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The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked 

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Updated August 8, 2020 79.8k votes 4.8k voters 189.5k views 284 items

Step into the Ranker time machine, and enjoy the best rock songs of the '80s. Including classic rock hits and popular jams, the list of '80s rock songs features some of the greatest bands ever, like The Police, U2, Van Halen, and Pink Floyd. Take a trip down memory lane with the top rock songs of the 1980s. 

Vote up the best '80s rock songs, and add your favorites if they're missing from the list.

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Another One Bites The Du... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added Queen
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Van Halen
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Under Pressure is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added David Bowie, Queen
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Def Leppard
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Sweet Child of Mine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
grrbear added Sweet Little Band
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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Joan Jett
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You Shook Me All Night L... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
Bo Montana added AC/DC
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Rock You Like a Hurrican... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
Chente added Scorpions
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Eye of the Tiger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added Survivor
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Dire Straits
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Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
markkeenan1000 added Prince
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Rebel Yell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added Billy Idol
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Cum On Feel the Noise is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added Quiet Riot
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One is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
Chente added Metallica
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We're Not Gonna Take It ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added Twisted Sister
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Home Sweet Home is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
joestout76 added Mötley Crüe
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Here I Go Again is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
edgarallen added Whitesnake
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Don Henley
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Born in the U.S.A. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band