80s Music The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked  

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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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73 35
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2
67 31
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Van Halen

3
66 31
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4
57 25
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Def Leppard

5
51 21
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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Joan Jett

6
59 28
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7
56 26
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8
55 29
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REO Speedwagon

9
48 26
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Scorpions

10
41 22
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11
46 27
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Dire Straits

12
48 29
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13
37 19
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14
39 22
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Blue Öyster Cult

15
43 26
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Don Henley

16
39 23
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The J. Geils Band

17
45 31
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18
44 30
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19
41 27
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Bruce Springsteen

20
40 28
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21
32 21
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John Mellencamp

22
37 27
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The Rolling Stones

23
39 30
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Foreigner

24
32 23
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Van Halen

25
32 24
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The Cars

26
28 21
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Bryan Adams

27
28 21
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28
35 29
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Peter Gabriel

29
31 26
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38 Special

30
30 25
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The Cars

31
33 29
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Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

32
30 28
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Van Halen

33
6 1
Eye of the Tiger is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added Survivor

34
24 23
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Bruce Springsteen

35
24 23
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Pink Floyd

36
27 27
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Men At Work

37
22 21
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Golden Earring

38
11 8
I Want to Break Free is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
romero.nancyr0917 added Queen

39
5 1
Cum On Feel the Noise is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added Quiet Riot

40
4 1
Rebel Yell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added Billy Idol

41
4 1
Another One Bites The Dust is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added Queen

42
4 1
Metal Health is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added Quiet Riot

43
23 25
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Aldo Nova

44
21 23
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The Romantics

45
21 23
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46
5 3
Under Pressure is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added David Bowie, Queen

47
8 7
Dirty Laundry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
romero.nancyr0917 added Don Henley

48
4 2
Total Eclipse of My Heart is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added Bonnie Tyler

49
4 2
Faith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added George Michael

50
23 26
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