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The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked 

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Updated January 14, 2020 51.6k votes 3.7k voters 157.2k views 217 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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Sweet Child of Mine is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
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Sweet Little Band
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You Shook Me All Night L... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
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AC/DC
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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
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Queen
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Van Halen
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Under Pressure is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
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David Bowie, Queen
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Def Leppard
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Rock You Like a Hurrican... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
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Scorpions
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Eye of the Tiger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
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Survivor
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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Joan Jett
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Panama is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
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Van Halen
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Rebel Yell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
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Billy Idol
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Dire Straits
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Home Sweet Home is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
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Mötley Crüe
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One is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
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Metallica
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Here I Go Again is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
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Whitesnake
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Billy Idol
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Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
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Prince
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Summer of '69 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
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Bryan Adams
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You Give Love a Bad Name... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
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Bon Jovi
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Cum On Feel the Noise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
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