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The Best '80s Songs About A Girl

Updated April 18, 2020 423 votes 48 voters 3.8k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Songs About A Girl
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    Jessie's Girl

    Rick Springfield

    AlbumsWorking Class Dog

    ComposerRick Springfield

    Length (seconds)3:11

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    #3 of 157 The Best Songs with Girl in the Title#14 of 148 The Best Songs About Unrequited Love

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    Billie Jean is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s Songs About A Girl
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    Billie Jean

    Michael Jackson

    AlbumsHIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1, Bad, Thriller

    ComposerMichael Jackson

    ProducerQuincy Jones, Michael Jackson

    Length (seconds)4:49

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    #64 of 122 Cover Songs That Are Better Than The Originals#3 of 12 Famous Songs With Surprising Back Stories

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    Roxanne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Songs About A Girl
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    Roxanne

    The Police

    AlbumsOutlandos d'Amour

    ComposerSting

    ProducerThe Police

    Length (seconds)3:11

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    Oh Sherrie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Songs About A Girl
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    Oh Sherrie

    Steve Perry, Steve Perry

    AlbumsStreet Talk

    ComposerRandy Goodrum

    Length (seconds)3:48

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    Rosanna is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Songs About A Girl
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    Rosanna

    Toto
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    Bette Davis Eyes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Songs About A Girl
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    Bette Davis Eyes

    Kim Carnes
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    Come On Eileen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Songs About A Girl
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    Come On Eileen

    Dexys Midnight Runners

    AlbumsToo-Rye-Ay

    ComposerKevin Rowland

    Length (seconds)4:32

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    #5 of 109 The Greatest Songs by '80s One-Hit Wonders#7 of 257 The Greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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    Gloria is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Songs About A Girl
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    Gloria

    Laura Branigan

    AlbumsBranigan

    ComposerUmberto Tozzi, Giancarlo Bigazzi, Trevor Stanley Veitch

    Length (seconds)4:44

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    Jack & Diane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Songs About A Girl
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    Jack & Diane

    John Mellencamp

    AlbumsAmerican Fool

    ComposerJohn Mellencamp

    Length (seconds)4:16

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    #2922 of 3,866 The Best Songs Of All Time, Ranked#21 of 284 The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked

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    Oh Sheila is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Songs About A Girl
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    Oh Sheila

    Ready for the World

    AlbumsReady for the World

    ComposerMelvin Riley, Gordon Strozier

    Length (seconds)4:1

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    #48 of 194 The Worst Freakin' Songs of the '80s, Ranked#95 of 115 The Best '80s Dance Songs

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    Nikita is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Songs About A Girl
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    Nikita

    Elton John

    AlbumsIce on Fire

    ComposerElton John, Bernie Taupin

    Length (seconds)4:55

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    Maxine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Songs About A Girl
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    Maxine

    Sharon O'Neill
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    Valerie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Songs About A Girl
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    Valerie

    Steve Winwood

    AlbumsTalking Back to the Night

    ComposerSteve Winwood, Will Jennings

    Length (seconds)4:6

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    Sara is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Songs About A Girl
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    Sara

    Jefferson Starship

    AlbumsKnee Deep in the Hoopla

    ComposerPeter Wolf

    Length (seconds)4:47

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    #3 of 26 The Best Songs About Sarahs#1 of 24 The Best Songs About Saras

  • 15
    Lily Was Here is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Songs About A Girl
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    Lily Was Here

    David A. Stewart feat. Candy Dulfer
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    Carrie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s Songs About A Girl
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    Carrie

    Europe
  • 17
    Sara Smile is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s Songs About A Girl
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    Sara Smile

    Hall & Oates

    AlbumsDaryl Hall & John Oates

    Length (seconds)3:7

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    #72 of 226 The Best Songs with a Girl's Name in the Title#2 of 50 The Best Blue-Eyed Soul Songs

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    Jane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Songs About A Girl
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    Jane

    Jefferson Starship
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    Dirty Diana is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Songs About A Girl
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    Dirty Diana

    Michael Jackson

    AlbumsBad

    ComposerMichael Jackson

    ProducerQuincy Jones, Michael Jackson

    Length (seconds)4:41

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    Jane Says is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s Songs About A Girl
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    Jane Says

    Jane's Addiction
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