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The Best '80s Songs About A Girl

Updated April 18, 2020 485 votes 60 voters 5.3k views20 items

What are the best songs about a girl to come out of the '80s? To answer that question, let's rank the best '80s songs about a girl that truly defined the decade and made the world wonder who some of these captivating ladies actually were.

If you asked anyone what the number one song about a girl from the '80s might be, odds are you would immediately hear about "Roxane" from The Police. If you're especially unlucky, they might even try belting out a lyric or two! The decade is full of songs about girls, and the Police's most recognizable track is no exception. Other songs from the 1980s about a specific lady include Toto's "Rosanna" and one just about everyone knows, Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl," which is about a girl whose name is left completely out of the song. Other catchy tunes about women include Dexys Midnight Runners's "Come on Eileen" and Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean."

Vote up your favorite '80s songs about a girl on this ranked list, and add any tracks that aren't here already.

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    Jessie's Girl

    Rick Springfield

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    Roxanne

    The Police

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    Billie Jean

    Michael Jackson

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    Oh Sherrie

    Steve Perry, Steve Perry
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    Bette Davis Eyes

    Kim Carnes
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    Come On Eileen

    Dexys Midnight Runners

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    Rosanna

    Toto
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    Gloria

    Laura Branigan
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    Jack & Diane

    John Mellencamp

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    Valerie

    Steve Winwood
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    Carrie

    Europe
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    Sara

    Jefferson Starship

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    Nikita

    Elton John
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    Jane

    Jefferson Starship
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    Oh Sheila

    Ready for the World

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    Sara Smile

    Hall & Oates

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    Lily Was Here

    David A. Stewart feat. Candy Dulfer
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    Dirty Diana

    Michael Jackson

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    Maxine

    Sharon O'Neill
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    Jane Says

    Jane's Addiction