Guns N’ Roses – Welcome to the Jungle

And, not so shocking, I had a baby this year after all that sexy time!


1. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
2. Heaven Is A Place On Earth – Belinda Carlisle
3. The Flame – Cheap Trick
4. Is This Love – Whitesnake
5. Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard
6. Simply Irresistible – Robert Palmer
7. Hungry Eyes – Eric Carnen
8. Love Bites – Def Leppard
9. Angel – Aerosmith
10. Don’t Worry – Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
11. Red Red Wine – UB40
12. Nothin’ But A Good Time – Poison


1. Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison
2. Straight Up – Paula Abdul
3. Cold Hearted – Paula Abdul
4. Baby – I Love Your Way-Freebird – Will To Power
5. Right Here Waiting – Richard Marx
6. Heavan – Warrant
7. Blame It On The Rain – Milli Vanilli
8. Listen To Your Heart – Roxette
9. I’ll Be There For You – Bon Jovi
10. If You Don’t Know Be By Now – Simply Red
11. Like A Prayer – Madonna
12. Eternal Flame – The Bangles
13. Wild Thing – Tone Loc
14. When I See You Smile – Bad English

I’m gonna have to cut ya off here, I can’t remember much of the 90’s so my 80’s music list closes here. Cuz’ that’s what happens when bodies start slappin’ from doing the Wild Thing.

So?? What’s the sound track to your life?


  1. I’m nto sure what my soundtrack is, but I’m surprised how many of these songs I’ve heard of before considering I was born in 91.

    • Grandma Juice says:

      You just turned the knife! I had baby 3 that year! But, I was still boppin to the 80s music list! 🙂

  2. lol, I don’t think you want to know. I listen to all types of music.

  3. OMG! I love this!!! While I am younger (born in 83) I know and love a ton of these! I honestly do not fit into the music genre of today and am all about the “oldies”. I grew up with my step-dad listening to the “oldies” and still love that era as well as up to the 90’s! I think a lot from your lists are actually on my iPod!

    • Grandma Juice says:

      So you have good taste!! Also, I have NO clue about music today. I discovered I’m turning into {my mother} … it’s all just noise!

  4. LOL This is so funny. I love all these songs and I have probably been on stage singing each of them at least 100 times LOL Well most of them:) Love the 80’s

  5. Wowza! What a great compilation! I love listening to 80s music every now and then. I’m glad I have a list I can check out now (:

  6. Love this list! I was only 5 when the 80s started, but I still remember a ton of these songs. My mom used to work at a bar, and the owner had a thing for her, so he’d give me unlimited plays on the juke box. That is a very bad thing to give a kid, lol! I played Another Brick in the Wall over and over and over again.

    • Grandma Juice says:

      There’s a gazillion 70’s songs that were my ‘Sound Track’ but it kinda didn’t fit the ’80s music list’ theme! LOL… Oh the memories of being young and cool, huh?

  7. DUUUUUUDDDEEEE!!!!! You need to go make a Spotify playlist so I can subscribe to it.

  8. Donna Cheatle says:

    I’m still musically stuck in the 70s and 80s! The music was totally awesome! I knew all of these songs, and yes, they could easily be the soundtrack of my life too! I freakin love it!

  9. I cannot believe that I posted today on your FB about Eye of the Tiger, before I read this. NO JOKE (well you do know me and know I don’t lie like that anyway!). That is freaky. I think it is a sign your dad is thinking of you 🙂 Really!!

    My ultimate favorite song in life, ever, if… Melt With You, by Modern English. From Valley Girl. I remember watching that with your Jess, her telling me it was stupid! HA! I love love love that movie.


    • Grandma Juice says:

      I thought you wrote that BECAUSE you read this earlier!! I like to think a lot of *things*, coincidences, etc… are my dad saying “hey”! Also, when I was typing this up, I absolutely remembered watching it with Jess and her thinking it was dumb and going ‘Whaaaaat’….!!! Also again, they don’t ‘get’ the Breakfast Club!! Frank does… the others, not my genes 🙂

  10. Sometimes I cannot believe how NAIVE I was singing this song… LOUDLY in my red mustang…… Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard HA!!!

    • Grandma Juice says:

      Oh!! And Cum on Feel The Noise… I thought I was making fun of my mom not liking ‘noisy’ music! Not as cool kid as I thought I was either LOL

      • Grandma Juice says:

        And again, again…
        Journey Open Arms… Always makes me think of Kevin B we roller-skated at Main-Street USA to that in a ‘couples skate’… I thought I died and went to heaven LOL

  11. Karen Lynn says:

    Love listening to the music and remembering what was going on in the 80’s, hearing some say the oldies when referring to 80’s music makes me feel way older than I thought I was!

    • Grandma Juice says:

      AND!!! Do you know that 80’s music is now considered ;’classic’… I think NO! The 60’s stuff my dad listened to is ‘classic’… asshats better changes that, huh??? 🙂

  12. What a great list!! I love to find youtube covers that my daughter my be in to so she can enjoy the lyrics of the 80’s!!

  13. Ahhhh, good old G ‘n’ R. Sweet Child O’ Mine is “our” song. *sigh* Yes, I know I’m getting old. And, yes, I’m kind of lame. 😛

    Did I miss it, or did you not have any Crue on this list? Oh man, Motley Crue. Oh man, The ’80s. I miss that decade. Life was so much simpler then. *long sigh*

  14. I am a youngen so my soundtrack would be slightly different. Luckily my husband listens to a lot of the songs you have listed so I know many of them. 🙂

  15. This is why I think you are SOOO awesome! I am a bit too young for this to be the soundtrack of my life, but I remember all those songs. I grew up in the late 80s early 90s! LOVE AC/DC!

  16. I love this list! I was reading through going, Oh man that song rocks, or remembering a specific memory to a certain song.

  17. rock on 80’s! My favorite band of all times I think is still Def Leppard

  18. I’m just a “few” years younger than you, but I know about 95% of these songs… You have great taste in music!

  19. I would have to put my sound track in the late 90’s! I know, I’m a baby! Great list, though!

  20. I love your list! I would say the 80’s is the sound track to my life.

  21. That you were able to come up will all those songs for each year amazes me! I was still in elementary school but, yes, those songs resonate with me for sure!

  22. Some of those songs transport me back in time.

  23. courtney hennagir says:

    i love all of those songs! the 80’s rocked. my soundtrack is made up of a bit of everything.i love joan jett,frank sinatra,90’s pop,johnny cash,afi,the smiths and so much more. i have to go download some of those songs now!

  24. natalie nichols says:

    LOL Love this. Thanks for taking me back. I was very very young for most of these, but those are the songs that really bring up memories for me.

  25. Kelly Tanner says:

    I looooooove Guns N Roses! Also miss the Bangles! Thanks for the flashback in time!

  26. This is a great list! I love 80s music!

  27. Marti Parks says:

    I so love your list, it sure brought back a lot of memories….and yes some of a baby daddy that I would love to forget if not for the baby. 😉

  28. This is before my time

  29. This is awesome! I’m 40 and know all of them.! Thank you for the happy flashback in time. PS- There’s a reason you can’t tolerate the music today- it sucks. LOL.

  30. No Michael Jackson, huh? I guess you get an idea of what my list would look like. LOL

  31. Sarah Hayes says:

    I was barely born in the 80s but i do know some of these songs. this decade makes me laugh..im sure it was fun!

  32. Cindi Decker says:

    I was a single parent with a young child in the 80’s. It’s great hearing the music and remembering!

  33. WOW! This list has brought back some memories! I love, Love, LOVE 80’s music!!

  34. Chevy Reid Roper says:

    And now I bow to the Ultimate 80’s queen! You have just brought back some of the greatest memories. I so live for the 80’s and you are so right that this list could go on and on and on. 80’s music was the best music ever!!!

  35. Karen Glatt says:

    WOW! I love so many of these 80’s songs. I remember when so many of them came out and I would listen to them blaring in my car and in my house. I believe this era made some of the best music ever! I still listen to a lot of these great songs!

  36. wow…loved so many of the songs you picked…my high school years were the beatles(yes, i’m dating myself)they were the best…even saw them live in concert in san francisco at the cow palace…it was the best! i’ll never forget it!

  37. Darlene Ysaguirre says:

    What a list what a list hahaha its taking me back!

  38. Fantastic playlist! I’m a child of the 80s and got to grow up with some great music.

  39. Love this

  40. Janice Cooper says:

    Love this! I LOVE 80’s music. I graduated High School in 87 and your list brings back good memories. They don’t make music like that anymore. I LOVE Prince and will always be a Prince fanatic!

  41. oh wow! this post is great! I grew up in the 80s as well so you just took me back years ago! 🙂 I know pretty much all the songs you listed and each one has a memory connected to it , love it! and who doesn’t love prince? that’s the question! lol

  42. Sigh….. that brought back some good memories 🙂 Can you believe my daughter thinks 80’s music is terrible? She doesn’t understand what she missed, does she????

  43. I enjoyed a lot of those songs in the 80’s! I always thought Blondie was so catchy!

  44. …I’ve found my next playlist for a party! These are great.

  45. I love the songs! Well, I like the ones I know, of which there are more than I thought there’s be. I wonder what my playlist will be. In the 2000-2010, I listened to… Britney Spears? Well, not really, but music definitely went downhill somewhere.

  46. Jessica Houston says:

    Great list of music and I actually know most of them!

  47. Love this list! I adore 80’s music and often don’t know the song names. 🙂

  48. Fantastic list. My favourite period song-wise–70s and 80s. 🙂

  49. Can’t beat that 80’s rock! Especially considering rock pretty much does not exist anymore!

  50. I love 80’s music

  51. Great list!! I was born in the 80s but I love these songs!!

  52. Wow! Remembering these songs just gave me butterflies in my stomach as it brought me back to some good times! Thanks for the memories!!

  53. I grew up in the 80’s and the soundtrack of your life sounds just like mine! LOL R we twins?

  54. Oh my goodness, I am loving this!!! I am an 80’s child, and remember these songs and still turn up the radio when they come on!! 😀 They bring back so many memories…huge Heart fan here!!

  55. Amanda Stump says:

    Loving the 80’s! Always have! 🙂

  56. Jennifer Johansen says:

    Oh yeah. There’s my life. In song format, no less. Some music just gets better with age.

  57. John Hutchens says:

    some of the best music ever

  58. Yes, yes, yes to 1986. I was 6 then but the songs on that list are some of my favorites!

  59. Great list. Mine would be the 60s.

  60. Krista Grandstaff says:

    LOL..you nailed it… mine was totally 80’s… I graduated hs in 88…and was talking to a “child bride” that lives next door who was BORN in 93…UGH…lol.. ( my get high music was a little different…all Pink Floyd and Alan Parsons Project… every time I hear something now I get a little misty… 😉 I grew up in a tiny Ohio town outside of Cincinnati, but went to school in the city to an all girl Catholic hs…this music is a soundtrack to my freakin’ rebellion…so thank you thank you for sharing… ( it looks a lot like my iPod…LOL)

  61. this is amazing!! i grew up in the 90s but have always loved 80s music. just so good.

  62. LOL! I like to say I hate 80s music but there really so much good stuff 😀

  63. i love classics 🙂

  64. I could feel my hair getting bigger and makeup more pronounced with each playlist. Nice!

  65. I just heard from life flash before my eyes! Great lists!

  66. The 80’s RULE 12/1980 love your hits

  67. Pretty generic list. Looks more like something pulled from Billboard.com. Most of these songs I would have turned off. What makes lists like these personal is at least a little explaining on why you choose particular songs. Instead of just looking at a list from each year and pulling the songs off of it. A person of the 80’s remembers bands like The Judy’s or Bauhaus or Psychedelic Furs. Definitely not “Don’t Worry Be Happy” or anything from Paula Abdul. This is like seeing a list 30 years from now filled with Justin Bieber songs.

    • Grandma Juice says:

      You were a loner in the 80’s, weren’t ya Bill??
      Didn’t get laid to any of them? I told you mine, and why some were personal. Even which one I got laid to and ended up knocked up. You just complained.
      Not the sharing type, eh? It’s OK… high school is over.
      Dude, you’re safe here…
      Party on Wayne. Err… Bill…

      FYI- Justin Bieber is a punk and his parents should have spanked him more, 70’s style.

      • I found this list while doing a Google search. I would suggest turning the comment section off, so you won’t have to pretend your are laughing when someone posts a very valid opinion of what they’ve read. I mostly agree with Bill on the list. Only because I’d like to see “WHY?” some of these songs were chosen. I see one comment at the top, but no other validation of these songs in your life. I say lighten up and add some additional comments about some of the songs. I think, considering your sense of humor being very good, that it could be even more entertaining and fun with additional commentary by you.

        It is a good list by the way, but I think it could be better.


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