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The Best British '80s Songs  

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What are the best songs to come from the British Isles during the '80s? Let's not forget, some of the greatest bands of all time originated in Great Britain, and while the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, U2, and many more began long before the 1980s, that doesn't mean the decade doesn't have a lot of hits. Let's rank the best '80s songs from British artists that truly defined the decade not just in the UK, but around the world.

The 1980s was a great decade for British songs, which becomes all the more clear if you've ever heard a little tune called "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen. In fact, just about every major hit from Queen was released during the 1980s, but that was hardly the only band to kick out killer tracks in the '80s. George Michael released a few amazing tracks including "Faith" and "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" while Culture Club dropped "Karma Chameleon," which is probably running through your head right now after simply reading the title. Other amazing hits to come from the decade include "Shout" by Tears for Fears, "Leave In Silence" by Depeche Mode, and The Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" among many obvious others from artists like Billy Idol and Phil Collins.

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David Bowie, Queen
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Tears for Fears
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Don't You Want Me The Human League
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Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division
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Shout Tears for Fears
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Eurythmics
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Duran Duran
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Culture Club
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Phil Collins
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Let's Dance David Bowie
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George Michael, WHAM!
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Lovecats The Cure
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Gary Numan
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Leave In Silence Depeche Mode
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John Lennon, Yoko Ono
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Happy House Siouxsie & the Banshees
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George Michael
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Paul McCartney