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The Best '80s Synth Songs  

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What are the best synth songs from the period best known for music created from computers and synthesized musical instruments? To answer that question, let's rank the best '80s synth songs that truly defined the decade and inspired all of the synth music that followed in the '00s and beyond.

One of the very best synth songs to hit the airwaves also has one of the most memorable music videos from the decade with A-Ha's "Take On Me." The '80s is full of amazing music created with synthesizers you've probably been dancing to the groove with since they first came out. Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus" helped inspire a new generation of musicians with its catchy lyrics and synthetic beat that took the entire world by storm. The decade featured more hits in this genre than nearly any other sub-genre of pop music with hits like "Just Can't Get Enough," "Sweet Dreams," and "Time After Time" continuing to find a place on the radio more than 30 years since its debut.

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

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a-ha
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Don't You Want Me The Human League
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Blue Monday New Order
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Pet Shop Boys
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Eurythmics
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Visage
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Smalltown Boy Bronski Beat
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Only You Yazoo
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Vienna Ultravox
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The Model Kraftwerk
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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
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Soft Cell
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Don't You Want Me The Human League
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Depeche Mode
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Love Action The Human League
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Cyndi Lauper
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Jump Van Halen
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Together in Electric Dreams Philip Oakey, The Human League, Giorgio Moroder
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Rock Me Amadeus Falco
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Ghosts Japan
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Hyperactive Thomas Dolby
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Prince
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Wood Beez Scitti Politti